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I'll be on Pop Tech Radio again this weekend, talking about why you might want to wait on buying products that purportedly "Work with Apple HomeKit" and how some people should avoid Windows 10 altogether.
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I've been testing each of the #HomeKit products as they've come out, and the latest entry into the market is the iHome SmartPlug.
We review iHome's new HomeKit-compatible SmartPlug. It may be the best designed plug-in module, but it suffers from HomeKit's achilles heel: its software.
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A few months ago I got the itch to move off of WordPress and onto some kind of static blog generator system. I read and researched and finally settled on OctoPress and set it up on GitHub pages. There has been a lot of attention to static blog and site generation over the last year or so and ...
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I'm Richard Gunther, a hobby podcaster with a show about home automation and home control for DIYers and enthusiasts. I've been messing with home control since I was a kid (back in those days, it was X10 and serial all the way!). Now I'm 50 (yes, home automation has been around that long), and I'm kind of blown away by the growth this industry has seen recently.

My expertise these days is in Insteon and consumer products. I'm doing quite a bit of research and writing now about HomeKit, now that we're finally starting to see some product arrive on shelves.

Check out our show if you're a podcast listener. We just celebrated our 2 year "anniversary" of a sorts, with our 50th episode.
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Nice new USB-C dock announced by OWC.
11 Ports For Your New MacBook. Meet the OWC USB-C Dock, the complete connectivity solution for your 2015 MacBook. Power your laptop and charge your mobile devices, connect fast external drives and other USB accessories, a 4K display, and much more with a single cable. With eleven ports, USB-C Dock is the gateway to possibility for your new MacBook.
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I disagree. For one thing, let's start with some perspective: this post is written by the CEO of Control4.
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is seemingly everywhere – from home improvement to healthcare. The DIY Network is an entire television channel devoted to projects you can do yourself. When ...
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I'm working with MDAR and OpenRemote to take the world that one step closer to effective building management and automation by incorporating Velbus into OpenRemote's family.

So far the tests are revealing some amazing possibilities.
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Internet communities like Reddit have always been toxic environments that survive on the backs of unpaid labor, and attempts to corporatize them because of it.
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San Bruno, Calif. — Sears Holdings has formally opened an idealized, 4000-square-foot Connected Solutions showroom within a Sears store here. The department, first announced in January and soft-launched last month, is the physical embodiment of Sears' connected-solutions strategy, a centerpiece ...
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On Saturday, 6/13/15, I appeared again on the syndicated radio show Popular Technology Radio to discuss Apple’s moves into home automation.

Is Apple's HomeKit just another “standard” competing with the likes of Google and others’ offerings? My advice to the general consumer: wait a while to see how this all shakes out. This is still early days.
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I own this remote, and I've been looking forward to this update. It's a nice improvement, and it brings the Logitech's living room hub products up to par with their newer Harmony Home line. This strikes me as a perfect addition for the home theater.
 
The long-awaited update to Logitech's living room hub products enables significantly expanded home control, integration, and scheduling capabilities.
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I disagree. For one thing, let's start with some perspective: this post is written by the CEO of Control4.
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is seemingly everywhere – from home improvement to healthcare. The DIY Network is an entire television channel devoted to projects you can do yourself. When ...
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I would not expect DIY to be the majority, but I think there will be a large community around DIY in Home Automation. Why? There are standards and protocols for devices that are relatively easy to communicate with. IMO HA vendors should embrace the DIY community, the more involved the DIY community is the better the products become.
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By day I'm a technology consultant; by night I'm just a geek. Somewhere in between there, I spew opinions on Twitter, write for The Digital Media Zone and UX Magazine, and occasionally update my own blog. I'm a Mac user with a soft spot for Windows Media Center. I co-host Entertainment 2.0—a weekly show about Media Center and other Microsoft entertainment technologies—and I host Home: On, a show about DIY home automation tech.
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