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Zepp | Take your game to the next level. Jawbone Files 2nd Lawsuit Against Rival Fitbit. Fitness tracker maker Jawbone has filed its second lawsuit in two weeks against competitor Fitbit. The complaint filed Wednesday says that essentially all of Fitbit's products violate patents belonging to Jawbone, and asks the court to stop Fitbit from making and selling those products. Jawbone wants a jury trial to resolve the issue, and it is also seeking compensatory damages, attorney's fees, and other payments if the court deems them appropriate.

Fitbit, based in San Francisco, said it will defend itself against the lawsuits. It said its products are independently developed and that the company has more than 200 patents and patent applications. In late May, Jawbone filed a lawsuit in Superior Court in San Francisco saying Fitbit and a group of employees who quit Jawbone to work for Fitbit stole trade secrets, business plans, market research, and other information. Jawbone's fitness trackers are called the Up Move, Up2 and Up3, and it also makes Jambox wireless speakers and headsets. Everything this extreme Garmin fitness watch can do will stress you out. LAS VEGAS — True fitness fanatics are probably familiar with Garmin's line of sports watches and fitness trackers, but non-extremists need not apply for this new wearable. The company announced on Monday two new fitness watches at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. First, there's the fenix 3, which users would want to take on a serious climb; just hearing about everything it can do will likely stress out non-extremists.

Second, there's the vivoactive smartwatch, which brings smart notifications (e.g. email, phone and text-message alerts) to the display — a concept that's become increasingly popular in the fitness-wearables space. Image: Mashable, Christina Ascani Let's start with the watch that's giving us anxiety as we assess its specs. On a basic level, the fenix 3 offers training assistance for sports, such as snowboarding, hiking and climbing, and cross-country and alpine skiing. The watch can endure tough environments, and get users to the top of that insanely steep peak. Fitness Trackers Are Hot, But Do They Really Help? Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market Thursday.

But will the devices really help you get healthier? Experts agree that getting people to set goals — and then reminding them of the goals — absolutely works, and the wearable devices are built to do that. But evidence people get healthier when using fitness trackers is limited because they are new and studies of them have mostly been small or focused on specific groups of people. Strapped to your wrist, shoe, or clothes, fitness trackers can grab a lot of data: how many steps you've taken, where you've run, how many calories you've burned, how fast your heart is beating, how much oxygen you've got in your blood, and how well you're sleeping.

They can be synched with smartphones, apps and scales. That might be why fitness trackers are one of the first types of wearable technology to really take off. Let's say you're determined to get more sleep. Dr. Gift Guide: Get Better at Sports with Smart Gear. Advances in technology present sports enthusiasts with plenty of options to train better and smarter. High-level gear and biometric-analysis software are no longer limited to elite professional athletes.

The weekender can now use some tech-savvy approaches to get better, perhaps, at a multitude of sports. Practice makes perfect, but technology can make practice better: This undated product image provided by Hexoskin shows the Hexoskin exercise shirt. The shirt contains built-in sensors that measure the breathing patterns, heart rate and motion cadence as it is worn.

The shirt then transmits that information wirelessly to a companion app installed on a smartphone or tablet computer. (AP Phioto/Hexoskin)— Hexoskin shirt ($400): I felt like Batman in his form-fitting bat suit. The shirt communicated wirelessly with a phone app to give me real-time feedback about my breathing, heart rate, running cadence and calories burned. What did I learn? — Babolat Play Pure Drive tennis racket ($400): Buy UP24™ by Jawbone® | Make fitness a habit. What is UP? What does it do? Band + App + You = The Up System The UP® system takes a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. The UP24™ band tracks your movement and sleep in the background. The app displays your data, lets you add things like meals and mood, and delivers insights that keep you moving forward. How does UP24 track my movement and sleep? The UP24™ band uses a precision motion sensor and powerful algorithms to passively track and quantify your steps, distance, calories, active time, and idle time.

Will it work if I cycle, do yoga, or other non-step-based workouts? The UP® App allows you to log the duration and effort level of a variety of different workouts, so you get credit and estimated caloric burn for non-step-based activities. How does UP® track what I eat, and where do the nutrition guidelines come from? We've made tracking what you eat or drink quick and easy, with the flexibility to go as deep as you want. What Is A Smart Alarm™ And How Does It Work? Why You Need a Foam Roller - 10 Ways to Use a Foam Roller. Foam rollers are an inexpensive, super-versatile piece of equipment that can help you with everything from working out the knots in your muscles to sculpting an incredible set of abs faster (more about that later). In other words, if you aren’t already using one, you're missing out on some serious benefits! Check out these 10 easy ways to start working a foam roller into your routine.

And if you can't find one at your gym (or simply want your own at home), check out’s broad selection of foam rollers to find the best one to suit your needs. Using a foam roller is essentially a more affordable way to give yourself a deep tissue massage. By slowing rolling over various areas of your body, you'll help break up adhesions and scar tissue and speed up the healing and recovery process after your workout.

Use it to loosen up common areas of tightness such as your outer thigh (iliotibial band, ITB), quadriceps, or upper back. Need to work out a few knots in your upper back? Image By.