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tado Smart AC Control can turn any AC smart

tado Smart AC Control can turn any AC smart

One of the problems with the smart home movement is that you are practically asked to buy new furniture or appliances that incorporate those brains. Sometimes, that isn't an option, either when the normal, non-smart product is loads better or if it's just really impossible or difficult to replace them. Like AC units, for example. However, thanks to products like tado, you don't have to miss out on the promise of a smart home. The tado Smart AC control fits any type of home AC unit and gives it a bit of a brain.

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Apple documentation confirms Apple TV required for controlling HomeKit devices

Apple documentation confirms Apple TV required for controlling HomeKit devices

With Apple's 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event only days away, the company has updated its Support site with official documentation on HomeKit and compatible devices. One of the newest pieces of information is that Apple TV will act as a central hub for a user's connected home, and will actually be required if they want to control HomeKit devices from a separate location. There is also a page that now lists all of the currently available devices that will work with HomeKit, and is likely to be updated as more brands pledge support.

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Apple’s HomeKit is here: “Siri, turn on my lights”

Apple’s HomeKit is here: “Siri, turn on my lights”

Today Apple's smart home ecosystem HomeKit launches with brands like Elgato, Insteon, Lutron, Ecobee, and iHome. Just ahead of the company's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2015), HomeKit has launched with partners bringing hardware to the market. It's been nearly one year* to the day since Apple's HomeKit system was first revealed at WWDC 2014, and here we're seeing partners launching products aplenty, some that'll be carried by Apple Stores, some that will launch independently in stores around the world. Soon you'll be able to tell Siri to turn your lights on when you enter your home - soon!

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Philips’ first wireless Hue lamp hits stores

Philips’ first wireless Hue lamp hits stores

Philips' latest hue color-changing lamp has arrived in stores, with the Hue Go offering a more portable take from the smart home staple. The bowl-shaped lamp is Philips' first battery powered option in the hue line-up, offering both the normal gamut of user-selectable custom colors together with a set of presets that can turn it into a flickering yoga candle or a meditation lamp, even if you don't have your smartphone to hand.

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Amazon Echo adds Google Calendar support

Amazon Echo adds Google Calendar support

Amazon's Echo home assistant has quietly added another talent to its PA abilities, with a new update integrating Google Calendar with the cylindrical speaker. The firmware upgrade, which will be automatically pushed out to Echo units in the wild, allows limited voice control over calendar events and scheduling: you can ask the gadget to give a summary of what's on the agenda for that day, or just request a reminder of the next scheduled event.

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Brillo is Google’s Android play for the Internet of Things

Brillo is Google’s Android play for the Internet of Things

Google has announced Brillo, its play for the Internet of Things, and the Weave common-language that devices from connected locks, fridges, and alarms can interact. "We've taken Android and polished it down - hence the name - this is basically the kernel, the hardware abstraction layer, and the connectivity," Google SVP of Product Sundar Pichai said on-stage during the Google I/O 2015 keynote. And, as rumored, it's Google's most ambitious play for the smart home to-date.

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Logitech updates all Harmony hub remotes to control your smart home

Logitech updates all Harmony hub remotes to control your smart home

Accessories maker Logitech has rolled out a free software update today for all of its Harmony hub-based products, giving users better control over the number of interconnected devices making up their smart home. The new update allows the Harmony Ultimate Hub, usually used to control various aspects of you home theater setup, to perform the same functions of the Harmony Home Hub, which was launched with smart home features in mind, like adjusting the lights or temperature.

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Logitech Harmony now speaks with Nest Protect, Rheem EcoNet

Logitech Harmony now speaks with Nest Protect, Rheem EcoNet

The number of smart appliances you can put in your home is increasing exponentially to the point that keeping track of them, much less controlling them, is becoming a chore, which nullifies the premise of a smart home. The peace of mind that comes with orchestrating all these disparate pieces together is exactly the promise that Logitech Harmony makes. Today, it is increasing that peace of mind by adding Nest's Protect smart smoke detectors and Rheem's EcoNet smart water heater to the list of supported devices.

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The simple Smart Home: Where to start

The simple Smart Home: Where to start

Controlling lights, appliances, and keeping an eye on home security has never been easier, but as smart home technology proliferates, picking the best place to start can be tough. I’ve been upgrading my apartment for the past few years, now, and I know that the first step needn’t be too risky, however. Since home automation can be intimidating, I’m going to focus on products that require the minimum of installation effort. I’m a big fan of non-permanent options: it makes a lot of sense if you’re renting, but it also gives you flexibility to change things up as you get used to your newly-smart home.

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Nuimo, a.k.a. Flow 2.0, can now control your home too

Nuimo, a.k.a. Flow 2.0, can now control your home too

Sometimes, crowdfunding successes come back for another round in the hopes of meeting success again. And sometimes, they do. That seems to be the case for Senic, the very same people who brought the wireless controller Flow to our attention. They've returned to the crowdfuning scene, but this time they are doing things quite differently. First, they've launched on Kickstarter instead of the previous Indiegogo. Second, they changed the name from what should have been "Flow 2.0" to "Nuimo". But most importantly, they've expanded their scope beyond just computers and mobile devices.

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