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Topic: HomeKit

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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HomeKit support now available in four more GE air conditioning window units

04/26/2018, 09:04 am

There are more options for GE air conditioning units compatible with HomeKit than first thought, as the electronics giant has confirmed other models in its AC range support Apple's smart home platform alongside the AHP08LX Energy Star 115 volt Electronic Room Air Conditioner that shipped earlier this week.

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First Apple HomeKit window air conditioner hits US market in time for summer

04/23/2018, 12:04 pm

After a very long "coming soon" period on Apple's HomeKit accessory list, GE has finally shipped the Energy Star 115 volt Electronic room Air Conditioner model AHP08LX with HomeKit support.

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Xiaomi's Aqara smarthome gear to support Apple HomeKit end of 2018

04/23/2018, 09:04 am

China's Xiaomi is reportedly planning to support more third-party smarthome platforms via its Aqara brand, beginning with Apple HomeKit.

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Hands-on: Ecobee4 Thermostat with Apple HomeKit & Amazon Alexa

04/19/2018, 11:04 am

The Ecobee4 is one of the most flexible smart thermostats available. Not only does it support Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa, it is also an Alexa speaker, supporting most of the same voice commands as an Echo, and AppleInsider has one installed.

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Lennar now integrating Amazon Alexa surveillance into new home construction

04/17/2018, 05:04 am

Major U.S. home builder Lennar, along with other regional home builders, has partnered with Amazon to install multiple Echo microphones into new housing together with Alexa-controlled light switches, thermostats and even door locks that grant access to Amazon delivery workers--creating a wider threat of Facebook-style corporate surveillance and invasions of privacy.

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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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Eight Siri features we want to see in iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 at WWDC 2018

04/11/2018, 09:04 am

Siri has grown by leaps and bounds after being acquired by Apple and launching in beta on the iPhone 4S. With WWDC in a week, let's talk about what we'd love to see included in iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS 10.14.

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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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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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