Archive for the ‘Home Automation’ Category

Amazon Alexa Cast will soon allow users to throw audio to Alexa-enabled devices like Apple AirPlay and Google Cast. Here are the details.

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Third party Alexa-enabled devices can now easily work together as Amazon moves its Echo Spatial Perception feature to the cloud. Here are the details.

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Amazon has put in place a Philips Hue sale on its site which will instantly appeal to home automation enthusiasts as well as individuals looking to get some entry-level smart tech. The sale sees certain Philips Hue hardware reduced down to as little as $23.99.

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Philips Hue has announced a new weatherproof LightStrip built for the outdoors, though it’s not available in the U.S. right now. Here are the details.

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HomePod OS 12 private beta has revealed new features, including multiple Siri timers, making and answering phone calls, Find My iPhone, and much more.

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Apple has announced that it will be hosting a live event in its Support Communities that will be based around its HomePod smart speaker. Here are the details.

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Sharecuts (sharecuts.app) is a website that allows users of the Shortcuts app in iOS 12 to share their crafted shortcuts online for other people to try out. Here are the details.

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The great thing about Apple’s HomeKit home automation platform is that now devices can be made to support it via nothing more than a software update. That’s exactly what has happened today, with Belkin’s Wemo Mini smart plug now HomeKit-capable. Owners of the plug can install the Wemo iOS app and update the device’s software in order to connect it directly to the Home app, making it available for existing scenes and capable of Siri support without the need for Belkin’s Wemo Bridge.

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If you’re the owner of some specific Sonos speakers, then today is a good day for you as AirPlay 2 support comes to compatible Sonos speakers via a free software update.

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Apple HomePod 11.4.1 firmware update has been released. Here’s what is new and how to download it on your smart speaker.

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A new report is suggesting that Apple is set to strengthen its working relationship with chip provider MediaTek, both immediately and potentially more so going forward. MediaTek is said to now be part of Apple’s HomePod supply chain and could potentially be involved in providing 5G modems for future iPhone models.

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Alexa app for iOS finally adds voice control features on iPhone and iPad. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

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