Apple’s Find My Network, which lets you track your lost iPhone as it flees in the backseat of the taxi you left it in (or simply “ ring ” it from your PC when it is lost behind the cushions of your sofa), extends beyond Macs, iPhones and AirPods.
The first set of hardware includes Belkin’s Soundform headphones and the Chipolo One Spot item tracker, both of which will launch next week. Surprised? Well, you shouldn’t be: Apple teased the expansion of its Find My service during WWDC 2020 last year, but things have been quiet since then, perhaps because most of we haven’t been anywhere in the past year.
Service will be largely the same between proprietary and third-party products. You’ll see your compatible (and saved) items on the app’s card interface, where you can push your devices to play sound or lock them to your Apple ID to prevent someone else from signing in to their account.
We are still waiting for an Apple event very soon, which will probably offer more compatible products, and maybe, finally, these mythical AirTags. Apple has teased its in-house tracking tags for months, but they haven’t made any official appearances, beyond a mention in the beta versions of iOS.
– Mat Smith
Expect the full schedule at the end of April.
After instead of going virtual, Google is set to bring back I / O this year. Following a tweet on Wednesday morning from intends to send users to a series of puzzles, CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the show will run from May 18 to 20.
While I / O typically focuses on software, Google also unveiled some hardware at this show, so it’s possible we may see some gadgets the company wants to alert developers to.
Sony, Bose, Apple, and even Razer have headphones to consider.
When it comes to wireless headphones, the in-ear noise canceling models usually offer the most comprehensive feature set we want. The best options combine stellar sound with powerful Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and other handy tools to create as complete a package as possible. Billy Steele walks you through the best over-ear options currently available.
The $ 200 dongle is a small but powerful audio upgrade.
While these may be the best wireless headset options, when it comes to mobile audio our phones are often lacking – especially if you prefer a set of wired boxes to anything wireless. To get better sound on the go, you’ll need a high-resolution player or portable digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and amp combo, which are usually expensive and not particularly slender.
THX, which makes its first consumer tech hardware, has now revealed the Onyx: a tiny, high-power alternative to traditional DAC amplifiers. It is compatible with any device that has a USB-C port or a USB-A plug if you snap the adapter in. This includes PC, Mac, Android, and iPad. The device will also work with an iPhone, but you’ll need Apple’s Lightning to USB Camera Adapter to use it. It is available for purchase today.
Hopefully this does not happen again.
Remember the people who paid for brand new Tesla electric vehicles with an ACH bank transfer, only to find they had paid twice? Between forum posts and a CNBC report, it appears everyone we know got their money back, usually five to seven business days after the initial transaction.
In exchange for withdrawing about $ 50,000 more from their accounts, Tesla offered affected buyers a coupon for $ 200 store credit to purchase accessories or merchandise.
The subscription service is still in beta.
Best Buy is piloting a $ 200 membership program intended to compete with Amazon Prime and Walmart for subscription service. While it costs a lot more than a year of Prime ($ 119), it does include unlimited Geek Squad tech support on any tech they own, including whether purchased from Best Buy or not.
They also offer free installation on most products (think TVs and audio systems) and even a two-year warranty on most purchases, including AppleCare on Apple products. For now, the program is available in select stores in Iowa, Oklahoma and eastern Pennsylvania, but Best Buy plans to launch the “beta” in 60 stores by the end of the month. of April.
It will be available later this month.
Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 40 is an instant camera just like last year’s Instax Mini 11, but with a new retro look and a hefty $ 30 price tag. It’s as easy to use as the Polaroids of yore (once you’ve introduced the film), with just two buttons, a built-in flash, and a “pop-out” close-up lens.