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New HomeKit App ‘Devices’ is Free for Limited Time

Earlier this week we showed you how to add HomeKit control to your SmartThings setup. Now here’s a timely app launch that gives you another option for part of that setup. ‘Devices’ is a new Apple HomeKit app that aims to make managing your smart home devices easier than ever from your iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. LinkDesk […]

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SmartThings + Raspberry Pi & Homebridge = Siri HomeKit Controlled Smart Home

Here’s everything you need to get Siri controlling your Samsung SmartThings, Philips Hue lighting and Sonos using a Raspberry Pi running Homebridge. Automated Home reader (and media producer) Paul Gale takes us through his step-by-step guide finishing up with a rather impressive seasonal smart home video. “Hey Siri, make it Christmas!” Or how to get Siri to control HomeKit and non-HomeKit devices […]

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Homebridge Links Legacy Home Automation Devices to Apple HomeKit

[UPDATE – Read our HomeBridge tutorial for a guide on how to set it up with SmartThings and Siri] As companies decide wether or not to support Apple’s HomeKit, here’s an open source software bridge that could bring your existing smart home kit into the 21st Century. Homebridge is a lightweight NodeJS server you can run on […]

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5 HomeKit Compatible Devices to Start Your Home Automation System

[UPDATE – Check out The Best Value Way to Start Your HomeKit Smart Home Setup] If you’re thinking of dipping your toe into the world of home automation and you’re an iOS user then these HomeKit compatible devices may be just what you’ve been waiting for. Apple announced HomeKit over a year ago but at […]

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Our Cheatsheet of All the News from Apple WWDC Keynote

Apple’s 2015 WWDC keynote has just finished. HomeKit ‘has been taking off’ and Apple are adding support for window shades (blinds) plus ‘all types of sensors’ and security systems. Plus you can control your home no matter where you are now too (with an Apple TV). Home control information is coming to Apple Watch ‘complications’ […]

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Broadcom WICED Platform Offers Full Apple HomeKit Support

Broadcom have announced that its ‘Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices’ (WICED) software development kit now offers full HomeKit support. Broadcom claim to be the first company to meet Apple’s HomeKit home automation framework technical specifications for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart. The WICED platform can also be used to bridge non-HomeKit devices to its network. This allows a […]

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Apple Watch Review: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly After a Wearable Weekend

The wait is over and the Apple Watch is here, at least for those that pre-ordered. So should you put an Apple on your arm? Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly after my first weekend with the device. Back in 2010, when Apple last released a new product category, I bought an expensive 64GB […]

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Mac Home Automation: Indigo Touch iOS App v2.0

Indigo Domotics have just released the long awaited v2.0 of Indigo Touch. The iOS app that is the control companion to their popular Mac home automation software. The new version (released along side Indigo v6.1 ) brings a raft of improvements and new features such as a useful Event Log panel. The new app supports all screen sizes […]

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Bye Bye Mac. The Value of an ‘Expensive’ Computer?

I’ve had Macs for a decade now. Bought my first one (a G4 mini) after watching the this Jobsnote launching it in January 2005. I bought my second Mac in the summer of 2007, a black plastic MacBook. In December of that same year we replaced the horrible plasticky Dell box in the Kitchen with a shiny new aluminium […]

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Marvell’s New IoT SDK for Apple HomeKit

Marvell has announced a new SDK for Apple’s Home Automation framework, HomeKit. Marvell’s SDK for HomeKit is available on its EZ-Connect™ IoT Platform, including Marvell’s 88MC200 microcontroller and advanced Avastar® 88W801 Wi-Fi system-on-chip (SoC). The SDK is already being used by several hardware manufacturers and paves the way for the first HomeKit accessories to be brought […]

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