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Amazon Alexa comes to EE TV for voice-controlled channel hopping

Amazon Alexa comes to EE TV for voice-controlled channel hopping

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If you own an EE TV set-top box, you can now ask Alexa for information on what programmes are on, and even set recordings. The integration of Alexa marks the first time it has been done on a set-top box in the UK. Amazon Echo: What can Alexa do and what... >>

Logitech Circle 2 review: The best home security camera?
4.5 stars

Logitech Circle 2 review: The best home security camera?

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We were so impressed with the first Logitech Circle camera - which is included in our list of best indoor smart home cameras - that we were intrigued to see how Logitech would take on community feedback to improve its successor.The Logitech Circle 2... >>

Hive Camera review: Connected in a disconnected way
3.0 stars

Hive Camera review: Connected in a disconnected way

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Hive, the smart home solution, has been expanding its system's offerings to cover the whole home - stepping beyond the core of smart heating, by recently adding sensors and lights.And now there's Hive Camera, the company's rival to devices like Nest Cam,... >>

Wiser smart heating makes it easy to control your central heating room-by-room

Wiser smart heating makes it easy to control your central heating room-by-room

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Wiser is a completely new brand from British heating company Drayton, which itself is part of Schneider Electric. The new Wiser system has been designed to make controlling the radiators in your home easy, with the overall goal to save you money. Best... >>

KitSound Voice One gives Alexa the audio oomph she needs

KitSound Voice One gives Alexa the audio oomph she needs

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British audio company KitSound has announced the KS Voice One, a speaker made in collaboration with Amazon, that pairs Alexa with a robust audio system than the Echo offers. Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa The KS Voice One functions just the... >>

IKEA will now let you store your solar energy so none of it goes to waste

IKEA will now let you store your solar energy so none of it goes to waste

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Everyone's favourite Swedish furniture store IKEA is now offering a solar battery storage solution, alongside its current range of solar panels, thanks to a partnership with Solarcentury. IKEA goes after Philips Hue with own budget lighting collection... >>

Honeywell launches its first home security camera, the Lyric C1

Honeywell launches its first home security camera, the Lyric C1

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Honeywell is perhaps best known for its smart thermostat systems, with the Lyric system being the most consumer-friendly version. The company has now added to the Lyric family with a security camera in the form of the C1. Honeywell Lyric T6R review: Smart... >>

BT Whole Home Wi-Fi review: Changing Wi-Fi for the better
4.5 stars

BT Whole Home Wi-Fi review: Changing Wi-Fi for the better

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There's been a step change in handling Wi-Fi recently. Having attempted to deal with Wi-Fi problems from the router, and with various third-party extenders to spread that into places that Wi-Fi otherwise doesn't reach, the rise of the mesh network solution... >>

Terminator T-800 could be the best Alexa speaker ever made

Terminator T-800 could be the best Alexa speaker ever made

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AC Worldwide, the audio manufacturer behind the excellent C-3PO, Stormtrooper, Darth Vader and Halo's Master Chief Bluetooth speakers has started a Kickstarter funding round for another licensed product. This time though, it's not just a speaker, it... >>

Netatmo Welcome pet detection update lets you follow Fido around the home

Netatmo Welcome pet detection update lets you follow Fido around the home

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Netatmo has announced it will begin rolling out an update to all Welcome home security cameras that will add pet detection capabilities. Netatmo Welcome review: Big brother is watching you and knows who you are The company has developed some new algorithms... >>

Ring Video Doorbell 2 now available in UK too, 1080p and removable battery

Ring Video Doorbell 2 now available in UK too, 1080p and removable battery

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Last month, Ring announced a second generation version of its famed Ring Video Doorbell for the US, this time with a removable battery pack so you don't have to take the entire unit off the wall. Now it is available in the UK too.Not to be confused with... >>

Now you can order Domino's pizza through Amazon Echo using Alexa

Now you can order Domino's pizza through Amazon Echo using Alexa

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Domino's is the first pizza take away service to offer voice ordering using Alexa through the Amazon Echo and other supported devices.You can use a new Domino's Alexa Skill to order pizza by commanding an Echo, Echo Dot, even the latest Amazon Fire... >>

HTC U11 owners in UK can now use Alexa too

HTC U11 owners in UK can now use Alexa too

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One of the big features touted by HTC during the launch of its latest flagship smartphone was Alexa integration. The HTC U11 would not only have a new voice assistant on board, it'd have the one most rapidly taking over the world.It took a while to arrive,... >>

Nest Cam IQ review: Great home security lacks an intelligent asking price
4.0 stars

Nest Cam IQ review: Great home security lacks an intelligent asking price

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The personal home security market is on the up, thanks to reduced costs and size of components required to make it all work. Now, we no longer need a dedicated room to setup recorders and monitors, all we need is a small camera and an internet connection.That's... >>

Netgear Arlo review: Keeping a close eye on home
4.0 stars

Netgear Arlo review: Keeping a close eye on home

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The inevitable deluge of smart home devices has covered three main categories: lighting, heating and home cameras. Whether you're looking for a security system, or just a way to keep an eye on what's going on at home, connected cameras are available... >>

Canary Flex review: The affordable all-weather home Wi-Fi camera
3.5 stars

Canary Flex review: The affordable all-weather home Wi-Fi camera

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Canary's second entry into the cloud-based home security camera arena comes in the form of the Canary Flex. This new camera is designed to be versatile and easy-to-use. Place it anywhere in your home for peace of mind when you're away, or to capture footage... >>

Amazon Echo owners can control Sony TVs and Logitech Harmony through Alexa

Amazon Echo owners can control Sony TVs and Logitech Harmony through Alexa

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During the recent Amazon Prime Day sales, you might have snapped up a bargain Amazon Echo or Echo Dot and now have an Alexa voice assistant in your home. And if you did, you're probably wondering what amazing things you can do with it.Well, we recommend... >>

Hive Home Check aims to keep your smart home safe for a monthly fee

Hive Home Check aims to keep your smart home safe for a monthly fee

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If you're looking for a home security solution but are unsure about the enormous cost of major installed systems, Hive has one idea it'd like to put your way.Hive Home Check from Centrica Connected Home is designed to give peace of mind to those going... >>

Doubling up on Alexa: How to use multiple Amazon Echo and Dots

Doubling up on Alexa: How to use multiple Amazon Echo and Dots

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Amazon is pushing the Echo and Echo Dot hard, in a bid to dominate the connected home market before too many players - like Google - can catch up.The Amazon Echo got off to a flying start, establishing itself as one of the hottest smart home devices,... >>

Nest 3.0 smart thermostat reduced to £135 for Amazon Prime Day

Nest 3.0 smart thermostat reduced to £135 for Amazon Prime Day

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The Nest 3.0 smart thermostat is one of our favourite smart home products. It not only looks amazing for a thermostat, but it can carry out myriad functions to keep your home warm or cool, and ultimately save you money.Amazon has knocked a rather generous... >>

Save £50 on a Philips Hue White Ambiance Starter kit for Amazon Prime Day

Save £50 on a Philips Hue White Ambiance Starter kit for Amazon Prime Day

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The Philips Hue smart lighting system is one of the best on the market. It allows you to seamlessly control the brightness in your room from a mobile device or connected personal assistant such as Alexa or Google Assistant. What Philips Hue smart bulbs... >>

Amazing bargain! Amazon Echo drops to just £80 for Amazon Prime Day

Amazing bargain! Amazon Echo drops to just £80 for Amazon Prime Day

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Amazon Prime Day started at 6pm, Monday 10 July, and while we've been privy to some excellent deals already, surely this is the best.Until the end of play on Tuesday 11 July, Amazon will be selling the Amazon Echo Alexa-enabled speaker to prime members... >>

Amazon Echo vs Amazon Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Look vs Echo Show: What's the difference?

Amazon Echo vs Amazon Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Look vs Echo Show: What's the difference?

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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. The Amazon Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices offer just that.Amazon isn't the only manufacturer... >>

Amazon Echo tips and tricks: Getting a grip on Alexa

Amazon Echo tips and tricks: Getting a grip on Alexa

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The Amazon Echo almost needs no introduction, that gateway to a world of connected fun. Posing as a cylindrical speaker, the Amazon Echo is was one of the hottest gadgets of 2016, and with a continuously expanding set of Alexa skills, it's a hot product... >>

Amazon Echo: What can Alexa do and what services are compatible?

Amazon Echo: What can Alexa do and what services are compatible?

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Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker controlled with your voice. It features a personal assistant called Alexa, who will perform various tasks for you and control various systems.There are seven microphones within Echo, all of which feature enhanced noise... >>

Amazon Echo: First 7 things you should do to get Alexa started

Amazon Echo: First 7 things you should do to get Alexa started

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Your Amazon Echo has just arrived and you might have glanced at the quick-start guide, but beyond the basic setup, do you know what Alexa can do or what services you want to integrate with your device?Read on as we run through our list of the top things... >>

The Top Five Meals from Blue Apron

The Top Five Meals from Blue Apron

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What makes a great meal? Well, you cooking it, obviously, but with a little help from someone like Blue Apron, it can be even better. What's more, the blueapron.com website has well over 500 recipes in its online cookbook, all with instructions, tips... >>

TP-Link Deco M5 mesh Wi-Fi system comes with built-in virus and malware protection

TP-Link Deco M5 mesh Wi-Fi system comes with built-in virus and malware protection

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There are multiple mesh networking solutions hitting the market right now, much to the benefit of home Wi-Fi connectivity. Google Wifi is perhaps the most famous, but it is not the only system available.TP-Link has now joined the fray, with its Deco... >>

Jam Voice is a £50 Amazon Echo alternative with Alexa voice control and more

Jam Voice is a £50 Amazon Echo alternative with Alexa voice control and more

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Jam Audio has launched a budget alternative to the Amazon Echo. The Jam Voice Bluetooth smart speaker comes with Amazon Alexa voice control and full integration, yet costs just £49.99 - almost £100 less than the Echo.The speaker - model number HX-P590BK-EU... >>

Master Lock Select Access Smart is a digital safe for your keys

Master Lock Select Access Smart is a digital safe for your keys

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Master Lock, an American security company with nearly 100 years of experience, has released the Select Access Smart digital safe to keep items such as keys protected from thieves and to give access to trusted people.The Select Access Smart is a relatively... >>

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?
4.0 stars

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?

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If there's one thing Google is good at, it's search. Its 20 years of experience has helped it to become the number one site we all go to when we want to look up anything. Heck, most people just say "Google it".Beyond search we use Google brands for a... >>

Hive teases future launches of Hive Leak Sensor and Hive Active Hub devices

Hive teases future launches of Hive Leak Sensor and Hive Active Hub devices

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Hive has announced the Hive Camera, adding video to its smart home system, but there's more to come in 2017. The company has confirmed that it will be launching the Hive Leak Sensor and the Hive Active Hub to expand the offering of the growing system.Initially... >>

Hive Camera rivals Nest Cam with audio and motion detection, will also bark like a dog

Hive Camera rivals Nest Cam with audio and motion detection, will also bark like a dog

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Hive, the British Gas-backed smart home company has announced the latest addition to its collection of smart home devices called the Hive Camera. Following the likes of Nest with the Nest Cam, the Hive Camera will let Hive users monitor their home using... >>

Apple HomeKit may soon support Nest smart home products

Apple HomeKit may soon support Nest smart home products

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You may eventually be able to control your Nest thermostat, smoke detector or security camera through Apple HomeKit following the company's recent comments to 9to5Mac. Apple HomeKit and Home app: What are they and how do they work? Apple HomeKit spec... >>

Apple HomeKit and Home app: What are they and how do they work?

Apple HomeKit and Home app: What are they and how do they work?

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Apple is trying to streamline home automation.In other words: Apple wants to make it easier for smart accessories - like Philips Hue lights, Wink lights, and other smart speakers, thermostats, detectors, plugs, blinds, locks, sensors, etc - to communicate,... >>

Logitech unveils Circle 2, a versatile, flexible and secure connected camera

Logitech unveils Circle 2, a versatile, flexible and secure connected camera

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Launching at the end of July is the Logitech Circle 2, the updated version of the original Logitech Circle connected camera. This next generation of Circle camera is touted as being more versatile and flexible than the previous model.Logitech explained... >>

Apple HomeKit spec change likely to see river of new products flood the market

Apple HomeKit spec change likely to see river of new products flood the market

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Apple has quietly opened up its HomeKit specification, allowing third-party manufacturers, like Philips and Honeywell, to connect to the Apple smart home offering through software authentication rather than needing a dedicated hardware chip.The news is... >>

YouView piloting Alexa support for TV boxes, change channels using voice-control

YouView piloting Alexa support for TV boxes, change channels using voice-control

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YouView is planning Alexa support for viewers using any of the connected TV set-top-boxes available through TalkTalk, BT and other manufacturers.It is piloting voice-controlled features that will enable viewers to interact with their boxes and YouView... >>

Use your Amazon Echo and Alexa to follow the UK General Election

Use your Amazon Echo and Alexa to follow the UK General Election

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It's the UK General Election today, with millions voting on the future leaders of the country throughout Thursday 8 June, with results expected to start to come in soon after midnight tonight.TV stations will undoubtedly cover the proceedings all day... >>

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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Back in November 2015 Amazon released Amazon Echo, its all-in-one speaker and assistant with Amazon Alexa voice control. And it's not taken long for other tech companies to muscle in with their own competitors. A year later, in November 2016, Google... >>

Apple HomePod preview: Say hello to Apple's smart Siri speaker

Apple HomePod preview: Say hello to Apple's smart Siri speaker

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Apple has once again entered the speaker market launching the Apple HomePod, a speaker with Siri built-in that plans to take on not only the Amazon Echo and Google Home but advanced systems like Sonos too.Apple wants to deliver not only a connected... >>

Apple HomePod: Price, release date, specs and everything you need to know

Apple HomePod: Price, release date, specs and everything you need to know

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Apple used the keynote at WWDC 17 to announce a range of updates and evolutions, but the newest product to get excited about is HomePod.Apple HomePod sees Apple looking to change how you listen to music, again, jumping on the iPod and AirPod nomenclature... >>

Apple's HomePod Siri-enabled speaker is real, going after Sonos and Amazon combined

Apple's HomePod Siri-enabled speaker is real, going after Sonos and Amazon combined

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As rumoured prior to WWDC, Apple has announced its own music system in the form of the HomePod speaker.It will be released later this year, but the company revealed a sneak peek during its keynote at the start of the Worldwide Developers Conference 2017.The... >>

Amazon Echo gets cool new features, check out what Alexa can do now

Amazon Echo gets cool new features, check out what Alexa can do now

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Amazon has introduced a couple of major new features to Alexa, to be used through compatible devices such as the Amazon Echo.There are two main features added: Reminders and Named Timers, with the former available in the US, UK and Germany. Currently,... >>

HP's Cortana device will be a standalone speaker with AI built in

HP's Cortana device will be a standalone speaker with AI built in

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Following the lead of Amazon and Google, Microsoft is getting in on the connected AI speaker action with its own Cortana-powered devices.First there was Harman Kardon with the Invoke, and now HP has announced it's also looking at Cortana devices. Although... >>

What is Samsung Connect Home and how does it work?

What is Samsung Connect Home and how does it work?

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Our homes are filled with connected devices, and yet, many people lack basic connectivity while at home.To address this problem, Samsung is introducing a new product: Samsung Connect Home. It describes it as a "premium router and IoT hub in one", with... >>

Samsung Connect Home Wi-Fi takes on Google Wifi with smart home skills to boot

Samsung Connect Home Wi-Fi takes on Google Wifi with smart home skills to boot

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Mesh Wi-Fi networks are gaining in popularity, as a way to ensure a whole house is covered in wireless internet connectivity without resorting to powerline extenders. Google Wifi is one of the best know on the market, and has tested well in reviews, including... >>

Eve Degree is your HomeKit-ready indoor or outdoor weather station

Eve Degree is your HomeKit-ready indoor or outdoor weather station

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The Elgato Eve Degree is a versatile smart weather station that's HomeKit enabled so it will play nice with your Apple devices, bringing a range of indoor or outdoor information.Taking a minimalist square design with a big central information display,... >>