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2018

Belkin's smart Bridge brings HomeKit control to Wemo accessories

Monday January 08, 2018

Looking for a fast and easy way to control your Wemo smart accessories using HomeKit and the Home app? Belkin has the answer with its new Wemo Bridge, which now features compatibility with Apple's smart home platform.

Apple could bring glass back to 'iPhone SE 2,' rumor says

Monday January 08, 2018

The next-generation iPhone SE may feature the same style of glass back as the iPhone X, according to one rumor, possibly signaling the addition of wireless charging to the device.

French government investigates planned obsolescence allegations amidst iPhone slowdown controversy

Monday January 08, 2018

The French government is reportedly investigating a recent private complaint against Apple, which charges that the company's decision to slow down iPhones with weak batteries is a form of planned obsolescence meant to sell new hardware.

Orbit brings HomeKit support to B-hyve Smart Wi-Fi sprinkler timer range alongside two new arrivals

Monday January 08, 2018

At CES, Orbit announced two new products and an integration with Apple HomeKit, with the B-hyve hose Faucet Timer offered as a simple way to add timing functionality to an existing sprinkler system, the B-hyve Indoor brings the ability to manage the sprinklers inside the house, and HomeKit support makes it all controllable through the Home app.

U.S. Senate will vote on reversal of net neutrality repeal, Markey says

Monday January 08, 2018

The federal government will wrestle with the issue of net neutrality at least once more, as advocates have secured the necessary support in the U.S. Senate to force a vote on the issue.

Tile partnership bringing app-based tracking to Bose, Samsonite, Propeller Health products this year

Monday January 08, 2018

Tile has announced it has made agreements with a number of companies to expand the use of its tag-location technology, with deals bringing the Tile platform's item relocation functionality to Bose, Samsonite, and Propeller Health products in the future.

Google unites its Apple Pay alternatives under Google Pay banner

Monday January 08, 2018

Google on Monday introduced Google Pay, bringing together Android Pay and Google Wallet, two previously split platforms.

Intel 'Titan Ridge' Thunderbolt 3 chipset allows for 8K displays, better USB-C peripheral connectivity

Monday January 08, 2018

A new Thunderbolt 3 chipset has arrived called "Titan Ridge" that supports not only DisplayPort 1.4, but it also provides to vendors the ability to allow peripherals to fall back on USB 3.1 speeds if not connected to a Thunderbolt 3 host.

Powermat joins the Wireless Power Consortium, cements Qi as main wireless charging standard

Monday January 08, 2018

Wireless charging system producer Powermat has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, backers of the Qi charging standard rivaling the company's own technology, a move that is likely to make Qi-based wireless charging more dominant in the future.

GoPro makes swift exit from drone market, confirms job cuts following weak Karma sales

Monday January 08, 2018

In a Monday earnings report, GoPro announced plans to end drone sales after it sells out of remaining Karma models, and engage in cost-cutting measures to right itself financially -- including laying off hundreds of people.

Apple releases iOS 11.2.2 for iPhone and iPad, supplemental macOS 10.13.2 security update [u]

Monday January 08, 2018

Escalating its response to the processor vulnerabilities revealed recently, Apple has made iOS 11.2.2 available for the iPhone and iPad, and has issued a supplementary security update for macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 to further deal with the "Meltdown" attack vector and the "Spectre" vulnerability for the first time.

Kolibree's Magik Toothbrush connects to iPhone, turns dental hygiene into an AR game

Monday January 08, 2018

Toothbrush producer Kolibree's latest launch, the Magik Toothbrush, aims to make dental hygiene fun for children, with the augmented reality-enabled cleaning device turning the chore into a game that provides AR rewards if the child cleans their teeth properly.

Netatmo adding Apple HomeKit to Welcome indoor camera by end of March

Monday January 08, 2018

Netatmo's indoor security camera, the Welcome, will be getting HomeKit support later in the first quarter, the company announced on Monday.

Intel's new G-series processors includes AMD Radeon RX Vega M onboard graphics

Monday January 08, 2018

Intel's latest processor launch is a collaboration with long-time rival AMD, with the two chip firms working together to create a pair of 8th generation Core processors that are equipped with Radeon RX Vega M graphics, with the onboard AMD GPU potentially helping with the creation of more powerful notebooks or small form-factor computers like the Mac mini that do not require a dedicated GPU.

Deals: 128GB iPads for $399; 15" MacBook Pros from $2,249; GoPro Hero6 now $399, plus no tax in 48 states

Monday January 08, 2018

Monday morning deals are now in effect with 128GB 9.7-inch iPads on sale for $399 ($30 off). Apple's current 15-inch MacBook Pro also starts at $2,249 after $120 to $150 in cash savings. Meanwhile, a price drop was issued on the GoPro Hero6 Black, which is now $399 with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

Intel faces trio of class action lawsuits over Meltdown & Spectre security holes

Monday January 08, 2018

Intel is staring down class action lawsuits in California, Indiana, and Oregon over the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities exposed in modern processors, which can be used to access restricted memory in unpatched devices.

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock provides 4K60 video, Gigabit Ethernet in small form factor

Monday January 08, 2018

Elgato has announced the Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock, providing 4K through either DisplayPort or HDMI in a very small enclosure.

DJI shows off iPhone-ready Osmo Mobile 2 gimbal with better battery life, easier controls

Monday January 08, 2018

Drone maker DJI has revealed the Osmo Mobile 2, an upgraded version of its stabilizing smartphone gimbal, set to launch through apple.com on Jan. 23.

Limited Apple Watch controls for select Whirlpool appliances coming in 2018

Monday January 08, 2018

Whirlpool will add Apple Watch support to its app in 2018, allowing users of the wearable to control more than 20 compatible appliances when the technology is fully deployed.

Kohler launches Kohler Konnect smart home range of iPhone-configurable bathroom and kitchen fixtures

Monday January 08, 2018

Kitchen and bathroom fixture producer Kohler has created its own smart home platform, Kohler Konnect, which allows some of its products to communicate with HomeKit and other smart home frameworks, as well as offering control via an iPhone app and through voice commands.