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13. Juli 2018

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a HomeKit-Compatible Smart Home Bundle From Eve

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Eve Systems to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win the company’s entire HomeKit product line, which includes an Eve Motion, an Eve Energy, an Eve Door & Window sensor, an Eve Button, an Eve Light Switch, an Eve Degree, and an Eve Aqua.

Eve Systems, formerly known as Elgato, was one of the first companies to create HomeKit products for Apple’s smart home platform, and today, there are a wide selection of Bluetooth-enabled HomeKit products available from Eve.

All Eve products work over Bluetooth so there’s no need for a WiFi connection or a hub, and because we here at MacRumors have [...]

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3. Juli 2018

Review: Ring Alarm is a $199 Do-It-Yourself Home Security System That Keeps Things Simple

Last month, Ring began taking pre-orders for its Ring Alarm home security system, and today it begins shipping. I’ve had a chance to spend some time with Ring Alarm, and I’ve found it’s an easy-to-use security system that’s useful with or without professional monitoring.

Priced at $199 for the base kit, the Ring Alarm comes with a base station, a separate keypad, one motion detector, one contact sensor for a door or window, and a range extender to help make sure all of your Ring accessories remain connected to your network.

Additional contact sensors ($20), motion detectors ($30), keypads ($50), and range extenders ($25) [...]

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29. Juni 2018

How to Access Control Center and Home Screen in iOS 12 With the iPad’s New Gestures

Apple in iOS 11 revamped the iPad’s interface and changed the way we interact with the tablet through a new Dock, a revamped App Switcher, and Drag and Drop, and with iOS 12, further iPad changes have been implemented.

There are new gestures to learn for accessing the Home screen, App Switcher, and the Control Center, along with a new status bar and some new multitasking capabilities, which we’ve outlined below.

Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The new iPad gestures are identical to the gestures on the iPhone X, with Apple preparing us for the elimination of the Home button in future iPad models. Rumors suggest upcoming iPad [...]

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19. Juni 2018

Smart Speaker Owners Aren’t Yet Widely Using Them to Control Connected Home Devices

IHS Markit conducted a new survey in March and April 2018, asking 937 smart speaker owners various questions about the usage of their devices, spreading across the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, and Brazil. According to the findings that have been shared today, just six percent of smart speaker owners used their speakers to command smart home devices like lights, switches, and thermostats.

The speakers and assistants included in the survey were HomePod/Siri, Google Home/Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, Bixby, and Amazon Echo/Alexa. The most popular category for smart speaker control for all speakers was asking about the weather and news, followed in [...]

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