Guys, Fitbit Started Profiting Off Health Data Long Before Google Showed Up

Since news broke that Google bought Fitbit for $2.1 billion (£1.6 billion), one of the big questions was how that massive treasure trove of Fitbit data would be handled. Everyone saw what happened with Nest. As a company, Nest and its data operated separately for a long while, but earlier this year, Nest users were told to migrate their accounts. Their data was now Google’s data. The prospect has reportedly led some current Fitbit users to mull alternative options, citing distrust that Google would keep its word that Fitbit users’ data would remain private. Concerned Fitbit users have good reason to be wary – but truth be told, Fitbit started exploring ways to make money with your data a long time ago. Read More >>

Netflix Is Testing ‘Physical Activity’ Tracking for Some Reason

Netflix collects a lot of data about you. But now, some Android users are finding that it’s also tracking ‘physical activity’ data via their phones. Read More >>

Puma Is Re-Releasing Its 32-Year-Old Smart Shoe That Was Lightyears Ahead of Its Time

The concept of today’s smart, connected wearables just didn’t exist back in the 1980s when text-only operating systems like MS-DOS were still popular. But that didn’t stop Puma from releasing what was possibly the world’s first modern fitness tracker by strapping a chunky computer to the back of a sneaker. Thirty-two years later, Puma is bringing those kicks back with the same design, but with updated tech inside. Read More >>

Nokia’s About to Go Crazy With Digital Health Hardware

Brace yourself for a slew of Finnish health hardware: Nokia has just announced that it plans to buy the digital wellbeing and wearables company Withings for €170 million (£130 million). Read More >>

Brilliant Dieting Software For People Who Are Too Lazy to Track Calories

If software is needlessly complex and tedious, almost no one is going to use it. This fundamental tenant of technology has been one of the biggest barriers for any kind of widespread embrace of calorie tracking. Researchers at MIT are looking to change things with a new voice-activated prototype for logging nutrition. Read More >>

Under Armour Just Bought 100 Million Users’ Worth of Fitness Data

If you track your fitness on your smartphone—and are serious about results—chances are pretty decent you've tried MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness or Endomondo. Guess what? All three of them belong to sportwear company Under Armour as of right now. Read More >>

Apple’s Fitness-Tracking Ambitions Go Beyond the iWatch

Lately, all the talk has been about the fitness-tracking, health-monitoring smartwatch that Apple is assumed to be building. But a patent granted to Apple today shows the company wants to get into fitness tracking not just on your wrist, but in your ear, with sensor-laden earbuds to measure your athletic performance. Read More >>

Your Fuelband Knows When You’re Having Sex

Everybody loves these Fuelbands and other activity trackers, because they supply you with troves of data about your everyday life. Sometimes, however, it's a little bit too much information. Read More >>

Jawbone UP Review: A Potentially Wonderful Thing That You Should Not Buy

The Jawbone Up is everything I ever wanted in a fitness tracker. Because it's a bracelet, it's always with me. It goes everywhere, it's positively ambient, and ridiculously fun. That's great. But don't buy it. Without a big fix, it's garbage. Read More >>