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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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Sony MASTER Series 8K Z9G, 4K A9G TVs bring beauty and brains in one package

Sony MASTER Series 8K Z9G, 4K A9G TVs bring beauty and brains in one package

While smartphone makers are now obsessed with thinning bezels and notches, TV makers are still pushing for higher and higher resolutions. The market now tops at 8K, even when video content is still coming to terms with 4K. That might not matter though, because thanks to the Picture Processor X1 Ultimate in Sony’s MASTER series of TVs, content is promised to look crisp and clear in the Z9G’s 8K or the A9G’s 4K, even if they weren’t made for such large screens.

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Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer adds Apple HomeKit support

Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer adds Apple HomeKit support

Wemo's WiFi Smart Dimmer light switch is gaining Apple HomeKit support, with a new update bypassing the need for a hub to integrate with Apple's smart home system. Launched back in 2017, the WiFi Smart Dimmer is intended to replace a traditional light switch in the wall, and thus enable remote-control access to the light that it operates.

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Apple HomeKit’s big software upgrade just got its first IoT gadget

Apple HomeKit’s big software upgrade just got its first IoT gadget

Apple's software protocols allowing HomeKit compatibility without demanding IoT gadgets have a physical chip inside have finally made it into the wild. A new firmware version Belkin's Wemo line-up of connected smart switches make them the first to gain support, which is widely expected to light a fire under Apple HomeKit adoption.

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Elgato’s Eve Aqua adds HomeKit to your outdoor faucet

Elgato’s Eve Aqua adds HomeKit to your outdoor faucet

Elgato is spreading the smart home outside with the new Eve Aqua and Eve Flare bringing the IoT to your irrigation system and exterior lighting. Adding to Elgato's growing Eve platform of connected devices, which already includes interior lighting, HomeKit-enabled temperature sensors, and more, the new products are both designed to work with Apple's smart home system.

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HomePod is a sweet-sounding uphill battle

HomePod is a sweet-sounding uphill battle

Apple's HomePod was delayed, and all we got when it finally showed up was a new release date. Surprise bubbled around the announcement of the smart speaker's February 9 launch earlier this week, after Apple failed to use its extra time to address some of the more frequent criticisms HomePod faced when it debuted roughly eight months ago. No multi-room playback at release, no expansion to grudgingly accommodate third-party music services, and no price change from $349.

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iOS 11.3: Six reasons you should be excited

iOS 11.3: Six reasons you should be excited

Apple has announced the iOS 11.3 developer beta, and there's plenty to get excited about for iPhone, iPad, and smart home fans. Whether you're an Animoji karaoke addict, need your regular fix of augmented reality in Pokemon GO, or just want deeper control over what's going on in the background of your iPhone, there's something that should satisfy you. While we don't know all the goodies iOS 11.3 will bring, we do know six of the biggest changes and improvements.

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Nanoleaf Remote light panel and HomeKit remote hits CES 2018

Nanoleaf Remote light panel and HomeKit remote hits CES 2018

Modular color-changing LED light panel company Nanoleaf is adding a odd remote control, complete with Apple HomeKit compatibility. The Nanoleaf Remote eschews traditional form-factors in favor of a dodecahedron design, with the twelve sides acting as different triggers.

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Wemo Bridge adds HomeKit to smart plugs and switches

Wemo Bridge adds HomeKit to smart plugs and switches

Wemo is adding Apple HomeKit support, with the new Wemo Bridge joining the gap between the iOS smart home system and its remotely-controlled plugs and light switches. Announced last year, Wemo has confirmed today at CES 2018 that the Wemo Bridge is now on sale. It promises easy setup by plugging via ethernet cable into your existing router.

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GE bakes Alexa and the Google Assistant into your ceiling

GE bakes Alexa and the Google Assistant into your ceiling

Alexa and the Google Assistant may soon be living in your ceiling lights or light switches, with GE Lighting announcing plans for new, voice-assistant enabled fixtures for the smart home. The updates will come to the manufacturer's C by GE range, which already includes wirelessly-enabled light bulbs and lamps.

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iOS 11.2 HomeKit bug allowed unauthorized access to smart locks

iOS 11.2 HomeKit bug allowed unauthorized access to smart locks

iOS 11.2 has been out in the wild now for a month so you’d expect most of the critical bugs and issues to have surfaced by now. Well, most of them have but that does still leave room for some undiscovered problem. Unfortunately, that was indeed the somewhat frightening case that HomeKit users with smart locks may have been blissfully unaware of. It turns out that iOS 11.2 brought with it a vulnerability that allowed unauthorized persons to unlock doors and garages remotely via Apple’ smart home platform.

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