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Fitness apps to motivate your workouts

How is your workout working out? Lots of apps provide routines and fitness tracking, but those are no use if you're not motivated to get off the couch and keep going. We've run through fitness apps and have picked seven that will get you into the gym or out for a long jog or a bike ride, because there's nothing like music, scenery, and friendly competition to energize you.

RockMyRun ( iOS, Android)

Music is a great booster during a high-intensity cardio session. RockMyRun has thousands of music mixes, 45 minutes or less, to match your energy and … Read more

Google I/O recap: Major Android news; Chrome OS update

Today Google kicked off its annual I/O conference with announcements about Android, Chrome OS, its answer to Apple's HealthKit, and the next generation of developer tools.

Introducing Android L: Android OS's KitKat successor doesn't have a name yet, but it'll begin with L. The platform update will attempt to unite Web and app user experiences through the Material Design interface. Developers will be able to use Google's new Polymer toolkit to design Web apps that look like their Android counterparts, including 3D rendering. Android L also promises notifications on the lock screen (like iOS … Read more

Software week in review for June 20

Yo, have you poked your friends with two letters today? This week saw new releases from Facebook and Intel, health and fitness apps heating up, iOS 8 feature leaks, and more. Read on for our recap, and to get the latest reviews from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.

Getting the message

This is the state of apps: $1 million in funding for an app that sends one word to your contacts. After an April Fools' Day launch, the minimal Yo app burned up the Internet this week, earning both appreciation and derision. It finished the … Read more

7-minute workout app puts a personal trainer in your pocket

Aside from a weekly pick-up basketball game, I have not stuck with anything approaching regular exercise in my life. I have neither the time nor the inclination to join a gym, and any exercise program I devise at home seems to last only a week or two before it fades out and then stops altogether. Also, I hate jogging. Thankfully, I'm easily amused outdoors and can frequently be found skiing, skating, and biking in addition to playing tennis, touch football, and softball. (OK, softball doesn't count as exercise.) Despite my various athletic endeavors, I have never felt like … Read more

Twitter makes it easy to find first tweets

CNET Update is figuring out this Twitter thing:

In this episode of Update:

- Get the prices of Samsung's new Gear smartwatches, arriving April 11 with the Galaxy S5. (But perhaps you'll want to see what Motorola has in store for the Moto 360 before buying a Gear.)

- Launch your Android camera with the Google Search app and the magic words, "OK Google, take a photo."

- Take a peek at the latest design for Valve's Steam Machine video game controller.

- Make friends with someone that owns a PlayStation if you want to … Read more

Are Samsung's Gear wearables priced to fit?

You walk into a store. You have $300 in your hand. You can get a Samsung Gear 2 for $299, a Gear 2 Neo for $199, or a Gear Fit for $199.

Do you get: a) the Gear 2? b) the Gear 2 Neo? c) the Gear Fit? d) none of the above?

The Wide World of Wearables has a wide pricing landscape, but when it comes to wristbands it's coming down to dollars. The prices of Samsung's new wearables aren't surprising: the original Galaxy Gear cost $300, and the new version has extra features including a … Read more

Samsung prices Gear 2 at $299, Gear Fit at $199

Samsung has officially posted the global prices for two of its upcoming wearable devices.

The Gear 2 smartwatch will sell for 8,999 Taiwan dollars ($293), Samsung announced in Taiwan on Wednesday, according to Sammobile and other sources. That's a slight drop from the $300 retail price of the original Gear. The new Gear Fit fitness band will cost 5,990 Taiwan dollars, but Samsung kept mum on the Gear 2 Neo.

AT&T unleashed more details Thursday by announcing that it will start preorders of Samsung's new family of wearable devices in the US on Friday. … Read more

Text yourself thin with ToneFone weighted iPhone case

Tired of flabby arms and weak wrists? Wish you had more to show for using your iPhone than just communication, entertainment, driving directions, restaurant recommendations, and casual hookups?

If only your iPhone looked like a dumbbell and was heavy like a dumbbell. Then, every time you picked it up, you'd be working out!

So goes the "logic" behind ToneFone, a product I swear I am not making up. Available through UK-based DesirableBody, the ToneFone is the "world's heaviest iPhone case."

No, really -- that's the tagline.

Designed to fit the iPhone 5 and … Read more

How Moov plans to deliver nearly $1M worth of wearables by July

It took only 90 minutes for Moov, makers of a watch-like fitness wearable, to hit its crowdfunding goal of $40,000. Two weeks have passed since then, and Moov is already to date the most successful crowdfunding fitness campaign -- of which there are many, on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, attempting to serve up a better Jawnone or Fitbit or Nike FuelBand that tells us how to fix ourselves and not just what's wrong.

Preorder sales now near $1 million, equating to more than 16,000 devices the startup says it will deliver by July. A second, even larger batch … Read more