Friday, January 15


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Google is preparing Wear OS to support contact tracking

Due to the global pandemic, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) decided to enable contract tracking on Bluetooth low-energy devices such as wearables, and now, Google appears to be preparing its operating system for the feature. XDA Developers Encoding detected within Play Services beta 20.50.14 that reveals Google's intention to add COVID-19 exposure notifications to its platform. The chain reads: “Your phone will use this device to securely collect and share random IDs with other nearby devices. You can be notified if you have been around someone who reported having COVID-19. The date, duration, and signal strength associated with an exposure will be shared with the app. " This would mean that your portable device's Blu...
Accessories, AirTags, Apple, bluetooth, News

Apple AirTags design shown in new leaked 3D animation

At this point, it would be great if Apple finally officially revealed its Bluetooth tracking device called AirTags. This latest leak, courtesy of the sometimes trustworthy YouTuber Jon Prosser from 'Front Page Tech', gives us what is probably the best look of the yet-unannounced device. Prosser says the 3D animation for AirTags was created by Apple and could be used during the accessory pairing process. The YouTuber goes on to say that a software engineer sent him the animation. While it hasn't been confirmed what the leaked animation will be used for, the 3D rendering looks a lot like the process of pairing AirPods with the iPhone and iPad. Apple's AirTags are expected to be the company's version of a Tile, a small Bluetooth tra...
Accessories, bluetooth, Galaxy SmartTag, News

Samsung is reportedly launching its own Tile-type Bluetooth tracker

Along with the Galaxy S21, S21 +, and S21 Ultra, it looks like Samsung might also have plans to launch a Tile-like Bluetooth tracking device in early January. Like Tile's trackers and Apple's AirTags, which are often rumored, the Galaxy SmartTag uses Bluetooth to connect with nearby devices, according to 91mobiles. Like other trackers, SmartTag features a hole that allows it to easily connect to a set of keys. According to a regulatory filing first discovered by GSMArena, the Galaxy SmartTag is powered by a standard button battery, which means you can change the battery when it runs out. Although Tile's newer trackers, such as the Tile Pro and Tile Mate, feature interchangeable batteries, the company's previous devices had to be ...
bluetooth, COVID-19, iPhone News

Bluetooth working on COVID-19 contact tracking support update for wearable devices

COVID-19 contact tracing is coming to wearable devices soon thanks to an upcoming Bluetooth update. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has laid out plans for a specification that would bring Apple and Google's Exposure Notification System to portable Bluetooth devices. The specification would maintain the privacy and security of the existing approach, but would not require a direct connection to the Internet to obtain data on potential exposure events. The rationale for the group is that wearable devices "can better address population groups where smartphone use remains low, including children in primary school and older adults living in care facilities." The SIG envisions that wearable devices will be paired with a smartphone and a contact tracing application, and will do ...
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Amazon’s Omoton Bluetooth Keyboard is a $25 gem for back to school

Our team is dedicated to finding and telling you more about the products and deals we love. If you love them too and decide to purchase through the links below, we may receive a commission. Pricing and availability are subject to change. Although I’m well out of high school, the idea of back-to-school shopping still gets me excited. However, if I was prepping for going back to school, I would have certainly hit up the under $30 gadget that is the Omoton Bluetooth Keyboard instead of investing in (several) laptops throughout high school and college.To be very frank, I actually knew someone who spent their entire college career writing all their essays from their smartphone. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the Omoton Bluetooth Keyboard with the sliding stand to ma...