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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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Manufacturers are now getting chips with Apple’s HomeKit

Manufacturers are now getting chips with Apple’s HomeKit

The Smart Home of Tomorrow is quickly becoming the norm for today, with many companies sticking their hands in the collective home automation pot. Among these is none less than Apple with its HomeKit, which we saw unveiled this past summer. There's a certification process that must be followed for those wishing to get on board, chief among it being the need to use HomeKit-enabled chips from certain approved makers; namely, Texas Instruments, Broadcom, and Marvell. The first two chipmakers in that group, it has been revealed, are now shipping their wares.

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Apple finalizes MFi; get ready for HomeKit

Apple finalizes MFi; get ready for HomeKit

Yesterday, we brought you info about Apple working some HomeKit into Apple TV. The move would turn your Apple TV into a centralized hub for the connected home. Rather than have a secondary device, you’d be able to use tour connected Apple device to run a variety of third-party hardware. The missing part of that equation was the third-party hardware, which has been waiting on some Apple software tweaks. Now that Made For iPhone (MFi) standards have been finalized, expect a flood of hardware.

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Apple TV gets HomeKit functionality via update

Apple TV gets HomeKit functionality via update

Apple TV might just be the best platform you’ll have for a connected home. An update to the software today shows how Apple could leverage the device to make HomeKit reliably cool. If you’ve got Apple’s set-top box, it may be your go-between for controlling your home from your smartphone.

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