Google acquires Fitbit

Fitbit just announced today that they will be joining Google, here’s James Park (CEO, President and Co-Founder) official statement —

I’m writing today to let you know that Fitbit is now officially part of Google. It’s an incredibly exciting moment for us as a company and for our Fitbit community of users around the globe.

When Eric and I founded Fitbit 13 years ago, we did so with a simple, but bold idea: to make everyone in the world healthier. Since shipping the original Fitbit tracker in 2009 to now having sold more than 120 million devices in over 100 countries, this mission has never wavered. Instead, millions of you joined that mission, and made Fitbit a movement that transformed lives. In some cases, we heard from our users that we even helped save lives. Together, we’ve taken 275 trillion steps and logged over 15 billion hours of sleep.

This is just the beginning because becoming part of the Google family means we can do even more to inspire and motivate you on your journey to better health. We’ll be able to innovate faster, provide more choices, and make even better products to support your health and wellness needs. On our own, we pushed the bounds of what was possible from the wrist, pioneering step, heart rate, sleep and stress tracking. With access to Google’s incredible resources, knowledge and global platform, the possibilities are truly limitless.

I have no doubt that this acquisition will create so many opportunities. But I also want you to know that many of the things you know and love about Fitbit will remain the same. We’ll stay committed to doing what’s right, to putting your health and wellness at the center of everything we do and to offering a no-one-size-fits-all approach with choices that work across both Android and iOS.

The trust of our users will continue to be paramount, and we will maintain strong data privacy and security protections, giving you control of your data and staying transparent about what we collect and why. Google will continue to protect Fitbit users’ privacy and has made a series of binding commitments with global regulators, confirming that Fitbit users’ health and wellness data won’t be used for Google ads and this data will be kept separate from other Google ad data. Google also affirmed it will continue to allow Fitbit users to choose to connect to third party services. That means you’ll still be able to connect your favorite health and wellness apps to your Fitbit account. These and other commitments by Google reinforce why Google is an ideal partner for Fitbit who will continue to put our users first and help further our mission to make everyone in the world healthier.

Thank you for letting us be part of your lives and your health journey.

Sincerely,

James Park
CEO, President & Co-Founder

In a related post Google’s Senior VP Rick Osterioh adds,

Technology can change the way people manage their health and wellness, and that’s especially important these days. We’ll work closely to create new devices and services that help you enhance your knowledge, success, health and happiness. Your privacy and security are paramount to achieving this and we are committed to protecting your health information and putting you in control of your data. 

This deal has always been about devices, not data, and we’ve been clear since the beginning that we will protect Fitbit users’ privacy….

Meet the Google Moto X

around two years ago Google bought Motorola, now the output of this merge of the two technology giants is the newest smart phone, Moto X.

Moto X was completed assembled in the USA and boasts of simple design, touchless control, quick photo captures, battery conservation, pure use of Android, and one of the coolest features may be it is being backed up by the large resource of data that Google has. example of this it will inform you that you have to leave early to avoid traffic, all information intuitively provided to you by Google.

check out this review by The Verge and see if Moto X can match up with the current set of smartphones.

read more at [www.wired.com]

Beware of New Android Trojan

Kaspersky, one of the top IT security organizations has reportedly discovered the “most sophisticated” android trojan yet.

known as “Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad.a” it is able to send SMS to premium-rate numbers, download, install, and infect the device (and other devices via bluetooth) with malware, and remotely perform commands in the console.

“One feature of this Trojan is that the malicious application cannot be deleted once it has gained administrator privileges: by exploiting a previously unknown Android vulnerability, the malicious application enjoys extended privileges, but is not listed as an application with Device Administrator privileges,” said Kaspersky Lab Expert Roman Unuchek.

we know that there are lots of PINOYs using android devices, so be aware and please share.

read more @ [www.mashable.com]

ABS-CBN and COMELEC Launches Halalan 2013 Android App

COMELEC Halalan 2013 mobile application (“COMELEC App”) created by ABS-CBN was finally released, which aims to access to election-related information and services through mobile phones and devices running on Android. 

the app requires Android 2.2, assists searching for precincts or polling centers and allows a PINOY voter to check status of his registration and eligibility for the coming 2013 elections. 

check out some screenshots below

see more [play.google.com]

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Arrives!

heya PINOYs, here’s another reason why you need to think first before buying that fruit tablet 🙂 meet the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime!



here’s some key features:

  • 8.3mm width and 586g light, metallic design 
  • NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 mobile Quad-core and dual-core CPU for excellent multitasking and ultimate gaming experience (3D) 
  • 1080p HD video playback
  • Android™ 3.2 Honeycomb (upgradable to Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) OS 
  • over 500,000 downloadable applications on the Android™ Market
  • Full QWERTY keyboard with touchpad and USB port
  • over 18hrs battery life and comes with the mobile dock
  • Ultra-wide 178° viewing angle and ultra bright Super IPS+ panel protected by scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass
  • MicroSD Card Reader, Micro HDMI port and one year unlimited ASUS WebstorageAsus’ cloud storage service for easy sharing & expandability
  • 8MP rear auto-focus camera with LED flash, back-illuminated CMOS sensor and large aperture design to clearly capture every moment

this could be most powerful tablet by far, (almost) everything we’ve been waiting for a tablet to have, the Prime has it! 🙂

Motorola Xoom is CES 2011’s Best of Show

IT Pinoys hooked at this year’s CES 2011 have started anticipating the most-talked-about new gadgets and technologies, one of these is the Motorola Xoom.

powered by Google’s tablet-specific Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, Motorola Xoom won the nod for the CES 2011 Best of Show.

here are some key features of Motorola Xoom
– high-definition and supports 1080p HD video and HDMI
– plays Adobe Flash (which iPad can’t)
– front-facing, 2-megapixel camera for video chats over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G LTE,
– rear-facing, 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD
– Honeycomb OS, supports multitasking


here’s a preview of Android 3.0 (Honeycomb OS)

to see what else happened, check out Mashables’ Press Day [Pics]

or read more @ CES.cnet.com