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 connected to...
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    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...

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