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Sleep is as important to health as diet and exercise and, thanks to new technology, tracking sleep is now routine in monitoring overall well-being. But are the devices used to do this actually useful, or have we simply found a more sophisticated way to clock watch?

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The rise of wearable fitness technology is something of a paradox. The surge in popularity of devices that monitor the amount of exercise you do suggest more people than ever are interested in maintaining regular fitness regimes. Just witness the success of the company behind fitness tracking bracelet Fitbit, which investors have just deemed worth $US4.1bn after it floated on the stock market. Yet this comes at a time when physical inactivity has reached levels of global pandemic proportion.

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Apple announced numerous products yesterday (and upped the prices on others), but ResearchKit, the company's new medical research and health platform, is clearly the technology with the most potential to actually improve people's lives. Services like it are already at work around the globe, helping doctors and patients manage symptoms and improve health. Here's why it's important, and how it could actually change health care for the better.

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Dear Lifehacker, In December, I decided to import a FitBit Force from the US, via a mail forwarding service. Of course, FitBit have now issued a recall, and I received an email from the US product safety commission to return the item. I'm concerned that since the item is meant to be returned, FitBit may stop supporting it (or not put in place new updates). So is it worth sending it back to the US, or should I just continue to use it? And if I do send it back, what other fitness tracker is as good as my beloved Force?

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Hi Lifehacker, I'm thinking of buying an activity tracking wristband and was very keen on the FitBit Force until the voluntary recall. Fitbit have said that the device will be re-released but there is no estimate of how long that will take and then there's the delay for Australian release. So now I'm conflicted whether to wait for the Force, buy the Flex or go with something else. Any suggestions?