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Do fitness trackers make you fitter?

Hype before evidence. www.shutterstock.com David A. Ellis, Lancaster University and Lukasz Piwek, University of Bath Nearly 20 million fitness trackers were sold last year. These digital devices – which track everything from heart-rate to the number of steps you take – are sold on the promise that they will help the owner lose weight and become fitter and happier. Unfortunately, …

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Your mobile phone can give away your location, even if you tell it not to

Fitness trackers report their location and map the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert. Screenshot of Strava Heat Map Guevara Noubir, Northeastern University U.S. military officials were recently caught off guard by revelations that servicemembers’ digital fitness trackers were storing the locations of their workouts – including at or near military bases and clandestine sites around the world. But …

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