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One Size Never FIts All

Live Active, Track Smarter: How Fitbit Has Changed the Wearable Game

The mere thought of becoming more active isn’t a tough one to grasp, but for millions of people, making fitness a reality is easier said than done. Falling in love with the journey to better health doesn’t begin with a longstanding commitment to eat better, exercise more, and meditate more often. It begins with the very next step you take, and Fitbit’s innovative line of trackers will be there to capture it. In a world obsessed with convergence, Fitbit’s mantra has been making the best activity tracking tools on the planet.

Learn more about the company’s history and discover which Fitbit device is best suited to you here.

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Serenity Now

7 Best Noise Canceling Headphones

Because they make it so much easier to hear hushed dialogue in movies or the pianissimo finale of a favorite symphony, active noise canceling headphones have become standard items to pack for any serious traveler (especially anyone with a window seat next to the plane’s engine). They’ve also become popular with office workers who want to eliminate the chatter of colleagues and other workplace noise. We tried out more than 15 different pairs of ANC headsets on planes, trains, buses, noisy subway cars and riding mowers across the U.S. and Europe to settle on seven models that lead the pack.

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Apple Pay vs CurrentC vs the World

The Trials and Tribulations of Paying With Your Phone

A month ago, U.S. consumers couldn’t care less about tap-to-pay systems. In a flash, that all changed. What does the heated competition between Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and CurrentC mean for the future of your wallet?

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if you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Decrypted: With Health, Microsoft Admits Defeat — and Adapts

Microsoft’s newly minted CEO Satya Nadella has no shortage of challenges ahead, with revenue streams from Windows and Office thinning. But the Microsoft Health signals a more forward-thinking direction for the company: focusing on the cloud.

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Stay Ahead of Planned Obsolescence

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Techie

In a world cluttered with uncertainties, you can be assured of this: you’ll never be stumped for something to buy if there’s a techie in your life. As the pace of innovation hastens each year, the technology fanatics among us can’t ever seem to find contentedness. That’s bad news for one’s wallet, but it’s great for those hoping to send the perfect message this holiday. Have a look at our recommendations below — just be sure to gear up for one or two massive hugs in return.

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Check, Check

USB Digital Microphones Are the Perfect Entry-Level Recording Tool

Aspiring podcasters and DIY rockstars in training, take note: you don’t need to go whole hog on a home studio to get your feet wet with home recording. All you need to get started is the right digital microphone.

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Careful What You Wish For

Decrypted: HBO and CBS Go Over the Top

With HBO and CBS’s recently announced streaming-only packages, many have speculated that the days of the pay-TV cable bundle is finally crumbling; but now that we’ve got what we want, will it really save us money?

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Expediting the Late-Night Beer Run

Decrypted: Google Express, Because Instant Search Results Aren’t Enough

Google Express will make shipping easier — and it might just be the service that gives back to all of the mom-and-pop stores that the search giant reportedly took from.

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An e-bike with a brain

The Bicycle Wheel, Reinvented

With the highly anticipated Copenhagen Wheel, from MIT-born Superpedestrian seeks to improve urban biking. In an increasingly crowded e-bike market, it might be the most successful attempt so far.

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Gear for an Open-Wheel Beating

Kit: Taking on Baja

Packing perfectly for the Baja Peninsula in Mexico means being prepared for everything — because anything can, and will, happen.

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Knows You So Well It Finishes Your Sentences

Decrypted: Predictive Keyboards Are Taking Over Your Smartphone (and Beyond)

With this month’s introduction of iOS 8, SwiftKey — along with other alternative keyboards — have made their way over to the iPhone demographic. Suddenly, taking the words right out of one’s mouth is all the rage, but what’s it to you?

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Master your domain like never before

5 Essentials for the Well-Connected Home

The next frontier for mobile devices and connected technology is all about the physical domain. Phrases like “smart home” and “the internet of things” are creeping into our collective vocabulary; can those lofty ideas really change your life? Considering the advanced features offered by smart home essentials, and the answer should be obvious.

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So Good, It Skipped Windows 9

Decrypted: Windows 10 Looks Backward to Go Forward

We may never know the truth behind the chosen “10” nomenclature, but we do know a thing or two about the software that’s set to replace Windows Phone and eventually show up on the Xbox.

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A Road Warrior’s Best Friend

For Seasoned Travelers, the iPhone 6 Plus is a Worthy Upgrade

Starting at $749, the 6 Plus is also the most expensive iPhone ever produced, but it offers jetsetters, journeymen, and tried-and-true road warriors a few things that no Apple smartphone has before. After traveling around for a week with the 6 Plus, I’m confident in at least one thing: it’s a must-have for those who can’t seem to stay in one place for long.

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Less of a Pivot, More of a Triple Salchow

Decrypted: Path Rights Its Course

It’s entirely possible that you have no idea what Path is. Until recently it had been floundering mightily. But with a change in direction announced this week, the company could define an entire new industry.

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Like a Sweatier Wii Fit

With Zwift, Cycling Meets Video Game

Zwift is the marriage of video games and cycling trainers. It’s like Wii Fit, with more puddles of sweat.

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... And Hopefully Those Damn Stickers Too

Decrypted: The Specifications War is Over

If the topic of mobile technology happens to come up at your local water cooler, it’s unlikely that a fight will break out concerning which colleague’s phone has the most RAM. Tech specs used to be consumers’ top priority; what do the numbers mean to us now, with supercomputers in our pockets?

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Are Freedom and Visual Enchantment Enough?

A Game For the Driving Enthusiast, Finally

Gear Patrol reviews Forza Horizon 2 after a three-day Xbox bender.

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Your bike's computer, now nicer than yours

Testing the World’s Most Advanced Cycling Computer

Garmin’s brand-new Edge 1000 ($700) has been hailed as the world’s most advanced cycling computer. After a month of test riding, does it live up to the hype?

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Opening Sesame on U.S. Markets

Decrypted: What Alibaba Means for Consumers

Even if you couldn’t care less about stocks, IPOs, and imaginary dollars exchanging hands, you’ve probably caught wind of Alibaba. But what does this Chinese giant mean for you?

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Wear Them Well

The State of Wearables, 2014

Wearable tech is a growing and increasingly diverse market; they all track distance and calories, and most tell time. They all have their pitfalls — battery life, compatibility, reliability, size, price — but what determines the best device is your individual needs. Do you need to streamline your workflow or measure how streamlined your backstroke is? Do you need a sleek timepiece or do you dig the outright nerdy look? Weigh your responses and use our guide of the best options.

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Wearable Replacement? There are apps for that

Who Needs Wearables? These Smartphones and Apps Might Be All You Need

The ostensible benefit of smart watches and health trackers, as far as health goes, is that they allow you to monitor your calories, heart rate, and step count with previously unmatched accuracy. Truth is, a number of upcoming smartphones paired with worthy fitness tracking apps make fitness-tracking wearables redundant.

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Snip Snip

Decrypted: Should You Cut the Cord on Cable?

More Americans now subscribe to in-home broadband than cable television from any of the nation’s nine largest providers. We’re arguably staring at a future where all content — channel based or otherwise — is delivered over the Internet.

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Ask and you shall receive

Meet the Only Smartphone with Firefly Technology

Search engines changed how we discover information about the world around us forever — not to mention how we shop. Amazon’s new Firefly technology embedded in the new Fire Phone, exclusively on AT&T, is primed to flip the script once again. At its core, Firefly is designed to help users easily identify everything from web addresses and phone numbers to over 100 million products including various forms of media like movies, TV episodes and songs.

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The mobile interface of the future, today

Meet the Only Smartphone with Dynamic Perspective

Sci-fi movies have teased us with the power and convenience of 3D interfaces for years. But Amazon’s newly launched Fire Phone, available exclusively at AT&T, proves that the wait for an advanced smartphone interface that harnesses the full potential of 3D is finally over. So-called Dynamic Perspective is powered by four front-facing infrared cameras that constantly track the position of the user’s head in relation to the phone’s screen — even in the dark. The result is a persistent 3D viewing experience that doesn’t require special glasses or a fancy 3D display.

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Is the Sixth Time the Charm?

Decrypted: The iPhone 6, What Matters and What Doesn’t

The iPhone 6 and6 Plus are being dubbed “the biggest advancement in iPhone history”, and it appears that Apple’s referring to a lot more than the actual size of the units. Aside from growing up, what’s there to know about the new iPhone duo? And, more importantly, are they worth the upgrade?

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Paying Their Dues

Decrypted: Apple Pay Will Kill the Wallet — Eventually

With the debut of the iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus) came a nugget so substantial that it deserved its own introduction: Apple Pay. With this, Apple is not only proving that it’s ready to join the mobile payment movement, but that it’s ready to define it.

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It's About Time

Decrypted: The Apple Watch Is Here. Now What?

Back in August, we argued that smartwatches simply weren’t worth the investment (yet, anyway) for most people. The question, of course, was whether or not Apple’s entry into the space would break away from that mold in any significant manner. Now that the company’s annual September event has concluded and an Apple Watch has been released, Darren Murph examines the answer.

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Flying under the radar no more

Decrypted: The State of Drones in America, Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

Drones both commercial and noncommercial face a slew of bureaucratic challenges in the near future. Here’s what’s at stake.

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Is a dedicated TV streaming device irrelevant? It depends

Tested: Slingbox M1

It’s easy to think that the ground made up by “TV Anywhere” streaming services from television providers as well as on demand resources like Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO GO have made owning a dedicated device like the Slingbox M1 irrelevant. But is that really the case? After spending a few days testing the newest member of the Slingbox family, the realistic answer is: it depends.