MyZone’s new fitness app lets everyone compete together, regardless of ability

MyZone has announced a new version of its fitness tracking and coaching app, which significantly improves the user interface, making it more intuitive and easy to use. There are also new social sharing features to increase motivation, and connectivity with music apps — so you spend less time looking at the app, and more time concentrating on your actual workout.

A major part of MyZone’s appeal is its motivational point system, and how it levels the fitness playing field, making the goals it sets achievable based on personal effort and your own fitness. Everyone’s different, so the amount of effort your friend puts into running a mile will be different to yours; MyZone lets you compete together, and provides results that can be accurately compared.

MyZone’s goal is to get people moving. It almost doesn’t care what or how you get out and about, just that you do. The points gained reward longevity, the effort-based tracking makes goals achievable, and it’s possible to compare and challenge anyone no matter their ability of yours.

The app automatically connect to the MZ-3 heart rate belt if you have one, giving a more complete view of your workout, without having to mess with Bluetooth settings. However, it’ll also operate with other fitness apps including Strava and Endomondo, plus there’s also an Apple Watch app.

Handily, it streams music during your workout, and has a chat feature. When it comes to music streaming services, MyZone connects to Apple Music, Google’s Play Music, and Spotify, so you don’t have to leave the app at all. The chat section is similar to WhatsApp, so you can chat away with others who are doing the same training program or in the same sports team or club.

MyZone has been making a number of headlines of late, including having partnered with Sensoria, a smart garment company that makes workout clothes. The partnership has already seen a smart bra launched earlier this year, and now the company has a smart t-shirt for men. Both integrate the MyZone tracker into compression fitness wear, ready to get the best out of the MyZone app.

The newly updated app is almost ready for release, and the iOS version is due in about two weeks, with the Android edition to follow a week later.

Wearables

Lack of regulation means wearables aren’t held accountable for health claims

As fitness trackers become more like health monitors, some physicians are concerned they can lead to over-diagnosis of non-existent problems. It’s already happening with wearable baby monitors.
Mobile

Here’s how to download podcasts and listen to them on Android or iOS

Podcasts have become a cultural staple. Here's how to download podcasts and listen to them on your Android or iOS device, and which apps to use if you're looking to get the most out of the format.
Deals

REI slashes prices on Suunto, Garmin, and Fitbit Versa smartwatches

Though fitness trackers and smartwatches can get pretty pricey, REI is offering some sweet discounts on top brands. Right now, you can get a new smartwatch from Fitbit, Suunto, and Garmin for up to 35 percent off its normal price.
Wearables

Omron HeartGuide brings blood pressure monitoring to your wrist

High blood pressure leads to heart attacks, strokes, and many other health problems, so it's important to keep an eye on. Omron's HeartGuide is a fitness tracking watch that can also monitor your blood pressure from your wrist.
Computing

Breeze through security with these checkpoint-friendly laptop bags

Getting through airport security is a drag, but your laptop bag shouldn’t be. Thankfully, these checkpoint-friendly laptop bags will get you and your gear to your destination with ease.
Social Media

Google will begin shutting down the classic Hangouts app in October

Google confirmed that it will begin retiring the classic Google Hangouts app in October. The company will start by pushing users to move to the new Google Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.
Smart Home

Starbucks coffee delivery lands in 6 more cities via Uber Eats

Starbucks is in the process of expanding its coffee delivery service far beyond Miami. Available via the Uber Eats app, the service has just launched in San Francisco, with five additional cities joining in the coming weeks.
Mobile

How to make a contact group on an iPhone

There's no obvious way to crate contact groups on your iPhone, but you can do it through iCloud or you can install a third-party app to help. We explain both methods as we explore how to make a contact group on an iPhone.
Mobile

Xiaomi shows how its folding smartphone will look, and you’re going to love it

Xiaomi is the latest manufacturer to show off a folding smartphone prototype. The unnamed phone has a different design than others we've seen, adopting a double fold where the sides of the screen fold over the back of the device.
Mobile

These patent images may show the new Moto Razr folding phone

The Motorola Razr V3 is one of the world's most iconic phones, and it could be making a stylistic return in the form of a foldable Motorola smartphone -- but it may cost around $1,500. Is the nostalgia worth it?
Mobile

HMD Global confirms which Nokia phones will definitely receive Android Pie

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.
Mobile

AT&T and Rush System are using 5G to create the 'hospital of the future'

Ready to experience a radical transformation in mobile communication? AT&T is launching mobile 5G in cities across the country over the next few months. Here's everything you need to know about the AT&T 5G rollout.
Mobile

Here's how (and why) to use safe mode with an Android phone

When you have an issue with your phone, safe mode can help you determine whether a third-party app is to blame. If you’re wondering how to access it, or how to turn the feature off in Android, then you have come to the right place.
Music

Here's our head-to-head comparison of Pandora and Spotify

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.