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CES - Wemo Bridge Makes All Your Wemo Gear HomeKit Compatible

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – Wemo introduced their HomeKit compatible Wemo Bridge at CES, and showed it off to Jeff Gamet. It lets you add all your Wemo devices to a HomeKit network without replacing any gear. Check out our video interview.

CES - Schlage Smart Locks with HomeKit and Alexa Support

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – Schlage showed off their smart deadbolt locks at CES 2018 with HomeKit and Alexa support to Jeff Gamet. Coming soon: Google Home support. Check out TMO’s video interview.

Amazon’s Key to Your Home, HomeKit Lights, Port-Free iPhones - ACM 434

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Amazon Key will let delivery people into your home when you aren’t there, and Bryan and Jeff discuss the pros and cons. Jeff also gives Bryan a primer on starting off with HomeKit devices that don’t need a third party hub. They cap the show with the idea that Apple could be working towards a completely-sealed iPhone.

Sylvania Announces Apple HomeKit Smartbulbs and Flexstrip

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Sylvania announced two lighting products for Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem. The Sylvania Smart+ A19 Soft White LED Bulb puts out 800 lumens, the equivalent of a 60 watt incandescent lightbulb. It’s dimmable, and joins the full color A19 already on the market. The Sylvania Smart+ Full Color LED Flex Strip supports both full color and dimming. It puts out 400 lumens, or roughly the equivalent of a 30 watt incandescent bulb. Neither light requires a hub for on-off functionality, but work in Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem with hubs like an Apple TV, HomePod, or an iPad. Using a hub, users can automate the lights and access them remotely. I’m stoked to see new HomeKit products hit the market, and these ship on October 23rd. They’re on Amazon now, listed as out-of-stock. The Smart+ A19 Soft White LED Bulb is $25.99, while the Smart+ Full Color LED Flex Strip is $59.99.

Sylvania Announces Apple HomeKit Smartbulbs and Flexstrip

Elgato Intros HomeKit Door Lock, Smoke Detector, More

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Elgato Eve Door Lock and Smoke Detector with HomeKit support

Elgato is expanding its Eve HomeKit-compatible smart home product lineup with a new door lock, smoke detector, window sensor, and lawn watering controller.

Backups vs. iCloud vs. Time Machine – Mac Geek Gab 668

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

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Ever wonder how to test an external battery? Ever want to enforce parental controls from afar? Ever wonder just how different Time Machine and iCloud are from normal backups? Well, your two favorite geeks discuss all this and a LOT more in today’s episode. Press play and enjoy!

Apple Patent Details Controlling Your Smart Home from a Single Device

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch HomeKit smart home control

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new Apple patent application on Thursday describing a system for controlling your smart home from a single device that can learn new functions. The patent sounds a lot like an iPhone with HomeKit, which is no coincidence at all.

The Apple of Tomorrow, and the Wild West of Home Automation - ACM 419

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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What exactly is “Apple?” The company is changing dramatically, and Bryan and Jeff explore where Apple might be going. They also talk about home automation, and how we are in the Wild West days of this future technology.