Tag: smart home

Apps & OS, Mobile

Android and iOS take big steps toward launching Matter smart home compatibility

September 15, 2022

Via: The Verge

It’s getting closer. With the drop of the iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1 developer betas today, we have confirmation that “Matter Accessories” are on their way to Apple iPhones and iPads. Plus, Google’s Google Home Developer Console, which helps developers […]

Gadgets, Mobile

Apple, Google, Amazon, and others Team Up to Create New Smart Home Standard

January 8, 2020

Via: InfoQ

Connected Home over IP is a recently announced, joint effort by Apple, Google, Amazon, and the Zigbee Alliance to define a connectivity standard for smart home products. To accelerate this initiative Apple has open sourced parts of its core technology […]

Gadgets, Mobile

Apple, Amazon, and Google team up to make your smart home suck less

December 18, 2019

Via: Mashable

Hardly a month goes by without a report that this or that smart home product has a horrible bug that hands hackers the keys to all of your data. Furthermore, smart home products are often incompatible with one another, causing […]

Gadgets, Mobile

Abode is bringing HomeKit to its do-it-all smart home hub

January 21, 2019

Via: The Verge

Abode, not to be confused with Adobe, is today taking the wraps off its new second generation smart home gateway. The Gen 2 device acts as a central hub between all your Z-Wave Plus, Zigbee, and abodeRF devices, and is […]

Gadgets, Mobile

Amazon Fire TV Cube Brings Alexa—and Much More—to the Living Room

June 7, 2018

Via: Fortune

Amazon has launched yet another smart appliance. And this one is designed to give you more control over the products in your living room. Dubbed the Amazon Fire TV Cube, the device connects to your television and acts as a […]

Gadgets, Mobile

A new wave of gadgets is setting out to secure your smart home

September 1, 2017

Via: Popsci

October 21, 2016, was a rough day on the internet. Dyn, a company that provides domain-name services, was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS). Perhaps you tried to visit sites like Twitter or Reddit and found that they didn’t […]

Hacking, Security

Security Implications of Permission Models in Smart-Home Application Frameworks

August 29, 2017

Via: InfoQ

Analysis of a popular programming framework reveals that many smart-home apps are automatically overprivileged, leaving users at risk for remote attacks that can cause physical, financial, and psychological harm. Smart-home technology has evolved beyond basic convenience functionality, such as automatically […]

Mobile, Smartphones

The Essential Phone is boring hardware that may one day rule your smart home

June 1, 2017

Via: Popsci

If Huawei released a phone with the specs of the Essential’s hype-driven debut, no one would have paid much attention. Snapdragon this, edgeless that, modular thingamajig. It really is a nice phone, but “nice” isn’t blowing any minds. As it […]

Privacy, Security

Symantec announces hassle-free Norton Core, a digital safety solution for connected homes

January 5, 2017

Via: TechSpot

Norton, one of the best-known names in security software, is branching out into hardware. At CES 2017, parent company Symantec announced a stylish yet security-minded router that it says is designed to protect both your home’s Wi-Fi network and the […]

Gadgets, Mobile

Why 2016 is going to have the best smart home gadgets

January 22, 2016

Via: Techradar

The connected home is the next real frontier in tech. Now that we have computers in our pockets and on our wrists it’s only logical that the rest of the things we use become smart and web-connected. Already it’s possible […]


Amazon’s voice-controlled Echo is now available to anyone that wants it

June 23, 2015

Via: Dan Seifert

Late last year, Amazon announced the Echo, a wireless speaker with a voice-controlled personal assistant built in. We called it “Siri in a box” in our review, and that’s a pretty apt description. The Echo can be a standard Bluetooth […]