Netatmo have announced their subscription-free home IoT products for the home just got smarter. Now compatible with a Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s Home Kit, they will now appeal to an expanded audience and add new functionality for existing owners. Security Netatmo’s smart security cameras, Presence and Welcome, are a new...
  • Review: Gogogate 2 Ultimate Garage Kit

    We've all probably driven away from our house, only to turn around and check if we'd left the garage door open. Imagine if you could leverage IoT to check your garage door from anywhere, well that's exactly what the Gogogate 2 Ultimate Garage Kit offers. In an era where...
  • Home Automation giant Crestron, launch Alexa skill in Australia

    Crestron is one of the  the global leaders in home automation and they’ve now announced those of us in Australia, with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices can access a new Crestron skill. Crestron panels and more recently smart phone controllers have served us well over the years, but now with Alexa...
  • Review: Nest Protect turns the humble smoke detector into an IoT device with IFTTT support

    Its important to protect the home you and your family live and even more so if you own your own home. Nest Protect offers a smart, connected way to monitor your environment from your phone. If there is an incident like a fire, or unsafe level of carbon monoxide,...
  • SONOS One officially adds Alexa support in Australia

    When SONOS One was announced, the promise of a great speaker that supported both Alexa and Google Assistant was an inviting one. While SONOS still say Google Assistant (and Airplay 2 support is coming later this year, from today, Australians can use Amazon’s Alexa weith Australian voices, accents and...
  • Echo Spot is coming to Australia, pre-order now available

    Amazon have announced the Echo Spot is now available for pre-order in Australia. The Echo Spot offers Alexa functionality, with a smaller design and the added convenience of a circular screen so that Alexa can show you things. The all-new Echo Spot will be available to customers on 26...
  • Free software update turns Nest Cam IQ into a Google Home

    Aussie customers can now use Google Assistant with their Nest Cam IQ, as part of a new integration. With no additional hardware required, the Nest Cam IQ will double-up as your very own Google Home – the first product of its kind to have the Google Assistant built-in. The free software update is...
  • Foxconn just bought Belkin for US$866M

    Maker of hardware and networking gadgets, Belkin have just been snapped up by Foxconn. Importantly this sees one of the most comprehensive IoT peripherals – WeMo be acquired as that industry explodes. The privately held Belkin turned 35 this year. The Taiwan-based Foxconn has an incredible 1.3 million employees...
  • Gemmill Homes selling houses with smart technology included

    If you live in Western Australia, then you may want to choose your home builder very carefully. While on the surface it may seem like they all offer the same outcome, but in an ultra-competitive space, companies are turning to technology to differentiate. Gemmill Homes has partnered with Perth...
  • iRobot Roomba now works with Google Home, Amazon Alexa and IFTTT

    When I reviewed iRobot’s Roomba 980 in January, one of my biggest complaints was the lack of support for home automation connectivity. Thankfully the Wi-Fi connected robot vacuums are now compatible with Google Home, Amazon Alexa and IFTTT (If This Then That). This means you can now command your Roomba to IFTTT...
  • Amazon buys Ring, a billion dollars serious about IoT

    Ring is been acquired by Amazon. In what is understood to be worth around US$1 Billion, giant Amazon are getting very serious about IoT hardware by acquiring Ring. The company is most famous for making the internet connected doorbell, but have since expanded their product portfolio to home security...
  • Review: Swann Smart Security Camera – wireless simplicity, quality camera, but lacks IFTTT

    Securing your most valuable asset is an incredibly important thing to do right. There’s a lot of options on the table when it comes to security cameras, but in 2018 there’s an easily definable feature set that’s imperative to a product being considered up to the task. First off,...
  • Cortana gets biggest shot in the arm with IFTTT integration

    In the world of voice assistants in the home, Cortana is a very distant 4th place to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri, but they’ve just announced compatibility with home automation service IFTTT. This is a really big deal and may finally get you talking to your...
  • Home Automation just got a big boost with Logitech Harmony adding Amazon Alexa support

    Voice assistants in the home are all the rage right now and Logitech has just announced it is bringing their popular Amazon Alexa Skill for the Logitech Harmony to Australia and New Zealand. This means Echo-enabled devices can now pick up your voice commands and control your TV. With this new...
  • Yonomi now support Google Assistant and Google Home

    Yonomi have announced that their IoT service now works with the Google Assistant and Google Home. The Google Assistant integration has been one of the most requested features from users and Yonomi have finally ticked the box for users and delivered it. This integration now means that when you search...
  • LIFX Tile IoT light now up for pre-order, Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit support

    LIFX make smart lighting solutions and what started as a company that made connected LED lightbulbs, has now morphed into one that offers a wide variety of lighting solutions. Their latest is called Tile. LIFX Tile comes out in November and has just been made available for pre-order. The...
  • Alexa getting Office 365 integration, Cortana getting Alexa skills

    Something strange just happened in the world of voice assistants. What should be fierce rivals, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa are actually getting friendly. Under a new agreement between the two companies, later this year, you will be able to access Alexa via Cortana on Windows 10 PCs, followed...
  • D-Link adds Google Assistant support to Smart Plugs

    Google home is now available in Australia as of today. Google Assist can control 3rd party IoT devices that support it and D-Link Australia New Zealand have announced that its mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W215) is compatible with the Google Assistant on Google Home. This means you can easily turn...
  • Welcome to Australia Nest.

    Nest is finally launching in Australia. Nest make a range of IoT devices, cameras, smoke detectors, but their most popular is their Nest thermostat. Once you connect Nest devices, you can control them from your mobile phone, using the Nest app from anywhere in the world. In terms of...
  • Notaa is a new IoT installer for your home or business

    Notaa has just launched in Australia and New Zealand. The company has partnered with IoT providers like Elgato, Nanoleaf, Friday Labs, Philips Hue and D-Link to make home installations of connected devices easy for consumers in their homes as well as businesses. Notaa is Australia’s first Apple HomeKit installer which...
  • How-to: Home Automation for under $4,000

    Home automation is something that sounds amazingly appealing, like a chance to live in a futuristic world where your home takes care of itself and you get to relax. Unfortunately there’s no one stop shop for connected devices that makes this dream a reality. Fortunately there is a way of...

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