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Working with Apple’s HealthKit, linked to MyFitnessPal and Activity Trackers

Now that mainstream apps have had a chance to integrate with Apple’s HealthKit platform it seemed a good time to check out what sort of data is being shared.  As it turns out you can do a lot of great things, but there are still some bridges that need built, and walls that need to come down.  Let’s see how you can use HealthKit to make your life better.

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COMPARISON: Basis Peak vs Microsoft Band vs Polar M400

Activity trackers are headed in a brand new direction, one that will benefit everyone involved.  For over a year now these devices have done a great job recording steps, a modest job monitoring other activities, and frankly a less than stellar job doing much else.  All of that is starting to change as these devices are borrowing some of the best fitness features from their closely related cousins.  These wrist-worn gadgets are starting to include a very important new feature: heart rate monitoring.  In this installment we’ll review and compare the Basis Peak versus Microsoft Band, and make some comparisons to the Polar M400, and the up-coming Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge units. Continue reading COMPARISON: Basis Peak vs Microsoft Band vs Polar M400

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BATTLE: Scosche RHYTHM Plus vs Wahoo TICKR vs Polar H7 Heart Rate Monitors

When it comes to exercise the best way to track your caloric expenditure is with a heart rate monitor.  Although there are plenty of new activity trackers that feature built-in heart rate monitors, the chest strap is still the most popular accessory next to the sports-watch.  For years Polar has held a strong position selling their H7 chest strap, though recent years they’ve seen some healthy competition from Wahoo Fitness with their TICKR lineup.  And now companies like Scosche have their second generation optical arm sensor, the RHYTHM Plus.  Keep reading to learn how they compare.

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BATTLE! – Jawbone UP Move vs Misfit Flash vs Fitbit Zip – The $50 Shoot-out

Another day closer to Black Friday, and another batch of new fitness tracking activity monitors have been announced.  This time the new group of hot trackers comes from Jawbone with two new devices, the Jawbone UP3 and UP Move, both slated to release before holiday shopping begins.  For this review we’ll be focusing on entry-level UP Move they just announced, taking it toe-to-toe with two existing tough competitors.  Read more as we compare the Jawbone UP Move versus Misfit Flash versus Fitbit Zip as three devices that all retail under $50.

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COMPARISON: Fitbit Aria Wifi Scale vs Withings Wireless Scale and Body Analyzer

As the New Year approaches many of us are probably already thinking about slimming our waist, seeing as losing weight is the #1 New Years resolution year after year.  Or perhaps you simply want to ditch that $20 drug store bathroom scale for something new.  Before you shop be sure to check out my quick look at the Fitbit Aria versus the Withings WS-30 and WS-50 smart scales and smart body analyzer.

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