Apple acquires The Dark Sky weather service, Rohan and Phil break down 0.108 and Jayden comes on for a chat

Apple buys The Dark Sky weather service

  • The Dark Sky announced on April 1st that it has been purchased  by Apple
  • The Android application has been removed from the Google Play Store
  • The web API which many many Home Assistant users use will stop working after 2021


New Features

  • Integration Icons now featured in the UI A small touch, but integrations in the front-end now have icons and brand logos in them. For example Philips Hue, Sonos etc.
  • Many more integrations can now be configured in the UI Some highlights include Roku, Logitech Harmony and Rachio
  • Map Panel can now show a history of where a person has been Allows you to trace a history of where a Person has recently been on the Map, if you’re not stuck at home in isolation that is.
  • Amazon Echo now supports displaying Home Assistant Cameras If you’ve got an Amazon Echo Show, and a camera integrated with Home Assistant, you can now ask the little lady to “show the upstairs camera”
  • ZHA Adds support for groups In Zigbee you can group lights together into a Zigbee group, allowing near-simultaneous control over a large group of lights. With this update, these group of lights are automatically added to Home Assistant as a new entity.
  • Docker users set to see a performance increase Some under-the-hood changes to the Home Assistant Core docker containers should see various memory and resource usage improvements.
  • Tesla Powerwall Integration With this integration enabled, Home Assistant will have binary sensors exposed to know when grid power is offline. There’s also various energy and consumption sensors for your Grafana dashboards!
  • Philips Hue now supports button press events If you’re still using the Philips Hue integration with a Hue Hub, you can now see button press events from various Zigbee and Hue buttons linked to your gateway as events in Home Assistant.

Sponsored By

Home Assistant Cloud by Nabu Casa

Easily connect to Google and Amazon voice assistants for a small monthly fee that also supports the Home Assistant project. Configuration is via the User Interface so no fiddling with router settings, dynamic DNS or YAML.


Hosted By

Phil Hawthorne

Phil is a Melbourne based web developer who lives and breathes technology. When he's not at his day job, he’s in his home office attempting to simplify his life through complicated tech.

Website Smart Home Products Buy a Coffee

Rohan Karamandi

Rohan from Toronto, Canada works in the Technology sector as an architect designing network and datacenter solutions for his customers. His passion for technology stems from there and extends to IoT and home automation

Website Smart Home Products Buy a Coffee

Special Appearances By

Jayden Litolff

Author of the NorfolkNest Blog. Home Automation, Gaming, Space and Tesla enthusiast. Kiwi, YouTuber and Student.




Special episodes focused on various aspects of Home Assistant and Home Automation.