Smart home

August view back on sale after fixes

The August View, the wire-free doorbell camera, is available again for purchase. The company has said it has made improvements to connectivity, video quality, operation speed, notifications and device wake-up time. At the start of the August view release back...

Ikea smart blinds start appearing in US stores

Following an announcement 2 weeks ago of a delay, it would appear that the Ikea smart blinds are appearing in selected US stores. While this is not all stores across the US, it seems the launch is now underway. Ikea...

Aqara updates its hub to V1.6.6

Aqara has today issued a firmware update its HomeKit hub taking it to version 1.66. The update itself appears to be bug fixes and based on reports does not have the same issues with previous upgrades. For those of you...

Ikea smart blinds get HomeKit support via Home Assistant update

When Ikea first announced the FYRTUR and KADRILJ blinds, it singled affordable HomeKit smart blinds was coming to the masses. But dreams (mine included) was shattered when the company confirmed the delay of HomeKit. But thanks to an update to...

Ikea delay the US smart blinds release, yes again

After months of waiting and confirmation for the US release of the Smart blinds. Ikea has confirmed to The Verge that its smart blinds won’t launch in the United States until “later this year” Meaning that this is the...

First look at HomeKit Secure Video leaked

Back at WWDC Apple showed off HomeKit Secure Video was to come with iOS 13 to view and manage footage from smart security cameras. Since then not much as has been mentioned, but first look images of the user interface...

Signify announce new Philips Hue smart plug, Filament bulbs and Button

Signify has added their first smart plug to its Hue range, along with the Philips Hue Button, Filament bulbs and new Go lamp. The new Hue products will support Zigbee and Bluetooth, which means you can use them with or...

Belkin’s Phyn smart water assistant can monitor usage and leaks

Belkin has announced a new Phyn Smart Water Assistant. The unit can help home owners conserve water, avoid trouble, and save money by monitoring your water supply. Belkin released the $850 Phyn Plus system in2018, but that requires professional installation...

Ikea Smart blinds HomeKit support delayed

Since news of the IKEA smart blinds emerged at the start of the year. The company said the blinds would support HomeKit through its TRÅDFRI hub. But now the company says HomeKit will not come until later in the...

IKEA smart blinds appear on Sweden online store

It looks like Ikea is gearing up for the release of the FYRTUR & KADRILJ smart blinds across Europe. While Active JR confirmed this news a few weeks ago, it would appear the first product pages are coming online...

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