IFTTT Launch New Channel for Honeywell evohome

If This Then That is turning into a really interesting home automation controller in the Cloud. The new IFTTT channel for Honeywell’s evohome smart home heating system will bring even more users into the fold. Now evohome can work with the 134 connected products and services – from weather services and iOS/Android locations to calendars and […]

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Exclusive: We Talk to Roomie Remote – First Look at New Hardware

With the release of Roomie Remote v3.0 and rumours of some special new hardware we took the opportunity to talk to founder Will Price about the future of his amazing App that turns your smartphone into a powerful universal remote. Hi Will, for someone that’s never seen Roomie before, can you explain the concept and advantages in […]

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Marmitek BoomBoom 430 Bluetooth Amp Puts Old Speakers Back to Work

Marmitek’s latest little black box may just get you up in the loft to bring down your old speakers and drag them into the 21st century. The BoomBoom 430 is a palm sized box that combines a wireless Bluetooth receiver with a 2 x 40 watt digital amplifier.  Now you can send all that music on your tablet, smartphone […]

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Vesternet Smart Home Store now Available in the USA

Some news for our American readers this week as our title sponsor Vesternet make their smart home store available in the USA. In the last 6 years Dave and his team have built one of the most successful smart home stores in the UK and Europe and their ‘lifetime technical support’ as well as useful customer […]

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Watch This: Wireless Philips Hue Tap Smart Switch

The guys from TWiT recently reviewed the Philips Hue Lux bulbs along with the interesting ‘Tap’ smart switch. The Tap works without batteries by harnessing the kinetic energy in pushing the switch and it controls your Hue lights wirelessly. The wireless system uses the Zigbee Green Power protocol (IEEE 802.15.4) and has a quoted range of 15 […]

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Loxone Reveal Wireless Miniserver GO Home Automation Controller

Austrian home automation specialist Loxone have this morning launched their latest controller, the Miniserver GO. Aimed squarely at the retro-fit market, the GO can communicate cable-free with up to 128 devices using the 868MHz Loxone Air wireless technology (915MHz ISM Band Region 2). We’ve had a chance to try out a pre-production sample of the tiny […]

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Indigo Rule Out HomeKit Integration, For Now

Back in June Apple announced their new home automation framework, HomeKit. Since then home automation hardware and software companies have been delving into the nitty-gritty to see how they can interact with HomeKit. Now Jay Martin from Indigo Domo, our favourite OS X home automation software, has posted an article outlining the reasons their software will not be […]

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A Weekend with the iPhone 6 Plus – Here’s the Skinny

Apple’s recent gremlins streaming the iPhone 6 launch returned when they went on sale. The Apple store suffered badly and was unusable for hours after it was supposed to go live.  I don’t know enough about these things to tell whether it’s just impossible to have a site stay up with millions of people hitting it or whether […]

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Crestron Pyng Aims to Transform Home Automation

Crestrons new Pyng app enables the complete setup and control of your home automation system from your iPad. After years of smart home apps being used as add-ons to control systems, now Crestron say that with Pyng, the app IS the home automation system. While Crestron hardware installations will remain the domain of the approved installer, […]

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Beecon is Free iBeacon Home Automation App

It’s a year since Apple announced iBeacon (check out our explanation of the technology here). Now the Beecon App aims to combine home automation with the iBeacon tech to enable users to trigger events based on proximity to things, places or locations. Such scenario didn’t exist prior to iBeacons. GPS, as you know, doesn’t really […]

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