Google Home cant get Arizonas time zone right fix is inbound

first_imgIf you have a Google Home device and you happen to live in Arizona, you may have noticed a weird issue when asking for the time. It seems that while Google Assistant is giving these users the correct time, they’re getting it for the wrong time zone. Users report being given the correct time for the East Coast despite being in Arizona; users from other states haven’t reported the same problem. Unfortunately, there’s no fix at the moment. Story TimelineGoogle Pixel 2 predictions and concepts released to excited usersAndroid’s Google Search looks new and Pixel-friendlyAndroid could net Google another antitrust fine from EU If you’ve experienced this problem and Google’d for an answer, you’ve likely already found the slowly growing thread on the Google Home help forum, where users report having experienced this issue from the day they acquired the Google Home device. No workarounds that have been shared have been reported as useful; it seems you’re stuck doing quick mental math to subtract three hours off whatever time Google gives you.Living with Google HomeThe issue isn’t related to Google Home, by all accounts, especially since some users are reporting having the same issue when asking Google Assistant the current time using their smartphone. One person states that the issue may be bigger than Assistant, claiming to log out of their account, open Google on their Web browser, search for the current time, and get the results for the East Coast time zone despite being in Arizona.Googling any other info requests in Arizona, such as the current weather, work as intended. Google has indicated on its help forum that it is aware of the issue and is looking into it; users have been encouraged to submit feedback about the issue to help the company figure out what is going on. Feedback can be sent through the Google Home app and should, per Google’s instructions, including the keyword ‘GHT3 – Timezone.’last_img read more

2018 iPad iFixit teardown reveals one saving grace

first_imgApple’s devices have never been easy to open up and repair. They are intentionally designed to discourage tampering, which, sadly, also makes repairs harder and more expensive. Especially since most owners are pushed to only use authorized Apple repair services. The newest iPad, a.k.a. the 2018 iPad or the iPad 6, carries a lot of the previous generation’s design so its iFixit repairability score isn’t exactly surprising. That said, sticking to that almost ancient design ironically gives this iPad an advantage when it comes to repairs. SOURCE: iFixit You could almost call it the iPad 5.5. Aside from the new Apple A10 Fusion processor and the Apple Pencil support, the new 2018 iPad is almost a dead ringer for the 5th gen iPad, a.k.a. the 2017 iPad. But while that may initially sound like a disadvantage, it actually makes repairs slightly easier despite still being a nightmare overall.Many reviews knock the new iPad’s use of old-fashioned non-fused display. But what might be a bit bad for usability is a boon for repairability. It simply means that the glass and the LCD panel are two separate entities and that breaking the glass, which is often the first thing to break (next to the lightning connector) doesn’t require replacing the LCD as well, and vice versa.It also means that most of the replacement parts for the 2018 iPad are already available in the market since they are one and the same with the 2017 iPad. Plus, much of the knowledge that repair technicians have learned from the iPad 5 carry over to the iPad 6 as well.Unfortunately, that also means that the new iPad inherits the same teardown difficulty of the old iPad. Especially the excessive use of adhesive. And while teardown tools and techniques have made such endeavors a bit easier, they remain harder than they should be.last_img read more

New iPhone X and Plus leaked and detailed for 2018

first_imgThis morning a couple of schematics for the next iPhone were leaked by case-makers. Normally this isn’t the best sort of source for information – not directly – as they generally only want to share images of their new smartphone cases and make early sales based on rumors. In this case, though, the team at Ghostek have a bit of a good record – and also they don’t seem to be trying to sell their cases as a primary motivation here, even IF that is their end-game- so let’s have a look. Story TimelineHow Galaxy Note 9 details guide iPhone X Plus upwardThe iPhone X Plus 2018 switchover leakedThe iPhone X Plus triple camera rumor just won’t die Just the basics pleaseThe Ghostek leak was delivered first to Forbes where they’ve got a few details we’re sharing here today. That’s in addition to what we already know, together creating an early leaked information sandwich the likes of which you’ll be glad to devour. This leak begins with iPhone X, and ends with the new iPhone X Plus. iPhone X (2018)The iPhone X that exists today will be joined by two devices, one a “budget” model, the other far larger. The smaller model will likely be called iPhone X or just iPhone. This new iPhone will look a lot like a combination of the current iPhone 8 and the iPhone X. It’ll have a single camera at its back and a notched display up front.The iPhone X will likely take the place of the iPhone SE, effectively. It’ll cost less than the iPhone X by a significant amount, and it’ll provide new users an inroad to ARKit and all the front-facing camera array goodies featured on iPhone X. This device will likely be revealed in September of 2018. AdChoices广告This phone is supposed to have a 6.1-inch display and it’ll apparently measure in at 147.12 x 71.52 mm (5.79 x 2.81-inches). Going right along with the “budget” idea here, that’s longer and wider than the current standard 5.8-inch iPhone 8 at 143.6 x 70.9 mm (5.65 x 2.79-inch).iPhone X PlusThe larger device will be impressive indeed. Like previous new iterations of iPhones, the differences will be in the quality of the features which matter to users most. In this case, that means there’ll be a better camera on this device’s back.The backside array of cameras on this iPhone X Plus will go from 2 lenses to 3. For some reason we cannot yet fathom or understand, it does not appear that there is a flash LED on this camera array just yet. Forbes suggested that it’ll likely appear to the side of the camera array, sort of how there’s a clear location for an LED flash in the new iPhone X 2018 schematic.Over at MySmartPrice, mister OnLeaks disagrees with the whole 3-lens setup suggestion. His suggestion is that the center circle is indeed there for an LED flash, and not a third lens. If I were erring on the side of caution, I’d suggest the same. The three-lens camera system will blow the minds of all iPhone users who partake in its photography finesse. At the same time, Huawei P20 Pro users will be saying “but, what, I have, look, I had that first! Come on. What the heck? Am I not cool enough to be in your cool club?” And they probably won’t be. Reveal Dates / Release DatesThere’s no reason to suspect Apple will have an event at any point different from the past several scheduled iPhone events. That means September 11th or September 18th, 2018. That’s three months from today plus one day, or three months from today plus one week and one day. The release date for the iPhone X was different from that of the iPhone 8. The iPhone X was released on November 3rd, while the iPhone 8 was released on September 22nd. Those seem like OK guesses for the release dates of the iPhone X Plus and iPhone X (2018), right? Let’s go with that as a guess until we get more intel!last_img read more

Mikme now also a USB mic for PCs Silver version launches

first_imgMany consumer electronics manufacturers launch products and virtually forget about them. That’s sometimes even more true for startups that launch on Kickstarter. There are, however, a few outstanding exceptions. nura just recently launched their nuraphone G2 firmware update that granted the old headphones new powers. Now Mikme is doing the same with an update that, almost ironically, turns the world’s first wireless for smartphones into a USB mic for PCs and Macs. Story TimelineMikme wireless mic offers studio quality, mobile mixingMikme wireless mic hands-on: recording studio in your pocket It’s probably not hard to think why they’d go this route. After hearing what Mikme is capable of pulling off on the iPhone, users probably begged the creators to bring that magic to conventional computers as well. And they were only too happy to oblige. After installing the latest firmware for the Mikme, you’ll be able to get the same audio quality for your Skype calls, podcasts, and livestreams by connecting the Mikme to a PC or Mac via a USB cable.That’s all thanks to Mikme’s unique design and build, housing an honest to goodness condenser that separates foreground audio, like your voice, from background noise. The original Mikme boasted of a 1-inch gold-plated phantom-powered capsule hanging inside the box. But what if you were a bit cash-strapped and are willing to make a few concessions to get that same experience?center_img That’s where Mikme Silver comes in. Launching today on Indiegogo, this silver version trades in that condenser for a 2/3-inch silver electret. The Mikme Silver also doesn’t support 96 kHz sampling rate or WAV files. But, in exchange, you get a sizable discount. The Mikme Silver starts at $199 and will ship in November.AdChoices广告But that’s all for the present. Mikme also happens to have lots of plans for the future. That includes a Premium subscription service for its Mikme app that brings some interesting features to the table. These premium features basically turn the Mikme app into your one-stop shop for video and audio recording and streaming, adding manual focus custom frame rate controls, video live streaming, adding watermarks and intro/outros, and more. The subscription service is expected to launch in the first quarter next year for $4.99 to 9.99 per month or $49 to $99 per year.Mikme definitely raised the bar higher for indie creators when it launched a wireless mic that produced studio-quality audio for smartphones. With the addition of USB support for PCs, a more affordable Silver model, and upcoming premium power features, creators will have little excuse left for having crappy recordings.last_img read more

Google Podcasts adds Cast support but many key features still missing

first_imgEarlier this year, Google introduced Google Podcasts, a new app designed to compete with the vast number of existing podcast apps. The app is free but was heavily criticized for its lackluster features…it fell far below the standards offered by popular alternatives Stitcher and Pocket Casts, for example. Now the company is doing something about it. Though Google Podcasts has an appealing, clean interface, it lacked some key features at launch, including support for Android Auto and the ability to Cast audio content to devices that support Google Cast. These were baffling omissions for podcast fans who expected to, at minimum, be able to access content across Google’s own ecosystem.Google has since added Android Auto support to the app and now it has added the ability to cast content as well. The feature has started showing up for some users, though it doesn’t appear to be widely available at this time. Those who have access to the feature report seeing the typical casting button in the upper right corner of the app.With this feature, users can cast content to devices that support Google Cast, including certain speakers and smart TVs. Though it’s not a groundbreaking feature, it does mark an element of maturity for the app, which lacked some basic features podcast fans want. Unfortunately, other important features, like marking multiple episodes as played simultaneously, are still missing.SOURCE: Android Policelast_img read more

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL official

So, the Pixel 3 gets a 5.5-inch 2280 x 1080 OLED display, with a traditional rectangular screen. The Pixel 3 XL, meanwhile, is unsurprisingly larger: 6.3-inches of OLED, running at 2960 x 1440 resolution. At the top is what’s likely to be its most contentious feature – or biggest drawback, depending on who you speak to – with the notch that contains the front facing camera array.That’s cameras, plural. Both phones get two front-facing cameras, each with an 8-megapixel sensor, an f/1.8 lens, and autofocus: one is wider-angle, for including more people in selfies. On the back, Google sticks with its combination of a single camera and computational photography to deliver the effects that most rivals rely on dual cameras to deliver. In this case it’s a 12.2-megapixel sensor, with f/1.8 optics. Inside, there’s Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset with the Adreno 630 GPU, and 4 GB of RAM. It’s all wrapped in metal and glass, with the same circular fingerprint sensor on the back as on the Pixel 2, topped with a glass panel around the camera. What’s new, though, is that the rear panel is now all glass: Google has used etching to differentiate between the gloss and matte sections, but without requiring a join. The aluminum frame will include some squeezable-secrets, too. There’s Active Edge still, allowing you to squeeze the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL and have that launch apps or services, like the Google Assistant or the camera.AdChoices广告One big improvement that has been frequently requested by Pixel fans is wireless charging, and sure enough Google has relented. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL each support up to 10 watts of wireless charging. As well as wireless charging, there’ll be a new wireless charging accessory. The Pixel Stand is, as the name suggests, a wireless charging dock intended for the new phones, though it should work with any Qi-compatible device, including Apple’s iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. With the Pixel 3, though, the Pixel Stand also allows the phone to turn into a smart speaker replacement, with either voice control or tapping the screen to interact. It might not replace your Google Home, but it could be enough to add Assistant functionality to another room, or from the nightstand. A sizable part of Google’s offering is always software and services, of course, and the Pixel 3 doesn’t disappoint there either. Google Photos, for example, will include the same full resolution unlimited storage offer as previous Pixel phones have. You’ll have until the end of January 2022 to upload as many maximum resolution images as you can shoot. On the software side, some new Android features will be announced, too. Arguably the most useful will be the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL’s ability to screen calls it suspects to be spam. It’s more than just routing them to voicemail, mind: Google will be providing real-time transcripts that you can read along, so you know if you actually want to take the call. There’ll be three color options for both phones: ‘Just Black’, ‘Clearly White’, and ‘Not Pink’. The latter is more of a corral than a pink, though it’s still likely to be a divisive finish. Verizon will be the official carrier in the US, though you’ll be able to use the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL on Project Fi, and order them unlocked. The Pixel 3 will be priced at $799 for the 64 GB model and $899 for the 128 GB version. Meanwhile, the Pixel 3 XL will be $899 for the 64 GB, and $999 for the 128 GB. They’ll ship from October 19. As for the Pixel Stand, that’ll be $79. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are official, and as you’ve probably guessed there aren’t any big surprises for Google’s 2018 Android 9 Pie flagships. What have probably been the most leaked devices in recent Android history deliver just what you’d expect from a flagship this year, including – for better or worse – a notched display. read more

Jaguar app for wearables checks fuel level unlocks doors

first_imgJaguar has announced a new remote functions app for Android Wear smartwatches. The app has several connected features for Jaguar and Land Rover owners to take advantage of including the ability to remotely start the car and activate the climate system. That is an important feature in hot or cold environments. The Android Wear app also gives the owner the ability to check fuel level and to lock and unlock the doors to let friends or family access the vehicle when the owner isn’t nearby. Jaguar showed of fits new Android Wear app at the Wearable Technology Show 2016 where it also showed off the Active Key.Active Key is a wearable wristband that is designed for active customers who enjoy outdoor activities and don’t want to keep the normal key with them. The Active Key allows the owner to lock and unlock the door while the standard key is locked safely inside the vehicle.The wearable app will also help forgetful drivers find their car in a crowded lot or parking garage. Jaguar says that the app will be available in time for the summer. Leon Hurst, Head of Digital and Connected Car, Product Marketing, Jaguar Land Rover, said, “This expansion of connectivity brings all the functionality of our Apple Watch app to Android devices and underlines Jaguar Land Rover’s dedication to its Connected Car Vision.”Jaguar Land Rover has other cool technology in its cars including an InControl Touch Pro infotainment system that allows customers access to smartphone apps through the 10.2-inch touchscreen. The touchscreen infotainment system has a quad-core processor and a SSD for storing content. It is able to run apps for weather, flight-tracking apps, and has intelligent nav able to let people know if you will be late.SOURCE: Land Roverlast_img read more

Apple tries to address iPad Pro bendgate concerns with new support page

first_img“The new straight edges and the presence of the antenna splits may make subtle deviations in flatness more visible only from certain viewing angles that are imperceptible during normal use. These small variances do not affect the strength of the enclosure or the function of the product and will not change over time through normal use.” Apple’s previous comments noted that the slight bends users are noticing are a result of the cooling process for the metal and plastic components used in the 2018 iPad Pro’s unibody design. The company continued that the deviations were within specifications, and, more importantly, don’t affect the device’s functionality or strength.The new support page published on Friday goes into much more detail about the manufacturing process, and the reasons users might notice bends. The company uses the iPad Pro with WiFi and Cellular as an example, stating that its new tablet design is its thinnest ever, and it is strong and durable. That said, it admits that users might notice “subtle deviations in flatness more visible only from certain viewing angles that are imperceptible during normal use.”Most reports of bent iPad Pros mention that the deviation is found along the top edge of the tablet near the antenna line. It seems it’s the process of combining plastic with antenna “splits” for the cellular model using a new co-molding technique that may result in slight bends. Story TimelineiPad Pro Review (2018): Am I wrong, or is Apple?This new iPad Pro bend test raises some questionsOtterBox iPad Pro cases should settle your bend fearsSome 2018 iPad Pros ship slightly bent, Apple says it’s normaliPad Pro bend still meets Apple standards insists exec Apple continues to explain that this manufacturing process results in iPad Pros with a tighter flatness specification that has “no more than 400 microns of deviation across the length of any side.” 400 microns is roughly the thickness of four sheets of paper, and when taking into account the tablet’s new design, minor deviations can be much easier to notice than with previous models. “To provide optimal cellular performance, small vertical bands or “splits” in the sides of the iPad allow parts of the enclosure to function as cellular antennas. For the first time ever on an iPad, these bands are manufactured using a process called co-molding. In this high-temperature process, plastic is injected into precisely milled channels in the aluminum enclosure where it bonds to micro-pores in the aluminum surface. After the plastic cools, the entire enclosure is finished with a precision CNC machining operation, yielding a seamless integration of plastic and aluminum into a single, strong enclosure.” Since the debut of the 2018 iPad Pro, Apple has been facing a large number of concerns and complaints from customers about the tablet shipping with slight but noticeable bends in its body design. The issue grew in the weeks since the device began shipping in November, with users sharing photos online of their new iPad Pro appearing bent right out of the box. Apple stated in December that these slight bends were not considered defects, and it’s now gone a step further with a new support page detailing the manufacturing process. The company reiterates that customers should contact Apple support if they believe their iPad Pro is bent or warped beyond the 400 micron specification, and that its products have a 14-day return period and a one-year warranty.last_img read more

Cadillac Super Cruise is getting a huge upgrade

first_imgCadillac Super Cruise is about to get a significant update, adding 70,000 more miles where the driver-assistance system can be used, in its biggest upgrade since it launched two years ago. The American automaker’s take on Autopilot and other such systems, Super Cruise is getting more natural on the road as well as more widespread, in advance of hitting new Cadillac models. A light bar in the steering wheel communicates system status with the driver: red for when Super Cruise is inactive, green when it’s operational, and blue when you’re manually changing lanes. It can flash to grab your attention if the infrared camera on the steering column decides you’re not paying the road enough mind. AdChoices广告Cadillac Super Cruise June 2019 UpdateThe headline feature for the June 2019 update is 70,000 additional miles of extra roads being made compatible with Super Cruise, across the US and Canada. It’ll take the system up to 200,000 total miles in North America by Q4 2019. As before, the supported roads will be divided highways: you still won’t be able to use Super Cruise on urban streets, for example. Cadillac, however, is adding support for some more complex road conditions. Some of the extra highways will include limited intersections and traffic control devices, for example. It means you’ll be able to use Super Cruise even if there are emergency vehicle access roads joining the highway, or grade crossings without traffic control devices like lights or stop signs. Crossings with blinking yellow lights – rather than red – will be supported as well. Super Cruise-equipped cars will be able to keep on going through all of those situations, though drivers will still be expected to monitor the road ahead and take over if need be. Other road conditions will see Super Cruise temporarily hand over to manual control. If there’s a railroad crossing, pedestrian crossing, or grade crossing with stop sign, stop light, or similar, then the system will alert drivers to take back control themselves. Once they’re past it, however, Super Cruise will re-enable. There’ll also be a number of refinements to the driving experience. Super Cruise should be smoother in cut-ins, for example, and the steering behavior has been tweaked in certain situations. “These are refinements, they’re not significant new features,” Mario Maiorana, Super Cruise Chief Engineer, explains. “They’re refinements to the current system, to make the driving feel more natural.”The new supported roads and extra features will require two separate updates. There’s an over-the-air update for the new maps, which Cadillac says will be progressively released throughout the summer and fall of this year. However, there’ll also be a free software update for the car, which will require taking it in to a dealer, before Super Cruise can actually make use of that new data. Super Cruise on the roadCadillac didn’t have a car loaded with the upcoming software to test out; however, it did have a CT6 with the latest public version of Super Cruise on hand. The system has seen two updates so far since it launched – beyond the quarterly OTA mapping updates – with a number of improvements and tweaks to how it operates. Some of those have been to make Super Cruise more communicative, such as 15 new messages to better explain what conditions may have led the system to either disengage or refuse to activate in the first place. However other changes have improved the general ride experience on the road. Dynamic lane offset, for example, uses the car’s short range radar to track when you’re passing a truck or other large vehicle. The CT6 will offset its position in the lane, much in the way that a human driver typically would, for comfort. There have also been improvements to how smoothly Super Cruise brakes and steers, while the driver attention system has been finessed as well. The goal, Cadillac’s Maiorana says, is to make it feel more like a human-operated vehicle. Compared to when I last reviewed Super Cruise, more than a year ago, the system feels a little more stable and confident. There’s still something unnerving initially about taking your hands off the wheel altogether and allowing the CT6 to operate itself, but after a couple of minutes you start to begrudge any driver-assistance system which insists on you keeping in contact with the wheel. Lane positioning, a bugbear of mine from rival systems that can either hug one line or, worse still, ping-pong between them, still feels like one of Super Cruise’s key strengths. Overtaking sizable trucks on tight Detroit highways, where Cadillac had invited us out to hear about the ADAS’ upgrades, I quickly came to appreciate the extra padding the system maintained. However it was also an opportunity to see what was missing. Super Cruise still doesn’t offer automatic lane-change, unlike systems from Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and others. It still can’t automatically navigate you through highway exits. Although the high-definition maps know the speed limits of each section of the highway, it’s still down to the driver to adjust the speed of the car – it won’t do so automatically. Cadillac tells me that these absences are all there because it doesn’t believe the technology is ready to be unleashed in the wild. The driver, Maiorana says, is still the deciding factor. I can certainly understand why caution has its advantages – witness in contrast, for instance, the ongoing controversy around Tesla Autopilot, and the confusion that still exists among some as to just how “autonomous” it actually is – but Cadillac’s reticence is starting to look a little too defensive. It also impacts on how useful Super Cruise can be. Faced with a tightening turn and no automatic speed adjustment to bring the pace down to the posted reduction to 55 mph, for example, the CT6 decided it was going too fast to handle things itself and demanded the driver take back control. When I tried that section of road again, adjusting the speed down myself from 65 mph to 55 mph, Super Cruise was able to successfully maintain steering control. The future of Cadillac Super CruiseIt’s fair to say that Cadillac – and General Motors more broadly – hasn’t exactly capitalized on its Super Cruise investment. Similarly, Cadillac has been more cautious with how it rolls out its ADAS technologies compared to, say, Tesla. As a result, until next year and the arrival of the 2020 CT4 and CT5 sedans, the CT6 is the only vehicle to offer Super Cruise. There’s still no Cadillac SUV – despite that category being where the automaker’s main sales are found – which offers the system at all. That’s a shame, because driver feedback has been impressively positive. Cadillac says that of the approximately 30-percent of CT6 that are equipped with Super Cruise, customers engaged more than 50-percent of the time when the system is available. Super Cruise is responsible for more than 55,000 miles of driving each week, and since launching has driven over 2.5 million miles. In a survey Cadillac carried out, more than 85-percent of current CT6 owners say that, when it comes to buying a new vehicle, they’d prefer or only consider something which offered Super Cruise. As of next year they’ll have two more sedans to choose from, at least, though it’ll probably be the all-new Escalade – unofficially tipped to debut in 2020 – before there’s an SUV with Super Cruise as an option. Super Cruise 101Launched in 2017 on the 2018 Cadillac CT6, Super Cruise was the automaker’s answer to Tesla Autopilot. A driver-assistance system, it combines adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping, and a driver attention system for truly hands-free driving. Whereas most ADAS demand you keep your hands on the wheel in order to keep the assistance active, Super Cruise tracks the driver’s gaze to make sure they’re still monitoring the road and ready to take over if need be. To do all that, Cadillac partnered up with a road mapping company and had more than a hundred thousand miles of divided highways in the US and Canada mapped using LIDAR. Those maps, combined with a high-precision GPS in the car which can pinpoint its location to within two meters, deliver dead-center positioning within the lane. center_img Story TimelineCadillac Super Cruise is finally getting the roll-out it deservesCadillac Super Cruise beats Tesla Autopilot in autonomous rankingslast_img read more

Verizon Smart Locator tracks with mobile data max 5day battery

first_imgThe Verizon Smart Locator was revealed today as a tiny piece of hardware that contains its own very simple processor. And that’s it. This device has a pre-installed SIM card to connect to mobile data with Verizon, a Li-Ion battery that’s 400mAh large, and can be recharged using a USB cord. It’s a tracker – one that, unlike most trackers, is not limited to Bluetooth range. Story TimelineTumblr up for sale with Verizon tipped in multiple buyer talksVerizon’s Galaxy S10 5G released without one major featureMoto Z4 on Verizon comes with a 5G offer This device has 256 MB of memory inside – not that you’ll be able to use any of it for anything other than containing the very simple processes of the Qualcomm MDM9206 modem inside. This device stays active constantly and can be traced practically anywhere, at any time.This device has up to 5 days of stand-by time – so assuming you lost your keys and didn’t find them for four days, and your Verizon Smart Locator is attached to your keys, you should be able to find your keys, no sweat. This device has “up to 120 hours of usage time”, so, assuming you attach the device to a rabbit, and tell the rabbit to run, you should still be able to find and catch the rabbit for approximately 120 hours – assuming you’re tracking non-stop.This device works wherever Verizon has 4G LTE coverage via Verizon-owned nodes. The tracker is a CAT-M1 network device, so you probably won’t be able to track it if someone takes it on a submarine. If someone throws it in a pool, that’s ok, as the tracker is rated IP67. That means it can be immersed in water up to 1-meter for up to 30 minutes.This tracker works with mobile data, GPS, and Wi-fi based positioning (WPS), but does NOT have roaming band antennas. According to Verizon, “It will not work where VZ requires roaming partnerships or internationally.” Remember back a few years to the slightly larger TUMI luggage tracker – that was made to track your stuff around the world.Then there’s the tinier Huawei locator which you won’t likely see inside the USA any time soon. The Verizon Smart Locator comes with a clip accessory and a keyring accessory, as well as a USB cable for charging. The device is approximately 1.98-inches tall, 1.38-inches wide, and has a depth of 0.56-inch. This device can be tracked with your smartphone – so long as it, too, is connected with Verizon’s mobile data network. The price of the Verizon Smart Locator is approximately $100 USD, but only if you purchase the device attached to a two-year contract. This device is not available for purchase without said contract. Once activated, the user gets “the first year after activation” for free. After those 12 months are over, Verizon will begin charging users three dollars per month. So technically, since you’re attached to a two-year contract, you’ll be paying around $136, with the two years of obligated service included.ALSO: A sort of funny addition in Verizon’s small print: “Beginning on the 13th month, customers will be charged $3.00 per month for the service, unless they cancel service. Simply un-pairing the device will not end service.”So if uncle Jerry has one of these things and accidentally left it in the car that went in Lake LaBlanc last year, he’s probably still paying for it, even though he un-paired the device and said “that’ll be the end of it!”last_img read more