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Topic: HomeKit

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

06/14/2017, 11:06 am

With iOS 11, Apple has enabled more complexity in the triggers for HomeKit scenes and events, making them adaptable to a wider variety of circumstances -- such as only turning off the lights in your home when everyone has left.


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.


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.


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.


Elgato intros Eve Degree temperature and humidity sensor with Apple HomeKit support

05/31/2017, 12:05 pm

Accessory maker Elgato on Wednesday launched the Eve Degree, a compact temperature and humidity sensor integrated with Apple's HomeKit.


Andy Rubin's Essential announces first devices, including Apple HomeKit-ready assistant

05/30/2017, 10:05 am

Former Google executive and Android creator Andy Rubin on Monday revealed the first products from his new company Essential, including the Home assistant, which reportedly supports multiple smarthome platforms including Apple's HomeKit.


Review - Koogeek Smart Socket not ideal way to enter HomeKit ecosystem

05/27/2017, 01:05 am

More and more HomeKit peripherals ship each day with lighting ones being the most common -- where does the Koogeek Smart Socket land on the spectrum?


Wemo Bridge will add HomeKit compatibility to Belkin's home automation platform in the fall

05/25/2017, 09:05 am

After a commitment from Belkin to share plans about future Wemo HomeKit compatibility earlier in May, the company has made good on its promise, and has announced the Wemo Bridge allowing currently installed peripherals to function with Apple's home automation solution.


Ikea Tradfri smart bulb system will get Apple HomeKit upgrade in the summer

05/23/2017, 09:05 am

In late summer or early autumn Ikea will roll out a firmware update to its Tradfri network gateway, to make its line of smart bulbs compatible with Apple's HomeKit.


Emerson Sensi thermostat line expanding with two HomeKit compatible models

05/22/2017, 12:05 pm

Environmental control company Emerson has added to its Sensi thermostat line with a new pair of HomeKit-compatible devices.


Apple highlights Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 18 with "Designed for everyone" video series

05/17/2017, 01:05 am

For Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple has posted a series of seven videos to YouTube showing how real people make use of Mac, iOS and Apple Watch accessibility features from Switch Control to Siri to VoiceOver. Each tells the story of specific individual in about two minutes.


Philips widening HomeKit-compatible Hue lineup with E12 candle bulb, new table lamps

05/15/2017, 10:05 am

Philips has expanded the HomeKit-compatible Hue lighting line with a series of White Ambiance bulb size, plus two new table lamps.


Apple adds WeberHaus to list of builders offering HomeKit packages

05/09/2017, 11:05 pm

Apple on Tuesday officially added German pre-fabricated house builder WeberHaus to a running list of companies offering HomeKit packages, suggesting the firm will soon roll out compatible "SmartHomes" in Europe.


C-Reach Hub brings HomeKit compatibility to C by GE's 'sleep' and 'life' LED bulbs

05/04/2017, 12:05 pm

The family of devices compatible with Apple's HomeKit is soon to grow, with a bridge to make the established C by GE smart lightbulbs work with the system coming over the summer.