smart home

Apple’s Smart Home Plans Threatened by Amazon

The combination of Amazon's Echo speaker system and Alexa voice-controlled digital assistant seems to be ruining Apple's Smart Home plans. According to Reuters, Amazon has come much closer to delivering on the promise of easy-to-use technology that can control gadgets in the home with a few spoken words in less than a year, than both Apple...

Smart Home Technology Adoption Growing Rapidly in Canada: Telus

A recent study commissioned by TELUS has revealed that a rapidly increasing number of Canadians are craving smarter homes, and that they expect smart home technology to become commonplace in their homes within the next two years. The study, which was conducted by study MARU/VCR&C, shows that 61% of Canadians believe that smart home technology will benefit their...

New “Wi-Fi HaLow” Standard Announced for Smart Homes

The group behind Wi-Fi has today announced the launch of a new type of Wi-Fi today called Wi-Fi HaLow (pronounced “halo”), which has been optimized to work with low-power devices, such as smart homes and gadgets, The Verge is reporting. The new type of Wi-Fi will be an extension of the upcoming 802.11ah standard. The source notes that the...

Apple Reportedly Developing Mainstream Smart Home Hardware

Apple introduced a new software development kit (SDK) called HomeKit earlier this month at the WWDC 2014, which would allow users to pair their Apple devices with locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs and switches, to control individual devices or group devices into scenes using Siri. Today, a new report by 9to5Mac is claiming that the Cupertino...