Release notes for May 14, 2015

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Almost three busy weeks have past since the last release. We used this time to finally make the overhaul to use UTC as the internal date time format. We added a bunch of test coverage in the process to make sure the transition went smoothly. Pleas see the blog post about the UTC refactor for backwards incompatible changes.

This release includes a significant startup boost for the frontend and a fix for Wemo discovery after their latest firmware upgrade.

I would like to give a big shout out to our newest contributor fabaff for taking the time to improve the documentation.

To update to the latest version, run scripts/update. Please report any issues on GitHub.

Overwriting Entity Attributes Before diving into the newly supported devices and services, I want to highlight an awesome configuration enhancement by rmkraus: overwriting entity attributes.

These new configuration settings allow you to overwrite entity state attributes. The main usage for this is being able to overwrite attributes that influence how an entity is shown in the interface.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
homeassistant:
  customize:
    light.bowl:
      # hides this entity from the interface
      hidden: true
    light.ceiling:
      # Replaces the state badge with given picture
      entity_picture: http://graph.facebook.com/schoutsen/picture

MySensors Andythigpen and Theolind have added support for the MySensors platform to Home Assistant.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
sensor:
  platform: mysensors
  port: /dev/ttyACM0

OpenWeatherMap Fabaff has contributed support for OpenWeatherMap. This will allow you to integrate local meteorological data into Home Assistant.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
sensor:
  platform: openweathermap
  api_key: YOUR_API_KEY
  monitored_variables:
    - type: 'weather'
    - type: 'temperature'
    - type: 'wind_speed'
    - type: 'humidity'
    - type: 'pressure'
    - type: 'clouds'
    - type: 'rain'
    - type: 'snow'

InstaPush Fabaff has contributed support for InstaPush. This will allow you send messages from Home Assistant to your iOS and Android devices.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
notify:
    platform: instapush
    # Get those by creating a new application, event and tracker
    api_key: ABCDEFGHJKLMNOPQRSTUVXYZ
    app_secret: ABCDEFGHJKLMNOPQRSTUVXYZ
    event: ABCDEFGHJKLMNOPQRSTUVXYZ
    tracker: ABCDEFGHJKLMNOPQRSTUVXYZ

XMPP Fabaff has contributed support for Jabber/XMPP. This will allow you send messages from Home Assistant to anyone on Jabber/XMPP.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
notify:
    platform: xmpp
    sender: YOUR_JID
    password: YOUR_JABBER_ACCOUNT_PASSWORD
    recipient: YOUR_RECIPIENT

Notify My Android Fabaff has contributed support for Notify My Android. This will allow you to send messages from Home Assistant to your Android device.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
notify:
    platform: nma
    # Get this by registering a new application on http://www.notifymyandroid.com/
    api_key: ABCDEFGHJKLMNOPQRSTUVXYZ

Time & Date sensor Fabaff has contributed a time & date sensor. This will allow you to show the current time/date on the dashboard.

# Example configuration.yaml entry
sensor:
  platform: time_date
  monitored_variables:
    - type: 'time'
    - type: 'date'
    - type: 'date_time'
    - type: 'time_date'