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Real-life smarthome: What is it really like living with Honeywell, Nest, Tado, Hive, Philips Hue, Netatmo and Withings?

Real-life smarthome: What is it really like living with Honeywell, Nest, Tado, Hive, Philips Hue, Netatmo and Withings?

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The smarthome is no longer the subject of dreams - it is very much the here and now. There are numerous products and devices out there that will turn your house into a clever one, from smartphone-controlled lights to heating and cameras. But what is it... >>

Jawbone UP3 review: Up there with the best of them?
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Jawbone UP3 review: Up there with the best of them?

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There are plenty of fitness tracking devices available these days and Jawbone's Up series has been one of our go-to favourites. Now in its third generation, the Up3 is more capable than ever before. But unlike the Fitbit and Withings products of this... >>

5 crazy smarthome gadgets you didn’t know you needed

5 crazy smarthome gadgets you didn’t know you needed

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A smarthome can be made up of all sorts of wonderful gadgets, from smartphone controlled heating and lighting, to cameras, colourful garden lights, robot hoovers and clever washing machines. There aren't just wonderful products out there for the smarthome... >>

Best roaming plans: Which is the cheapest network?

Best roaming plans: Which is the cheapest network?

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The European Commission has announced that roaming data charges will be scrapped in its 28 member countries by 2017. Until then how can we stop paying high fees? Travelling abroad and using your phone as normally used to mean a hefty bill on your return,... >>

Which iPhone is best for you? iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?

Which iPhone is best for you? iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?

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There is plenty of choice when it comes to smartphones, almost too much in fact. Chances are if you are reading this feature however, you have at least narrowed your options down to the iPhone. So as you have discarded Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry,... >>

Fitbit Surge review: Bridging the gap between activity tracker and sportswatch
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Fitbit Surge review: Bridging the gap between activity tracker and sportswatch

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Described as the ultimate fitness superwatch, the Fitbit Surge places the company in the sportswatch category for the first time, competing against the likes of Polar and Garmin. Fitbit claims to now have a fitness tracking device for everyone. We've... >>

6 best apps for planning your vacation or holiday

6 best apps for planning your vacation or holiday

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Summer is finally here and school holidays are just weeks away, which means for those with kids, it's not long before you can pack those bags and fly away for a couple of weeks, while those without kids have just two weeks before the prices shoot up.... >>

Hoover Wizard Wi-Fi enabled appliances explored: Bringing the smart kitchen from dream to reality

Hoover Wizard Wi-Fi enabled appliances explored: Bringing the smart kitchen from dream to reality

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Hoover is a brand that is better known for its vacuum cleaners, trademarking the Hoover name and meaning everyone else in the business of floor cleaning wonders call them something else. But it isn't just Hoovers that Hoover do. In fact, it has been... >>

5 gadgets to make your garden as smart as your home

5 gadgets to make your garden as smart as your home

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Smarthome gadgets are all the rage at the moment. There are plenty of options to make your kitchen, living room, bedrooms and bathrooms smart, but a smarthome doesn't need to stop at the patio doors. There are also numerous gadgets out there that will... >>

Samsung Wireless Audio 360: R6 and R7 speakers shake up multi-room (hands-on)

Samsung Wireless Audio 360: R6 and R7 speakers shake up multi-room (hands-on)

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Samsung has announced the availability of its Wireless Audio 360 speakers at an event in London, following their original launch at CES 2015. There are two speakers in the range – the R6 and the R7 – both of which have a very distinct design and some... >>

5 reasons why the summer is a good time to buy a smart thermostat

5 reasons why the summer is a good time to buy a smart thermostat

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Summer has finally arrived and even if the sun is a little temperamental when it comes to keeping its hat on, you have probably turned the heating off in your home. In fact, one of the last things you are likely to be thinking about is your heating. But... >>

See inside your home anytime, anywhere with these smarthome cameras

See inside your home anytime, anywhere with these smarthome cameras

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A smarthome consists of all sorts of exciting gadgets from app-controlled lighting and heating to robotic vacuum cleaners, but there is one gadget that is likely to be picked first for the smarthome cool team – the camera. Smart cameras will not only... >>

8 smarthome gadgets to look forward to

8 smarthome gadgets to look forward to

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Home automation gadgets have really taken off in the last couple of years, with plenty of devices already available to turn your house into a smart one.  It's a hot topic at the moment with lots of companies hopping on the smarthome bandwagon and products... >>

Sony SmartBand review: More life-logger than fitness tracker
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Sony SmartBand review: More life-logger than fitness tracker

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Sony is no stranger to wearables. In fact, it was one of the companies to kick things off by launching the Sony SmartWatch before smartwatch was even a widely used term. The SmartBand, which launched back in 2014, is a different take on the usual activity-tracking... >>

Make your home smart and secure with these five security systems

Make your home smart and secure with these five security systems

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A smart home can be made up of all sorts of gadgets and systems from smart cameras, to smart heating and lighting. Whether you have just one smart light bulb, or ten security cameras, you've invested money in your home so you probably want to protect... >>

Apple HomeKit: 6 compatible devices coming before the end of 2015

Apple HomeKit: 6 compatible devices coming before the end of 2015

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Apple's HomeKit was first announced a year ago at Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in 2014. The idea was to simplify home automation and allow you to have wireless and electronic control of your home and lots of things in it. It has taken a while... >>

WWDC 2015 announcements round-up: iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, Apple Music, more

WWDC 2015 announcements round-up: iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, Apple Music, more

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Apple took to the stage at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, announcing several software updates along with the highly-anticipated Apple Music. After a 2-hour plus keynote, we thought a round-up was probably necessary, just in case you didn’t... >>

Here are 10 features Apple OS X El Capitan will bring to your Mac

Here are 10 features Apple OS X El Capitan will bring to your Mac

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Apple has announced its next operating system, OS X El Capitan, which will be available as a free upgrade to its Mac users, just as Yosemite was last year. OS X El Capitan brings with it several new features, all of which aim to deliver a "more refined... >>

Here are 9 ways to control your heating through your smartwatch

Here are 9 ways to control your heating through your smartwatch

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There are a number of smart heating systems available now, all of which allow you to remotely control your heating and even your hot water depending on which system you have, anytime and anywhere. This control started on smartphones and tablets, but some... >>

Denon AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser: Wireless, noise cancelling and comfortable (hands-on)

Denon AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser: Wireless, noise cancelling and comfortable (hands-on)

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Denon announced the AH-GC20 Globe Cruiser headphones in April of this year, which it described as "the perfect travel companion, letting you enjoy your favourite music free from the distraction of unwanted ambient noise and all without the hassle of... >>

Denon HEOS 1: Portability, Bluetooth connectivity and water resistance (hands-on)

Denon HEOS 1: Portability, Bluetooth connectivity and water resistance (hands-on)

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Denon announced its entry into the multi-room arena last year, hoping to take on Sonos on"head-to-head". Now the company has extended the HEOS wireless speaker range to do exactly that. Along with the HEOS HomeCinema soundbar and subwoofer combination,... >>

Denon adds HomeCinema soundbar and subwoofer to HEOS wireless multi-room system

Denon adds HomeCinema soundbar and subwoofer to HEOS wireless multi-room system

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Denon has expanded its HEOS wireless multi-room system with a HomeCinema wireless soundbar and subwoofer, expected to be available in July. The HEOS HomeCinema has been introduced to upgrade the sound of any flat TV, while also working as a speaker for... >>

Got a smartwatch? Here is how to control your smart lighting from your wrist

Got a smartwatch? Here is how to control your smart lighting from your wrist

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Smartwatches are becoming more popular and whether you like them or not, they are now becoming devices that do a lot more than just track your activity and deliver notifications from your smartphone. You can also control your lighting from your smartwatch,... >>

Asus ZenWatch 2 vs Asus ZenWatch: What's the difference?

Asus ZenWatch 2 vs Asus ZenWatch: What's the difference?

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Asus has announced the successor to its ZenWatch Android Wear smartwatch at Computex 2015, bringing a number of refinements, as well as two size options.  The original ZenWatch was acclaimed for its design and it was by far one of our favourite Android... >>

Asus ZenPad S 8.0 leads series update, offering luxury finish, stylus support

Asus ZenPad S 8.0 leads series update, offering luxury finish, stylus support

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Asus has announced several additions to its ZenPad series at Computex 2015 in Taiwan, including the hero ZenPad S 8.0, along with the 8-inch ZenPad 8.0, 7-inch ZenPad 7.0 and 10-inch ZenPad 10.1. The ZenPad S 8.0 features an 8-inch LED display with a... >>