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A federal lawsuit targeting Apple and its popular AirTags tracker says the tech device that was created to help people track down their lost keys and wallets has “become the weapon of choice of stalkers and abusers.”

The lawsuit accuses Apple of negligently marketing AirTags despite warnings from privacy experts and advocates for domestic violence victims that they easily could be misused.

The suit, filed in northern California, seeks nationwide certification as a class action — meaning it would apply to others as well as the two women who filed it — and more than $5 million in damages.

The stalking dangers it points to mirror the findings of a Chicago Sun-Times investigation last May that found numerous reports of AirTags planted on unsuspecting victims in Chicago.

Soon after AirTags first became available in April 2021, stalkers in Chicago figured out how to attach them to their victims’ cars and other items, the Sun-Times found. Between July 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, people filed 33 police reports saying AirTags were used to track them, without their knowledge, via Bluetooth technology.

“It’s the exact same thing,” says Gillian L. Wade, the Los Angeles lawyer who filed the lawsuit on behalf of a Texas woman who says she was stalked after breaking off a three-month relationship and a New York woman who says her ex-husband stalked her by putting AirTags in their child’s backpack.

The Texas plaintiff, Lauren Hughes, was harassed so badly in 2021, the suit says, that she decided to move to a new apartment. But the suit says that, while staying at a hotel before the move, she was horrified to find an AirTag attached to a rear wheel well of her car. The suit says the man also taunted her on social media, posting a photo from her new neighborhood with a winking emoji and a hashtag referring to AirTags.

The tracking devices are easy to use, accurate and inexpensive, selling for about $29 each.

They emit signals that are detected by Bluetooth sensors in any nearby Apple product, creating what the lawsuit describes as a network of “hundreds of millions” of Apple devices in the United States. That ubiquitous Apple network makes AirTags highly accurate but also “uniquely harmful,” the suit says.

It says outside experts warned Apple that AirTags could be misused but that the tech giant dismissed those concerns, falsely touting the product as “stalker-proof.”

“It’s a dangerous product that they released into the marketplace knowingly,” Wade says.

Attorney Gillian L. Wade.

Attorney Gillian L. Wade.

Apple did not respond to requests for comment.

Last spring, the company said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms any malicious use of our products.” It also said then that it was willing to work with police to identify Apple IDs that are paired with AirTags used in stalking cases.

AirTags do have features to prevent misuse, including a notification to iPhone users letting them know an AirTag is in their vicinity.

The device also emits a chime when it’s away from its owner for a period of time, which the lawsuit says ranges from eight to 24 hours. 

Critics say those measures aren’t enough because the notification isn’t instant, and the chime isn’t particularly loud or distinctive and can be disabled.

People with Android phones don’t get a notification. They need to get a free Tracker Detect app and frequently check it to have any hope of detecting an unwanted tracker, the suit says.

The lawsuit notes that AirTags were used to track victims in two murders — one in Akron, Ohio, last January in which an ex-boyfriend stalked and shot a woman and then killed himself, the other in Indianapolis in June in which a woman was accused of tracking her boyfriend, whom she suspected of cheating, to a bar and then running him over with a car.

The suit accuses Apple of negligence for selling a product with a known design defect. It also says the trackers violate California’s privacy law.

The Sun-Times found complaints about AirTag stalking all over the city, with victims often puzzled at first at how their abusers found them — until they discovered hidden AirTags. 

Wade says that since the lawsuit was filed Monday, she has heard “horrifying” stories from around the country from other women and men who said they were stalked using AirTags.

“What we really want here is for people to be safe,” she says. “This puts your privacy in the control of somebody else — and your autonomy and your safety. And it’s just not OK.”

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Killexams : Holiday tech deals live blog: The best deals you can still get on Apple, Samsung, TVs, PS5 restocks, computers, tablets and more
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The holiday season is here, which means it's time to finish up your Hanukkah and Christmas shopping. Fortunately, there are plenty of deals available on the season's hottest tech at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Samsung, Target, Kohl's and more. Don't wait until the last minute this year: The best and most-crave worthy gadgets from Apple, Samsung, Amazon, JBL, Razer, Eero and other top brands are on sale now.

To help you keep track of all the best deals, we've started this Ultimate Holiday Tech Deals Live Blog. It's your one-stop source for all the best deals, whether you're looking for a new pair of Apple AirPods Pro 2 for someone's stocking or a new Lenovo tablet to put under the Christmas tree.

Take a look at our curated selection of deals below, or use the links to hop directly to each retailer's tech deals.

Fri, 09 Dec 2022 01:06:00 -0600 en-US text/html
Killexams : Apple Stock: A Troublesome Tryst With Technicals
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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock has had a troublesome tryst with technicals as of late. The company's share price has been moving lower in a downward broadening channel (bearish megaphone pattern) throughout 2022. While some investors may see Apple trading ~20% below its all-time highs as a great dip buying opportunity, others may be concerned about further downside risk in the stock. The megaphone pattern often results in significant moves (to the upside or downside depending on the bullish or bearish nature of the megaphone), and hence, investor caution here is warranted.

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Despite a challenging macroeconomic backdrop and extremely tough comps, Apple's business performance has remained steadfast so far this year. However, things may be about to change soon, with recent production issues in China (i.e., strikes at Foxconn's plant in China and subsequent scale-up problems) estimated to create a shortfall of ~5-20M iPhones, which would, in turn, lead to lower sales and profits. While these fluctuations are temporary in nature, the need for Apple to diversify its supply chain away from China has become obvious, and this transition could lead to lower margins in the future. But I digress.

In this note, we will focus solely on Apple's technical chart to gauge the next big move in Apple's stock.

What Is Mr. Market Telling Us About Apple's Stock Through This Megaphone Pattern?

As I said earlier, Apple's stock chart is showing a bearish megaphone pattern, which could portend to outsized moves to the downside - like the one we saw in S&P500 (SPY) back in 2008-09. Back in mid-2008, SPY was sitting ~20% off its highs and displayed a similar pattern to what we see currently in Apple's stock. What followed next for S&P500 was a -50% decline!

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Now, I am not saying that Apple will slide down by 50% from current levels just because S&P500 did so back in 2008-09. All I am saying is that such a megaphone pattern could result in a significant move to the downside. Now, let us look a little deeper into Apple's chart.

Within the bearish megaphone pattern, Apple has formed a symmetric triangle pattern in latest weeks. The symmetric triangle pattern in stocks is when the prices of a security move in a symmetrical fashion. The prices will move higher and lower, but the overall trend will be sideways. This occurs as the buyers and sellers battle for control of the security. The symmetric triangle pattern in stocks is a consolidation pattern that usually forms during a downtrend. The pattern is made up of two trendlines, one downward sloping & one rising, that converge as the price action within the pattern tightens. Once the price breaks out of the triangle, it typically moves in the direction of the previous trend, which in this case, is downwards. Theoretically, the next big move in Apple's stock should be to the downside on a breakdown of this symmetric triangle pattern.

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Now, technical analysis is all about probabilities, and Apple could break down from here or break out to the upside and run higher! As investors or traders, it is our responsibility to evaluate the risk/reward of given setups and make informed investment decisions.

In Apple's case, a breakout to the upside from the $150 level could send the stock rallying up to $160-165, i.e., the upper trendline of the downward broadening channel. On the other hand, if Apple's stock suffers a breakdown of the $134 level, it could quickly slide down to the $80-110 zone. Clearly, the downside risk is far greater than the upside potential in the near term.

Alright, it's time to zoom into the chart and see what's going on underneath the surface. As you can see below, all of Apple's latest local peaks have been rejections from the 200-DMA level, which is acting as strong resistance for the stock. This is a bearish signal indicating that Apple's stock lacks momentum.

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In my view, the resolution of the symmetrical triangle pattern is likelier to be a breakdown to the downside than a breakout to the upside. Technically, the near-term (< 12 months) outlook for Apple's stock is bearish.

Conclusion: Avoid Buying Apple's Stock

As an investor, I like to buy and hold companies for the long haul, and Apple is an incredible business to own. That said, I have reservations about its current valuation, as shared in multiple articles in the past. Apple is one of the strongest consumer discretionary businesses on the face of this planet; however, it ain't a recession-proof business or stock and shouldn't be priced like a utility (as it's being priced right now).

Today's technical analysis exercise showed that - Apple's stock is ripe for a big near-term move within the bearish megaphone pattern formed on the chart. A breakout to the upside from the symmetrical triangle pattern (~$150 level) could send Apple's stock soaring up to ~$165-170. On the other hand, a breakdown of the $134 level could send the stock tumbling down to the $80-110 zone. Clearly, the risk/reward here is tilted in favor of bears. Also, we saw that Apple's stock had been rejected from the 200-DMA level multiple times in latest weeks, and that's a bearish signal.

If you follow my work, you know that I do not take short positions in individual stocks, and I am not going to start now (especially with Apple). However, I see a precarious technical setup in Apple's chart, and I wouldn't buy here. The conclusion of today's technical analysis is in alignment with my fundamental view on Apple's stock, which can be found in this note: Is Apple Stock A Good Pick If The Economy Enters A Recession?

Key Takeaway: I rate Apple "Avoid/Neutral/Hold" at $141.

Thanks for reading, and happy investing. Please share your thoughts, questions, and/or concerns in the comments section below.

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Killexams : The Apple Watch is getting two new running features I can't wait to try

Apple isn’t quite finished with the updates to its watches and there are two big ones coming soon that’ll make a difference if you’re using the watch for serious training. I’ve run over 100 miles with the Apple Watch, alternating between wearing the Apple Watch Ultra and my Apple Watch Series 8 on my wrist, and there are two new features I’m looking forward to dropping — Automatic Track Detection and Race Route. 

Both are coming soon, but if you’re using your Apple Watch for serious running training, you’ll want to listen up. 

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Killexams : NYPD moves ahead with Eric Adams’ new mental illness policy, despite lack of training

Big Apple cops have yet to receive training or detailed guidance on how to enforce Mayor Adams’ new mental health plan — but NYPD brass wants them to implement it anyway, according to a new order obtained by The Post.

The one-page memo mostly reiterates NYPD’s existing policy: Cops are allowed to bring a homeless person to the hospital for a psych evaluation against their will if they pose a threat to themselves or others.

But under Adams’ hastily rolled out policy, police must decide whether to bring someone in if they’re unable to take care of themselves — and can do so even without that person’s cooperation.

“Officers should continue to remove a person for evaluation when that person appears mentally ill and the person’s actions present a threat of serious harm to themselves or others,” reads the order from Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell dated Tuesday morning.

“But officers should also be aware that removal is also appropriate when a person appears to be mentally ill and incapable of meeting basic human needs and such neglect is likely to result in serious harm to that person.”

Sewell’s directive provides one example of an ” incoherent person” with three general factors to consider for an involuntary transport: if the person is “unable to assess and safely navigate their surroundings;” if the officers believe they can’t find shelter or food, or other things “need for survival.”

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Police must decide whether to bring someone in if they’re unable to take care of themselves — and can do so even without that person’s cooperation.
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The order — issued one week after Adams’ announcement — says “additional training will be forthcoming to all members of service.”

It also advises cops to reach out to the NYPD’s Legal Bureau “at all times” for direction.

Under the old policy, cops could only ask a person if they wanted to be taken to the hospital for mental treatment.

A police spokesperson said that the memo was written in consultation with the city Law Department and police attorneys. 

“Officers already receive significant training on encounters with those experiencing mental illness as well as their authority to conduct removals,” the spokesman said, adding that training has started in the police academy. 

The new memo comes amid a scramble by police leadership to enact the mayor’s plan, the announcement of which The Post previously reported caught brass off guard.

NYPD officials initially said they were first made aware of the new plan when it was announced, but hours later, walked back that statement, denying leadership was blindsided and that it’s been in the works for “months.”

Multiple high-placed sources confirmed to The Post, though, that police brass and NYPD lawyers rushed in the days after the announcement to get the policy on the books.

One police source who has advised on NYPD Patrol Guide policy raised red flags over the vague wording that leaves the guidance open to wide interpretation.

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Mayor Adams’ new plan seeks to have more homeless people with mental illness involuntarily taken to hospitals by the NYPD.
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“Just to say mentally ill is such a broad statement … I don’t even know if they know what it means,” the source said, adding they didn’t believe the mayor’s policy would hold up in court.

But the source said the Adams administration — specifically the mayor — doesn’t want any pushback when rolling out his plans.

“So now what you have is NYPD Legal trying to almost make up stuff to appease whoever the decision-maker is without any disagreement,” the source said.

The NYPD has a training program for dealing with mentally ill people on the streets, though it does not include anything on involuntary transports, sources say.

Police have tens of thousands of interactions with homeless people each year.

In 2019, cops made contact with roughly 125,000 people with only about 3,000 accepting various services, not just for mental health.

On Thursday, lawyers and activists filed the first legal challenge to Adams’ new plan, asking a judge to halt its implementation because of alleged human rights violations.

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Killexams : USC to launch free Apple coding course for South Carolinians The University of South Carolina and Apple have partnered together to launch a free coding certification course in the Spring 2023 semester. © Provided by Myrtle Beach-Florence WMBF-TV The University of South Carolina and Apple have partnered together to launch a free coding certification course in the Spring 2023 semester.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The University of South Carolina and Apple have partnered together to launch a free coding certification course in the Spring 2023 semester.

The course will teach Apple’s iOS language to students at USC and residents across South Carolina.

The pilot course is led by a post-doctoral fellow at USC, Noble Anumbe, and will begin in January 2023.

Participants in the course will earn a certification for application development at no cost.

“This free certification course is a wonderful example of how the university is partnering with leading industries and the state of South Carolina to deliver students and residents of underserved areas the skills they need to be more competitive,” said USC President Michael Amiridis.

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Killexams : Stop Buying New Apple Devices

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Whether you love or hate Apple, we can all agree on one thing: Their products are expensive. Apple’s iPhones can easily cost over $1,000, and MacBooks require a mortgage just to look at them. The thing is, you don’t need to buy these devices new in order to get the perks of buying new.

The better way to shop Apple is to shop refurbished. If you haven’t heard of Apple’s Certified Refurbished store, that’s likely because Apple doesn’t advertise it much. After all, the company would prefer you to buy one of its latest products on the front page of its site. But if you’re not going to do that, it’d still like to sell you something, even if that something is previously used.

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With the Certified Refurbished store, Apple sells used devices at a discount. Depending on the device, the price cut can be modest or generous. As of this article, you can pick up a refurbished M1 MacBook Air for 15% off, leaving it $849 instead of $999. Apple lists this refurbished 512GB iPhone 11 Pro Max for $899, $400 less than its retail value. That’s a 30% discount.

These devices all have a varied history behind them: Some might be devices returned by customers for having a defect, like a dead pixel on a MacBook display, or an iPhone that couldn’t make calls. Others might be older devices customers traded in for a new one, like when someone upgrades from an iPhone 11 to an iPhone 14. Still others may be “open box” devices, when customers decide they don’t want the product within the 14-day return period, but have used the device, preventing Apple from being able to sell the product as new to another customer.

You won’t know your device’s past when you buy it refurbished. All you’ll know is it, and the rest of the Certified Refurbished devices, go through the same quality control process to ensure they’re in good working order. Devices like iPhones receive fresh batteries and new outer shells, so they should last all day and appear brand new. All devices go through “rigorous” testing and cleaning, to meet certain standards Apple sets. Best of all, they’re covered by the same one-year warranty new Apple products are, so if something goes wrong in that window, Apple will fix it for you. You can even add AppleCare+ to the device if you want to.

One unknown perk, too, is these devices qualify for Apple’s free services. If a product comes with four-month trial of Apple News+, a three-month trial of Apple Music, and a three-month trial of Apple TV+, you’ll get it with the refurbished item the same as you would with the brand-new one, extending the value even further.

All that applies to purchasing refurbished through an authorized Apple reseller, too. If you find a good deal on refurbished Beats through Best Buy, jump on it! You’ll save big and have free Apple perks to boot. Just double-check your warranty status when going outside Apple directly. Stores have their own limited warranties (Best Buy’s is 90 days), and the purchase won’t automatically fall under Apple’s one-year warranty. But a simple call to Apple support with your sales receipt is all it takes to activate the warranty, so it’s a safe bet.

Of course, refurbished items aren’t mass produced. Apple or one of its resellers only have what they have, based on the items returned by customers. That’s why you’ll see massive turnover on these refurbished stores. Once something’s gone, it’s gone. If you see a good discount on an Apple device you’ve been eyeing, don’t think it’ll be there in the morning.

Now, when it comes to used tech, there are a lot of options. You might find the prices on refurbished Apple devices to still be a bit high, when compared to the deep discounts you find on other used sites. You likely can save more money buying used outside of refurbished, but it’s a trade-off. You lose the protections Apple affords with its quality control and one-year warranty, meaning you run the risk of that discounted MacBook not working as expected. Plus, an eBay seller isn’t going to get you a free Apple Music trial, and we all know that’s why we buy Apple devices in the first place.

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Killexams : Gift Guide: On-the-go fitness tech to boost their training anywhere

Keeping fit doesn’t need a lot of technology. A decent pair of running shoes and an exercise mat might just do it. But of course sometimes a little extra tech can deliver an inspiring boost — so long as whatever it is is useful, accessible and can move with you.

The smart spot for fitness tech is stuff that enhances and/or motivates training and performance. Think well designed kit, easy to access expertise, and trackers that deliver meaningful, actionable feedback, rather than expensive gym-style machinery that locks you into a subscription and chains you to the same static hardware every day.

So this holiday season if you’re buying a gift for a fitness lover or that special athlete in your life check out our round-up of smarter gift ideas — picked for their on-the-go potential to up their game or boost training anywhere.

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Beats Fit Pro exercise-friendly earbuds

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Exercising is often either a solo slog or a distracting cacophony at the gym so a good pair of headphones is a must. Just pop on a podcast or your favorite motivational music and off you go. But which buds to pick for a fitness fanatic? Apple-owned Beats’ Fit Pro earbuds are — as the name suggests — designed with physical activity in mind. So there’s at least a half-decent chance they won’t ping out mid run or slip out in a rain of fresh sweat.

As with Apple’s own brand AirPods, the Beats buds feature active noise cancelling but also a transparency mode so the wearer can stay aware of their surroundings — an essential consideration for road runners. For something a little less standard, the line had an update this summer when Beats announced a collaboration with Kim Kardashian, on a trio of nude/flesh toned Beats Fit Pro ‘phones — for an understated fashion statement.

Price: $200 from Amazon

Apple Fitness+ subscription

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If you’re buying for an iPhone user, a subscription to Apple’s Fitness+ service could be a quick win — putting all sorts of video and audio workouts on tap on their device, from low intensity yoga to high octane HIIT. Back in October, Apple opened up access to Fitness+ by no longer requiring subscribers also own an Apple Watch so it’s more accessible than ever.

One gifting niggle: You can’t buy a dedicated Fitness+ gift sub from Apple — you’d have to purchase a general Apple Gift Card, instead.

Price: For an idea of how much to load on the Gift Card, the cost of Fitness+ is $9.99 per month — or you could splash out $79.99 for a year’s access.


ClassPass Gift Card

A solid gift idea for a gym bunny who’s always on the road or just easily bored: ClassPass’s monthly fitness membership could be just the ticket as it gives the holder access to a million boutique workaround studios around the world — letting them change up their routine to suit their mood, location, energy level and so on. Activities on offer run the gamut from yoga and pilates to dance, barre, boxing, bootcamp and many more.

ClassPass membership requires a subscription but your recipient doesn’t have to be a member already as there’s a gift purchase option. This lets you choose an amount to deliver — which can then be redeemed against a membership of their choosing.

Price: Varies by length of membership, but suggested gift amounts start at $50.

Fitbit Versa 4 smart watch

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Google-owned Fitbit has been honing a range of fitness smart watches for several years in a bid to challenge the Apple Watch’s dominance of the wearable category, building out from humble beginnings flogging step-tracking wristbands. Marketing for its Versa 4 smart watch touts “better results” from workout routines, thanks to features like a “daily readiness” score to help the wearer pick between a challenging workout or opting for a recovery day. It can also suggest workouts; provide a recommended daily active minutes goal; and serve up a wellness report (drawing on health tracking trends over the past 30 days) — as well as offering partner workouts on-demand — although you’ll need a premium subscription to access these extra bells & whistles (but six months comes bundled free with the smart watch so your recipient will get a good taster). Minus premium, the Fitbit Versa offers the usual core workout tracking plus real-time stats access that smart watches have become best known for.

Price: $230 for the smart watch from Amazon; $9.99 per month for premium (once free trial expires)

Whoop 4.0 membership

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Move over smart watches! Whoop’s faceless fitness band is geared towards athletes who are serious about tracking their performance and recovery in order to dial up their training and competitive potential. The company claims its sensor-packed tracker yields the “most in-depth fitness and health feedback” available on a wearable — touting “best in class” accuracy measurements that keep tabs on key vital signs like blood oxygen, skin temperature and heart rate metrics — with all this data put to work providing an individual “strain” score which is intended to smartly steer the wearer’s training. Other features include a haptic alarm that can be set to wake the wearer at an optimal time based on sleep needs and cycles (good luck not being late to the office with that though.)

Whoop’s wearable is sold as a fitness subscription with the latest version of the hardware bundled into the membership price. But gift subscriptions are available, with either a one year or two year membership priced at $300 and $480 respectively.

The company also sells a range of undergarments that are compatible with its tracking hardware, as they’re able to house the sensing pod next to your skin — which could make a nice alternative gift for an already paid-up Whoop member.

Price: Depends on length of membership


Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 racing shoes

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Touted by sportsware giant Nike as one of the fastest shoe it’s ever made, the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 is ‘smart’ in the sense of being highly engineered for a feeling of speed. Packing a full length carbon fiber underfoot plate, the design creates a feeling of propulsion that’s designed to motivate runners to dig deep and up their pace. Layered below that is Nike’s cushiony ZoomX foam for added energetic bounce. Up top, the sneaker fabric incorporates a lightweight mesh for breathability.

The shoe is available in men’s and women’s models and a range of eye-popping colors. Gift heaven for runners.

Price: $250

Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind 2 run-tracking shoes

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What about a pair of shoes that automatically track your run? These lightweight Under Armour kicks (available in men’s or women’s models) have built in sensors that let them track metrics like cadence, foot strike angle, stride length, splits etc so there’s no need to strap on a smart watch or other type of exercise tracker. The sneakers connect to UA’s MapMyRun service to power run analysis, with access to the service bundled with the shoe up to December 31, 2024.

As well as capturing and crunching the runner’s data, UA’s digital fitness platform — which has its origins in its 2013 acquisition of MapMyFitness — provides motivational features, letting the wearer set goals and participate in monthly challenges. The “smart coaching” experience also includes personalized, audio running tips in real-time. And while the sneakers need pairing to a phone (via Bluetooth) and may require updating, at least there’s no manual charging required.

Price: $160

Agogie Resistance Pants

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For the exercise lover who’s not big on apps (or ‘smart’ gadgets), these resistance pants offer a neat low-tech fitness gift option. There’s no tracking or quantification built in — just a little extra physical challenge since the pants come with eight elastic resistance bands sewn into seams running along the legs. The idea is that this will make your usual workout a little tougher by default as the added resistance activates muscles and works them a bit harder, helping boost strength and tone. The pants come in two grades of resistance, as well as in men’s and women’s sizes, with a variety of color options.

Price: $129 from Amazon

Straffr smart resistance band

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Give the gift of gym-class style inspiration on the go! German startup Straffr’s smart resistance band bestows its holder with the power perform strength training workouts wherever they are and gives them real-time feedback.

The stretchy band contains sensors running along its length so it can quantify workout performance as you move. The band connects via Bluetooth to a mobile device running Straffr’s companion app — which dispenses feedback verbally as you flex, as well as logging stats, tracking progress and offering a bunch of on-demand strength and HIIT training workouts to help you structure a strength training session.

The smart band is available in two strength grades: Medium (5-15 kg) or Strong (15-25kg).

Price: €99.99 (~$103) or €119.99 ($124) respectively.


Lumen track-it-and-hack-it metabolic fitness

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Lumen, a portable breath-testing CO2 sensor, came to market a few years ago. It’s the brainchild of a pair of endurance athletes who went looking for ways to better understand the impact of nutrition and workouts on their bodies to boost their performance. They came across an existing metabolic measurement, called RQ (Respiratory Quotient) — aka, the gold standard for measuring the metabolic fuel usage of an individual — which had been used by top-performing athletes for years but was expensive and difficult for a general consumer to access. Hence they set out to democratize access to elite metabolic tracking.

The upshot is a hand-held breath tester that they claim is able to measure an individual’s RQ in one breath and tell them whether their body is burning carbs or fats to get energy. The companion app guides the user to act on this metabolic tracking — nudging them to Strengthen their metabolic flexibility through diet and exercise suggestions. How is all this good for fitness? Basically, better metabolic health means more energy available to knock it out of the park when you’re working out. So it’s about fuelling right to optimize athletic potential. Though it’s worth emphasizing that Lumen’s approach remains experimental, given the use of novel, proprietary technology.

The product is sold as a subscription service with the breath-testing hardware bundled as part of the initial sign-up price. Packages start at $249 for the Lumen and six months of service (after which the monthly price is $25). To gift the $249-six-month package Lumen offers a Gift Card service which emails a notification to your recipient and ships the product once they redeem it.

Price: Subscription plan starts at $250

Ultrahuman’s activity sensitive smart ring

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A rising trend in fitness-related health data is more general consumer use of continuous glucose monitoring tech — which was originally designed for diabetes management. CGMs contain sensing filaments which the user ‘wears’ in the skin of their arm to track their blood sugar swings — a form of semi-invasive tracking that’s being explored as a way to quantify diet and lifestyle and, the claim is, optimize how you exercise. Indian startup Ultrahuman is one of several fitness-focused firms commercializing CGM tech in latest years — in its case selling a subscription service (its Cyborg/M1 tracker) geared towards improving metabolic health and “supercharging” exercise performance.

A latest addition to its product mix is a smart ring, the eponymous Ultrahuman Ring, which is designed to work with the aforementioned M1 CGM subscription service — linking real-time blood glucose insights with other health data that’s picked up by the sensor-packed ring (the latter tracks the wearer’s sleep quality, stress levels and activity density).

The goal is to get a deeper understanding of the wearer’s metabolic events (since many factors can affect a person’s glucose levels) and serve up better nudges to help them optimize activity and lifestyle. But if buying a CGM as a present seems a bit daunting, the Ultrahuman Ring also works as a standalone (and subscription-free) health and fitness wearable, linked to its companion app. In this scenario the sensing hardware puts the focus on tracking sleep, stress, movement and recovery (with the potential to upgrade the level of tracking by adding an M1 sensor later).

As well as detailed sleep tracking metrics, the Ultrahuman Ring generates a “Movement Index” (aka a measure of physical activity vs inactivity throughout the day to track that balance) and a “Body Index”, based on tracking sleep, activity and stress, to deliver the wearer a steer on how primed they are for activity. So even without any semi-invasive sensor action, Ultrahuman claims the ring will guide its wearer to optimize their activity by finding the lowest effort required to get results.

The ring’s hardware has been designed with workouts in mind so it’s sweat and water resistant (up to 7ft). Plus it has enough built in memory that its owner can workout without needing to also have their phone on them.

Price: $299

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Last month, I found myself in the ocean off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. I was closing my eyes and fidgeting with my snorkel mask in an attempt to get the water out of my goggles without having to return to the surface to regroup. (I learned from our guide shortly before that all you have to do is tilt your head back, press your mask against your face, breath out your nose—and voilà.) This was my first time more than a few feet under in the ocean for more than 15 seconds while using an oxygen supply to explore below the surface. What made the experience all the more unique was the

Apple Watch Ultra on my wrist, allowing me to check details like how deep I was and the water temp (more on that to come).

Fast-forward to the following day, mid-downpour on a muddy trail, chasing the heels of multiple ultra-marathoners and an Olympic sprinter (fine, "chasing the heels of" is generous). The conditions were ideal for messing around with the extra-sensitive touchscreen and grippy buttons as we pushed ourselves through heart-rate zones and tempo intervals.

As the executive health and fitness director at Women's Health, I have the privilege of gear-testing the latest wearables so we know, as a brand, which gadgets out there are worth your investment. When I was offered the opportunity to take the Ultra on a few extreme-sport adventures like these, in an environment fit for its features, it was not only a no-brainer—I knew it was also the only way to accurately gauge for whom, where, and what this piece of tech is for.

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The wearables market is crazy-saturated, yes. And this was certainly not the first time I've tested a fitness tracker that did all the things I needed it to do (running metrics, post-workout data) perfectly well. But this was the first time I used a smartwatch and walked away actually aspiring to do more with my fitness, go harder, and get stronger.

Ahead, a deep dive (ahem) into the three most unique features of the Ultra, how it measured up to the Apple Watch Series 8, and who the next-level sport watch makes sense for.

Apple Watch Ultra Noteworthy Features:

Upgraded compass app with Waypoints and Backtrack

Emergency SOS (via iPhone 14)

Action Button

Water resistance up to 100 meters, Depth app

Oceanic+ dive computer app

Ultra Feature: Compass Waypoints And Backtrack

The Test: Pololu Historic Trail Hike

It hit me as we descended the rocky, slippery first piece of the out-and-back trail in Kapaau: The Ultra had far superior hiking features compared to my Series 8. It could also likely save your life in an emergency in the wilderness.

My phone had zero service so, in theory, losing the trail or getting injured could have been a serious problem. (I was with a small group, so this wasn’t an genuine concern in the moment—don’t worry!) That’s where the Compass Waypoints and Backtrack features came into play.

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With Compass Waypoints, you can create a “Waypoint” (which is kind of like dropping a pin) on your Ultra for where you are in the moment, or manually input a location or specific latitude and longitude points. So, if you need to easily reach (or return to) a campsite or ranger station, for instance, all you have to do is select the Waypoint you’re headed toward, and it shows you what direction the Waypoint is in and how far away it is. As a group, we created Waypoints at the trailhead parking lot as well as the halfway point on the hike, and we then had the freedom to explore the trail safely at our own paces. Think of it like the high-tech version of dropping breadcrumbs.

Even if I had forgotten to create Waypoints, no biggie. Turning on the Compass Backtrack feature at the start of the hike also made it incredibly easy to retrace my steps. Once activated, it used GPS data to log my exact path on my watch face, which I could then follow back to the start. (Backtrack also becomes available automatically if you don’t have Wi-Fi.)

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I witnessed just how helpful these exploring capabilities were for a few hours on a moderate trail I had never hiked before. I felt more in control, safe, and connected to the world—without feeling like the tech distracted me from the experience of being in nature. (FYI: The Ultra battery can last up to 60 hours on low-battery mode for longer treks.)

Who needs it: anyone regularly going off the grid on hiking, backpacking, or climbing excursions—especially solo adventurers

Ultra Feature: Dive And Oceanic+ Apps

The Test: "Snuba" Diving

On day two, half our group went scuba diving, and all of us uncertified athletes headed to Snuba (a crossover between scuba and snorkeling where your air supply floats on the surface of the water). I went in over-confident, thinking only exploring 20 feet below would be child's play. Boy, was I wrong.

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During my initial dive, I struggled to slow down my mouth breathing and felt as if I was hyperventilating. In, out, in out, I reminded myself. I could see on my Ultra face that I was only 20 feet below the surface, and I could float to my raft safely in just a few minutes. But I still felt small and out of control.

It made total sense since it was my first time Snuba-ing, and it's pretty common to feel panicky and claustrophobic when you're 20 feet down and breathing through a mouthpiece for the first time ever. But after a couple of these shallow dives, paired with all the useful info I could access underwater on my wrist, I was hooked.

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How the Ultra came in handy? Unlike the Series 8, the Ultra has a built-in Depth app that measures how deep you are, as well as a water temperature sensor. (These features are also fun for basic snorkeling too.) I enjoyed having the peace of mind knowing how long I'd been under since we had a target time to regroup as a group on the boat.

The Ultra also boasts a water resistance of up t0 around 328 feet, which is roughly twice what the Series 8 can withstand. The extra-large and vivid screen also made it easy to see my stats, while the bright-yellow ocean band made it easy for our guide to spot us all as we explored on our own. (I wasn't wearing a wetsuit, but the band is also designed to fit securely over one.)

For the hardcore scuba divers, it's also worth knowing that the Ultra-exclusive Oceanic+ dive computer app (which you can get in the app store) was created exclusively for the Ultra in partnership with underwater experience company Huish Outdoors—so you know it's legit. It's a real-deal dive computer for recreational diving as deep as 130 feet. I appreciated having an app directly on a wearable I'm already comfortable using. It informed me of key scuba stats, such as exactly how long to take to float to the surface in order to equalize properly (when you equalize the pressure in the ears with the water around you, by pinching and blowing through your nose).

The Oceanic+ app lets you see all of the dive stats I mentioned as well as a no-deco planner (to help you know how much time you can spend underwater without having to pause during your ascent to the surface) and logbook. You can also set handy custom alarms for while you're diving, like if you reach a point where the water gets too cold for your gear. This advanced tech made my Snuba adventure a total blast—and I'm so ready to go after a certification now to go on bigger diving adventures.

Who needs it: watersport enthusiasts such as scuba divers and surfers

Ultra Feature: GPS, Heart Rate Zones, Custom Workouts

The Test: Trail Run On The Kohala Coast

The Series 8 and older Apple Watches have really solid GPS capabilities. But out of them all, the Ultra has the most accurate GPS, even when you're in dense forest or brush or running through tons of tall buildings (hello, NYC).

But one of my favorite details on the Ultra was that the larger screen let me see six lines of metrics while we ran along the coast. Our coach during the trail run (shout-out to Apple fitness+ trainer Josh Crosby for leading a killer cardio session even in the mud!) had us keep tabs on our heart-rate zones, guiding us when to push into a higher zone or pull back, program specific sprint intervals, set tempo goals, and more. These details were all a cinch to program directly on the Ultra in minutes, and easy to read and make changes to mid-run.

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Keep in mind that these new workout metric updates are part of watchOS 9, so you can update the software on a standard Apple Watch to access them too. That being said, I don't know if I would have bothered trying to scroll through screens and stats during a grueling run like this one using my Series 8, given the smaller face and buttons. The larger Ultra screen and indentations on the buttons allowed me to tap and scroll even in the heavy rain and wind.

The Action Button, which is an Ultra-specific design feature, is an additional oversized side button that you can program to automatically launch any watch app that you want. For each activity, I changed mine each day to seamlessly launch Compass Backtrack, Oceanic+, and a custom run workout.

Who needs it: ultra-marathoners and endurance athletes, or anyone with a big distance event on the calendar (or goals of completing one)

Final Thoughts

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Credit: Apple

After returning from Hawaii (sore, tired, and smiling!), I’ve gotten countless texts from friends and family asking whether I *really* think the Ultra is worth the price. My answer is this: If you are a diver; avid hiker, climber, or mountaineer; or regularly participate in endurance races like marathons or triathlons—yes. The Ultra works as hard as you and may even help you perform better, all while keeping you safe.

Don’t have an Apple Watch but plan to buy one…and do big (fitness) things? I would skip the Series 8 and invest in the Ultra, given that it has all of the same features as well as has additional sport capabilities detailed here.

Ultra: $799 | Series 8: $399

Now, if you are a more casual everyday exerciser and don’t care about wearables and data, or you have a standard Apple Watch and are totally satisfied with its capabilities, I wouldn’t suggest the Ultra. At its core, the Ultra is a larger, more rugged Apple Watch. So unless you plan to really push yourself into new workout territory and/or want to treat yourself to a fancy new piece to help motivate you, you don’t need to spend more on the Ultra. Stick with what you know and love.

Where do I stand? I went back to wearing my Series 8 day to day. To be candid, the slightly smaller screen and sleeker bands are more comfortable for me when I’m at work, running errands, taking a workout class, going for a walk, or sleeping. But I now have both watches linked to my iPhone, and I’ll utilize the Ultra whenever I go hiking and snowboarding. (I’m visiting Jackson Hole this February and already know the brighter screen and larger buttons will come in handy when tracking my runs or sending texts to locate my husband, who is much faster than me, in the cold and snow.)

But I can confidently say that experiencing the Ultra in the elements reminded me how much I’m physically capable of. After leaving Hawaii, I already plan to get scuba-certified. And after years of telling myself I’d never run another long race, I was feeling so hyped and inspired that I signed up to run the Yosemite half marathon in May 2023 with my brother and sister-in-law. You can bet the Ultra will be on my wrist through all my training.

We can do hard things. And it’s a lot easier when you have gear like the Ultra that motivates *and* makes it safer, more trackable, and more fun.

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