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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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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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