Save Energy and Money With iHaper HomeKit-Compatible Smart Lighting Products

Save Energy and Money With iHaper HomeKit-Compatible Smart Lighting Products

As the Northern Hemisphere starts seeing longer nights, it’s a good idea to start thinking about how much your light bulbs are costing you in energy use. We have a set of smart light LED light bulbs and a smart lamp from iHaper — all compatible with Apple HomeKit — on sale in the Apple World Today Deals Shop this week.

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Review: Eve Flare Portable Smart LED Lamp

Review: Eve Flare Portable Smart LED Lamp

If there’s one type of light fixture that I think has been underrepresented in the smart appliance world, it’s portable, battery-powered lamps. Sure, it’s possible to control a lot of individual light bulbs plugged into fixtures, and there are light strips that work great via voice control when plugged into the wall outlet. But what about battery-powered lamps that can be used anywhere? Eve’s new Flare Portable Smart LED Lamp (US$99.95) is a well-designed smart lamp featuring HomeKit compatibility and almost infinite color possibilities.

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Giveaway! Win a FIBARO HomeKit Flood Sensor and get iPhone warnings of home flooding

Giveaway! Win a FIBARO HomeKit Flood Sensor and get iPhone warnings of home flooding

Spring is just around the corner, and that means that your chances of experiencing home flooding from strong spring rains or a deluge of melting snow are growing exponentially. Sadly, many people don’t get warnings of encroaching water until it’s too late and a basement is damaged as a result. That’s why we’d love to set one Apple World Today reader up with a FIBARO HomeKit Flood Sensor in a giveaway!

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Fibaro HomeKit-enabled Flood Sensor can minimize costly water damage

Fibaro HomeKit-enabled Flood Sensor can minimize costly water damage

Apple’s HomeKit home automation framework seems to be gaining momentum, with more and more HomeKit-enabled devices being added to the ecosystem every month. One item that caught our attention was the new Fibaro Flood Sensor ($69.99), designed to alert iPhone users to a possible water line break or flooding in their homes. Let’s take a look!

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Eve Light Switch lets you easily set up a Siri-enabled lighting system

Eve Light Switch lets you easily set up a Siri-enabled lighting system

The Eve Light Switch from Eve Systems (formerly Elgato) was the world’s first light switch with Apple HomeKit technology for a light control experience, and it’s still a solid choice. It transforms any single or multi-bulb setup into a Siri-enabled lighting system, so you can use your voice to control your existing bulbs regardless of their shape, size or color.

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Koogeek Smart Outlet brings HomeKit to a 3-outlet surge protector power strip

Koogeek Smart Outlet brings HomeKit to a 3-outlet surge protector power strip

One of the companies that has been introducing a lot of HomeKit-compatible accessories during 2017 is Koogeek. Not only have they been creating things like smart plugs and light bulbs, but health-related devices as well. Now the company has created a first: the first Smart Outlet (US$59.95, Amazon affiliate link) that provides Siri control of three separate power outlets on a power strip.

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Taking HomeKit outdoors: Hands-on with the iDevices Outdoor Switch

Taking HomeKit outdoors: Hands-on with the iDevices Outdoor Switch

When most of us think of Apple's HomeKit home automation framework, we think about controlling devices inside the home. Sure, you may have some outdoor lights that are within range of your Wi-Fi network that you've added, but for the most part a lot of outdoor electric accessories are still controlled the old-fashioned way: with a manual switch. iDevices is shipping the new Outdoor Switch (US$75.62 through Amazon Affiliate Link) to open the great outdoors to HomeKit automation.

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Review: Elgato Eve Motion HomeKit-Compatible Motion Detector

Review: Elgato Eve Motion HomeKit-Compatible Motion Detector

As part of our continuing coverage of the Internet of Things, Apple World Today tries to take the pain out of selecting HomeKit accessories by testing and reviewing them so that readers don’t get unexpected surprises. Today we’re looking at the HomeKit-compatible Elgato Eve Motion, a US$49.95 wireless motion detector that can be used as part of an overall HomeKit automation plan for your home.

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AWT News Update: June 15, 2017

AWT News Update: June 15, 2017

Already halfway through the month of June? Tell us it's not true! At least we have some good news to keep you from getting too depressed. 

  • Apple World Today has just posted a video "first look" at macOS High Sierra that all Mac owners should watch
  • Those new iPad Pros are not only fast, but they're actually faster in many ways than Apple's top-of-the-line MacBook Pro
  • IBM is setting up "Garages" where developers will create apps for the Apple-IBM MobileFirst initiative.
  • Alphabet's Nest may be looking at supporting Apple HomeKit after an announcement last week at WWDC that software authentication of accessories will now be accepted
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AWT News Update: May 10, 2017

AWT News Update: May 10, 2017

Kind of a slow news day in Apple land today -- with the exception of the rumor mills -- but we have a few stories for today's podcast:

  • A European homebuilder is added to the list of homebuilders offering turnkey HomeKit support for new home buyers
  • Google's iOS app and mobile search results can now give users ideas of events to go to in order to stay properly entertained
  • Readdle's PDF Expert 6 for iOS is released, with a lot of new and time-saving features
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Logitech announces the HomeKit-compatible POP Smart Button

Logitech announces the HomeKit-compatible POP Smart Button

Logitech today announced a new version of its POP Home Switch that works to turn HomeKit accessories or scenes on or off with the push of a button. The new POP Smart Button (US$59.95) and POP Add-on Smart Button ($39.95) will be available at Apple stores and Apple.com stores (no date set yet) exclusively at launch, with expansion to other retailers at a later date. 

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Video Review: HomeKit-Compatible Koogeek SK-1 Smart Socket

Video Review: HomeKit-Compatible Koogeek SK-1 Smart Socket

2017 almost looks like it's the year of HomeKit, with many new products appearing on the market that work with Apple's home automation framework. Today we're taking a look at the Koogeek SK-1 Smart Socket (US$39.99, affiliate link - AWT will receive compensation from any purchase), a HomeKit-compatible light socket that screws into any US-standard lightbulb socket. Check out our video for a look at the device, pairing the SK-1 with HomeKit, and setting up an easy automation.

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