Anybody can now make HomeKit accessories

Apple has released an open-source version of the HomeKit Accessory Development Kit. You can now fork it on GitHub and play around with it to integrate smart home devices in the Home app and beyond. Today’s news is related to the Connected Home over IP effort, an industry-wide effort to build an open-source standard for the internet of things. Essentially, Apple, Amazon, Google, the Zigbee Alliance and smart home manufacturers want to work together so that accessories work everywhere.

Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourkes teenage hacker life

The kids who hacked Apple are getting off light with some probation and hopefully a lesson well learned. Image: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images One sharp Australian teen caught a break this week after being caught hacking tech giant Apple.  The 17-year-old Adelaide student was one of two teens who were charged with hacking Apple twice, once in 2015 and once in 2017, and downloading a digital ton of internal documents.  After putting the teen on nine months of probation instead of jail time, Magistrate David White said, according to ABC News Australia: “He is clearly someone who is a gifted individual when it comes to information technology, that being said, those who have this advantage of being gifted doesn’t …

Is the 2018 MacBook Pro Apple’s best laptop yet? We break it down for you

Apple says the improved keyboards in the new 2019 MacBook Pros shouldn't have the key-repeating issue many users have experienced. Image: dustin drankoski / mashable Apple just refreshed its 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pros with powerful new Intel processors. That’s cool — faster performance is always appreciated especially if you do things like video editing — but the most important change is to the controversial “butterfly” keyboards. Apple says it’s improved the keyboards so that a single-press doesn’t produce double keystrokes. SEE ALSO: Apple 15″ MacBook Pro (2018) review: Serious power for a select few Though Apple maintains that most MacBook Pro owners haven’t experienced any keyboard issues, it nevertheless made changes. Apple was likely prompted …