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ecobee SmartCamera adds iCloud storage via HomeKit Secure Video

ecobee SmartCamera adds iCloud storage via HomeKit Secure Video

The explosion of smart home products from various manufactures pretty much mirrored a similar scenario when mobile phones landed on the market. Each one communicated only with others from the same brand unless some third-party platform tries to orchestrate the communication between different devices. Apple HomeKit is one such smart home platform and brands like ecobee are only too happy to boast support for such a big name, even if this new capability for its SmartCamera with voice control almost seems like a loss for the home automation company.

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Nanoleaf Mini Triangles expand HomeKit-enabled light panel line by shrinking

Nanoleaf Mini Triangles expand HomeKit-enabled light panel line by shrinking

The Nanoleaf Shapes HomeKit-enabled line of flat shape lights for your wall expanded in a big way today. Or rather, it shrank. The latest set of shapes includes Triangles (with upgraded abilities beyond Triangles released in the past) and Mini Triangles. This latest update allows the shapes you create to expand to a whole new universe, complete with touch-panel controls, voice control, and a Music Visualizer.

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LG 2018 TVs will no longer get promised AirPlay 2, HomeKit support

LG 2018 TVs will no longer get promised AirPlay 2, HomeKit support

Most consumer electronics come with a two-year warranty, some even just one, and those often apply to software updates for smart devices. That's true for smartphones, which consumers seem to change just as often, but most probably expect larger and more expensive products like smart TVs to get updates and at least promised features beyond that time frame. That is most likely why owners of LG's 2018 TVs are irked by the company's sudden and silent U-turn in rolling out AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support that it promised months back.

Despite being mostly an Android and partly a webOS house, LG was particularly proud that it was the first to add support for this exclusive Apple features on its TVs last year. AirPlay 2 would have allowed owners of Apple devices to stream their content to their TVs while a HomeKit app would let them control their connected smart home devices from their couches.

While such new features are often promised to current-gen and future TV models, LG promised in April that it will bring those same premium goodies to its 2018 TV lineup. Excited 2018 LG TV owners were then surprised by the revelation that LG apparently no longer has plans to do that.

https://twitter.com/LGUK/status/1298586491543859200

It isn't unusual for a company to renege on promised features but often those do inform affected users of changes beforehand. That or they put a footnote that the feature may or may not be implemented as promised to keep consumers from putting faith in those promises.

The 2018 LG TVs are barely two years old and, even then, would still be eligible for such updates. LG already has a souring reputation for updates on Android, which it does not control, it certainly doesn't need to gain the same rep for webOS, which it mostly does.

Logitech’s Circle View HomeKit Secure Video camera works inside and out

Logitech’s Circle View HomeKit Secure Video camera works inside and out

Logitech has added a new connected security camera to its lineup, with the Circle View not only weatherproof but supporting Apple's latest HomeKit protocol for controlling cameras directly within the Home app too. The camera beams back 1080p Full HD video directly into HomeKit using HomeKit Secure Video encryption, and can record clips to your iCloud account.

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Eero just added Apple HomeKit support

Eero just added Apple HomeKit support

Eero today announced that it has added Apple HomeKit support to its lineup of routers. The idea of flipping the switch on HomeKit support is to make IoT setups more secure, but of course, there's also the benefit of being able to control your router through the Apple Home app. Support is rolling out today, with Eero putting together a multi-part post on its help site to guide people through the set up process.

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Arlo Pro 3 home security camera system gets HomeKit support

Arlo Pro 3 home security camera system gets HomeKit support

The Arlo Pro 3 security camera system has received support for Apple's HomeKit platform, the company has announced. The system includes the Arlo Pro 3 2K security camera, as well as the VMB4540 version SmartHubs (which now have HomeKit support). Arlo says that it will bring the HomeKit support to other base stations and SmartHubs in the future, expanding the usefulness for customers who own iPhones.

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TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug will snub Apple HomeKit ecosystem

TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug will snub Apple HomeKit ecosystem

The smart home ecosystem has practically settled into three camps revolving around the top AI assistants. Some of those products remain rooted to one camp but the enterprising ones try to cover all the bases. For a time, it seemed that TP-Link's popular smart plug would try to woo both Amazon and Apple customers with a single product. Those hopes have now been dashed as the network hardware maker silently announces the Kasa would no longer call HomeKit its home.

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Nanoleaf Canvas update turns light squares into HomeKit buttons

Nanoleaf Canvas update turns light squares into HomeKit buttons

Nanoleaf's modular LED light squares are turning into smart home controls, with a new update turning the panels into HomeKit buttons. Compatible for the Nanoleaf Canvas Smarter Kit, the Touch Actions upgrade builds on the light-up squares' existing touch control, which can be used to turn the LEDs on and off, and play games with them.

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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit begin rolling out to Vizio SmartCast 3.0 TVs

AirPlay 2 and HomeKit begin rolling out to Vizio SmartCast 3.0 TVs

Vizio revealed today it's beginning to roll out Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to its lineup of SmartCast 3.0 TVs. This, of course, means that you'll be able to cast videos and photos (among other things) from your Apple device to your TV or control your TV using the Home app and Siri voice commands.

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LG AI TVs first to gain AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support

LG AI TVs first to gain AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support

Apple naturally has its own smart home and wireless communication ecosystems and, unsurprisingly, it's a very exclusive club. Not just any manufacturer can invite themselves in and support Apple's technologies. No wonder, then, that LG is quite proud of the fact that it is the first TV maker to have support not just for AirPlay 2 but even for HomeKit itself, delivering compatibility with Apple devices for owners of its 2019 AI TVs.

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VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 beta brings AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support

VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 beta brings AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support

TVs are no longer just the entertainment hubs of the home, some have even become smart home hubs. But while smart TVs have all sort of Internet-connected features, not all of them are able to support all the streaming services and sources one might like. The next best thing is to stream videos and audio from your phone to the TV and as of SmartCast version 3.0, VIZIO’s smart TVs will be equipped to handle almost all content sources, including iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

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abode Gen 2 gateway brings 4G backup, Z Wave Plus, soon Siri

abode Gen 2 gateway brings 4G backup, Z Wave Plus, soon Siri

There might be an overabundance of connected appliances these days but not all of them speak the same language. For that, you would need a gateway that would act as a hub and translator for the myriad connected products you may have at home. Although its name doesn’t always come up in IoT news, abode’s gateway is one of those that can speak multiple languages and integrate with multiple AI assistants. And with the abode Gen 2 gateway, it is getting more capable with the promise of one important integration coming soon.

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