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Strap on your Fitbit to raise cash for charity

Ben Gourlay | Jul 4, 2016 at 11:35 pm CDT

Fitness tracking company Fitbit have launched a great initiative for Australian customers, which will see a lump sum donation made to the Heart Foundation if its users hit a collective activity goal.

Strap on your Fitbit to raise cash for charity |

Starting in just five days time, the FitForGood promotion encourages users to take part in a collective 2 billion step goal between July 11 and July 25. Should that goal be met, Fitbit will make a $100,000 donation to the Heart Foundation to continue their work to educate the public about heart disease and encourage Australians to remain active. With physical inactivity a leading factor in nearly 10,000 deaths in Australia each year, the FitForGood challenge hopes to raise awareness around heart health and get Australians moving.

With registrations in the program now open , if you're in the land down under, strap on your Fitbit Charge HR or Fitbit Blaze and help meet the goal!

Fitbit introduces Alta, a stylish new customisable activity tracker

Ben Gourlay | Feb 3, 2016 at 11:11 pm CST

Market leading fitness tracking outfit Fitbit announced a forthcoming new model overnight, dubbed 'Alta', which the company hopes will reinvigorate the low-end of the market.

Fitbit introduces Alta, a stylish new customisable activity tracker |

With a slimmer profile thanks to the use of a new OLED display, and a stylish design which caters for the more fashion-conscious who like to bling their accessories, the Alta will come to market with an array of replacement bands, including a 'stainless steel silver bangle' (and a gold option coming down the line) and looks to be unashamedly marketed at the ladies. Unlike the top-end Fitbit Charge HR and Surge activity trackers, the Alta doesn't feature an in-built heart rate monitor, but does include the usual features such as activity and exercise tracking, alongside sleep monitoring and a new 'reminders to move' nudges to get you up and away from the computer desk, and SMS and call notifications previously only found in the Surge.

The Fitbit Alta is due to hit the market next month for $130 USD and $199 AUD, alongside the new Fitbit Blaze.

Fake Fitbit activity trackers intercepted by U.S. customs

Ben Gourlay | Jan 13, 2016 at 06:22 pm CST

Counterfeiter operations are clearly getting increasingly sophisticated, as evidenced by a shipment of fake Fitbit activity trackers from Hong Kong, which looked apparently very close to the genuine article.

Fake Fitbit activity trackers intercepted by U.S. customs |

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection who seized the shipment of counterfeit Fitbit watches, the collection of 350 devices had a street value of around $35,000 USD and were intercepted due to their copyright breaches. Susan Stranieri, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Philadelphia said "Customs and Border Protection will continue to work closely with our trade and consumer safety partners to identify and seize counterfeit and substandard merchandise, especially those products that pose potential harm to American consumers. Intellectual property rights enforcement is a CBP priority trade issue, and a mission that we take very seriously."

Probably bound for the likes of eBay, prospective Fitbit purchasers would be encouraged to look at legitimate outfits only - they're much better that way.

Fitbit announce Blaze fitness watch, featuring color touchscreen

Ben Gourlay | Jan 5, 2016 at 04:25 pm CST

Fitness watch market leader Fitbit have unveiled their latest offering at CES, the company's first colour touchscreen fitness watch for the most fashion conscious fitness fanatics. The Fitbit blaze will markets worldwide from March and sit between the Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge models. Unlike the latter model, Blaze will drop the onboard GPS function, but will feature 'connected GPS'; the ability to leverage GPS from a smartphone via Bluetooth.

Fitbit announce Blaze fitness watch, featuring color touchscreen |

Despite the addition of a colour screen - a first for the company, battery life is still expected to last around 5 days per charge. While the Blaze undoubtedly shares some of the physical characteristics of it's nearest competitor - the Apple Watch, the truth is Fitbit aren't straying too far from their strengths. Blaze is built from the ground up to be a fitness watch first and foremost and users won't be able to load their own apps. Still, you will be able to trick it out with a slew of accessory bands and other extras which will accompany the launch at retail.

Blaze is now available for pre-order online for $199 USD or $329 AUD.

Canada is selling 'fresh hand bottled air' to polluted Chinese cities

Derek Strickland | Dec 17, 2015 at 11:42 am CST

As China's smog and pollution stretch like a shadow of death and disease over the overseas country, Canadian entrepreneurs have found a way to profit from the gloom.

Canada is selling 'fresh hand bottled air' to polluted Chinese cities |

In a business tactic that would make Spaceball's Presdient Skroob smile in delight, Canadian startup Vitality Air is selling "hand bottled" cans of air to China's smog-choked citizens. China's pollution problem has become so dire that Beijing recently issued a red alert, forcing residents to stay indoors away from the toxic air. Naturally the demand for fresh, clean air--Perriair, anyone?--has surged, and business is booming from the Canadian air-hawkers. "We shipped a sample of 500 bottles to China...they sold out within a week-and-a-half," said Vitality Air co-founder Moses Lam said. "People were buying 10 bottles at a time. It's been crazy, crazy."

The bottled air consists of "crisp mountain air Banff National Park in Canada" and ships in 7.7 liter spray bottles that promise up to 150 breaths of fresh air. The bottles, which promise "100% Rocky Mountain air", are affixed to a facemask and administered in a similar fashion as hospital oxygen masks. The Vitality Fresh air cans cost $32CAD with $9 flat shipping across the globe, translating to about 192 Yuan per bottle.

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Caffeinated Gummi Bears are now a real thing

Chris Smith | Dec 2, 2015 at 04:35 am CST

There has been some interesting energized caffeine-loaded products in recent years, with my first thought going back to a small-scale sponsorship of internet radio station netGameRadio by FOOSH mints back in 2010, claiming to offer similar caffeine to a cup of coffee within a breath mint.

Caffeinated Gummi Bears are now a real thing |

Around rolls 2015 and technology is just that more crazy. We've got desktop NVIDIA GTX 980 GPUs in our laptops and are often carrying around more computing power in our pocket then we ever had sitting on the computer desk. In addition to these great advancements is the creation of new food - enter the caffeinated Gummi Bear range, produced by Caffeine Conjurors.

While its brand name is spelt differently than one might expect, this company makes some interesting products. They make things ranging from caffeine-boosted coffee to 'jitterbeans' - jellybeans that are guaranteed to make you a little uneasy when seated. Check out the whole range for yourself here. You can even win some for yourself over at the Australian PC Gamers Facebook Group.

Technology reaches a new peak, ride your suitcase

Chris Smith | Nov 18, 2015 at 09:33 am CST

Trunki was a cool way for your kids to ride their suitcase around the house, streets or airport alike, helping save many tired and cranky tantrums in the near future. Adults may now rejoice as Rob Law, the creator of Trunki, has announced a big version for big kids!

Said to span four years of development and hundreds of prototypes, this new model will be able to accommodate those weighing up to 220 pounds, providing a somewhat 'inline skate' wheel structure, made up of two sets of wheel pairs. Named the 'Jurni', this new model also features a handle for manual movement, plus plenty of different interior modes.

Currently live on Indiegogo, you can purchase one yourself for $99 plus shipping.

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Elon Musk wasn't joking about this plan to 'nuke Mars'

Chris Smith | Oct 4, 2015 at 04:26 am CDT

Speaking recently, Elon Musk told all who would listen that he was interested in warming up the red planet, telling Stephen Colbert that he thinks that 'Nuking' Mars is a great idea.

There is a method to his madness. He's not talking about blowing up this planet Star Wars Imperial style, but actually intending to use fusion bombs at each pole, exploding them to function as a temporary and artificial 'sun'. Musk is predicting that these super-hot explosions will help rapidly heat the surface of mars, ensuring life can be created.

Explaining his thoughts to the audience, Musk stated that these explosions should be set off "every several seconds," adding that "a lot of people don't appreciate that our sun is a giant fusion explosion." Unfortunately, he wasn't able to provide any more scientific evidence on this talk show so we're interested to see if some scientists can prove this theory as a plausible.

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Australians can now see a doctor through video link thanks to Telstra

Chris Smith | Jul 3, 2015 at 05:31 am CDT

We've all seen the memes about misdiagnosis through WebMD and now Telstra is offering Australians the ability to see a qualified doctor through the internet, courtesy of ReadyCare.

Australians can now see a doctor through video link thanks to Telstra |

Free of Government assistance, ReadyCare will not be 'bulk billed' and this collaboration with Medgate will set users back $76 AU per session. Even though the payment is high, Telstra's Dr Amandeep Hansra justifies it through the prevention of virus': "Services like this will decrease the risk of infection because if somebody has got the flu and they're sitting there waiting in the GP's waiting room they're coughing and spreading it; the same goes for hospital emergency departments."

Dr Chris Mitchell from the clinical advisory panel agrees, commenting on the swine flu epidemic being a major cause for using this service "dangerous honeypot situation for spreading infectious diseases."

SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg's death confirmed as gym accident

Chris Smith | May 5, 2015 at 01:07 am CDT

Recently we reported on the unfortunate and unexpected death of SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg, announced by his brother with little information attached.

SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg's death confirmed as gym accident |

We've now received word that it occurred whilst exercising at a Mexican resort gym, seeing the 47 year old collapse while running on a treadmill and with the Mexican Government stating that he "cracked his head open." With the discovery made around 6:30pm, Goldberg was found on the ground in a pool of blood as reported by The New York Times.

His family has planned a private funeral service in Silicon Valley to commemorate his life.