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Topic: HomeKit

HomeKit support for third-party remote controls coming in iOS 12 and tvOS 12

06/12/2018, 10:06 am

HomeKit didn't get any huge mentions during WWDC last week, but it did pick up one major new feature: support for remote controls that aren't Apple's Siri Remote.

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Review: HomeKit compatible First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound smoke detector more than it appears

06/10/2018, 03:06 pm

By acting as a pair of safety sensors, a speaker, a HomeKit device, an Alexa smart assistant, and soon an AirPlay 2 speaker, First Alert's Onelink Safe & Sound wants to be a welcome addition to any home. AppleInsider checks it out.

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90+ new changes & features in macOS Mojave

06/09/2018, 12:06 pm

Apple's forthcoming update to the Mac is full of new features to explore. We've taken a deep dive on macOS Mojave, the successor to macOS High Sierra, to find over 90 changes and new features for users.

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Apple's Airport Express reappears in Home app in iOS 12 beta

06/07/2018, 02:06 pm

The Home app is once more spotting the AirPort Express in iOS 12, raising the hopes for devotees of the now cancelled hardware.

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IKEA and Sonos tease new smart speakers, but it may mean nothing for Apple users

06/07/2018, 01:06 pm

Flat-pack furniture giant Ikea has prototypes of its upcoming, low-cost Symfonisk line, the first products to come from IKEA's partnership with Sonos.

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MacOS Mojave: Everything you need to know

06/05/2018, 03:06 pm

Apple has announced macOS 10.14 Mojave, the Mac maker's new operating system that will ship out to users this fall -- and here's everything you need to know about it.

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Hands on: Controlling your smart home with HomeKit on macOS Mojave

06/05/2018, 02:06 pm

After being on iOS for years, HomeKit and the Home app have made their way to the Mac. In macOS Mojave, you can finally control your smart home right from your Mac.

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Sync Philips Hue lights to music and games on Mac with the Hue Sync app

05/31/2018, 06:05 am

Philips, makers of Hue smart light products, on Thursday released a new app for Mac and Windows that allows users to create synchronized lighting effects based on games, movies and music playing on a Mac.

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Will HomePod make a second splash at WWDC 2018?

05/31/2018, 04:05 am

Apple's introduction of HomePod at last year's Worldwide Developer Conference might not have seemed to have much direct relevance for third-party developers because unlike iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Macs and Apple TV it doesn't run apps.

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These are the speakers that work with AirPlay 2

05/29/2018, 03:05 pm

With Tuesday's release of iOS 11.4 and tvOS 11.4, Apple has finally rolled out much anticipated support for AirPlay 2 and named a few dozen third party speaker systems that are expected support the new multi-room audio technology in the near future.

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Elgato launches HomeKit compatible Eve Aqua water controller, Eve Flare smart light

05/29/2018, 09:05 am

Elgato has opened up orders for the new HomeKit Eve Aqua water controller and Eve Flare smart light.

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HomeKit Insider #002: How to troubleshoot Bluetooth accessories with HomeScan

05/21/2018, 11:05 am

Nailing down issues with HomeKit gear can be very difficult without the right tools. AppleInsider tales a look at a way to troubleshoot problems with Bluetooth accessories.

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Review: Logi Circle 2 is the best HomeKit camera, but Apple's support is lacking

05/20/2018, 04:05 pm

We've spent a few months with Logitech's flagship smart home security camera that gained support for HomeKit just last fall. After extensive usage, we have the verdict on one of the most popular HomeKit cams yet.

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Review: Philips Hue Wellner lamp with Apple HomeKit

05/18/2018, 03:05 pm

If you're into its style, the Philips Hue Wellner lamp can be a decent way to way to expand an existing Hue setup, but it's not much good to people who haven't invested -- or plan to invest -- in the ecosystem.

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Apple HomeKit on the way to Netgear's wireless Arlo Pro camera [u]

05/16/2018, 11:05 am

Netgear appears to be adding HomeKit support retroactively to the Arlo Pro, expanding the small number of compatible security cameras on the market -- and bringing Apple's technology to a wireless model for the first time. [Updated with denial by Netgear]

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Logitech debuts Magnetic Mount for Circle 2 HomeKit-enabled cameras

05/16/2018, 09:05 am

Logitech has taken the wraps off their latest Circle 2 accessory, the Magnetic Mount that allows the camera to easily affix to a variety of different locations.

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First Look: Philips Hue Wellner lamp with Apple HomeKit [u]

05/13/2018, 02:05 pm

Most of the time smartbulbs are sold solo, asking you to use an existing lamp base or buy your own. Philips being a major lighting vendor, they also have some "all-in-one" options, with one of the latest being the HomeKit-compatible Hue Wellner. [Updated with Philips clarification on dimmer switch]

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Netgear offers hotfix for Orbi routers encountering Apple HomeKit problems

05/09/2018, 12:05 pm

Netgear this week released a stopgap firmware update for its Orbi mesh Wi-Fi routers, hoping to cope with a glitch preventing people from using HomeKit accessories.

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Review: Ecobee4 Thermostat a strong choice for Apple HomeKit & Amazon Alexa users

04/30/2018, 11:04 am

The ecobee4 is easily one of the best smart thermostats you can buy, the only questions being compatibility with your house and whether you can justify its hefty price tag.

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Review: The Button by Fibaro makes a HomeKit setup more accessible to all

04/27/2018, 01:04 pm

The Button from Fibaro has finally gained much needed HomeKit support. While not as powerful as its Z-Wave brethren, it is still an awesome way to control your smart home.

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