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Apple’s new Tracker Detect app helps Android users find hidden AirTags

Apple’s new Tracker Detect app helps Android users find hidden AirTags

Apple has released a new app that enables Android users to determine whether someone may be tracking them using an AirTag or similar compatible trackers from other companies. Called Tracker Detect, the free app scans the user's immediate area for signs of a compatible tracker that isn't near its owner, potentially highlighting a personal safety issue.

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iOS 15.2 adds AirTags scanning for the tracking paranoid

iOS 15.2 adds AirTags scanning for the tracking paranoid

The latest update for iOS devices adds a sort of tracker-scanner function called "Unknown Items". With this feature, the "Find My" app can scan your immediate area for "Items That Can Track Me." This option appears in the Items column just under "Help Return Lost Items."

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Oura Ring Generation 3 is a wearable for those who don’t like watches

Oura Ring Generation 3 is a wearable for those who don’t like watches

When it comes to wearables, typically, they take the form of a watch. However, with the advent of smartphones, many people stopped wearing a watch and don't want to go back. However, the dislike of wearable devices on your wrist means that some of the fitness and health tracking features of modern wearables are unavailable to some people. Oura has been making smart wearables in the form of simple rings, and the commpany has announced its Generation 3 ring.

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Facebook Ego4D tracking your When, How, What, and Who

Facebook Ego4D tracking your When, How, What, and Who

When in a few years Facebook releases a new pair of glasses with cameras, microphones, and proximity sensors aboard, remember this article. Today we're taking a peek at some research posted by Facebook AI called "Ego4D". This research worked with "a consortium of 13 universities and labs across nine countries" that together collected "2,200 hours of first person video in the wild, featuring over 700 participants going about their daily lives."

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Amazon smart fridge rumored to track your food

Amazon smart fridge rumored to track your food

Amazon was rumored this week to have a product-tracking refrigerator in the works for consumers. This new product is tipped to use technology similar to Amazon Go cachierless stores and would be one of the most massive consumer products released by Amazon so far. This fridge is said to be developed with the ability to scan its contents to see if supplies are low, thereby learning which products need to be re-ordered from Amazon.

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AirTag battery safety puts Apple in a quandary

AirTag battery safety puts Apple in a quandary

Apple's privacy-respecting item tracker is like a ping-pong of good news, bad news revelations. Apple has made its AirTags so easy to use that there have been concerns about the security of the Find My network. The small discs are small enough to place anywhere but require a separate accessor to hook into objects unless you take the ill-advised route of drilling a hole. Now Apple is finding itself in a sticky situation where the AirTag's battery is being labeled as a safety hazard for kids, while replacement batteries are required to be the child-unsafe kind.

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Amazon Alexa-powered kid tracker leaks

Amazon Alexa-powered kid tracker leaks

Amazon has quietly been working on a wearable for kids, according to new leaks, complete with GPS tracking for paranoid parents. Like other gadgets designed to help monitor younger children, the wearable would have embedded wireless connectivity - similar to Amazon's Halo fitness band, shown here - though Amazon apparently also had plans to bake in Alexa, its smart assistant.

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Apple AirTag update aims to settle stalking fear plus Android app in works

Apple AirTag update aims to settle stalking fear plus Android app in works

Apple plans to update AirTags to speed up warnings for people who may not know they're being tracked, while an Android app is now in the works to bring improved alerts to non-iPhone users. Launched earlier this year, AirTags are Apple's long-rumored entry into the personal tracker market, intended to help find keys, bags, and other items. However concerns were voiced about the potential privacy implications.

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Apple probably didn’t want you to see this AirTag debug menu

Apple probably didn’t want you to see this AirTag debug menu

Apple's AirTags may be designed to make hunting things easier, but there's a secret debug menu in the Find My app which unlocks extra details about the location trackers. Launched last month, each AirTag has both Bluetooth and Ultra Wideband to pinpoint it not only in terms of distance from your iPhone, but the direction in which it's located.

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Apple AirTag Review: With power comes responsibility

Apple AirTag Review: With power comes responsibility

There's nothing quite so unpleasantly distinctive as the feeling of your stomach dropping when you realize your keys, laptop bag, or another important item has gone missing. Apple's pill-shaped AirTag isn't quite the perfect medicine for preventing that lurching sensation, but the long-anticipated $29 tracker does go a long way to settling some of the discomfort around lost or misplayed items.

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Facebook warns Apple app tracking policy could cost users

Facebook warns Apple app tracking policy could cost users

Although there were many developers, publishers, and advertisers that raised disgruntled voices when Apple announced its new App Tracking Transparency policy for iOS, Facebook was the one that shouted the loudest. It used rhetoric and other strategies to besmirch Apple's privacy efforts, even going as far as ironically saying it will actually benefit the social networking giant in the long run. Now it's taking those efforts to a new level by warning users that Facebook and Instagram might become paid services if iOS users don't enable app tracking.

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After a week with Apple AirTags, this is what I can’t work out

After a week with Apple AirTags, this is what I can’t work out

If Apple's big strength is taking the complex and stressful and making it simple and elegant, then its AirTag tracker might be the most successful gadget from the company in years. It's no surprise, then, that since the tiny circular tags were announced earlier in the month, people have been brainstorming just what they might attach them to. I'm no different, though I've come to realize AirTags aren't yet entirely amenable to everything important in my day-to-day life.

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