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Apple will no longer let you use an iPad as a home hub to control HomeKit accessories starting with iOS 16, MacRumors reports. That means you’ll need to use a HomePod, HomePod mini, or Apple TV as your home hub instead. Apple will no longer let you use an iPad as a home hub to control HomeKit accessories starting with iOS 16, MacRumors reports. Text apparently found in iOS 16’s second developer beta by MacRumors contributing writer Steve Moser spells out the

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SwitchBot’s retrofit smart door lock installs in under a minute

The SwitchBot Lock and $29 SwitchBot Keypad work over Bluetooth and allow access to your door via an app, key, code, or fingerprint. SwitchBot, the company that makes tiny robotic fingers to press your switches for you, is branching further into the smart home. The new SwitchBot Lock ($99.99) sticks to your door and turns the thumb turn automatically to lock and unlock it. This

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Smart switches or smart bulbs? How to choose the right smart lighting for your home

How to use smart lighting and which products to choose: Philips Hue, Lutron Caseta, Leviton, Wyze, and Wemo are all good options to get you started with smart lighting in your home. Smart lighting is the most important innovation in lighting since the invention of the lightbulb. It adds so much functionality to such a key part of our lives, elevating the concept of lighting our homes beyond just the utilitarian. But smart

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TP-Link’s new smart plug adds HomeKit and energy monitoring

The Kasa Smart WiFi Plug Mini with Energy Monitoring and Apple HomeKit is an inexpensive smart plug that also works with Alexa and Google Assistant. A four-pack costs $49.99. TP-Link has finally added HomeKit to one of its products, and it's a serious bargain. The new version of its very good mini smart plug has Apple HomeKit support and energy monitoring all for just $12.50 per plug. The Kasa Smart WiFi Plug Mini with

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Insteon customers turned Insteon’s lights back on

The new group, led by CEO Ken Fairbanks, has resurrected Insteon Technologies, the smart lighting company that shut down its servers earlier this year. Following the report yesterday that smart home company Insteon’s servers had mysteriously fired up overnight, there is good news: Insteon is back, and it was resurrected by its customers. This message appeared on the Insteon blog today, posted by

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Someone turned Insteon’s lights back on

Users of Insteon hubs, which stopped working in April when its parent company Smartlabs shut down, report their smart homes are back online. Last April, Smartlabs switched off its cloud servers, leaving users of its Insteon smart home system without app or voice control of their connected switches, plugs, thermostats, and other devices paired to its smart home hub. It happened overnight

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Wyze’s new smart scale features modes for babies, pets, and luggage

The $33.99 Wyze Scale X introduces new measurement modes that can help you automatically measure the weight of your pet, travel luggage, and babies. Now it measures 13 body composition metrics and has longer battery life. Wyze announced today that it’s launching the $33.99 Scale X, a refresh of its previous Wyze Scale. For the most part, it’s a slightly cheaper but pretty standard smart scale. But the interesting thing is it includes new Baby, Pet, and Luggage

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This smart mosquito system actually works — for a hefty price

Thermacell’s Liv is an app-controlled, Alexa- and Google Home-compatible smart mosquito repellent system for your garden that starts at $700. I live in South Carolina, where the mosquito is the unofficial state bird. There are at least 61 different species of the bloodsuckers here, and I loathe each and every one of them. Beyond the itchiness, they spread serious diseases and can even

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Sonos is offering up to $180 off refurbished soundbars and smart speakers today

Sonos is offering discounts on a number of its refurbished speakers right now, including the Sonos Arc and Sonos Roam. You can also pick up the waterproof Ultimate Ears Boom 3 and Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for their lowest prices ever. Everyone might be talking about the recent release of Sonos voice control or the Sonos Ray, but if Sonos’ entry-level soundbar doesn’t seem like a good fit, you can currently find discounts on a range of refurbished speakers in the Sonos

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Federal appeals court pauses FDA ban on Juul’s e-cigarettes

A court has ruled that Juul can keep selling its products while the company prepares an emergency motion to stay the FDA’s recent order preventing sales of the Juul device and Juul pods. Juul can continue selling its e-cigarettes despite the Food and Drug Administration ordering a ban Thursday, according to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (via TechCrunch). In its order, the court says it’s issuing the

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Snoop Dogg and Eminem’s Bored Ape music video is here to try and sell us on tokens

To close out the ApeFest 2022 event, Snoop Dogg and Eminem present a new song and video, which features animations with their associated Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT characters, called From The D 2 The LBC. The last couple of weeks have had a lot of bad news for some in the “web3” space, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at announcements in and around the recently-ended NFT.NYC and ApeFest 2022 events. The Bored Ape Yacht Club’s (BAYC) annual

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