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Keith Diaz, a professor at Columbia University Medical Center, was asked to testify in the trial of Richard Dabate, who was convicted this week of killing his wife Connie. The case hinged on data from Connie’s Fitbit tracker. This week, a Connecticut jury convicted Richard Dabate of murder in the killing of his wife, Connie Dabate, after a five-week-long trial that hinged — in part — on data from her Fitbit. Richard said a man dressed in camouflage broke into their

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Adding physical buttons to Fitbit’s next-gen devices is a smart idea

After numerous complaints, a new leaked photo of the Fitbit Versa 4 indicates that the physical side button may return for its next-gen wearables — and that would be an excellent idea. To button, or not to button? When it comes to wearables, the answer is you should always opt for physical buttons. And while they’re abundant on smartwatches, fitness trackers tend to favor touchscreens and capacitive buttons. But it looks like

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Fitbit lawsuit claims most of its smartwatches, trackers are burn hazards

A new lawsuit claims that most of Fitbit's smartwatches and fitness trackers are burn hazards. Here's what we know about so far. Fitbit, back in March this year, recalled around one million Fitbit Ionic fitness trackers in the US and 693,000 units that were sold globally following complaints of the device’s battery overheating. In addition to this, the

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Google’s Fitbit Ionic recall doesn’t go far enough, lawsuit says

A lawsuit alleges that Fitbit’s recall of its Ionic smartwatch isn’t enough, because the same defect affects all Fitbit smartwatches and trackers. The Ionic was recalled in March after reports of 78 burns. In March, Google announced it was voluntarily recalling 1.7 million Fitbit Ionic smartwatches following reports of 78 burns. Now, a recently filed lawsuit says the recall didn’t go far enough, claiming that the same defect affects all of

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Fitbit and Google Fit metrics are heading to the Nest Hub

A new Google support page shows the company will soon add Google Fit and Fitbit integrations to its Nest Hub displays. The move is part of a greater push into wearable and health tech. In the leadup to Google I/O, Google has been sprinkling small updates here and there that indicate its big wearables push is well underway. The latest is a new Google support page for an integration that will enable Google Fit and Fitbit users to

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Fitbit gets FDA clearance for passive heart rhythm monitoring

Google’s Fitbit got Food and Drug Administration clearance for a feature that passively monitors wearer heart rhythms and could flag signs of atrial fibrillation, a condition that increases the risk of stroke. A Fitbit feature that passively monitors users’ heart rhythms was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, the company announced today. The feature periodically checks wearers’ heart rhythms and alerts them if they show signs of atrial

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Where is Fitbit’s Wear OS watch?

Hidden code suggests that Fitbit’s working on new Sense, Versa, and Luxe trackers. Unfortunately, it also doesn’t appear that any will run Wear OS 3. 2022 is going to be a big year for Wear OS. Google’s rumored to be making its own Pixel Watch (again). Older Wear OS 2 watches are expected to finally make the transition to Wear OS 3. Samsung’s promised that Google Assistant will be coming to

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Google seeks FDA approval for bringing passive heart rhythm tracking to Fitbit trackers

Passive heart rhythm tracking will help users bring Fitbit's fitess trackers closer to the Apple Watch by scanning the heart beat periodically. Google wants to bring passive heart rhythm tracking to Fitbit fitness trackers and smartwatches. To make this happen, the company has submitted its data to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Also Read - Google search will now show

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Google asks FDA to clear Fitbit for passive heart rhythm monitoring

Google wants to add a passive, background atrial fibrillation detection tool to Fitbit devices. Right now, the devices are FDA-cleared to check for the condition, but users have to actively take a reading. Google submitted data for a new Fitbit feature that would passively monitor users’ heart rhythms to the Food and Drug Administration, the company announced today. Fitbit currently can only check for irregular heart rhythm periodically; users have

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Meta tells employees to stop discussing abortion at work

Meta policy prohibits employees from discussing abortion in most circumstances at work. Employees are pushing back against the policy in light of the leaked Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. A Meta executive told employees on Thursday that they are prohibited from talking about abortion on Workplace, an internal version of Facebook, citing “an increased risk” that the company is seen as a “hostile work environment.” The policy,

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SpaceX reportedly paid $250,000 to cover up Elon Musk’s sexual misconduct

A flight attendant was allegedly sexually harassed by Elon Musk, according to a report that cites one of her friends. SpaceX reportedly paid her to not talk about it. SpaceX reportedly paid a flight attendant $250,000 to ensure she didn’t speak out or sue the company after Elon Musk allegedly exposed himself and propositioned her for sex, according to a report from Business Insider. Content warning: The

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