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iPhone 8 release specifications point to 2 massive release options

iPhone 8 release specifications point to 2 massive release options

Apple's iPhone 8 will be released at some point, but the data we're looking at today suggests that it wont be out in the year 2017. Apple won't be skipping a year for iPhone releases - there's no good reason for them to do so. Instead, one of two major possibilities is that the next iPhone won't be an iPhone 8 at all, but an iPhone 7s. Imagine that - Apple following the same release schedule they've been on for over six years - madness!

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Aurora lights turn triangle patterns into rainbows

Aurora lights turn triangle patterns into rainbows

The folks at Nanoleaf have an interesting set of lights prepared for living rooms wishing for colorful accents with "Aurora." The Aurora system is a modular smart lighting solution that allows the user to control each panel from a smartphone. The user configures the lighting grid however they like, then turn the lights on, off, dim, and color-change all from a smartphone screen.

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HomeKit-enabled SYLVANIA A19 bulb needs no hub to be smart

HomeKit-enabled SYLVANIA A19 bulb needs no hub to be smart

Smart appliances and Internet of Things products are growing to be quite myriad, but they sometimes speak different languages that you need hubs to translate them. Not so LEDVANCE's SYLVANIA Smart Multicolor A19 LED bulb. Everything it needs to be smart is inside it already. All you need to do is screw it in, connect it to your iPhone or iPad, and magic the light shine. The magic is all in Apple's HomeKit app and platform.

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Elgato Eve Motion wireless sensor with HomeKit tech turns things off for you

Elgato Eve Motion wireless sensor with HomeKit tech turns things off for you

Elgato has unveiled its latest product called the Eve Motion. As the name suggests the Eve Motion is a wireless motion sensor that has HomeKit tech inside. It can be placed inside or outside the home and will automatically activate HomeKit Scenes and accessories. The Eve Motion is able to turn things on or off when it detects the presence or absence of motion such as power outlets, HVAC systems, lights, and combinations of devices.

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Elgato Eve Light Switch puts Siri in your wall

Elgato Eve Light Switch puts Siri in your wall

Today Elgato showed the Eve Light Switch for the first time, connecting to Apple devices with HomeKit. Using Apple's HomeKit, Elgato puts Siri in control of the lights a user has at home. Unlike other similar systems, this switch puts the control at the switch instead of the plug. In this way, the user is able to control all lights in their home, not just the lamps. There's also Elgato Eve Energy for lamp-lovers.

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Apple taps builders to make home automation mainstream

Apple taps builders to make home automation mainstream

Apple is working with home builders like Brookfield Residents Properties to create showroom homes filled with Internet-of-Things gadgets, the end result being an automated home that shows potential homeowners the extent of what smart technology can do for them. These smart gadgets, as you'd expect, all work with Apple's HomeKit, and could prove a fruitful way for Apple to draw in new customers to iOS.

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Honeywell’s Lyric T5 thermostat revealed with Siri and Amazon Echo support

Honeywell’s Lyric T5 thermostat revealed with Siri and Amazon Echo support

If you're in the market for a new Wi-Fi thermostat but aren't necessarily looking to spend an arm and a leg, Honeywell has a new product it hopes will catch your attention. Honeywell is launching the newest entry in its Lyric line, announcing the Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat today, which comes compatible with Apple HomeKit and Amazon Echo out of the box.

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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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No Apple TV? Your iPad can be an Apple Home Hub

No Apple TV? Your iPad can be an Apple Home Hub

Apple's update for HomeKit may make the Apple TV even more important, with its addition of remote access to control things from afar, but it turns out you don't actually need the set-top box. In an ideal setup - and certainly how Apple presented it at the WWDC keynote this week - the Apple TV running the upcoming version of tvOS acts as a Home Hub, but if you don't have, or don't want, the set-top box, you can use something else.

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Apple Home app puts homekit control at system level for iPhone

Apple Home app puts homekit control at system level for iPhone

Apple Home was introduced this morning in app form, making Apple's smart home initiative "HomeKit" look a lot more pleasing to the end user. Users will be able to launch their "Home" app from their iPhone and control all HomeKit devices with relative ease. This will include garage doors, thermostats, locks, sensors, and fans. It'll include humidifiers, air purifiers, doorbells, cameras, and air conditioners.

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iOS 10 might finally bring an official Apple HomeKit app

iOS 10 might finally bring an official Apple HomeKit app

It's been more than a year since Apple introduced its own foray into the budding market of smart appliances and home automation products, what some label as the Internet of Things. Since then, adoption of HomeKit by manufacturers and developers has been steady but somewhat slow. Adoption by consumers, however, was perhaps slower, hampered by the dozens of apps available, one per smart home product. A long requested feature, Apple might have finally listened to its customers and might soon have its own official HomeKit app, available starting iOS 10.

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