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Josh Centers 9 comments

Matter Is Here, but Does It Matter Right Now?

Matter may be the biggest thing to happen to the world of home automation, but does it actually make a difference at the moment?

Josh Centers 1 comment

Apple Enhances HomeKit with Sensor-Based Automations and Timed Turn Offs

Over the years, Apple has quietly enhanced Home automations to take advantage of more sensors and let you automatically turn off automations. “Take Control of Apple Home Automation” author Josh Centers examines the new features.

Josh Centers 35 comments

Ten “It’s About Time” Features from WWDC 2022

It will take time to digest some of the more far-reaching features that Apple announced in its WWDC 2022 keynote, but many will likely make you—like us—immediately say, “It’s about time!”

Josh Centers 10 comments

iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1 Fix Messages Bug and HomeKit Vulnerability

Apple has released highly focused iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1 updates to tackle two bugs and a nasty HomeKit vulnerability.

Adam Engst 29 comments

Reflections on a Year with HomeKit

Adam Engst shares how he has significantly added to his HomeKit-based home automation system over the past year and muses about the true benefits of home automation. Hint: it’s not about making things physically easier.

Josh Centers 3 comments

Home Automation Standard Gets an Official Name

The home automation partnership featuring Amazon, Apple, Google, and others is taking off, with an official name for its standard, an enormous list of partners, and a release timeframe.

Josh Centers No comments

Improve Your Seed Starting with HomeKit

If you garden, it’s time to think about starting seedlings indoors in many parts of the world. “Take Control of Apple Home Automation” author Josh Centers shows how you can use HomeKit to help.

Glenn Fleishman 5 comments

Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video Leverages iCloud Storage and Preserves Privacy

You can use a home security camera without sending its video stream off to cloud storage that’s accessible by the camera’s maker—or anyone who can log into the account. Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video works with existing iCloud subscriptions and numerous third-party cameras. Glenn Fleishman, author of “Take Control of Home Security Cameras,” looks at HomeKit Secure Video’s strengths and weaknesses.

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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Coming to 4K Roku Devices

Apple may not be doing all that much with the Apple TV and tvOS, but it’s looking to extend its influence in the streaming media device world. Later this year, AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support are coming to the Roku platform to complement the Apple TV app.

Glenn Fleishman 20 comments

Three Reasons You Might Want a Home Security Camera

Home security cameras are all the rage, but you have to start with the reason you want one in the first place. Do you want to record criminal behavior? Spot wildlife? Know your kids came in before midnight? It’s all about intent, and many people discover they have multiple overlapping desires.

Josh Centers 10 comments

Apple Teams Up with Rivals to Create Open Smart Home Standard

Apple is teaming up with Amazon, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance to create an open-source, security-focused communication standard for smart home devices.

Josh Centers 6 comments

Features Added in iOS 13.1: Personal Automations, Driving ETA, and More

iOS 13.1 is here to fix numerous bugs in the short-lived iOS 13.0 and to provide some features that were missing from iOS 13’s initial release. Alas, there are still more features that Apple has pushed off to a future iOS update.

Mike Matthews 1 comment

Considering a Smart Doorbell? SkyBell HD Reviewed

A number of video doorbells are on the market, but at the moment, none work with Apple’s HomeKit. A couple of companies announced future support for HomeKit and more products were announced at CES. But is HomeKit really critical for a doorbell?

Josh Centers 16 comments

Apple Opens iTunes Video and AirPlay Up to TV Rivals

Apple is opening up its TV ecosystem to rivals, bringing iTunes content and AirPlay to Samsung TVs, and AirPlay and HomeKit to others. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers explores what this move could mean for the Apple TV.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata No comments

The HomeKit-Compatible Arlo Baby Security Cam Is Not Just for Parents

The Arlo Baby security camera is officially a souped-up baby monitor. But look beyond its marketing and you’ll find a quality—if pricey—security camera with broad appeal. Though HomeKit is not yet fully integrated, other capabilities help make up for its limitations. Just ditch those animal ears.