Mastercard Brings Contactless Payments To Fitbit

Meet Ionic, Fitbit's First Smartwatch and Last Chance to Beat Apple

Fitbit Ionic follows a long line of innovative and popular Fitbit products that redefined how we learn about and manage our health, and even helped save lives.

Everyone knows that no matter how cool the tech is, no one will wear it if it doesn't look fashionable. Where the Blaze was arguably just a watch-shaped fitness tracker, the Ionic features a more desirable design and true smart watch features like GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networking, custom watch faces, and, of course, apps.

The smartwatch is the company's first device to include a sensor that can estimate blood oxygen levels, called a relative SpO2 sensor.

I suspect Fitbit flirted with the possibility of building heart-rate monitoring or other fitness tracking directly into the headphones like Samsung has done in the past, but doing so would have both driven up the price and been redundant for all those who have a tracker on their wrist.

The device's more rounded contours apply more uniform pressure, allowing the sensors to get a better signal from the body.

The Ionic will automatically switch to multisport mode and can turn on Global Positioning System after two minutes of running.

TDP wins in Nandyal Assembly by-election by 27466 votes
As per reports from Nandyala, TDP secured 46,563 votes, YSRCP 29,129 votes and Congress got 372 votes. After all the rounds of the counting process, the Nandyal Bypoll election results will be out soon.

Once you're wearing it, Ionic functions like a supercharged Fitbit.

It's also fully featured in terms of software.

The Ionic will have one important distinction: a brand new heart-rate sensor that uses a combination of red, green, and infrared lights to detect bloodflow and deliver very accurate results.

Requires Pandora Plus or Premium subscription, available in the US only. The company also revealed its new Flyer wireless headphones, which are meant to be go hand-in-hand with the Ionic.

A near-field communications chip embedded in the device lets Ionic users make purchases at retailers equipped with NFC checkout points.

"Visa continues to focus on delivering the tools and technologies that empower our partners to offer safe, secure and convenient payments to consumers via connected devices", said Jim McCarthy, executive vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships at Visa Inc. Here, you can really see the influence of Pebble, which Fitbit bought out a year ago, to the delight of Pebble owners everywhere, ho ho.

Mercedes fits upgraded engine for Belgian GP
It was very hard to follow in the middle sector, but we stayed close, then we benefitted a little bit in the first and the last sector, but overall the auto was very good".

Fitbit has unveiled the Ionic, its first smartwatch - and its first device built on the Pebble platform. I love the Ionic's features and potentially game-changing health apps, but wish Fitbit had put as much thought into the design as it did the software.

On-screen smartphone notifications include call, text and calendar notifications, as well as push notifications from other apps such as Facebook, Gmail, Instagram, Slack and Snapchat when the user's phone is nearby.

So, should you buy it?

The Fitbit App Gallery will offer a range of health and fitness apps from Fitbit such as Exercise, Fitbit Coach, Relax, Timer and more.

We are curious to find out if Pebble applications will be supported on the watch or not.

The main distinction in creating a real smartwatch is that the company's creating a platform for third-party apps on its new smartwatch operating system, Fitbit OS. If you're on Android, though, the Fitbit Ionic is worth checking out.

Thailand's Ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra Flees To Dubai: Party Members
Thaksin, who once owned Manchester City football club, owns property in London and spends significant amounts of time in the city. The judge says the court did not believe the explanation and would issue a warrant for her arrest.

Related News:

  • Qatar restores diplomatic ties with Iran

    Qatar restores diplomatic ties with Iran

    Qatar is headed, like Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states, by a Sunni dynasty, while Iran is a predominantly Shiite country. The boycotting countries later issued a list of 13 demands to Qatar, including that Doha shut its diplomatic posts in Iran.
    Sergio Aguero: Bournemouth steward claims Man City player 'struck' him

    Sergio Aguero: Bournemouth steward claims Man City player 'struck' him

    City had more than 70% possession in the match, and Guardiola was happy his team came away with all three points. But Guardiola will have been disappointed with the match, not least because of Walker's dubious red card.
    Thailand's ousted PM Yingluck Shinawatra has fled overseas

    Thailand's ousted PM Yingluck Shinawatra has fled overseas

    Her flagship rice subsidy poured cash on her family's rural political heartland, paying up to twice the market rate for the grain. A minister in her government was jailed hours later for 42 years in a separate trial for corruption linked to the policy.
  • How to Help the Red Cross Respond to Harvey

    They're going to load up between 4 to 6 trailers full of supplies, including water, snacks, first aid supplies and other basics. NY is sending 120 of its Bravest and Finest to Texas to rescue people from the epic storm, officials announced Sunday.
    Chelsea and Eden Hazard thrashed during his return from injury

    Chelsea and Eden Hazard thrashed during his return from injury

    Conte is quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "It's very important to give the right time to recover well". I see Eden every day'. "After one season, you start to learn a lot of situations".
    Ram Rahim verdict: Rajnath Singh calls for high-level meet

    Ram Rahim verdict: Rajnath Singh calls for high-level meet

    The verdict came as a big setback to Gurmeet's followers who have converged in large numbers in Panchkula for last few days. Ram Rahim, 50 , was flown out of Panchkula in a state government helicopter to Rohtak jail later this evening.
  • Samsung Heir Appeals Last Week's 5-Year Embezzlement Sentence

    Samsung Heir Appeals Last Week's 5-Year Embezzlement Sentence

    Lee has been accused of offering bribes of 38 million United States dollars for various departments after the death of his father. Still, Samsung says Lee has been critical to longer-term strategic decisions and its relationships with major global customers.
    Thousands of cruise passengers held hostage by Harvey

    Thousands of cruise passengers held hostage by Harvey

    The spokesperson said that both ships are a safe distance from the stop and will make a brief stop in New Orleans on Saturday. She lives in Fort Worth and began driving to Galveston on Friday, but turned around when she heard about the coming storm.
    EPS Forecast Revision Scan: Signet Jewelers Limited (SIG)

    EPS Forecast Revision Scan: Signet Jewelers Limited (SIG)

    Finally, Commonwealth Bank of Australia raised its position in shares of Signet Jewelers Limited by 5.6% in the second quarter. The Altman Z-score depends on five financial ratios that can be calculated from data found on a company's annual 10K report.
  • Xiaomi announces new product launch for September 5

    Xiaomi announces new product launch for September 5

    The model has the same 12MP dual camera setup at the back as the Mi 6 , which is, at present, priced at approx. The teaser image shows two sensors with different apertures which certainly indicates that it will be Mi 5X.
    'Terrorism' has arrived in Myanmar's Rakhine State, says Aung San Suu Kyi

    'Terrorism' has arrived in Myanmar's Rakhine State, says Aung San Suu Kyi

    The crackdown by security forces following the attack has prompted thousands of Rohingyas to flee their homeland for security. The treatment of the Rohingya population has emerged as the biggest challenge for national leader Aung San Suu Kyi .
    U.S.  service member missing after Black Hawk crash off Yemen coast

    U.S. service member missing after Black Hawk crash off Yemen coast

    Several thousand USA sailors and Marines also routinely operate in the region as part of a naval amphibious ready group. Army helicopter crashed on a Maryland golf course, killing one crewmember and seriously injuring two others.


Most liked

India, China Agree to Disengage Troops Along Border
China , which says the region is part of its borders , said its troops would continue to patrol the region. So much so, parties have asked for proof when the Indian Army conducted the surgical strike.

Sanches skips Bayern match to consider offers
Apart from that, Jurgen Klopp's side have also recruited Andrew Robertson from Hull City and Dominic Solanke from Chelsea . In case you didn't know... ...

Gervonta Davis beats Costa Rica's Francisco Fonseca
There was no world title on the line tonight for Davis after he lost it at the scales yesterday for failing to make weight. The Baltimore native walked out to the ring wearing a fuzzy blue hat, with matching furry stripes on his trunks.

NFLPA denied notes in Ezekiel Elliott's suspension appeal
The suspension stems from his allegedly committing domestic violence against former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson. Following Tuesday's hearing, both sides will have until September 1 to make their final arguments to Henderson.

'Game of Thrones' theory about the White Walkers is mind-blowing
Like Bran, they have a close relationship to the magical forces that have existed in Westeros for hundreds of years. Also, there will be some love between the "Mother of Dragons"- Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow.

British Labour Party makes dramatic shift on Brexit and single market
Later, at an audience event in Edinburgh, Mr Corbyn dismissed the idea of a separate deal between the European Union and Scotland. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn's office confirmed that the proposals had been agreed with him and were official policy.

From Sharapova to 'Fedal,' a look at key US Open topics
But Kerber's 2017 has been rough, including a first-round loss at the French Open , and she is seeded No. 6 at the U.S. She, however, has defeated Halep on all six occasions that they have played, including the French Open final in 2014.

Man arrested in beating of Deandre Harris in Charlottesville, police say
James Alex Fields Jr . faces second-degree murder charges for driving a auto into counter-protesters and killing Heather Heyer. In other news related to the beating of Harris, police say an arrest warrant has been issued for Alex Michael Ramos , 33.

North Indian states on lockdown amid rape trial of 'god-man' guru
Singh's enraged supporters have allegedly set fire a train in Delhi, burnt down buses, and attacked OB vans of television media. The BBC reports that security forces are firing tear-gas canisters and water cannon into the crowd to try to restore control.

Klopp wary of Sanchez
However, Klopp insists his side simply need to cut out mistakes higher up the pitch and says they have been working on that. Even without Coutinho, Liverpool have enough resources in forward areas to punish a suspect Arsenal defence.

Trump pardons former sheriff for disobeying judge's order
Arpaio was an early supporter of Trump during his presidential campaign, but he himself lost reelection as sheriff last November. One former Obama administration official even referred to Trump with a Spanish curse word, which typically means "dumbass".

Facebook, Instagram 'crash' for thousands of internet users
Some could access the site but were unable to load certain pages, upload pictures, like posts, or send messages. Facebook and Instagram users have been plagued with blackouts today as the sites were unexpectedly taken down.

Iraq Military Says it Reached Center of Tal Afar
Dillon, on his part, noted that all coalition's bases were temporary until the end of fight against terrorists in Iraq . It was cut off from other IS-held territories in June during the Iraqi-led operation to recapture Mosul.

Majority in poll: Trump rhetoric could 'accidentally' involve U.S. in global conflict
Also included in the poll, half of the voters oppose removing Confederate statues from public spaces, while 39 percent support it. The poll was conducted from August 17 to 22 among 1,514 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.1%.

'Game Of Thrones' cast promises an epic season finale
Turn back around if you still need time to catch up. "The only big mistake we've made was naming a small street Snow Street". The episode title confirms what we've already seen coming, and it would be a huge shocker if the two didn't hook up.