Apple World Today News Update: January 30, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 30, 2018

Just a short little podcast for you today, giving you the 411 on HomePod, Apple Maps, and a proposed new Apple Store in Scottsdale, Arizona:

  • The upcoming HomePod smart speaker will apparently install updates through the Home app
  • Two new American cities are getting transit directions in Apple Maps: Omaha, Nebraska and Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Architectural renderings of a proposed Apple retail store in Scottsdale, Arizona show a stunning external design
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Koogeek LB1 Smart Light Bulb: Colorful HomeKit Accessory

Koogeek LB1 Smart Light Bulb: Colorful HomeKit Accessory

Koogeek seems to be single-handedly taking over the home automation field by developing and marketing low-cost HomeKit accessories. The latest from the company is the LB1 Smart Light Bulb, a $54.99 (available on Amazon for $36.99 -- affiliate link) LED bulb that can display over 16 million colors and can be controlled by the Home app and Siri.

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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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PureSwitch: A review of PureGear's HomeKit-compatible smart plug

PureSwitch: A review of PureGear's HomeKit-compatible smart plug

Compared to years past, 2017 is shaping up to be a good one for HomeKit-compatible gear. We heard a lot about new HomeKit products at CES 2017, and one of the new additions to the field was PureGear with the PureSwitch Wireless SmartPlug ($39.99). Let's see how this new product (available starting today) works with Apple's home automation framework.

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AWT News Update: November 3, 2016

AWT News Update: November 3, 2016

It's a pretty light news day in the Apple world today, but we've got a few stories to provide you with the news you need:

  • A maker of Thunderbolt 3 accessories finds out that its products aren't compatible with the new MacBook Pro
  • August updates its Smart Lock to be totally compatible with HomeKit and Apple's Home app
  • LifeProof, a part of OtterBox, announces that its flagship Fre case is available for pre-order for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
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Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt now works with Apple's Home app

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt now works with Apple's Home app

Here's a bit of good news for those who are trying to use iOS 10's new Home app to create a Siri-controlled home. Lock and hardware manufacturer Schlage today released an update to its Schlage Sense app that allows the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt lock to work with the Home app. iOS users get push notifications when their deadbolt is locked and unlocked, making it easier to keep an eye on home security. 

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AWT News Update: June 14, 2016

AWT News Update: June 14, 2016

After yesterday's marathon podcast dealing with the Apple WWDC 2016 keynote address announcements, we're back to a somewhat more normal podcast. What do we have for you?

  • There's an alternative to using an Apple TV for a Home hub
  • Safari 10 doesn't like plugins and wants you to stop using them
  • Netflix got Picture-in-Picture support
  • We have a list of all of the stock Apple apps you'll be able to remove from iOS 10
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iOS 10: Almost everything you'll want to know about Apple's next mobile operating system

iOS 10: Almost everything you'll want to know about Apple's next mobile operating system

Today's announcements at WWDC 2016 focused more on iOS than any other platform, and for good reason -- iOS is Apple's bread and butter these days. iOS 10 is going to add power across the board in so many ways, so let's get right down to details.

Availability

Developers can get a preview of iOS 10 beginning today at developer.apple.com, and a public beta opens to all users in July. The free upgrade will be generally available this fall as a free update for iPhone 5 and later, iPad Air and iPad Pro, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch 6th generation. A preview of many of the features of iOS 10 is available on Apple's website. 

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