Polar adds ANT+ Support

I never thought I would write this but here goes… Polar adds ANT+ Support     I should probably write something insightful but the phrase ” TA DA! ” springs to mind instead. There are probably lots of sports people, who use the odd gadget or two, who have no idea what that means. But…

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New Bike Features – Hammerhead Karoo

There were some nice additions to the Hammerhead Karoo’s features last week. As usual, these were a combination of adding some features that their competitors already have and then sneaking in a little innovation or two here and there. For those of you who do lots of hills, the upcoming course elevation graph gives a…

Amer to sell Mavic

Amer Sports today announced their intention to sell the Mavic and Enve brands giving Regent, a US based private equity firm, an exclusivity period within which to negotiate and agree a deal. Amer state: “Amer Sports has reported its Cycling business as discontinued operations for full year 2018.” and that Mavic represents only 3% of…

Garmin MARQ – new LIVE EVENT SHARING

The Garmin MARQ has a new feature called LIVE EVENT SHARING squirrelled away in the specs. This post will be speculation on what that new feature is. LIVE EVENT SHARING could be super interesting…or a damp squib. Let’s see. This is almost certainly NOT the features we already have on the Fenix ie it’s not…

Garmin MARQ – new Extended Firstbeat features

On the face of it, the new Garmin Marq‘s Firstbeat metrics seem little changed to what is on offer with the Fenix 5 Plus. Indeed, on the Firstbeat site, the only apparent difference is the addition of Firstbeat’s RACE TIME PREDICTOR. Other than the Huawei Watch GT and a few sports bands, no other device…

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Fitbit – 4 new devices

Fitbit has launched 4 new devices including the Fitbit Versa Lite I discussed in more detail earlier today. The CEO also indicated that an Ionic 2 will come later in 2019. My ‘guess’ would be ‘just in time for Christmas’. In addition to the Versa Lite, there is also the Inspire, Inspire HR and Ace…

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Fitbit Versa Lite Specifications & Opinion

The new Fitbit Versa Lite Specifications and features are similar to those of the existing non-Lite model and the key standout differences are the lower price tag associated with its lack of contactless payments and lack of music support. The Fitbit Versa, Versa Lite, Versa SE & Ionic represent Fitbit’s alternative to the Apple Watch…

Humon Hex Adds FIT Import to Latest SmO2 Zone

This is exciting news for existing Humon Hex owners. My understanding is that  Humon secured some VC funding last year and we are now starting to see that coming through into great new features to support the Hex. One of the previously missing features was the inability to import FIT files into the Humon environment.…

Microsoft Health Dashboard – Bites The Dust

Another one bites the dust. I always quite liked the Microsoft BAND and BAND 2. I was hopeful for the rumoured BAND3 that seemed to exist … but just not in public. Whether it existed or not is somewhat of a moot point as the Dashboard service will be discontinued in a few months time.…

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Fitbit Shares Plunge

Fitbit Shares Plunge Fitbit have just announced their Q4 results and hence results for the full calendar year that brought us more realistic views of the contributions from Fitbit Versa, Fitbit Ace and Fitbit Charge 3, which together account for 57% of revenues. However, the shares ‘plunged’ due to Fitbit giving ‘weak’ guidance for the…

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Polar Vantage – new Firmware

Source: Polar There’s some new Polar Vantage firmware tthat supports emojis and Chinese/Japanese characters. Yay. It’s v3.1.7 and also has some bug fixes inside. Sometimes these kind of releases sneak in a featurette or two, but I couldn’t find one. Some GPS improvements are reported elsewhere; as noted by Naiboo – source this site’s forum…

Zwift – new SHOPPING Excitement in Watopia

Great news folks, rather than spending your life shopping in the real world or online you can now shop whilst cycling online. Zwift have given us the ability to convert our millions of pedal revolutions into their new and modified digital currency ‘DROPS’. It’s kinda like joining the Euro, so your old XP points will…

STRYD – New Accuracy Firmware

STRYD have just released new FIRMWARE which delivers increased accuracy – v1.1.9 and subsequent versions There are two areas of changes Increased responsiveness to incline changes. The rest of the post will discuss this. MINOR: Better handling of highly variable temperature changes eg when running from indoors to outdoors in winter. All power-enabled versions of…

Garmin Trivia and MORE Spotification via VA3M

It’s a slow news day. I’ll improvise and include a few things that have been waiting to find a story to be added to. As well as some new premium VivoMove finishes, Garmin and Spotify have finally pieced together all the bits that need piecing together to enable a Spotify CIQ app to work via…

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Garmin’s 2018 Financial Results Are In

Garmin’s results are in for Q4.2018 and thus for the full calendar year as well. As you can see from the table further below the results look solid overall. There’s not too much worth commenting about on most of the numbers themselves but let’s focus on those areas of interest that you and I probably…