I’ve got my eye on a Bluetooth tracker.

Phone. Wallet. Keys.

I got a friend of mine used to saying that when he prepared to leave home because he was always forgetting one of them. The items weren’t exactly misplaced, they just didn’t manage to make it outside at the same time he did. I am sure this has happened to a lot of people more times than they are comfortable with. I mean, people hurry and forget things. Leaving your items at home is a best case scenario. Leaving them elsewhere is far more detrimental.

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This is where Bluetooth trackers shine and get me excited! You see, these trackers attach to your possessions and once you are within range, an app on your phone can alert you to your item’s location.

I’m sure you can see the benefit in this. But is it worth shelling out the money for it? Our phones have apps to helps us locate them if we misplace them. Some laptops and tablets have similar apps. But that just leaves us to worry about our keys, wallets, purses, handbags, water bottles, headphones and Chapstick. And then there are things such as our driver’s licence, our chargers and our journals. These things are important and we generally have no way to find them if they get lost.

When I consider all that, I am tempted to get a set of trackers.

Like this one from Tile. I just think they are so cute! But clearly they are also functional. Tile has a tracker that attaches to your key ring. There is one that goes in your wallet like a credit card. And then there is the one that looks like a cable holder that you can stick on things like your TV remote or notebook.

This bundle from Chipolo claims to the the loudest, waterproof bluetooth tracker available. I don’t know anything about that, but I love the variety colours available.

There are many other options available out there so if you are thinking about investing in a bluetooth tracker do your research. Look into the range of the tracker, its size and its volume. This article from the New York Times reviews the Tile and Chipolo trackers, but also gives a quick rundown of what to look for when considering getting a tracker.


If you have a bluetooth tracker or are considering getting one, share your thoughts with me.

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Do I really need AirPods?

Hey Friends!

I have been considering getting a pair of the Apple AirPods Pro. If you aren’t familiar with them, the AirPods Pro are the latest iteration of earbuds from Apple. According to Apple, the AirPods Pro “deliver Active Noise Cancellation for immersive sound”. They also have an option that lets you hear your surroundings. You can customize the fit of the tips so it fits yours ears better than a one size fits all situation.

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As one would expect the AirPods Pro seamlessly integrate with Siri, so you can tell it to play you favourite songs or set reminders or read your messages, or do whatever you need her to do. You get about 24 hours of listening time and 18 hours of talk time. There are controls for your music, and if your phone supports it you can use audio sharing to share the same audio stream on 2 sets of AirPods … meaning you and a pal can watch movies or listen to an audiobook or listen to the same music together (I imagine this is kind of like having your own silent party).

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So, now that we know what they are and what they should do, I am back to my question of do I really need a pair? I imagine earbuds were meant for people who are always listening to music or podcasts. I am not one of those people. I suppose I could be, but I’m currently not. It’s not that I don’t listen to music, I just don’t think I listen to it enough to need a device dedicated to that purpose.

Maybe I could grow into having a pair. I mean, if I spent my money on them, I may very well be inclined to make the most of them. I could use them when I do my exercises. I could use them when I’m watching Netflix in bed. I could use them to drown out my kid when he is watching people on YouTube play Minecraft. I am not entirely convinced these are compelling enough reasons to buy them … but I still want them.

So friends, tell me what you think. Do I really need AirPods or does it sound like I just want them because they are there? Do you own a pair? Do you actually use them?

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