Surrounded by hundreds of miles of icy water, Tina Haskins still found a way to connect with her dog, Kona, who was thousands of miles away back home in New Jersey.
A marine scientist conducting research on plankton in Antarctica, Haskins used an app to track the activities of Kona, a blue-eyed Australian Shepherd, throughout the day.
In this case, the app syncs with the Whistle device, a small, coin-shaped wireless tracker that attaches to a dog's collar. Whistle tracks Kona's movements as well as her location, and Haskins' friend, Kona's temporary caretaker, posts photos of Kona and updates of his activities on the app. … Read more
The Fitbit Force health tracker -- a slim rubber wristband that counts steps and monitors one's sleep -- is meant to be worn at all hours of the day, unless you're one of the select users that have begun reporting mild to semi-severe skin irritation including rashes, itchy and dry patches, and even blisters.
Now, after weeks of building momentum, Fitbit is issuing a recall for its $129 Force product, refunding in full any affected owners while it reportedly works on releasing a replacement device.
"We have stopped selling Force and have decided to conduct a voluntary … Read more
All signs point to Apple aiming to make a splash in mobile medical health.
The tech giant's so-called iWatch is said to be deep in development, with a heavy focus on mobile health and fitness tracking. And it's also been said that the long-rumored product could be announced by the end of this year.
Adding to the rumor mill's churn: Prominent Apple executives, including Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams and Vice President of Software Technology Budd Tribble, met with the Food and Drug Administration last month, according to the association's public calendar. The news … Read more
The world is going wild for wearables (at least that's what we were told ad nauseam at CES this year). But as companies like Google, Samsung, Nike, and Pebble hone their pitches for ways we can strap their latest offerings to ourselves, Apple has remained deafeningly silent on the question of an iWatch or some other iWearable.
I haven't charged my Fitbit Ultra in over three weeks. And I doubt I ever will again.
Ever since I bought an iPhone 5S, I've kept an eye on how the embedded M7 motion coprocessor chip, which can track and store motion information, would be used. It wasn't clear when the iPhone 5S was launched exactly how the M7's data would be available, but after a few months, fitness apps like the Nike+ Move have started adding support for basic step-counting functionality.
While I started tracking my steps with both my Fitbit and Nike's app … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- This year's Consumer Electronics Show will see dozens upon dozens of wearable technology products vie to become this year's breakout device.
And most -- if not all -- will be forgotten in the coming months.
That's because when all the booths are taken down, the convention lights are dimmed, and the last of the tech executives board their flights, we all finally escape the reality-distortion field that is Las Vegas and CES.
See also: CES 2014: What to expect
A look back at past confabs shows that the hot item at CES is a … Read more
Fitbit is known for making some of the best activity trackers on the market. It's latest product, the Fitbit Force, sits atop the fitness tracker market according to our very own Brian Bennett's review.
In an attempt to gain more users, Fitbit released an update to its iOS app introducing a new feature called MobileTrack for iPhone 5S owners. The feature takes advantage of the M7 coprocessor in the iPhone 5S, which can count your steps and track your activity.
It's not the first app to use the coprocessor to display activity stats; as we have previously … Read more
Before we head into the new year, let's take a moment to look back at some of the most epic videos of 2013. This list represents the top non-product-reviewed videos most watched by you, our CNET viewers!
Though it never did come to fruition in 2013, Apple's iWatch still managed to stir up quite the commotion throughout the year. In the most popular video of 2013, let's take a look back on the very early rumors and speculations spilled by Apple Byte.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 was one of the most viewed products of the year on … Read more