Nanoleaf is a smart lighting company that I’ve reviewed many time on techAU and their latest partnership is one to get excited about. Partnering with gaming brand Razer, the pair are launching Nanoleaf x Razer Chroma Connect, helping you create amazing game-activated lighting in your home. The new integration allows the...
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    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...
  • Microsoft, just buy IFTTT already

    Microsoft is a software and services company and what better to evolve those services than automation. Both in the consumer and business fields that Microsoft plays in, automating user tasks saves time and money and generally results in massive good will from your users. Recently we’ve seen Microsoft venture into...
  • Review: Philips Hue 2.0

    Smart and connected lighting systems are incredibly common, but Philips brings one of the biggest brand names to the market. After a successful entry with Hue 1.0, Philips have improved their offering with Hue 2.0. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve spent plenty of time lighting my life...
  • How to: Never miss a free game on Xbox Live

    The primary reason for most gamers to pay for Xbox Live Gold Membership is to play online against friends across the globe. There is however a great benefits that Xbox Live members get that many aren’t taking advantage of. Each month, Microsoft discount games and add-ons, but they also...
  • Yonomi adds support for Amazon’s Alexa

    Yonomi is on a roll right now. After recently adding support for LIFX, they’ve now added support for Amazon’s Echo. While Echo may not be available directly in Australia, many Aussie’s have imported them and those US-based readers will certainly be able to take advantage of this one. The...
  • Yonomi adds LIFX support

    Yonomi is one of the best services that brings your IoT devices together. Each smart device usually comes with a dedicated app from the manufacturer, but that leaves users diving in and out of apps, each with different UI to learn. Yonomi is becoming the best option for a...
  • GE WiFi-enabled fridge becomes first fridge on IFTTT

    The magical no-code automation service, IFTTT has learnt a new trick, talking to fridges. As our home appliances become internet connected, they can play a part in our smart homes thanks to the service IFTTT. GE Fridges are the first connected fridge to be compatible with IFTTT and offers...
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    Review: LIFX Color 1000

    When LIFX started their journey, the concept of a multi-coloured light globe that housed a WiFi module, controllable with your smart phone, was brand new. Fast forward a few years and the market is crowded and big competitors like Phillips Hue are now in the market. That hasn’t stopped...

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