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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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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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