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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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Review: Brydge+ with Speakers iPad Keyboard

The Brydge iPad keyboard and case started off life as a Kickstarter campaign.  Raising almost $800K on a target of just $90K it was a spectacular success. A couple of years have passed and the company is now under new ownership, with new retail distribution and pricing. The Brydge iPad case is made from aerospace grade anodised aluminium. It’s […]

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The Home Kit Framework – Details on Apple’s Home Automation Protocol

When Automated Home launched in 1996 there were only a handful of smart home systems out there – and none of them worked together. But things have moved on. Now there are literally hundreds of home automation systems – which don’t work with each other. Each week seems to produce another Kickstarter smart home system. It […]

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Apple WWDC Keynote 2014 – Here’s Your Cheat Sheet

After the usual rumour-fest of the past few weeks Apple’s 2014 WWDC Keynote has just finished. We got confirmation of the new smart Home API called HomeKit.  Here’s our cheat sheet of the mot interesting parts of the keynote… OSX OS X 10.10 is called – Yosemite Brings New flatter Interface ‘Continuity’ brings Airdrop between […]

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Rumour: Apple Working on Home Automation Features for iPhone

The Financial Times is reporting that Apple are once again working to integrate Smart Home technology into the iPhone. The FT reports that Apple will make a “Big Play” in the smart home tech world at their World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco next month. Apple already has a raft of relevant tech at their disposal.  Wi-Fi, […]

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Savant Ships Wi-Fi Remote Control

Savant has announced it’s shipping its Wi-Fi-based Universal Remote.  The unit features a new user interface and a 1.7-inch colour display. The 35 programmable hard buttons are backlit and the remote features two-way feedback from compatible devices using Wi-Fi and Savant Solutions Apple based home automation equipment. Customisation is via the RacePoint Blueprint design software […]

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Review: Snugg iPad mini Ultra Slim Bluetooth Keyboard Case

So you’ve got an iPad mini and you want to do some real work with it.  Apple’s little tablet can be a legitimate laptop replacement for some people, with a little help from a ‘proper’ keyboard like this ‘Snugg iPad mini Ultra Slim Bluetooth Keyboard Case’. The first thing we noticed about the Snugg was […]

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Indigo: Home Automation on the Mac – Part 3 – IP Garage Door Control

Adding IP control to your garage doors is a great little home automation project for a wet weekend and it really shows the power and simplicity of Indigo. The easiest way to interface to most garage doors is through their manual push button control.  These are usually securely inside the property and using them removes the […]

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Our Top 30 Favourite Mac Apps – What’s Yours?

My (still glorious) Retina MacBook Pro is 15 months old and its relatively small 256GB SSD has accumulated the usual cruft. Time for a clear out. With the launch of Mavericks I decided it would be a good opportunity to do a clean install of OS X (if you fancy doing the same then checkout this […]

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Apple Reveal New iPad Air, MacBooks & More – Your Cheat Sheet

Tim Cook and the gang are on stage right now announcing the latest iPad models and raft of other hardware and software updates from Apple.  Below is our regular cheat sheet for a quick at-a-glance update on all the new stuff. iPad New iPad Air - 9.7 inch Retina display A7 CPU 64 Bit & M7 […]

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