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Lidl launches its own line of Silvercrest and LIVARNOLUX branded Zigbee devices

Nov 25, 2020

Lidl, the popular discount supermarket chain, has launched a number of Zigbee devices under their brands Silvercrest and LIVARNOLUX.

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Update HACS before updating to Home Assistant 0.118

Nov 19, 2020

There's one thing you should be doing before updating to Home Assistant 0.118 in order to avoid any potential headaches: Updating HACS (Home Assistant Community Store) to version 1.6.2.

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TP-Link Kasa smart plugs are no longer compatible with Home Assistant

Nov 17, 2020

TP-Link has decided to block local access to their Kasa smart plugs. A forced update means that TP-Link Kasa smart plugs can no longer be controlled by Home Assistant.

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You can launch the Home Assistant dashboard from the Android Power Menu

Nov 12, 2020

You can launch the Home Assistant dashboard from the Android 11 Power Menu itself.

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Wyze now sells an affordable robot vacuum with LiDAR

Nov 11, 2020

Wyze has decided to take on a new category of devices: robot vacuums. At $249 (or $199 if you were to pre-order it) the Wyze Robot Vacuum has some compelling features that should make it far superior to anything similarly priced.

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The Home Assistant companion app for Android gets a big update

Nov 6, 2020

This update to the Home Assistant companion app for Android gives you two major new features: access to even more sensors and support for the Android 11 Power Menu.

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Why I run ads on this site

Oct 24, 2020

In the name of openness, let me explain why I think running ads is currently the right thing to do.

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Tasmota is being natively integrated with Home Assistant

Oct 24, 2020

The Home Assistant integration with Tasmota devices is about to change as there will be a native integration in the next version of Home Assistant.

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You will soon be able to control your Xbox using Home Assistant

Oct 23, 2020

The Xbox integration doesn’t just allow you to control the basics. You will be able to see all of your installed games and apps in the media browser.

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Google's Nest Guard shows why closed platforms are bad for your smart home

Oct 20, 2020

The Google Nest ecosystem has one major downside. It is a closed platform. And closed platforms are almost always bad for your smart home.

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