HomePod mini and HomePod Can’t Be Stereo Paired, But HomePod Home Theater Support Coming Soon for Apple TV 4K

Following the HomePod mini announcement at Tuesday’s Apple event, The Loop‘s Jim Dalrymple has answered a key question many people have been asking: Can you pair a ‌HomePod mini‌ with an original HomePod to make a stereo pair?

“The short answer is no,” explains Dalrymple. “You can’t make a stereo pair of a ‌HomePod‌ and a ‌HomePod mini‌. You can make a stereo pair of two HomePods or two ‌HomePod‌ minis, but you can’t mix and match the two products.”

That’s not to say the two devices can’t be used together at all, however. Dalrymple goes on to explain that if you have a ‌HomePod‌ and ‌HomePod mini‌ in the home, they can be used to play your music in different rooms. Apple’s new Intercom feature will also work on both devices.

Dalrymple says an update is on the way for the original ‌HomePod‌ that will add many features

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5 HomeKit-compatible solutions for working from home

It should be pretty clear now that the new normal involves working from home for much longer than most originally anticipated, so it makes sense to invest in optimizing the experience.

Managing the new normal

We’ve moved from phase one of COVID-19 response. It’s no longer about making the best of what we have or rushing to put something – anything – in place to enable us to work remotely.

Phase two is about optimizing that process, making better technology and software decisions, and identifying the right tools. It means learning from mistakes and fostering a culture of open communication to help socially distanced teams stay connected.

In some cases, it means providing employees currently quarantined in poor/cramped living conditions with extra help and health support, and better tools, such as higher-quality broadband.

We know that 15% of U.S. homes lack broadband access, and many, particularly in rural areas, endure

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P.E.I. man wants Islanders to dispose of batteries properly after fire at his home

Eric Patrick Kelly says he has six fire alarms in his home.

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Eric Patrick Kelly says he has six fire alarms in his home.

A P.E.I. man is reminding people of the importance of fire extinguishers and alarms and the danger of batteries after a fire at his home.

Eric Patrick Kelly was in the cellar of his house in Pisquid, P.E.I., when he heard the fire alarm go off last Monday night.

He said he heard a “large pop” and rushed up to the kitchen.

“Grabbed the fire extinguisher,” he said. “I knew it was a big fire. I could hear it going.”

He said he went to the front of the stairs leading to his attic.

“That’s as far as I could get. I could see the fire. It was quite large, large enough to pop the light bulb.”

Kelly said he blasted the fire with the extinguisher, shut the door to the attic and called 911.


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Working from home requires software-defined wide-area networks at home

Managed service provider Masergy Communications Inc. today announced two new offerings in its software-defined wide-area network portfolio that make it easier for people to work remotely.

The new services fall under the umbrella brand of “SD-WAN Work From Anywhere solutions” and extend Masergy’s current managed service to the millions of people now working out of the office. This enables businesses to give workers the same level of network and security services as they would have in the office.

Here’s the rundown on the solutions:

  • SD-WAN Secure Home includes a lightweight SD-WAN device from Fortinet. This acts as the gateway between the home network and the corporate one and provides application optimization and security capabilities. The use of an appliance simplifies deployment since the information technology department or Masergy can pre-provision it, ship it to the home worker and have the worker up and running almost instantly. The Fortinet appliance also
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Home in Stockport that has its own heated swimming pool goes on sale

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An ordinary-looking four-bedroom home in Stockport which has its own heated swimming pool has gone on the market for £365,000. 

The house is on one of the town’s biggest housing estates and looks to be a standard 1960s redbrick build from the outside. 

It has been described by estate agents as ‘unlike anything else on the market in Stockport’ and is on Brinnington Road in Brinnington. 

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7 cool smart home devices you didn’t know you wanted

Big brands like Google, Amazon and Philips Hue are renowned for their smart home innovations, but hundreds of smaller competitors are pushing boundaries, too. Sure, you probably won’t see the next innovation in robotics or voice assistance coming from a 10-person team. But innovation in energy consumption and privacy are just as important, and they often come from smaller companies. If you care about smart lawn care, smart gardening or a smart security system — aything beyond color-changing lightbulbs — these cool smart home devices might be for you.

These are seven of the most interesting but difficult-to-categorize smart home accessories on the market right now. Whether you want to step up your home automation and smart home technology game or you’re looking to find a great gift for the tech lover in your life, you’re sure to find a unique smart home gadget on this list.



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Best Amazon Prime Day 2020 Home Deals, From Appliances to Furniture

Amazon Prime Day has officially begun (and actually lasts for two days, if you haven’t heard). If you’re looking for discounts on home goods — whether for your kitchen, bathroom or living room, or on specific products from robot vacuums to steak knife sets — you’ll find them below, with new deals being added throughout the next two days.

Go ahead and bookmark this page — as well as our roundups of the best Prime Day style deals, health and fitness deals, and tech deals — because while other outlets tend to post the same deals, or products that don’t even get discounts specific to Prime Day, we’re only posting brands we trust and sales worth shopping.

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Griddle

Le Creuset

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Griddle

Maximize space on your stovetop, transfer from the burner to the oven, and get a killer forearm workout while you’re doing it.

Escali Arti Glass Digital Kitchen Scale


Escali Arti

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Amazon Dropped Early Prime Day Deals on Top-Rated Home Items Like Smart Plugs, Robot Vacuums, and More

Amazon’s exclusive shopping event officially starts tomorrow, but we’ll let you in on a little secret: There are tons of early Prime Day deals you can shop right now, including some on big-ticket items for your home. 

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If you’re looking to spruce up your living space, you’ll definitely want to start shopping the slew of home deals that are already live ASAP, because things are likely to sell out before you can get them in your cart tomorrow. We combed through and selected eight of our favorites that are all under $150.   

Here are eight of the best for under $150

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Here are eight of the best for under $150

Best Home Deals to Shop on Amazon:

Those looking to upgrade their cleaning devices have plenty of options to choose from. The popular Shark robot vacuum that does all the work for you is marked down to just $150 (originally $220), and

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New $129 Nest Thermostat fully integrates w/ Google Home

Following in the vein of other product announcements this year, Google today announced the new “Nest Thermostat.” At $129.99, it’s the first Nest smart appliance to really match the aesthetic of the company’s recent Assistant products.

Like all other Nest thermostats that came before, this one is round. A mirror-like display has no branding whatsoever and is slightly recessed. It shows temperature, heating/cooling mode, and other important information in color. However, there is no spinning, dial-like bezel. You just swipe and tap on the right side — as marked by a strip — to make any adjustments. 

One notable aspect of this hardware is a Soli sensor underneath the front surface. Google is using radar technology to light up the display when users approach, as well as sense if anybody is near to power Home & Away Routines. Originally debuting with the Pixel 4, Google wanted to leverage the latest

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Marketing, Workforce Management Among Top COVID-19 Challenges for Independent Home Care Agencies

While the COVID-19 virus had a profound effect on home care providers across the U.S., it forced independent agency owners to navigate a unique set of challenges. As independent agency owners move forward, the lessons learned from the pandemic will likely shape their decision-making for the foreseeable future.

One key takeaway from the public health emergency has been a “strength in numbers” mentality. Over the past several months, industry competitors have become closer allies, with coalitions and working groups becoming major lifelines.

Strength in numbers has also meant leaning on trade association memberships.

“I absolutely agree with … the importance of the network, the different groups that we’re all part of, the friendly competitors,” Glenn Lane, CEO of Westchester Family Care, said Thursday during a panel presentation at the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) 2020 Virtual Leadership Conference. “It really was a time for folks to pull together.”


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