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The Echo Auto is 60% off with six months of free Amazon Music right now
by Steven Parker
From looking at Amazon's Deal of the Day page, it looks like the Echo Auto is being discounted at $30 off for just $19.99 right now. The device allows you to connect to the Alexa app on your phone and plays through your car’s speakers through the auxiliary or Bluetooth connection. A few of its specs can be seen below.
Eight microphone array. Supports auxiliary audio output. Mediatek MT7697, Intel Dual DSP with Inference Engine 1.6 oz (45 grams) In addition, Amazon is also offering a purchase option that includes six months of Amazon Music for free, or you can pick the "device only" option which costs the same.
The Echo Auto connects to most cars that support Bluetooth to play music or that have an auxiliary input. If using Bluetooth, some vehicles do not work well with Echo Auto, so you should check first here if your car is supported.
Get the Echo Auto for $19.99 (list price $49.99) | More Amazon Deals of the Day
OnePlus Buds leak in all their glory, will be available in three colors
by Rajesh Pandey
Source: Android Police OnePlus is scheduled to announce the OnePlus Buds alongside the OnePlus Nord later this week. The Buds will be the company's first pair of truly wireless Bluetooth earbuds. While OnePlus has revealed some information about the earbuds, there's not much clarity on their design and features. Now, the OnePlus Pods app, which will presumably be used to pair and control the Buds, was found in the latest OxygenOS update for the OnePlus 8 series. A teardown of the APK by Android Police has revealed the design and the various colors the Buds will be available in.
The images not only show the upcoming OnePlus Buds in all their glory but also confirm that they will be available in three different designs: black, white, and cyan. The cyan case is particularly catchy as the interior of the case is in yellow color, though the buds themselves are in cyan as well. The carrying case has a semi-oval shape and will feature a single LED indicator at the front and a power button at the back.
Gallery: OnePlus Buds leaked
As for the earbuds themselves, they have a stem-like design, similar to that of the AirPods. The images also reveal some of the features of the OnePlus Buds including instant translation, media control, a Find My Device-like feature, and more. The earbuds will also support Dolby Atmos to deliver rich sound quality.
OnePlus had already confirmed previously that the Buds will offer up to 30-hour battery life with the carrying case included and that it will also support Warp Charge using which one can charge it for just 10 minutes and use it for 10 hours.
Germany launches coronavirus contact tracing app
by Paul Hill
Germany has become the latest country to launch a coronavirus contact tracing app. The government has begun asking the public to download the new app so that authorities have a better chance of stemming the rate of infection. The new ‘Corona-Warn-App’ is available for Android and Apple devices and is built using the decentralised method that leverages the Apple-Google Bluetooth API.
At the app’s launch event, Health Minister Jens Spahn is reported as having said:
An important detail to note is that the contact tracing efforts being done by governments around the world do not solely rely on contact tracing apps. While they’re very important for informing those who have been near you that they could be infected with COVID-19, contact tracing can still be performed in a more limited fashion by asking those who have tested positive where they have been recently and who they’ve been in contact with, these people can then be contacted.
Within the European Union, several countries have launched decentralised contact tracing apps including Italy, Poland, Latvia, and today, Germany. According to Reuters, just as the Germans were announcing their app, EU members agreed technical standards for national apps so that they can interact with each other, this will allow contact tracing to work across borders.
By Steven P.
Deal of the Day: Save up to 43% off on Anker Soundcore Bluetooth speakers
by Steven Parker
As part of Amazon's Deal of the Day offerings, today you can find up to 43% off on Anker Soundcore Bluetooth portable speakers.
First up is the Anker Soundcore Boost 20W Bluetooth Speaker with BassUp Technology, which can be had at 25% off for just $44.99 (listprice $59.99). A few of its highlighted specs can be viewed below.
Get the Anker Soundcore Boost 20W Bluetooth Speaker at 25% off for $44.99 ($15 off) at Amazon
Next up is the Anker Soundcore Mini, Super-Portable Bluetooth Speaker which is currently on sale at 23% off for just $16.99 (listprice $20.99). A few of its highlighted specs can be viewed below.
Get the Anker Soundcore Mini, Super-Portable Bluetooth Speaker for $16.99 ($5 off) at Amazon
Also on sale is the Soundcore Flare+ Portable 360° Bluetooth Speaker, which can currently be had at 30% off for just $69.99. A few of its featured highlights can be viewed below.
Get the Soundcore Flare+ Portable 360° Bluetooth Speaker for $69.99 ($30 off) at Amazon
Last but not least, the Anker SoundCore Pro+ 25W Bluetooth Speaker is currently on sale at 43% off for just $50.99 (list price $89.99). A few of its featured highlights can be viewed below.
Get the Anker SoundCore Pro+ 25W Bluetooth Speaker for $50.99 ($39 off) at Amazon
Please note that these Deal of the Day discounts are only valid for today, May 14th in North America.
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By Rich Woods
Apple and Google partner to track COVID-19 cases with your phone
by Rich Woods
The world is in the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and while we're all stuck at home, companies are looking for solutions. One possible solution, which other countries have used, is to use smartphones to track users' locations and see if they've been in contact with someone that has the virus.
Apple and Google today announced a partnership to do just that. Your device will use Bluetooth to tell if you've been near someone that's tested positive for COVID-19, and both companies are going to introduce APIs that hook into official apps from public health authorities. You'll also be able to report through these apps if you've tested positive, and that way, people that have been near you can be alerted that they've been in contact with someone that has the virus.
The APIs will be available in May, but in the coming months, Bluetooth-based contact tracking will be built into the "underlying platforms", meaning iOS and Android. The firms did say that security and privacy are "central to the design", so you'll still have to opt in for this to work. Your phone isn't going to start tracking you (more than it already does) without your consent.
While there are certainly privacy implications to contact tracing, it's also one of the most effective ways to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. It would allow you to know if you've come into contact with someone that has it, but only if that infected individual has opted in as well. Moreover, there might be a parallel between people breaking social distancing rules, and people that choose not to opt into the new service.