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Training computer provides analysis and encouragement

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POLAR RCX3 wrist-worn training computer displays motivational messages. POLAR RCX3 wrist-worn training computer displays motivational messages.
BlackBerry Q10 smart phone is available in white (exclusively at Verizon Wireless) or black. BlackBerry Q10 smart phone is available in white (exclusively at Verizon Wireless) or black.

Worn like an ordinary sports watch, Polar's RCX3 training computer interprets heart data to provide helpful feedback for your daily jog, resulting in smarter training.

The device comes with Smart Coaching, a system that provides planning, training, and analysis of running, cycling, roller-blading, and more. Personalized sport zones and motivational aids help you achieve desired intensity and stamina.

The RCX3 has a large user-configurable display that can show up to three rows of training data on one screen. With a few button presses, Sport Profiles match the sport being performed. The computer comes pre-loaded with four profiles, including settings for two different cyclists.

The company says that knowing how hard to train depends on many factors, including physical state, mental state, stress, sleep, and previous training. ZoneOptimizer eliminates guesswork by adjusting personal heart rate zones based on your current condition.

OwnCal calculates the number of calories expended during a training session based on weight, height, age, gender, your individual maximum heart rate. The device also calculates a Running Index, based on speed, distance, and heart rate data. An optional GPS module employs the latest SiRFstar IV technology to accurately measures speed, pace, and distance. Runners can see their route mapped at PolarPersonalTrainer.com after their workout.

When the GPS function is on, the battery lasts up to 12 hours. When it's off, it's good for up to 1,700 hours. The device, however, is only water-resistant, not waterproof.

The Polar RCX3 training computer is slim and lightweight at 58 grams. The base RCX3 model includes a heart rate monitor (chest strap included) and sells for $219.95. The optional Polar G5 GPS sensor sells for $139.95. For more information, visit PolarUSA.com.

BlackBerry Q10 arrives at Verizon stores

Diehard BlackBerry users would sooner walk barefoot over hot coals than use a smart phone with a virtual keyboard. Luckily, a new BlackBerry model combines a great physical keyboard, a touch-screen user interface, the all-new BlackBerry 10 platform, and classic BlackBerry styling.

Similar to the BlackBerry Z10, shown on the Fox 8 News Morning Edition earlier this year, the Q10 sports a 3.1-inch 720x720 Super AMOLED touch screen in addition to a physical QWERTY keyboard.

Also standard is 16GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot for additional memory, 8-megapixel rear/2-megapixel front cameras, and a 2,100mAh battery.

The choice of apps available from BlackBerry World pales in comparison to Apple's AppStore or Google Play, but available apps, games, and entertainment can be download via Verizon's speedy 4G LTE network.

BlackBerry Q10 is available in black or white (exclusively at Verizon Wireless stores.) Prices start at $199.99 with a new two year customer agreement. For more information, visit VerizonWireless.com.

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