How to avoid the biggest HomeKit problems when setting up your smart home

As your smart home grows more complex, the points where you can run into trouble multiply. Here are some of the most common HomeKit and home automation problems you’ll run into, and how to avoid them.

Smart home products often don’t come with a warning label or troubleshooting guide, but it is essential to understand what problems could occur and how to solve them when they do. Troubleshooting a problem with a network-connected device may not be as easy as the initial setup, so it is essential to have as much information available as possible when something stops working.

What to do if a HomeKit device is not responding

This is one of the most common failures in a smart home. When operating multiple devices in a home or apartment the Home app shows the status of every device on the screen. When a connection becomes weak or lost

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iOS 14’s biggest changes to the iPhone home screen: What’s changing and how it all works

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Big changes are coming to your iPhone home screen in iOS 14.


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Your iPhone ($699 at Amazon) home screen has looked and worked pretty much the same way for the last 13 years, but all that’s set to change now that Apple has released iOS 14. After you install iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 on a compatible iPhone or iPad, you’ll have more options and features to personalize your home screen than you’ve ever had with iOS before.

Taking cues from core features Android has had for years, Apple has focused much of the iOS 14 update on making the home screen simpler to organize, with more customization options, smarter suggestions and leaner, faster app experiences. The end result is a mobile operating system that does more to

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Mike Zimmer, The Fixer, now faces his biggest home improvement project yet

He billed himself as a “Fixer” when he was hired. Mike Zimmer came with that reputation, a football coach skilled at fixing problem areas, especially on defense.

The Fixer has tackled big projects at different times in his seven seasons in Minnesota, some of his own doing, some not. Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury, a revolving door at quarterback, offensive coordinators coming and going. He’s managed to keep the Vikings relevant as a playoff contender through turbulence.

This project feels different. He has a whopper of a mess on his hands — and once again some of it is his own doing, some of it not. His to-do list is extensive:

Repair the offensive line after years of neglect by the front office.

Shore up the depleted defensive line.

Help Kirk Cousins regroup and find his way after a poor start.

Develop a cast of inexperienced cornerbacks.

Establish more options at

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Lowe’s Is One of the Biggest Winners of 2020

Home improvement was one of the few categories that boomed during the coronavirus pandemic as consumers spent more time at home. Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) was one of the big winners in the segment, outdoing rival Home Depot (NYSE:HD) with a 30% sales increase and a 35% rise in U.S. comps in the second quarter ended July 31.

Digital played an important role in bolstering the company’s revenue, growing 135% in the second quarter and rounding out a strong omnichannel program. Adjusted earnings per share increased to $3.75, which includes $460 million the company paid out to employees due to the pandemic. Lowe’s stock has moved accordingly, gaining 37% year to date as of Tuesday morning.

Lowe's workers with a customer.

Image source: Lowe’s.

CEO Marvin Ellison said in a conference call that over the past 18 months, the company has been highly focused on executing its “retail fundamental” strategy, which improved the business infrastructure and positioned

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