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Welcome one and all to And finally, the place to find out about the smaller stories from the world of wearables you may have missed.

Missed the headline-grabbing stories? Don't worry, we'll catch you up. Jawbone is having some serious transition issues, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 was finally unveiled, the Apple rumour mill suggests two new Watches will land with bigger screens and Withings is coming back after its co-founder bought back the digital health business he sold to Nokia in 2016.

There's also been plenty of other stories that didn't quite make the news cut, but we've saved them for you. We're nice like that.

Read on to catch up on the best of the rest of the other wearable tech stories of the week.

Fitbit to start offering two-year warranty

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Fitbit Australia has been given more than a slap on the wrist and has been prompted to change the warranty policy for its wearables after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) received more than 100 complaints about the company only fixing faulty devices within a month of purchase.

Apparently customers had been turned away if they had product issues after one year, but the ACCC claimed that Fitbit's actions and warranty had broken Australian laws. Fitbit acknowledged it may have breached the law and has now extended its express manufacturer warranty from one to two years.

MyZone brings more gaming fitness fun

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MyZone, makers of the heart rate monitor chest strap that's all about gamifying fitness is ready to make things more fun. It's introducing a new Zone Match game to its companion app that's all about cardio where the aim is to match an effort level indicated by a colored tile. The more closely you match the colored tile, the more points you score. It's as simple as that. Scores can be rated and shared if you want to gloat about your scores.

There's 49 in-app challenges in total to burn those calories and it's free to access too. You will of course need a MyZone wearable to try it out.

Totwoo brings smart jewelry kits to US

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Chinese company Totwoo has partnered up with US fashion tech company 360Fashion Network to launch its Totwoo Inside DIY wearable tech kits, making it easier for anyone to create fashion tech without needing to know about coding or having to be handy with a soldering iron.

The kits, which will be sold online by Queen of RAW, is all about expressing emotion and offer connected features like fitness tracking, inactivity reminders and even UV monitoring. The Bluetooth-packing kit can also be tapped or shaken to communicate or send messages giving fashion tech designers plenty of things to get creative with.


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Michael Sawh

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Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of T3.com.

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.


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