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Smart Home News: Lutron joins ‘Friends of Hue’ program, launches new Aurora smart bulb dimmer
The scenario is all too common and frustrating for those embarking on their smart home journey: You install a smart bulb, say one made by Philips Hue which lead the industry, in a family room ceiling light. The problem, however, is that that light fixture will always need power for...
Trendspotting: Amazon sold “tens of millions” of Echo devices, told 100 million jokes in 2018
Amazon is re-inventing the smart home, and making a fortune in the process. Can Google, Apple, Samsung and others catch up?
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...
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...
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?
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...
CES Smart Home News: Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings apps to get overhauls
Philips to launch Hue 3.0, Hue Entertainment sync platform, and outdoor lights. Samsung, meanwhile, is doubling down on SmartThings and consolidating 40 apps in an effort to own the smart home.
Smart Home News: Samsung SmartThings dongle announced for NVIDIA Shield
This is an interesting development. Well, at least for smart home and home automation enthusiasts it might be. SmartThings (now owned by Samsung) today announced a USB stick called the SmartThings Link that works with the NVIDIA Shield streaming box to create a smart home hub. It costs only $39.99, though...
Is the SmartThings smart home hub a good deal? And is it better than Wink 2, Apple HomeKit, WeMo, Insteon?
Short answers: yes, and, well, it depends.
Smart Home: Top 10 tips for getting started with Insteon
Already own or considering buying a smart home hub? Clinton Stark shares 10 tips for the Insteon Hub that might help you get the most out of your existing Insteon system or help you understand the hub market and some of the options on the market today. It's the year of...