New Tile Sticker will help you find anything [Review]

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The round Tile Sticker is the new model, but there are also updates to Tile Pro, Tile Mate and Tile Slim.
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Anyone who’s ever spent a half hour searching for the TV remote can understand the appeal of the Tile Sticker. Glue it to anything relatively flat and you’ll never misplace that item again, as your iPhone can have this tiny tag play a loud alarm. Or put one on the headphones you can never find, or maybe the back of your ID badge.

There are also improved versions of the Tile Pro, Tile Mate and Tile Slim out today to help with finding your keys or wallet. Just don’t get lost in our reviews of all four new item trackers.

iOS 13 spills ‘Items’ tracking ahead of Apple tags

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Tile has helped people find their car keys for years, and the newest version lets your Tile battery be easily replaced.
Apple is expected to take on Tile before the end of 2019.
Photo: Tile

iOS 13 screenshots have revealed a new “Items” tracking feature that appears to pave the way for rumored “Apple Tags.”

Baked into the Find My app, but currently hidden in the public version of the software, the Items section appears alongside People and Devices and lets you “keep track of your everyday items.”

The best iPhone accessories on sale for Prime Day 2019 [Update]

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Enjoy these stellar savings while you can.
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Bust out your wallet and enjoy these massive savings while you can.

References to Apple ‘tag’ item trackers spotted in iOS 13

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Apple wants to take on Tile.
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References in iOS 13 all but corroborate earlier reports that Apple is working on its own item-tracking accessories.

It is thought Apple plans to compete with Tile by offering “tags” that can be attached to bags, keys, and other valuables. You will then be able to track them using the new Find My app coming this fall.

Revamped Find My iPhone app may get Tile-like item tracker

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Tile has helped people find their car keys for years, and the newest version lets your Tile battery be easily replaced.
A Tile tracking tag can be used find lost items. Apple is reportedly designing a rival.
Photo: Tile

Find My iPhone and Find My Friends are currently separate applications, but Apple is reportedly going to merge them in future versions of iOS and mac OS, and add useful features.

In addition, the company is supposedly developing its own tracker tag that will apparently compete with Tile.

Bluetooth 5.1 makes it easier to find gear with direction sensing

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Bluetooth 5.1 should make point-of-interest (PoI) notifications much more accurate.
Bluetooth 5.1 should make point-of-interest (PoI) notifications much more accurate.
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The lust-introduced version of Bluetooth enables devices to sense the direction a wireless signal is coming from. The goal is to significantly improve the performance of location services.

If nothing else, this should hugely enhance Tile trackers. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is promising accuracy for personal property tags down to the centimeter.

Replaceable batteries make Tile the tracker you’ve been waiting for [Review]

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Tile has helped people find their car keys for years, and the newest version lets your Tile battery be easily replaced.
A 2018 Tile Pro can be used for years now that the battery can be swapped out.
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For much too long, the best key finder had a significant flaw. A Tile Pro or Tile Mate helps you keep track of your keys, the remote, or other items, but each only lasts a year. Then you have to buy another one because the battery can’t be replaced. That finally changes in the new 2018 version. Plus they have a greater range.

We tested the latest versions of the regular and Pro versions of the Tile tracker to see if they live up to their promises. 

Tile Bluetooth tracker finally adds replaceable batteries

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Tile has helped people find their car keys for years, and the newest version lets your Tile battery be easily replaced.
Apple is expected to take on Tile before the end of 2019.
Photo: Tile

Tile offers some of the most popular Bluetooth trackers, but these had a significant drawback: non-replaceable batteries. Getting a fresh battery required buying a whole new tracker. That finally changed today.

The latest Tile Mate and Tile Pro also offer longer range and louder volumes.