Home Depot Wants to Sell You Tools That Require Bluetooth Activation

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In a bid to crack down on organized retail crime, Home Depot is piloting a program where power tools must be activated via Bluetooth at checkout—or they won’t work. It’s a clever solution to deter theft, but it also highlights how technology can sometimes change gadget ownership in unintended ways.

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So, This Is What It Takes to Get Tim Cook to Say ‘F*ck’

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is not known for losing his cool. He’s had stern words for Facebook, and people trying to make a TV show based on Gawker for Apple TV+, but generally speaking? Cook comes off as a genial, if surprisingly swole, gent—your wholesome tech grandpa. At least, until you put him on the phone with Tesla CEO…

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Apple's Reportedly Replacing the iPhone Mini With a Cheaper Pro Max and 5G iPhone SE

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The fate of the iPhone Mini hasn’t looked too great as of late. Earlier this year, the buzz was that Apple would stop manufacturing its tiniest phone after poor sales. Yet, iPhone 13 rumors have consistently included the Mini as part of a four-phone lineup. However, a new Nikkei Asia report says that a 5G iPhone SE…

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The Best Smartwatches and Fitness Trackers You Can Buy Right Now

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From smartwatches and fitness trackers to Bluetooth rings and sleep-logging wristbands, if it’s technology you can wear, we’ve reviewed it. Whether you’re an Apple diehard or you stan for Android, these are the wearables you should buy.

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It Looks Like Peloton Wants to Get Into Wearables

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In late 2020, Peloton quietly snapped up a few startups specializing in wearable and fitness technology, sparking speculation that perhaps the connected fitness company was mulling a wearable of its own. Now, a Bloomberg report claims that Peloton is working on an armband that measures heart rate.

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Amazon Should Rethink Its Half-Baked Approach to Health-Tracking

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Amazon’s Halo band, the company’s first fitness tracker, drew criticism when it launched because of its two marquee features: body fat scanning and tone analysis. Several reviews— including Gizmodo’s—describing the gadget as creepy and invasive. You might think that would lead Amazon to perhaps rethink its approach to…

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Smartwatches Can Predict Your Blood Test Results, Study Finds

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There’s no shortage of stories in which smartwatches have been credited with saving lives, but it turns out they can also predict the results of your blood tests, according to researchers from Duke University and Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Apple Adds Gesture Control, ASL Support, and a Ton of Other Accessibility Features

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Apple’s always expressed a commitment to accessibility, but today it announced a plethora of upcoming features that could make a huge difference in how people with disabilities can interact with technology.

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