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Wemo's WiFi Smart Dimmer Gains HomeKit Compatibility Through New Firmware Update

Belkin’s Wemo brand today announced HomeKit support for the Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer, which is being added to existing Smart Dimmer switches through a software update. Wemo’s Smart Dimmer, priced at $79.99, is a wall switch that replaces a traditional wall switch and is designed to dim connected lights. With HomeKit integration, the Smart Dimmer …

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Review: Eve Aqua Brings HomeKit Automation to Your Irrigation Sprinklers

Just prior to rebranding as Eve Systems to focus on HomeKit devices in late June, Elgato launched its Eve Aqua water controller, a HomeKit-enabled device that attaches to an outdoor water faucet to control and monitor water usage. While Eve Aqua can be used with any hose connection, it’s primarily intended for use with sprinklers, …

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Review: The HomeKit-Connected Eve Room Keeps Track of Temperature, Humidity and Air Quality in Your Home

Eve Systems has been offering HomeKit-connected devices since 2015, and the Eve Room, able to measure temperature, humidity, and air quality, is the newest Eve product available for purchase. The new Eve Room is actually an upgraded version of an original Eve Room that was one of Eve’s first product releases back in 2015, but …

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Ikea Trådfri Smart Plugs Appear on U.S. Online Store for $9.99, Not Available to Purchase Yet

Last month Ikea began rolling out the HomeKit-compatible Trådfri smart plug to Sweden and a few other countries in the European Union. Today, HomeKit News spotted the same smart plugs in listings on the United States Ikea website, suggesting a launch in the U.S. sometime later this month. Ikea’s Trådfri smart plug connects to the …

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Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller Gains HomeKit Support

Rachio today announced that it has added HomeKit support to its Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, allowing the device to work with Siri and other HomeKit accessories to control sprinklers. According to Rachio, its Smart Sprinkler Controller is the first sprinkler controller to offer HomeKit integration. The Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller works with the …

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Apple Signals Smart Home Mesh Networking Interest by Joining 'The Thread Group'

Apple has become a member of The Thread Group, an organization that supports companies interested in innovating networking solutions for consumer smart home devices using the Thread mesh standard (via 9to5Mac). Apple has been added to the list of official members on the group’s website, although what that means in practical terms is unclear. According …

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VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO Smart Skylight System Gains HomeKit Support

Following a demo at CES in January, the VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO smart skylight system has now launched on the iOS App Store [Direct Link] with HomeKit support. The app pairs with the new VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO climate control and monitoring system to enable smartphone control and automation of the skylights, costing $295. The …

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Review: Schlage Sense Remains a Top Option Among HomeKit-Enabled Smart Locks

Following my review of the Yale Assure Lock SL deadbolt with HomeKit support last month, a number of readers highlighted the Schlage Sense as another satisfactory HomeKit option worth considering. As it turns out, I’ve been using the Schlage Sense on my front door for quite some time, so it’s worth taking a look at …

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Ring Video Doorbell Gets New $99 Price Tag Following Amazon Acquisition

Ring today announced [PDF] that its acquisition by Amazon has been completed, and following the merger, Amazon has permanently dropped the price tag of the entry-level first-generation Ring Video Doorbell. The Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell is now available from Amazon for $99.99, $50 off of the original $149 MSRP for the accessory. The Video …

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Amazon Acquiring Video Doorbell Maker Ring, but HomeKit Support is Still Coming

Amazon is acquiring Ring, the company that makes a range of WiFi-enabled home security products that include video doorbells, reports GeekWire. The two companies are expected to officially announce the acquisition news later this afternoon, but provided a statement to GeekWire.”Ring is committed to our mission to reduce crime in neighborhoods by providing effective yet …

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Netgear's 'Arlo Baby' Smart Cameras Now Offer HomeKit Support

Starting today, all of Netgear’s existing Arlo Baby smart monitoring cameras are compatible with Apple HomeKit following the release of a HomeKit update for the Arlo app. To connect the Arlo Baby camera to a HomeKit setup, Arlo Baby owners will need to download the update and then toggle on the HomeKit option in the …

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How to Prevent Other HomePod Users From Affecting Your Apple Music Recommendations

Apple’s HomePod speaker is best enjoyed when linked to an Apple Music subscription, since this allows you to make the most of Siri’s enhanced music smarts and its DJ-like role as a personal music curator, or “mixologist”, as Apple calls it. As Apple Music subscribers will know, the streaming service learns your music preferences based …

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iHome Launches Outdoor Smart Plug Compatible With HomeKit

iHome today launched the iSP100, a smart plug for controlling outdoor lights, decorations, and small appliances with up to 1,800 watts of power. The three-pin Type B smart plug works with a GFI-enabled outdoor 120V power supply and has a rugged design that is able to withstand the elements of weather. Like iHome’s indoor smart …

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HomeKit Coming to Hunter Douglas' New PowerView Motorization System for Window Shades

Hunter Douglas recently launched its next-generation PowerView Motorization system designed to control Hunter Douglas motorized window shades. The new version of the PowerView Motorization supports Amazon and Google services out of the box, but with an update later this year, it will also support Apple’s HomeKit. The PowerView Motorization Hub lets users control, time, and …

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