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  • Tado smart thermostat review
    4 out of 5

    Tado smart thermostat review

    By 8 August 2014

    A connected home is becoming a more desirable prospect these days and the Internet of Things (IoT) is making that a feasible reality. Whether it be through appliances that let you know when your undies are clean and ready to hang on the line, through...

  • Dual-touch smudge-free phone could be the best concept we’ve seen in years

    Dual-touch smudge-free phone could be the best concept we’ve seen in years

    By 8 August 2014

    Every now and then a concept comes along that makes us ask, "how has this not been done yet?" The dual-touch smartphone design did exactly that. The idea is to have a touch sensitive panel on the back of mobile phones, a bit like Sony's PS Vita does....

  • 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,...

  • Hoverboards can finally become a reality using NASA's microwave space drive

    Hoverboards can finally become a reality using NASA's microwave space drive

    By 8 August 2014

    NASA recently announced that the EmDrive, which uses microwaves to create thrust, is actually real. While primarily aimed at space this could also be used here on earth, for a hoverboard. Finally the hoverboard dream from Back to the Future II could become...

  • Samsung Gear Solo expected to arrive at Note 4 event on 3 September

    Samsung Gear Solo expected to arrive at Note 4 event on 3 September

    By 8 August 2014

    Samsung working on a stand-alone watch, that uses a SIM to work without a phone, is not a new rumour. But the Gear Solo, as it's being called, appearing at the Unpacked event on 3 September is new. Samsung is already expected to announce its Galaxy Note...

  • Five smart lighting solutions

    Five smart lighting solutions

    By 8 August 2014

    Having a smart home isn't just about clever appliances or smartphone-controlled heating, there are also robotic vacuum cleaners, Bluetooth-enabled showerheads and music-playing mirrors available. However, and perhaps more importantly, you can also get...

  • BMW adds JustPark app to plan parking from the dashboard

    BMW adds JustPark app to plan parking from the dashboard

    By 8 August 2014

    BMW has announced that its cars will now have the JustPark app built-in, meaning the whole parking process can be handled from the dash. Mini will be the first car to feature JustPark with plans to roll the app out across the BMW range later this year....

  • Website of the day: Curio Design Studio

    Website of the day: Curio Design Studio

    By 8 August 2014

    If you’ve ever thought about employing an interior designer, you may have realised early on that it’s not necessarily going to be a straightforward process. You have to find the time to meet them and let them have a good look around the space you...

  • 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...

  • Microsoft won't support old versions of Internet Explorer after 2016

    Microsoft won't support old versions of Internet Explorer after 2016

    By 7 August 2014

    Microsoft wants you to get with the times. The Redmond-based company has announced it will soon push Windows users into only using the latest versions of Internet Explorer. Apparently, after 12 January 2016, only the latest version of Internet Explorer...

  • Windows 9 Threshold to ditch Charms bar, add virtual desktops

    Windows 9 Threshold to ditch Charms bar, add virtual desktops

    By 7 August 2014

    Microsoft wants the next major version of Windows to be noticeably different from Windows 8, so much so that the company plans to completely remove the Charms bar from its operating system and add virtual desktops, it is claimed. Following numerous reports...

  • Apple imagined a powerful Siri for Mac that is voice-prompted, reveals patent

    Apple imagined a powerful Siri for Mac that is voice-prompted, reveals patent

    By 7 August 2014

    Apple has detailed how its virtual assistant Siri could work on Macs. It's long been assumed Siri would one day extend to desktops, beyond the voice dictation functionality currently available in Macs, but Apple has never actually confirmed that as a...

  • Best drones out now: Parrot, DJI, Hubsan and more

    Best drones out now: Parrot, DJI, Hubsan and more

    By 7 August 2014

    Drones are filling the headlines as well as the skies these days. From military drones bombing targets to amateur camera drones pestering celebrities, crashing into National Parks or shipping drugs into prisons – they're everywhere. Companies like...

  • Sproutling: The Fitbit of baby monitors that can predict when your baby will wake up

    Sproutling: The Fitbit of baby monitors that can predict when your baby will wake up

    By 7 August 2014

    A new baby monitor designed to predict when a baby is expected to wake up will go on sale in the new year. Sproutling, which hopes to give parents a little extra peace of mind, is a baby monitor that will monitor a baby's movement, heart rate, and skin...

  • Turn your Xbox One into a Freeview HD set-top-box from October

    Turn your Xbox One into a Freeview HD set-top-box from October

    By 7 August 2014

    Xbox One owners who subscribe to Virgin Media or Sky's TV services will already know the benefits of feeding their set-top-box through the console and using OneGuide and voice controls via Kinect, but the service has not been available for free-to-air...

  • Withings Activité coming October, its first stylish entry into the smartwatch market

    Withings Activité coming October, its first stylish entry into the smartwatch market

    By 7 August 2014

    While the fact that Withings was to enter the smartwatch market is not new, a date for release is. The Withings Activité will be available from October. Speaking to Wareable, company CEO Cédric Hutchings explained that the Aura sleep system will...

  • Qmotion Shades remote and app-controlled blinds, maintaining privacy from the comfort of a sofa

    Qmotion Shades remote and app-controlled blinds, maintaining privacy from the comfort of a sofa

    By 7 August 2014

    The days of having to get up from your sofa to access appliances are long gone. You can control your heating, lighting and even washing machine from an app on your smartphone with the right products. But that's not all. There are also a number of products...

  • Honeywell Evohome review
    4 out of 5

    Honeywell Evohome review

    By 7 August 2014

    There are a number of companies vying for your business when it comes to controlling your heating system at home. British Gas has Hive, Google owns Nest in the US (which is expected to eventually come to the UK), and there's the German company Tado also...

  • 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,...

  • Didn’t think a pillow could be smart? Meet the Hoodie Pillow

    Didn’t think a pillow could be smart? Meet the Hoodie Pillow

    By 7 August 2014

    A pillow need not be a dumb lump of comfy awesomeness that you bury your head into, it can be smart too. The Hoodie Pillow was made to hold your phone with portholes for tangle-free headphone listening. It also has a drawstring hoodie to keep you warm...

  • Neato Botvac 85 robot vacuum review
    4 out of 5

    Neato Botvac 85 robot vacuum review

    By 7 August 2014

    Robot vacuum cleaners have been around for a long time, trying to clean their way into our hearts and save us from having to get off the sofa and vacuum the house. The latest robot to try and impress us is the Neato Botvac 85 with its different approach...

  • 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....

  • Drone crashes in National Park as nature and technology collide

    Drone crashes in National Park as nature and technology collide

    By 7 August 2014

    A drone has crashed into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park, potentially endangering the geothermal site. The incident highlights the dangers of allowing anyone to buy and operate a drone. This particular drone had a camera built-in and was being...

  • 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...

  • Bondara SexFit, the FitBit for your bits

    Bondara SexFit, the FitBit for your bits

    By 7 August 2014

    Just when you thought fitness trackers had nothing left to track, Bondara has unleashed the SexFit that straps to your bits and measures your performance between the sheets. SexFit slips onto a gent's best friend much like a "cock ring". But rather than...