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How to control your old garage door with Siri and HomeKit

HomeKit garage door

You don't need to spend big money on a brand new garage door opener in order to be able to control it with HomeKit and/or Siri. Indeed, you can simply use an add-on accessory that will bring HomeKit support to virtually any garage door opener, letting you control it using Siri or the Home app on your iPad, iPhone, or Apple Watch.

I personally upgraded my garage door opener with such an accessory a few weeks ago, and in about 30 minutes, I was all set. Now this is not a hack. This is not a workaround. This is real HomeKit support, and all it requires is the meross Smart Garage Door Opener Remote, a $49 accessory you can find on Amazon.

How to get started and use the Home app on Mac

With macOS Mojave, Apple brought the Home app to Mac. So if you have HomeKit accessories set up on your iPhone, you can conveniently manage them from your Mac. Need the light in your office turned on? Want the temperature in your home adjusted? Wondering if you’ve locked the door?

Whatever accessories you have set up, you can interact with them from your Mac without searching for your iPhone. Make sure you’re logged in with the same Apple ID, open the Home app, and see here what you can do!

Review: The Logitech Circle View Doorbell features great hardware only limited by HomeKit

Logitech Circle View Doorbell

When I started looking at smart video doorbells for my new home, one specific feature I was looking for was HomeKit support, but as it turned out at the time (merely 3 months ago), there was none. So like everybody else, I settled for a Ring doorbell, which has worked reliably for me. Installation was simple. Set up was a breeze, and daily use was just as frictionless as you would expect from a doorbell.

But then Logitech introduced the Circle View Doorbell in December of 2020, the first device of its kind to support HomeKit, thus playing nice with all the Apple devices in my house and pocket.

So I reached out to the folks at Logitech who sent me a Circle View Doorbell after giving me a short briefing on the product. In this review, I’ll share my impressions of this smart video doorbell. But a bit of warning: this review will be heavily tinted by my experience with Ring, which I see as the standard in the category, or the device to beat, if you will.

How to customize the Intercom settings for HomePod

Customize HomePod Intercom Settings on iPhone

The Intercom feature released for HomePod gave users a great way to communicate throughout their homes. You can use Siri to send a message to the HomePod in your kitchen, reply to an intercom message from a HomePod in the office, and even use the Home app to send messages to every HomePod in your house.

Whether you have just one HomePod or a few, Intercom lets you communicate your way with a few tweaks. To make the Intercom feature work perfectly in your space, here’s how to customize it for your HomePod.

How to fix a “pairing canceled” error when attempting to use Apple Fitness+ on Apple TV

If you're greeted with an Apple Fitness+ “pairing canceled” error message when attempting to connect the Workout app on your Apple Watch to an Apple TV, you're definitely not alone. As highlighted on Reddit, some Apple Fitness+ enthusiasts are seeing a “pairing canceled” message when trying to connect the Workout app on an Apple Watch to their Apple TV.

How to change your homepage in Firefox and Chrome

Firefox Hompage and New Tab on Mac

To many people, a browser’s homepage is one of those tiny things you rarely give any attention. But to others, it’s how they start their day or their browsing experience. Whether you use it to catch up on the news, check on your own blog, or start a Google search, you can make your homepage anything you want in Firefox and Chrome.

We’ve already explained how to change your Safari Homepage on Mac and iOS. So here, we’ll help you change your homepage in Firefox and Chrome on Mac. Firefox users can also change their homepage on iPhone, and iPad. (Sorry Chrome fans, you can’t currently change your homepage on iOS.)

Unique widget makers for your iPhone Home Screen

Unique Widget Makers for your iPhone Home Screen

Now that you’ve gotten used to all that you can do with widgets on your iPhone Home Screen, it’s time to try something new! You can create some awesome widgets that go beyond your inbox, activity, and weather.

Want a widget that moves, shakes, or shimmies? Interested in a widget that puts reward card codes at your fingertips? Think a widget that displays a grid of your photos is a cool idea?

We’ve scoured the App Store and tried tons of widget makers to bring this list of cool Home Screen widgets to you.