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TalkTalk starts Black Friday early with fibre broadband for just £25 a month and no line rental

TalkTalk starts Black Friday early with fibre broadband for just £25 a month and no line rental

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Black Friday isn't until 24 November but that won't stop some eager beavers offering major deals beforehand. Some retailers are known to start their sale periods a couple of weeks before as part of the build-up.TalkTalk however has bucked the trend further... >>

Ultimate Ears Blast and Megablast initial review: Mr Boombastic, say me fantastic

Ultimate Ears Blast and Megablast initial review: Mr Boombastic, say me fantastic

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We were excited to get our hands on the Sonos One, one of the earliest examples of Alexa stepping out into an established speaker brand. But when we learnt that Ultimate Ears was joining this party, our interest was turned up a notch.The Sonos One is... >>

Ultimate Ears embraces Alexa with Blast and Megablast speakers

Ultimate Ears embraces Alexa with Blast and Megablast speakers

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Ultimate Ears has announced that it's getting into the smart speaker game with the UE Blast and Megablast, a pair of Alexa-powered speakers. While we all accept that the Amazon Echo was a game-changing device, the biggest criticism of Amazon's smart... >>

Google Wifi now lets you block inappropriate sites to protect kids

Google Wifi now lets you block inappropriate sites to protect kids

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Google has updated Google Wifi with a new tool that gives you more control over the types of sites your kids can visit.The popular mesh Wi-Fi router system now offers a tool called Site Blocking. It is rolling out so that you can block more than eight... >>

Google removes top touch function from Home Mini smart speaker

Google removes top touch function from Home Mini smart speaker

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Google has rolled out an update to all Google Home Mini devices (currently in the hands on reviewers) that removes the top touch functionality of the device. When you tap on the top of the Home Mini it can play and pause music, while a long touch will... >>

How to create Amazon Alexa voice profiles so it can recognise you

How to create Amazon Alexa voice profiles so it can recognise you

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Amazon's Alexa platform is catching up to Google Assistant, with the ability to recognise individual voices.Google Home can personlise Google Assistant responses to a specific person in your household. So, if your husband asks it for a calendar briefing,... >>

You can now pre-order the new Sonos One with Alexa - get it here

You can now pre-order the new Sonos One with Alexa - get it here

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If you've ever wanted one smart speaker to rule them all, you really should consider the Sonos One.Announced last week, the new Sonos One is a smart speaker with far-field microphones and the ability to work with multiple digital assistants - starting... >>

Samsung VR7000 Star Wars limited edition Powerbots use the CycloneForce, Luke

Samsung VR7000 Star Wars limited edition Powerbots use the CycloneForce, Luke

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Samsung has partnered with Disney and Lucasfilm for a duo of limited edition Star Wars versions of its VR7000 Powerbot robotic vacuum cleaner.A Darth Vader version comes with Wi-Fi connectivity and own remote control, while a Stormtrooper model is designed... >>

Google Assistant has a hidden male voice: Here's how to enable it

Google Assistant has a hidden male voice: Here's how to enable it

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Google Assistant has a female voice, by default. You can change it.To be fair: Most tech companies give their monolithic voice-activated digital assistants female voices at launch, rather than male ones. And while that makes it seem like they are actively... >>

39 bonkers smart products that you don't need or do you?

39 bonkers smart products that you don't need or do you?

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Every month a range of new smart home technologies are released to help improve our lives. Companies are obsessed with the new fad of making everything and anything Wi-Fi connected or smart in one way or another. While there's something to be said for... >>

Google Home Max vs Google Home Mini vs Google Home: What's the difference?

Google Home Max vs Google Home Mini vs Google Home: What's the difference?

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After releasing a lone Home smart speaker in 2016, Google added two new products to the mix in 2017 in the form of the Home Mini and the Home Max.While they may all have Google Assistant built in meaning they can carry out the same tasks, they have very... >>

Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo: What's the difference?

Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo: What's the difference?

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Amazon released the original Amazon Echo in 2015 as an all-in-one speaker and assistant with Amazon Alexa voice control. This device has since been joined by a family of Echo devices, as well as a replacement to the 2015 model in the all-new Echo and... >>

Amazon Alexa calling and messaging: What is it, how does it work, and where can you use it?

Amazon Alexa calling and messaging: What is it, how does it work, and where can you use it?

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Did you know you can use Alexa to call and message others?With the launch of the Echo Show, Amazon introduced a new Alexa calling and messaging feature. It lets you make and receive calls, as well as send messages between Echo devices and the Amazon Alexa... >>

How to set-up Alexa on your Sonos system

How to set-up Alexa on your Sonos system

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As part of its Sonos One launch event in New York, Sonos also revealed that Alexa voice control is now available for all Sonos devices.If you are part of its public beta program, you can add Alexa support to your Sonos speaker or entire system through... >>

Google Home Mini preview: The macaron-shaped sweet taste of Google Assistant

Google Home Mini preview: The macaron-shaped sweet taste of Google Assistant

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It wasn't so long ago we were raving about the capabilities of Google Home, the company's first home assistant speaker product, which uses Google Assistant to answer your queries and control your smart products. Now, chasing Amazon and its Echo Dot -... >>

Google Pixel 2 event: What was announced and how to re-watch

Google Pixel 2 event: What was announced and how to re-watch

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Google's October 2017 event is done and dusted. Google Pixel XL under £400 today Hot on the heels of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X announcement, Google has announced its own flagship devices, as well as new smart speakers, a new VR headset, a new hands-free... >>

Google Pixel 2 pre-orders come with free Google Home Mini

Google Pixel 2 pre-orders come with free Google Home Mini

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As leaked by Best Buy Canada prior to the #MadeByGoogle event on 4 October, Google and other retailers are offering a free Google Home Mini device with each Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL smartphone pre-order.That means the £49 device, which connected to Google... >>

Google Home Max and Home Mini: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Google Home Max and Home Mini: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Google has announced two new devices: Home Max and Home Mini.It has expanded its Google Home lineup from one speaker with built-in Google Assistant two three speakers with built-in Google Assistant. The two new models, Home Max and Home Mini, are meant... >>

Ring Protect is way cheaper than Nest's smart home security system

Ring Protect is way cheaper than Nest's smart home security system

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Ring is going after Nest.You'll see a lot of those headlines today, as Ring is announcing a major new product that not only brings together its existing lineup of security cameras, lights, and doorbells, but also gives Nest, which makes its own line... >>

What are Amazon Echo Buttons and which games or skills use them?

What are Amazon Echo Buttons and which games or skills use them?

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Amazon made Echo-branded accessories for its Echo speakers.Amazon said it has a "new collection of connected products that enhance voice interactions with compatible Echo devices". This collection is called Alexa Gadgets. And one of the gadgets is the... >>

Ring Video Doorbell 2 review: A doorbell for the connected generation
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Ring Video Doorbell 2 review: A doorbell for the connected generation

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Ring is the trend-setter and market leader in smart, connected video doorbells. Not only do such devices provide the ability to communicate with delivery drivers when you're not at home, they're relatively affordable motion-sensing security cameras. The... >>

Google could be planning its own Amazon Echo Show rival

Google could be planning its own Amazon Echo Show rival

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Just days after Amazon announced the Echo Show would be available in more countries worldwide, 9to5Google has received a couple of anonymous tips that say Google is planning its very own competitor device. What is Google Home, how does it work and when... >>

What is Amazon Echo Connect and how does it make calls?

What is Amazon Echo Connect and how does it make calls?

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Amazon has a new Echo accessory that turns your Echo speaker into a voice-controlled speakerphone.It's called Echo Connect, and before it came along, you could only make calls from one Echo speaker to another Echo speaker, kind of like an intercom system.... >>

Amazon Echo Spot preview: Smart alarm clock or so much more?

Amazon Echo Spot preview: Smart alarm clock or so much more?

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Amazon has revealed its new Echo Spot as it makes a major refresh of its portfolio of Echo devices. Not only is there a new Echo and the enhanced Echo Plus, but the addition of the Echo Spot sees a diversification that takes Alexa into another room of... >>

Amazon Echo Plus preview: The smart home choice for Alexa

Amazon Echo Plus preview: The smart home choice for Alexa

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Amazon has upgraded the Amazon Echo at an event in its headquarters in Seattle and Pocket-lint was on hand to have a play. In an intimate event that resulted in a huge refresh to the range, the new lead device for Echo is the Amazon Echo Plus.The new... >>

Amazon Echo (2nd gen) preview: Smaller, smarter, cuter

Amazon Echo (2nd gen) preview: Smaller, smarter, cuter

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Amazon has announced a new version of the incredibly popular Amazon Echo at an intimate event at its headquarters in Seattle and Pocket-lint was on hand to have a listen and a chat with the new Alexa-powered speaker.This isn't just an updated version... >>

Amazon Echo (original) vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Look vs Echo Show vs Echo (2017) vs Echo Plus vs Echo Spot: What's the difference?

Amazon Echo (original) vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Look vs Echo Show vs Echo (2017) vs Echo Plus vs Echo Spot: What's the difference?

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Amazon's Echo lineup is insane at this point.It wasn't long ago that a voice-controlled speaker and smart home assistant was the stuff of science-fiction, but in a relatively short time, it has become reality. Amazon's Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices... >>

Philips speaks out: Hue Bridge will unlock features you won't get from the Echo Plus

Philips speaks out: Hue Bridge will unlock features you won't get from the Echo Plus

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Amazon announced the Echo Plus at an intimate event in its Seattle headquarters today, evolving the successful voice-controlled speaker into something that's quite different. The Echo Plus is described as a more advanced device and while it looks like... >>

Amazon Echo Show is launching in UK and Germany, order today for £199

Amazon Echo Show is launching in UK and Germany, order today for £199

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Amazon has announced that it is bringing the Echo Show - its connected wonder-thing with a display - to the UK and Germany.Originally announced in the US in May (and launching in June 2017), the Echo Show adds a twist the Alexa experience you know not... >>

Whoa! Amazon's new Echo Spot is an Echo Dot-sized Echo Show

Whoa! Amazon's new Echo Spot is an Echo Dot-sized Echo Show

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Amazon is killing it today.The company has announced a bunch of new Alexa-enabled, Echo-branded devices - from an all-new Echo speaker to this weird little thing called Echo Spot. It has a small 2.5-inch screen and can be used for basic tasks, like alarms,... >>

Amazon Echo Buttons will take your Jeopardy game to the next level

Amazon Echo Buttons will take your Jeopardy game to the next level

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Amazon is once again expanding its Echo line with crazy devices.While at a surprise press event in Seattle, Amazon not only announced an all-new Echo speaker, Echo Plus, and a Connect box that allows you to place landline calls, but also Echo Buttons.... >>

Amazon Echo Plus is your superior Alexa-powered smart home controller

Amazon Echo Plus is your superior Alexa-powered smart home controller

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Amazon has called together select media to revamp its Echo devices, launching a swathe of new hardware and software to expand the system even further. Not content with launching a new Echo that's primed for better sound, the company is also making a... >>

Amazon Echo Connect turns your landline into an Alexa-enabled space-age phone

Amazon Echo Connect turns your landline into an Alexa-enabled space-age phone

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During an exclusive briefing in Seattle, Amazon has announced the Echo Connect, a box that you plug your landline phone connection into to turn it into a voice-controlled system.The box, which will be launched in the US first and come to the UK and Germany... >>

Amazon Alexa Calling and Messaging is coming to the UK, soon

Amazon Alexa Calling and Messaging is coming to the UK, soon

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Amazon has popped up with an ad hoc event, announcing a new version of the Amazon Echo and also breaking a lot of news too. Amongst the news is that Alexa Calling and Messaging is coming to the UK. The service launched in the US when the Echo Show was... >>

All-new Amazon Echo is cheaper, shorter, and multi-coloured

All-new Amazon Echo is cheaper, shorter, and multi-coloured

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Amazon is in the middle of holding a surprise press event in Seattle, where it has announced an all-new Echo.The company started out its event by talking about how often Amazon's Alexa-enabled devices are used in the kitchen, specifically for timers and... >>

What is ZigBee and why is it important for your smart home?

What is ZigBee and why is it important for your smart home?

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There's been an explosion in smart home devices over the past few years. What was once referred to as "home automation" and still referred to as "Internet of Things" has now settled into a more friendly category we call smart home. We've got heating,... >>

Lifx goes after Philips by adding HomeKit support to its smart lights

Lifx goes after Philips by adding HomeKit support to its smart lights

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"Siri, turn off my Lifx light."When it comes to smart lighting, you probably think of Philips first, but there are other options, such as Lifx. It makes Wi-Fi enabled smart lights, including ones that change colour. And it has finally added support for... >>

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor preview: Outside security camera gets smarter

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor preview: Outside security camera gets smarter

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Nest announced several new products at an event in September, including the Hello video doorbell, the Nest Secure alarm system comprising three devices and an update to its outdoor security camera in the form of the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor.The Nest Cam... >>

Nest Secure preview: A simple, sophisticated alarm system

Nest Secure preview: A simple, sophisticated alarm system

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Nest announced a range of new devices at its big event in September, including the Hello video doorbell and a new alarm system called Secure.The Nest Secure alarm system is made up of three main devices that work in tandem together, comprising the Nest... >>

Nest Hello video doorbell preview: At last, a valid competitor to Ring

Nest Hello video doorbell preview: At last, a valid competitor to Ring

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Nest has announced a competitor to the Ring video doorbell in the form of the Nest Hello. The new doorbell, which will be available in 2018 in the US and Canada, is claimed to be the first doorbell able to detect a person and offer facial recognition.Offering... >>

Nest's big announcement: What happened and how to re-watch

Nest's big announcement: What happened and how to re-watch

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Nest has a lot of people scratching their heads right now.Here's the deal: Nest recently put out an invite, asking the media to join it at a press event. The event invite specifically mentioned "popcorn" and a "comfy couch". So, most people assumed Nest... >>

Nest has a new alarm system, video doorbell, and outdoor camera

Nest has a new alarm system, video doorbell, and outdoor camera

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Nest has stepped up its home security efforts.The Alphabet-owned company is live in San Francisco, where it has announced the new Nest Secure alarm system, Nest Hello video doorbell, and Nest Cam IQ outdoor security camera. The alarm system is, as one... >>

Roku's latest job openings could point to a voice-controlled smart speaker

Roku's latest job openings could point to a voice-controlled smart speaker

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Roku, purveyor of streaming set-top boxes, could be working on its very own smart speaker that would work in a similar way to Amazon Echo and Google Home, according to some recent job listings. Which Roku media streamer is best for you? All the options... >>

Nest Thermostat E vs Nest Thermostat 3.0: What's the difference?

Nest Thermostat E vs Nest Thermostat 3.0: What's the difference?

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Nest announced a new, cheaper version of its learning thermostat at the end of August, designed to be more accessible thanks to its $169 price point.The big question is how does Nest Thermostat E compared to the more expensive, $249 Nest Thermostat... >>

Amazing bargain! Amazon Echo slashed to just £100, £50 off

Amazing bargain! Amazon Echo slashed to just £100, £50 off

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After its last limited time offer was a great success, Amazon has once again discounted the price of Amazon Echo Alexa-enabled speaker to just £99.99 - that's a mighty £50 off the usual £149.99 cover price.You can snap one up for a staggering £99.99... >>

Elgato's five new Eve products: Thermo, Lock, Smoke, Aqua and Window Guard

Elgato's five new Eve products: Thermo, Lock, Smoke, Aqua and Window Guard

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Elgato announced five new HomeKit-compatible products at consumer electronics show IFA 2017 at the beginning of September including the Eve Thermo, Eve Lock, Eve Smoke, Eve Window Guard and Eve Aqua.The five devices cover security, heating, home safety... >>

EE introduces 4G-enabled router for faster downloads at home

EE introduces 4G-enabled router for faster downloads at home

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EE has launched the 4GEE Home Router, the company's first own-branded Cat 7-enabled Wi-Fi device. The 4GEE Home Router works like a regular Wi-Fi router, providing internet access to up to 32 devices, but it works on 4G mobile connectivity as opposed... >>