Author Archives: Anthony Caruana

PSA: Don’t listen to Gwyneth Paltrow’s health advice

I’ve mentioned before that taking advice from unqualified celebrities when it comes to health is a bad idea. While they might be well intentioned, good intentions are not the same a good advice. On that note – please stay away from – the health, wellness and lifestyle business operated by Gwyneth Paltrow. There’s too much in it that is either misinformed of frankly dangerous to take a chance that something in it might be useful.

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SUUNTO Launches Entry-Level Spartan Trainer Wrist HR

Suunto has expanded the Spartan family of sports watches with the new Spartan Trainer Wrist HR. The Spartan Trainer is smaller than its older siblings, yet delivers great, versatile training features, daily activity tracking, as well as wrist heart rate measurement by biometrics supplier Valencell.

Bye-bye Strava – why you lost me as a customer and advocate

For the last couple of years, I’ve been a Strava user. I’ve enjoyed the social aspects of the service, it’s been a useful tool for tracking mileage and other training metrics, and I’ve been inspired and encouraged by the activities of the Strava community. So much so that I’ve paid the money and been a Premium user.
But I’ve discovered something – and I’m not alone. Strava has an accuracy issue.

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Strava for Apple Watch 2 Updated – does Strava have an accuracy issue?

Strava has been my “go to” running and cycling app for a while now. Although I prefer to not run with my phone, Apple and Nike’s decision to not allow easy sharing from the NRC app or Apple’s own Workout app means I prefer not to use those apps.

Strava has been promising an update to their app that uses the new Apple Watch’s integrated GPS receiver. They delivered that update last week.

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Garmin announces the Approach G30

Garmin has announced the Approach G30 golf GPS device. The Approach G30 has a 2.3-inch colour touchscreen with full course mapping to more than 40,000 courses around the world plus free map updates. Green View and Touch Targeting give accurate yardage info, and players can track their stats and performance over each round and over time.

The Approach G30 features a built-in high-sensitivity GPS, so users will get accurate distances to greens, hazards and doglegs, even if they’re under heavy tree cover. The Approach G30 also has a dedicated Green View, which shows the shape of the green, and allows users to manually position the pin to get the most accurate distance information.

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Adidas to shutdown miCoach

Adidas has announced that they will be pulling down the shutters on the miCoach platform. Development of their Train & Run app and miCoach website have ceased.

The service will continue operating until 31 December 2018 with members being treated to free premium membership to Runtastic. That’s not surprising since Adidas acquired Runtastic. It makes sense to consolidate the services and gives Adidas access to a broader user community.

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Lumos smart-helmet

The Lumos is a cycling helmet that adds lights to increase visibility. It also includes turn indicators and, using an accelerometer, can detect when you hit the brakes, letting motorists know when you’re stopping.

Initially developed as a Kickstarter campaign, the Lumos earned over five times its funding goal of $125,000.

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Fitbit – it’s time to drop the grudge against Apple

For the last few years Fitbit has been the dominant player in the growing and lucrative health and fitness wearable market. They have built such a strong brand that fitness wearables are all called “fitbits” in the same way searching on the web is now called “googling” (even if you don’t use Google) or photocopying was called xeroxing.


But that market dominance is coming to an end. One of the largest companies in the world, Apple, is pushing its way into the health and fitness market with the Apple Watch. And while Fitbit integrates south many other exercise and well-being services, they are hanging on like barnacles to a grudge with Apple and won’t make their platform available to Apple Watch owners.

Why is this? To answer that we need to look back a few years.

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