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Topic: Smart Home

Review: Ecovacs Ozmo 601 is an iPhone-controlled robo vac that can also mop

07/15/2018, 08:07 pm

Robotic vacuums have grown increasingly capable over the years. We recently put one of Ecovacs' newest to the test that is capable of not only sweeping up debris on solid floors and carpets, but mopping as well.

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All of the new Apple HomeKit features in iOS 12

06/27/2018, 11:06 am

Smart home users will love the new enhancements coming to HomeKit alongside iOS 12, which include a new accessory type, changes to the Home app, and better tools for manufacturers.

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Elgato unloads gaming peripherals, focuses on Homekit in new Eve Systems rebrand

06/27/2018, 09:06 am

Elgato is doubling down on their HomeKit-equipped product line with the announcement that they will sell off their gaming division and rebrand to focus exclusively on their smart home gear.

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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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Hands on with the Elgato Eve Aqua HomeKit-equipped smart watering system

06/21/2018, 11:06 am

The newly released Eve Aqua is a HomeKit equipped smart water controller that tries to make lawn and garden maintenance easy with scheduling, remote control, and even Siri support. AppleInsider has spent a few days testing it out during the latest heat wave.

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CarPlay, Monster offerings, and a Bluetooth water bottle: A day at CE Week

06/21/2018, 07:06 am

At the annual CE Week tech event in New York, Monster announced two public funding offerings, Pioneer showed its wireless CarPlay units, and a Sonos exec spoke about AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

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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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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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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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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-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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HomeKit-compatible Philips Hue Bridge updated to support Zigbee 3.0 smart light bulbs

02/07/2018, 02:02 pm

Philips has issued new firmware for its HomeKit-compatible Hue lighting system, updating the Bridge to include support for Zigbee 3.0, allowing it to work with a wider array of connected lights, lamps, and similar devices produced by other companies.

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Orbit brings HomeKit support to B-hyve Smart Wi-Fi sprinkler timer range alongside two new arrivals

01/08/2018, 04:01 pm

At CES, Orbit announced two new products and an integration with Apple HomeKit, with the B-hyve hose Faucet Timer offered as a simple way to add timing functionality to an existing sprinkler system, the B-hyve Indoor brings the ability to manage the sprinklers inside the house, and HomeKit support makes it all controllable through the Home app.

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Kohler launches Kohler Konnect smart home range of iPhone-configurable bathroom and kitchen fixtures

01/08/2018, 09:01 am

Kitchen and bathroom fixture producer Kohler has created its own smart home platform, Kohler Konnect, which allows some of its products to communicate with HomeKit and other smart home frameworks, as well as offering control via an iPhone app and through voice commands.

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C by GE smart bulbs gaining HomeKit support in early 2018

01/02/2018, 09:01 am

GE is still planning on bringing HomeKit compatibility to its C by GE smart lightbulb lineup, pledging support for Apple's smart home platform in its C-Life and C-Sleep bulbs and C-Reach Hub in early 2018, long after its original support announcement last year.

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August unveils HomeKit-compatible Smart Lock Pro, redesigned Smart Lock and Doorbell Cam Pro

09/19/2017, 12:09 am

Smart lock manufacturer August on Tuesday unveiled a new hardware lineup headlined by the revamped Smart Lock Pro, a HomeKit-compatible retrofit device that boasts all-new "DoorSense" technology that alerts users when their door is left ajar. A second, more affordable device also launched, as did a new version of the Doorbell Cam.

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Hands on: D-Link Omna 180, the first Apple HomeKit security camera

02/17/2017, 12:02 pm

This week, accessory maker D-Link began shipping the Omna 180, the first security camera on the market boasting compatibility with Apple's HomeKit line of smart home accessories. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the new hardware that can keep your home safe.

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iDevices HomeKit accessories add Amazon Alexa voice control

07/11/2016, 01:07 pm

The Siri-friendly iDevices stable of smart home gadgets has now been enhanced with Amazon Alexa compatibility, giving users more flexibility in voice control options.

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Second-gen August Smart Lock with Apple HomeKit support now shipping

04/28/2016, 09:04 am

The newly launched August Smart Lock includes support for Apple's HomeKit, allowing users to lock, unlock and check the status of their door lock with voice commands using Siri.

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