When Apple first announced HomeKit, iOs users were excited and many brands scrambled to throw their hats in the ring to show their interest. HomeKit promised to make access to home automation products easier for Apple users as well as offering Siri support. Unfortunately what started out with much hype, had little real product support.
Wink owners may be frowning instead of Winking as news of parent company Quirky filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. They reported earlier this year that they were running out of cash and have been looking for a buyer for the Wink division without success. It looks like Flextronics, the company manufacturing the Wink Hub
As of January 2015, Ontario requires the installation of smoke detectors accompanied by a strobe for visual signalling. Generally speaking smoke detectors are required on each floor, in each sleeping room and in any hall outside sleeping areas. This is becoming adopted in other jurisdictions and in some cases combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
In a surprise press release this morning, FutureShop has announced that it is immediately closing all of its stores across Canada. The futureshop.ca web site is also no longer taking orders. FutureShop is owned by Best Buy and as noted in their press release, 66 FutureShop stores and futureshop.ca will be closing permanently and immediately.
Peel Region Police are the latest to come on board with a False Alarm Reduction and Prevention Strategy. AKA false alarm penalty. First strike, $160 fine billed to the central monitoring station responsible for dispatching the alarm, and no more police response for 1 year. Subsequent violations are $160 each. Does your alarm monitoring company