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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

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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... >>

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

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

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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... >>

Philips Hue (complete system) review
5.0 stars

Philips Hue (complete system) review

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In 2012 Philips launched the Philips Hue system. It's a set of three intelligent lights that, along with the Bridge connected to your home Wi-Fi system, allows for colour and brightness control of the lights from a smartphone or tablet. Almost two years... >>

Philips Hue Tap review
4.0 stars

Philips Hue Tap review

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The Philips Hue lighting system is expanding at a fast rate, but having to get your phone out of your pocket (or even in some cases just finding it) to control your lights can be a pain. Understanding this Philips has created the Hue Tap, a wireless light... >>

CBeebies Storytime brings Octonauts, Grandpa in My Pocket, and others to the iPad

CBeebies Storytime brings Octonauts, Grandpa in My Pocket, and others to the iPad

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The BBC has launched a new CBeebies Storytime app for the iPad that will allow kids to read six interactive stories about some of their favourite characters and shows from the children's channel. The new app, which goes live in the App store today, will... >>

Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2014: Submit your entry form for consideration

Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2014: Submit your entry form for consideration

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The time for us to get ready for the Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2014 has started. This year, for our 11th Awards, we are going to be doing things a little bit differently and therefore asking for your help to nominate your favourite gadgets, whether you... >>

Simon Swipe: Classic game gets a remake with new challenges

Simon Swipe: Classic game gets a remake with new challenges

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Hasbro has remade Simon Says for a new generation bringing with it a series of new challenges to master. Now instead of a pocketable game that featured four lights, you have to, as the name suggests, swipe as well as tap your way through remembering a... >>

Asus X102B review
3.5 stars

Asus X102B review

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When you start to look at budget laptops, the first thing most people will tell you is to go with a Chromebook. Google's Chrome OS laptops from HP, Acer, and others are affordable, lightweight, and somewhat easy to use - so long as you've got an internet... >>

Planes 2: Fire & Rescue reminds us that Kinect can still be fun

Planes 2: Fire & Rescue reminds us that Kinect can still be fun

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Following on from the use of Microsoft's Kinect to help promote Iron Man 3, by letting you become Iron Man, Disney has turned to the new Kinect for Windows v2 to promote Planes 2: Fire & Rescue. Visiting a series of Odeon cinemas across the UK, the new... >>

Apple powered Lumia 930? Microsoft says no problem...

Apple powered Lumia 930? Microsoft says no problem...

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Microsoft has revealed a 20ft wide by 8ft tall installation that shows if you have enough apples and potatoes you can charge the company's new Lumia 930 smartphone. On show outside Westfield in Sheperd's Bush, the work, created by Caleb Charland, a science... >>

Pink HTC One (M8): The fashionable feminine flagship smartphone

Pink HTC One (M8): The fashionable feminine flagship smartphone

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It was one of Motorola's most popular colours and now HTC and Carphone Warehouse are hoping it will boost sales over the summer of its flagship phone the HTC One (M8). Yep, you heard that right, the HTC One (M8) is now available in pink. The pink colour,... >>

John Lewis JL9000 webOS TV review
4.0 stars

John Lewis JL9000 webOS TV review

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The LG webOS TV platform has a new home: the newly launched John Lewis TV range, reviewed here in its 55-inch JL9000 guise. The system is designed to make smart TV easier than ever before and we found it proved its worth when we saw it in the LG LB700V... >>

First drive: BMW X4, the souped up X3

First drive: BMW X4, the souped up X3

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The BMW X4 can be seen in two ways, either as a baby version of the popular X6, or as a souped up version of the company's popular X3 model. For all intents and purposes the best way to look at the X4 is like an X3 plus. The car delivers you a few more... >>

Mac OS X Yosemite preview: Is this going to be Apple's best desktop OS yet?

Mac OS X Yosemite preview: Is this going to be Apple's best desktop OS yet?

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Times are changing at Apple. The days of not letting you know or see what the company is up to until it is on sale are no more and now, for the first time, Apple is letting the public play with its desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite, ahead of the... >>

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

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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... >>

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 keyboard turns your iPad into a laptop and lets you charge your phone at the same time

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 keyboard turns your iPad into a laptop and lets you charge your phone at the same time

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There are seemingly so many iPad keyboards these days that for them to stand out they have to offer something different. The Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 keyboard tries to do just that by not only offering you a minimalist case in which to keep you iPad... >>

Taking Honda's Uni-cub for a ride: Is it more than just a bar stool with wheels?

Taking Honda's Uni-cub for a ride: Is it more than just a bar stool with wheels?

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It's a bar stool with wheels. That's the first thing that came into our heads when we saw the Honda Uni-cub, the future of mobility according to Honda; well certainly around museums, offices, or shopping centres. Of course it is much more than that, as... >>

ASIMO up close: The friendly robot visits Europe, we say hello

ASIMO up close: The friendly robot visits Europe, we say hello

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There's a hush of anticipation as we wait for the all-new ASIMO to walk onto a makeshift stage inside a warehouse in an industrial estate just outside Brussels. It's understandable. It is the first time ASIMO (Advanced Step In Innovative Mobility) has... >>

Can't afford the LG G3? The LG G3 s (Beat) could be the answer

Can't afford the LG G3? The LG G3 s (Beat) could be the answer

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If you are about to get an LG G3, but are worried that the phone's a tad too expensive and you don't need something quite so powerful, then maybe you should hold off and get the LG G3 s - or Beat as it will be known internationally. The manufacturer has... >>

The main reason to upgrade to Windows Phone 8.1? The free Swiftkey-like WordFlow Keyboard

The main reason to upgrade to Windows Phone 8.1? The free Swiftkey-like WordFlow Keyboard

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If you've got a Lumia Windows Phone smartphone and are wondering whether you should upgrade to Windows Phone 8.1, or Cyan as Microsoft are calling it, then the answer is simple. If you do a lot of typing it is a no brainer. The new WordFlow Keyboard introduced... >>

Nerf NStrike ProCam: A blaster with built-in camera so you can record your takedowns

Nerf NStrike ProCam: A blaster with built-in camera so you can record your takedowns

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Nerf has launched a new Nerf gun that comes complete with a built-in camera so you can record just how good a shot you are. The new Nerf NStrike ProCam is a standard looking blaster rifle from the company, but look closely and you'll soon notice that... >>

Furby Boom is back, and this time it's got a Crystal makeover

Furby Boom is back, and this time it's got a Crystal makeover

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Furby was the number one selling toy for Christmas 2013, and Hasbro is hoping it can repeat that feat a second year running. To do so, it is releasing a new "Crystal series" Furby and Furblings for those who either missed out first time around or need... >>

@wherenext: Heineken wants to help you go on an epic pub crawl

@wherenext: Heineken wants to help you go on an epic pub crawl

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Where next? If that's a question you've found yourself asking your mates when you are down the pub, Heineken believes it has got the answer. Shunning the usual protocol of launching a dedicated Android or iPhone app and persuading you to download it... >>

Light work? We test the Kensington backlit keyboard case for iPad Air

Light work? We test the Kensington backlit keyboard case for iPad Air

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Laptops have had backlit keys for a long time allowing you to work in near dark situations like on an aeroplane or at night on the sofa in front of the TV. But with more and more of us turning to tablets to work on the go we've lost the backlit keys so... >>

Lavazza A Modo Mio Minu serves up espresso in a tight space

Lavazza A Modo Mio Minu serves up espresso in a tight space

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Lavazza has announced that it will introduce a new espresso machine in October that is small enough to fit in to virtually any kitchen. The model, called the Lavazza Minu, will take on the incredibly popular Pixie Nespresso coffee machine from Magimix... >>