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Review: Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

Like millions of people, I need to keep an eye on my blood pressure. You can check it when you visit your doctor, but many people have “white-coat hypertension.” Just getting their blood pressure measured at the doctor’s office stresses them out, resulting in higher than normal readings. All the better reason to check it […]

Apple Plans to Stop Selling Fitbit Devices in Stores

“Apple may soon stop selling the popular Fitbit devices, as it clears the way for its own wearable technology product set to launch sometime next year, according to sources.

“It’s unclear exactly why Apple will no longer sell the devices, which track steps and other health metrics, in its retail stores. But the move comes a week after Fitbit issued a statement saying it was still “evaluating integration with HealthKit,” Apple’s new software application that acts as a central repository for health and fitness data on iPhones.”

This is a bit mean-sprited on the part of Apple, but it’s important to remember that, if Apple does stop selling Fitbit’s products, there may be more to the story that we don’t know. I don’t know how well Fitbit’s products perform in Apple’s stores, but I’ve found the Fitbit One to be the most accurate of the four fitness trackers I tried.

via Apple Plans to Stop Selling Fitbit Devices in Stores | Re/code.

The Committed Podcast Discusses Travel and Tech Gear

You know how, sometimes, you take a trip and you have all this stuff to take with you? On this week’s episode of The Committed podcast, Ian Schray, Rob Griffiths and I discuss the way we each plan for trips – local and international – and which gadgets we take with us. Rob tells us […]

MBLOK Portable Mini-NAS Cloud Wireless Storage Device

Something interesting dropped into my inbox last week. A pitch to talk about the MBLOK wireless storage device. It’s kind of like a USB drive, without USB; it’s sort of like cloud storage, but it fits in your pocket; it’s a bit like a mini-NAS, but it’s not attached. It’s an interesting idea, and, together […]

Gadget Notes: rOtring 800 Mechanical Pencil

I’ve always been a fan of pencils, both wooden and mechanical. I don’t write a lot by hand, but I do like to have nice writing instruments. So I went looking for a new mechanical pencil, and took a chance on the rOtring 800 (Amazon.com, Amazon UK), their almost-top-of-the-line tool. (There is an 800+, which […]

Hardware Notes: Anker 40W 5-Port USB Charger

You know how, when you have a dozen or so devices to charge, that it gets increasingly complicated to charge them? You only have so many USB ports on your computer to plug them in, and it’s annoying to keep playing musical USB ports with your cables. Here in The Barn, I’ve got lots of […]

Why Are Digital Cameras So Complicated?

I take most of my pictures with my iPhone, and I have to admit, I don’t know how to use its camera very well. I’ve never found good documentation, and I’m only now starting to figure out some of its features. Heck, I only learned a few months ago that I could force the camera […]

Amazon Launches Wearable Technology Store

Amazon has launched a wearable technology storefront, feature categories such as Fitness & Wellness, Healthcare Devices, Wearable Cameras, Smart Watches and more. For now, there’s not a whole lot of stuff in the store, but it’s interesting to note that there’s an email address to “Sell your Wearable Technology Products.” Since it’s an email address, […]

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