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Best wireless security cameras

When you need a security camera but don't have a plug at nearby, battery-powered security cameras are an excellent solution.

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The best way to track your sleep now helps you get there faster

Sleep sensors are common, as are sleep aids. But Sense by Hello wants to be a holistic system that does both, and with a recent update, now plays white noise to help you fall asleep faster.

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The perfect Smart Home: What our editors are using!

Interested in getting started in the world of home automation? We've rounded up the Mobile Nations editors to tell you their own favorite products to use in their own homes.

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How to use Siri with your HomeKit accessories

HomeKit devices are here, and with them comes home automation devices that can interact with Siri, Apple's voice-activated assistant. Once you've installed and connected your HomeKit device, here's how you set it up with Siri!

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The iDevices Switch gives you HomeKit-powered home automation

At CES 2015, iDevices has announced a HomeKit-enabled connected plug, called Switch. The iDevice Switch lets you schedule and control various products throughout your home with the iDevice app, and plugs right into an electrical outlet. You can manage lamps, stereos, and other appliances while at home or remotely, and the Switch itself connects to your home's Wi-Fi network.

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Elgato announces Eve connected home accessories, Avea smart light bulbs ahead of HomeKit's arrival

Elgato is jumping into the home automation space ahead of Apple's broader HomeKit push when iOS 8 debuts this fall for consumers. Ahead of Apple's plans and the IFA trade show, the company has announced a range of products under the Eve brand and some colorful connected light bulbs that should integrate nicely into your iOS ecosystem this fall.

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Emberlight will turn your lightbulbs into smart connected lightbulbs

While smart wireless lightbulbs like Philips Hue are all the rage, a new Kickstarter project is aiming to make any lightbulb a smart one. It's called Emberlight, and it's a simple intermediary device that you screw into the E26/27 socket and then screw your lightbulb into. From there, merely leave your switch in the on position and you'll be able to control your lights wirelessly from your phone.

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Let your lawn water itself with Rachio's Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller

In an effort to save billions of gallons of wasted water and people's spare time in one fell swoop, Rachio has announced its Iro Smart Sprinkler Controller that lets you manage your lawn sprinkler system from your mobile device over the internet.

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HomeKit lets your iPhone phone home

Apple introduced HomeKit at WWDC to allow your iPhone and iPad to control your connected home. The current state of connected homes today is that each component requires a separate app and not everything is integrated to make it simple and easy. With HomeKit, Apple is hoping to change that as it is partnering with leading vendors of home automation equipment including Schlage, Honeywell, Kwikset, iDevices, and others.

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Apple allegedly set to announce program to unify home automation devices

We're really looking forward to seeing what Apple has to announce next week at their annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC 2014). We'll expected to see and learn about iOS 8, OS X 10.10 'Syrah', a new MacBook Air and more. We're also expecting Apple to announce their initiative in the home. A new report suggests that the move isn't as ambitious as expected.

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