Best AirTags accessories you can buy right now

AirTag, the Apple object tracker is finally here. It is essentially an extension of the company’s Find My app, which allows its users to locate their devices faster than just having to go through their house looking for their iPhone. The device uses an encrypted end-to-end anonymous network that includes more than a billion results, and allows users to locate missing things. Apple AirTag is a small accessory but it also needs an accessory of its own. It doesn’t come with a hole cutout to insert it into a keyring. So you’ll need an AirTag accessory to use it. We have compiled a list of the best AirTag accessories in the market right now.

    Aircovered AirTag Case

    For the Rugged

    It comes with pro-grade silicone for max-drop protection. It is made of flexible and soft liquid silicone.
    Spigen Valentinus with Keychain Ring

    Spigen Goodness

    It is made of a durable layer of leather and finely knitted to closure. It comes with a carabiner for easy attachment anywhere.
    Counlisha Silicone Case

    For the Cuteness

    It is designed in Mickey Mouse style. The accessory is made of silicone to ensure your AirTag doesn't scratch or break.
    Uwariloy Metal Skin Cover

    For the Stylish

    Featuring the exclusive design, this case is easy to use and easy to carry. Plus, it is comfortable and durable.
    Counlisha Leather Case

    For the Fashionable

    This leather case will ensure that your AirTag isn't scratched, broken or lost. It is convenient for connecting to a keychain, bag, suitcase and more.
    Xinrimoy Case

    For the Sporty

    This protective cover is made of eco-friendly liquid silicone. It is sweat-proof, scratch-resistant, and washable.
    gotor

    Another Leather Case

    The keychain loop is closed to bind it with most things. It is made of high-quality leather.
    DamonLight Silicone Loop

    Loopy Loop

    This case cover is made of flexible, impact-resistant silicone. It will protect from bumps, drop, and scratches.
    Caseology

    A Vault

    Convenient carabiner allows you to clip on and go. It is tough and durable, and the sandstone textured TPU keeps your AirTag safe.

Our favorite is the DamonLight Silicone Loop for AirTag. You don’t need an extra keychain as it will hang on anything you want to track easily. It is made up of flexible, impact-resistant silicone, which is scratch and drop-resistant. The case comes in a variety of colors for your personalized Airtag, and can be matched with your different styles of clothes, appearing on different occasions, to decorate your watch and highlight your unique tastes. It is one of the best AirTag accessories. 

We also recommend the Spigen Valentinus with Keychain Ring Designed for AirTag. It is made of a durable layer of leather and finely knitted to closure. The secure button closure comes with cutouts to show off the AirTags. It has a carabiner for easy attachment anywhere. Plus, the case is sleek and slim, which keeps things bulk-free.

Alongside the AirTags, Apple also announced a new iPhone color of the latest iPhone. It will go on sale starting April 30. The price remains the same as the regular iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini colors.

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Instagram creators will soon be able to make more money

Instagram’s next big step is to help its creators make more money. The company is working on a range of tools including Creator Shops, affiliate commerce, and a “branded content marketplace.” The Creator shops will be part of the eCommerce push. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced the move while speaking with Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram during a live stream on the app.

Starting with Creator Shops, it would be an extension of Instagram’s current shopping features. These are meant to allow businesses to sell products. “We see a lot of creators setting up shops too, and one part of being a content creator business model is you create great content, and then you can sell stuff, and so having creator shops is awesome,” Zuckerberg said.

Moreover, the company is working on a “branded content marketplace.” It is said to help match influencers with sponsors. As per Zuckerberg, this kind of tool could enable up-and-coming talent by letting them monetize. Hence, helping them in creating a kind of “creator middle class.”  However, the company official didn’t reveal how these deals might be structured. He said that the plan is to offer “very favorable terms” to creators. “We’re not building this from the perspective of us trying to make a lot of money.”

Further, the company is working on paying more to influencers for promoting products. As Zuckerberg said, creators “should be able to get a cut of the sales of things that they’re recommending and we should build up an affiliate recommendation marketplace to enable that to all happen.” Hence, Instagram will embed affiliate marketing into its product.

As of now, these new tools are a work in progress. While many users already run online shops and form brand partnerships, these kinds of deals mostly happen off-platform. Therefore, Instagram is working on embedding these tools in the app to give the company more control over its creator ecosystem.

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Apple’s AirDrop is vulnerable to private data leak: Researchers

Apple’s AirDrop technology is extremely convenient for anyone in the Apple ecosystem. It allows sharing files such as photos and videos wireless across iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices. The proprietory tech uses both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to establish a wireless connection and exchange files. It is being reported that the tech is vulnerable to data leaks and that it could leak users’ phone numbers and email addresses.

According to researchers from Germany’s Technical University of Darmstadt (via Gadgets360), AirDrop has a vulnerability that could impact Apple users. It is said that the problem exists within the use of hash functions. For the unaware, hash functions exchange phone numbers and email addresses during the discovery process. However, not all users are affected. That said, anyone who has set their receive settings to Everyone is at risk.

As per the researchers, if you have your settings set to Off or Contacts Only and if you have your share sheet open with AirDrop to look for other devices to connect, you are at risk.

How does this AirDrop vulnerability work?

Apple uses the novel SHA-256 hash functions to encrypt your private data such as phone number and email address while using AirDrop. These hashes can’t be converted into the cleartext by a novice. However, according to the researchers, an attacker who has a Wi-Fi-enabled device and is in physical proximity can initiate a process to decrypt the encryption.

There are two specific ways to exploit the flaws. First, the attacker could gain access to the user details once they are in proximity and open the share sheet on their Apple device. Secondly, the attacker could open the share menu and then look for a nearby device to perform a mutual authentication handshake with a responding receiver. However, this case is only valid if you have set the discovery of your devices on AirDrop to Everybody.

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Popular European food delivery service, Bolt Food joins HUAWEI AppGallery

HUAWEI is consistently adding apps and services to its AppGallery. The latest addition to the HUAWEI app store is popular food delivery service, Bolt Food. It is now available to European HUAWEI users on AppGallery. Bolt has been available on AppGallery since last summer and was one of the first major brands to have joined AppGallery. It is said to have enjoyed great uptake among consumers, delivering nearly 4 million app distributions on the platform. 

Bolt, the company best known for its popular ride-hailing service which became available on AppGallery last summer is now making its food delivery service Bolt Food available across Europe. The company has built a strong reputation for being one of the quickest, safest and most reliable services available, and further differentiates itself by being competitively affordable.

Being listed on AppGallery gave Bolt an opportunity to increase its customer base by tapping into HUAWEI’s wide range of smartphone users. AppGallery has now become the world’s third largest app marketplace with 530 million monthly active users (MAUs), growing in Europe by 61.5% year-on-year to more than 42 million users.

HUAWEI says that there were more than 2,000 requests for users to on-board Bolt Food on AppGallery. Bolt Food has presence in 20 countries having achieved considerable and rapid growth, taking just one year to scale out in contrast to several years it took its competitors. The service has now expanded to 40 cities in total across Europe and Africa. Unlike other takeaway apps, Bolt has a major advantage in ensuring that its deliveries are predictable, faster and reliable.

Bolt Food is the first regional level takeaway app completely integrated with HMS. The app is the latest in a growing number of high-profile apps that have been built, or adapted, specifically for millions of consumers using Huawei’s newest HMS devices such as the P40 or Mate 40 or Mate 30 series. 

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Spotify is raising the price of several of its plans in the US, UK, and Europe

Spotify has announced the increase in the subscription price for several of its plans across a number of regions including the US, UK, and parts of Europe. These new prices will go into effect starting April 30. The company has sent out emails to UK customers alerting them to a variety of increases. The pricing change includes Student plans, Spotify Family plan, the Duo plan, and more.

Spotify is raising the price of several of its plans ranging from £4.99 to £14.99 per month. The Spotify Student subscription price is getting increased from £4.99 to £5.99 per month. On the other hand, the price of a Duo plan is being raised from £12.99 to £13.99. Plus, you will now have to pay £16.99 instead of £14.99  per month for the Spotify Family plan. These prices are valid for the UK.

Coming to the other parts of Europe, Ireland is also seeing the Spotify price hike. Spotify’s Student and Duo plans are increasing to €5.99 and €12.99 per month, respectively. Further, the Family plan is seeing a change of €3 from €14.99 to €17.99 per month. As per The Verge, some countries in Asia and South America will see similar price increases soon.

The company will provide affected Spotify subscribers a one-month grace period before prices are automatically increased. Hence, a subscriber is likely to see an increase during the June billing cycle.

“We offer a variety of subscription plans tailored to our users’ needs, and we occasionally update our prices to reflect local macroeconomic factors and meet market demands while offering an unparalleled service,” a Spotify spokesperson told The Verge.

As for the US subscribers, Spotify is increasing the price of its Family plans. Instead of $15 per month, the plan will now cost $16 per month starting April 30. For the unaware, the Spotify Family plan allows up to six members in the same household access to an ad-free listening experience.

“We are increasing the price of Premium Family so we can continue to bring you new content and features that you can enjoy as a family and as individuals,” the company says in the message

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Mother’s Day gift guide: Best tech accessories to gift your mom

Moms are not much into technology but there are several gadgets that could be of huge help to them. Are you are looking for some of these tech accessories to gift your mom this Mother’s Day? If yes, you have come to the right place. We have compiled a list of the best Mother’s Day tech accessories you can gift to your mom.

Sous Vide Precision Cooker

    Sous Vide Precision Cooker
      The Anova precision cooker sous vide (pronounced “sue-veed”) circulates water at the exact temperature required for perfectly cooked meals, no matter what's on your menu.

    If your mom is a cook, she will appreciate the Anova precision cooker sous vide. It can help her cook the perfect level for nearly any food of your choosing. Chicken, fish, vegetables, eggs, beef, lamb, pork, and more. You can use it by simply attaching it to the stockpot or container with a fully adjustable clamp.

    Bose Sleepbuds II

      Bose Sleepbuds II
        If she has trouble sleeping, this is the gadget you need to get her this Mother's Day.

      Designed for sleep, Sleepbuds may look like tiny headphones, but they don’t stream music or podcasts, instead, they deliver relaxing and noise-masking sounds to help you fall asleep and stay asleep all night. It is clinically proven to help you fall asleep faster. If your mom struggles to sleep, this is one of the best Mother’s Day tech accessories. 

      Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2

        Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2
          Pair with the Ember App to set your temperature, customize presets, receive notifications and more. It will help you keep the drink at its temperature.

        This is a smart mug that will keep your drink at the exact temperature you choose for up to an hour and a half on a single charge. Your mom won’t need to worry about drinking cold coffee ever again.

        Hidrate Spark 3 Smart Water Bottle

          Hidrate Spark 3 Smart Water Bottle
            This is not a fitness tracker per se, but helps you keep your hydration levels in check by sending reminders every once in a while.

          A list of tech accessories without a fitness gadget would be incomplete so we’ve included one that sends a reminder every once in a while when you need to drink water. The bottle glows when it’s time to drink more water. This will remind your mom to keep her hydration levels intact. You can also buy her a smartwatch if she’s into fitness. Take a look at our best smartwatch list.

          Apple AirPods Pro

            AirPods Pro
              It features ANC for immersive sound, and a Transparency Mode for hearing and connecting with the world around you.

            If your mom is an active music listener, this is the one to go for. However, she has to have an iPhone to connect to these earphones. Not an iPhone user? Don’t worry. We have also compiled a list of the best earphones that you can gift this Mother’s Day. Plus, we have a list of the best smartphones you can buy for her.

            Kindle Paperwhite

              Kindle Paperwhite
                Is she an avid reader? Give her the gift of Kindle this Mother's Day and help her go paper-free.

              This is one of the best Mother’s Day tech accessories gifts if your mom is a bibliophile. The Kindle Paperwhite comes with a flush-front design and a 300 PPI glare-free display that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight. Enjoy twice the storage with 8 GB. Or choose 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics, and audiobooks.

              Dyson Pure Hot + Cool

                Dyson Pure Hot + Cool
                  If she has breathing issues, you might want to keep the air she breathes clean. This is the gadget to go for!

                This air purifier purifies year-round – a cooling fan in summer and a powerful heater in winter. Plus it works with Alexa. The HEPA filter removes 99.97% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.3 microns including pollen, dust, mold spores, bacteria, and pet dander. The second filter layer with active carbon captures household odors and volatile organic compounds such as paint fumes. It is certified asthma and allergy-friendly. Buy this if your mom has breathing issues.

                These are some of the best Mother’s Day tech accessories you can buy and gift your beloved mom. She’d be especially pleased with the Sous Vide Precision Cooker if she’s a cook. Go ahead, order some gifts!

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                Xiaomi tipped to be working on a 200MP camera smartphone

                Lately, some of Xiaomi’s flagship features are trickling down to the mid-range segment. The specifications like a 108MP camera and 120Hz AMOLED display are now part of the Redmi Note 10 Pro, which costs a fraction of the Mi 11 Ultra – a flagship device. It looks like Xiaomi has some solid plans up its sleeves to keep the flagship smartphones updated with fresh specifications. It is now tipped that the company is working on a smartphone that will have a 200MP primary rear camera.

                According to a report from tipster Digital Chat Station (via ITHome), Xiaomi is working on a 200MP camera-equipped smartphone, which will be the most amount of megapixels on a smartphone. As of now, 108MP is the largest count of megapixels that is found on several devices including the likes of Samsung, Realme, and Xiaomi itself. In fact, the Chinese manufacturer has launched the most number of smartphones with a 108MP primary rear camera.

                As per the report, Samsung could be developing this 200MP sensor alongside Xiaomi. The upcoming camera sensor is speculated to have 0.64um unit pixel, which is far less than the 1.4μm unit pixel area of ​​ISOCELL GN2. There is no further information regarding the camera sensor as of now. This sensor could come equipped in lower-priced flagships as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC supports 200MP photos.

                The report follows up on the recent leak from tipster @IceUniverse who had claimed that Samsung is planning to launch a new innovative sensor this year. It could be launched under the company’s ISOCELL moniker. While the information isn’t confirmed, Samsung had also hinted at developing a 200MP sensor as a successor to its 108MP camera found on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. Moreover, the South Korean tech giant could use it on its next Galaxy S-series flagship. However, this is just speculation and no solid rumors have pointed towards the development yet.

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                Nokia X50 with 108MP camera, 120Hz display could be in development

                HMD Global recently announced the launch of two Nokia 5G smartphones, namely, Nokia X10 and Nokia X20. Now, it is being reported that the company is planning to launch another 5G smartphone. It is aiming to announce the device in the third quarter of 2021.

                While we wait for the Nokia 9 PureView successor, this phone might pack flagship specifications but under the hood, you are likely to get a Snapdragon 7-series processor. It could be a Nokia 8.3 5G successor and is said to be in the works for quite some time.

                The latest development comes from Nokia Power User, which reports that Nokia could be developing a Nokia 8.3 5G successor but it might be named differently. Lately, the Nokia smartphones have moved to X-series instead of the number series in naming scheme. Hence, the upcoming 5G phone is said to be the Nokia X50. However, it isn’t confirmed.

                The Nokia X50 is speculated to be powered by an unannounced Snapdragon chipset. It could come equipped with a Snapdragon 775 / 775G chipset, which is yet to be launched. The SoC is rumored to be a significant upgrade over Snapdragon 765G. It could have the model number SM7350.

                Moreover, the upcoming Nokia X50 is tipped to sport a penta rear camera setup, which could be led by a 108MP primary camera. The 108MP sensors aren’t uncommon now. We have seen this flagship spec trickle down to the mid-range segment, thanks to the likes of Redmi and Realme. Other cameras onboard could be ultra-wide, depth, macro, and telephoto sensors. Further, the Nokia phone is said to feature Zeiss optics and OZO Audio tech just like Nokia 8.3 5G.

                The Nokia X50 might come with a 6.5-inch QHD+ display with PureDisplay V4. It might have support for a 120Hz refresh rate. Plus, it is said to pack a 6,000mAh battery with support for 22W charging. As for the launch timeline, the Nokia X50 is tipped to be announced in the second half of 2021.

                 

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