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Sonos ditches the Bridge making setup even easier

Sonos ditches the Bridge making setup even easier

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Sonos is making it easier to install its multi-room Hi-Fi system by ditching the need for speaker to be physically connected to a router or the Sonos Bridge. Instead, new customers will be able to set-up the system by connecting directly to their Wi-Fi... >>

First run: Vivobarefoot Trail Freak running shoes

First run: Vivobarefoot Trail Freak running shoes

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The hype surrounding barefoot running seems, for the most part, to have been and gone. But people are still enjoying the sport, and companies are still releasing shoes for those who are interested. The latest company is Vivobarefoot with its Trail Freak... >>

LG G Watch R official, circular smartwatches are the new thing to lust after

LG G Watch R official, circular smartwatches are the new thing to lust after

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LG has detailed its latest smartwatch ahead of the consumer electronics tradeshow IFA in Berlin, as teased online a couple of days ago, revealing a circular design to go up against the Moto 360 from Motorola. Following the reception of the Moto 360 watch... >>

Samsung Gear S smartwatch surprisingly unveiled before IFA, curved display and 3G connectivity

Samsung Gear S smartwatch surprisingly unveiled before IFA, curved display and 3G connectivity

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Samsung has announced a new smartwatch, the Gear S ahead of its Samsung Unpacked event during the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. The Samsung Gear S comes with a curved screen and 3G connectivity so you don't need to worry about a having... >>

Anki Drive review
4.0 stars

Anki Drive review

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When you were young you probably played Scalextric. It was a lot of fun and while you would no doubt pick up a trigger and squeeze it today given half the chance, there is a new challenger in town: Anki Drive. Anki Drive doesn't require you to place the... >>

Lavazza Modo Mio Espressgo review
4.0 stars

Lavazza Modo Mio Espressgo review

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How much do you love coffee? How long can you go without needing another hit of espresso? If the answer isn't very long at all and you're on the road a lot then the Lavazza Modo Mio Espressgo might just be the ticket: it's an espresso coffee machine designed... >>

The future of lighting: Get ready for light switch free houses, pro-active lighting, and more natural colour

The future of lighting: Get ready for light switch free houses, pro-active lighting, and more natural colour

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The chances are you have energy efficient lights in your house. If you consider yourself cutting edge you might have LED bulbs, but for most people, the idea that their lightbulb could help protect them, entertain them, lift their mood or even be controlled... >>

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

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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... >>

Honeywell Evohome review
4.0 stars

Honeywell Evohome review

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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... >>

Neato Botvac 85 robot vacuum review
4.0 stars

Neato Botvac 85 robot vacuum review

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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... >>

Will iPhone 6 look like this? New renders of Apple's phone appear

Will iPhone 6 look like this? New renders of Apple's phone appear

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What is it with graphic designers who seemingly have so much time on their hands that they've got nothing better to do that create yet another set of renders based on rumour and speculation of what the new Apple iPhone 6 will look like? Martin Hajek,... >>

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... >>