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shinyshiny speaks to Bangs about running motivation, fitness tech and why mentoring is so important #RunningWeek

Here at shinyshiny I get the opportunity to speak to inspiring people from the worlds of tech, design and fitness on a daily basis. But the interview today holds a very special place in my heart because it's with a blogger I've followed, admired and learned a hell of a lot from over the past few years,…

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Becca Caddyshinyshiny speaks to Bangs about running motivation, fitness tech and why mentoring is so important #RunningWeek
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Welcome to #RunningWeek – the world of fitness tech, workout gear & interviews with inspirational women

Over the next week, the shinyshiny team will be exploring all things running, workouts and getting active. We'll help you choose the right running shoes, bras and accessories for you, explore the merging of fashion and fitness, provide you with some much-needed Pinterest and YouTube-related motivation, take a look at some of the best (and worst!)…

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Becca CaddyWelcome to #RunningWeek – the world of fitness tech, workout gear & interviews with inspirational women
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Star.21: The £19 fitness tracker that aims to make you healthier in just 21 days

Even though we've all got arms full of fitness trackers, the Star.21 is a wearable with a difference. Not only does this basic band help you form healthy habits really slowly over 21 days (rather than throwing you in at the deep end like other wearables), it also costs just £19. Launched on crowd-funding website…

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Becca CaddyStar.21: The £19 fitness tracker that aims to make you healthier in just 21 days
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NHS tests patient-monitoring Wi-Fi patches

First we told you about smart bandages, now plasters get their turn to show off. The NHS is about to trial a small, wireless patch designed to monitor patients’ health. Made by Oxford-based firm Sensium Healthcare, the plaster-sized patch is battery-powered and stuck on just above the heart, where it collects information on pulse, breathing…

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Diane ShipleyNHS tests patient-monitoring Wi-Fi patches
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TAKE OUR QUIZ – Which fitness tracker should you buy?

Here at shinyshiny we're dedicated to bringing you news, reviews and tips about the coolest tech, lifestyle products and must-have apps on the market. But no matter how clued up you are, sometimes figuring out which gadget, product or service is right for you can still be confusing -  especially when there's so much to choose…

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Becca CaddyTAKE OUR QUIZ – Which fitness tracker should you buy?
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Will Adidas beat Nike in the wearables game with its new miCoach Fit Smart Band?

Over the past few days there have been a whole host of leaks, providing anxious wearable-lovers with photos and specs about Adidas' latest foray into the activity tracking market: the miCoach Fit Smart band (or at least that's what the rumours suggest it's called). It looks like the huge sporting brand has taken advantage of…

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Becca CaddyWill Adidas beat Nike in the wearables game with its new miCoach Fit Smart Band?
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WedMD app launches Healthy Target to track your data and wearable activity

Just weeks after the announcement of Apple's all-singing, all-dancing health and fitness tracking platform, HealthKit, popular diagnosis app WebMD has launched Healthy Target, a new programme that works with all kinds of third party apps and wearable devices to pull your data together into one central hub. Launched this week, Healthy Target will work with…

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Becca CaddyWedMD app launches Healthy Target to track your data and wearable activity

Oops, sorry Apple: HealthKit might need a name change as it already exists

Looks like HealthKit, the software that runs Apple's new health and fitness tracking app Health, might have had a last-minute name change - one they forgot to check isn't already in use. I guess it's easily done. You know how it is when you're preparing for a keynote presentation that's attended by thousands of tech…

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Diane ShipleyOops, sorry Apple: HealthKit might need a name change as it already exists
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Will the Sony SmartBand shake up the wearable fitness market?

The Sony SmartBand SWR10 fitness tracker launched in the US this week and some industry commentators are suggesting it could blow the rest of the wearable competition out of the water. The device was first announced at CES 2014, but up until this week we've heard a relatively small amount about its specs or availability.…

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Becca CaddyWill the Sony SmartBand shake up the wearable fitness market?
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Misfit Shine's Bloom necklace wearable accessory comes to the UK

We're big fans of wearable activity trackers here at shinyshiny, and although we felt the Misfit Shine was outperformed by the Jawbone Up 24 in our battle of the wearables, it ticks all of the boxes when it comes to style and versatility. Well, it looks like the Shine is about to become even more…

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Becca CaddyMisfit Shine's Bloom necklace wearable accessory comes to the UK

Health and HealthKit: Apple unveils its fitness tracking, mobile health app

At the WWDC 2014 developer conference on Monday, Apple's senior vice president Craig Federighi unveiled the tech giant's highly-anticipated mobile health offerings: the Health app and the HealthKit toolkit. Federighi explained that Apple doesn't want to reinvent the wheel - it knows there are some awesome health and fitness tracking apps and devices out there…

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Becca CaddyHealth and HealthKit: Apple unveils its fitness tracking, mobile health app
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Scientists could soon re-grow teeth with lasers

There are few things more terrifying than climbing into the dentist's chair before a root canal treatment. But thanks to a new breakthrough in laser technology, that particular terror could become a much less common occurrence. Researchers at Harvard University have successfully used lasers to partially regenerate teeth. In tests on mice and rats, they…

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Diane ShipleyScientists could soon re-grow teeth with lasers

Samsung unveils the Simband wearable health tracker

This week Samsung unveiled a new wearable health tracking device called the Simband. Designed to be worn around your wrist, the Simband can take all kinds of readings about your body from a relatively teeny tiny package. At a press event in San Francisco, Samsung also revealed details of Sami, short for Samsung Architecture Multimedia…

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Becca CaddySamsung unveils the Simband wearable health tracker

Light therapy glasses could cure seasonal affective disorder

As much as we all prefer sunny days to gloomy ones, Seasonal Affective Disorder (or SAD) affects millions of people all over the globe, leaving them feeling lethargic and down during the winter months, which can even lead to full blown depression. Although some of those who suffer from SAD are given medication, the most…

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Becca CaddyLight therapy glasses could cure seasonal affective disorder
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Battle of the wearables: Jawbone Up 24 vs. Misfit Shine

There are so many different wearable devices on the market at the moment that it can be really hard to keep track of which gadget does what and how well it performs. Here at ShinyShiny we've been reviewing some of our favourite activity tracking gadgets and have plenty more to come over the next few…

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Becca CaddyBattle of the wearables: Jawbone Up 24 vs. Misfit Shine

Is Facebook making a move into health and fitness apps?

For those not keen on forking out the cash for a dedicated activity tracking device, the Moves app is one of our favourites for monitoring your steps throughout the day. It seems we're not the only fans, as it's been downloaded more than 4 million times since its launch last year. In an interesting, but…

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Becca CaddyIs Facebook making a move into health and fitness apps?

Will the Casper mattress change the way we sleep for good?

Over the past few weeks, I've been using activity trackers to monitor how well I sleep and the results have been pretty eye-opening with many of the devices serving up suggestions about how I could get more deep sleep or fall into dreamland a little faster. But now interesting new startup Casper believes the quality…

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Becca CaddyWill the Casper mattress change the way we sleep for good?
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WellBiome believes analysing stool samples is the key to a healthy lifestyle

WellBiome is a startup that analyses the DNA inside your tummy in order to provide you with all kinds of personalised diet and lifestyle recommendations. Based on the premise that advice about health and nutrition is far too general, the Estonian company believes that analysing what's going on in your body and understanding the unique…

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Becca CaddyWellBiome believes analysing stool samples is the key to a healthy lifestyle

Nike might help Apple with its new iWatch after ditching the FuelBand

Late last week details emerged that Nike had laid off a large percentage of the team behind the FuelBand activity tracker and won't be continuing in its pursuit of the ultimate wearable for the time being. This has left many wondering about whether Nike is actually throwing in the wearable towel for good or whether…

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Becca CaddyNike might help Apple with its new iWatch after ditching the FuelBand