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Philips Hue Beyond hands-on: App-controlled lighting goes up a level

Philips Hue Beyond hands-on: App-controlled lighting goes up a level

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Philips' Hue lighting system has been phenomenally successful and has expanded greatly since the first app-controlled colour-changing bulbs were released. And the latest addition to the Hue family takes the concept on a stage or two further, with multiple... >>

Dyson 360 Eye: Robotic vacuum cleaner coming to the UK 2015

Dyson 360 Eye: Robotic vacuum cleaner coming to the UK 2015

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After years of speculation, Dyson has confirmed that it will be launching robotic vacuum cleaner.The new model, called the Dyson 360 Eye, will feature a 360 degree camera on top of the cleaner to see its environment rather than just rely on sensors alone.The... >>

Elgato embraces Apple HomeKit with Avea smart lighting and Eve home monitoring

Elgato embraces Apple HomeKit with Avea smart lighting and Eve home monitoring

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Elgato has announced a couple of new smart home products that will embrace Apple's new HomeKit platform.The Elgato Avea smart lighting system will challenge the likes of Philips Hue, with its smart LED bulb.Compatible with iOS, the £39.99 Avea bulb won't... >>

Philips Hue Beyond is a new table light, ceiling light, or pendant light, with kits starting at £329

Philips Hue Beyond is a new table light, ceiling light, or pendant light, with kits starting at £329

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Philips has announced a new smart lamp with two connected light sources called Philips Hue Beyond. Two connected light sources means you can adjusts the lamp's white light as well as its colourful light in order to affect the overall mood of your room.The... >>

LightwaveRF smart thermostatic radiator valves give you individual room temperature controls

LightwaveRF smart thermostatic radiator valves give you individual room temperature controls

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LightwaveRF has announced a smart thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) that will allow you to get precise control over each radiator in your house, saving money and avoiding wasted energy.The new TRVs will work with LightwaveRF's Boiler Switch and Home Thermostat... >>

Samsung Smart Home lets you S Voice control your home, SDK coming soon

Samsung Smart Home lets you S Voice control your home, SDK coming soon

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Samsung has announced an expansion of its Smart Home portfolio at IFA 2014.Samsung Smart Home was announced at CES 2014, and launched in April, with the aim of tying together your domestic appliances and your home environment to give you smartphone control.Samsung... >>

100% free internet... who are they kidding?

100% free internet... who are they kidding?

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If you are constantly looking for free Wi-Fi then FreedomPop has the answer. Forget about trekking it to Starbucks or frantically searching for your neighbour's unsecured, open Wi-Fi network. FreedomPop will hook you up with 100% free high speed wireless... >>

Dyson teases its first robot vacuum, project N223, for 4 September unveil

Dyson teases its first robot vacuum, project N223, for 4 September unveil

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Dyson, the British vacuum specialist, has unveiled a video cryptographically showing off something called project N223. It looks like this will be the company's first robot vacuum cleaner which it plans to unveil on 4 September.Dyson used to have a section... >>

These new technologies will shape our future

These new technologies will shape our future

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The expected future of technology, where everyone zips about in flying cars or lives on the Moon, might not turn out quite like that. Instead disruptive new technologies are changing the way we live now and will change our lives in the future entirely.From... >>

LG Music Flow: Hands-on with the most compelling Sonos rival yet

LG Music Flow: Hands-on with the most compelling Sonos rival yet

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LG has launched a comprehensive wireless multi-room audio system it is calling LG Music Flow. It is a complete system of audio devices that will rival the dominant player in this segment, Sonos.We've seen a number of launches in recent months and years... >>

Vax Air Cordless review
4.5 stars

Vax Air Cordless review

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The future of cleaning, some say, is robot vacuum cleaners. But in the present and in our experience those automated robotic vacuums have still got a long way to go for the perfect clean. Until then it's all about perfecting what we do manually, which... >>

Climote upgrades ScottishPower users to smart heating controls at home

Climote upgrades ScottishPower users to smart heating controls at home

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Climote, the smarthome climate control, is going to be available to all ScottishPower customers after the two signed a deal together.That means that whether at home or out and about people will be able to control their home's heating using a mobile.Smarthome... >>

Noke smart padlock uses Bluetooth-enabled phones to unlock instead of keys

Noke smart padlock uses Bluetooth-enabled phones to unlock instead of keys

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There's a new smart product in the works called Noke. It's a Bluetooth-enabled padlock that doesn't require a key (Get it? "No key." Yeah.)Noke recently landed on Kickstarter and has surpassed the $50,000 mark of its $100,000 goal, and it still has 30... >>

How will Samsung's $200m SmartThings purchase affect your house?

How will Samsung's $200m SmartThings purchase affect your house?

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Samsung has agreed to buy a home-automation company called SmartThings for a reported $200 million. The deal is a head-scratcher at first blush, but it could also be a genius business move if Samsung involves its appliance business and takes full advantage... >>

How do companies make money from your data?

How do companies make money from your data?

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There's a lot of talk about big data with companies using mumbo jumbo like "enhanced verticals", "data-aggregating" and "visibility enhancement". We decided to cut through the guff to find out exactly how companies are using our data to make themselves... >>

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... >>

Get even more goodness from fruit and veg with Dualit's Dual-Max juicer, only £100

Get even more goodness from fruit and veg with Dualit's Dual-Max juicer, only £100

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Dualit has announced the Dual-Max Juicer to its range of iconic small kitchen appliances, featuring the company's Double Sieve technology.The technology means that the juicer will not only juice the fruit, but it will then move onto the remaining pulp... >>

Worx Landroid robot lawnmower review
4.0 stars

Worx Landroid robot lawnmower review

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There are some household chores that never get done. In a world where we're becoming time poor, stepping out to cut the grass might be one such chore.All is not lost, however, because there are robots that want to do it for you. The cutely named Landroid... >>

LightFreq: smartbulb, music player, notification centre, goodbye normal bulbs (Update)

LightFreq: smartbulb, music player, notification centre, goodbye normal bulbs (Update)

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UPDATE: Lightfreq has smashed its $50,000 Kickstarter goal in four days.Imagine if your bulbs could change colour, turn on as you enter a room, and play music and double as an intercom. Imagine no more, LightFreq is here using bulbs to smarten up your... >>

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... >>

Tado smart thermostat review
4.0 stars

Tado smart thermostat review

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A connected home is becoming a more desirable prospect these days and the Internet of Things (IoT) is making that a feasible reality. Whether it be through appliances that let you know when your undies are clean and ready to hang on the line, through... >>

Smart lighting explained

Smart lighting explained

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If you're new to home automation and want to give it a go, you should probably start with smart lighting.The easiest way to get started with simple home automation is to buy accessories or devices that are specialised for certain tasks. Smart lighting,... >>

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... >>

Qmotion Shades remote and app-controlled blinds, maintaining privacy from the comfort of a sofa

Qmotion Shades remote and app-controlled blinds, maintaining privacy from the comfort of a sofa

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The days of having to get up from your sofa to access appliances are long gone. You can control your heating, lighting and even washing machine from an app on your smartphone with the right products. But that's not all.There are also a number of products... >>

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... >>

Five smart ovens to make cooking fun

Five smart ovens to make cooking fun

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Appliances aren't just space-eating monsters anymore. In fact, they are starting to become one of the most valuable assets in the kitchen.Washing machines are getting smarter, letting you know when a cycle has finished. Fridges are becoming more advanced,... >>

Didn’t think a pillow could be smart? Meet the Hoodie Pillow

Didn’t think a pillow could be smart? Meet the Hoodie Pillow

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A pillow need not be a dumb lump of comfy awesomeness that you bury your head into, it can be smart too.The Hoodie Pillow was made to hold your phone with portholes for tangle-free headphone listening. It also has a drawstring hoodie to keep you warm... >>

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... >>

Smart heating explained

Smart heating explained

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Everyone loves to save money. And right now, thanks to the latest advancements in home automation, there's a big competition between companies to see which can save you the most cash on your utilities bill.From energy suppliers like British Gas to startups... >>

Five robotic vacuum cleaners to do your cleaning for you

Five robotic vacuum cleaners to do your cleaning for you

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Household chores like ironing, washing and vacuuming are never particularly enjoyable. In fact, most people hate them and the few that might enjoy them are probably getting paid.Don't worry though, there is something that could make your life a little... >>

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... >>

Bringing the tech to bathtime: How to make your bathroom smart

Bringing the tech to bathtime: How to make your bathroom smart

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You might think that the bathroom is the simplest room of the house. It's a place to clean, relax, and take care of life's essentials. But that doesn't mean it has to be the dumbest room in the house.Of course you probably already have app control of... >>

Oral-B Pro 6000 SmartSeries review
4.0 stars

Oral-B Pro 6000 SmartSeries review

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Electric toothbrushes are determined to stay at the forefront of bathroom gadgetry and the latest Oral-B model arrives with Bluetooth 4.0, ready to bring the Internet of Things (IoT) to right to your gum line. It syncs with an app to detail your oral... >>

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... >>

Smeg's retro-style KLF02 kettle will let you make tea in seven temperatures

Smeg's retro-style KLF02 kettle will let you make tea in seven temperatures

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Appliance manufactuer Smeg is probably best known for its funky retro-style fridges but the company has recently announced a small domestic appliances range, which includes a clever kettle.The KLF02 variable temperature kettle features the signature curves... >>

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... >>

Five smarter washing machines

Five smarter washing machines

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Washing is a chore that few people, if any, actually enjoy doing. Collecting the dirty clothes and loading the machine is bad enough but then you have to hang it all out too. It's not only time consuming but it's also seriously boring.You might think... >>

Electrolux Design Lab 2014: The future of a smart healthy home

Electrolux Design Lab 2014: The future of a smart healthy home

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Every year since 2003 Electrolux runs its Design Lab competition where students worldwide are challenged to create a concept that is time relevant and presents what the future of design could look like.There have been numerous themes in the past, including... >>

ZigBee and others explained

ZigBee and others explained

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You've likely heard of the phrase "home automation" and a related specification called ZigBee and simply assumed they are nerdy things within a niche industry.Well, that's not true. For instance: Google has Nest, Apple has HomeKit, and Samsung is thinking... >>