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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... >>

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,... >>

Nest Cam IQ vs Nest Cam Indoor: What's the difference?

Nest Cam IQ vs Nest Cam Indoor: What's the difference?

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Nest has announced a new smart home security camera to its line-up in the form of the Nest Cam IQ. The new device brings several advancements over the Nest Cam Indoor, though it also adds a few pounds to the price tag, which could make the decision between... >>

Nest Cam IQ 4K security camera can tell the difference between a burglar or a thing

Nest Cam IQ 4K security camera can tell the difference between a burglar or a thing

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Nest has announced a new indoor security camera to its portfolio in the Nest Cam IQ. The next-generation indoor security camera is able to differentiate between person and thing, and the company claims it offers best-in-class imaging and intelligent... >>

Essential made an Amazon Echo-like device called Home, coming soon

Essential made an Amazon Echo-like device called Home, coming soon

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Essential made more than a new Android phone. It also made Home.Essential is a new startup headed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin. The company has been teasing for a while that it had some major announcements in store for 30 May, and while many assumed... >>

Logitech Pop Smart Button now compatible with Apple HomeKit, control your Hue, Sonos and other kit with one tap

Logitech Pop Smart Button now compatible with Apple HomeKit, control your Hue, Sonos and other kit with one tap

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As you add more smart home devices to your abode you soon realise that instead of making life less complicated, they can sometimes do the opposite.That's because each device requires a different app to control it. And even when all linked through a unifying smart... >>

Ikea's smart lights add voice control via Alexa, Assistant, and Homekit

Ikea's smart lights add voice control via Alexa, Assistant, and Homekit

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You will soon be able to control Ikea smart lights using your voice.The Swedish retailer has revealed the Tradfri range will get voice control for owners of Google Home, Apple HomeKit, and Amazon Alexa devices. The feature is expected it to arrive by... >>

Nest might unveil new 4K indoor home security camera by end of May

Nest might unveil new 4K indoor home security camera by end of May

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Google-owned Nest will soon announce a 4K indoor home security camera, but it's not your typical 4K camera.It won't actually record in 4K, according to Android Police. Instead, it will use the 4K resolution to "power some cool zooming tricks". The sensor... >>

You can now control LG smart home appliances using Google Home

You can now control LG smart home appliances using Google Home

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LG has announced that its Signature range of home appliances can now be controlled using Google Assistant and Google Home. Appliances include a washing machine and dryer, refrigerator, the Signature oven range, air purifier, robotic vacuum cleaner and... >>

Google Home can now give you visual responses on phones and Chromecast

Google Home can now give you visual responses on phones and Chromecast

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Google has announced a number of updates for Google Home at Google I/O 2017, demonstrating how the smart AI device will be able to take advantage of the screens around your house. Not only can you use services like YouTube and Netflix via Chromecast,... >>

Philips Hue expands White Ambience range with three new smart lamps

Philips Hue expands White Ambience range with three new smart lamps

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Philips has expanded its Hue range of smart lighting with three new smart lighting fixtures: two table lamps and a ceiling light fixture. What Philips Hue smart bulbs are there and which should you buy? The three new lamps: Wellner and Wellness table... >>

Apple Siri speaker and 10.5-inch iPad Pro all but confirmed for WWDC

Apple Siri speaker and 10.5-inch iPad Pro all but confirmed for WWDC

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Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference starts on 5 June and while the event is usually reserved for software updates, and we will hear news about iOS 11 and macOS 10.13, it can be used for hardware as well. Apple WWDC 2017: When is it, where to watch,... >>

Lighthouse home security camera intelligently recognises family members and pets

Lighthouse home security camera intelligently recognises family members and pets

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Smart home security cameras are nothing new, they're able to detect motion inside or outside your home and send you a notification. The new Lighthouse security wants to take that further by intelligently recognising different people and even pets, using... >>

Tesla Solar Roof: Everything you need to know

Tesla Solar Roof: Everything you need to know

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Tesla has begun letting customers pre-order its Solar Roof.Six months after announcing the eco-friendly product, the car-maker has finally shared all the details about Solar Roof, including how the roof's solar tiles work, how much they cost, and what... >>

Microsoft HomeHub for Windows 10 wants to be your smart home control centre

Microsoft HomeHub for Windows 10 wants to be your smart home control centre

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Microsoft appears to be planning its own rival to the likes of Amazon Echo and Apple HomeKit, in the form of HomeHub. The smart home control feature, or at least the first stages of it, will become part of Windows 10, possibly in the next update due in... >>

Echo Show official: Amazon's home hub offers video calling and more, pre-order now open

Echo Show official: Amazon's home hub offers video calling and more, pre-order now open

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The Echo Show is now official, with Amazon announcing the latest addition to its Alexa-powered collection of devices.The Echo Show nearly stayed under wraps, only briefly getting leaked before the announcement, which at least means it comes as something... >>

Amazon's touchscreen Echo with video calling could launch this week

Amazon's touchscreen Echo with video calling could launch this week

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Amazon's next Echo device will probably have a 7-inch touchscreen, and it could be announced within the next 24 hours.According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon might announce a new Echo as early as 9 May. The device is expected to feature support for... >>

Harman Kardon Invoke speaker has Microsoft Cortana for brains

Harman Kardon Invoke speaker has Microsoft Cortana for brains

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Harman Kardon, one of the audio brands to fall under the Harman umbrella, has officially announced the Invoke speaker. It's the first to use Microsoft's Cortana as its voice-controlled personal assistant. Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa Harman... >>

GE's new Sol smart lamp comes with Alexa, now available to preorder

GE's new Sol smart lamp comes with Alexa, now available to preorder

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GE made a cool, multifunctional lamp with built-in Amazon Alexa.It actually announced the light in December, but now we know it will be called C by GE Sol. It’s part of GE’s C-branded line of smart lights. We also now know that it will cost $199.99... >>

What is Amazon Echo Look and how does it work?

What is Amazon Echo Look and how does it work?

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Echo Look is the newest addition to Amazon's line of Echo-branded devices, which include the original Echo, Amazon Tap, and Echo Dot.Each Echo device has a different form factor and is best suited to a specific environment - whether you're at home and... >>

Apple finalising plans for Amazon Echo-like device to control your home through Siri

Apple finalising plans for Amazon Echo-like device to control your home through Siri

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Apple has long thought to be working on a product to rival Amazon Alexa and the Echo speaker. Now it is reported that any such designs are in the final stages.According to Sonny Dickson, who has hit the nail on the head many times in the past when it... >>

Amazon Echo Look is the personal assistant that replaces your mirror

Amazon Echo Look is the personal assistant that replaces your mirror

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Amazon has made a fashionable addition to its Echo range of personal assistants. Called the Echo Look, Amazon's latest device is a camera that you control with your voice, that takes full-lengths selfies. Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa Amazon... >>

Google Wifi review: Whole home internet coverage done right
4.5 stars

Google Wifi review: Whole home internet coverage done right

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Having spent some time over the pond in the US market, Google's smart home networking system has now landed in the UK.It's not the only Wi-Fi-extending product of its kind available (and there are lesser alternatives, like powerline extenders), but it's... >>

Arsenal first Premier League club with live streaming Alexa Skill, ask it for commentary and more

Arsenal first Premier League club with live streaming Alexa Skill, ask it for commentary and more

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Arsenal have released their own Alexa Skill, for use with Amazon Echo and other Alexa assistant-enabled devices.It is the first Premier League football club to do so and offers all manner of ways for fans to receive information through voice alone.Developed... >>

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart wants to make oral care sexy with connected toothbrush

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart wants to make oral care sexy with connected toothbrush

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Philips is preparing to supercharge your oral care with the launch of a new connected toothbrush, the Sonicare DiamondClean Smart.Revealing the new electric toothbrush at the IFA Global Press Conference 2017, the new toothbrush isn't due to launch until... >>

Amazon Alexa finally lets you control the colour of lights with your voice

Amazon Alexa finally lets you control the colour of lights with your voice

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Amazon's Alexa AI has long been able to control smart lights via voice commands, but oddly, not their colour.Although you could turn off or on all sorts of smart lamps from the likes of Philips Hue or LIFX and so many others, you were otherwise limited.... >>

Google Wifi's latest feature isn't going to make your kid very happy

Google Wifi's latest feature isn't going to make your kid very happy

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Google has updated its Wi-Fi router so that you can annoy your kids."Wi-Fi at home helps with special everyday moments," Google announced on Monday. "But as we all know, sometimes these moments can turn into hours spent watching videos or browsing photos.... >>

7 best Google Home compatible devices you can buy today

7 best Google Home compatible devices you can buy today

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Google Home is more than just an internet-connected speaker with a voice assistant. It also works as a smart home hub.Google Assistant on Google Home can control smart home devices, although it's fair to say it doesn't support as many products as its... >>

What is Bluetooth 5 and what does it offer?

What is Bluetooth 5 and what does it offer?

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Bluetooth is found in all manner of devices as a means of communicating with each other. Think smartphone connecting to smartwatch, music player connecting to wireless headphones and even Internet of Things and smarthome devices. Internet of Things explained:... >>

Google Wifi router will arrive in the UK on 6 April

Google Wifi router will arrive in the UK on 6 April

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Google has announced that its Wifi router already available in the US, will be making its way to the UK next month. Simply called Google Wi-Fi, each base station looks like a Scandinavian-style, double-stacked hockey puck that Google described as a "visually... >>

Google Home UK release date and price revealed

Google Home UK release date and price revealed

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Google Home, Google's home assistant and rival to the Amazon Echo, is coming to the UK from 6 April.The release date and price were unveiled at an event in London on Tuesday 28 March, where it was also revealed the British edition will offer news briefings... >>

What is Google Home, how does it work, and when can you buy it?

What is Google Home, how does it work, and when can you buy it?

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Google is looking to embed itself in your home, in a bid to one-up Amazon.Amazon announced its Echo speaker, complete with its voice-controlled personal assistant called Alexa, back in 2014. Google followed with Home in 2016 - its hands-free smart speaker... >>

Ikea goes after Philips Hue with own budget smart lighting collection

Ikea goes after Philips Hue with own budget smart lighting collection

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Ikea just introduced a "Smart Lighting" collection.The range, which will arrive in UK stores in April, includes energy-efficient LED bulbs, as well as lighting panels and doors. These different products can be managed remotely via an app, called Tradfri,... >>

OK Google, tell Neato robot to start cleaning

OK Google, tell Neato robot to start cleaning

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Neato has announced Google Home support on all its connected robot vacuum cleaners, including the Botvac D3 Connected, Botvac D5 Connected and Botvac Connected.Users with a Google Home device will therefore be able to ask Google Assistant to tell Neato... >>

Grohe Sense can help protect your home from flooding and water damage

Grohe Sense can help protect your home from flooding and water damage

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There are a fair few smart home products on the market but not all of them really help or improve our lives. The technology is maturing but there are many devices that exist because they sound cool in paper but have little benefit in the real world.Grohe... >>

12 best Amazon Echo compatible devices you can buy today

12 best Amazon Echo compatible devices you can buy today

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There's no denying it, the smarthome is a brewing market coming to life, thanks in the most part to the companies seeking to unify all your smart connected products, letting you control them from a single hub. None caught our imagination more over the... >>

Nest might soon launch a cheaper thermostat and new security system

Nest might soon launch a cheaper thermostat and new security system

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Nest practically disappeared after it became an Alphabet company, but a new report has suggested it's coming back in full force.A report from Bloomberg claimed Nest is working on new connected products, including a home security system, a smart doorbell,... >>

Google Home may add multiple-user support and voice recognition

Google Home may add multiple-user support and voice recognition

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Google Home may soon get a lot more useful for the entire family.One of the most annoying things about Google Home and similar smart speakers is that they only work with a single account. So all the services and integrations and features are tied to one... >>

Does this leak show Amazon's upcoming Alexa security camera?

Does this leak show Amazon's upcoming Alexa security camera?

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Alexa is coming to everything imaginable, from smartphones to ovens, so naturally, a home security camera could be a good fit too.Amazon is possibly working on one right now, according to a product pic that’s been spotted on the company’s own servers.... >>

Neato Botvac D5 Connected review: A Dyson 360 Eye competitor?
4.0 stars

Neato Botvac D5 Connected review: A Dyson 360 Eye competitor?

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Robot vacuum cleaners are becoming more popular with several big players now in the market, including Dyson. Some are great, others not so much, but all of them are pricey, typically costing upwards of £600.Neato brought the cost down a little with the... >>

Qualcomm Snapdragon makes your Android Things devices more powerful, better connected

Qualcomm Snapdragon makes your Android Things devices more powerful, better connected

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Qualcomm has announced that it will be supporting Android Things with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset, aiming to bring more power and connectivity to the next wave of smart devices.Android Things is an evolution of Android that's designed for connected... >>

Google Assistant: How to use your Pixel to control smart home devices

Google Assistant: How to use your Pixel to control smart home devices

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The battle for the smart home is on, with dozens (if not hundreds) of companies launching light bulbs, thermostats, fridges, garage door openers and a plethora of other gizmos you can control from your smartphone. The real important battle however is... >>

Old Nvidia Shield TV will also get Google Assistant in update

Old Nvidia Shield TV will also get Google Assistant in update

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When Nvidia announced its new version of the Shield TV media streamer in December, it revealed the device would get Google Assistant and SmartThings smart home support in a future update. However, it was thought that the older version wouldn't - that... >>

Honeywell Lyric T6R review: Smart heating made simple
4.0 stars

Honeywell Lyric T6R review: Smart heating made simple

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Smart heating systems are on the up. And having moved into a new home recently it made a lot of sense to test Honeywell's latest smart home thermostat system, the Lyric T6.We had the Lyric T6R fitted, which is the same as the standard T6 but comes with... >>

How to make Amazon Echo respond to the Star Trek wake word 'Computer'

How to make Amazon Echo respond to the Star Trek wake word 'Computer'

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Star Trek fans, hold onto your hats, because the it has finally happened: the Amazon Echo will now let you use Star Trek's wake word "Computer" rather than Alexa. Made famous by Picard and the crew in Star Trek The Next Generation, you can have your... >>

You can now use Google Home to control Belkin and Honeywell devices

You can now use Google Home to control Belkin and Honeywell devices

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Google Home is slowly adding more partners.At launch, you could use the voice-activated speaker to control connected devices from Philips Hue, Nest, and Samsung Smart Things. You could also control services like Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, and... >>