Smart home

Smart home, news, reviews and rumours for anything that is a Smart home. Products are appearing all the time from Apple, Amazon, Google, Philips, Hive and more.The smart home space is booming with products like Google Home, HomePod and smart lighting from Philips Hue and robots from Neato. Active JR will keep you up to date with all the latest smart home news and reviews.

How to use Homepod as a speakerphone

How to use HomePod as a speakerphone

Apple's HomePod smart speaker is firstly a music speaker able to play music from your Apple Music catalogue and library. However, you can use the speaker on HomePod as a speakerphone for making and receiving phone...
HomeKit smart home guide

Complete HomeKit smart home guide – Updated for iOS 11

Apple released HomeKit in September 2014 with iOS 8. The HomeKit platform was announced at WWDC in June of 2014, the following year the first HomeKit-enabled products were released.  Since Apple released HomeKit smart...
IKEA smart light review

IKEA Trådfri smart light review – not smart, underwhelming

IKEA is known for a being the king of flat pack furniture and do this really well, So when I heard about the IKEA smart lighting range I had high expectations given the relatively...
How to use third party music with HomePod like Spotify

How to stream music from Spotify or Pandora on HomePod

Apple has now confirmed that Spotify will not be officially on the HomePod natively built in, well for the time being anyway. So the big question is how can you use Spotify with HomePod or...
HomePod audio sources confirmed

Apple confirm audio sources for HomePod, Spotify not on the list

The Apple HomePod was available for pre-order starting 26th January, but one of the biggest questions is what audio streaming services or sources would work with the HomePod. Apple has now confirmed the audio...
Google Home smart home support

Google Home review – At the centre of your smart home

Google Home review - At the centre of your smart home The Google Home smart speaker is one of many smart speakers with more to come from the likes of Apple with the HomePod in...
HomePod sound

Apple HomePod review’s are in – What the reviewers are saying

Apple HomePod went on sale on the 26th January in the US, UK and Australia and its only natural to start to see the first HomePod reviews coming through via various media sources.Active JR will be getting Apple's...
Apple HomePod release data

Apple HomePod available for preorder 26th January

Hot on the heels of the speculation about the Apple HomePod, Apple has announced that its HomePod smart speaker will arrive on February 9th. Customers can order the device online starting Friday, January 26th...
Apple HomePod release date

Apple HomePod Release soon after FCC approval

The Apple HomePod release is certainly on the cards for a release soon after it received FCC approval for the product, even as early as February 2018. Apple intended to release the HomePod in...
Philips hue update 2018

Philips Hue iOS app redesign, hue sync, and outdoor lighting coming 2018

Philips Hue is back with a handful of new announcements at CES 2018, Philips announcement a number of key changes to the Philips Hue app bringing it to 3.0, Hue Entertainment and what many will welcome...