Smart Home

tado° launches new ‘Black Edition’ smart thermostat

Earlier this week, tado° announced a new colour option for its popular smart thermostat. For a long time, the company has only offered the device in one colour, white. But now the company has launched a new ‘Black Edition’, after some community feedback. Christian Deilmann from tado° has said that many of their users were looking for a new design for the device and to help it blend into more […]

Eve launches new Thread compatible Aqua for HomeKit controlled outdoor taps

This week, Eve has announced a brand new version of its Aqua water controller which can be used with HomeKit. The previous version was was released a few years ago and relied on a Bluetooth connection back to a HomeKit hub to function. However, the latest version now uses Thread. Thread is something Eve has been adding to its latest products lately, with the Eve Room, brand new Eve motion […]

Eve introduces new motion sensor, now with Thread support

Eve has recently launched a new updated motion sensor, this time with support for Thread. The Eve Motion Sensor only supports Apple HomeKit and can be used around or outside the home to activate other HomeKit accessories, such as outdoor lighting when you arrive back home. The new model has been designed to withstand water and later this year, the device will work with Matter and Thread. The new second […]

Google Nest cameras now work with Amazon Alexa

This week Google has announced that its line of Nest smart cameras will now be compatible with Amazon Alexa devices, such as the Amazon Fire TV and Echo Show. Google has updated Amazon Alexa Skills few days ago and users will now be able to pull up the camera feed on the screen. Amazon also started to open up its Alexa eco system to be able to support security cameras […]

Eve announces new HomeKit outdoor camera and motorised blinds at CES 2022

Eve has today announced two new products to add to its ever increasing range of HomeKit connected accessories for the smart home. Although it doesn’t feel like it, CES is this week and Eve has announced a new Outdoor Cam and Eve MotionBlinds. The outdoor camera is pictured above and only works with Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video system. It is an outdoor camera with integrated floodlight which’ll come on when […]

Ring Doorbells now have package detection

Amazon has announced today that the Ring Doorbells now have package detection, which is something a lot of competing doorbells have already. Package detection is coming as of today to the US and other countries, to the Ring Pro 2 and the Ring Video Doorbell (2020). However, for this feature to work in the best way, a tall view for the camera is needed, only the Pro 2 has this […]

Philips is set to launch new brighter Hue bulbs soon

Philips, one of the market leaders for smart home light bulbs is planning on expansing its product line, Hue with more brighter bulbs as well as more products in its filament range. Philips is working on making its standard LED bulbs brighter, as currently the maximum brightness is 806 lumens. Philips is working on having bulbs with a maximum brightness of 1,100 lumens as well as a larger model of […]

Arlo’s wired doorbell now supports HomeKit

Earlier this month, Arlo has updated its own wired video doorbell to support HomeKit, but only at a basic level so now support for HomeKit Secure Video here yet it seems. However without Secure Video, standard HomeKit does allow for viewing of live footage only, as well as integrating with any automations. To get the integration to work, you’ll need the following firmware or newer to be on the basestation: […]

Ring is starting to add end-to-end encryption for some users

It is surprising, especially in 2021 that Ring hasn’t used end-to-end encryption (E2E) up until now, being a security device it should have had this ages and ages ago, but here we are. A few days ago the company announced that end-to-end encryption will be rolling out as of the 13th January 2021 and at the moment it is in a technical preview phase, users who want to use it […]

The Ring Neighbours app has been exposing users precise locations

For those who don’t use the Ring system for doorbells and security cameras it has a Neighbours app designed for a whole community to use, as a neighbourhood watch type of service and there isn’t a need for any Ring hardware at all. However, like the hardware and services Ring offers, the app now is suffering from some privacy issues. The Neighbours app has ben exposing the precise locations and […]