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  • High energy prices? Here are five intelligent heating systems looking to save you money
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    High energy prices? Here are five intelligent heating systems looking to save you money

    By 2 April 2014

    Clever heating systems seem to be all the rage at the moment, with Nest launching in the UK today and British Gas, Honeywell and Tado having all announced their respective offerings previously. The systems all look to make it simpler and easier to control...

  • Philips expands Hue brand with white-only Hue Lux, Hue Tap lightswitch and luminaries
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    Philips expands Hue brand with white-only Hue Lux, Hue Tap lightswitch and luminaries

    By 28 March 2014

    Philips is expanding its line of Hue smart-lighting products with the introduction of the Hue Lux, a white-only version of the smartphone connected light bulb. The Hue line had traditionally been full of colour, but that doesn't necessarily bode well...

  • LG's new washing machines use NFC to offer more programmes via smartphone
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    LG's new washing machines use NFC to offer more programmes via smartphone

    By 19 March 2014

    LG has announced a new range of washing machines during its InnoFest 2014 event in Venice, featuring NFC for downloading extra programmes. Washing machines might not be something we cover regularly on Pocket-lint but as they become smarter and offer...

  • A week in reviews: 10 - 14 March
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    A week in reviews: 10 - 14 March

    By 15 March 2014

    It's here. Titanfall has landed. And we've been playing our socks off to see whether it's the game that makes the Xbox One whole. And with that major out of the way we don't hold back. Oh no, we continue to drop bombs of tech review wonderment. We've...

  • Honeywell Evohome review
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    Honeywell Evohome review

    By 13 March 2014

    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...

  • Hive by British Gas review
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    Hive by British Gas review

    By 10 March 2014

    Of all the services offering to take control of your heating, Hive is probably the system that has the highest profile. That's in no small part due to plenty of marketing and a brand name that's instantly recognisable: British Gas. Hive by British Gas...

  • Guidelight automatic night light doesn't need a plug, lasts 25 years
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    Guidelight automatic night light doesn't need a plug, lasts 25 years

    By 6 March 2014

    Guidelight wants to reinvent the bulky night light, something we've all been familiar with from a young age. The Guidelight hooks to an electrical outlet, doesn't take up a plug, and turns on automatically when it gets dark. It's perhaps the perfect night...

  • Hands-on: Tefal Actifry Mini review
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    Hands-on: Tefal Actifry Mini review

    By 19 February 2014

    Pocket-lint last tested a Tefal Actifry appliance five years ago and while the technology itself has changed little in the meantime, the latest fryer is perhaps better suited to many British homes. The Tefal Actifry Mini is the company's smallest in the...

  • Google's acquisition of Nest completed: 'Nest to continue to innovate upon devices'
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    Google's acquisition of Nest completed: 'Nest to continue to innovate upon devices'

    By 12 February 2014

    Google's acquisition of Nest has officially been completed, following announcement of the deal in mid-January and subsequent regulatory approval. A filing with the SEC on Wednesday revealed the deal was officially closed for $3.2 billion on 7 February,...

  • A week in reviews: 18 - 22 November
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    A week in reviews: 18 - 22 November

    By 23 November 2013

    This week it's all about the gaming. We've crunched through both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One console reviews, alongside a stack of games to get you in the mood for next-gen. But we're far more versatile than that. Never the one-trick pony, we've also...

  • Tefal OptiGrill review
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    Tefal OptiGrill review

    By 19 November 2013

    We like chicken, we like steak, we like bacon. Yep, we like meat. It's no surprise then that we were rather excited to review the Tefal OptiGrill, a new kitchen gadget that promises to cook that meat to perfection. It's a gadget designed to sense automatically...

  • World first: Bonaverde lets you buy coffee beans fresh from the farmer as it roasts, grinds and brews
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    World first: Bonaverde lets you buy coffee beans fresh from the farmer as it roasts, grinds and brews

    By 12 November 2013

    First there were coffee machines that let you make a cup-o-Joe fresh by grinding straight from the bean, now it’s gone a step further. In a world first, Bonaverde has announced a coffee machine that roasts, grinds and brews coffee. Bonaverde aims to...

  • Sage Dual Boiler: Hands-on the Heston Blumenthal coffee machine
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    Sage Dual Boiler: Hands-on the Heston Blumenthal coffee machine

    By 10 October 2013

    While Heston Blumethal's Sage Tea Maker shows all the hallmarks of the chef's extravagance, the Sage Dual Boiler coffee machine is a slightly different story. Eagle-eyed coffee fans might recognise this as a Breville model, as it's branded as such in...

  • Nest in the UK: Company says it's still working on it
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    Nest in the UK: Company says it's still working on it

    By 8 October 2013

    Nest has said that although it hopes to launch in the UK at some point it doesn't yet have a date for when that will be. "We are working on it," Erik Charlton, VP of business at Nest, told Pocket-lint, breaking the bad news. The move, which seems to have...

  • Nest Protect smoke and CO detector wants to intelligently protect your home
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    Nest Protect smoke and CO detector wants to intelligently protect your home

    By 8 October 2013

    Nest, looking for its next home gadget to target and improve,  is to launch an intelligent smoke and carbon monoxide detector in the UK, US and Canada in November. The new internet-connected device will cost £109 and be available in John Lewis, Amazon...

  • British Gas announces Hive Active Heating, offering remote control from your smartphone
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    British Gas announces Hive Active Heating, offering remote control from your smartphone

    By 25 September 2013

    British Gas has announced that it plans to play a larger role in controlling your home energy, launching a new brand known as Hive. Hive, by British Gas, will be a family of devices and systems designed to drag your energy controls into the modern world....

  • Dyson Digital Slim DC59 vacuum: Handheld cleaning gets more powerful
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    Dyson Digital Slim DC59 vacuum: Handheld cleaning gets more powerful

    By 27 August 2013

    Dyson has announced the Dyson Digital Slim DC59 vacuum cleaner, a cordless model featuring the V6 Dyson digital motor to provide the same power as a mains model. The motor has been specifically engineered for this latest addition to the Dyson line-up...

  • A week in reviews: July 22 - July 26
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    A week in reviews: July 22 - July 26

    By 27 July 2013

    What a week, we've had some pretty impressive developments in the world of phones. We've spent some time with the Nokia 1020, and seen what its camera is capable of, and we've reviewed another camera cum phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, a product we...

  • Dyson DC49 multi floor vacuum cleaner review
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    Dyson DC49 multi floor vacuum cleaner review

    By 26 July 2013

    Dyson has released an even smaller version of its multi-floor model, the Dyson DC49, and we've been cleaning our house for the last couple of weeks to find out whether it is any good. Can a smaller design, smaller bin, and digital motor still cope with...

  • Dyson DC49: Mini vacuum cleaner that is no bigger than a sheet of A4 paper
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    Dyson DC49: Mini vacuum cleaner that is no bigger than a sheet of A4 paper

    By 26 July 2013

    Dyson has announced yet another, even smaller, vacuum cleaner, this time the DC49, that has a footprint no bigger than a sheet of A4 paper. The new mini-cleaner, designed originally for small Japanese homes, has become the company's smallest and quietest...

  • Nespresso Pixie by Magimix review
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    Nespresso Pixie by Magimix review

    By 23 July 2013

    You can spend thousands on a coffee machine, or you can buy a pot of instant coffee for a couple of quid, but there must be a middle ground surely? One that lets you have a decent cup of coffee, but at the same time not worry about the ins and outs of...

  • A week in reviews: July 15 - July 19
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    A week in reviews: July 15 - July 19

    By 20 July 2013

    It's been the hottest week of the year in the UK, so what have we been reviewing? Coffee machines, that's what. But, with Britain, you can always be sure that for every night of clammy sleep there will be another 10 where you're in dire need of being...

  • Panasonic induction hob senses when your pans go cold
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    Panasonic induction hob senses when your pans go cold

    By 17 July 2013

    Panasonic has launched a new induction hob that features a sensor within the individual hobs to monitor the temperature of the pan on it. The new Opti Sensor Technology, as Panasonic calls it, works like cruise control on a car to make sure the pan is...

  • A Modo Mio Favola Cappuccino coffee machine review
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    A Modo Mio Favola Cappuccino coffee machine review

    By 17 July 2013

    If you want fresh coffee, but are on a budget, then AEG and Lavazza believe they have the answer with the A Modo Mio Favola Cappuccino coffee machine. Small and compact, the coffee machine that comes in a range of bright colours is designed to be quick...

  • De'Longhi Prima Donna S coffee machine review
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    De'Longhi Prima Donna S coffee machine review

    By 16 July 2013

    If you are a coffee fan with an addiction, and you're looking for something more than Starbucks or Costa can offer, then De'Longhi believes it has the answer. But can it's top of the range bean-to-cup offering, the Prima Donna S, really be that good? ...