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Topic: HomeKit

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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AirPort Express popping up in some Home apps, raising possibility of AirPlay 2 compatibility

04/04/2018, 05:04 pm

Reports are circulating that the third generation AirPort Express is popping up for users trying to add a HomeKit accessory in the iOS 11.4 beta, but the appearance is not universal, nor does the networking peripheral actually get added when selected.

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iOS 11.3 with battery improvements, ARKit 1.5, HomeKit authentication now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

03/29/2018, 01:03 pm

The new iOS 11.3 release for all remaining iOS devices has shipped, featuring new battery health information for iPhones, ARKit 1.5, a new Health Records feature, new Animoji characters, and more.

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Alleged final iOS 11.3 release notes omit AirPlay 2, label battery features as beta

03/29/2018, 11:03 am

Leaked release notes for Apple's critical iOS 11.3 update indicate that when it arrives for devices beyond the sixth-generation iPad, it won't support AirPlay 2 -- and that even the company's promised battery health features are technically unfinished.

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Review: Netgear's Arlo Baby camera with Apple HomeKit

03/28/2018, 05:03 pm

It doesn't come cheap, and its newfound HomeKit support is actually the least interesting thing about it, but the Arlo Baby is a quality baby monitor that has a life beyond the nursery.

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Hands-on: Netgear's Arlo Baby camera with Apple HomeKit support

03/21/2018, 08:03 pm

The Arlo Baby is a rare beast. Not only is it Netgear's only HomeKit-compatible security camera, it's also the only HomeKit accessory specifically meant to serve as a baby monitor.

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How to create your own HomeKit camera with a Raspberry Pi and HomeBridge

03/21/2018, 11:03 am

Though Apple's HomeKit home automation platform has supported cameras for over a year, manufacturers have been slow to bring compatible devices to market. Learn how you can create your own HomeKit security camera for around $60 in this tutorial.

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HomeKit experience on display at London's John Lewis grand opening

03/20/2018, 01:03 pm

London Retailer John Lewis has opened a massive 230,000 square foot retail location with a dedicated Apple HomeKit display in the Westfield London shopping center.

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Review: Elgato's Eve Button remote with Apple HomeKit

03/18/2018, 10:03 am

The Eve Button does what it says on the box, but ultimately proves to be a very niche accessory for people hooked into Apple's HomeKit.

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Hands on: Elgato's Eve Button with Apple HomeKit

03/14/2018, 10:03 am

The Eve Button joins a growing field of attempts to solve a basic problem of smarthomes: controlling accessories when you don't have a phone, tablet, or smartspeaker nearby, or you simply don't want to make a fuss.

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Homekit-compatible ecobee Switch+ smart light switch shipping in end of March

03/13/2018, 11:03 am

The long-awaited ecobee Switch+, a smart light switch that offers Siri HomeKit voice control via far-field voice technology, is coming at the end of March.

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These are the most exciting products coming to Apple's HomeKit home automation platform in 2018

03/12/2018, 03:03 pm

The HomeKit accessory market has exploded, with a significant number of new accessories already planned to debut by year's end. Here are the most exciting options that we're expecting to see in 2018.

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Philips brings Hue outdoors with HomeKit-compatible Calla and Lily lights

03/12/2018, 09:03 am

Philips has extended its Hue lighting system to the great outdoors, launching new lights in the HomeKit-compatible smart light platform designed to be placed in the garden or on a balcony, that offer the same level of automation and control as their indoor counterparts.

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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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Netgear adds HomeKit compatibility to Arlo Baby Smart HD Monitoring Camera

02/21/2018, 02:02 pm

Netgear has issued an update to its Arlo Baby Smart HD Monitoring Camera that adds support for HomeKit, a change that now allows homeowners to watch a live video stream from the camera through the Home app on their iPhone or iPad, as well as by asking Siri to view the feed.

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iDevices debuts HomeKit-compatible Instant Switch wireless wall switch

02/16/2018, 09:02 am

Smarthome accessory maker iDevices expanded to its range of HomeKit-connected hardware on Friday with Instant Switch, an easy to mount wall switch that connects to and controls most iDevices products.

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How to limit HomePod access so family and friends can't send texts, create reminders, or hijack your music

02/14/2018, 04:02 pm

There are two different ways to lock your HomePod from outside access -- restricting access to AirPlay only, disabling messages, reminders and notes. AppleInsider shows you how to access and control both of these.

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Despite being a HomeKit accessory, HomePod does not work within custom triggers or scenes

02/09/2018, 03:02 pm

Though HomePod integrates with Apple's HomeKit, and even shows up as a smart home accessory within the iOS Home app, it cannot be used as a part of an automated trigger or custom scene.

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AppleInsider podcast interviews Michal Jurewicz of Mytek, talks about HomePod and a 6.1 inch iPhone

02/09/2018, 08:02 am

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil talk about HomePod, rumored iPhones and Bryan Fuller's inability to stay on a show. In addition, Michal Jurewicz joins to talk about audio digital signal processing.

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