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2018

Video: Hands on with the Elgato Eve Button & Aqua Smart Devices and Apple's HomeKit

Tuesday January 09, 2018

At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, AppleInsider was given a hands on demonstration of how the new Elgato Eve Button, Degree, and Aqua work with HomeKit.

Apple's iOS Addiction already has a solution on the Mac

Tuesday January 09, 2018

Apple is vexed with the problem of excessive customer satisfaction, particularly in the troublesome demographic of young users. That's the latest hot take reaction to the issue of kids being given permissive parental approval to stay up all night on their iOS devices, leaving them sleep deprived and distracted. Apple's parental controls on iOS are focused on limiting access to content and specific apps, but the company already has tools in place to enforce parents' wishes on the Mac. It just needs to bring these to iOS.

iPhone battery fire forces brief evacuation of Zurich Apple store

Tuesday January 09, 2018

An Apple store in Zurich, Switzerland was temporarily evacuated on Tuesday after an iPhone's battery at the service desk overheated in the middle of a removal procedure, emitting smoke and burning the worker who was doing the work.

Apple issues fourth developer betas of iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, tvOS 11.2.5, and High Sierra 10.13.3

Tuesday January 09, 2018

One week after the last batch, registered members of Apple's developer program can now access the fourth pre-release beta builds of operating systems for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.

Deals: Apple's iMac Pro for $4,788 shipped ($211 off) with no tax in most states, plus up to $130 off 27" iMac 5Ks and $10 off Apple TV 4K

Tuesday January 09, 2018

Those looking for the greatest savings on an iMac Pro can pick up the standard model for $4,788 this week at Abt Electronics, a discount of $211 off retail. Shipping is also free, and Abt will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside IL, IN, MI and WI. Mid 2017 27-inch iMac 5K models are also up to $130 off, while the 32GB Apple TV 4K is $169.

Seagate unveils Fast SSD, LaCie Rugged Secure & LaCie DJI Copilot drives

Tuesday January 09, 2018

Seagate on Tuesday introduced several new external storage drives, including ones in partnership with LaCie and drone maker DJI.

Editorial: The super exciting failure of CES 2018

Tuesday January 09, 2018

After working hard to dismiss iPhone X as too expensive, AirPods as a very minor success and HomePod as far-off vaporware missing the window of opportunity afforded to smart speakers, the low-paid writers hired by the Associated Press, Bloomberg, CNET and Reuters to fill the gaps that regular staff can't get to are again converging on Las Vegas to depict the really big prototype TV concepts of CES as being potentially affordable, commercially significant at some point in the future--and anything but vaporware.

ViewSonic shows $5200 8K monitor alongside Thunderbolt 3 4K display due later this year

Tuesday January 09, 2018

ViewSonic launched a number of new displays at CES, but a notable inclusion to the list are two VP-series professional monitors, with one boasting a high 8K resolution accompanied by a more conventional 4K UHD version with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

Apple possibly turning to LG Innotek for future iPhone, iPad TrueDepth camera components for Face ID

Tuesday January 09, 2018

A series meetings between Apple and LG executives, plus regulatory filings by LG suggest that Apple is looking at a one-time payment to help LG build out 3D sensing component fabrication facilities, to avoid a shortage like it may have faced with the iPhone X.

HomeKit compatible Incipio CommandKit Smart Wall Switch and Wireless Smart Power Strip debut

Tuesday January 09, 2018

Incipio has expanded its CommandKit home automation solutions suite with the HomeKit-compatible Smart Wall Switch and Wireless Smart Power Strip.

Fibaro reveals a HomeKit-compatible version of The Button scene controller

Tuesday January 09, 2018

Fibaro is expanding the utility of The Button scene controller, an accessory providing simple controls for smart home devices, by announcing at CES that it is introducing a HomeKit-compatible version of the controller alongside its existing Z-wave model.

Patriot Memory 'Evlvr' Thunderbolt 3 portable SSD boasts high transfer rates, power efficiency

Tuesday January 09, 2018

Patriot Memory launched a new external storage device at CES, with the Evlvr Thunderbolt 3 Portable SSD boasting high writing and reading performance in a compact package, one that is also claimed to be power efficient as well as fast.

Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush E1 with Artificial Intelligence uses ResearchKit, is Apple store exclusive

Tuesday January 09, 2018

The new Colgate Smart Electronic Toothbrush uses Apple ResearchKit with the user's permission to crowdsource toothbrushing data so the company can "anticipate the future of oral care."

Wi-fi to get security updates in 2018 with new WPA3 protections, old hardware likely left behind

Tuesday January 09, 2018

In the wake of security problems with wi-fi security in 2017, the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced that not only will it "enhance" WPA 2, but a new security protocol, WPA3, will debut at some point in 2018 that will require hardware certification before it can be used in networking gear.

Netgear adding HomeKit support to Arlo Baby camera in early 2018

Tuesday January 09, 2018

Netgear will be updating its Arlo Baby Smart HD Monitoring Camera later this quarter to include support for HomeKit, an update that will allow for the live video feed to be viewable from within the Home app on an iPhone or iPad, as well as a request to Siri.

Incase adds a power bank to new IconConnected sleeve for Apple's MacBook Pro

Monday January 08, 2018

Mobile power users have a new integrated power and protection option with Incase's latest batteries-included MacBook Pro sleeve.

Power up your MacBook Pro on the go with Omnicharge's USB-C charger

Monday January 08, 2018

Startup Omnicharge was at CES on Monday to show off its latest product, the Omni 20 USB-C, a portable power USB-C bank capable of outputting up to 100 watts of power for charging larger devices like Apple's MacBook Pro.

Phyn Plus promises iPhone-connected water pressure monitoring

Monday January 08, 2018

Phyn -- a joint venture between Belkin and plumbing supplier Uponor -- has announced the Phyn Plus, an accessory that monitors home water systems for leaks and other presssure-related problems.

Apple responds to investor criticism over heavy smartphone use by children, says parental controls already in place

Monday January 08, 2018

Responding to recent criticism over the potential negative impact smartphone use might have on children, Apple on Monday said it has long provided device owners, specifically parents, with a number of controls and built-in protections to safeguard young users.

Do-it-yourself Abode Iota security system features HomeKit integration, 1080p camera

Monday January 08, 2018

Home security company Abode has expanded their system with the new Iota gateway, bringing HomeKit compatibility to the do-it-yourself solution.