Fitbit gets fashionable, Nintendo teases next mobile game: CNET Update
CNET Update: Fitbit gets fashionable, Nintendo teases next mobile game2:55 /
Yet another Fitbit joins the flock, but the Alta goes for style -- and bugs you for being boring. Also, Nintendo gives more details on Miitomo, coming next month.
the fitbit finally gets fashionable. I'm Bridget Carey this is your Cnet update. [MUSIC] Today we welcome a new fitbit into the world. There are so many of these fitness tracking wristbands to choose from and the latest from Fitbit, hopes to lure you into style. It's called the Alta the main screen module in the center does all the computing, and you can swap out the bands in multiple colors. There's even leather and metal options for when you're feeling fancy. The bands cost extra but the main Alta costs $130. For that price you don't just get an activity tracker, you also get alerts for when you're too lazy and you're not moving. Yes judgement about your life is now a feature in these things because sitting incidental. This model does not have a heart rate tracker but in exchange it promises to automatically recognize what type of activity you are doing. So it knows when you're on an elliptical machine or if you're biking outdoors or doing aerobics. All based on motion. And that gets factored into calorie burning calculations on the app. This screen also shows incoming smart phone messages. It hits U.S. stores in March and other countries soon after. You can get about five days out of the [Ulta?] before it needs a recharge. Battery life can be a make or break feature for many people. Microsoft just updated its Band 2 software to improve battery life when you have GPS on for outdoor workouts. The GPS Power Saver mode gets you four more hours of tracking because it'll check your location less frequently. Microsoft also updated its health app so you can enter in your weight and track changes. But, isn't that a basic thing that should have been there from the start? Microsoft also has been busy with other apps. It just acquired the popular keyboard app, SwiftKey, which is installed on more than 300 million mobile devices. It learns your typing style and offers suggestions while you type. The Financial Times reports that Microsoft paid around 250 million dollars for the technology. But how about we balance all this health and productivity talk with some new games? Nintendo announced that its first mobile game will be launching in March for both iOS and Android. It's called Miitomo and all we really know so far is, well, it's not really a game game. It's more like a social network where you talk to other friends [UNKNOWN] and share photos. To get you hooked, there are incentives. The new My Nintendo Rewards program is tied into this but details on points are unclear. Nintendo is releasing five mobile apps over the next year. And it teased out that the next one is gonna have a well-known Nintendo character. Does that mean Mario or Donkey Kong is coming to your phone? I don't know. We'll probably just get something like the dog from Duck Hunt. That's it for this tech news update, and there's more at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. Laugh it up. [MUSIC]