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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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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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Video: Nest Developer Program Integrates IFTTT, Jawbone, LIFX, Mercedes & More

Last week Nest acquired Dropcam and this week their march to become a smart home platform to be reconed with continues. The Nest Developer Program has announced its first partnerships, using its API to integrate with IFTTT, Jawbone, LIFX, Mercedes, Whirlpool and others. Matt Rogers, Founder and VP of Engineering at Nest covers some of the […]

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Mac Home Automation Software Specialist Rebrands as Indigo Domotics

Perceptive Automation, makers of the highly regarded Mac Home Automation software have a new name. In a move that more closely reflects their product, the company has now rebranded itself as “Indigo Domotics”. “Indigo has always represented the best in class home automation software for the do-it-yourself (DIY) market. Given the recent increase in public perception around […]

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ComfortClick bOS – The Operating System for Buildings Launches on Indiegogo

ComfortClick have announced plans to launch what they describe as “the first building operating system”. ComfortClick bOS will allow users to connect and control any home device from their smartphone or tablet (iOS, Android or Windows) and will feature a building automation app store where users will be able to obtain plugins for communication protocols such as KNX, Z-Wave, […]

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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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