How to harness IFTTT-like event Triggers with Apple HomeKit in iOS 9

To make the most out of your smart home experience you need the perfect blend of hardware and software.  Up until recently, the software you would use with HomeKit devices was limited by Apple’s iOS 8 short-comings.  Thankfully Cupertino fixed most of that with the recent release of iOS 9, but no developer has taken the time to harness all this potential power.  Now, thanks to a new app called Home by Mattias Hochgatterer, we can finally build the smart home of our dreams!

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Apple Watch Stands – 2015 Holiday Shopping Guide

Whether you have an Apple Watch Sport with a silicone band, or the premium Apple Watch with a leather or metallic band, chances are good you’ve found a need to top off the battery every night while you sleep.  If you’re buying a new Apple Watch for someone special this holiday season, or for yourself, don’t forget to pick up an Apple Watch Stand.  Here is our 2015 Holiday Shopping Guide to some of the best Apple Watch Stand options on the market right now.

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BATTLE! – Apple Watch Sport versus Fitbit Surge versus Garmin Vivoactive

With the release of the Apple Watch the grey area between fitness activity trackers and smart watches has blurred more than ever before.  Just as when PDAs blended into smart phones over a decade ago, we’re already starting to see more of these “smart” features migrate into all wearables.  Right now the Apple Watch Sport, Garmin Vivoactive, and Fitbit Surge all attempt to capture the same potential audience, but with uniquely different features.  Which is right for you?

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BATTLE! – Fitbit Surge versus Fitbit Charge HR (Heart Rate) versus Jawbone UP3 versus Apple Watch versus The Competition

Fitness monitors have evolved and the top dogs in 2015 all tend to share one similarity: heart rate monitoring.  Two of the largest players recently unveiled new devices set to reaffirm their position as leaders in the segment.  Though some folks (myself included) had early access to some of these devices, I’ve waited to publish this comparison until they were all readily available to the general public.  (Minus some delays, see details within)  In this installment we will compare the Fitbit Surge vs Fitbit Charge HR vs Jawbone UP3.

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BATTLE! – Garmin Vivosmart versus Misfit Shine versus Fitbit Flex

People keep asking me what I think about the new Garmin Vivosmart.  Now that they’ve had a chance to work out most of the bugs with some firmware updates, it was finally time for me to test it against my two favorite fitness/activity trackers, the Misfit Shine and Fitbit Flex.  Let’s bring on the battle!

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