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New Nike FuelBand boasts better trackingThe FuelBand SE offers new ways to track workouts and motivate users, Twitter lowers restrictions on direct messages, and Apple's set to announce new iPads next week.
Will Nike's new wristband get you off the couch? I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET Update. Nike has unveiled a new version of its FuelBand fitness tracking wristband, the FuelBand SE. It costs $150, and preorders have begun. But it doesn't hit stores until November 6th. This new model has accent colors inside the band. It has more sensors to improve the way it tracks your activity. It's waterproof, and it uses Bluetooth 4.0, which means it can continuously sync data with an iPhone and consume less battery. Yes, I said iPhone. This FuelBand will not sync to an Android phone. But those without an iPhone can save their progress on a PC. The new FuelBand also will pull up the time with a double tap, and it can give you hourly reminders to help push you to move. With the new Sessions feature, you can label the activity you're doing, share it, and even add photos or location. A Session can track your sleep quality, based on how much you're moving at night. And it's also better out of worrying points for less active workouts, such as yoga. The new app focuses around how often you're moving throughout the day, and encourages you to earn more Fuel points to win badges and do better than your friends. Twitter is making a change that lets anyone send you a private direct message. Normally, someone has to follow you on Twitter to send a direct message, but you can check a box and settings to open the floodgates and get private messages from anyone. It's a helpful way to reach out to popular accounts, news outlets or brands without the world seeing your message. But those that turn it on will likely get quite a few DMs from spam box. The rumors about Amazon working on a smartphone continue. The latest news comes from the Financial Times, reporting that Amazon is working with HTC to make a line of smartphones. There are three being worked on-- one is nearing the end of development, but it's up in the air if Amazon will release it next year, or perhaps not at all. If you remember, HTC has worked with other tech brands before-- it made the Facebook phone. Apple fans, mark your calendars because new iPads and Macs will be unveiled next week on Tuesday, October 22nd. As expected, Apple sent out invitations for a press event with the teaser, "We still have a lot to cover." There have been some iPad images leaked early that hint that the models could come in new colors that match the iPhone 5S, and that it might have the same fingerprint scanner. And aside from an update to some Macs, Apple should offer a price and release date for its new operating system, called OS X Mavericks, which were shown off in June. That's you're tech news update, but you can get more details at CNET.com/update and follow along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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