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Point: Keeping an eye on your home with electronic ears

When it comes to home security, sometimes those little webcams can be a little too obtrusive. For example, let's say that you share your home via AirBnB -- do you really want to see your guests walking around in bathrobes (or less)? Likewise, the guests might not like having the all-seeing...

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The marriage of Eyefi Cloud and IFTTT is a very fruitful one

Eyefi SD/WiFi cards are a great solution for anyone who wants to shoot photos and immediately have those images sent from a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera to a Mac, iOS device, or even a cloud storage alternative like Dropbox, Flickr and especially Eyefi's own Eyefi Cloud service. Now the...

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Revolv Smart Home Hub and app eases home automation setup

As noted in my Macworld/iWorld 2014 talk on using Siri to control the "Internet of Things", there's one big problem in the home automation world right now -- too many standards! Now I know that sounds like a contradiction in terms, but there are a number of competing standards available: Z-Wave,...

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IFTTT for iPad brings service/device mashups to your favorite tablet

I have an amazing amount of love and respect for IFTTT.com, an online service that provides an easy way to connect apps, devices, and services in ways that make them much more useful. Want to get a phone call from your house telling you that your basement is flooded? Use IFTTT, a moisture sensor...

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SmartThings Hub: Connecting your home, phone and you

At Macworld/iWorld 2014, I delivered a talk about Siri and connected devices titled "Siri's Arms and Legs: Giving Apple's Intelligent Assistant the Power to Control Your World." My original idea for the presentation was based on some work I'd done last year for YouTube's Geek Week, in which I used...

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Automatic brings the Internet of Things to your car

If there's one topic that absolutely fascinates me these days, it's the "Internet of Things" -- connected devices that talk to our smartphones and tablets that can provide us with information. Now that information can be as simple as telling us what the temperature is, whether a door is opened or...

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5 fun and useful things you can do with IFTTT's iPhone location triggers

The glue that holds the Internet of Things together -- IFTTT.com -- gained a new feature last month. Now the service's free iPhone app has location awareness, which means that it can be used to do some pretty amazing things. The update on December 11, 2013, to version 1.30 added the ability to...

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Daily Update for December 12, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires...

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IFTTT adds a location channel to its iOS App

IFTTT updated its iOS app today, adding in a major new feature -- the ability to use location as a trigger in your recipes. Version 1.3 of IFTTT adds a new iOS location channel that you can use in any recipe. This location feature allows you to setup a geographic fence that'll trigger an action...

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Belkin adds WeMo Insight Switch to the home-automation tool family

The Belkin WeMo family of home-automation tools grew by one yesterday with the introduction of a new member -- the WeMo Insight Switch (US$59.99). The Insight Switch one-ups its older sibling, the WeMo Switch ($49.99), by being smarter and skinnier. While the WeMo Switch provided a way for iPhone...

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IFTTT adds actions for iOS photo albums and Reminders

The developers behind the uber-popular web service and app IFTTT have updated the iOS app to add new actions for iPhone photo albums and Reminders. IFTTT allows users to create connections between Channels and Recipes using the simple "if this, then that" formula. Channels include services like...

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Philips expands iOS-controlled Hue line

Still love it when the lights in your house flash a rainbow of colors every time you're mentioned in a tweet? According to The Verge, Philips has announced two new additions to the Hue line of internet-controlled lighting; the US$89.95 LightStrips and the $79.95 Bloom. LightStrips are flexible,...

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Friday Favorite: Using Zapier to automate my workflow (Updated)

Recently, the TUAW staff talked about their workflow, and the tools they use to keep their day moving smoothly. One detail that didn't come out in my contribution is my growing usage of automation tools to help me get things done. I'm an avid IFTTT user, using the web service to send tasks to...

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IFTTT app perfect for creating recipes on the go

A lot of the TUAW bloggers have a favorite website they love to visit for creating automated scripts (recipes) for linking dissimilar internet services. IFTTT stands for If This Then That, which is a perfect name for a service that watches for some action to occur before performing another action....

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Feedly RSS reader launches cloud service

Feedly is a service that's risen in popularity recently for the most part because the much-loved RSS service Google Reader is coming to close on July 1, but the company is definitely doing its best to make a space for itself as something more than just an alternative. Today, Feedly released the...

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