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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Apple should consider buying a 'smart glass' company such as Corning

Apple should consider buying a 'smart glass' company such as Corning

Disruptive technologies like touch sensitive screens and smart glass everywhere will be one of the larger competitive issues for Apple in the not-too-distant future. However, purchasing a smart glass manufacturer -- perhaps even Corning itself-- would give Apple a competitive advantage for an "iOS everywhere" type approach. 

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iDevices launches HomeKit compatible Smart Home Essentials Kit

iDevices launches HomeKit compatible Smart Home Essentials Kit

iDevices has launched its $499 Smart Home Essentials Kit, an Apple HomeKit and Alexa-enabled system featuring three iDevices Sockets (connected light bulb adapters), five iDevices Switches (indoor connected plugs) and two iDevices Outdoor Switches (rain-tight connected plugs). 

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AWT News Update: July 11, 2016

AWT News Update: July 11, 2016

Taxes, talking to your home, and revenue streams are all in today's Apple news:

  • US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is meeting with the EU's antitrust head to forestall a penalty of Apple on back taxes
  • iDevices adds Alexa compatibility to its line of home automation products
  • Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster thinks the iPhone 7 could be big for Apple
  • Apple supplier TSMC reports excellent 2nd quarter revenues and is expected to do even better in the next quarter
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