August

Siri unlocks door for a neighbor without owner’s permission

Siri unlocks door for a neighbor without owner’s permission

Some find Siri very helpful, though perhaps only those that the virtual assistant actually understands, but there is such a thing as being too helpful. According to a post on Reddit, Apple’s iconic personal assistant was only too willing to give its owner’s neighbor access to the house, via the front door even. Despite being locked by an August Home Smart Lock, controlled Apple HomeKit via an iPad, said neighbor was given easy entry by doing nothing more than shouting “Hey, Siri, unlock the door!”

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August Doorbell Cam will get Apple HomeKit capabilities this fall

August Doorbell Cam will get Apple HomeKit capabilities this fall

The August Doorbell Cam will soon have Apple HomeKit capabilities, the company has announced, joining the August Smart Lock, which already has HomeKit support. The new HomeKit features will be made available to Doorbell Cam some time this upcoming late Fall season; they’ll rollout to existing customers via an automatic software update, the company says, and it’ll be free.

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August Doorbell Cam gets integration with Nest Cam

August Doorbell Cam gets integration with Nest Cam

The August Doorbell Cam now works with Nest, marking the second “Works with Nest” announcement today (Belkin’s Wemo Switches have also added support). In this case, the August Doorbell Cam will work with the Nest Cam to keep track of activities that happen both inside your home and outside your front door, offering a more complete sense of who might be near — or in — your house. Video from both cameras are available within the August app.

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August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled Review: Siri, lock my door

August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled Review: Siri, lock my door

The Internet of Things may be the Wild West right now, but if Apple has its way, HomeKit-enabled devices like August's new Smart Lock 2nd generation will tame the confusion. It promises to act as your virtual doorman courtesy of the soothing tones of Siri, though at $229 it's not an inexpensive upgrade.

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August Smart Keypad Review

August Smart Keypad Review

The smartphone may be the remote control for your smart home, but there are times when a simple button makes a lot of sense. August's Smart Keypad has eleven of them, a $79 add-on to the company's Smart Lock that allows you to unlock the door with a PIN code as well as grant access to visitors who might not have an iPhone or Android device.

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August Doorbell Cam Review

August Doorbell Cam Review

Home security is one of the cornerstones of the Internet of Things, and seeing who is at the door - and then optionally letting them in - is a growing market. August is following up its popular Smart Lock with the August Doorbell Cam, a handsome WiFi-connected streaming video camera which gives you a sneaky eye on the front door frame. At $199, though, before you've even bought the Smart Lock, it's not a cheap upgrade for your home security, but does the convenience make it worth it?

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August’s new Access lock works, but trust may take longer

August’s new Access lock works, but trust may take longer

The smart home can't just be clever, it needs to be impeccably designed, but while August's expanded range satisfies both criteria it may be user trust that really needs an upgrade. I spent some time with the Smart Keypad, Doorbell Cam, and the HomeKit version of the Smart Lock today, as well as talking with August's exec team about whether even committed automation fans are ready to hand over the digital keys to the cable guy.

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August Doorbell Cam, Keypad, and HomeKit lock launch Access platform

August Doorbell Cam, Keypad, and HomeKit lock launch Access platform

August may have started with a single smart lock, but the company won't be happy until it has upgraded your entire front door experience. The new August Access platform, and three new or updated products that arrive under its umbrella, will not only allow you to lock and unlock your door from your phone, but hand out PIN code access, speak to delivery people while you're away from home, and integrate with services like Postmates and Shyp.

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August Smart Lock’s new Android app adds Auto-Unlock

August Smart Lock’s new Android app adds Auto-Unlock

The August Smart Lock has a new Android app, and with it comes a new feature: Auto-Unlock. As the name suggests, Auto-Unlock is a feature that automatically unlocks your door as you get near it, removing the need to use your hands in any way — something particularly handy when your arms are full of groceries. That’s not the only change that comes with the new Android app, however — says the company, it has completely re-designed the mobile offering.

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Comcast Xfinity now an IoT platform, supports August, Automatic and more

Comcast Xfinity now an IoT platform, supports August, Automatic and more

You can now control your front door with your voice. In a partnership with Comcast, August — makers of the August Smart lock and August Connect — will soon allow their connected devices to be controlled via Comcast’s Xfinity service. If you have Xfinity Home, Comcast Xfinity Remote with Voice Control, or the X1 Entertainment Operating System, you can control your August device(s) via voice or on-screen controls, where supported. Comcast is also adding support for other Internet of Things devices, likely an attempt to make Xfinity more of an IoT platform than a cable offering.

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August sources VC funds, promises fix for mystery ‘five foot’ problem

August sources VC funds, promises fix for mystery ‘five foot’ problem

In announcing their funding round, August dropped some interesting hints. The company that makes one of the better smart locks for your home, alongside their August Connect plug-in dongle, are already on the fast-track for connected home success. Still, they don’t seem content, and in sourcing $38 million in Series B funding, August said they were going to “define a new product category in the smart home, aiming to solve what we call the ‘last five foot problem.’”

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August Connect and August Smart Lock review

August Connect and August Smart Lock review

Your connected home is only complete if it’s secure, and that starts at the front door. Though several cameras and motion sensors plan to tell you if something is going on, there’s no better first step for security than a locked door. There’s also nothing cooler than locking and unlocking your home from a phone, and the peace of mind you get from checking in on your front door from anywhere is comforting. Beautiful enough to reside in the Apple Store, we wanted to know if August was just a pretty face, or a home automation must-have.

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