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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.

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...
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 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...
HomePod not selling

HomePod can make calls, timers, improved Siri

At the end of the Apple Event today which introduced the new iPhone and the Apple Watch, the company also announced new features for the HomePod home smart speaker which brings improvements to Siri...
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...
How to add a HomeKit accessory

HomeKit how-to Guide #001: How to add an accessory

HomeKit how to guide - How to add a smart accessory 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...
HomePod not selling

HomePod not selling as well against market expectations.

HomePod shipments for 2018 'could be far below market expectations', according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Mind-Chi Kuo has said that expects HomePod shipments to arrive at 5-10 million units in the 2018 fiscal year,...
Ikea tradfri smart plug

Ikea smart plugs coming in October to the Tradfri HomeKit range

Ikea has already launched there smart home lighting offering in the Tradfri product and now they look like to be releasing the Tradfri smart plug based on recent leaks of the Ikea smart plugs on the company's website. According to...
Neato D5 no go lines update

Neato D5 gets virtual no go lines, multi floor support

Neato has been on a charge this year with new products entering the Neato family and now the Neato D5 Connected, which was reviewed this year will be getting a software update to enable,...

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