Smart Home

Netatmo launches updated HomeKit Smart Outdoor Camera, now has an integrated siren

Netatmo, which is most famous for its weather station – which now after many years, works with HomeKit. The French company has updated its outdoor smart floodlight camera with an integrated siren which can get very loud, up to 105db. The existing Smart Outdoor Camera has been out for a few years and is still on sale, while the new one is up for pre-order. Both cameras work with HomeKit, […]

Hive’s smart home devices now support HomeKit

Hive which is a UK based company and part of British Gas, has been making its own smart home devices for a few years now and thanks to marketing from British Gas, it is popular here in the UK, it makes thermostats, plugs and lights, but until now Hive has not supported HomeKit. A lot of devices on the market support HomeKit now and finally, Hive does now too. However, […]

The first generation Philips Hue Bridge hub will lose access to the internet in April

Phillips introduced the original Hue Bridge back in 2012, at the same the company released the Hue line of light bulbs and now eight years later, Phillips has announced that on the 30th April 2020 the first generation hub will lose access to the internet and to any connected services that it works with currently. The first generation hub currently works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa but not Apple […]

Netatmo updates its Smart Indoor Camera to support HomeKit Secure Video

Apple announced HomeKit Secure Video for HomeKit camera last year at WWDC for a release with iOS 13, and support from camera manufacturers has been slowly rolling in and today, French company Netatmo, which is best known for its weather station has updated its indoor camera to now support Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video. The free update will roll out over the next few days, according to the company. Big news: […]

August launches new smart lock, which uses WiFi and doesn’t need a hub

August has been making smart locks which work with your phone for a while now and the latest generation, the August Smart Lock Pro is one of the most well reviewed locks on sale today. But like most smart home products on batteries, it uses bluetooth and therefore has to have some kind of hub or bridge in order to interface with the network and or internet. Wi-Fi Smart Lock […]

Eve debuts Eve Cam, which supports HomeKit Secure Video

Eve Systems has launched its first camera product this week at CES, called the Eve Cam which supports HomeKit and HomeKit Secure Video, which was introduced with iOS 13 at WWDC last June. Eve has said that the Eve Cam  “is the first camera designed exclusively for Apple HomeKit Secure Video. It was built from the ground up to protect your privacy.” Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video is a more secure way of […]

ADT launches new security cameras, which work with HomeKit under ‘Blue By ADT’

This week at CES, ADT have launched a trio of new smart home cameras, which work with HomeKit and Google Assistant. ADT purchased Lifesheild back in February last year which made them a ADT company which focused on home security systems and professional installation, now the company has rebranded as ‘Blue By ADT’ and while it still makes home security systems, it now makes outdoor and indoor cameras for smart […]

Netatmo launches new HomeKit smart lock which has NFC keys

Netatmo, which is better known for its weather station and rain and wind modules, has launched a new smart lock which is very different to most on the market. From the look of it it only works with HomeKit at the moment and it uses physical NFC keys, meaning you can recode the keys if one gets lost. Like other locks from August and KwikSet, the Netatmo Smart Door Lock […]

IKEA Smart Blinds now work with HomeKit

Ikea launched its range of smart blinds almost a year ago now in January 2019 and at the time, it was said that they would work with HomeKit, and up to last week they have not had support for Apple’s smart home platform. At the end of last week, it was reported that a new software update had begun rolling out to the FYRTUR range of blinds on sale from […]

General Electric’s new wireless smart switch doesn’t need a hub

They’re not available in Europe and the UK at the time of writing, but General Electric’s smart home division has announced a few new products including a new smart switch and a new smart dimmer which works without a hub at all, there is no need for a separate hub or the requirement to link them with any smart home assistants. There is a new dimmer which is powered by batteries, […]