GE Smart AC Unit Works With HomeKit

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

GE Appliances has a new smart air conditioning unit, and it works with Apple’s HomeKit. The GE smart AC unit connects with Wi-Fi and can be controlled with a iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch. John Desmarais, Commercial Director, Window A/C, Portables & Dehumidifiers for GE Appliances, said:

Consumers told us they like how they can create their own schedules to keep rooms comfortable without wasting energy. We’re pleased to offer the very first air conditioners with HomeKit integration, bringing simple and secure control through the Apple Home app and using Siri.

You can read the press release here and purchase one here.

Over 2 Billion User Records Exposed in Orvibo Data Breach

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Orvibo makes smart home products, and researchers found a leak in its database that exposed over two billion user records. This included usernames, email addresses, passwords, and precise locations.

The data breach affects users from around the world. We found logs for users in China, Japan, Thailand, the US, the UK, Mexico, France, Australia, and Brazil. We expect that there are more users represented in the 2 billion plus logs.

We first contact Orvibo via email on June 16. When we didn’t receive a response after several days, we also tweeted the company to alert them to the breach. They still have not responded, nor has the breach been closed.

Utterly ridiculous. It’s one thing to leak data, and other thing to ignore the problem and not fix it.

Whispering Sweet Nothings at The A-Lady – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 766

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

Whispering Sweet Nothings to Amazon Alexa

Some folks with Catalina on the brain want to know how to prepare. Some folks want to prepare to reinstall Mojave. Joe has advice for future-proofing your home, and the A-Lady wants you to whisper sweet nothings at her. It’s that kind of week here and John and Dave are your stalwart guides. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

Communal Head Scratching to Help Solve Your Problems – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 758

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

It’s true, your two favorite geeks have come together again to have a “communal head scratch” about all the questions and problems you’ve submitted. Then it’s on to some happy tips, including one about working around the new Dropbox limitations. Download, press play, and learn at least five new things… and get your questions answered, too!

Migration Is (Not Only) For The Birds – Mac Geek Gab 757

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

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Siri, Stringify, Space Lens, and Emergency Bypass don’t all begin with the letter ‘S’, but they have one thing in common: your two favorite geeks discuss them in this week’s episode of Mac Geek Gab. In addition, listen as John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton answer your questions, including some about migrating to a new Mac the right way. The best way. Press play and enjoy learning at least five new things!

Beware the Magnets – Mac Geek Gab 753

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

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You want Cool Stuff Found? You want to know how to uninstall apps properly? What about the dangers of disabling SIP? John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton, your two favorite geeks, come together to answer all of these and more. Have a question? Send it in to [email protected] or post in the MGG forums.

Mystery "System" Disk Usage, APFS, Cookies, and More – Mac Geek Gab 745

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

Disk with a thinking cloud. Mystery

Mysteries are meant to be solved, and when it comes to the mystery that is your “System” disk usage as displayed by macOS, well, that mystery’s not even supposed to exist in the first place. Dave and John dig in to solve this plus a bunch of other questions sent in by you, dear listeners. Press play, listen, learn, and enjoy!

CES - Yale Assure Lever Lock and EMPowered Smart Lock Support HomeKit

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Two new smartlocks with HomeKit support were announced at CES this week, the Yale Assure Lever Lock and EMPowered Smart Lock from Emtek and August. All three companies are owned by Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy, and both will be welcome additions to the HomeKit market. The Yale Assure Lever Lock comes with a keypad and works with a smartphone app, too. Pricing is between $149 and $299. The Emtek lock features that company’s locking mechanism, while the smartlock technology inside is provided by August. A keyed version is priced at $370, while a version with a keypad is priced at $440. The Emtek locks haven’t been added to its website yet.

CES – Yale Assure Lever Lock and EMPowered Smart Lock Support HomeKit

Philips Hue Adds Play, Signe Lamps to its Smart Light Lineup

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Signify just announced two new additions to its Philips Hue smart light family: Philips Play and Philips Signe. Both are light strip-style lamps that add colored accent light to your rooms by trowing light on the walls. The Play sits on tables or TV stands, and the Signe sits on the floor and are designed to look good in places where the Philips Lightstrip isn’t a good fit. The Play will be available in October for US$69.95, or $129.95 for a two-pack. The Signe will be available in September for $169.99 or $269.99 for a two-pack.

Philips Hue Adds Play, Signe Lamps to its Smart Light Lineup

Wemo Mini Smart Plug Gets Hub-free HomeKit Support

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

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

Wyze Cam gets Amazon Alexa Support

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Wyze just addressed one of the biggest requests from Wyze Cam users: Alexa voice control support. Firmware updates are available for the Wyze Cam v2 and Wyze Cam Pan that add Alexa support, along with a few bug fixes. The cameras are great for monitoring your home or business and include a microSD card slot so you can record activity without relying on cloud servers. They’re also surprisingly inexpensive at US$19.99 for the Wyze Cam v2 and $29.99 for the Wyze Cam Pan. You’ll need the Wyze mobile app to install the firmware update. Unfortunately, there isn’t a Wyze Skill for Alexa yet, so we still need to wait for that.

Wyze Cam gets Amazon Alexa Support