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‘Shortcut’ App Brings Smartphone Voice Control to your Smart Home

‘Shortcut’ is a new smart home app just launched this month that allows you to control a variety of home automation systems with your voice. The system understands natural language so phrases like “turn on the light” or “set the temperature to 72 degrees” can be used.  All this should help to alleviate the current messy control […]

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Synology Releases NAS DiskStation Manager v5.0

Last month in our Synology 1813+ NAS review we mentioned DSM v5 was undergoing beta testing and was waiting in the wings.  Well today Synology have announced the first public release of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0, their latest NAS operating system for DiskStations and RackStations.  Check out the full PR and links below. “Designed with an entirely […]

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ImperiHome Android Home Automation App Adds Zipabox Support

ImperiHome have announced that the latest release of their Android Home Automation app now supports the Zipato Zipabox.  That’s on top of the support for other smart home systems like Vera, Netatmo, Zibase, Eco-Devices, Sony Smartwatch 2, IP CCTV, Fortrezz Leak sensors,and the IPX800. There’s support for voice recognition and NFC Tags, a chart module and an API too. […]

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Video: openHAB the Open Home Automation Bus

Home Automation Systems and Technology Choices was our most visited page last year. We’re constantly updating it and amongst recent new additions is the open Home Automation Bus. OpenHAB offers a contemporary open source home automation user interface that’s described as ‘vendor-neutral as well as hardware/protocol-agnostic’ as it runs on any platform supporting Java SE 7. That means you […]

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Exclusive Interview: The Allseen Alliance and the Internet of Everything

Last week The Linux Foundation announced the formation of the ‘AllSeen Alliance’, a new cross-industry consortium that aims to drive adoption and innovation around the Internet of Things. Amongst the list the of 23 member companies at its launch are some industry big hitters including Cisco, HTC, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Qualcomm, and Sharp. The initial framework is […]

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Plex Hits v1.0 – ChromeCast Client in the Works? [Updated]

We’ve been following Plex since it was osxbmc, almost 6 years ago now.  Last week the developers finally hit their v1.0 milestone with the release of Plex Home Theater.  You now have a choice of using it or the Plex Web client  on your desktop, although you’ll definitely want PHT on your HTPC.  We asked Plex lead developer […]

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LightwaveRF Launch Smart Home iOS App

JSJS Designs have announced a new free iOS App for their LightwaveRF Home Automation system.  For the first time the ‘all-new’ app for the iPhone and iPad allows users to pause timers and switch locations.  Check out the full PR and link to the iTunes Store below… LightwaveRF, the company behind affordable smart home technology, has […]

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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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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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