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IFTTT integration is coming soon, but what's here is already solid, and comparably priced with the Philips Hue Lux.
It plugs into an AC outlet, alerts you to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and contacts you via an app with a recording of the sound. A few false alarms aside, this security device is a smart buy for any home.
Chris Breen's educated guess: Apple TV is waiting for a few other new Apple products to move with it into the smart home of the future.
This smart-home system is built on a shaky foundation.
Its success depends on developers making great software and devices, and Apple being able to convince users that those devices are not just worthwhile, but secure.
Apple has added a list of rules about how developers can use HealthKit, HomeKit, and keyboard data. And those rules could help it win over consumers.
Amazon and Apple make comic-book fans sad, Yelp lets reviewers add video clips, tablet and smartphone fans let "app rot" set in, and how many tech fans does it take to install a smart bulb? With guests Leah Yamshon and Blake Stimac.
It's not exactly Rosie the Robot preparing meals for you, but you'll be able to walk away from the kitchen and get a push notification when the meat is at the perfect temperature. Not too shabby.
Even if you've never head of sous vide before, you'll like how easy the Anova is to use and how delicious its recipes are.
HomeKit--a set of tools for controlling your home's devices from your iOS device--looks promising. But what about control from a remote location? Chris Breen has some thoughts.
It looks like the Nest, but instead of learning your habits, Lyric just tracks your phone's location.
It's like Johnny Cab without the guy! Google's ride is here, and it's a cute little car. Plus we talk about Samsung's Simband, what an Apple entry into the home-automation market might mean, and Facebook's latest attempt to cut back on the oversharing. With guests Jason Cross and Leah Yamshon.
Serenity Caldwell and Chris Breen discuss Apple's rumored home automation moves, hacked Aussie iCloud accounts, and kids and old computers.
Vendors of connected-home hardware would love to get shelf-space in Apple Stores. And they'd be willing to do almost anything Cupertino asked to get it.
You might be able to soon tell Siri to open the garage door—assuming a new rumor is accurate, anyway.
Sure, sure, you want a clean house. You try. You can handle the immediate mess when you see it; it’s just hard to keep up with on a regular basis. These apps can help you keep everything orderly.
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