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HomeKit remains a scattered ecosystem years after it launched

Apple announced its smart-home control system, HomeKit, in 2014 at its annual developers conference. It started enabling it in iOS in mid 2015 and …

How my new daughter totally justified blowing $1,000 on smart home tech

This is June Elise Hollister. She's two months old, and she's the love of my life.<p>She's also the reason my home -- my lights, thermostat, TV and video-streaming gadgets -- now responds to my voice.<p>I don't have to set June down and risk waking her up if I want to dim the lights, pause a movie or …

Home Automation

Remove DRM from iTunes and Apple Music to play your audio on any device

<i>This post is brought to you by Convertanymusic.com, maker of Apple Music Converter.</i><p>When we download music from iTunes, or audiobooks from Audible, the files that get onto our devices are DRM-protected. That means they can’t be played on “unauthorized” devices. This, let’s face it, is pretty …

Apple Music

HomeKit

Launched at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in 2014, HomeKit is a platform for streamlining home automation, namely allowing users to turn …

Home Automation

Even diehard Apple fans will learn from this huge list of hidden iPhone tricks

In a post on Friday morning, I touched upon the increasingly common notion that iOS has gotten much more complex in recent years. Some users even …

The best Apple HomeKit tips and tricks

Apple's HomeKit app Home is simple and easy to use, but it also comes with a load of hidden features that you might not, on the surface, realise are …

Home Automation

Eight things you need to do right now to protect yourself online

From using unique passwords for everything to utilising two-step verification and enabling encryption, here’s how to guard your privacy and stay safe<p><b>What:</b> Stop kidding yourself that you only re-use passwords on accounts that don’t matter, or that you have an unbreakable password scheme that no one …

Unique

Netgear customers urged to turn off Wi-Fi routers after several models found to pose security risk

Customers that use certain Netgear routers for their broadband have been urged to switch the devices off and use alternate ones after multiple were found to contain a vulnerability that could let hackers gain access to them from afar.<p>Security researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found …

Protect your privacy during Trump’s reign: A hacker’s guide to being cyber-safe

Protecting individual privacy from government intrusion is older than American democracy<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation.</i><p>Protecting individual privacy from government intrusion is older than American democracy. In 1604, the attorney general of England, Sir Edward Coke, …

How to stop receiving iCloud calendar invite spam on your iPhone and Mac

An incredibly sinister new form of spam has infiltrated countless iPhones and iPads in recent weeks: fake iCloud calendar invites. Personally, I’ve …

How can I protect myself from government snoopers?

Now that the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 - or snooper’s charter – has become law, Charles wants to protect his privacy<p><i>Now that the snooper’s charter has been passed, how can I protect myself? Should I use a VPN? Charles</i><p>The UK has just passed the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, at the third …

Surveillance

Elgato Eve Motion presence sensor puts you in control of home automation - The Gadgeteer

The Evo Motion sensor from Elgato is a wireless motion sensor with HomeKit technology for Apple devices. This sensor can detect a user’s presence or …

Best Smart Home Hub

<i>Best overall:</i> Samsung SmartThings<p>See at Amazon<p>While one-off connected home gadgets are fun, the real power of the connected home comes from all of …

How To Prioritize WiFi Networks On Mac For Best Wireless Performance

Here's how to change priority order or prioritize WiFi networks on Mac running macOS to make sure it stays on the strongest wireless network …

Best free apps for Mac

Get the greatest free apps on your Mac without having to dig through the entire Mac App Store!The Mac App Store is full of all manner of apps, from …

Apps

10 hidden MacOS Sierra features you need to know

If you upgraded to MacOS Sierra, then you are likely familiar with its headlining features, whether you are using Siri to speak to your Mac, unlocking it with an Apple Watch or cutting and pasting from your Mac to your iPhone or vice versa with the universal clipboard. You might also be using …

Batteries

Best MacBook 12 accessories

The new 12 inch MacBook is quite the notebook, boasting impressive specs and great battery life. With your new computer, you may want some …

New Amazon CloudHSM service vows enterprise-grade security

Amazon(s amzn) Web Services runs on tons and tons of shared hardware. That’s a huge benefit in terms of cost but also spooks customers with strict …