Why Nike is pulling the plug on FuelBand
Fitness-tracking wristbands are a hot gadget category, but Nike doesn’t see a future in FuelBand hardware. Also: Microsoft tests a new Office program and Nintendo’s Game Boy celebrates a noteworthy birthday.
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In this episode of Update:
- Learn why Nike's FuelBand is out of gas. The shoemaker fired engineers that worked on the fitness-tracking bracelet and plans focusing on software. The latest FuelBand model came out less than six months ago, but this move does make sense for Nike, which is a strong partner with Apple. Fitness bands are in a state of flux.
- Sign-up to preview Office Mix, a new presentation application from Microsoft. Mix creates interactive PowerPoint presentations with videos, live handwriting and quizzes. It can also track how the audience is participating, which is handy for online classes.
- Please don't let a game be the deciding factor between your purchase of an iPhone or Android phone. Apple and Google are fighting to have exclusive app games, similar to the battles between the Xbox and Playstation for exclusive titles. The Wall Street Journal sheds light on this mobile battleground.
- Wish a happy 25th birthday to Nintendo's Game Boy. The popular portable game system first went on sale on April 21, 1989. Although it was the hottest portable system in the 1980s and '90s, the Nintendo DS currently holds the title for the best selling portable console of all time.
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