iDevices today announced the launch of the latest product in its smart home lineup, the iDevices Instant Switch. The Instant Switch is a simple wireless wall switch that’s designed to attach to a surface using adhesive, so there’s no tricky installation required.
The Instant Switch, which was first announced at CES 2017, is designed to work with existing iDevices HomeKit products using a Bluetooth connection, providing an additional method of control. According to iDevices, the Instant Switch can be paired to a hard-wired iDevices Wall or Dimmer Switch to create a three or four-way control configuration, for example.
You can attach the Instant Switch [...]
Following a report that the United States government is investigating Apple’s power management function that slows down some older iPhone models, Apple issued a statement on late Tuesday confirming that it has „received questions from some government agencies“ and is „responding to them.“
In the statement, Apple also confirmed the timing of its promised power management toggle, allowing customers with an iPhone 6 through iPhone 7 Plus to disable the function: it will be rolling out in a future iOS 11.3 beta version in February. The software update will be publicly released later this spring.
Apple’s full statement was shared by [...]
Starting in early 2018, Apple users in Brazil will pay for purchases from the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store using Brazilian reals instead of dollars. Reals will also be used for Apple Music subscriptions and iCloud storage charges.
Apple began notifying users about the change from dollars to reals in emails that were sent out today.
Apple says that once the currency change happens, all new purchases and subscriptions will be charged in reals rather than dollars.
Since the iTunes Store became available in Brazil in 2011, customers have been required to pay in dollars using an international credit or debit card payment.
At one point, [...]
Elgato’s Eve lineup of smart home devices is one of the largest contributors to the HomeKit ecosystem, with a variety of sensors and switches for inside and out, including five more products announced a couple of months ago.
We reviewed a set of the early Eve products two years ago, when we found a solid set of sensors that were hampered by bugs in the early days of HomeKit. HomeKit has come a long way since that time, making it much more stable and useful, so many of our early qualms have been resolved and we were impressed by the new Eve Degree temperature monitor released earlier this year.
Two of the other products in the Eve lineup are the Eve Light [...]