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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 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...
CES 2018 speculation

CES 2018 – from wearables to smart home

CES 2018 will take place in Las Vegas and will be the 51st event held. CES, which stands for the Consumer Electronics Show, first took place in New York City in June 1967. In the 50...
Lightwave generation 2 review

Lightwave generation 2 review – Smart Power & light switch dimmer

Lightwave has been around since 2008 making smart home products and the Lightwave generation 2 product line is the latest from the company offering light switches and power sockets with new features like support...
Netatmo Presence review

Netatmo Presence review: Solid smart security camera

Netatmo Presence Review Netatmo is well known for its smart home thermostats, but they also do a line of home security products and in this article, I will be reviewing the Netatmo Presence smart security camera. So...
Circle 2 review

Logitech Circle 2 review – Smart security camera done right

Logitech Circle 2 review Keeping an eye on your property has never been so easy with the introduction of smart security cameras. As the smart home market starts to expand with more devices being released...
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...
Icons HomeKit

HomeKit how-to Guide #004: How to change HomeKit icons

How to change icons in HomeKit HomeKit how-to guide is a series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home app and HomeKit framework. In the fourth...
Belkin WeMo insight switch review

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch review

The Belkin WeMo Insight switch is part of the WeMo family of smart home products that you can use to control devices in your connected home and whilst Belkin call the product a WeMo...
Ikea Smart plug HomeKit release

Ikea Smart Plug HomeKit release delayed

The upcoming update to the Trådfri Control Outlet which would have allowed for HomeKit integration of their recently released Trådfri Smart plug has been delayed for an unspecified reason. Ikea has only just recently released the Trådfri...
Eve energy review

Elgato Eve Energy Smart plug review – HomeKit enabled switch

Elgato Eve Energy review Most smart home devices like bulbs or thermostats replace the old dumb device in totality, but what do you do if you want to connect a kettle, TV or another non-smart device?...

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