Richard Gunther

1,305 Added | 2 Magazines | 31 Likes | 4 Following | 1,007 Followers | @rgunther | Editor at The Digital Media Zone. Host of Home: On, a show about DIY home automation and control.

Home: On #102 – Leveraging Platforms, with Kent Dickson

Richard spends some time catching up with Yonomi CEO Kent Dickson at this year’s SXSW. Yonomi has been rolling out some big updates for users of its …

Google Play

Xbox is coming to Microsoft Rewards

Get points when you buy games, movies, and more<p>When Xbox Live Rewards becomes Microsoft Rewards this summer, you'll have a new benefit: you can earn …

Xbox

Seven months after being acquired by Comcast, Stringify is back with new features

It’s been several months since Stringify, the cloud-based Internet of Things company, was acquired by Comcast. Now, the startup is back and making …

Home Automation

SimpliSafe and August Smart Locks join forces for home security

August Smart Locks will soon work with SimpliSafe security systems.<p>SimpliSafe and August Home made their way to the top of our best lists after testing them out at the CNET Smart Home. Tuesday, the two companies announced a partnership to integrate their devices, allowing August Smart Locks to work …

Home Security

New Look, New Features

Hello again! We know it’s been awhile since our last check-in, but we think the wait has been worth it because we have a bunch of fun things to …

Apps

Z-Wave flood and water sensor

Water Sensor 6 doesn’t just monitor for when a pipe has burst or is leaking, it can take protective measures to help limit the amount of damage …

Home Automation

PS4's revamped video section focuses on shows over apps

If you have a PlayStation 4, there's a good chance you use it as a video viewer. However, you'll also know that it isn't ideal for that role -- you have to hop between apps just to see what shows are worth watching. Sony is aiming to fix that. American users now have an overhauled TV & Video …

Smart TV

Microsoft bans offensive language on Xbox and Skype

An update to Microsoft’s Services Agreement, to roll out on May 1, penalizes offensive language across Microsoft products, including Xbox and Skype. It raises a few questions about what the company considers offensive and how deeply into your communications they can delve in order to …

Codes of Conduct

Thank you for 21 years, and onto the next chapter...

It is an emotional day for me as I look toward starting my next chapter outside of Microsoft in a few months. Satya and I have been discussing this …

Bill Gates

Microsoft’s Edge browser is out for iPad and Android tablets

Microsoft's Edge browser released for iPhone and Android late last year with a promise to come to iPad "soon." Now, after a quick beta period, the app is ready for a full release onto iPad and Android tablets.<p>Microsoft updated its November blog post focusing on Microsoft Edge for mobile devices, …

Software

Microsoft Pix can add business card info to your contacts

Microsoft's AI-powered camera app Pix just got a new feature. Now you can use it to upload all of the information on a business card into your iPhone Contacts as well as check out the person's LinkedIn account. All you have to do is open Pix and point your phone's camera at the business card. Pix …

Foxconn buys Linksys owner Belkin to join the smart home battle

While we've focused on efforts of giants like Google, Apple and Amazon to dominate "smart home" devices, manufacturing giant Foxconn is making its entry by acquiring Belkin International to create a "global consumer electronics leader." Besides the accessories you probably associate with Belkin, it …

Belkin

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Home Automation

Hands-on: Fibaro’s ‘The Button’ HomeKit multi-controller, now available to order

After unveiling plans to offer a HomeKit version of The Button at CES in January, Fibaro is now shipping its multi-controller for Apple’s smart home platform. The Button is available to order for $59.99, and we’ve tried it out to see how it works with HomeKit.<p>Like other HomeKit controllers, …

Home Automation

Apple HomeKit showcased in giant Westfield London John Lewis store opening today

UK retailer John Lewis is opening a new 230,000 sq. ft. location in the Westfield London shopping center today, and on display in the giant new department store is a full display dedicated to Apple HomeKit. <i>HouseBeautiful</i> got a sneak peek at the setup before the doors opened to the public…<p>Apple …

Home Automation

Extend your smart lighting system this summer with the new Philips Hue outdoor range

<b>Eindhoven, the Netherlands</b> – Philips Lighting (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, today announced the first products to be added to its …

How Smart Home Lock-In Imprisons You, And Why That Might Change

Smart home products from Amazon, Google, and Apple don’t always talk to one another, but help is on the way.<p>One of my biggest anxieties about putting together a smart home is the possibility of walking into a trap.<p>That’s a real possibility when so many products are cut off from one another. Want to …

Smart Homes

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Coming soon: Wall controls for Philips Hue

Reports of the humble switch’s death might have been greatly exaggerated. Philips’ partners are adding familiar tactile buttons to augment app and …

Home Automation

Chamberlain’s sleek Elite Series wall-mounted opener sports HomeKit control, more

Liftmaster has been making a serious effort to enter the world of smart home accessories, with its MyQ bridge opening the door to HomeKit along with other platforms. Back in January, it announced the new Elite Series 8500W bundle that includes everything needed to transform your garage into a …

Logitech's first gaming speakers pack RGB lighting and ample bass for $199

Logitech has been making speakers for ages. It’s also made gaming accessories for ages. Somewhere down the line, Logitech decided to combine these two talents to make a <i>gaming speaker</i>. RGB lights are, of course, included.<p>The speakers, dubbed the G560, will retail for $199 when it launches in April. …

Nest (Finally) Offers Remote Temperature Sensors

After years of struggling along with inconsistently available third-party accessories to optimize temperature across rooms, Nest thermostat owners …

Home Automation

Microsoft is in Talks to Join Movies Anywhere

Microsoft's Movies & TV service was left out in the cold when Disney expanded Movies Anywhere to include multiple content providers.The post …

Customers

Nest x Yale Lock

<b>Lock Features:</b><p><b>Key Free Deadbolt</b> - It’s secure and tamper-proof. No lost keys. No picked locks.• <b><br>Auto Relock</b> – It can lock automatically when Nest knows …

Nest Temperature Sensor

Works with the Nest Learning Thermostat or Nest Thermostat E.1<p>Helps make sure a certain room is the exact temperature you want it to be.<p>Put …

Ecobee Switch+ review

You might ask yourself how you ever lived without the Ecobee Switch+.<p>You might ask yourself how you ever lived without the Ecobee Switch+.<p>You might …

Smart Homes

Have a look at Philips Hue's new outdoor smart lights

Want to light your garden or backyard barbecue in living color? These new smart fixtures promise to do the job.<p>Philips Hue shared its plans for an outdoor line of color-changing smart lights (among other things) back in January. Now, we're hearing some more details.<p>At launch, the new outdoor …

Home Automation

Philips releases outdoor connected Hue lighting

Philips Hue products are going outside. Available for purchase this summer in the U.S., the lighting company has a range of new outdoor lighting products extending the world of Internet of Things to the great outdoors.<p>These products mark an important change for the Internet of Things world. As …

Home Automation

Microsoft drops ‘Hey Cortana’ in favor of just ‘Cortana’ on smart speakers

Microsoft is altering the way you activate its Cortana digital assistant with your voice. The first Cortana-powered Invoke speaker now lets users simply summon the digital assistant using “Cortana” instead of the usual “Hey Cortana” command. The change isn’t live on Cortana for iOS, Android, or …

Cortana