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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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Vivaldi browser on Android lets you automatically block cookie requests

Vivaldi browser on Android lets you automatically block cookie requests

The European Union's GDPR was a double-edged sword that protected privacy not just for the region but for the rest of the world but at the expense of some inconveniences. Website administrators had a hell of a time implementing compliance and users now get welcomed by messages asking their permission to enable cookies. These can get pretty annoying or even downright confusing which is why Vivaldi is bringing its Cookie Crumbler feature to Android to pretty much block most of those cookies and their dialogs altogether.

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T-Mobile SyncUP TRACKER device rides the AirTag wave

T-Mobile SyncUP TRACKER device rides the AirTag wave

It would appear that T-Mobile USA is ready to roll with a tracker device that'll do battle with Apple's AirTag and Tile. T-Mobile revealed the SyncUP TRACKER this week with connectivity to the T-Mobile LTE network. The device is tracked with an app on Android and iOS devices, and does not need to be within a specific range of a smartphone to work.

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After trying Apple’s AirTag I can see why Tile is furious

After trying Apple’s AirTag I can see why Tile is furious

Usually, misplacing something with the Apple logo is a cause for horror, but with an AirTag attached to them I'm almost looking forward to losing my keys. Apple's long-anticipated trackers are here at $29 a pop; I'll have a full AirTag review soon, but I couldn't help but share some of my first impressions about what's arguably Apple's most interesting product in a while. Little on the Apple Store shelves, after all, packs so much into such a small device, layering ease of use on top of technological complexity.

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Watch Apple justify iOS 14.5’s controversial App Tracking Transparency

Watch Apple justify iOS 14.5’s controversial App Tracking Transparency

Today Apple released iOS 14.5 for your iPhone and iPad, and with it, app tracking transparency in a whole new level. This software has been a long time coming, opposed by would-be trackers, applauded by those who would like control over the tracking of their own data. As Apple released iOS 14.5 today, they released a very brief, very simple explainer video about how the process will work for users.

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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 finally launch: $29 trackers take on Tile

Apple AirTags finally launch: $29 trackers take on Tile

Apple has officially announced AirTags, its long-rumored tracking tags, as it expands the Find My network with its own Tile rival. The $29 dongles can be hunted down using the iPhone app, and are designed to be easily attached to keys, pets, bags, or anything else.

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