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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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Indigo: Home Automation on the Mac – Part 2 – RFXCOM & The Wireless Door Bell

As we mention in Part 1 of our review, the action of simply plugging in an RFXCOM RFXtrx433 to a USB port on your Indigo Mac opens up a whole new world of wireless Home Automation possibilities.  The list of 433MHz RF devices supported by the Indigo plugin include LightwaveRF, RF X10 and HomeEasy. For our first addition […]

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Apple iBeacons Explained – Smart Home Occupancy Sensing Solved?

Reliable occupancy sensing has long been the bane of the home automator.  A PIR detects if someone moves, but once they sit down to watch TV they disappear.  If you are trying to switch off lights automatically in unoccupied areas then you can soon run into problems.  How many of us recognise the ‘wave your […]

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Roomie Remote: Your iPhone & iPad Smart Home Controller

We’ve been trying out the Roomie Remote app for a while now, comparing it to our dedicated home cinema remote control.  Roomie goes way beyond the normal single room management of even the best dedicated universal remotes and more and more home devices now offer IP control which Roomie can discover and configure automatically. The […]

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Bluetooth CableJive dockBoss air Brings Music Back to Your 30 Pin Dock

Apple’s move from 30 pin to the new Lightning connector may have caused you some consternation if you had invested in a nice speaker dock.  The dockBoss air aims to solve that problem.  The Wireless Music Receiver for iPod and iPhone docks, connects to Apple (and Android) smartphones, tablets and computers and beams your music to your favourite […]

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Apple iPhone 5S & 5C – Here’s Your Cheat Sheet

Here’s our regular quick glance cheat sheet on the new iPhone news from todays Apple announcement… iPhone iPhone 5S S for ‘Security’ or ‘Sensor’? - Silver, Gold & “Space Grey” New 64Bit A7 CPU (Apple’s apps are also 64-bit) Up to 2 X CPU performance, Up to 2 X GPU performance, Graphics ‘up to 56x faster than original […]

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