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Garmin Made a Great Smartwatch for People Who Hate Wearing a Smartwatch Garmin Made a Great Smartwatch for People Who Hate Wearing a Smartwatch

There’s no better example of the war between form and function than smartwatch design. There are boxy, bulging, touchscreen wearables that do almost everything your smartphone can, and there are sleeker analog alternatives that maybe keep track of how many calories you’ve burned. With the latest version of the …

Waking Up to the Game Boy Super Mario Land Theme Is the Best Way to Start Your Day Waking Up to the Game Boy Super Mario Land Theme Is the Best Way to Start Your Day

The original Game Boy was the first device to push my fascination with gadgets to an obsession. I saved for months to buy one, and to this day it’s still one of my favorite gaming platforms. That explains why, despite every gadget I use having an alarm clock built-in, I now prefer waking up to this adorable Game Boy…

The Fitbit Versa Is the First Real Bargain Smartwatch The Fitbit Versa Is the First Real Bargain Smartwatch

“That’s a nice watch,” said my colleague, about an hour after I strapped the Fitbit Versa to my person. The new fitness tracker, the company’s third pass at a smartwatch you can wear for days at a time, is a welcome update to its butt-ugly predecessor. The $200 Versa will more than likely satisfy any fitness…

Another Study Says Fitbits Aren't So Great at Tracking Heart Rate Another Study Says Fitbits Aren't So Great at Tracking Heart Rate

Activity trackers, whether standalone devices like the Fitbit or as a feature of other wearables like Apple Watch, are a popular health and fitness trend among consumers, and scientists and doctors have increasingly been using activity trackers in their research or to monitor patients away from the office. But a new…

Fitness App's 'Anonymized' Data Dump Accidentally Reveals Military Bases Around the World Fitness App's 'Anonymized' Data Dump Accidentally Reveals Military Bases Around the World

People around the world use the app Strava on their smartphones and Fitbits to track how far they run. But researchers have discovered that an “anonymized” data dump released by Strava last year has accidentally revealed sensitive locations, including US military bases around the world.

Amazon's Next Big Thing Could Be Serving You Ads on the Go Amazon's Next Big Thing Could Be Serving You Ads on the Go

Rumors Facebook is always secretly recording you have long refused to die, but it turns out Amazon may be the first tech giant to achieve the age-old dream of a total advertising Panopticon.

Here Comes CES 2018, the Biggest Gadget Show in the World—What to Expect Here Comes CES 2018, the Biggest Gadget Show in the World—What to Expect

In just a few days, upwards of 175,000 industry insiders, exhibitors, and members of the media will once again descend upon Las Vegas in attempts to set the pace of tech for the next 12 months. Not only will some of the world’s largest and most influential companies such as Samsung, LG, Ford, and others be in…

Stay Accountable to Your New Year's Resolutions With a Discounted Fitbit Stay Accountable to Your New Year's Resolutions With a Discounted Fitbit

Most of us haven’t quite given up on our new year’s resolutions yet, making this one of the most popular times of year to buy a Fitbit. Nearly the entire lineup is on sale today, and while the deals aren’t quite as good as Black Friday, you’ll still save $20-$50.

AI Will Turn Regular Fitness Trackers Into Potentially Life-Saving Medical Devices AI Will Turn Regular Fitness Trackers Into Potentially Life-Saving Medical Devices

When the Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it had approved the first-ever medical accessory for the Apple Watch—a wearable EKG monitor made by the medtech company AliveCor—it was big news. Apple has increasingly invested in health tech, eyeing it as a market where the Watch might hit big. The FDA…

Run, Don't Walk To Score Fitbit's Black Friday Discounts Run, Don't Walk To Score Fitbit's Black Friday Discounts

It’s the best time of year to buy a Fitbit, as most of the lineup is on sale for Black Friday. Fitbit Alta HR for $100 is probably the one you want to buy, unless you’re interested in a full-featured smart watch, in which case the Fitbit Ionic comes with a $50 Amazon gift card today. For the rest of the deals, head…

This Smartwatch Is Powered by Body Heat, and That's Cool as Hell [Updated] This Smartwatch Is Powered by Body Heat, and That's Cool as Hell [Updated]

What if, instead of frantically trying to find a power outlet when your smartphone is about to die, you simply had to hold it in your hand and scroll through Instagram for a while? That’s the future the Matrix PowerWatch teases, because it’s able to charge itself using nothing but the warmth of your body.…

The Darkwing Duck Action Figure You've Always Wanted, and More of the Best Toys of the Week The Darkwing Duck Action Figure You've Always Wanted, and More of the Best Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly round up of all the fabulous new toys just waiting to drain our wallets of their precious monetary fluids. This week, Hot Toys tackles The Last Jedi’s most important characters, plus a patriotically posable Captain America, and even stranger Stranger Things board games.

The Apple Watch Is Good Now The Apple Watch Is Good Now

The Apple Watch Series 3 is crazy expensive for a smartwatch—$100 more than its closest competitors. Many of the third party apps are still slow enough to drive sane people to the brink. It also only lasts a day on a charge. I should hate this watch and everything it stands for, but after three weeks of wearing it,…

I Wore Google's Smart Jacket of the Mediocre Future  I Wore Google's Smart Jacket of the Mediocre Future 

I sat on the subway, gently petting my denim jacket to skip songs on Spotify, wondering—is this the future? To which I say, I really hope a dongle in my jacket isn’t the future. It’s certainly not the one we were promised.

What the Heck Is Google's Plan for Android Wear? What the Heck Is Google's Plan for Android Wear?

Take a moment and wander over to the online Google Store. You’ll see beautiful photos of every product announced yesterday, and if you click on the links you can buy any of the items made by Google (including last year’s Google Home) or made for Google (a whole lot of headphones and phone cases). But Android Wear, and…

Oh Shit, People Actually Complimented Me On My Smart Ring  Oh Shit, People Actually Complimented Me On My Smart Ring 

This past Sunday, the future touched my life in the form of a humble ring that logged my 5pm hangover nap. It’s not exactly a flying car or a meal that fits inside a pill, but dammit, I’ve been charmed by this little finger Fitbit.

The Anti-Rape Gadgets That Never Delivered

It’s like clockwork: every month or so, you’ll be scrolling through your Facebook feed and stumble across a video about a new ring or underwear, color-changing straws or color-changing nail polish, or “smart stickers” that claim to help prevent sexual assault. There’s the inevitable swarm of uncritical media coverage …

I Hate Almost Everything About Fitbit's New Watch—But There Is One Thing I Love I Hate Almost Everything About Fitbit's New Watch—But There Is One Thing I Love

The “Your Fitbit Ionic is running low on battery” notification arrived on my phone and in my inbox at the same time around one yesterday afternoon, suggesting I take a moment to charge my smartwatch. Instead, I went to a couple of meetings, took the train home, went for a brisk walk with the dog, and made dinner.…

These Smart Glasses Could One Day Turn Your Nose Into a Secret Remote Control

Google, a company that spends billions of dollars on research and development, still hasn’t found a good reason for everyone to own a pair of smart glasses. But an international team of researchers is rethinking how upgraded glasses could be useful—by turning the wearer’s nose into a remote control for other devices.

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