A new way to stalk the Big Brother hamsters

The Big Brother 16 cast members were given product placement yesterday in the form of fitness trackers, and now you can see just how many steps they’ve taken, miles they’ve traveled, and calories burned. Because it’s good to know that Zach is leading the house in number of steps taken (4,690 yesterday).

A CBS press release, which notes that Fitbit Flex™ Wireless Activity Tracking Wristbands are provided by Fitbit, says we can track “their physical data, including weight, number of steps taken, miles traveled, calories burned and active minutes.”

So far, the activity tracker page–which is not in real-time, alas–only shows steps taken, miles traveled, and calories burned; active minutes shows 0 for everyone, perhaps because something catastrophic happened. Or the technology isn’t working 100 percent yet.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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