Hands-on: Fibaro’s ‘The Button’ HomeKit multi-controller, now available to order

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After unveiling plans to offer a HomeKit version of The Button at CES in January, Fibaro is now shipping its multi-controller for Apple’s smart home platform. The Button is available to order for $ 49.99, and we’ve tried it out to see how it works with HomeKit.

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Case Maker’s Rendering Depicts iPad Pro With No Home Button, Slimmer Bezels [Update: Fake]

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Noted leaker Evan Blass this evening tweeted a mysterious render of an iPad that features slimmer bezels, no Home button, and no notch with space for a camera.

Blass did not provide any information on the render, aside from the cryptic message “Seems to be something missing from this (encased) iPad…” which perhaps hints that he received the render from a case maker. Blass typically only shares leaks that he believes are from credible sources.


Case manufacturers often create renders and dummy models of devices ahead of their debut in order to be the first to come out with new accessories and cases for freshly launched devices. Much of the time, these kinds of leaks are accurate because there’s a lot of money at stake, but there can be serious misses.

In this case, with no accompanying information, there’s no way to determine whether or not this design is indicative of what a future iPad might look like. There is no notch or cutout for the camera, and the device is depicted running an older version of iOS, but for a simple rendering to show off a case, these features wouldn’t matter. The lack of a front-facing camera and no visible notch in this particular render, if accurate, are not indicative of Apple’s plans.

Rumors have indeed suggested Apple is working on an iPad Pro that’s similar in design to what’s pictured in the rendering. Apple is said to be planning to launch an iPad Pro with thinner bezels, a faster processor, a custom Apple-built GPU, and most importantly, Face ID.

With Face ID, the next-generation iPad Pro will not need a Home button, providing more room for the display. Future iPad Pro models are expected to come in physical sizes similar to the existing 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and based on icon spacing, the rendering appears to depict the larger iPad Pro.

Exact display sizing for future iPad Pro models is unknown as of yet, but a recent rumor from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News has suggested the smaller of the two tablets could feature an 11-inch display. Apple would not need to increase the actual size of the iPad Pro to introduce a larger display if the bezels are smaller.

Apple is believed to be planning to introduce new iPad Pro models sometime in the second half of the year. Bloomberg has suggested the devices will debut sometime after June, perhaps in September, while other sources have predicted a June WWDC launch.

Update: It appears the “rendering” is a fake photoshopped image, as it spotted in an auction listing for a 10.5-inch iPad Pro case along with the original image that was photoshopped. Evan Blass has deleted his original tweet.


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An image from famed hardware leaker Evan Blass on Thursday could offer one of the first looks at a rumored iPad model that replaces Apple’s years-old home button with Face ID facial recognition.
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Review: Elgato’s Eve Button remote with Apple HomeKit

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The Eve Button does what it says on the box, but ultimately proves to be a very niche accessory for people hooked into Apple’s HomeKit.
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Review: Eve Button Offers Quick Physical Controls for Activating Your Favorite HomeKit Scenes

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Elgato has been making HomeKit-enabled “Eve” Bluetooth accessories for several years now, and the company now boasts an impressive lineup that includes a range of sensors, switches and smart plugs, and motion detectors.

Eve Button, Elgato’s newest product, is a simple little three-gesture switch that’s designed to control all of your other HomeKit products, activating scenes, turning lights on and off, and more.

Design

The Eve Button has a simple, clean design with a silver aluminum shell and a black plastic front plate with a smooth, circular button outline that doesn’t protrude at all.

It’s using the same design introduced in the Eve Degree, so if you already have an Eve Degree, the Eve Button will complement it nicely.


While there is no visible button protrusion, if you press on the button outline in the middle of the accessory, it will depress and activate the Eve Button’s gestures. Pressing at the sides does not cause the front plate to depress, so the pressing motion is limited to the center, which is a clever design.

The back of the Eve Button is where the battery compartment is located, which can be opened with a coin. The Eve Button uses a CR2032 replaceable watch battery that can be purchased from a local store or Amazon.com for just a couple of dollars. You can check battery level in the Home app.


Elgato included four little rubber feet for the Eve Button so you can set it flat on a surface and it won’t slip around, but curiously, there’s no included adhesive strip or mounting option. The Eve Button is the kind of accessory I’d like to be able to attach to the wall near my light switch, but that’s not an option.

With other switches and buttons, like the Hue Tap, there’s an included mounting solution so it can go on the wall or be used anywhere, so this is a bit of a disappointing oversight with the Eve Button. Portability is, of course, the preferred functionality because not everyone is going to use this as a light switch, but it would be nice if mounting was an option. It’s certainly light enough that I could pick up a 3M Command Strip on my own to stick it to the wall.


In addition to the four little feet, Elgato also included a whole slew of HomeKit stickers you can place on the Eve to remind you which gesture does what, which is a nice addition. Hue Tap and other competing button-like devices don’t have that option, and it can be difficult to remember what’s what, especially when there are multiple family members using the device.

Functionality

There are three gestures available on the Eve Button, which can be tied to three of your HomeKit scenes: a single press, a double press, and a long press.

All of these gestures are simple to execute, and the Eve Button does a good job telling them apart. I didn’t have much trouble with it mistaking one gesture for another, and it takes just a few seconds (sometimes even less) from when I press the button to when the scene assigned to the button activates. You might think Bluetooth is slow, but it’s not, even when I’m in a different room.


I have noticed once or twice that the Eve Button refuses to respond to a gesture, causing me to repeat it, but it hasn’t happened often in the two weeks I’ve been testing it. For the record, I sometimes have the same issue with other accessories of this type. It’s irritating, but not a dealbreaker.

It can get a little confused if you’re pressing the button to activate different scenes that control the same accessory in rapid succession, but that’s not a normal use case and something I did just for testing.

Scenes are the only thing that can be associated with the Eve Button, but Scenes can incorporate as many HomeKit devices as you’d like. You can, for example, set something like a “Goodnight” scene that locks the doors, turns off the lights, turns down the thermostat, and turns on a night light, depending on which HomeKit products you own.


A “Wake Up” scene could do things like turn on the lights, start the coffee pot, warm up the house, and open the blinds. You can also use simpler scenes if you want the Eve Button to control a single device, like a light. Each gesture can also be tied to multiple scenes, which is handy if you want to keep your scenes separate for voice commands but combine them for the Eve Button.

I have the Eve Button set to turn the bedroom lights on with a single press, off with a double press, and then I have a long press set to activate a scene with my Nanoleaf Aurora for a kind of relaxing lighting scene that incorporates many of my Hue lights.

You’ll note that I am using two of the three button presses for an on/off state, because devices like these don’t naturally have on/off functionality. There is a way around this, though, as HomeKit scenes can be set to “Turn Off” after a set period of time in the Home app. So you could potentially set the Eve Button to turn the lights on in a room like a bathroom, and then set a timer to have them turn off again after 10 minutes without the need to use up a second button slot.


You can also add Conditions to Scenes that are tied to the Eve Button, such as allowing a Scene to be activated by the button only after 6pm or when the temperature is below a certain threshold, but I don’t think these are going to be commonly used with the accessory.

You can, of course, activate scenes without the Eve Button at all through the Home app, another HomeKit app, or through Siri voice commands, but sometimes it’s just easier to press a button. It’s hard to transition entirely away from light switches, especially when there are multiple people in the house, and these kinds of HomeKit buttons and switches are useful replacements, I’ve found.

Setting up the Eve Button, is, of course, as simple as any other HomeKit product and it takes just a few seconds. Open up the box, fire up the Home app or the Eve app, add an accessory, scan the code, assign scenes, and that’s it.

Bottom Line

Elgato’s HomeKit products are some of my favorite. When HomeKit was new, Bluetooth HomeKit devices didn’t work well, but with the myriad HomeKit improvements introduced over the years, Bluetooth HomeKit accessories like the Eve Button work flawlessly.

I am happy with all of the Elgato HomeKit devices that I use, and Elgato has one of the best product-based HomeKit apps out there. I often use the Elgato app to tweak my scenes and my non-Elgato HomeKit devices. I’m also a fan of the design of the Eve Button (and the Eve Degree), and I’m glad to see Elgato appears to be adopting it across the HomeKit lineup. It’s a big improvement over previous Eve accessories that were a plain white plastic.


If you’re new to HomeKit, you might think that it’s silly to go to the trouble of automating your smart home devices and then adding in a physical switch, but accessories like the Eve Button are useful and eliminate annoyances that come with not having an immediately accessible physical control for your devices. I’ve had a Hue Tap for quite some time and it’s one of my most used accessories just because it’s sometimes easier to tap a button than it is to ask my phone to do something for me.

Button accessories also come in handy in multi-person households and when you have guests who might need to control devices like lights.

I do wish the Eve Button had a few more gestures available because $50 is quite a bit to pay for just three, but you can tie each one to your most used scenes to get a lot of value it. I also wish Elgato had included a mounting solution, but you can fix that with a cheap adhesive strip if you really want it on the wall.

How to Buy

Eve Button can be purchased from the Elgato website or from Amazon.com for $49.95.

Note: Elgato provided MacRumors with an Eve Button for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

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The Eve Button joins a growing field of attempts to solve a basic problem of smarthomes: controlling accessories when you don’t have a phone, tablet, or smartspeaker nearby, or you simply don’t want to make a fuss.
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[Update: Now in the Android app] Google+ adds a ‘delete, report, and block’ button for comments

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Google+ has had problems with spam since… well, forever. If you regularly encounter spam on the platform, at least Google has now made it easier to deal with the problem. The company is rolling out a new ‘delete, report, and block’ button for comments to help you quickly get rid of spam replies.

Leo Deegan, an engineer manager at Google, announced the new feature on his G+ account.

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Firefox 59 adds home button assist functionality, HLS playback, and more [APK Download]

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The last overhaul of Firefox was just a few months ago, with the release of Firefox 57 ‘Quantum.’ Mozilla today released version 59 of the beloved web browser, across all platforms. While the desktop version speeds up page load times, improves the built-in screenshot tool, and tweaks the Top Sites page, the mobile changelog isn’t quite as exciting.

Starting with v59, Firefox for Android is now an Assist App. This means you can start a web search by holding down the home button on your device, if you set Firefox as your default assistant.

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Android P feature spotlight: Settings button added to Picture-in-Picture

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There are plenty of wide-reaching changes in the first Android P Developer Preview, but there are a few smaller tweaks worth covering. Picture-in-Picture mode was first added in Android TV 7.0, and later arrived on phones and tablets with 8.0 Oreo. One of the many additions in Android P is a new settings button for PiP mode.

 

Applications that support PiP (YouTube, Netflix, Chrome, etc) automatically become a floating window when the user switches to another app or goes to the home screen.

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This clever device adds a home button and headphone jack to the iPhone X

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If you’re used to the status quo on Apple devices and have made the transition to the iPhone X, you might be missing the ubiquitous home button. A staple since the original iPhone, the home button is missing from Apple’s thousand dollar effort. It’s a jarring change, and if you just can’t live without it, you can shell out a little more money ($ 25.99 to be precise) and get a dongle which will replace the home button on your iPhone X, bringing back that comforting button press with which we’re all so familiar. Apple unveiled details on how it planned…

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