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Topic: HomeKit

Cypress IoT software development kit takes advantage of Apple's new, open HomeKit policy

08/16/2017, 03:08 pm

The chip manufacturer responsible for a wide array of "internet of things" devices, Cypress Semiconductor, has announced an updated version of its development kit, adding HomeKit support and iCloud certification to the package.

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iDevices launches new Apple HomeKit Dimmer Switch for $100

08/16/2017, 10:08 am

The list of Apple HomeKit-compatible accessories continues to expand, as iDevices on Wednesday launched its new wall-installed Dimmer Switch, offering users the ability to control and set the brightness of their lights with Siri.

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Schlage Sense smart lock Wi-Fi adapter coming, does not extend HomeKit connectivity

08/15/2017, 12:08 pm

The new Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt Wi-Fi Adapter allows for remote control of the house lock from anywhere -- but does not extend Bluetooth range with HomeKit compatibility at all.

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Apple HomeKit added to Ikea Tradfri smart bulb line with firmware update

08/10/2017, 08:08 am

Ikea has quietly added HomeKit support to its inexpensive Tradfri line of smart bulbs, necessitating a firmware update to the system's bridge to enable.

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Chamberlain ships MyQ HomeKit Bridge, bringing Siri control to its garage door openers

08/09/2017, 01:08 pm

After a demo of the product at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, Chamberlain is shipping its MyQ Home Bridge, adding HomeKit functionality to MyQ-compatible garage door openers and compatible lighting.

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How to automate your home with Apple's HomeKit, with or without an iPad or Apple TV

08/08/2017, 10:08 am

Apple's HomeKit allows users to control compatible hardware with an iPhone -- but expanded control from outside the home requires either an Apple TV of some flavor, or an iPad. AppleInsider explains the use cases, and what you need to get started.

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Pre-orders for Sylvania Smart+ A19 Full Color Light Bulb start, more HomeKit devices coming

08/07/2017, 10:08 am

Sylvania has launched pre-orders for its Smart+ A19 Full Color Light Bulb, and is adding more HomeKit bulbs, and accessories in the near future.

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Review: Kwikset Premis HomeKit lock chews through batteries, disappoints

08/05/2017, 01:08 am

The Kwikset Premis is a lot of things. It's a HomeKit compatible connected deadbolt with a nice touch number pad with well-lit numerals. It's also a disappointment. We reviewed it for an extended period and found all the wrinkles.

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AppleInsider Podcast talks 'iPhone 8' ship date, Qualcomm, and the future of the iPhone SE

07/21/2017, 08:07 am

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mike W talk about "iPhone 8" rumors, including anticipated launch date, price, and you guessed it, TouchID. Also up, Qualcomm's latest salvo, and what will become of the iPhone SE.

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Mesh networking addition to Bluetooth LE revealed, could help boost Apple HomeKit coverage

07/18/2017, 02:07 pm

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has updated the specification for the wireless communications technology, with the introduction of mesh networking allowing Bluetooth LE devices to more easily communicate with each other, potentially helping home automation platforms such as Apple's HomeKit as well as larger scale networks.

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Review: Koogeek P1 Smart Plug an affordable way to get started with Apple's HomeKit

07/16/2017, 03:07 am

We may be in a renaissance of HomeKit peripherals after iOS 11 ships, but if you're ready to get in now, the Koogeek P1 Smart Plug is a decent starting point -- but not perfect.

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Live in NYC? Test Apple HomeKit for free with with your air conditioner, ThinkEco SmartAC & Homebridge

07/14/2017, 03:07 pm

If you're a ConEdison customer, iPhone user and Mac owner in New York City and you want to dabble in HomeKit with your existing Apple hardware, you can turn your "dumb" window air conditioner into a smart device for free with an accessory and some relatively simple hacks.

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HomeKit marketing enhanced with interactive demo installation at 46 Apple retail stores

07/12/2017, 10:07 am

In a number of its retail locations, Apple has unveiled an interactive display with video walls demonstrating to the user what happens in a simulated living space when assorted HomeKit peripherals are activated.

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HomeKit compatibility coming to Flic Hub home automation physical control system

06/21/2017, 01:06 pm

A crowd-funding campaign is underway for thee Flic Hub that promises to put switches with robust scripting anywhere in a house to control multiple devices -- and the manufacturer claims that full HomeKit support is coming soon.

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Ring ships Apple-compatible Video Doorbell 2, says HomeKit coming to other accessories

06/19/2017, 11:06 pm

Ring on Monday launched the Video Doorbell 2, a Mac-, iPhone-, and iPad-compatible smarthome accessory that makes several key upgrades over its predecessor.

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Report claims Nest open to HomeKit compatibility, new info suggests move not imminent

06/15/2017, 05:06 pm

A new report claims that Google's smart thermostat and smart home hardware vendor Nest is considering a move to support HomeKit -- but few hard details are available and new information suggests that compatibility isn't coming any time soon.

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Inside iOS 11: HomeKit gains multi-person geofencing, conditional triggers

06/14/2017, 11:06 am

With iOS 11, currently in a developer beta, Apple is enabling more complexity in the triggers for HomeKit scenes and events, making them adaptable to a wider variety of circumstances.

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Logitech Circle 2 security camera ships in July with incoming Apple HomeKit support

06/13/2017, 10:06 am

Logitech has unveiled the Circle 2, the follow-up to the Circle connected camera, with the second-generation security device adding weatherproofing and using a more versatile design, as well as supporting Apple's HomeKit home automation platform in a future software update.

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Apple opens up HomeKit development with software authentication & looser licensing

06/07/2017, 11:06 pm

In a Wednesday session during the company's ongoing Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Apple announced a pair of changes to HomeKit meant to encourage faster adoption of the smarthome platform.

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Review: Elgato's HomeKit-ready Eve Degree sensor does a fine job - in its limited role

06/03/2017, 03:06 am

Elgato's Eve Degree is a simple and convenient way of monitoring conditions around the house, but more of a luxury than a necessity for most people, even in a fully decked-out smarthome.

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