Apple has announced that it is, in fact, getting into the smart home business. Apple says it’s launched the HomeKit program to work with smart-home products. This was announced this week at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple did not announce its own locks or motion sensors. Instead, the company says it will support smart-home products from other vendors. Apple says security will be high enough to ensure that only your device can unlock your house.
A power lunch with Warren Buffett will go to a big spender. Bidding started Sunday night on Ebay at $25,000. As of early this morning, the lunch was going for over $600,000. Last year’s winner paid over one million to break bread with Buffett. The auction is a fundraiser for charity that is now in its 15th year. This year the proceeds will benefit the San Franciso-based Glide Foundation. Bidding closes this Friday at 10:30pm.
And, if you’re looking for a bargain on a laptop, here’s one from HP: the Chromebook 11 just got a makeover and a price cut. While the insides remain the same, the look has been updated with a fresh design and new colors. It’s on sale for $249. HP estimates that the new Chromebook will last over six hours on a charge. The original Chromebook had to be pulled from the market because of a faulty charger that caused a fire hazard. That issue has been fixed.
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