Story image

Tile's Mate & Pro Bluetooth trackers land in NZ

14 Nov 18

If your car keys (or your tablet) have disappeared into the void at the back of the couch or if you left them somewhere in your car, retracing your steps to find them could be a thing of the past.

Tile’s Bluetooth Trackers, the Tile Mate and Tile Pro are now available in New Zealand. As the name suggests, the trackers are essentially GPS-equipped ‘tiles’ that attach to devices, purses, keychains, luggage, remote controls, wallets or anything you want to keep track of.

The tiles work in conjunction with an app that can call your phone to help find it, or show you a map of where exactly your keys went to…

But there’s a catch – Bluetooth technology only has a limited range. The Tile Mate can detect things within 45 metres, while the Tile Pro can detect things up to 91 metres away. So it might not be so helpful if you left your phone at a mate’s place five kilometres down the road.

“With the new versions of Tile Mate and Tile Pro, customers can keep their favourite Tiles indefinitely, and expect batteries to come with a guaranteed one-year lifespan,” the company states.

“To meet Tile standards for usability, reliability and durability, the team spent a year perfecting the entire user experience, including extensive testing on a wide variety of battery doors. Tile also raised the bar for the industry by increasing ring volume and Bluetooth range for both products.”

If you managed to get your hands on one of the previous models, you may have been frustrated that the batteries weren’t replaceable – but that has been fixed in these new models.

"Listening to our customers plays a huge role in our development process, and we've consistently received one request: the desire for a replaceable battery. With the new Mate and Pro, we're excited to introduce our first-ever replaceable battery model and our best-performing Tiles ever,” exclaims Tile CEO CJ Prober.

While the Tile app is free, the company also offers ‘Tile Premium’ with a number of add-ons. They include free battery replacements, smart alerts, unlimited sharing, 30-day location history, extended warranty and premium customer care. 

There’s a catch, though: Those who want the premium features must have the iOS app, because apparently the Android version is ‘coming soon’.
Tile Mate retails for NZ$44.99 and Tile Pro for NZ$59.99. All products are available at and via major retailers including Noel Leeming, Harvey Norman, UberTec, JB Hi-Fi and Warehouse Stationery.

IDC: Smartphone shipments ready to stabilise in 2019
IDC expects year-over-year shipment growth of 2.6% in 2019, while the world's largest market is still forecast to be down 8.8% in 2018.
52mil users affected by Google+’s second data breach
Google+ APIs will be shut down within the next 90 days, and the consumer platform will be disabled in April 2019 instead of August 2019 as originally planned.
New app conducts background checks on potential tenants
Landlords and house owners need to obtain a tenant’s full name, date of birth, email address, and mobile number in order to conduct the search. And most importantly, they have to get the tenant’s permission first.
GirlBoss wins 2018 YES Emerging Alumni of the Year Award
The people have spoken – GirlBoss CEO and founder Alexia Hilbertidou has been crowned this year’s Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Emerging Alumni of the Year.
IDC: Standalone VR headset shipments grow 428.6% in 3Q18
The VR headset market returned to growth in 3Q18 after four consecutive quarters of decline and now makes up 97% of the combined market.
Meet Rentbot, the chatbot that can help with tenancy law
If you find yourself in a tricky situation  - or if you just want to understand your rights as a landlord or tenant, you can now turn to a chatbot for help.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) finally releases on PS4
PUBG on PS4 feels like it’s still in Early Access as the graphics look horribly outdated and the game runs poorly too. 
How AI can fundamentally change the business landscape
“This is an extremely interesting if not pivotal time to discuss how AI is being deployed and leveraged, both in business and at home.”