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GE to make HomeKit-enabled LED lights that change colours and help you sleep

GE to make HomeKit-enabled LED lights that change colours and help you sleep

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GE has announced it will create smart lighting with support for Apple's HomeKit.The company wants to develop colour-changing LED lightbulbs that'll also include GE's Align technology, which is designed to improve sleep patterns by controlling blue light... >>

Ten IFTTT recipes that will make your life smarter and simpler at home

Ten IFTTT recipes that will make your life smarter and simpler at home

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IFTTT is an app and web portal that you may or may not have heard of, but if you haven't or you don't yet use it, you should start. The service works on the basic statement: If This Then That and there are numerous smarthome systems, products and devices... >>

What is Tesla Powerwall? Why you need a 10kWh lithium-ion battery in your home

What is Tesla Powerwall? Why you need a 10kWh lithium-ion battery in your home

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Tesla Energy has announced its new home battery system called the Powerwall.The Tesla Powerwall battery, which can be placed at homes or in businesses, stores solar energy. The idea is to make people less reliant on the power grid as well as offering... >>

Smart lighting is here: Five reasons to invest

Smart lighting is here: Five reasons to invest

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Just as smart heating is a blanket term used to describe connected heating systems that can be controlled using a smartphone, smart lighting is the umbrella term that connected lighting systems fall under.Philips were one of the first to make connected... >>

Today Tesla wants to change your home: Battery launch imminent

Today Tesla wants to change your home: Battery launch imminent

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Tesla is set to launch a brand new product later today at its 30 April event. Invites are out for what is expected to be the launch of a home battery that will change the way you think about power.Until now all we've seen from Tesla is an invite showing... >>

Tesla 30 April event: New invite teases 'the missing piece'

Tesla 30 April event: New invite teases 'the missing piece'

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Tesla has been teasing its upcoming 30 April event for a few weeks now, but that isn't stopped the company from sending out new event invites to the media with a hint meant to whet our appetites.The mostly-white invite appears to show a silhouette of... >>

Haier Dual-Drum washing machine offers smart control, smart washing flexibility

Haier Dual-Drum washing machine offers smart control, smart washing flexibility

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Haier introduced its Dual-Drum washing machine at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference in Malta, a machine comes with plenty of appeal.It might stand slightly taller than a typical appliance, but this Dual-Drum machine brings convenience that should give... >>

Grundig VUX is the smart kitchen of the future

Grundig VUX is the smart kitchen of the future

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Grundig today showed off its VUX smart control interface at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference that uses light projection over traditional buttons. We gave it a try, and it's really clever. Looking to make your connected kitchen even smarter, the VUX... >>

Hoover Wizard lets you control your entire smart kitchen from your phone and PC

Hoover Wizard lets you control your entire smart kitchen from your phone and PC

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Hoover has unleashed its new Wizard range of smart kitchen appliances to let you control it all from your smartphone.Long gone are the days of Hoover just making vacuum cleaners, it's got its sights set on the kitchen now. The Wizard range is Wi-Fi controlled... >>

Tesla to unveil new super batteries at 30 April event: Time to go off grid?

Tesla to unveil new super batteries at 30 April event: Time to go off grid?

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Tesla head honcho Elon Musk announced on twitter that he'd be unveiling new products at a 30 April event. It appears these will be next generation batteries.Jeff Evanson, Tesla investor relations, says we can expect to see a pair of new batteries unveiled... >>

Ikea thinks in 2025 we'll be cooking on tables that project recipes and more

Ikea thinks in 2025 we'll be cooking on tables that project recipes and more

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Ikea dreamed up a concept kitchen for this year's Milan design week, giving the world a look at how Ikea products - combined with realistic technology - could revolutionise how we cook up dinner in 2025.Ikea put the concept, called Ikea Temporary, on... >>

Sitting is reportedly the new smoking: This standing desk setup could save your life

Sitting is reportedly the new smoking: This standing desk setup could save your life

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Avoid heart disease, lose weight, feel more awake - all simply by standing. There are respected studies that point to sitting as the cause of poor health with some even calling it the new smoking. But fear not, a cure is already here.For those that... >>

Smart heating is here: Five reasons to invest

Smart heating is here: Five reasons to invest

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Smart heating is the umbrella term used for the latest heating set ups that not only allow you to control the temperature throughout your home from your smartphone, but some will also automatically learn and adjust to your weekly or daily routines.The... >>

How to make your home smart for under £500

How to make your home smart for under £500

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Connected homes are fast becoming more and more popular and chances are if you are reading this feature, you're either interested in making your home smarter, or you want to know what is available to help you do it. There are hundreds of products out... >>

The smarthome is now

The smarthome is now

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The term smarthome has been kicking around for a few years. It once referred to the stuff of dreams, fantasies and more importantly, the future. But that's no longer the case as the smarthome is very much the here and now.We might still be a few decades... >>

Dyson's AM09 bladeless fan can blow warm or cold air in two different ways

Dyson's AM09 bladeless fan can blow warm or cold air in two different ways

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Dyson has unveiled its latest blade-less fan, and it's powered by something called "Jet Focus technology".According to the home appliance maker, the new fan, called AM09, is capable of both heating and cooling your whole room as well as focusing on you.... >>

Dyson AM09: The all-weather bladeless fan gets a tidy update (hands-on)

Dyson AM09: The all-weather bladeless fan gets a tidy update (hands-on)

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Dyson has updated its bladeless Hot + Cool fan technology to devise a new model that not only blows warm or cold air into a room as the AM05 we saw in 2013, but also has two ways it can stream the air so it can be focused either at an individual or spread... >>

Meld Knob and Clip make your hob smart for perfect poached eggs every time, and more

Meld Knob and Clip make your hob smart for perfect poached eggs every time, and more

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Meld makes the bold promise of creating the perfect meal every time you use your hob. It does this using an intelligent temperature sensor and automatic knob adjuster in combination with an app.Meld, which has currently raised over $72,000 of its $50,000... >>

Philips Hue Go: The portable, colourful and independent addition to Hue lighting system (hands-on)

Philips Hue Go: The portable, colourful and independent addition to Hue lighting system (hands-on)

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Philips Hue, the adjustable lighting system that can be colour and luminance controlled via your smart device, is expanding, with the new Hue Go portable offering a slightly different stance to the range.With the majority of Hue products you require a... >>

Nest thermostats missed the British Summer Time clock change

Nest thermostats missed the British Summer Time clock change

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Nest smart thermostats aren't as clever as they claim after failing to adapt to the British Summer Time clock change.After the clocks changed by an hour this weekend Nest thermostat owners took to forums to register their complaints.The Google-owned... >>

15 years of Broadband: Here are 8 things it means you no longer have to do

15 years of Broadband: Here are 8 things it means you no longer have to do

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Happy birthday broadband, it's been 15 years since high speed internet has been making life easier. But do you remember the world before broadband internet speeds?To put it in perspective, Virgin Media's 152Mb broadband service is 2,714 times faster than... >>

Vax Air Revolve Pet review: The funky, new-wave vacuum cleaner
4.5 stars

Vax Air Revolve Pet review: The funky, new-wave vacuum cleaner

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Builder's dust. If you know it well, then you know just what it can do. And having caused our previous vacuum cleaner to meet an early grave, we needed a new and powerful lil sucker to replace it.Enter the Vax Air Revolve Pet, a bagless vacuum cleaner... >>

Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Sushi Set: Boldly go where no fish has gone before

Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Sushi Set: Boldly go where no fish has gone before

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Star Trek and sushi might not be something you'd immediately see going together but ThinkGeek did and now it's something you can own.The Star Trek U.S.S Enterprise Sushi Set has arrived to take the geek rating of sushi eating to the next frontier.The... >>

UK budget spring 2015: Internet of Things, 100Mbps broadband for all, free Wi-Fi

UK budget spring 2015: Internet of Things, 100Mbps broadband for all, free Wi-Fi

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The British government has delivered a pre-election budget that further strengthens its measures to support technology in the UK.It will be chancellor George Osborne's last budget before the nation votes on the next government, so there are several measures... >>

Dyson's $15M investment into Sakti3 will bring solid state batteries to its cordless vacuums

Dyson's $15M investment into Sakti3 will bring solid state batteries to its cordless vacuums

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Dyson is investing millions into solid state batteries, so that it's next range of cordless vacuums will get a powerful boost.Michigan-based Sakti3 is a battery company, which has received backing from GM's venture capital unit, and it specialises in... >>

Dyson V6 Absolute: The mother of all cordless vacuum cleaners (hands-on)

Dyson V6 Absolute: The mother of all cordless vacuum cleaners (hands-on)

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Dyson has reinvigorated its cordless vacuum cleaner range with two new models this month, one designed for more aggressive home spillages with a nylon cleaning head - the V6 Fluffy - and one that is the top of the line, that suits any floor you happen... >>

Dyson V6 Absolute and Fluffy take cordless vacuums to an all-new level

Dyson V6 Absolute and Fluffy take cordless vacuums to an all-new level

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Thanks to the demands of a modern lifestyle, cordless vacuum cleaners are growing in popularity, especially since battery life has been dramatically improved in recent times. And one of the manufacturers that has striven to ensure that its machines are... >>

Piper nv smarthome camera system doesn't just see burglars, it scares them away (hands-on)

Piper nv smarthome camera system doesn't just see burglars, it scares them away (hands-on)

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Icontrol Networks has announced a new Piper at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, building on the original all-in-one home security and video monitoring system.The new model, called Piper nv, introduces a new camera system and night vision to the... >>

Philips Hue Phoenix is a new range of smart lamps that glow every shade of white light

Philips Hue Phoenix is a new range of smart lamps that glow every shade of white light

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Mobile World Congress couldn't be described as a true industry conference if Philips didn't stop by to unveil its latest effort in the smart lighting market, called Philips Hue Phoenix.Phoenix, which is a new range of white ambience-connected lamps, looks... >>

Ikea brings wireless charging furniture to the UK as part of new 'Home Smart' plan

Ikea brings wireless charging furniture to the UK as part of new 'Home Smart' plan

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Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea has unleashed a range of furniture with built-in wireless charging spots.The range will be soon available in the UK, and the idea is that it should conveniently help you charge your mobile devices while at home. Ikea... >>

Sesame is a smart lock that lets you open doors with a custom knock

Sesame is a smart lock that lets you open doors with a custom knock

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We can't wait for a day when all of our homes and devices and appliances and doors and windows and cars and lives will be smart and automated. That's why it's exciting when new projects for internet-connected stuff like Sesame land on Kickstarter.Sesame... >>

What is IFTTT and how does it work?

What is IFTTT and how does it work?

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The internet is a wonderful thing chock-full of fun and useful experiences, but it can also complicate our lives.With so many websites and apps in the world, you've probably experienced difficulty in managing them or even completing basic tasks. Luckily... >>

Withings Home review: More than just a smart camera
4.0 stars

Withings Home review: More than just a smart camera

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Withings is better known for its health monitoring devices, but activity trackers and smart scales aren't the only pies it has its fingers in. The Withings Home is an HD camera with air quality sensors that allow you to monitor your home using an accompanying... >>

British Gas to acquire AlertMe for £44 million, expand Hive offerings

British Gas to acquire AlertMe for £44 million, expand Hive offerings

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British Gas has announced that it is to acquire AlertMe, the company that powers its Hive Active Heating, in a deal worth £44 million. This figure includes the 21 per cent holding that British Gas already has in AlertMe, bringing AlertMe's total valuation... >>

Virgin Media to spend £3 billion on superfast broadband for four million new homes and businesses

Virgin Media to spend £3 billion on superfast broadband for four million new homes and businesses

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In its largest expansion move in some time, Virgin Media has pledged to spend £3 billion in ensuring four million new homes and businesses in the UK can access its superfast fibre broadband network.Backed by owner Liberty Global, the money will be spent... >>

Buying chocolate? Show your tech credentials with The Cocoa Runners Pocket-lint Collection

Buying chocolate? Show your tech credentials with The Cocoa Runners Pocket-lint Collection

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Pocket-lint has teamed up with artisan chocolate website Cocoarunners.com to bring Pocket-lint readers a specially curated box by our founder Stuart Miles. Stuart set up Pocket-lint with an initial investment of £15, the same amount as his first investment... >>

iSheep are real: Internet-connected sheep are roaming Wales

iSheep are real: Internet-connected sheep are roaming Wales

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Researchers in North Wales have created a flock of iSheep - sheep connected to the internet - in the latest twist on the internet of things.Using a small tracker, the idea is to enable a farmer to keep track of the flock, and stop rogue sheep wandering... >>

Hotel's 'Dot.com Detox package' claims to tackle harmful effects of modern tech

Hotel's 'Dot.com Detox package' claims to tackle harmful effects of modern tech

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You've probably heard of high-tech hotels with robots and all sorts of machinery and software designed to help you live in the lap of space-age luxury for a night or two, but there's another type of hotel for those wanting the exact opposite.Myhotels... >>

Vax Cordless vacuum cleaners just got a whole lot more convenient (hands-on)

Vax Cordless vacuum cleaners just got a whole lot more convenient (hands-on)

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Vax has been offering cordless cleaners for some time, but in 2015, they are coming with a twist on the format. Welcome, then, the Air Cordless Lift and the Air Cordless Switch. The Air Cordless might sound familiar because we reviewed it in 2014 and... >>

Vax AirRevolve is the funkiest vacuum cleaner we've ever seen

Vax AirRevolve is the funkiest vacuum cleaner we've ever seen

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Of all domestic gadgetry, it seems that the humble vacuum cleaner is a hotbed of design innovation. We've seen these domestic necessaries move from a boring upright or cylinder cleaners into eye-catching design pieces.The Vax AirRevolve, however, has... >>

What comes next after we're done with the Internet of Things? Intel gives us some clues

What comes next after we're done with the Internet of Things? Intel gives us some clues

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What's going to be the next big thing after the Internet of Things? It might be a massive trend right now, but once the standards have been cracked and every device and appliance you own is connected to the cloud and each other, eyes will be looking... >>

BT G.fast broadband trials will hit 500Mbps this summer, 1Gbps in future

BT G.fast broadband trials will hit 500Mbps this summer, 1Gbps in future

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As part of its latest financial results unveiling BT has revealed that it will be testing 500Mbps broadband in two pilot locations in the UK this summer. The technology used is to be called G.fast and BT explains that it will enable "most homes" in the... >>

Luna mattress cover tracks your sleep and controls your smarthome at night

Luna mattress cover tracks your sleep and controls your smarthome at night

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Just when you thought there was an internet-connected device for every type of mundane task, such as locking your door or setting the temperature, a smart mattress comes along capable of doing all those things as well as monitoring your sleep habits.... >>

Misfit Flash is no longer just a fitness tracker but also a smarthome remote control

Misfit Flash is no longer just a fitness tracker but also a smarthome remote control

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Misfit wants you to use $50 entry-level Flash fitness tracker like a smarthome remote control.Starting in March, Flash will be able to interact with numerous apps and smart device with a touch of a button. The company demonstrated how to control its new... >>

If you got an old Dropcam, you can get a free upgrade to an HD one from Nest

If you got an old Dropcam, you can get a free upgrade to an HD one from Nest

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There's a lot of risk involved when it comes to being an early adopter of technology, but sometimes, it can also be rewarding. Nest, for instance, has announced a replacement program that's all about helping owners of the original Dropcam and Dropcam... >>

LG RoboSense CordZero will stalk you like a creepy vacuum cleaner

LG RoboSense CordZero will stalk you like a creepy vacuum cleaner

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LG announced a new vacuum cleaner called CordZero at its annual InnoFest conference, which took place this year in Lisbon, Portugal.The CordZero is a cordless canister vacuum cleaner that is not only power cord free, as the name would suggest, but it... >>

LG Styler will freshen your clothes to save washing and ironing (hands-on)

LG Styler will freshen your clothes to save washing and ironing (hands-on)

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LG announced an updated model of its LG Styler at CES 2015 and we managed to get a quick look at it in action during the company's InnoFest conference in Portugal. The LG Styler is a clothing management system designed to refresh clothes without detergents... >>

Could LG's new smarthome strategy bring about a unified platform for the Internet of Things?

Could LG's new smarthome strategy bring about a unified platform for the Internet of Things?

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One of the problems with the smarthome sector at present is that everybody seems to be doing their own thing. There is no unified platform that ensures products from different manufacturers all work together. However, LG is making strides to bring something... >>

Sony's Symphonic Light and Life Space UX concept are set to make your home well-lit and futuristic (eyes-on)

Sony's Symphonic Light and Life Space UX concept are set to make your home well-lit and futuristic (eyes-on)

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Who knew Sony liked lighting so much?After the company's CES event, Sony gave Pocket-lint a tour of its new Life Space UX concept which included an apartment-type setup filled with interactive lights, minimalist speakers, app-controlled projectors, and... >>