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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Apple Reveal iPhone 6, 6 Plus & Apple Watch – All the Details at a Glance

Todays long awaited Apple event has revealed 2 new iPhones, an electronic payments service and the Apple Watch. As in previous years many of the leaks were legitimate as Apple continues to lose the tight control they love once the new products hit production in China. Here’s your at-a-glance cheat sheet for all the interesting new stuff… […]

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The WiSPP Wi-Fi Smart Plug Controls Appliances from iOS and Android

Here’s a new Wi-Fi controlled smart home socket called the WiSPP (WiFi Smart Point Plug). The plugin remote controllable socket allows you to turn electrical devices On and off from any iPhone, iPad or Android device whether you are at home or not. You remotely control your appliances using the app and view their status in real-time from anywhere in […]

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Watch This: Hak5 Talks Home Automation Security at DefCon 22

In this recent video the Hak5 team discuss home automation security at DEF CON 22 from Las Vegas. Shannon Morse interviews Chris Littlebury from the Knowledge Consulting Group, talking about defending against the vulnerabilities inherent in a lot of recent home automation systems that seem to rush to market ever faster. Chris talks about LIFX, WeMo, Philips Hue […]

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Elgato Reveals ‘Eve’ HomeKit Compatible Sensors & Avea LED Smart Bulbs

Elgato, best known for their EyeTV and other video devices have entered the smart home market with a raft of new products. The newly announced Elgato ‘Eve’ system will allow users to monitor conditions around their home with a range of sensors. The sensors will measure air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, energy and water consumption and more. Elgato say the […]

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Review: IP Control of Your IR Gear with Global Caché iTach IP2IR

Expensive dedicated universal remotes are increasingly going the way of the dodo in all but the most bespoke of smart homes. The proliferation of touchscreen smartphones and tablets coupled to the growing number of devices that can be controlled by IP means they are becoming less relevant.  But IR control is still a requirement in most […]

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Raspberry Pi Addon Pi-mote Controls Smart Home Sockets with Python

 Energenie have launched a Raspberry Pi add-on that attaches via the GPIO connector and offers a low cost home control solution. Our best-selling remote control sockets are now available with a controller board for Pi. Whether you are a Pi newcomer, hacker, or Python sage you will be able to control your electrical sockets within a […]

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Review: RAVPower RP-PB14 Xtreme – The Last Portable Battery You’ll Ever Need?

I’m starting to think I might have a problem. My interest in external batteries may be turning into a fetish, but these energy stores are important to our digital lifestyles. The latest electron pump to whet my appetite is the RAVPower RP-PB14 Xtreme. Xtreme is a clue to this units performance, this is one meaty power pack. Weighing in […]

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