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Topic: Smart Home

How to use NFC to control your home with iOS 13

07/08/2019, 02:07 pm

Apple's Shortcuts app is exceptionally powerful, but it becomes even more useful with the iOS 13 update. It comes preinstalled rather than a post-setup download, and it also arrives brimming with new features. One of the most built-out areas is for the smart home.

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New Philips Hue bulbs updated with Bluetooth connectivity

06/27/2019, 09:06 am

Philips has updated the Hue line with Bluetooth-equipped bulbs replacing the Zigbee-only ones, but they still need the Hue Bridge to work with HomeKit.

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Review: Satechi finally nails the HomeKit smart outlet

06/26/2019, 11:06 am

Other than smart light bulbs, smart plugs are the most prevalent smart home product genre on the market. It escapes us, why it took so long for us to finally get an option that checks all the boxes before the Satechi Dual Smart Outlet.

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Satechi releases HomeKit-capable Dual Smart Outlet

06/18/2019, 11:06 am

Satechi is entering the smart home market with the new HomeKit-equipped Dual Smart Outlet, which is available to order starting today.

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Review: If you have Philips Hue bulbs, you need Lutron Aurora

06/13/2019, 12:06 pm

Philips Hue bulbs are arguably the most popular smart home accessory on the market, but they've always had one glaring issue. One that is easily fixed thanks to the simple Lutron Aurora.

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Everything new with HomePod in iOS 13

06/08/2019, 12:06 pm

Alongside iOS 13 and macOS Catalina, the HomePod will be gaining an array of new features making it a far more capable device. Let's go through all the new features arriving for HomePod with iOS 13.

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All the changes coming to HomeKit in iOS 13

06/06/2019, 02:06 pm

HomeKit is getting more powerful than ever with a major update in iOS 13 both in terms of functionality and app improvements. Here are all the features and changes coming in the iOS 13 update.

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Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell to support HomeKit Secure Video at launch, indoor & outdoor cameras to follow

06/06/2019, 10:06 am

French smart home manufacturer Netatmo was one of the first announced to support Apple's upcoming HomeKit Secure Video standard when it launches this fall, and now we know what cameras from the company will be receiving the new storage and encryption feature.

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HomeKit will securely store videos in iCloud, explicit router support coming

06/03/2019, 01:06 pm

Apple is finally adding an oft-requested feature from smart home users with iOS 13 -- securely storing HomeKit video in iCloud, as well as privacy additions coming to select routers.

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Review: The ecobee SmartThermostat is the best choice for HomeKit users but needs AirPlay 2

06/03/2019, 06:06 am

After making waves with the ecobee4, ecobee is back with their latest thermostat and is dropping the numbering scheme. The new ecobee SmartThermostat is an upgraded smart home thermostat that takes aim at the premium market with speed, better design, improved audio, and much more.

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Review: The Caseta Fan Speed Control is the best way to integrate your fan with HomeKit -- for now

05/29/2019, 11:05 am

The Lutron HomeKit-enabled fan controller makes it easy for anyone to control a ceiling fan from the wall, with their phone, or with their voice. But, it isn't perfect.

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Kwikset Premis Contemporary HomeKit smart lock now available after CES debut

05/28/2019, 03:05 pm

Kwikset's Premis HomeKit-enabled door lock is now available in a new Contemporary finish after being shown off during CES earlier this year.

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C by GE smart home lineup gains HomeKit support after multiple delays

05/24/2019, 02:05 pm

GE has finally brought HomeKit support to the C by GE app for iOS, enabling the company's line of smart lights, smart wall switches, and other devices to work with Apple's smart home platform after years of waiting.

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HKCam is an open source, DIY HomeKit security camera project

05/24/2019, 07:05 am

HomeKit app developer Matt Hochgatterer today has unveiled an open-source HomeKit camera project. The HKCam utilizes a Raspberry Pi Zero W and a 3D printed enclosure to allow users to create their own security camera compatible with Apple's HomeKit for less than $30.

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Our favorite tips and tricks for making the most out of Apple HomeKit

05/02/2019, 12:05 pm

HomeKit has made waves for being the easiest to use home automation platform, while still being extremely powerful. These are AppleInsider's top tips you may not know for getting the most out of your HomeKit setup.

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How to decide if investing in a big Homekit setup is right for you

04/28/2019, 11:04 am

Apple's HomeKit is growing, and there is now a range of smart devices for every function. Yet there are both potential savings and hidden costs that will make or break your decision on whether to invest. Plus, HomeKit is still more complicated than it should be.

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Review: Arlo Ultra is a 4K HomeKit-ready smart home camera with endless features

04/23/2019, 03:04 pm

Arlo Ultra is the most capable smart home camera yet, with a laundry list of features including forthcoming HomeKit compatibility to back up the hefty price tag. AppleInsider tests it out.

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Review: Wynd is a portable air purifier that could benefit from HomeKit integration

04/16/2019, 11:04 am

Air quality has become a bigger concern for many in recent years. We've seen a handful of different monitoring devices as well as larger air purifiers, but Wynd is a new class of device that combines both a tracker and purifier into a compact package.

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Ikea's Tradfri smart plugs are now HomeKit compatible

04/11/2019, 03:04 pm

Ikea has issued an update for its Tradfri smart plugs in the United States, with new firmware released on Thursday enabling the power accessories to be controlled by other devices using Apple's HomeKit smart home platform, as well as via the Home app.

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Review: Eve Energy Strip is a HomeKit product that makes sense

04/10/2019, 12:04 pm

Eve Systems is back with its latest HomeKit accessory, the Eve Energy Strip. This mutli-device surge protector was designed not just with a single function, but with many levels of utility. AppleInsider goes hands on to show you how.

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