HomeKit

Report: New Apple TV coming at WWDC with Siri, new OS

Report: New Apple TV coming at WWDC with Siri, new OS

Starting with Steve Jobs, Apple execs have routinely promised a better TV experience, bashing our existing experience along the way. In a lot of ways, they’ve failed to deliver. Apple TV is a neat streaming box, but it doesn’t set itself apart in any notable way. The recent price drop for Apple TV was nice, and quietly suggested something new was coming. It is, according to a new report. In addition to new hardware, Apple is reportedly bringing Siri along for the ride, and a new TV app store.

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Apple patent points to dock that is potentially an IoT hub

Apple patent points to dock that is potentially an IoT hub

A patent application from Apple, published today, reveals a new accessory. It’s not a USB-C cable, nor is it a new cover for an iPad. This one is listed as a dock, presumably for the iPhone (though any Apple handheld can probably be used), which makes use of a second screen and inductive charging. The dock also supports gesture controls, and has features for wireless communication with other gadgets. From the sound of the patent, this dock is a lot more than a place to rest your phone.

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Marvell introduced SDK for IoT HomeKit devices

Marvell introduced SDK for IoT HomeKit devices

Your home will get smart, like it or not. Over time, smart devices for your home will outweigh dumb ones, and you’ll either have to jump on board with the ‘Internet of Things’, or live with the knowledge your home is possibly smarter than you are. Don’t believe us? Marvell, who make a variety of chipsets that go into smart home devices, has unveiled an SDK for the IoT, dubbed EZ-Connect. It’s the first SDK for Apple’s HomeKit, too, according to Marvell.

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Apple Watch could be your Smart Home helper

Apple Watch could be your Smart Home helper

Could home automation integration be the most useful feature of the Apple Watch? Showing off the new smartwatch during Apple's keynote in San Francisco today, the Cupertino firm put on a demo of how third-party apps - in this case from home security firm Alarm.com - could integrate with the wearable, and give easier access to things like lighting, doors, and garages. For instance, a live view from a security camera watching the garage could stream directly to your wrist.

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Apple’s March 9 event — more than just a watch?

Apple’s March 9 event — more than just a watch?

Now that we’ve got our invites for the Apple event on March 9 — which is almost assuredly for the Apple Watch — what else might we find at that time? Though it’s entirely possible Apple will do nothing more than discuss the Apple Watch (and all the behind-the-scenes changes they’ve made to go along with it), the company always seem to have ‘one more thing’ up their sleeve. So what could that be? Anyone’s guess is good enough, but we’re wondering when that MacBook Air refresh might pop up.

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HomeKit coming along slowly, first devices due this Spring

HomeKit coming along slowly, first devices due this Spring

The connected home space is heating up and exciting, but platforms will pave the way forward. One platform, HomeKit, is slowly coming to us via Apple — and we do mean slowly. Announced at their WWDC last year, HomeKit has missed the boat on several iOS 8 iterations. A new report details why that might be. Broadcom, a long-standing Apple partner, doesn't yet have their existing software finalized for use with HomeKit. Sources also suggest Apple also didn’t provide them hardware specifications until October of last year, which is potentially having a domino effect.

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Sources: Apple’s HomeKit will talk to 3rd-party hubs

Sources: Apple’s HomeKit will talk to 3rd-party hubs

As home automation standards and devices emerge, we are starting to look towards the platform to save us from the madness. Several technologies for connecting your gadgets exist, but there’s still not a robust platform that can tie them all together. Now it seems as though Apple may be pushing us closer to that end-game, as a new report details how their incoming HomeKit platform will tie into other technologies to tie your connected home devices together into a nice, neat package.

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CES Day 4: webOS is back, and we play Ouija printing!

CES Day 4: webOS is back, and we play Ouija printing!

CES day four (technically day 3, but we’re counting Monday’s pre-event as a day anyway) brought a lot of fun little gadgets and toys. There was more VR, some point-and-shoot cameras, and even a printer that’s not a printer. More Internet of Things stuff was announced, and in case you weren’t sure, SD cards are NFC-capable, now. The car of the future drove into our hearts, and we got a quick look at the light bulb that might make you less cranky in the morning.

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Schlage smart locks hands-on: putting your voice to work

Schlage smart locks hands-on: putting your voice to work

Our smartphones today are being unlocked by a variety of secure methods, ranging from the traditional pin code, to fingerprints, to voice. What if those same secure methods were available to secure our doors as well? Except for the fingerprint part, Schlage pretty much has you covered. Here at CES 2015, we take a quick hands-on of the company's new generation of smart locks that keeps your door and your phone connected, even when you're far away. It even has one that can be unlocked just using your voice.

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Apple to allow OEMs to use Lightning ports in 2015

Apple to allow OEMs to use Lightning ports in 2015

Apple’s proprietary Lightning port might soon be a bit more open for use. Though many companies produce Lightning cables, none can make or implement an actual Lightning port. At the Made for iPhone (MFi) summit in China this week, word that Apple is set to allow more companies to use the Lightning port is trickling out. Of course, Apple won’t be letting just anyone use Lightning; the company and product have to meet rigorous MFi standards, and use Lightning as Apple intended.

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