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September 25, 2018
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Rachio 3 smart sprinkler system adds HomeKit and Siri integration with free software update

Elgato’s smart hose attachment led the way (reviewed) with sprinkler integration in HomeKit earlier this year. Today, Rachio is announcing the first smart sprinkler controller ($ 229) with HomeKit integration. After a simple set up process, users can control their sprinkler … Continue reading

August 7, 2018
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Apple joins ‘The Thread Group,’ opening up the possibility of more advanced HomeKit tech

Apple today has joined the smart home-dedicated group The Thread Group. While Apple’s extent of involvement in the group is unclear at this point, the company is now listed as a “member” on The Thread Group website… more… 9to5Mac

April 24, 2018
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Review: Philips Hue Wellner is a HomeKit table lamp with a fun design, but color costs extra

Philips Hue isn’t just a line of smart bulbs — the collection also includes a variety of complete smart lighting solutions including table lamps. Hue Go is a popular option with its portable design, while Hue Wellner trades portability for … Continue reading

March 29, 2018
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HomeKit Weekly: Using Automation to put sensors to work

HomeKit Weekly is a new series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home framework.  In our third installment of HomeKit Weekly, we’re going to explore how to make HomeKit-enabled sensors … Continue reading

February 27, 2018
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Review: VOCOlinc’s smart power strip is an affordable way to add HomeKit to 3 devices

Adding HomeKit to your house can be expensive, but as the technology progresses, more affordable options have been making their way to market that make HomeKit a viable choice for a broader market. A couple of weeks ago, Zac reviewed … Continue reading

February 27, 2018
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Rediscovering a love of music with HomePod, HomeKit, and neon

When Apple announced HomePod during last year’s WWDC, I observed the introduction with only passing interest. Music had taken a back seat in my life. While I was fascinated by HomePod’s design, I never thought that I’d end up with … Continue reading

January 22, 2018
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iOS 11.2.5 Home app icons suggest HomePod will support HomeKit scenes for muting Siri, more

New icons discovered in the latest build of iOS 11.2.5 have revealed some of the functionality that may arrive with the release of the elusive HomePod in upcoming weeks. Specifically, users may be able to create custom scenes with support … Continue reading

January 9, 2018
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001: HomeKit at CES, HomePod launch, iPhone SE 2, and Safari Spectre fixes | 9to5Mac Daily

Welcome to 9to5Mac Daily, a new podcast bringing you the latest in Apple news and top 9to5Mac stories every Monday through Friday. Today on 9to5Mac Daily we’ve got CES HomeKit announcements, a possible HomePod launch date, iPhone SE 2 rumors, … Continue reading

December 13, 2017
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Apple releases promised iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1 update, restoring shared HomeKit access

Apple has released iOS 11.2.1 and tvOS 11.2.1, with bug fixes and minor changes including restoration of remote access to shared users of the Home app. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

December 10, 2017
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This week’s top stories: Zero-day HomeKit vulnerability, iOS 12 wishlist, Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV, more

In this week’s top stories: Jony Ive returns to his post at the top of design management, Apple Pay Cash begins to rollout, a zero-day HomeKit vulnerability, an iOS 12 wishlist imagines what next year’s update could look like, and more. … Continue reading

December 8, 2017
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HomeKit flaw in iOS 11.2 allowed remote access to smart devices, temporary fix already in place

Apple’s software woes continued this week with the publication of a HomeKit flaw that allowed remote access to smart home devices like locks and lights. The company has since issued a temporary patch by disabling remote access to shared users, … Continue reading

October 24, 2017
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First look: August Smart Lock Pro + Connect with Apple HomeKit

August’s top-of-the-line package, the $ 279 Smart Lock Pro + Connect, lets people control a door from anywhere with internet access — and with HomeKit support, becomes fairly easy to integrate with third-party accessories. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

October 22, 2017
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Logitech’s Circle 2 Wired is the best camera with Apple’s HomeKit – for now

Logitech’s Circle 2 has been available for a little while, but only recently did the company add HomeKit support to the Wired model — making it just one of two security cameras in the entire smarthome market with that integration. … Continue reading