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5. Mai 2018

Review: Fibaro’s ‚The Button‘ Adds Physical Control Options to Your HomeKit Setup

„The Button“ from Fibaro is the latest HomeKit accessory that’s designed to add physical control options to your HomeKit setup, making it easier to access HomeKit devices without an iOS device or HomePod.

Design wise, The Button looks like you might expect something called „The Button“ to look. Made of smooth plastic, it has a small round base that holds a slightly larger button that depresses to activate HomeKit commands.

I like the look of the button, and it offers a satisfying button-like press that’s better than some of the other competing button and tap-style devices that offer physical HomeKit controls. The button I [...]

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28. März 2018

Facebook Details Revamped Privacy Tools to Put Users ‚More in Control‘ of Their Data

Following revelations that emerged last week about Facebook’s misuse of user data, the company today said it has „heard loud and clear“ that it needs to make it easier for users to know how to control their own privacy settings and data. These updates to Facebook mobile and on the web „have been in the works for some time,“ according to Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan, „but the events of the past several days underscore their importance.“

The first update is found in a redesigned settings menu on mobile devices, so instead of settings that are spread across „nearly 20 different screens,“ they’re all in one [...]

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27. März 2018

Review: iDevices‘ Instant Switch Expands Manual Control of Your Other iDevices HomeKit Accessories

Last month, popular smart home accessory manufacturer iDevices launched Instant Switch, a Bluetooth switch that pairs with other iDevices products like outlets and switches to provide an additional point of manual control.

For example, it can be paired with a hard-wired Wall Switch to provide control at another convenient place in the room without the need for wiring a second switch. Alternatively, it can be paired with a Switch or Outdoor Switch to provide convenient control of a switched outlet located in a hard to reach place behind furniture or outside.

While the Instant Switch itself doesn’t directly support HomeKit, it is indirectly compatible as it [...]

 
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9. März 2018

How to Control and Tweak a True Tone Display on iPhone and iPad

Last year, Apple brought a display feature called True Tone to its flagship iPhone line-up for the first time, following the technology’s debut in 2016 with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

True Tone works by adjusting the color temperature of a device’s screen to match the surrounding ambient light, so that images on the display appear more natural and are less apt to contribute to eyestrain.

If you stand in a dimly lit room illuminated by a table lamp, for instance, a True Tone display appears warmer and yellower, much like a piece of paper would in the same light. Stand outside on an overcast day, however, and the same display looks cooler and bluer, as [...]

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