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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... >>

Smart lighting is here: Five reasons to invest

Smart lighting is here: Five reasons to invest

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Just as smart heating is a blanket term used to describe connected heating systems that can be controlled using a smartphone, smart lighting is the umbrella term that connected lighting systems fall under. Philips were one of the first to make connected... >>

Misfit Flash review: Good for beginners
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Misfit Flash review: Good for beginners

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The Misfit Flash is an activity tracker and the follow-up to the Misfit Shine which launched back in 2013. The new model follows a similar design cue but swaps metal for plastic and slashes the price by half, making it the cheapest activity tracker out... >>

TomTom announces four new GO satnavs offering MyDrive support

TomTom announces four new GO satnavs offering MyDrive support

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TomTom has announced four new GO satnavs at its WhatNext event in Amsterdam, all of which will come with the new lifetime world maps and lifetime speed cameras services, as well as compatibility with the new TomTom MyDrive cloud service. Lifetime world... >>

LG G4 vs Motorola Moto X: Hell for leather showdown

LG G4 vs Motorola Moto X: Hell for leather showdown

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LG has officially unveiled its new flagship smartphone sporting a 5.5-inch QHD display, 16-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front-facing camera and a Snapdragon 808 chipset to keep everything running smoothly. The company has made a big play on the... >>

LG G4: Where and when can I get it?

LG G4: Where and when can I get it?

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The LG G4 packs in a 5.5-inch QHD display, 16-megapixel rear camera with an aperture of f/1.8, an 8-megapixel front-facing snapper and a removable 3000mAh battery. It comes with the hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal... >>

LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: What's the difference?

LG G4 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: What's the difference?

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LG has announced its much anticipated LG G4, confirming many of the pre-leaked specs, as well as introduce a few surprises. The new flagship packs in a 5.5-inch QHD display, 16-megaixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front snapper and a 3000mAh battery capacity. ... >>

LG G4 vs HTC One M9: What's the difference?

LG G4 vs HTC One M9: What's the difference?

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LG has officially announced the LG G4, introducing the third in the line of big flagship smartphones to launch this year. Both Samsung and HTC used Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in March to show the world what they had produced, while LG let... >>

LG G4 vs LG G3: What's the difference?

LG G4 vs LG G3: What's the difference?

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LG has officially announced its new flagship smartphone, the LG G4, at an event in London. The smartphone has been the subject of many rumours over the last few months, as well as several official announcements, leaving little to the imagination when... >>

Always forget to turn plugs off? Here are five smart plugs with smartphone control

Always forget to turn plugs off? Here are five smart plugs with smartphone control

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If you have ever walked out of your house and wondered a few minutes up the road whether you had turned the iron or the straighteners off, this feature will be right up your street.  Most of us are guilty on occasion of getting up late in the morning,... >>

Bionic Bar is the future: Robot bartenders at your service

Bionic Bar is the future: Robot bartenders at your service

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Royal Caribbean has launched another smart ship to its fleet of cruise liners - the Anthem of the Seas - which sets sail for the first time this month to join the Quantum of the Seas that launched at the end of last year. You might be wondering why we... >>

Want a smart kitchen? Here are five gadgets available now

Want a smart kitchen? Here are five gadgets available now

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The kitchen is commonly referred to as the "hub of the home" or the "heart of the home", which is fitting given how much time many of us spend in it. Whether you have a kitchen that's old or new, big or small, open-plan or enclosed, there are several gadgets... >>

Considering smart heating? Here are your current options

Considering smart heating? Here are your current options

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Clever heating systems have really come into their own over the last couple of years, with several solutions already available to allow you to control your heating using your smartphone, and more and more companies entering the market and after a slice... >>