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Fitbit sales decline, Fitbit profits decline

Fitbit sell more devices in Q4.2019 vs Q4.2019 but make less profit and less revenue. That’s the only vaguely positive take on a dismal holiday season performance. Oh dear! I guess it’s no surprise and it’s no surprise either that the market was not surprised, with the share price remaining broadly unchanged. A $15m Q4.2018…

Garmin 945 FW Now Live (Forerunner 245 too)

We talked about some exciting new beta firmware for the Garmin Forerunner 945 last week. Some of which also made its way on to the Forerunner 245 betas too. Now it’s all live and you should be able to get the new stuff either via Garmin Connect Mobile or Garmin Express. Here’s the summary of…

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new Stages Gen 3 Firmware Update

Stages infrequently issue firmware updates as their PM product set is generally pretty stable in my experience (Gen 3). However this one dropped last week and might well be worth updating to if, perhaps, you were experiencing right-side power spike issues. Enabling the gyroscope is only possible with the Android app and only possible solely…

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Shimano buys Pioneer Cycle Sports

Pioneer Announces Transfer of Cycle Sports Business Shimano is potentially back in the bike head unit market with the acquisition of what looks to be Pioneer’s entire bicycling components business (assets). As the press release says:   Pioneer Announces Transfer of Cycle Sports Business Pioneer Corporation announced today that it has signed an agreement to…

Alistair Brownlee Wants to buy Ironman from Wanda |

The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) last week appointed Alistair Brownlee and others as directors. Yesterday, 3rd Feb 2020, the PTO made an open offer to Wanda Group to enter into discussions to acquire the IRONMAN® business from the Wanda Sports Group Company, with the offer backed by funding from by North Point Advisors. Paraphrased, the…

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Apps & Firmware Day – Polar, Lezyne, Hammerhead, Stages

Today seems to be ‘Happy Firmware Day’. Here are some details Hammerhead introduces audio alerts for paired 3rd party audio – Varia and Navigation audio alerts Stages Dash receives a speed sensor bug fix (not that exciting) Lezyne (Year 10 + newer) introduce LED light support + more Polar Flow (web + app) was updated…

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Fitbit – Explores Selling Out to Google

A report with Reuters suggests that Fitbit is up for sale. The company has hired an investment bank to explore options. One option is to sell out to Alphabet (Google). Fitbit has recently been making some good corporate partnerships to ship its devices and services but I suspect is finding selling its watches to the…

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Garmin Fenix 6 – First swim, ride and run

Garmin Fenix 6 – First Runs, Impressions, etc The Garmin Fenix 6 is living up to expectations and a review is well on the way, although it might be in the offing for some time yet. If you were a Fenix 5 or Fenix 5 Plus owner then there’s nothing here to immediately surprise you…

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Suunto 9 – gets GLONASS, more firmware stuff for the SPARTANs too

Suunto have just updated the Suunto 9 model with the ability to enable/disable GLONASS on its new Sony GNSS chip. Firmware details: suunto.com The GLONASS enablement is squirreled away in the navigation menu, which is slightly unusual. Perhaps Suunto only see it being worth using in scenarios related to navigation rather than sports performance (ie…

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Fitbit – Revenues and profit down again

Fitbit have just announced their 3rd quarter results (Source: Fitbit.com). I don’t think there is anything particualrly surprising in there (below and linked). But the key to seeing the signs of success will be in a few months time, or even a year’s time, as the new stuff comes though. Clearly the new ‘stuff’ starts…

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KUBIOS HRV – v3.0

A new version of KUBIOS HRV software has just been announced. There is a well-featured free version and a premium version. I would class KUBIOS as ‘advanced’ HRV software. A bit too advanced fro my needs although I did use the previous version a little. 1) Kubios HRV Premium, which is our heart rate variability…

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TomTom Sports updates

TomTom have just announced an impending update to their mobile app. I was a bit surprised by the image on the right…sometimes locations where I run and cycle. Maybe I secretly work for TomTom? Quickly glancing at some of the official content, below, the app does seem to offer some sensible and significant UI/UX improvements (the…

New GARMIN HRMs for TRI and SWIM : HRM-TRI, HRM-SWIM

Two new Garmin HRMs are announced July 2015 along with a new black/grey 920XT. Look closely at the centre logo and you will see one version for swimming and one for tri. ——————————————————————————— EDIT: September 2015 – >> Here is my hands-on review << EDIT: October 2015 – >> Here is the new HRM-RUN << ——————————————————————————— Both…