New software lets you control your home using just your voice

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Control Your Home Using Just Your Voice

Before you even walk in the house after a long day at work, you'll soon be able to turn on the lights, open the blinds and blast the air conditioning simply by saying, "Hey Siri, I'm home."

With Apple's new iOS 10 software, expected to be released Wednesday, you can control your home with the tap of a button or by using your voice. It's the company's latest effort to take on
Amazon and Google for the title of smart home living.

Apple first dabbled with smart home technology in 2014 with HomeKit, but it was tricky because it involved installing a new and sometimes hard to use companion app for each individual product.

That all changes with the Home app. It will function as the control center for smart home gear, and be the first time a single app will be able to control any compatible device. Even better, you can even use your Apple Watch to control your home, that is if you have one!

You can also program Scenes like "leaving home", which turns off the lights, and locks your doors.
If you don't want to create Scenes, you can control each accessory individually.

A long press on Philips Hue lights will allow for a dimming effect or enable the lights to change colors.
But if all this change is too complicated, you can always get up and turn off the lights yourself, like you've been doing for years.

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A woman displays 'Siri', voice-activated assistant technology, on an Apple iPhone 4S in Taipei on July 30, 2012. Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University has filed a suit against US tech giant Apple, claiming the company's Siri intelligent assistant has infringed on two of its patents. AFP PHOTO / Mandy CHENG (Photo credit should read Mandy Cheng/AFP/GettyImages)
A woman tries to use 'Siri' voice-activated assistant software built into the Apple iPhone 4S March 13, 2012 in Washington, DC. An iPhone 4S buyer has sued Apple for promising more than it delivered. A suit filed in a California federal court argued that Apple advertising touting the wonders of Siri amounted to 'intentional misrepresentation' and unfair competition, according to documents available online Tuesday. Lawyers representing a New York City man who bought an iPhone 4S want class action status to represent millions of people who bought the latest generation Apple smartphone. The suit included Apple -- which runs showing people asking Siri to help them find restaurants, learn chords to songs, tie neck ties, and even figure out if there is a rodeo in town -- had disappointed some users. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GettyImages)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: A man uses 'Siri' on the new iPhone 4S after being one of the first customers in the Apple store in Covent Garden on October 14, 2011 in London, England. The widely anticipated new mobile phone from Apple has seen customers queue in cities around the world for hours to be amongst the first to buy the device. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
In this photo taken Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the new Apple CarPlay powered by Pioneer, asks a driver a question during a demonstration in San Francisco. Utilizing large, in-dash Pioneer LCD displays, CarPlay, featuring Siri voice control, gives iPhone users the features while allowing them to stay focused on the road. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Eddy Cue, the Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, talks about the new voices of Siri virtual assistant during the keynote address of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Monday, June 10, 2013 in San Francisco. Apple said the Siri will use searches from Microsoft's Bing, Google's rival in addition to having a male and foreign language option. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Apple Scott Forstall talks about Siri as he talks about Kobe Bryant at the Apple Developers Conference in San Francisco, Monday, June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
FILE - In this Monday Oct. 10, 2011, file photo, Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, is displayed on the Apple iPhone 4S in San Francisco. According to a three-month AP investigation released in January 2013, five years after the start of the Great Recession, instead of relying on someone else in the workplace or their personal lives, people are using technology to do tasks independently. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

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