Apple’s patent wars with Samsung are the stage for a multi-billion dollar fight for cash, bragging rights, and ideally control of the entire smartphone industry. Jawbone vs Fitbit is equally vicious and petty, but with far less at stake.
Like many of you, I work in front of a computer. They’re powerful devices, but they also suck your will to live and trick you into never, ever getting up and going outside. Reasons like that are why fitness trackers were invented.
The UP3 was supposed to be so much better. It was supposed to be fashion-forward. It was supposed to be waterproof. It was supposed to be more intelligent than any other fitness tracker. It isn’t. I spent the last couple weeks trying to like this band, and I just can’t do it.
I’ve wanted a fitness tracker for years. Something discreet with crazy good battery life that not only quantifies my movement but also packages the data in a way I can understand. The UP3 promised that and more last fall, and now it’s finally ready to ship this week—but it’s bringing along two new friends.
Right around this time every year, the world starts to make sense. It gets darker earlier and I get tired earlier, which means I get a better night of sleep. It turns out that I'm not just imagining things. When we go to bed is still determined by that impending darkness, even if our time zone tells us something…
Jawbone's excellent app will now sync with rival wearable devices from Fitbit, Pebble, Android Wear and yes, the iWatch, when it comes (via HealthKit). And oh, there's a firmware update for the Up24 that doubles its battery life from one week to two. What's not to like? [The Verge]
Well, here's one cool, unexpected use for all that data your fitness tracker is culling: Jawbone has released a chart showing the spike in wide-awake UP users in the wee hours of Sunday morning, when a 6.0 earthquake shook up the Bay Area from San Francisco to Napa.
No, that's not an picture of Jawbone's now-iconic Jambox Bluetooth speaker. It is, in fact, the new Samsung Level Box mini.
People in Melbourne get the most, those in Tokyo the least. No, get your mind out of the gutter: we're talking about sleep here, and how much of it the inhabitants of certain cities manage to actually get.
Jawbone's portable Bluetooth speakers are great to use pretty much anywhere but if, like me, you're tempted to take one into the bathroom when you shower, its new water-resistant models might just be up your street.
It's kind of hard to believe, but Jawbone—a company that was built on Bluetooth—didn't have a wireless radio in the first two iterations of its fitness tracker, the Jawbone UP. That finally changes today with the introduction of the Jawbone UP24.
For all the gazillions of wireless speakers out there, Jawbone's Jambox is almost certainly the best-known. Last year the company introduced a Big Jambox, so it shouldn't really be any surprise that they'd come along with a smaller one as well: Mini Jambox.
Like the smartphone patent wars of yesterday, there’s a new arms race happening and it’s all about wearables. Similar to the spats going on between Google, Apple, Microsoft and smartphone makers, it won’t matter to me or you. At least not anytime soon.
Jawbone is acquiring BodyMedia, makers of health monitoring armbands, for over $100 million. No further details have been made public about the deal.
It certainly didn't happen as quickly as some would have liked but Jawbone is finally releasing an Android app to accompany its UP band. So if you've been itching to try the UP activity tracker but don't have an iOS device to actually use the thing, well, now you can. The following devices are supported in the US:
If you use a Jambox, now might be a real good time to change your MyTalk password: Jawbone's servers have been hacked, and a swathe of users have had their details swiped.
Jawbone has given its life-tracking Up bracelet a second chance. The original was promising, but had a sky-high failure rate. The new band, Jawbone hopes, will fix the massive problems of the original, and deliver on its equally massive potential.
Starting today, Klout users and "Jawbone Insiders" can customize the color of their Jambox speaker on Jawbone's new Jambox Remix site. Klout and the uglification of a perfectly good speaker sounds like a match made in heaven; the rest of the world will have to wait until August 28th for the privelege of mucking up…