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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 […]

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Apple Watch: Wrist Worn Wonder or Fashionista Fad?

-+*After todays event we know more about the Apple Watch (check out our cheat sheet below for all the new stuff from the presentation just finished). If you’re not already a smart watch owner then this may be the device that makes you want to join in. The smart watch category is already well catered for with […]

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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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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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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: Transcend JetDrive 725 Upgrades Our Retina MacBook SSD to 960GB

-+*Back in the summer of 2012 I reviewed the new 15″ Retina MacBook Pro.  It was an upgrade from my previous MacBook that had been modified to take a 1TB hard drive as well as an SSD, so while the move to an even faster SSD was great, I had to use an external USB hard drive to deal with […]

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