Smart Home

All-new Echo Show (2nd Gen) - Premium sound and a vibrant 10" HD screen

Amazon unveils new Echo Show with larger 10″ screen, better sound

Amazon today unveiled a 2nd generation Echo show featuring a larger screen. For $229 (USD), you can now get the Alexa-powered speaker with a 10" screen and improved Dolby audio. There's a bunch of other small improvements to the two-year-old original Echo Show including: Real-time Dolby processing 8 microphone array ...

Apple iPhone Battery Tip: Disable Lock Screen Controls on Sonos app to save battery life

Notice your iPhone battery suddenly draining faster than usual? If you have the Sonos audio app installed, here's a quick tip that could save you some juice -- at least it did for me on an -- older, but still well performing -- iPhone 7 Plus. By default the Sonos app...
Wemo Mini Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled, Works with Alexa and Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit

Smart Home News: Wemo Mini smart plug now works with Apple HomeKit

Wemo today announced that its Mini Wifi Smart Plug now supports Apple HomeKit. That means you can now use your iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, and even the HomePod speaker to control devices connected to the Wemo Mini plug. You can also use Siri to give voice commands -- "Siri, turn...
Stringify App for Android and iPhone

Comcast gives IoT app Stringify refreshed look, now supports Lutron Caseta devices

Some good news this morning for those interested in all things smart home. Comcast this week released an updated version of its IFTTT-like app Stringify. Available on both Android and iPhone the app enables you to automate smart home tasks across platforms. For instance, if a SmartThings motion sensor detects...
Samsung SmartThings Hub - list of compatible devices

Smart Home News: A new SmartThings app has been released in the app store

Samsung Connect is now SmartThings. SmartThings is now SmartThings Classic. Got it?
Smart Home News: Google Home now supports Spotify Free music streaming

Smart Home News: “Hey Google, wake me up to some jazz in 30 minutes”

Okay Google, wake me up in 30 minutes to some funky jazz. And there you go. You can now use ask Google Home to wake you to music. The long awaited feature is now here, confirmed by an email from Google with examples on how to add a little excitement...
Apple HomePod ships Feb 9, 2018

Amazon soars, Alphabet & Apple falter – Are earnings an indication of Alexa’s momentum?

"Alexa, take a victory lap." Amazon stock (NASDAQ: AMZN) soared today in after-hours trading thanks to Q4 results that blew away expectations. Short of it: $60B revenue; $2.1B operating income. For a company as big as Amazon -- it's hard to fathom. Meanwhile, Google's parent company Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) missed its...
Pebble 2 Review

Um, no: “Pebble is dead and hardware buttons are going with it”

"Pebble is dead and hardware buttons are going with it" So says The Verge. Normally I agree with what most of their writers have to say. In this case I politely beg to differ. Being Canadian and all it's just not in my nature to not smile and say something...
EVEConnect for Tesla now supports Insteon devices

Tesla owners can now control Insteon devices from the touchscreen

Tesla owners continue to get all the goodies. In this case, Insteon. This week the company announced its smart home devices can now be controlled directly from the Tesla S and X touchscreen interface. To do so, you'll need an app called EVEConnect (Version 2). There's a free edition as...