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  • How to make HomeKit work for you automatically with scenes and automations

    The part about the automation rule applying to only one specific person (yourself) arriving is incorrect.

    My Home app is setup with two users (tap the little house icon in the upper left to get to the screen where you can invite other people to control your home, and note that each invited user has two toggle settings to allow them to control things when they are not present in your home (maybe a bad idea) and to allow them to edit your setup (almost definitely a bad idea), so configure these at your discretion when inviting people who don't live with you).

    When making a new rule, the When People Arrive options allow me to choose one or more users. If I select only one then the wording is "When ____ arrives", but if I select both users then the wording changes to "When Anyone Arrives". There is also a "When The First Person Arrives" option which triggers the rule only when no other users are already at home.

    There are further conditions which can be added to the trigger, such as only during the day or night or a specific range of time, and you can also change the location in question. You can have rules that trigger when arriving or leaving any specific location and not necessarily your home, for example I have a rule to change the thermostat when I depart work in the afternoon rather than when I get home, so that my HVAC has more of a head start on reaching the target temperature by the time I arrive.
  • Hands on: Dark Sky weather app for iOS brightens up with new at-a-glance view

    The only weather app worth paying for. If it says heavy rain starting in 5 minutes, it ain't wrong.

    I've noticed that Weather Channel's app has attempted to steal Dark Sky's thunder with rain notifications.
    I've also noticed that Weather Channel's app has utterly failed on that front. Most of the time there is no notification, but when there is, it's often wrong for my exact location.

    The Dark Sky app includes an Apple Watch app which also has a new look in 6.0. It now shows all info in a single vertical scrolling layout similar to the main screen of the phone app. As before, there is a large center component for the modular watch face which shows 3 lines of the most relevant weather info.