Smart Home

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...
Android Wear 2.0

I/O 2018: Will Google finally reveal new version of Wear?

Google's annual I/O developer conference will once again be held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. The three day event, per the geekiest of geeky announcements, will take place May 8-10, 2018. Look, once again, for a visionary keynote followed by key product updates covering major product lines such as Android,...
Apple HomePod ships Feb 9, 2018

At $349 Apple HomePod a tough sell especially without multi-room music

You have to really, really love Apple (and Apple Music!) for the HomePod to be a smarter buyer than the reasonably priced alternatives from Amazon and Google and Sonos.
Sonos 8.3 - Navigation and Display Improvements

Sonos app gets dark Now Playing screen, improved menus

You've got to hand it to the Sonos team. Despite the crush of competition for whole home audio from heavyweights such as Amazon (Echo), Google (Google Home), and others like Bose, Samsung (speakers plus SmartThings hub) and Heos (by AVR maker Denon) the Santa Barbara speaker company continues to innovate...