Home Automation

This is how Apple will connect your home — via software

This is how Apple will connect your home — via software

Apple’s connected home ambitions are rounding into shape, and a new report details just how it all may come to pass. Via a series of software customizations (likely via APIs), it seems Apple is bridging the connected home landscape. Rather than make their own hardware, or partner with various vendors to create “approved” devices, Apple might be giving us choices, backed by software.

Apple smart home tipped for WWDC

Apple smart home tipped for WWDC

Apple will turn the iPhone into a smart home hub at WWDC 2014 in early June, insiders claim, revealing a "big play" to make iOS the heart of home automation. One of the technologies announced at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference, which kicks off on June 2nd, will aim to make setting up and using a smart home system more straightforward, it's said, potentially using a new Apple TV as the core.

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Netatmo Rain Gauge lands with IFTTT support (and eBay too)

Netatmo Rain Gauge lands with IFTTT support (and eBay too)

Smart home weather hub firm Netatmo has released its Rain Gauge, a wireless way of tracking the wetter weather in your garden, arriving with IFTTT support out of the box, as the web-connection service also throws in a new eBay channel. The Netatmo Rain Gauge keeps count of both how many periods of rain you get, and how much accumulated rainfall there has been, firing the results to your Weather Station indoors.

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