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Amazon's new Halo fitness tracker can use your phone's camera to measure body fat percentage, and tell you if your 'tone' is negative

Amazon's new Halo fitness tracker can use your phone's camera to measure body fat percentage, and tell you if your 'tone' is negative

Though it's a bit late to the party, Amazon is entering the competitive fitness tracker space with its new Halo Band wearable and corresponding Halo app — complete with a subscription service, because you need another one of those. Amazon's version takes a decidedly low-tech angle compared to other options on the market, skipping the screen for a bunch of sensors, a benefit that provides up to seven-day battery life. It'll even use a microphone to record your "Tone" throughout the day and determine the "energy and positivity in a customer’s voice," and the app can use its camera to measure your body fat percentage.

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Fitbit unveils new stress-detecting Sense smartwatch alongside updated Versa 3 and Inspire 2

Fitbit unveils new stress-detecting Sense smartwatch alongside updated Versa 3 and Inspire 2

After a recent leak spoiled the surprise, Fitbit has just announced its three big new products for 2020. The headline product comes in the form of the brand-new Fitbit Sense, the company's most advanced health-tracking smartwatch to date. At the same time, both the Versa and Inspire series get iterative updates that add enough new features to make them worth considering.

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Bluetooth SIG wants wearables to be part of coronavirus exposure notification systems

Bluetooth SIG wants wearables to be part of coronavirus exposure notification systems

The Bluetooth SIG is working on allowing wearable devices to be pinged in Exposure Notification Systems for the novel coronavirus, calling a smartphone-only approach to infection tracing "not a practical approach" for everyone. It will be a long time, though, before wearables become a viable detection vector.

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Fitbit’s 2020 smartwatch lineup leaks, including the Versa 3 and new Fitbit Sense

Fitbit’s 2020 smartwatch lineup leaks, including the Versa 3 and new Fitbit Sense

Google’s plan to acquire Fitbit has come under fire for the potential misuse of users’ health data, stalling the deal announced in November. In the meantime, Fitbit is continuing to work on its smartwatch range, and we could see some new product launches pretty soon. A WinFuture report details that Fitbit will add a new high-end timepiece named Sense to its lineup, along with new iterations of the Versa and Inspire series.

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Google announces Wear OS update with performance and UI improvements

Google announces Wear OS update with performance and UI improvements

Google's Wear OS platform has been in a holding pattern for much of the past year, while the company waits for its acquisition of Fitbit to go through (or be shut down over antitrust lawsuits). Thankfully, Google hasn't completely forgotten about its existing wearable platform, as a new update is coming in the fall with some much-needed improvements.

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Samsung reveals Galaxy Watch3 with traditional design, physical rotating bezel, and $400 starting price

Samsung reveals Galaxy Watch3 with traditional design, physical rotating bezel, and $400 starting price

Samsung's latest smartwatch has been leaked countless times already, and hands-on videos were even floating around the web this past weekend. Samsung finally acknowledged the watch's existence today, officially revealing the Galaxy Watch3. It's a cross between the fitness-oriented Watch Active2 and the 2018 Galaxy Watch, and it has an incredibly high price tag.

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It's almost time for the Galaxy Note20 Unpacked livestream — here's how to watch it

It's almost time for the Galaxy Note20 Unpacked livestream — here's how to watch it

We're now just a couple of hours away from Samsung's Note20 Unpacked livestream. It'll likely bring us many mentions of the word "innovation," a tour of the company's electronics headquarters, a bunch of celebrity cameos, and, oh yes, new smartphones, a new tablet, and a new smartwatch. You can watch the event as it happens right here, starting at 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT).

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EU opens in-depth investigation into Google's Fitbit acquisition

EU opens in-depth investigation into Google's Fitbit acquisition

Google may have announced its intention to purchase Fitbit last year, but deals between large corporations like this move slowly. Regulators in both the US and EU have expressed concern about the world's largest ad company gaining access to potentially sensitive health data gathered by Fitbit's wearable devices, and Google's reassurances haven't helped. After an initial review by the European Commission, it has decided to press ahead with an in-depth investigation into the merger that is expected to be completed by December 9.

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Get the Misfit Vapor X smartwatch with Wear OS for as low as $15

Get the Misfit Vapor X smartwatch with Wear OS for as low as $15

The Misfit Vapor X was released last year by Fossil Group, and has most of the bells and whistles you would expect in a modern Wear OS smartwatch. It started off at $280, but right now you can get it for as low as $15. No, you didn't read that wrong.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch3: Release date, specs, photos, unboxing video, and everything else we know

Samsung Galaxy Watch3: Release date, specs, photos, unboxing video, and everything else we know

The Samsung Galaxy Watch3 has been leaked almost completely at this point. There's some we still don't know — how much it'll cost, for example — but we're fairly sure it's going to be revealed on August 5th at Samsung Unpacked, we've got most of the specs at this point, and even a look at a live Watch 3 with a band getting unboxed and set up in a hands-on video. If Samsung has any big Watch 3 secrets left, they're well hidden, but here's everything we know so far.

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