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Smart Home Diary: My entire home is now HomeKit-enabled, but there are some irritations …

I wrote last time that despite having 16 HomeKit devices, I was already wanting more. No-one who knows me will be the slightest bit surprised that the interval between ‘wanting more’ and ‘getting more’ was rather short. Every light in my home is now HomeKit-enabled, and I’ve also added some …

Home Automation

How to track your sleep using Apple Watch or iPhone with these third-party apps

Sleep tracking has been one the most oft-requested features for Apple Watch, but Apple itself has yet to implement a solution. That hasn’t stopped developers from creating their own watchOS apps for doing it, though.<p>One of the more popular apps for sleep tracking with Apple Watch is called …

August announces new Smart Lock Mortise Kit with HomeKit, integration with Logitech POP

As CES officially kicks off in Las Vegas, smart home products are again one of the biggest trends. This year, August, makers of the popular smart lock accessories, is further expanding its lineup with a new smart lock kit, as well as integration with Logitech’s POP Home Switch.<p>First off, August has …

Home Automation

Carrier introducing its first HomeKit thermostat with Wi-Fi Côr models

Air conditioning firm Carrier has announced its first smart thermostat that works with Apple’s HomeKit feature. Carrier’s Côr thermostat will work with Siri, Apple’s new Home app, and automation in iOS 10.<p>“Carrier and Apple are brands long synonymous with innovations that have changed our world, so …

Home Automation

What the Future Holds for Smart Homes in 2017

Hubs, smart-home security and 4K TV could all be fixtures in luxury residences in the new year<p>Smart technology has long been a staple of of high-end …

Modern Malta: Old and New Collide on This Island Nation

Angling for its turn on the world stage, this tiny island nation is embracing a reboot while holding fast to a formidable heritage.<p>We’re in Malta’s ancient fortified town of Mdina, on Pjazza Mesquita, 30 or so English-speaking tourists wearing an inordinate number of <i>Game of Thrones</i> T-shirts for our …

European Travel

Automatic Lite is a more affordable smart car adapter for trip logging and vehicle diagnostics

Automatic is out today with a new version of its Bluetooth smart car adapter at its lowest price yet. Automatic Lite retails for $79.95 and features subscription-free Check Engine Light diagnosis, automatic trip tagging, and gas price tracking for capturing business expenses. Automatic Lite …

San Francisco

2018 Audi A5 and S5 First Drive – Gran Tourismo inspired coupe

As decisions go, opting for the newly redesigned 2018 Audi A5 or its hotter S5 sibling is a good problem to have. This past week, I had the …

This New Neighborhood Will Grow Its Own Food, Power Itself, And Handle Its Own Waste

ReGen Village, outside of Amsterdam, doesn’t need a grid or food systems. It’s a model for a future, fully closed-loop settlement.<p>If you live inside one of the houses in a new neighborhood being built in an Amsterdam suburb, your dining room might be next to an indoor vegetable garden. Outside, …

Aquaponics

22 web trends every designer should know

The web never stops evolving. 2015 was a year of increasing device diversity, amazing scripting smarts, gorgeous image-rich news sites, and a …

Ad Blocking

Privacy concerns kept Nest from making an Echo-like assistant (updated)

With the announcement of two new Echo speakers, Amazon also revealed that those voice-controlled devices (and the Fire TV) now play nice with Nest thermostats. According to <i>Recode,</i> the Google-owned connected home company thought about making an Echo-like of its own, but scrapped the idea due to …

How The Andes House’s Ensamble Project Uses Hardboard to Create Workspaces

Hardboard is a wooden fiberboard that is produced by compression at high temperatures, making a smooth and uniform surface. It is known for being …

The design secrets behind California's newest fast food innovation

1/<p>Grocott and his team of designers started the concept with a "1950s Americana" idea. "We wanted deliver something very American, very homespun, but …

Northern California

Starry Station

Posted in Gadgets and Tech<p>The Starry Station router works with your existing internet service, including cable, fiber, and DSL and its simple, color …

14 World Design Museums to Put on Your Bucket List

<b>Where to head on your next holiday?</b> If you’re a lover of design these 14 museums should definitely be on the list. We’ve rounded up our favorites …

Canary - Indoor Wireless Full HD All-In-One Home Security System - Black

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars<p>1<p>It's a joke... overpriced webcam<p>Posted 3 years ago<p>My girlfriend got one of the first Canary systems and I've come to really …

Cobalt Valkyrie

Posted in Exotic and Rides<p>A fully-certified lightweight plane designed for personal use, the Valkyrie from Cobalt Aircraft travels at speeds up to …

Nuimo Smart Home Interface

Posted in Gadgets and Tech<p>The Nuimo interface is a wireless universal controller for all your connected devices. Use it to click, turn, swipe, scroll …

The Nuimo Smart Home Interface aims to take control of your SONOS, lighting and other IoT devices

With so many Internet of Things (IoT) devices dominating our homes, the ability to control them all continues to be a journey of trial and error. We continue to hear that Apple’s HomeKit is coming down the pipeline but its ultimate usefulness has yet to be seen. In the meantime, there is a …

Home Automation

Top 6 essential smart home accessories (Video)

There’s no denying that connected smart home accessories are on the rise. Apple’s HomeKit is slowly making an entrance into this space, but for the moment there are a wide variety of accessories available that can make your house a lot cooler. Today we’re taking a look at some of the essential …

Home Automation

Wakē uses infrared sensors and parametric speakers to peacefully wake up one person at a time

We’ve all been there – your partner has an early meeting or prefers to get up before you do, the screeching alarm wakes you up, disrupting a wonderful night of sleep. Humans have searched for years to try to solve this problem without much success. While companies such as Philips have attempted to …

Rechargeable Batteries

Apple Watch pre-orders will begin at 12:01 PDT on April 10

We’re now a week away from the first day of Apple Watch pre-order sales, and Apple has updated its online store to officially announce that orders will begin after <b>12:01 AM PT/3:01 AM ET</b> on April 10th.<p>The pre-order period will last two weeks (although stock likely won’t) while the Apple Watch will …

Smartwatches

Apple Watch FAQ: preorders, try-on appointments, availability – what you need to know

With just over a week before Apple Watch previews and reservations kick off in Apple retail and online stores, there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re planning on purchasing the device in the early weeks of availability.<p>Apple is making big changes to its retail sales process with a …

Smartwatches

30 Smart Home Tech Solutions

Everything is hands-free and Wi-Fi-enabled.<p>Technology for your house is smarter than ever. Lucky for all of us, the newest devices and apps simplify tasks, make better use of resources and transform the way we live.

10 Ways to Make Your House Staycation-Ready

Why put up with travel hassles when you can relax in your own house? Jason Grant, designer and author of Away at Home, shares his 10 best tips for creating the ultimate space for a staycation.<p><i>Photo by Lauren Bamford</i><p><b>1. Create Your Very Own Sanctuary</b>Bedrooms and bathrooms are spaces designed for rest …

Genius

Tumult releases Hype 3 and Hype Professional with new HTML5 physics, responsive design tools

Tumult, developer of the user-friendly HTML5 web site and animation builder Hype, today announced two major updates to the powerful OS X application.<p><b>Hype 3</b> ($49.99) is a free upgrade for Hype 2 owners, refreshing the app with a new user interface — notably with a Yosemite-matching Light color theme …

Web Design

Top smart home and HomeKit tech of CES 2015 (Video)

There’s a very clear message delivered on the CES 2015 show floor: Smart home tech is definitely a thing. There is a ton of tech/accessories being showcased at CES that are designed to make your home life easier through connectivity. We’ve roamed the show floor searching high and low to bring you a …

Home Automation

This router can power your devices wirelessly from 15 feet away

Wireless charging hasn't really set the world on fire. Since the Palm Pre first introduced us to the idea at CES 2009, a few companies have added similar functionality to their phones and smartwatches. Power without wires is undoubtedly useful, but none of the solutions have ever set our devices …

Lumu smartphone light meter app updated with reflective mode

Even for photographers who would not even think about taking pictures with a smartphone camera the mini computer in your pocket can be, with the …