Easily control Abode’s DIY security system with iPhone and HomeKit [Review]

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Abode Iota includes a camera, motion sensor and supports HomeKit home automation.
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Abode Iota is a do-it-yourself security system that’s one of the very few with support for Apple’s HomeKit home-automation platform. That means it’s a breeze to control from your iPhone. It includes a camera, motion detector and windows/door sensor. Additional sensors can be added.

I installed the Iota Starter Kit and have extensively tested it. Read on to see whether it’s the right solution to secure your home or business.

Abode’s cheap DIY home security kit adds HomeKit

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The starter Abode Smart Security Kit now works with Apple’s home-automation system.
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Abode’s do-it-yourself home security system just gained support for Apple HomeKit. With this software update, the Smart Security Kit can be controlled via Siri commands, and an iPhone or other Apple device will be notified when sensors detect a window or door is opened, or there’s movement in the house.

The best iPhone accessories on sale for Prime Day 2019 [Update]

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Enjoy these stellar savings while you can.
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UPDATE: New deals added!

Amazon Prime Day isn’t over yet. You have another day to enjoy deep discounts on more than 1 million products, and Cult of Mac is here to help you seek out the best before they’re gone.

We’ve rounded up the best iPhone accessories right here. You’ll find cheap Beats and Bose headphones, smart speakers from Sonos, must-have battery packs from Anker, and lots more.

Bust out your wallet and enjoy these massive savings while you can.

Apple takes on Lighthouse team after acquiring security patents

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Is Apple planning to make cameras of its own?
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Around 20 members of the Lighthouse team are now working at Apple, according to a new report.

The hires, which include two company co-founders, come after Apple acquired a bunch of Lighthouse’s home security patents earlier this month. An email sent to customers this week requested permission to transfer security camera data with Apple.

Forget about passcodes with this Wi-Fi-enabled smart safe [Deals]

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With Wi-Fi connectivity, smartphone access and other cool features, the iKeyp smart safe is ideal for storing often-used valuables like meds, passports, and more.
With Wi-Fi connectivity, smartphone access and other cool features, this smart safe is ideal for storing often-used valuables like meds.
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Everyone owns valuables they want to keep safe, from jewelry to passports to medication. But keeping the stuff we need on a daily basis in a traditional metal safe just isn’t practical. Ever tried to enter a passcode on a safe’s clunky dial in a rush? It’s hard, by design.

Keep a watchful eye on your home when you’re away [Deals]

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This WiFi camera is ideal for home security, keeping an eye on your baby, or just answering the door.
This WiFi camera is ideal for home security, keeping an eye on your baby, or just answering the door.
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Whether it’s wrangling kids or avoiding break-ins, home security cameras are a must for many situations. Some security cams are a complex mess. But others, like this new smart Wi-Fi camera from Sinji, are a cinch to set up and use.

Floodlight Cam combines all-in-one security with simple setup

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Floodlight Cam does it all.
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CES2017 Step up your home security with the new Ring Floodlight Cam.

Making its debut at CES 2017 in Las Vegas this week, the Floodlight Cam keeps an eye on your property with 1080p video recording, motion detection and the loudest siren available on an outdoor camera. What’s more, it’s incredibly easy to install.