Wemo Mini Smart Plug Gets Hub-free HomeKit Support

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HomeKit support without a bridge device is coming to Belkin’s Wemo Mini Smart Plug thanks to a free firmware update rolling out on Thursday. The change comes thanks to the HomeKit software authentication feature Apple introduced with iOS 11.3. That means once the firmware update is installed you can start using your Mini Smart Plugs with Siri and the Home app. For your other Wemo devices, including the discontinued—and much bigger—Wemo Smart Plug, you’ll still need the Wemo Bridge. You can get the Wemo Mini Smart Plug on Amazon for US$29.99.

Wemo Mini Smart Plug Gets Hub-free HomeKit Support

The “Man Looking Over Your Shoulder” Attack – Mac Geek Gab 711

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Ever send mail to the wrong address accidentally? Ever want to ask your Mac its serial number? Notifications ever get in your way? All those questions are answered in the just the first segment of the show. Listen for more about syncing your Photos without iCloud Photo Library, managing your calendars, and much more! Press play and learn at least five new things along with your two favorite geeks!

How to Create GIFs on iOS with the Workflow App

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For today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will walk us through creating a simple automated task within the iOS Workflow app…which is kind of like building stuff in Automator on the Mac. In other words, fun! And it’s a good way to learn the basics of automation, too. She’ll tell us all about it!

Cool Stuff Found, NAS Advice, and Geek Challenges – Mac Geek Gab 671

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It’s time to dig back into NAS drives by answering Steve’s question: Which Synology DiskStation is right for me? There are a few more things to explore on that topic, too, and your two favorite geeks do it justice. Separate from that are a few questions about a variety of topics, some of which are Geek Challenges where you get to provide some answers! A hardware-focused Cool Stuff Found rounds out the topic list for the week. Press play and enjoy learning!

Fixing Album Art, Cracked iPads, and UPnP Dangers – Mac Geek Gab 658

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Your geeks start with some tips: dealing with a bad key on your keyboard, restoring the proper album art after iCloud Music Library has done its part, and dealing with a damaged SD card. Then it’s on to some questions, like whether or not UPnP is dangerous for you or what to do when you hear your Mac’s fans running more frequently than you think is necessary. All this and more, just after you press play!

This Adorable Home Robot Totally Won't Murder Your Entire Family

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Our homes have voice-controlled assistants like the Amazon Echo, self-navigating devices like the Roomba, and networked monitoring devices like the Nest Cam. Why not combine all of this tech into an adorable home robot companion? Mayfield Robotics has announced Kuri, the home robot that will navigate around your house, respond with voice and body language, answer your questions, manage your home via IFTTT support, and monitor your children or pets with a built-in 1080p camera. Kuri isn’t the first home robot design, but at just $699, it’s the first to be priced within the reach of many consumers. What could possibly go wrong?

This Adorable Home Robot Totally Won’t Murder Your Entire Family

Apple's Intent Isn't the Same as Committing to Mac Automation

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Apple may not be committed to Mac automation and scripting

Last week Sal Soghoian announced his job as Apple’s Manager of Automation Technologies had been eliminated, and this week senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi says Apple intends to continue supporting scripting technologies on the Mac. That’s a little reassuring, although “intending to support” is a far cry from “committed to continue developing.”

Apple Cuts Mac Automation Manager Sal Soghoian

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Mac automation and AppleScript champion Sal Soghoian

Sal Soghoian is the godfather of AppleScript and automation on the Mac, but not for much longer. He announced at MacTech Conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday that Apple is eliminating the Product Manager of Automation Technologies he’s held since 1997.