Amazon’s Halo is the perfect fit for its healthcare strategy. Here’s why

When Amazon unveiled the Halo — a small, plain health-and-wellness wearable — it entered a market already crowded with Apple Watches, Fitbits, Xiaomis, Huaweis, and more. With an empire that spans everything from cloud containers to expensive organic groceries, why does Amazon really want to enter the crowded wearables market?

Certainly Amazon hasn’t been shy of launching new hardware into new markets over the past decade. It cornered the market in ebook readers with the Kindle, made tablets cheap with the Fire range, kickstarted the smart speaker craze with the Echo, and even launched an unloved and quickly binned smartphone. So far, it’s stayed away from wearables devices — that is, until now.

According to tech analyst Gartner, the market for health wearables is expected to be worth $87bn by 2023. The biggest fitness-focused wearable manufacturer, Fitbit, sold 16 million units during the last financial year. Amazon is launching the

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UE’s new headphones use an app and LEDs to create a truly custom fit

For years, Ultimate Ears has offered high-end in-ear headphones (known as monitors) that provide pristine audio playback thanks to a super-snug custom fitting process that requires a trip to an audiologist. UE typically crafts its in-ear monitors from a professional mold of your ear canal, which is part of why its products come with price tags that climb up over $1,000. That makes sense for professional musicians and people with audio systems at home that cost three times more than my car, but it’s not practical for the average person.

The gel forms to your ear and then hardens after it's subjected to LED lights built into the headphones.

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The gel forms to your ear and then hardens after it’s subjected to LED lights built into the headphones.

Today, Ultimate Ears announced the new $249 UE Fits, which promise to create a perfect mold of your ear during a fitting process that you execute using a phone app.

The headphones tips are made of

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A woman who says she broke multiple bones when she crashed an Uber scooter is suing the firm for failing to fit turn signals

a car parked on a city street: Irene Jiang / Business Insider

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  • A woman in Colorado is suing Uber for failing to equip rental scooters with turn signals after she allegedly crashed a Jump scooter in 2019, ending up with a dislocated hip and multiple fractures.
  • Her injuries have resulted in hours of surgery, according to the lawsuit she filed against the vehicle and delivery service giant.
  • Erin Norman, who says she crashed on a street in San Francisco in 2019, is accusing Uber of not fitting the Jump scooters with turn signals, despite designing them for use in cities.
  • Other defendants in the case are Neutron Holdings, which operates as Lime and acquired Jump in May, and manufacturers Segway and Xiaomi.
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A woman who says she dislocated her hip and broke multiple bones when she crashed an Uber rental scooter is suing the

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Apple reportedly no longer needs entire Apple Watch returned if Solo Loop doesn’t fit

According to leaker Jon Prosser, Apple has reversed its requirement for users to return their Apple Watch Series 6 if its Solo Loop, or Braided Solo Loop, isn’t the right size for them.

Apple’s original requirement for users to return their entire Apple Watch Series 6 to get a correct-size band meant that some were facing weeks before they could get their Watch back. Now reportedly Apple has decided they can keep the Watch, and just return the Solo Loop, or Braided Solo Loop, for replacement.

Leaker Jon Prosser goes on to say that Apple’s issuing of a replacement

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Compass Diversified to Acquire Performance Fit Innovator BOA Technology

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WESTPORT, Conn. and DENVER, Sep 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
Further Expands CODI’s Best-In-Class Portfolio of Niche Market Leading Brands

CODI’s Resources and Deep Consumer Sector Expertise to Support Industry Pioneer’s Continued Product Innovation and Global Growth

Compass Diversified (NYSE: CODI) (“CODI” or the “Company”), an owner of leading middle market businesses, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BOA Technology Inc. (“BOA”), creators of the award-winning BOA(R) Fit System, delivering superior fit and performance in the Outdoor, Athletic, Workwear and Medical Bracing markets worldwide, for a purchase price of $454 million (excluding working capital and certain other adjustments upon closing).

BOA was founded in 2001 with a revolutionary performance fit system that transformed how snowboarders “dialed in” their boots and offered a superior alternative to the traditional lace system.

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