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Huawei TalkBand B2 review: Bluetooth bling, but lacking
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Huawei TalkBand B2 review: Bluetooth bling, but lacking

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Huawei is digging deep into wearables, having announced three devices at Mobile World Congress in March 2015. Ranging from smartwatch to activity tracker, it's the TalkBand B2's mixture of tracker meets Bluetooth earpiece headset that stands out as something... >>

Honeywell Evohome vs British Gas Hive Active Heating: What’s the difference?

Honeywell Evohome vs British Gas Hive Active Heating: What’s the difference?

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Smart heating systems are great, but there are now a number of options available, all of which have their own advantages and disadvantages. Choosing between them and finding the system that will suit your needs best can be difficult as it will depend... >>

Osram's Lightify is Philips Hue's biggest competitor yet: Here is everything you need to know

Osram's Lightify is Philips Hue's biggest competitor yet: Here is everything you need to know

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Osram isn't a new player to the lighting market by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, the German company has been established for around 100 years and CEO of its Lightify Innoventure Group company, Timon Rupp, claims as many as every second lightbulb... >>

Best smartwatch 2015: The best smart wristwear available to buy today

Best smartwatch 2015: The best smart wristwear available to buy today

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Smartwatches used to be gadgets only James Bond would have access to, but that's no longer the case. These wrist-worn phone companions that can receive calls, texts, emails and social network notifications have been whipping the wearables sector into... >>

Best camera accessories for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Best camera accessories for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus already sport a pretty decent snapper but there are ways to improve the phones camera capabilities. There is a whole world of camera accessories to enhance your pictures from tripods, to lights, to lenses. We have... >>

6 things you didn't know you could do with a smarthome

6 things you didn't know you could do with a smarthome

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There are numerous elements that contribute to a smarthome from heating and lighting to connected speakers and cameras. It will depend on how much of your house has been transformed into a smart one as to how much you will be able to do with it, but... >>

Sony Xperia Z3+ vs Sony Xperia Z3: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z3+ vs Sony Xperia Z3: What's the difference?

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Sony has quietly announced a new flagship, the Xperia Z3+ smartphone, which is identical to the Xperia Z4 handset that launched in Japan in April. The device was rumoured for several months, first as the Z4 and then more recently as the Z3+ so the launch... >>

Sony Xperia Z3+ is slimmer, lighter and more refined (hands-on)

Sony Xperia Z3+ is slimmer, lighter and more refined (hands-on)

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Sony has officially announced the successor to its flagship Xperia Z3 smartphone - which will be known as the Xperia Z3+ everywhere except Japan, where it was very quietly released previously as the Xperia Z4. Same device, different name, and while... >>

Sony Xperia Z3+ announced: The worldwide version of Japan’s Xperia Z4

Sony Xperia Z3+ announced: The worldwide version of Japan’s Xperia Z4

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Sony has officially announced the Xperia Z3+, which is the rest of the world's version of the Xperia Z4 that was quietly launched in Japan in April. The Japanese company's latest flagship will offer the same specs as the Xperia Z4 but it will be known... >>

Best Samsung Galaxy S6 cases: Protect your SGS6

Best Samsung Galaxy S6 cases: Protect your SGS6

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Samsung Galaxy S6 is a beautiful looking device and one that really steps it up in terms of design compared to its predecessors. There is a 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 16-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera, all within a stunning... >>

Sony Multi-room Audio: Hi-Res music but it will cost you (hands-on)

Sony Multi-room Audio: Hi-Res music but it will cost you (hands-on)

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Sony announced a move into the multi-room audio at CES 2015 at the beginning of the year but the products haven't been made available until now. The multi-room line-up includes everything from wireless speakers and sound bars to TV base speakers, AV receivers... >>

Watching 3D films improves IQ: We test it out

Watching 3D films improves IQ: We test it out

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Have you ever wished you were slightly smarter? A little more intelligent? Well if you watch a few more 3D films, you might find that the genie grants that wish. Yes, it's apparently that easy. No more books, no more studying, just spend the rest of your... >>

Honeywell Lyric vs Google Nest: What's the difference?

Honeywell Lyric vs Google Nest: What's the difference?

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Honeywell offers a couple of smart heating systems within its portfolio including the multi-zone Evohome and the Single Zone Thermostat. It also has another number up its sleeve though - known as Lyric - and while this smart thermostat is only available... >>

Honeywell Evohome vs Tado 2.0: What’s the difference?

Honeywell Evohome vs Tado 2.0: What’s the difference?

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There are several smart heating systems available, all of which offer the ability to control your heating remotely from a smartphone or tablet. Each system also has a variety of features though, and it will depend on what it is you want from your heating... >>

Activity trackers in the wild: Misfit vs Withings vs Fitbit vs Samsung vs Huawei

Activity trackers in the wild: Misfit vs Withings vs Fitbit vs Samsung vs Huawei

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Monitoring activity has become a massive trend. There are countless activity trackers available from standard rubber bands, to Swiss Made watches, all of which will tell you how many steps you've taken, how far you have travelled, and plenty more. But... >>

LG Music Flow range expands, adds portable options, Blu-ray players

LG Music Flow range expands, adds portable options, Blu-ray players

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LG has announced a few updates to its Music Flow multiroom speaker system, including the addition of Blu-ray players, meaning native CD support. Four smart Blu-ray players have been added to the Music Flow range, including the BP550, BP450, BP350 and... >>

6 reasons why the Land Rover Discovery is the ultimate road trip car

6 reasons why the Land Rover Discovery is the ultimate road trip car

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The Land Rover Discovery 4 has been around for a couple of years, dominating the luxury SUV space, offering plenty for the adventurer, school run or as a VIP limousine. It combines the offroad skill to go anywhere, the muscle to keep up on the roads,... >>

6 must-have smart bathroom gadgets that are available now

6 must-have smart bathroom gadgets that are available now

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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... >>

How to make your home smart for under £1000

How to make your home smart for under £1000

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A smarthome is no longer a distant dream of the future, it is very much something you can achieve now, whether you have a little bit of spare cash, or a lot. There are plenty of ways, devices and products that can all contribute to making your home a... >>

IFTTT compatible hardware: 25 devices to recipe your life

IFTTT compatible hardware: 25 devices to recipe your life

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IFTTT works on the statement: If This Then That, and it's a service that is commonly associated with the smarthome and connected devices. IFTTT allows you to create what the company calls "recipes" between what it refers to as "channels". In English,... >>

Smart lighting solutions: Here are seven options to choose from

Smart lighting solutions: Here are seven options to choose from

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Having a smarthome isn't just about clever appliances or smartphone-controlled heating, there are also robotic vacuum cleaners, Bluetooth-enabled showerheads and music-playing mirrors to consider introducing. But that's not all. You can also get clever... >>

LG G4 vs LG G Flex 2: What's the difference?

LG G4 vs LG G Flex 2: What's the difference?

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LG announced the LG G4 at the end of April, bringing with it a 5.5-inch QHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 16-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera. It joins the January-launched LG G Flex 2 in the company's line-up of flagship... >>

11 recipes to make heating control simpler with IFTTT

11 recipes to make heating control simpler with IFTTT

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IFTTT is a service you may have heard us talk about in the past when it comes to smarthome. It's based on the statement: If This Then That, and it doesn't get anywhere near the amount of credit it deserves. This service has the ability to tie everything... >>

Great Little Place reveals the best hidden restaurants and bars in 40 cities

Great Little Place reveals the best hidden restaurants and bars in 40 cities

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Great Little Place (GLP) is a new app that has been created with the sole aim of presenting you with the hidden and less known bars and restaurants around you, or an area you are planning to visit. Have you ever had a friend turn around and say "I know this... >>

Ten IFTTT recipes that will make your life smarter and simpler at home

Ten IFTTT recipes that will make your life smarter and simpler at home

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IFTTT is an app and web portal that you may or may not have heard of, but if you haven't or you don't yet use it, you should start. The service works on the basic statement: If This Then That and there are numerous smarthome systems, products and devices... >>