How to Combine Different HomeKit Products Into Rooms, Zones, and Scenes

There’s a very curious short coming in the Apple HomeKit system: HomeKit supports combining your smarthome devices into rooms, zones, and scenes, but if a given app doesn’t support one of those things, you’re out of luck. And no smarthome apps let you create scenes with multiple products from different companies. Enter the Home app, which solves both these problems.

This Week in Geek History: Wikipedia Opens its Doors, Apple IIe Released, Edison Lights First Town

In 1883 Thomas Edison threw the switch on a system of overhead wires that would bring light to the community of Roselle, New Jersey. A steam powered generator powered local businesses, the local Presbyterian church (the first in the world to be lit by electricity), around 40 houses, and 150 street lights. We take electric street lights completely for granted in the 21st century but at the time significant portions of the United States and Europe were still using gas lamps. Edison’s proof-of-concept display in Roselle inspired other communities to switch to safer electric light systems.

The Twelve Days of Geekmas

Looking for some last minute shopping for your favorite geek? We put a few holiday shopping items into the form of a song to show off just how geeky your Christmas can be.