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Belkin’s WeMo app adds IFTTT & support for more bulbs...

Today, 02:18 PM

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Belkin today updated its WeMo app — the companion software to the company’s platform for controlling connected lighting products, appliances, and more — to offer support for IFTTT and additional light bulbs.

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If This Then That (IFTTT), a service that lets users automate tasks from a long list of other mobile apps and web services, is now supported through the WeMo app update: “Create your own IFTTT recipes for OSRAM LIGHTIFY and WeMo LED bulbs. Use texts, tweets, even touchdowns to turn lights on or off.”

wemo-app.jpeg?w=279&h=496As for new bulbs, Belkin is announcing a new partnership with Cree to bring WeMo compatibility to the Connected Cree LED Bulb:

The Connected Cree LED Bulb will connect to the WeMo ecosystem through the WeMo Link, a ZigBee®-to-Wi-Fi® bridge, and will be controllable from anywhere using a smart device and the WeMo app. Through the app, the Connected Cree LED Bulb will also work with other WeMo products, including the WeMo Light Switch, WeMo Insight Switch, WeMo Maker, WeMo Smart LED bulbs, and NetCam HD+.  Integrating fully with the WeMo ecosystem will allow Cree customers to easily create a fully integrated smart home customized to their needs and schedule. For example, the NetCam HD+ can act as a motion sensor to automatically turn on the bulbs as soon as motion is triggered by opening the door or just walking into the room.

In addition, the WeMo app is now supporting color and temperature control for the OSRAM LIGHTIFY LED bulbs (Flex RGBW, Gardenspot Mini RGB, Tunable White 60). WeMo app support for the Cree bulbs, however, won’t arrive until this summer.

Belkin says the update also brings speed and reliability improvements and a new “Community” feature to “see how others are using WeMo to make their lives a little better” directly from within the app.

You can grab the updated WeMo app, version 1.12, on the App Store, and check out the Connected Cree bulbs and OSRAM LIGHTIFY LED bulbs.

What’s New in Version 1.12

What’s new:
• Always set the mood. Control color and temperature of OSRAM LIGHTIFY LED bulbs (Flex RGBW, Gardenspot Mini RGB, Tunable White 60).
• Go beyond automation. Create your own IFTTT recipes for OSRAM LIGHTIFY and WeMo LED bulbs. Use texts, tweets, even touchdowns to turn lights on or off.
• Join the community. See how others are using WeMo to make their lives a little better. Directly access from the app so you can learn and contribute to WeMo culture.

What’s better:
• Speed and reliability of discovery of WeMo products.

What’s gone:
• A bunch of annoying bugs.


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Apple TV rolls out new CBS Sports and USA Now channels

Today, 02:14 PM

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Apple has pushed two new channels to the Apple TV today, bringing sports and drama content from two new sources. The first new channel is CBS Sports, which allows users to watch free clips from a host of different sports, including the NFL, MLB, NBA, college sports, and more.

The second new channel is USA Now, which features content from the USA network. Unlike CBS Sports, this one will require a cable provider login to access most content. Once logged in, users will be able to watch full episodes or clips from their favorite USA shows.

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Both new channels are available now as an automatic over-the-air update and should show up on Apple TV home screens within the next few hours. More images from both channels are available below, along with a list of some top cable providers supporting USA Now.

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CBS Sports and USA NOW Channels Now Available on Apple TV

Today, 02:14 PM

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The Apple TV has gained two new channels today CBS Sports and USA NOW, bringing on-demand sports, drama, comedy, sitcoms and more programming to the set-top box in the United States. The new channels should be appearing on the Apple TV for all users beginning today, with USA NOW requiring cable-based authentication for most content and CBS Sports offering free sports clips for all users.

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The new channels arrive less than six weeks before Apple is expected to announce its next-generation Apple TV alongside a full-fledged streaming TV service at WWDC in June. The new A8-based set-top box will reportedly feature both an App Store and Siri, in addition to a redesigned remote control and significantly higher internal storage than the current 8GB model.

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Apple's much-rumored streaming TV service would consist of a lightweight package of about 25 channels for between $30 to $40 per month, anchored by networks such as ABC, CBS and Fox. The service will be available on several devices, including the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, with other potential channels in the lineup including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, MTV, Comedy Central, FX and Nickelodeon.

Apple TV was discounted to $69 in the United States in March.mf.gif


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Lonely Apple Watch buyers turn to the Internet to share t...

Today, 01:52 PM

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One of the most original features of the Apple Watch is the ability to send your heartbeat to a friend or loved one. With only a small fraction of Watches having shipped, however, early adopters are turning to the Internet tomf.gif


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Cheaper, recharging Apple Watch bands arriving thanks to...

Today, 01:43 PM

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Regardless of how you feel about the utility of the Apple Watch, the one thing most people can agree on, including Ars, is that it's expensive. That's especially true of the Apple Watch's replacement wristbands, which start at £39 ($49) for a rubber sport band, rise to £129 ($149) for a leather strap, and peak at an eye-watering £379 ($449) for a metal link bracelet. Thankfully, Apple is letting third-party developers fill in the price gaps with the launch of its Made for Apple Watch program.

Like Apple's previous "Made for" programs—which include Made for iPhone, iPad, and iPod—Made for Apple Watch lets third parties in on the Apple cash-cow by providing them with various schematics, design guidelines, and parts in order to create accessories that meet with the company's performance standards. In the case of the Apple Watch, they will soon have access to the "lugs" that Apple uses to connect straps to the watch, as well as the specifications for making their own.

As for the straps themselves, Apple recommends that bands have a length sizing adjustment pitch of less than 7 mm (centre-to-centre) in order to maintain a snug fit for use with the watch's heart rate sensor, while also passing a 72-hour salt mist test with no visible corrosion. Other recommendations include straps being able to resist a 20 kgf or greater pull force, and resist a resist a 5-20 kgf lateral slide-out force when installed in the watch.

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Apple granted five patents covering the overall design of...

Today, 01:32 PM

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As spotted by Patently Apple, Apple was today granted five patents covering the form factor and overall design of the Apple Watch. The patent images show the near-invisible bezel, Digital Crown, contacts button, rear sensors and strap attachment slots.

The company was last month granted patents on three of its watch bands – the Sport Band, Classic Buckle and Link Bracelet – and we’re likely to see many more watch-related patents granted in the coming months … 

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Apple last year filed a patent application that builds on the watch’s Force Touch feature, a flexible display deforming to provide tactile feedback, while a separate patent application for the Force Touch used in the latest MacBook trackpad covers similar ideas.

While Apple has obviously patented the watch’s overall design and its own bands, the company opened a new ‘Made for Apple Watch’ programfor creating accessories including third-party bands for the Apple Watch.


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Apple Watch is a miniature replica of the original iPhone

Today, 01:20 PM

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With its small screen and 0.46-inch thickness, the original iPhone from 2007 looks like an antique these days. Put it next to the Apple Watch, however, and it’s remarkable how similar the two devices look in terms of their design language.mf.gif


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Insiders expect iPad business to continue to tumble in 2015

Today, 01:00 PM

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The iPad has had five consecutive quarters of negative shipment growth, and according to Apple’s supply chain, that’s not changing any time soon! According to a new report coming out of Asia, Apple’s supply chain manufacturers expect iPad shipments tomf.gif


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Epic Australian journey gets remixed for smartphone era

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Rick Smolan, creator of the Day in the Life series, has made a career out of turning complicated ideas into groundbreaking photography books. His latest book is more personal — and equally innovative. It’s a collection of photographs he mademf.gif


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Home Depot Quietly Drops Apple Pay, But Service Continues...

Today, 12:46 PM

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While not an official partner for Apple Pay, the presence of NFC terminals at many Home Depot locations across the country has enabled the contactless payment service to work as normal at select stores in the home improvement chain. Today, however, a user on Reddit received a response from Home Depot customer care that suggests the company may soon begin quietly phasing out support for Apple Pay completely at its brick-and-mortar stores, with PayPal highlighted as an alternative solution for customers.

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"We currently do not accept Apple Pay in our local stores or online. We do have the option of using PayPal, in store or online. We may offer this feature in the future, but we currently do not have a time frame for this and if we are going to accept Apple Pay. We truly apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused you Andrew."
The company's response leaves an open door for the re-activation of Apple Pay in its stores in the future, but doesn't commit to confirming that Apple's NFC-based payment service will ever be seen at their checkout counters again. Apple recently updated a support document on its website confirming that Home Depot "might not be currently set up to accept contactless payments, including Apple Pay" at this current time.

Although no direct reason is given, the company's mention of supporting PayPal online and in-store is a pretty good piece of evidence that Home Depot may simply be siding with a different electronic payments solution. It's also worth pointing out that a few responses on the original Reddit thread have had no trouble with using Apple Pay in their own local stores, so either the company is keeping quiet support of the service or it's taking a slow rollout to dismantling support for Apple Pay.mf.gif


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