Features archive

  • Smart lighting explained

    Smart lighting explained

    By 8 August 2014

    If you're new to home automation and want to give it a go, you should probably start with smart lighting. The easiest way to get started with simple home automation is to buy accessories or devices that are specialised for certain tasks. Smart lighting,...

  • iOS 8 beta round-up: All the hidden features and changes found during testing

    iOS 8 beta round-up: All the hidden features and changes found during testing

    By 8 August 2014

    Although Apple announced all the major software changes coming to iPhone and iPad this autumn when it unveiled iOS 8 in June, the company has since released five developer betas of the mobile operating system. With two months of betas now out there for...

  • Five smart ovens to make cooking fun

    Five smart ovens to make cooking fun

    By 7 August 2014

    Appliances aren't just space-eating monsters anymore. In fact, they are starting to become one of the most valuable assets in the kitchen. Washing machines are getting smarter, letting you know when a cycle has finished. Fridges are becoming more advanced,...

  • 14 ways to know you're too tech savvy

    14 ways to know you're too tech savvy

    By 7 August 2014

    As part of Ofcom's annual Communications Market Report it used a test method to find the Digital Quotient (DQ) score of adults and kids around the UK, with some startling results. Like an IQ test, a DQ exam gives a final score on how tech savvy people are....

  • Smart heating explained

    Smart heating explained

    By 7 August 2014

    Everyone loves to save money. And right now, thanks to the latest advancements in home automation, there's a big competition between companies to see which can save you the most cash on your utilities bill. From energy suppliers like British Gas to startups...

  • Five robotic vacuum cleaners to do your cleaning for you

    Five robotic vacuum cleaners to do your cleaning for you

    By 7 August 2014

    Household chores like ironing, washing and vacuuming are never particularly enjoyable. In fact, most people hate them and the few that might enjoy them are probably getting paid. Don't worry though, there is something that could make your life a little...

  • Drone aerial photography explained: Here's what it is and how to do it

    Drone aerial photography explained: Here's what it is and how to do it

    By 7 August 2014

    If you want to become a drone aerial photographer, you've come to the right place. Have you ever watched a film scene where the camera pans over the mountains, stunning vistas, or some other wide-sweeping landscape? Drone aerial photography allows you...

  • Experiencing the ultimate Bowers & Wilkins sound system - but you won't find it in any home

    Experiencing the ultimate Bowers & Wilkins sound system - but you won't find it in any home

    By 6 August 2014

    Think of festivals and a mix of mud-caked wellies and lukewarm cider tends to spring to mind. That and the music of course: but it's usually a mix of body-shaking bass bins and enough excess top-end output to carve away another couple of years of hearing...

  • The future of home security: Get ready for sensors and pro-active systems

    The future of home security: Get ready for sensors and pro-active systems

    By 6 August 2014

    Today, home security is fairly straightforward. If you live in a home that has an "alarm" you've got a bevy of motion sensors dotted around your house, a central keypad by your front door with a standard keypad to disarm it and a box on the front of your...

  • Bringing the tech to bathtime: How to make your bathroom smart

    Bringing the tech to bathtime: How to make your bathroom smart

    By 6 August 2014

    You might think that the bathroom is the simplest room of the house. It's a place to clean, relax, and take care of life's essentials. But that doesn't mean it has to be the dumbest room in the house. Of course you probably already have app control of...

  • IFTTT explained

    IFTTT explained

    By 6 August 2014

    The internet is a wonderful thing chock-full of fun and useful experiences, but it can also complicate our lives. With so many websites and apps in the world, you probably have difficulty managing them or even completing basic tasks. Luckily for you,...

  • Five must-have bathroom gadgets

    Five must-have bathroom gadgets

    By 6 August 2014

    Of all the rooms in your house, the bathroom probably isn't top of the priority list for splashing cash on gadgets, seeing as most of your time is probably spent elsewhere unless you are an avid bubble bath fan. But that's not to say the bathroom doesn't...

  • The future of heating: Honeywell looks beyond what we can do today

    The future of heating: Honeywell looks beyond what we can do today

    By 5 August 2014

    Heating has got clever. Whether it is British Gas and the Hive system, Nest and its intelligent thermostat, Tado, or Honeywell and the Evohome offering, the days of scrambling in the airing cupboard to change how your home is heated are over. Now, with...

  • Apple Homekit explained

    Apple Homekit explained

    By 5 August 2014

    Hot on the heels of the home automation trend, Apple has introduced a new system called Homekit that will enable you to have wireless and electronic control of your home, household features, activities, appliances, and more. Although HomeKit is not yet...

  • Five smarter washing machines

    Five smarter washing machines

    By 5 August 2014

    Washing is a chore that few people, if any, actually enjoy doing. Collecting the dirty clothes and loading the machine is bad enough but then you have to hang it all out too. It's not only time consuming but it's also seriously boring. You might think...

  • Electrolux Design Lab 2014: The future of a smart healthy home

    Electrolux Design Lab 2014: The future of a smart healthy home

    By 4 August 2014

    Every year since 2003 Electrolux runs its Design Lab competition where students worldwide are challenged to create a concept that is time relevant and presents what the future of design could look like. There have been numerous themes in the past, including...

  • ZigBee and others explained

    ZigBee and others explained

    By 4 August 2014

    You've likely heard of the phrase "home automation" and a related specification called ZigBee and simply assumed they are nerdy things within a niche industry. Well, that's not true. For instance: Google has Nest, Apple has HomeKit, and Samsung is thinking...

  • Connected kitchens: Putting the smart into cooking

    Connected kitchens: Putting the smart into cooking

    By 4 August 2014

    The kitchen is the heart of the home. It's where we start and finish our days and it's one of the rooms that we invest in the most - some of our most important gadgets live in the kitchen. Kitchens are designed to be functional, but that doesn't mean...

  • Five of the best coffee machines

    Five of the best coffee machines

    By 4 August 2014

    Coffee is a tricky thing to get right. There are so many different preferences, thinking about them makes the "this little piggy went to market" nursery rhyme pop into our heads. This little piggy went for milky, this little piggy went for crema, this...

  • 53 amazing Snapmatic pics that show how beautiful GTA 5 can be... and it's not even next-gen yet

    53 amazing Snapmatic pics that show how beautiful GTA 5 can be... and it's not even next-gen yet

    By 1 August 2014

    It's no secret that Grand Theft Auto V is one of the greatest games released for the current generation of consoles. And we're pretty sure it will instantly become a hit on the next-gen machines too. Coming for Xbox One, PS4 and PC in the next few months,...

  • Best tablets 2014: The best tablets available to buy today

    Best tablets 2014: The best tablets available to buy today

    By 1 August 2014

    If you're looking for the best tablets of 2014, then you've come to the right place. Here we will guide you through the hottest tablets from 7-inches and up, to help you reach a decision on buying the right device for you.   Our list of the top tablets...

  • 5 reasons why Nintendo's Wii U has risen from the dead

    5 reasons why Nintendo's Wii U has risen from the dead

    By 30 July 2014

    Nintendo's first quarter financial year 2015 results don't make for pretty reading for the company. It posted losses of 9.924 billion yen, which amounts to a staggering £57.33 million down the Suwannee in the last three months - from April to June. However,...

  • Best DSLR cameras 2014: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

    Best DSLR cameras 2014: The best interchangeable lens cameras available to buy today

    By 28 July 2014

    You want to buy a DSLR camera but don't know what to go for? Then you've come to the right place, as this is where we round-up the best DSLR cameras of 2014. We'll guide you through the hottest cameras available - and only models that we've reviewed in...

  • 5 possible reasons why Google wants to buy Twitch and they might not be what you expect

    5 possible reasons why Google wants to buy Twitch and they might not be what you expect

    By 25 July 2014

    It has been reported that Google has set its sights on live game streaming sensation Twitch as its next major acquisition and it must be said that it doesn't come as that much of a surprise to us. Twitch has risen in popularity rapidly and even more so...

  • Apple OS X Yosemite beta now available, here are 7 tips to get you started

    Apple OS X Yosemite beta now available, here are 7 tips to get you started

    By 23 July 2014

    Apple for the first time in the company's history is letting the general public beta test its latest operating system, OS X Yosemite, ahead of the final release later in the year. Following in the footsteps of Microsoft who for the last couple of versions...