Well, have we all cooled down since WWDC? Good. Sure, little bits of info keep on trickling in of this discovery inside the code of iOS 8's beta or in Yosemite's plist files, but for now we're firmly focused on new hardware - - until some new beta is released with lots of new goodies to dig into. For now, we've got some good news, some weird news, and some improvements all around, so let's get newsing.
Nothing relaxes us like coming home and kicking off our shoes, but few things can disturb us more than having our private space violated while we were away. Protecting your place with a lot of gear can get expensive, but with the following apps, your iOS device can provide peace of mind without breaking the bank.
If you're lucky enough to live in one of 15 markets, AT&T wants to blanket your domicile in the soothing comfort of automation and security, all controlled from the palm of your hand with most any smartphone.
The webcam on your Mac is great for FaceTime, but sometimes you need to keep tabs on something besides your desk. For keeping track of pets & babies, or that annoying kid down the street who keeps knocking over your garbage cans, Dropcam HD offers streaming video and sound to the internet, or your iPhone or iPad.
Unlike the strictly viewing-only Logitech Alert apps for iOS and Android, the new Logitech Alert Commander for Mac offers complete control over up to six indoor or outdoor Logitech Alert cameras, including digital pan, tilt, and zoom, and digital DVR recording and playback. We tested the software with the Logitech Alert 750e Outdoor Master System, a weatherproof, night-vision-capable single security camera with HD video capture and motion-triggered alerts. (The indoor model is $50 less, while add-on cameras start at $229.99.)
It's a great time to be a Mac user, with accessory makers big and small finally taking the platform seriously with native software. Logitech has been leading the charge, and now counts its security products among them.