Wi-Fi thermostat Stories June 9, 2016

9to5Toys Last Call: ecobee3 Thermostat $199, iPhone Thermal Imager $199, AirPrint Laser Printer $80, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Last Call Updates:

App Store Free App of the Week: Drop Flip puzzler goes free for the first time ever (Reg. $2)

The ecobee3 Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat brings HomeKit to your AC this summer: $199 shipped (Reg. $250)

FLIR ONE Thermal Imager for iOS & Android has more uses than you’d imagine: $199 (Reg. $250)

Amazon’s best-selling Brother laser printer has AirPrint and is on sale for $80 shipped (Reg. $100)

Upgrade to Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro 2.2GHz/16GB/256GB for $1,600 shipped (Reg. $1,999)

Best Buy is taking up to $200 off Apple Watch Stainless Steel: 38mm from $349, 42mm starts at $399

Pebble Steel Smartwatch for iOS and Android $80 shipped, Apple Watches up to $200 off, more

Start your week with a $100 discount on iPad mini 4 & Air 2, priced from $300 shipped

Apple’s 12.9″ 128GB iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular is all the way down to $800 (Reg. $1,079)

Get a $100 iTunes Gift Card with email delivery from PayPal for just $85 (15% off)

Rovio’s Bad Piggies for iPhone/iPad goes free for the first time in years (Reg. $1)

App Store Free App of the Week: Sago Mini Road Trip goes free for the first time in over a year ($3 value)

Here are our favorite Father’s Day gifts for the outdoorsman, chef and car aficionado in your life

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

Easily enhance your HDTV audio by adding VIZIO’s Bluetooth Soundstage (refurb): $69 shipped (Orig. $250)

Wi-Fi thermostat Stories February 29, 2016

If you’re looking to upgrade your home appliances and add Siri control, then HomeKit is a key feature you’ll want to look for when buying new hardware. The number of HomeKit-compatible smart thermostats is continuing to grow with Honeywell’s Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat (2nd-gen) as the latest to hit the market.

Among competing thermostats, the basic premise is the same: Wi-Fi connectivity lets you remotely control heating and cooling from mobile apps, and intelligence using location and the Internet let you add some home automation. The pay off is potentially a lower energy bill and the cool factor of controlling the temperature with Siri.

Having recently reviewed the ecobee3 HomeKit thermostat as well, I’ll be using it as a comparison below to highlight what makes Honeywell’s Lyric Round smart thermostat different.

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Wi-Fi thermostat Stories February 18, 2016

A smart thermostat that you can control from your iPhone is nice, but if you’re a fan of Siri then HomeKit-compatibly is a must. The ecobee3 Wi-Fi thermostat can be controlled using Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, and it uses remote sensors to determine temperature and presence around your home to be smarter about automating your HVAC system. Overall, the thermostat itself is rather slick and the software experience behind it holds up well. If you’re curious about HomeKit and in the market for a smart thermostat, the ecobee3 just might be the best option yet …

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