IKEA’s Smart Blinds Won’t Support HomeKit At Launch

One of the selling points of IKEA’s smart home products, apart from its affordability, is how they support Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem. This means that they can be used together with other HomeKit devices and be controlled at the same time or in groups. Unfortunately, one of IKEA’s upcoming smart home products, the FYRTUR smart blinds, will not support HomeKit at launch.


IKEA Doubles Down On Its Smart Home Development

Over the years, we’ve seen IKEA introduce a variety of smart home products to its lineup. This started out with lamps that came with built-in wireless chargers, to IKEA’s own range of smart lightbulbs, smart blinds, and smart speakers. However, it seems that the company is actually far from done with its smart home products.


Apple Will Be Bringing The HomePod To Japan On August 23

Apple’s rollout of the HomePod has been a bit slow, where unlike its iPhones and iPads and Mac computers, the availability of the HomePod is still very much limited to a handful of countries. However, the company has been slowly expanding its availability and come 23rd of August, it seems that the HomePod will finally be making its way to Japan.


Google One Subscribers Are Being Offered Free Home Minis

If you’re a Google One subscriber, you might want to check your emails because according to reports, it looks like Google is giving away free Google Home Minis to subscribers of its One service. Some users are reporting that they have received emails informing them of the giveaway, but it should be pointed out that you can go to your Google One account to access the redemption code to get […]


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Google And Huawei Were Working On A Smart Speaker Together

Google has a couple of smart speakers under its belt in the form of the Google Home series. However, it seems that Google had another smart speaker in the works that they were allegedly developing together with Huawei, but it seems that those plans have since been scrapped following Huawei being placed on the US Entity List.


Google’s Nest Hub Max Will Be Released On September 9

A couple of months ago, Google announced a new smart home device in the form of the Nest Hub Max. If the device caught your attention and you wouldn’t mind getting your hands on it, then you might be pleased to learn that Google has confirmed that the device is currently set for a release on the 9th of September.


LG’s Smart TVs To Get HomeKit and AirPlay 2 Support Next Week

If you own an LG smart TV, you might be interested to learn that starting next week, LG has confirmed that they will be rolling out an update to their smart TVs in which they will be receiving both HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support. However, we should point out that not all models will be compatible.


Nest Kills App Support For Apple Watch And Wear OS

Smartwatches are a pretty clever invention, especially since they allow us to do many things without having to reach for our phone. For example, we can send text messages, read notifications, get reminders, set alarms, and so on. There was even a point in time where we could control our smart home devices such as Nest.


JBL Link Bar Is Finally Available For Purchase

Some of you may remember the JBL Link Bar, the company’s Android-powered soundbar which was first unveiled at the Google I/O conference last year. It has been a very long wait for this product but it’s finally available for purchase. The Link Bar is a soundbar, smart speaker, and Android TV set-top box hybrid that costs $400.


IKEA Updates Its TRADFRI Lineup Of Smart Home Products

IKEA is a company that most people would associate with regular home furniture that is affordable. However, in recent times the company has expanded on their offerings to keep up with the times, such as by creating smart home products that would allow customers to make their homes smarter without having to spend too much money.


New Philips Hue Bulbs Have Bluetooth And Don’t Need A Hub To Work

The Philips Hue smart bulbs have long been a fixture in the smart lighting market. You would need to purchase a hub in order to take advantage of their connected features, though, but that’s no longer going to be necessary. The new Philips Hue smart bulbs come with Bluetooth and no longer require the $60 hub to function. They can be controlled entirely over Bluetooth.


Samsung Launches A New Range Of SmartThings Devices

If you’re looking to trick out your home to make it smarter, there are a plethora of choices of choose from, but if you’d rather not spend too much time looking around, Samsung could have the perfect solution for you. The company has recently announced a bunch of gadgets part of its SmartThings lineup that could be worth checking out.


KitchenAid Has A Google Assistant And Alexa Compatible Smart Oven

Earlier this year at CES 2019, KitchenAid announced a couple of smart home gadgets. One of the devices announced was a smart display and the other was a smart oven called the SmartOven+. For those who are interested in the smart oven, you’ll be pleased to learn that the device is now available for purchase, if you’re willing to spend $3,199.


Second-hand Nest Cam Owners Could Be Spied On By Its Original Owners

Buying a second-hand gadget is a good way to save money, but is it a good idea? As second-hand Nest Cam owners are finding out, maybe it’s not. This is because according to a report from Wirecutter, it has been discovered that there is a potential for owners of a second-hand Nest Cam to be spied on by the device’s original owners.