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Kelly Hodgkins

Kelly Hodgkins


Kelly's been writing online for ten years, working at Gizmodo, TUAW, and BGR among others. Living near the White Mountains of NH and the Mahoosucs of Maine, she gets outside backpacking, hiking and trail running any chance she can get. And with a background in science and technology, she brings a digital know-how to her backcountry ramblings.

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How does Garmin measure stress, and is it really accurate?

Stress can profoundly impact not only your fitness but also your well-being. Find out how Garmin measures stress and whether it's accurate enough to be useful.
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How to change time on a Garmin watch

Ready to hit the gym with your Garmin watch and realize the time is wrong? Our guide will help you adjust the clock so you can work out in a timely manner.
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Slimmed-down Suunto 5 Peak boasts up to 100 hours of battery life

The Suunto 5 Peak keeps all the outdoorsy features of the Suunto 5 but packages them into a slimmer and lighter package.
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Garmin unveils touchscreen Fenix 7, AMOLED Epix smartwatches

Garmin continues to evolve and improve its line of smart watches, adding new features and easier-to-read displays to the Fenix 7 and the Epix.
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How to pick the best streaming fitness challenge for you

Want to start an exercise program and stick with it? Then join a challenge. We discuss what to look for in a challenge and share our favorites for 2022.
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Roborock Dyad review: A budget wet-dry vacuum for those who hate dirt

The Roborock Dyad is an affordable wet-dry vacuum that'll clean every nook and cranny in your kitchen. It effectively handles the dirt so you don't have to.
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The Roborock Dyad is a two-in-one cleaning solution for every mess

The Roborock Dyad takes the best of the company's robotic technology and blends it into a high-tech wet-dry stick vacuum suitable for every mess.
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Halo View review: An affordable Fitbit alternative

Amazon took the best features of the original Halo band, stripped out the controversial ones, and created a top-performing yet affordable Fitbit alternative.
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Samsung might be working on the Galaxy Home Mini 2

Samsung is reportedly working on a new version of its Galaxy Home Mini smart speaker with new features and possibly new functionality.
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Tonal vs. Tempo: Which smart fitness mirror is for you?

Thinking about replacing your gym membership with a smart fitness mirror? We will help you find out whether the Tempo Studio or Tonal is best for you.
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Should you buy an Instant Pot on Black Friday 2021?

Black Friday is a fantastic time to purchase an Instant Pot. Snag the best prices of the year on an Instant Pot, and get a head start on your holiday cooking.
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How to start or join a group workout on Fitness+

Apple Fitness+ makes exercising fun with new group workouts for working out with friends and family. Learn how to create or join a group session.
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Mirror vs. Tempo Studio: Which smart fitness mirror is for you?

Looking for a fitness mirror and can't decide between the Mirror or Tempo? We break down their strengths and weaknesses, so you can choose the best one for you.
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Halo Fitness vs. Apple Fitness+

Amazon takes on Apple's Fitness+ with its new Halo Fitness. How do the two subscriptions compare? We break down their features, pricing, and more to find out.
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Peloton vs. NordicTrack

Which fitness bike is better -- the NordicTrack S22i or the Peloton Bike+? We break it down so you can choose the bike that best fits your needs.
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5 best smart fitness mirrors

Looking to work out in your home without filling it with bulky home gym equipment? Then one of these smart fitness mirrors may be the perfect solution for you.
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Amazon Glow projects fun activities onto surfaces to keep kids entertained

Amazon Glow creates a digital playground for kids and their family members to stay connected and have fun together even when they have to be apart.
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Ring Alarm Pro serves double duty as a mesh Wi-Fi 6 router and security system

Ring ventures deeper into home security with a new mesh Wi-Fi 6 router that connects to your Ring devices and watches your home even when the internet is down.
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5 people we want to walk with on Apple’s Time to Walk

Apple's Time to Walk plays compelling stories from influencers and celebrities as you run, jog, or walk. Here are five storytellers we want to hear from next.
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The unfortunate part about connected fitness equipment for the home

Smart home gym equipment can transform your health, but it has a drawback. Fail to meet the requirements and that expensive treadmill may be rendered useless.
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Garmin Enduro review: Long-lasting sports watch for long-distance fanatics

Garmin Enduro is an endurance athlete's dream. The sports watch pairs the high-end features you'd expect from Garmin with incredibly long battery life.
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How to make restaurant reservations with a HomePod

Apple's HomePod is more than just a speaker. It can help you make dinner reservations from the comfort of your couch.
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How to use IFTTT with Google Home

Take your smart home to the next level by integrating Google Home into productivity powerhouse IFTTT. Learn how to use IFTTT with Google Home.
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Best dorm-friendly cooking gear for back to school

Dorm room life doesn't necessarily mean you have to abandon all forms of cooking. You can think creatively with this must-have kitchen gear for any dorm room.
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NordicTrack Vault Review: A winning home gym and smart mirror combo

NordicTrack's Vault ships with everything you need for a blistering workout. Does a key missing feature detract from its convenient storage and stylish design?
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Fitbit Charge 5 adds sweat-based stress sensor, rounded design

Google-owned Fitbit today announced the Charge 5 with a new sweat-based stress sensor, premium content, and a sleek design complete with a colorful display.
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Peloton Tread reintroduced with safety precautions in mind following injuries

Peloton is back again with a redesigned treadmill. After safety issues plagued its previous version, the new Peloton Tread promises to be better and safer.
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Fitbit Ace 3 review: Feature-filled fitness tracker for kids

Will the Fitbit Ace 3 encourage your kids to exercise, so you don't have to nag them? We tested the kid-friendly fitness tracker to find out how it performs.
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How does a window sensor work?

Window sensors are a critical part of any home security system. Learn how they work so you can ensure this last line of defense is there when you need it.
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The best Apple HomeKit video doorbells for 2022

Video doorbells keep your home safe from burglars and package thieves. Boost security and add convenience with these HomeKit-enabled models.
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How to set up a HomePod for stereo audio

One Apple HomePod speaker can make life easier, but two can be a game-changer. Learn how to transform your smart home by using two HomePod speakers in stereo.
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Fitbit Ace 3 aims to engage kids by making a game out of staying fit

Fitbit hasunveiled the Ace 3, the third generation of its fitness tracker for kids to help them lead a healthier lifestyle through the use of games.
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Garmin Lily review: Fashionable fitness watch with a few shortcomings

In a world of masculine watches, the feminine Garmin Lily is a breath of fresh air with its petite size and pretty colors, but some missing features hurt it.
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Apple Fitness Plus Review: Rough around the edges, but has potential

Apple Fitness+ encourages you to stay fit with punchy workouts from enthusiastic trainers. You do need an Apple Watch, which can be a deal breaker for some.