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Three things to consider on Apple AirTag preorder day

Three things to consider on Apple AirTag preorder day

Apple's AirTags are up for preorder, with the long-anticipated tracking tiles arriving to make sure you never lose your keys (or backpack, or bike, or anything else) again. Announced earlier this week at Apple's first big hardware event of 2021, the coin-sized trackers may be among the company's cheapest products, but they could end up being the most useful of the bunch. Read on for three things you should know as you jump on AirTag preorders.

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Apple AirTags: The highs and lows of these $29 trackers

Apple AirTags: The highs and lows of these $29 trackers

Apple's cheapest product of this week's big new hardware showcase was arguably its most interesting, with AirTags finally delivering the much-anticipated launch of the company's first tracker. Taking on Tile and other item tracking tags, Apple's system mixes some augmented reality cleverness with the huge number of its devices in the wild to make finding lost keys, bags, luggage, or anything else a whole lot easier.

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SmartThings Find will warn you if a Galaxy SmartTag is following you

SmartThings Find will warn you if a Galaxy SmartTag is following you

Beating Apple AirTags to the punch, Samsung launched its Galaxy SmartTags last year to offer an alternative to the popular Tile trackers. The Bluetooth-enabled accessories worked in tandem with Samsung's improved SmartThings Find in order to create what is practically a crowdsourced network of users that can help locate any lost item, even if they're outside of Bluetooth range. That said, that system may have also raised some questions about privacy that Samsung will be addressing next week with an important update to SmartThings.

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Best fitness bands to buy right now: If watch is not your thing

Best fitness bands to buy right now: If watch is not your thing

We’ve been through a stressful last year wherein staying in shape – being active – took a serious back seat for many of us. Things don’t look very promising even today, but little strides back to normalcy have begun. It’s then time to consider health and fitness a little more seriously. When you get into some sort of routine – or if you’re already at some level in your fitness journey - you’d require a wearable to track the fitness and health parameters.

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Apple Find My network opens for third-party tracking ahead of AirTags launch

Apple Find My network opens for third-party tracking ahead of AirTags launch

Apple is opening up Find My location services to third-party products, expanding what has until now been a way to track down iPhone and the company's other devices. The newly-updated Find My app now includes support for the Find My network accessory program, with Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof first to join up.

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Huawei Band 6 almost looks like a smartwatch

Huawei Band 6 almost looks like a smartwatch

Even with the advent of smartwatches, smart fitness bands, which have been around before those smart timepieces, have continued to thrive. Beyond software differences, smart bands have always been distinguished by smaller or at least narrow displays compared to the circular or square screens of smartwatches. There have been a few outliers, of course, and Huawei's latest fitness tracker is one of them. The Huawei Band 6 has a tall but large display that, unless you're looking closely, could easily be mistaken for a smartwatch.

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Fitbit Inspire 2 gets Tile tracking for finding your lost fitness wearable

Fitbit Inspire 2 gets Tile tracking for finding your lost fitness wearable

Fitbit's Inspire 2 wearable is getting Tile support, making it easier to track down your tracker when it's not on your wrist. The update means that the Inspire 2's Bluetooth radio can be used for location pings with Tile, helping find it within the Tile smartphone app.

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Fitbit might have a more affordable subscription tier under Google

Fitbit might have a more affordable subscription tier under Google

Google might already consider its acquisition of Fitbit a done deal but there are still some loose ends that need to be addressed. In the meantime, however, the two seem to be proceeding as normal, at least behind the scenes. While Fitbit will most likely continue to operate as it is now, there might be some changes afoot in the way it does business. That may include a cheaper subscription tier that may also be Google's way to monetize the data the fitness tracker giant will be able to gather.

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Polar Verity Sense heart monitor strap can be worn anywhere

Polar Verity Sense heart monitor strap can be worn anywhere

Smartwatches and smart fitness trackers are a dime a dozen these days, almost all of them equipped with one form of heart rate monitor or another. These might be fine for some consumers that don't mind the designs these smartwatches come in or don't require more accurate or dedicated readings. There will, however, always be people who shirk from these smart wearables, especially when they're actually training or exercising. For these, Polar is launching its new Verity Sense, a dedicated heart rate monitor that can be worn on almost any part of your body.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 6 could almost be an Alexa smartwatch

Xiaomi Mi Band 6 could almost be an Alexa smartwatch

Although smartwatches are a dime a dozen these days, some still prefer smart bands not just for their simplicity but also for their discreetness. That's not to say that these fitness-centric devices are less featured than their smartwatch cousins, especially this upcoming product from Xiaomi. According to the latest leak, the company's next Mi Band will be chock-full of features that it would almost qualify as a smartwatch, one that even has Amazon's AI assistant on board.

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Samsung Galaxy SmartTag is a Tile-like tracker to take on Apple AirTags

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag is a Tile-like tracker to take on Apple AirTags

Samsung has revealed its first location tracker, with the Galaxy SmartTag joining the Galaxy S21 Series today. Priced at under $30, it's designed to help hunt down misplaced items like keys, pets, or TV remote controls, integrating with the new SmartThings Find platform.

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TCL Wearable Display puts a 1080p OLED display in your sunglasses

TCL Wearable Display puts a 1080p OLED display in your sunglasses

TCL plans to launch the TCL Wearable Display this year, a high-tech pair of sunglasses that also work as a virtual TV for private viewing. The company - better known for its full-sized TVs and its range of smartphones - previewed the idea at CES last year with Project Archery, though now the concept is graduating to a full commercial product.

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