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Wemo Smart Dimmer Switch gains HomeKit support via software update

11/08/2018, 12:11 pm

Wemo is upgrading another of their smart home accessories with the addition of HomeKit today. Through a software update, the Wemo Smart Dimmer Switch will now be compatible with Apple's HomeKit with no need for an additional hub.

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Review: Fibaro Motion HomeKit sensor is more than meets the eye

09/05/2018, 12:09 pm

Motion sensors certainly aren't the flashiest of HomeKit accessories, but they can add a lot of options to HomeKit installations. Fibaro makes the best out there with not just motion detection, but two other sensors packed into its slightly quirky body.

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Review: Eve Room 2 gives users climate monitoring and HomeKit Siri automation

08/28/2018, 12:08 pm

Eve Room was one of the first HomeKit products to hit the market. Now years later, Eve Systems is back with the updated version, the aptly named Eve Room 2.

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Review: Hue Lily multi-color spotlights bring HomeKit to the outdoors

08/13/2018, 12:08 pm

Hue has become the most popular indoor smart light, and now they have evolved to tackle the outdoors as well. Hue Lily is one of many new outdoor bulbs and fixtures from Signify, marking the first official outdoor HomeKit lights.

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Apple joins smart home mesh networking standards group Thread

08/06/2018, 08:08 pm

Apple recently joined Thread Group, an organization focused on delivering mesh networking solutions to smart home devices, as a member of the body's board of directors, suggesting a potential interest in adopting the technology as part of the HomeKit protocol.

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Everything new in iOS 12 beta 6

08/06/2018, 03:08 pm

Earlier on Monday, Apple released the sixth beta of iOS 12 to developers. We've had our heads down rooting through this latest update to see what has changed in this update.

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Apple's removal of the HomeKit doorbell category is no cause for alarm

08/02/2018, 01:08 pm

As we reported two weeks ago, doorbells were deleted from the upcoming and current HomeKit product page, leaving many in limbo on the actual status of the category. But, there are options, and no cause for concern about the ecosystem.

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Third-party remote platform support for Siri in iOS 12, tvOS 12 will be a game changer

06/27/2018, 01:06 pm

In what amounted to little more than a toss-away line during Apple's WWDC keynote, Craig Federighi offhandedly mentioned that in tvOS 12, Apple was working to bring more Apple TV functionality, including Siri, to third-party remote platforms. This is a big deal, and AppleInsider discusses why.

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Nanoleaf Remote is a HomeKit remote control that gets people talking

06/22/2018, 09:06 am

Nanoleaf Remote is a twelve-sided controller that lights up and vibrates as you control your HomeKit accessories, like adjusting the lightscape on your Aurora LED panels or locking your doors. AppleInsider has had it for a while -- is it worth adding to your HomeKit suite of accessories?

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AirPlay 2 might still be a possibility for Apple's AirPort Express in iOS 12

06/20/2018, 12:06 pm

The second iOS 12 beta has gone beyond just spotting the AirPort Express in the Home app, adding more weight to speculation that the discontinued device will be an AirPlay 2 target in the future.

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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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macOS Mojave brings you 90 changes & new features to your Mac, and it arrives today

06/09/2018, 12:06 pm

Apple's Mojave update for the Mac is nearly upon us. AppleInsider has taken a deep dive on macOS Mojave since the reveal at the WWDC, and tells you 90 features to look forward to if you're upgrading on Monday

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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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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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Wish List: 14 new HomeKit features we want to see from Apple

04/13/2018, 11:04 am

Compared to where it was only a couple years ago, HomeKit has progressed immensely. The number of supported accessories is growing exponentially, third-party apps are increasingly powerful, and Apple continues to add additional features and functionality. Now that WWDC is approaching, we wanted to think about how HomeKit could most improve.

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HomeKit Insider: How to fix HomeKit camera's biggest flaw and gain some privacy

04/09/2018, 11:04 am

There are a few major drawbacks to HomeKit security cameras. We take a look at a creative solution to fix one of them to afford yourself some privacy.

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WeMo Bridge adds HomeKit & Siri support to your Belkin smart home accessories

04/05/2018, 05:04 pm

Belkin's popular line of WeMo smart home products was recently brought into the HomeKit fold with the release of the new Smart Bridge, a simple device that lets you control your existing WeMo devices via the Home app and Siri.

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Why Apple's HomePod targets home entertainment, not a voice-first mobile-free world

03/06/2018, 10:03 am

Imagine turning your home into the bridge of the Star Trek Enterprise, where a disembodied voice deftly answers every question you can ask, and you don't carry an iPhone or iPad anymore. Unfortunately, you also can't unlock your doors, you can't go outside, the brands you like are replaced with generic alternatives, and popular games, creative apps and other content aren't available anymore. This is the fantasy future of Amazon Alexa--but fortunately not the vision of Apple's new HomePod.

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How HomePod serves as a hub for Siri HomeKit automation and entertainment

03/01/2018, 10:03 am

HomePod is a sophisticated computer dedicated to the task of producing immersive, room-filling sound. That's not all it can do, however. Equipped with the same A8 processor as Apple TV 4, it can also serve as a HomeKit hub for choreographing home accessories, even enabling remote access to your devices. Here's an in-depth look.

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