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The Pocket-lint Gadget Awards winners

The Pocket-lint Gadget Awards winners

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Another year draws to a close but not before we celebrate the finest games, gadgets and other tech treats of the last 12 months in the annual EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards. It's time to reveal the winners.You have been voting in your droves, along with... >>

Alexa, clean my house: Neato Botvac adds Echo integration

Alexa, clean my house: Neato Botvac adds Echo integration

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Neato Robotics has announced support for Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, enabling users to control their Botvac Connected robot vacuum with their voice through Alexa.The partnership will launch with four supported commands to begin with, comprising start,... >>

Why you need to upgrade your light switch to the Eve Light Switch

Why you need to upgrade your light switch to the Eve Light Switch

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The Eve Light Switch (USA & Canada only) is the world’s first light switch with HomeKit technology built in allowing you to do much more than just any old regular light switch. Apple HomeKit tips and tricks without Apple TV A guide to Elgato Eve HomeKit... >>

Apple might no longer make Wi-Fi routers or Time Capsules

Apple might no longer make Wi-Fi routers or Time Capsules

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Apple has reportedly ditched its wireless router biz.According to Bloomberg, the Cupertino, CA-based company is trying to focus on consumer products that generate more revenue, so it's shutting down the wireless router team responsible for the AirPort... >>

Amazon's Alexa adds Allrecipes skill to help you cook over 60,000 recipes

Amazon's Alexa adds Allrecipes skill to help you cook over 60,000 recipes

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Anyone who owns an Amazon Echo knows it's perfect for the kitchen.Don't know how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon? Ask Alexa. Want to set a timer? Ask Alexa. The speaker's voice assistant lets you get done tasks hands-free, and so it makes sense that... >>

How does the Eve app compare to Apple Home app?

How does the Eve app compare to Apple Home app?

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Apple Home is the dedicated HomeKit app that comes with iOS 10 allowing you to monitor and control your HomeKit enabled devices from your iPhone, your iPad or your Apple Watch. Apple HomeKit tips and tricks without Apple TV A guide to Elgato Eve HomeKit... >>

Amazon Echo Dot review: The tiny personal assistant with big personality
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Amazon Echo Dot review: The tiny personal assistant with big personality

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The Echo Dot is Amazon's small and affordable route into Alexa, its voice-controlled personal assistant for your home, which can playback music, add to your Amazon shopping list, control third-party apps and much more.Available for £50, it's essentially... >>

How to solve Sick Building Syndrome at home and work

How to solve Sick Building Syndrome at home and work

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Sick Building Syndrome is a condition caused by volatile organic compounds (VOC) in large quantities. People and pets release VOCs when they breathe, perspire or digest, but they are also released from other common items, such as carpet, paint, furniture... >>

Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa
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Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa

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Amazon launched the Echo - its cylindrical, internet-connected Bluetooth-capable speaker - in the US in 2015. Just over a year later and the Echo finally made its way to the UK and other territories.But we're not most excited about the actual speaker... >>

Samsung Family Hub connected fridge now available in UK

Samsung Family Hub connected fridge now available in UK

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It is customary for televisions or home entertainment tech to come out tops during the CES trade show in Las Vegas at the start of each year, but in January 2016, Samsung was talk of the town for its latest fridge freezer rather than its TVs.The company... >>

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review: Is it all just hot air?

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review: Is it all just hot air?

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A hair dryer is just a hairdryer isn't it? Not when it's a Dyson Supersonic hair dryer it's not. Well, that's the claim. We've been using with the new hair dryer to see whether it really is worth its £300 asking price.Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review: An... >>

A guide to Elgato Eve HomeKit accessories

A guide to Elgato Eve HomeKit accessories

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Elgato's Eve is all about improving your comfort at home. It wants to help you live smarter by giving you the knowledge and insight you need to do this.There are a number of devices available within the Eve range, all of which connect to the Eve app and... >>

Tesla Solar Roof will power your home and look good in the process

Tesla Solar Roof will power your home and look good in the process

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Popping a solar panel on your roof is a great way to generate free, sustainable energy for your home but there's one major drawback, it is often unsightly. Some councils even frown upon them.However, Tesla's latest concept would be approved of by anyone... >>

Bonjour is a smart alarm clock that doubles as a personal assistant

Bonjour is a smart alarm clock that doubles as a personal assistant

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Bonjour has been designed and made by French company Holi to be a "smart IoT alarm clock that upgrades your morning wake-up routine". There's an AI assistant living inside Bonjour and she's able to monitor your daily activities and working pattern so... >>

O2 Home offers an easy route down the smarthome path

O2 Home offers an easy route down the smarthome path

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O2 has a range of smarthome packs, aiming to make it easy to get your home connected.Rather than you going out and buying a range of individual devices, the O2 Home approach will let you choose a pack, have O2 install it and support it in your home, in... >>

Logitech Pop is a smarthome switch that can quite literally get the party started

Logitech Pop is a smarthome switch that can quite literally get the party started

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Logitech announced the Pop, a smart home switch that looks to cross the smarthome divide and control multiple devices with the press of a button. in August in the US, but it's now also available in the UK.The switch links into your Wi-Fi, scanning for... >>

What you need to get started with HomeKit

What you need to get started with HomeKit

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In order to have a smarthome, you don't have to be a homeowner.Think about it: let's say you rent an apartment somewhere or maybe live in a dorm room or are using a house share, you can still take your connected devices with you, from one move to the... >>

Best Smarthome Device 2016: EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards nominees

Best Smarthome Device 2016: EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards nominees

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The Pocket-lint Gadget Awards will take place at the end of November and that means we will soon be finding out the winners of the 14 categories ranging from smartphones to smarthome. Each category has been narrowed down to between five and seven nominees... >>

Five reasons to invest in a HomeKit device for your home

Five reasons to invest in a HomeKit device for your home

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Apple's HomeKit technology has many benefits. With support for HomeKit built into some connected devices, such as Elgato's Eve range and its Eve Room indoor sensor, you can turn any home into a smarthome quickly and easily. You can then manage it from... >>

Samsung now sells smart built-in home appliances like wall ovens

Samsung now sells smart built-in home appliances like wall ovens

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Samsung sells smart home appliances like refrigerators and washers, but up until now, it never offered smart built-in appliances.The South Korean company on Tuesday introduced a new line of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled wall ovens, cooktops, and range hoods.... >>

Five scenarios for getting more from Apple HomeKit

Five scenarios for getting more from Apple HomeKit

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Apple Homekit is finally here. With over 100 products supporting the ecosystem, including Elgato Eve, there are now tonnes of things you can do to your home to help you enjoy it more.Homekit is a system that allows you to quickly and easily control devices,... >>

Hive review: The British Gas system that's the hub of all things
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Hive review: The British Gas system that's the hub of all things

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When British Gas called us in to the launch of Hive Active Heating, it was clear that this was the starting point for something bigger. Focusing initially where you would expect a heating company to focus, Active Heating was an easy first step. Thanks... >>

Google's Assistant could soon take over your entire house

Google's Assistant could soon take over your entire house

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Google recently launched two new smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL and the Google Home wireless speaker. All three devices have the company's new Google Assistant built-in. What is Google Assistant, how does it work, when can you use it? Assistant is... >>

Google Pixel launch: What happened and can I watch it again?

Google Pixel launch: What happened and can I watch it again?

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Google's "Made by Google" event received a lot of hype and anticipation as it promised more than just a new product launch.It was in fact Google's chance to rebrand and reposition itself a serious contender in the consumer electronics space and to show... >>

TalkTalk ditches line-rental, probably not cheaper, definitely less confusing

TalkTalk ditches line-rental, probably not cheaper, definitely less confusing

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TalkTalk is saying it's returning to its "challenger roots" with the introduction of a new broadband pricing structure. The company says it has become the first major internet provider to reward its existing customers, as well as new ones, so that anyone... >>

Honeywell Lyric T6 smart thermostat will make your home toasty warm when you’re on your way home

Honeywell Lyric T6 smart thermostat will make your home toasty warm when you’re on your way home

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Honeywell has launched the Lyric T6, the latest in its range of connected thermostats, joining the evohome and and Single Zone. The new model has Apple HomeKit integration meaning you can control it using your voice and Siri, or through Apple’s Home... >>

Hive takes on Philips Hue with colour changing light bulbs

Hive takes on Philips Hue with colour changing light bulbs

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Hive, the smarthome subsidiary of British Gas, launched its first Active Lights back in June, instantly making it a major smarthome player. The ability to control heating and lighting from one app and using one hub makes it incredibly simple and accessible.Today,... >>

Sofas are now getting smart and can be controlled with ROM’s Aladin app

Sofas are now getting smart and can be controlled with ROM’s Aladin app

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Our homes are getting smarter and smarter by the day, we’ve seen smart plugs, smart coffee machines and smart thermostats. One area we thought perhaps couldn’t be made smart though is the sofa. British sofa company ROM has different ideas though and... >>

Eve Energy lets you control any mains-powered device by talking to Siri

Eve Energy lets you control any mains-powered device by talking to Siri

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The Elgato Eve Energy is the company’s latest product in the Eve family of products that work with Apple’s HomeKit connected platform and lays claim to being the world’s first HomeKit-enabled switch and can control any mains-powered device. Apple... >>

Google might launch a new 'Google Wi-Fi' router at October event

Google might launch a new 'Google Wi-Fi' router at October event

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Google's a couple weeks away from announcing new hardware, including a home router product, according to a new report.Android Police claimed the Mountain View, CA-based company has developed something called Google Wi-Fi. Consumers can reportedly expect... >>

Canary spreads its wings with Flex outdoor security camera

Canary spreads its wings with Flex outdoor security camera

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Canary first launched its current indoor security camera in 2014, promising full HD video recording and to warn you of any activity inside your home, recording it at the same time.But the first Canary cam can only be used indoors, but now there’s a... >>

Hive confirms compatibility with Amazon Echo for voice controlled heating and lighting

Hive confirms compatibility with Amazon Echo for voice controlled heating and lighting

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Amazon today confirmed that the Amazon Echo is coming to the UK, powered by its onboard smart agent Alexa.Announcing a range of partnerships, one of the more interesting for the UK is Hive, the smarthome offshoot of British Gas. Hive has confirmed that... >>

Tado teams up with Amazon for voice-controlled heating in the UK

Tado teams up with Amazon for voice-controlled heating in the UK

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Smart heating company Tado has announced it is teaming up with Amazon Echo to offer voice-controlled heating to its users in the UK, Germany and Austria. The collaboration comes after Amazon finally announced that Amazon Echo, and a refreshed Amazon... >>

Nest Cam adds Sightline, an innovative way to view your recorded video

Nest Cam adds Sightline, an innovative way to view your recorded video

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Nest has announced a new software feature for Nest Cam, Dropcam and the new Nest Cam Outdoor that will make it easier to skim through your recorded footage. Called Sightline, the new feature presents a live view from your Cam in the top third of the... >>

Nest Thermostat now comes in black, white and copper

Nest Thermostat now comes in black, white and copper

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Nest Thermostat looks good. It's hard not to spot it on the wall and appreciate the simplicity of the design, compared to the off-white plastic thermostat of yesteryear.Nest has announced that the Thermostat is now available in three more colours, in... >>

Sony Xperia Projector concept will let you play Candy Crush on the kitchen table

Sony Xperia Projector concept will let you play Candy Crush on the kitchen table

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Sony announced a few concepts at Mobile World Congress in March, including the Xperia Eye, Xperia Agent and the Xperia Projector. The idea behind each was revealed at the show but it wasn't possible to play with any of them or see them in action.Things... >>

Netatmo Smart Radiator Valves offer room-by-room heating control and HomeKit compatibility

Netatmo Smart Radiator Valves offer room-by-room heating control and HomeKit compatibility

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Netatmo has expanded its smarthome portfolio with the addition of Smart Radiator Valves, offering its Smart Connected Thermostat users the ability to control their heating on a room-by-room basis.Designed by Philippe Starck, like the Smart Connected Thermostat,... >>

Neato launches Botvac D3 and D5 Connected robot vacuum cleaners, starting at £399

Neato launches Botvac D3 and D5 Connected robot vacuum cleaners, starting at £399

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Neato Robotics has announced not just one, but two new connected robot vacuum cleaners at IFA 2016. The new robots join last year's Botvac Connected model and the standard non-connected D85 robot that will remain available for those that don't want to... >>

Tado third-gen system adds multi-room control, plus HomeKit and Echo compatibility

Tado third-gen system adds multi-room control, plus HomeKit and Echo compatibility

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Tado has announced a third-generation of its smart heating system at consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin. The latest system comprises the v3 Smart Thermostat and Smart Radiator Thermostats, the latter of which will enable room-by-room heating control.The... >>

Apple HomeKit preview: Is Apple's smarthome system ready to shine?

Apple HomeKit preview: Is Apple's smarthome system ready to shine?

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After what seems like years of planning, especially in the fast moving world of gadgets, Apple's solution to getting your smarthome devices talking to each other has finally arrived.Launching with iOS 10, Apple's dedicated Home app - which is the interface... >>

Philips' new Hue sensor can detect when you're moving and more

Philips' new Hue sensor can detect when you're moving and more

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Philips has new Hue goodies for you, including one that detects movement.It's actually not as creepy as it sounds. The company has announced more products for its Hue line of smart lights and accessories. The standout new gizmo is called Philips Hue Motion... >>

Ring Video Doorbell review: Chime-tastic security for your front door
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Ring Video Doorbell review: Chime-tastic security for your front door

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In the age of the smart home, the number of home devices being connected to the internet is expanding exponentially. Whether it's a kettle, fridge, vacuum cleaner, the central heating or - in this case - a doorbell, you can control and monitor almost... >>

What is SolarCity and why is Tesla buying it?

What is SolarCity and why is Tesla buying it?

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If Tesla Motors has its way, when you go shopping for your next electric vehicle, you might also walk out of the store with a home battery and a new roof for your house made up entirely of solar cells.Earlier this month, entrepreneur Elon Musk announced... >>

Elon Musk's SolarCity will sell roofs made of solar panels

Elon Musk's SolarCity will sell roofs made of solar panels

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Imagine a roof designed to absorb the sun's rays as a source of energy.We're not talking about a roof with solar panels attached to it as an afterthought, but rather a roof entirely made out of solar cells. SolarCity, a clean energy company that Tesla... >>

Nucleus Anywhere Intercom comes with Amazon's Alexa support

Nucleus Anywhere Intercom comes with Amazon's Alexa support

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Nucleus now ships its smart intercom in the US and Canada and it comes with Amazon's Alexa Voice Service built in.The intercom, which costs $250, is like a tablet device that you can take around the home or mount to a wall and use to contact friends... >>

11 reasons to upgrade your doorbell

11 reasons to upgrade your doorbell

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When was the last time you found a "we tried to deliver" card on your door mat, but you were home? With more and more of us opting to have things delivered to our home, it can be challenging to not only make sure we are are in, but that we also hear... >>

How to make your home smart right now

How to make your home smart right now

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Smarthomes were once associated with the rich and famous. The kind of houses you only saw in your dreams or TV programmes like Cribs. That's no longer the case.There are hundreds of devices available these days that not only make a smarthome possible,... >>

How to make your basement smart

How to make your basement smart

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Downstairs, in the basement, can be a great place to escape to. Your den can be full of fun, from a great TV to video games to the newest entertainment kid on the block - virtual reality.The latter needs some space and perhaps the basement is the best... >>