Realtek Semiconductor Corp., one of the world’s leading IC providers, today announced its Ameba and iCOM IoT solutions with full support for Apple’s HomeKit. Realtek offers total HomeKit solutions with Ameba (RTL8711 series) and iCOM (RTL8196/8188 series) that can be easily implemented into various IoT platform designs, e.g. smart plug, smart home appliances, home security systems, and smart sensor/lighting devices.
HomeKit offers a set of common protocols making it easier for customers to control HomeKit-enabled accessories using Siri or third-party apps. HomeKit is built on a secure foundation with end-to-end encryption which provides customers a secure connection between their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and HomeKit-enabled accessory.
Until now, each brand of accessory has its own App and protocol, each needs individual set up and users need to switch from one to the other. In addition accessories of different brands Are often not compatible. PowerHouz solves this problem, allowing users to control their home accessories from on App on their iPhone or iPad.
Designed to match the Apple Homekit protocol, PowerHouz is compatible with all corresponding accessories, such as switches, lights, fans, outlets, garage door openers and thermostats all organized by houses, zones and rooms.
NDrive you might’ve heard and read about on our site in one of the GPS review articles we’ve published before. Recently I was getting annoyed with the latest update of Navigon, where it kept asking me to calibrate the compass. One a small trip it happened twice and I looked foolish as a head of the family doing the calibrate yoga session. Because my partner leaves on holidays earlier than me, I don’t want to bother her with that, so I decided to look for new GPS software in the App Store.
There I found NLife (version 1.4.14), it has been released a while ago now, and it’s a rewrite of NDrive which is no longer available at the moment. I decided to buy the Western Europe Maps which are from TomTom and paid around 40 Euros for a lifetime license. I threw in another 10 Euros for the traffic cameras which is a yearly fee. Not too bad if they’re updated actively. I didn’t install the traffic feature because I don’t drive daily.
Apple has been releasing an important speed update to the Watch Operating system. Not that people seem to notice it dramatically but enough to be snappier. Next to the Siri and fitness improvements, there are also 14 security updates in this release. Apple developers have been very busy patching the kernel, 8 kernel issues have been address and funny enough 3 of them have been found bu Google Employees.
Tensio Works With Apple’s HealthKit & Watch to Put Anyone with High Blood Pressure in Control
At CES Asia this week Humetrix will demonstrate Tensio™, an mHealth app for the iPhone and Apple Watch that lets anyone with hypertension better manage their condition by monitoring their blood pressure, weight, physical activity, diet, and medications. Anyone can use Tensio in consultation with their doctor to help them control their blood pressure.
Hypertension affects millions of people worldwide. Monitoring your blood pressure, medications, diet, weight and exercise is key to hypertension management. Tensio assembles all of the information from your monitoring devices stored in Apple HealthKit, along with relevant medication and medical diagnoses to generate iPhone and Apple Watch notifications that help people better manage their condition.
We’ve tested the Ultimate Ears BOOM before here on iPhonetunes, that was the special Kenny Scharf edition. We were very surprised by the quality of the speaker as well the finishing of the product as a whole. Logitec has looked into the cookbooks from Apple on how to make the best speaker possible and that in a nice design, with finesse in every detail.
This time we’ve tested the UE BOOM in dual mode, myself as being a twin knows that 2 is more than 1 plus 1. We received 2 test models, one yellow with green label and the other being blue with a red label. I really like the vibrant yellow BOOM, while my daughter fell in love with the blue BOOM.
Apple has never been the company that is keen on publishing specifications about their new products, until some years ago. In the pre-Samsung times, they have always highlighted unique features and use cases which were eagerly demoed by Steve and Phil. More recently, Apple is using its keynotes as a showcase for specifications, mostly caused by stiff competition. An exception from this is the Apple WATCH because it is a new player in the market, but wait for the next 2 models and it will be a specs demo all over.
I have graphed out most of the specs of all the iPhone models over the years. It shows that the iPhone 7 is the iPhone to wait for because many specs didn’t change over the last 4 models.
Do Button and Note are now available for Apple Watch. Designed for simplicity and ease of use, Do puts creative control of over 180 Channels right on your iOS devices. Do Button empowers you to create your own personalized button with just a tap. Save time and control the world around you with Recipes that connect your button to Philips Hue, Google Drive, Nest Thermostat, and hundreds of Channels you use every day.
Add up to 3 Recipes at a time and swipe between them to quickly change what your button does.
If you’ve been keeping a keen eye on your Apple Watch order status, we’ve got some great news for you: the latest update to Clear includes support for Apple Watch and is waiting for you on the App Store! Clear for Apple Watch is the best way to stay productive on the go, showing your lists from Clear on your iPhone and allowing you to complete tasks, and add new tasks and reminders using dictation.
Even if you’re not getting an Apple Watch, this update adds two of the most frequently-requested features to Clear: Interactive Notifications, and Handoff. These two features allow you to complete reminders directly from notifications on iOS or Apple Watch, and quickly switch between Clear on Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad and Mac.
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