All Articles by Mikah Sargent

Best Alternatives to HomeKit

Apple's HomeKit framework helps link up disparate home automation products and platforms. That said, it's not the only system for bringing together home automation products and platforms. These are the best alternatives to HomeKit!

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Google Home adds several new smart home integrations

Google Home, the Alexa-like smart speaker from Google, just added support for several popular smart home devices and platforms.

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Apple TV Remote comes to iPad!

The Apple TV Remote has been updated to support iPad. Now you can control your Apple TV with plenty of room for tapping, navigating chapters, and reading lyrics!

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How to kill annoying Facebook group notifications on iPhone and iPad

When you join a new group on Facebook, you're automatically subscribed to all notifications by default. Luckily, Facebook gives you an option to disable these annoying behaviors. You just have to know where to look.

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Reminder: WWDC registration and scholarship applications begin today

This year's WWDC takes place in San Jose, CA from June 5 to June 9, and today (March 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. PDT) marks the opening of ticket registrations and scholarship applications.

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4-year-old uses Touch ID, Siri to call emergency services for unconscious mother

A 4-year-old London boy used Touch ID and Siri to place a call to emergency services after his mother collapsed at their home.

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djay Pro for Mac's latest update will probably make you an unstoppable DJ

djay Pro for Mac now offers plug & play support for Pioneer DJ's latest hardware, enhanced Touch Bar integration, and Spotify Browse integration. In other words, djay Pro just got more powerful!

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Amazon's Alexa assistant comes to iOS

Amazon's iOS app now includes the company's intelligent assistant, Alexa.

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HomeKit-enabled, WiFi-connected iLuv Rainbow8 bulbs now available

iLuv's Rainbow8 bulbs, the first WiFi-connected, HomeKit-enabled bulbs, are now available for purchase.

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How to use Bitmoji with Snapchat

Snapchat bought Bitmoji wayyy back in March of 2016, but it took quite some time for Snapchat to start doing anything of consequence with the avatar-creation app. Now the app offers deep tie-ins with Bitmoji. Here are the details!

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6 Ways Investing in a Smart Home Can Save You Money

Investing in a smart home can be pretty costly upfront, but you'll find the cost saving benefits over time help balance the initial investment. Here are six ways investing in a smart home can actually save you money!

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These are the best ways to personalize your AirPods!

Your glossy white AirPods are pretty sweet but there's one potential problem: They look just like everyone else's glossy white AirPods. Why not customize those 'Pods for a unique look that's all your own?

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Watching YouTube videos gets super-social with Uptime

Uptime is an iPhone app that lets you share and watch YouTube videos in a real-time social environment. It's like watching a video with a friend IRL, but with Uptime they don't have to be IRL!

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How to add your existing lights and fans to your HomeKit-enabled home

You don't have to spring for all-new HomeKit-enabled bulbs and fans to upgrade your home with HomeKit — you can add smarts to your existing setup with the help of these HomeKit-enabled in-wall dimmer and light switches!

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WeberHaus pre-fab homes to feature HomeKit control

WeberHaus will offer pre-fabricated homes with HomeKit control later this year.

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HomeKit troubleshooting: Have you tried turning it off and on again?

Sometimes the simplest solution to a HomeKit problem is the correct one. Problem is the simplest solution can be buried deep within the smart-bulb-lit caves of iOS's Home app, so let's take a look at a real-world HomeKit troubleshooting experience!

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Instagram adds location-based geostickers to Instagram Stories

Instagram is adding a new feature to its Instagram Stories platform. The app will now display location-based "geostickers" that only appear in certain locations.

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How to set up two-factor authentication for your Nest account

Nest has souped up account security by adding two-factor authentication to Nest accounts. Here's how you get it all set up!

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How to control your Philips Hue lights when you're away from home

You can control your Philips Hue lighting setup even when you're away from home. Think you left the lights on? Want to make it look like your empty house is occupied? Here's how to set up out of home access!

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These smart home accessories work with Amazon's Alexa and Apple's HomeKit

Splitting your smart home commands between Siri and Alexa (Apple and Amazon, respectively) actually makes a lot of sense. If you've got an Echo or Echo Dot in your home, here are some smart home accessories that work with Alexa and HomeKit.

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