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Tile UWB tracker leaks as tag-maker prepares for Apple AirTag and Amazon Sidewalk

Tile UWB tracker leaks as tag-maker prepares for Apple AirTag and Amazon Sidewalk

Tile is preparing to launch its first ultra wideband (UWB) tracker, with new leaks suggesting the upcoming tag will take on Apple and Samsung as the company broadens its partnerships to maintain its defining position in the category. Tile currently relies on Bluetooth for its range of tracking tags, tapping short-range connections to smartphones, routers, and other devices to help people hunt down misplaced items.

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Samsung Galaxy Smart Tag design confirmed by SmartThings app

Samsung Galaxy Smart Tag design confirmed by SmartThings app

In just a few weeks, Samsung will be unveiling yet another one of its worst-kept secrets, the Galaxy S21 series. It won't be alone, though, if rumors are correct, and the Galaxy S21 will be joined by a few accessories. Although not exactly as big as the Galaxy Buds Pro, the Galaxy Smart Tag tracker is still an interesting addition to Samsung's ecosystem. That is provided it can actually make a good case for these against something more established like pioneer Tile's more time-tested options.

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Samsung Galaxy Smart Tag might be an upcoming Tile, Apple AirTag rival

Samsung Galaxy Smart Tag might be an upcoming Tile, Apple AirTag rival

People lose things, that's pretty much a fact of life. It doesn't exactly have to be as painful as in the old days when technology wasn't around to assist us. While technology still can't give us foolproof memory, things like object trackers can at least help in recovering those lost or forgotten property. Tile popularized the idea of such Bluetooth-enabled item trackers and it will soon be getting some big rivals as Apple and Samsung seem to be preparing to launch their own take.

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Amazon Sidewalk adds Tile as neighborhood network nears launch

Amazon Sidewalk adds Tile as neighborhood network nears launch

Amazon Sidewalk, its hyper-local neighborhood network system set to launch later this year, will work with Tile and Echo speakers the retailer has confirmed today. Previewed in 2019, Sidewalk promises a distributed alternative to regular WiFi networks, in which smart home devices like Ring cameras double as hubs for local communications.

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Tile Premium Protect subscription to reimburse lost items you can’t find

Tile Premium Protect subscription to reimburse lost items you can’t find

It's a fact of life that things get lost, whether under the couch, left at Starbucks, or, worse, taken by someone. Technologies have been developed to help remind you when you and your stuff stray too far from each other or even help you locate these things when the inevitable does happen. Not all lost things get found, even with things like Tile trackers but the company is willing to reimburse what you lost, presuming you agree to pay an annual fee.

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Apple Find My network to help Tile and others track lost items

Apple Find My network to help Tile and others track lost items

Apple has been rumored to be working on its own Bluetooth-powered item tracker but AirTag was still a no-show at WWDC. Apple did announce something related that could also be setting the stage for that product's launch later this year. Ironically, it also allows Bluetooth trackers like Tile to be on equal footing by opening its Find My network to these third-party devices, allowing users to harness the vast number of Apple devices to locate their lost keys or bags.

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Tile and Intel team to make your laptop trackable

Tile and Intel team to make your laptop trackable

Tile is partnering up with Intel to put its tracking tech into laptops, with the potential for notebook-makers to quickly enable location services for lost or stolen PCs. Expected to launch later in the year, the chip-level integration would do away with the need to duct-tape a Tile tracker to your laptop lid.

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Comcast’s set-top boxes and xFi router can now track your Tile

Comcast’s set-top boxes and xFi router can now track your Tile

Tile's location trackers are gaining new functionality for Comcast set-top box and Xfinity internet subscribers, with the company's boxes now acting as Tile network extensions for broader coverage. Tile's trackers - which slot into wallets, can be stuck to things like bikes and remotes, or dangle from keychains - use Bluetooth to regularly report their location, making it easier to find them should they go missing later on.

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Google Assistant can now tell you where your Tile was last seen

Google Assistant can now tell you where your Tile was last seen

Some things, like keys and remote controls, are often too easy to misplace, which is one of the reasons Bluetooth trackers like Tile were born. But when you're frantically searching for them, the last thing you'd want to be doing is fiddling with your phone. Fortunately, if you have a Google Assistant-powered device, like a speaker or, OK, your phone, all you need to do is ask where it is or even ring your keys, not your phone.

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The first HP Tile tracker-integrated laptop is here

The first HP Tile tracker-integrated laptop is here

HP Elite Dragonfly will be the first device with a Tile tracker embedded within, shown first at CES 2020. This is the first of what'll probably be a whole line of laptops with "embedded" Tile technology, allowing users to search for their lost laptop with the standard Tile app* and network. Much like a normal Tile tracker, this Tile works without the assistance of the laptop's own, separate technology. You can track this laptop even when the laptop is offline or powered off.

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Tile’s new tracker integration with Google Assistant is now available

Tile’s new tracker integration with Google Assistant is now available

Following the initial announcement last month, Google Assistant's support for Tile tracking devices is now live. Once the tracker is linked within the Google Home app, users can ask Google Assistant via their phone or a smart speaker/display to directly find their devices, eliminating the previous cumbersome request of, "Google, ask Tile to find..."

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Tile Sticker, Slim, Pro, and Mate leave no object un-tracked

Tile Sticker, Slim, Pro, and Mate leave no object un-tracked

Tile's tracker range is getting a full refresh for 2019, with new Tile Sticker and Tile Slim designs joining revamped Tile Pro and Tile Mate models. The Bluetooth beacon line-up has come a long way from its early days, now with more choice in form-factor, how you can fix it to things you really don't want to lose, and how Tile's crowd-powered locator network will help you track those items down.

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