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Nokia plans to acquire digital health specialist Withings

Nokia plans to acquire digital health specialist Withings

Technology business and former mobile pioneer Nokia says it’s planning to acquire digital health company Withings S.A this autumn.

It’s put a value of €170 million on Withings, saying the move will help accelerate its entry into the digital health sector.

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Annual shipments of connected wearable devices expected to reach 168 million in 2019

Research firm Berg Insight has calculated that shipments of connected wearable devices reached 19 million this year, more than three times last year’s total of 5.9 million devices.

This includes smartwatches, smart glasses, fitness and activity trackers, individual safety/monitoring devices and wearable medical devices.

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UK consumers are expected to spend over £100 million on wearable technology this Christmas

UK consumers are expected to spend over £100 million on wearable technology this Christmas

New research from Samsung Electronics predicts that people in the UK will spend £104.7 million on wearable technology this Christmas, putting them ahead of consumers in Germany, Spain and The Netherlands.

That’s a 181% increase in revenue from Christmas 2013, with unit sales up 120.8% on 2013.

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Microsoft launches its own wearable fitness device: the Microsoft Band

Microsoft launches its own wearable fitness device: the Microsoft Band

Microsoft has launched a wearable fitness-monitoring device. It’s called the Microsoft Band and is currently available in the USA for $199 (around £124).

The device can link via an iOS, Android or Windows Phone app to the new cloud-based Microsoft Health service.

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Intel and 50 Cent's SMS Audio are working on smartphone headphones that can monitor your pulse

Intel and 50 Cent's SMS Audio are working on smartphone headphones that can monitor your pulse

SMS Audio, the audio brand co-founded by Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson, is working with Intel Corporation on a headphone system that’ll incorporate biometric sensors.

Its forthcoming 'SMS Audio BioSport In-Ear Headphones powered by Intel' will include an optical heart rate monitor to collect fitness data.

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