Roku OS 9.4 Adds Support for HomeKit, AirPlay 2

· Andrew Orr · News

Roku announced on Monday that its Roku OS 9.4 update will roll out in the coming months, and it adds support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

Linksys Velop Tri-Band Routers Now Support HomeKit

· Andrew Orr · Link

Linksys Velop Tri-Band Routers now support Apple’s HomeKit through a free update available in the Linksys app.

Through ‌HomeKit‌, Velop users can choose to firewall off ‌HomeKit‌ accessories to prevent them from communicating with other WiFi devices on a home network and untrusted internet services to prevent hacking attempts and provide better security for connected home devices.

HomeKit-compatible Velop Tri-band model numbers that work with ‌‌HomeKit‌‌ include A03, WHW0301, WHW0301B, WHW0302, WHW0302B, WHW0303, and WHW0303B.

Good news for owners of these routers.

New Level Touch Lock Lets You Unlock With Your Finger and Voice

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Level introduced a new lock on Tuesday called Level Touch that lets you unlock it with your finger, voice, or programmable keycard. It also has an app that works with HomeKit and Siri. Features include auto-lock, auto-unlock, sharing access, recent activity, passes, and audio confirmation. With HomeKit you get features like remote connectivity, voice control, automations, and notifications. You can order one today for US$329.

‘Eve Home’ 4.5 Update Adds Full Screen Camera Overview, Eve Cam Deal

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Eve Home was updated Thursday to bring new features to customers. Specifically, the update involves Eve Cam. A feature in the app called “My Cameras” gives you a big, full screen overview that shows you live video feeds from all your HomeKit-enabled cameras. You can also flip the camera image of Eve Cam to give you more mounting options. Speaking of Eve Cam, the company has a great deal: You can buy two of them for US$279.95 at Evehome.com.

‘Eve Home’ 4.5 Update Adds Full Screen Camera Overview, Eve Cam Deal

‘Eve for HomeKit’ 4.4 Update Adds Smart Schedule Suspension

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Eve for HomeKit updated to 4.4 recently and a major feature added is called Smart Schedule Suspension for Eve Aqua. This lets you pause your watering schedules if the weather forecast calls for rain so your plants won’t be overwatered. This is enabled by a built-in Siri Shortcut within the app. You can use from Siri, the Shortcuts app, the widget in Today View, or as an automation. Eve has more information in its blog post. App Store: Free

‘Eve for HomeKit’ 4.4 Update Adds Smart Schedule Suspension

Repairing iCloud Syncing — Mac Geek Gab 825

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Should you update? That’s always the question, isn’t it, regardless of whether it’s hardware or software or both. This week John and Dave answer your questions about both, specifically when it comes to Apple’s offerings. That’s not all, of course. Your two favorite geeks roar through a tour of your questions, tips, and Cool Stuff Found, including segments on repairing iCloud syncing, backing up your music the right way, diagnosing CPU spikes, and more. Press play, and enjoy learning at least five new things, all while remaining perfectly socially-distanced!

5 Great Tech Gifts for Father’s Day 2020

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Our Father’s Day gift guide gives you five cool tech products for your dad, like a smart wallet, smart lock, portable SSD, and more.

Abode Smart Security Kit adds HomeKit Support

· Andrew Orr · News

Abode is adding HomeKit support to its Smart Security kit, a DIY home security system featuring a gateway, motion sensor, and more.

RoomMe is a Smart Home Device to Person-Specific Automation

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

RoomMe is a occupancy automation sensor for your home. This means when a person walks into a room, it detects your phone via Bluetooth to enable person-specific automation. A spokesperson told me it uses localized technology called Presence Sensing Technology. It stores your automation rules on your smartphone and doesn’t accept external automation triggers or manual operation. Meaning, the device commands your other devices and doesn’t accept commands from other devices. However, according to its privacy policy the app does contain Google analytics and “behavioral remarketing services” to show you ads outside of the app. But you can enable Limit Ad Tracking in iOS settings. You can pick up a single RoomMe sensor for US$69.99, or buy combo packs. It supports various smart home protocols including HomeKit.

RoomMe is a Smart Home Device to Person-Specific Automation

CES – Chamberlain/LiftMaster Adds Camera to HomeKit-compatible Garage Door Openers

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – At Pepcom at CES on Monday LiftMaster (and, their home brand, Chamberlain) were showing off their latest garage door opener that now incorporate a camera so you can remotely see what’s going on in your garage. These units also contain Wi-Fi and MyQ, meaning they’re HomeKit-compatible out of the box. Available now for $299 for the Chamberlain B4545 base unit, and $399 for Chamberlain B6765, which includes a battery backup and LED lighting.

CES – Sengled Shows HomeKit-Compatible LED Bulbs at CES Unveiled 2020

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – Sengled has added a HomeKit compatible hub and was showing off their new LED Filament bulbs and more at CES Unveiled 2020 on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Priced to move, Sengled’s new HomeKit-compatible hub is just US$30, their full-color candle bulbs are just $24.99, and the amazing Edison “filament” LED bulb is just

Eve for HomeKit Updates for iOS 13

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Eve is a smart home company that builds products that work with Apple’s HomeKit. The company recently updated its app to version 4.0 for iOS 13. It adds dark mode, easier access to your favorite views, and other refinements.

Eve works with all HomeKit-enabled accessories. See your home at a glance. Customize your ecosystem down to the finest detail. Activate scenes in a snap. And easily create automations using timers and rules. With Eve, you’re at the forefront of connected home control – and guided – every step of the way.

App Store: Eve for HomeKit – Free

TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug Mini Cancels HomeKit

· Andrew Orr · Link

TP-Link unveiled its Kasa Smart Plug Mini back at CES 2019. The company quietly announced that it has canceled the device’s HomeKit integration.

It’s not known yet whether the company is abandoning HomeKit for all devices or solely for this one product. Nor are there any details about whether there will be any recourse for customers who bought the Kasa Smart Plug Mini in the expectation that HomeKit was coming.