HomeAutomation

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Philips HUE 2.0, smarter, faster, better.

    Part of any essential home automation and IoT plan involves a connected lighting system. With a crowded marketplace, its often difficult to know where to start. Philips Hue is a market leader, and with integration to a number of services like IFTTT, that’s for good reason. Now that successful...
  • Review: Husqvarna Automower 305

    The great Australian dream is to own your own home with a bit of land. If you manage to achieve that dream, you’ll quickly become accustom to the reality of maintaining the grass on that land. In recent years we’ve made the experience better by entertaining ourselves with music and...
  • 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: D-Link connected home products

    Creating a smart home happens in two ways, you pay $40,000 to a home installer, or you pick and choose the products that suit your lifestyle. D-Link has a range of new products that could form part of your smart home. The three new products are the WiFi SmartPlug,...
  • Control 4 automating Australian homes

    Control 4 is lives and breathes home automation. Their software connects smart devices like AV gear, blinds, lighting, security to make our lives better. Earlier this year I had a chance to speak to Robert Kidd, Managing Director at Control 4 Asia Pacific, about the company’s place in the Australian home automation market. The...