Fitness

Alexa Skill of the Week: HealthyMe: Complete Health & Wellness Tracker

Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.  This week’s skill: HealthyMe: Complete Health & Wellness Tracker  Description: HealthyMe tracks your daily health and wellness data like your water intake, your total hours of sleep, your height and weight and giving a daily health summary with a rating. It even presents you with a Body Mass Index rating (BMI) based on your height and weight data. You can update your health data anytime and the same will be saved in the database. In case your rating isn’t up ...

Bragi makes The Dash series Amazon Alexa-compatible

Access Amazon’s assistant Alexa directly from your Dash with your BOS 3.1 update released in October!   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Fitbit Ionic: Designed with purpose

Fitbit Ionic sets a new standard in terms of design, performance, and its ability to suit your personal style.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Fitbit Ionic: Convenience for your life

Fitbit Ionic has the essentials that make life more convenient while also making your experience more personalized.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Introducing Fitbit Ionic

Get the watch designed for your life with Fitbit Ionic—a motivating timepiece packed with fitness guidance, health insights, music storage, apps and more.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Alexa Skill of the Week: My Boxing Coach

Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions. Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Echo Show, Echo Look, Dash Wand, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai. This week’s skill: My Boxing Coach Description: This skill brings a boxing coach to your home! My Boxing Coach enhances your real-life boxing workout with drill-based punching exercises. Real world use: Most of you know that I run like a fiend. I average 80 or more miles ...

Track your fitness goals with the Fitbit skill for Cortana

Tracking your fitness goals just got easier with the Fitbit skill for Cortana. Cortana skills page: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/cortana/cortana-skills/   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Review: Third-party Quickfit Band for Garmin Fenix 3 HR and 5X

Garmin released its series 5 fitness watches this year, and while there’s some significant progress in the technology features in this latest series, the thing that made me salivate the most was the new Quickfit band technology. Quickfit bands revolutionize swapping watch bands for the high end Garmin wearables. Prior to this invention, those using Garmin Fenix 3 or Fenix 3 HR had to fumble around with tiny screwdrivers to unscrew the band pin, replace the band, and the fumble around again to secure the new band. Not a horrible option, but tedious, nonetheless. And so much so tedious, I stopped swapping my bands – and I know many others that did, too. But, with the Quickfit technology, a pressure sensitive plate at the end of the band allows you to swap bands in seconds. Fortun...

Mark Cuban Favors the Microsoft Band

With inventory finally depleting for returns and replacements, its probably sad for some to hear about new Microsoft Band news. But, in a recent news piece, Dallas Mavericks owner and tech billionaire, Mark Cuban makes reference to his favorite fitness tracker. Guess what it is? He says he also uses a fitness tracker to know when he’s getting good sleep and when he’s not. (He’s used Fitbit but says the Microsoft version is his favorite.) Full story: Billionaire Mark Cuban’s e-mail, workout and sleep habits Maybe if Mark could take some of that billion dollars and invest in Microsoft’s tiny hardware group, we could see a revival of the device? Nah. Follow me on Twitter Add me to your Google+ circles or Connect with me on LinkedIn Looking for an awesome, no-nons...

First Look: Yunmai Color Smart Scale

As most of you can tell, I get a wide range of different technology products show up at my door to test and review. And, a lot of times, because of my intense fitness regimen, those products include gadgets in the health realm. The latest one of these is the Yunmai Color Smart Scale. I’m a big Garmin fanatic and this particular scale doesn’t work in that direction, so I’ll be using with Apple Health instead for testing. But, it does support the most popular wearable, Fitbit, which should be of interest to a lot of you. At first glance (after unboxing), my initial impression is that this is a pretty solidly built and capable device. Of course, my testing will expose its strengths and weaknesses. I’ll be testing the scale over the next week or so, so in the interim, h...

Garmin Uses Developer Summit to Announce Smart Home Control and Connect IQ Updates

Garmin’s Connect IQ Summit starts today and with it some announcements including Smart Home Control using Samsung’s SmartThings platform and new updates for Connect IQ for compatible devices. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Garmin Adds Privacy Zones for Public Activities

Using a new feature in Garmin Connect, Garmin users can now create privacy zones to hide fitness activities in specific geographical ranges. Multiple ranges can be added based on map location. Privacy Zones are located here: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/settings/privacySettings/privacy-zone You must be logged in as a Garmin user. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!