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Logitech Circle review: The portable home security camera
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Logitech Circle review: The portable home security camera

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The Logitech Circle camera (or Logi Circle if you're on board with the new branding) is a powerful little home security cam with plenty of strings to its bow.This smart home camera is meant for more than simple security: it's a cloud-based Wi-Fi camera... >>

BT launches Whole Home Wi-Fi to eliminate dead spots

BT launches Whole Home Wi-Fi to eliminate dead spots

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BT has come up with a new Wi-Fi router system, the first of its kind in the UK, which promises to effectively eliminate "dead spots". The system comprises three compact, 165mm discs, each with four built-in antenna which extend the Wi-Fi signal around... >>

Nest Cam Outdoor review: Secure enough as a security camera?
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Nest Cam Outdoor review: Secure enough as a security camera?

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Nest has made the move from indoor security, to offering all-seeing protection for the outside of your home. Say hello to the Nest Cam Outdoor.Boasting some of the same features as its indoor Nest Cam sibling, the outdoor version is touted as offering... >>

Nest is now available in four more European countries

Nest is now available in four more European countries

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Purveyor of connected home products Nest will be saying hallo, servus, ciao and hola to new customers after it announced it is expanding into four European countries. Customers in Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain will now be able to buy the Nest... >>

Samsung Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator preview: Spotify and sausages

Samsung Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator preview: Spotify and sausages

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Samsung revealed its new Family Hub refrigerator line-up immediately prior to CES but we got to see one of them in the flesh at the company's main press conference.The concept is similar if not identical to last year's CES sensation, but there are a few... >>

Anyone can buy anything using your Amazon Echo, here's how to stop it

Anyone can buy anything using your Amazon Echo, here's how to stop it

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Alexa is gifted with a full range of talents, but a recent update for those in the UK could leave you with a nasty surprise.On 20 October, Amazon turned on the shopping option for Amazon Echo. Voice purchasing means that you can ask Alexa to buy you things.... >>

Ring Floodlight Cam preview: Smart, bright security system to scare intruders away

Ring Floodlight Cam preview: Smart, bright security system to scare intruders away

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Ring has had great success with its camera-enabled doorbell over the last year, so much so that it is expanding its product portfolio to now include a clever security cam and spotlight system that will hopefully keep intruders away.The Ring Floodlight... >>

Nvidia Spot preview: The Google Assistant mic and speaker

Nvidia Spot preview: The Google Assistant mic and speaker

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Alongside the new version of the Nvidia Shield TV, an Android Nougat-powered media streamer, the company will be launching the Nvidia Spot.It's a tiny sphere that you plug into an available power socket which works with the Shield TV box and basically... >>

Best of CES 2017 - Smart home devices: Alexa everywhere, connected fridges and even smart windows

Best of CES 2017 - Smart home devices: Alexa everywhere, connected fridges and even smart windows

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Along with a wealth of new televisions, laptops and other tech, CES is increasingly packed with connected devices for the home.We’ve walked the show floor to bring you the most interesting smart home devices we could find at CES 2017.Lenovo Smart AssistantLenovo... >>

The many faces of Amazon Alexa: Cars, speakers, robots and everything else

The many faces of Amazon Alexa: Cars, speakers, robots and everything else

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If 2017's CES has been about anything - other than inappropriately giving all your white goods touch screens to tweet from - it's been about putting Amazon's Alexa in everything. Amazon clearly doesn't see a future where Alexa is confined to a Bluetooth... >>

The machines are coming: CES 2017 is all about Amazon Alexa

The machines are coming: CES 2017 is all about Amazon Alexa

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Some are saying that CES 2017 is all about AI - artificial intelligence - but it isn't. It's very specifically about Amazon Alexa.We saw an emerging trend through 2016, expanding the smart personal assistant, going far beyond the sort of thing that Google... >>

Nvidia Spot extends the 4K console's reach through your home

Nvidia Spot extends the 4K console's reach through your home

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Along with having announced that its new Shield console would soon support Google Assistant and 4K HDR content, Nvidia has announced another new product called the Nvidia Spot.The Spot is essentially a small, round mic and speaker unit that connects to... >>

New Nvidia Shield TV is the 4K Android entertainment centre and smart home hub of the future

New Nvidia Shield TV is the 4K Android entertainment centre and smart home hub of the future

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Nvidia took to the stage at CES in Las Vegas to announce a bevvy of updates to its Shield console-come-TV streamer. It's not only faster than the last model, but way smarter and supports the latest in 4K visuals. While its physical appearance looks identical... >>

Lenovo Smart Assistant preview: Transformers, Alexa in disguise

Lenovo Smart Assistant preview: Transformers, Alexa in disguise

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Here's something we didn't expect: an Amazon Echo that's, well, not an Amazon Echo at all. It's a Lenovo Smart Assistant.But the Lenovo uses Amazon's Alexa voice assistant and, for all intensive purposes, is functionally identical to Echo. So you can... >>

LG's Hub Robot will be your home's new best friend

LG's Hub Robot will be your home's new best friend

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LG already produces a mass of connected devices, from refrigerators to washing machines, but now it's created the Hub Robot to control all of them for you, making your life even easier.The Hub Robot is powered by Amazon Alexa and be used to complete simple... >>

LG has an Alexa-powered fridge, move over Family Hub

LG has an Alexa-powered fridge, move over Family Hub

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LG has unveiled its own version of the Family Hub fridge.The LG Smart Instaview Refrigerator has a webOS-powered 29-inch Full HD touch panel in the right-hand door, which offers all manner of apps and gestures to leave notes, see what's inside the appliance... >>

Netatmo takes on Nest Protect with its own Smart Smoke Alarm

Netatmo takes on Nest Protect with its own Smart Smoke Alarm

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Netatmo is rapidly building a full range of smart home devices, looking to connect-up many aspects of your home. Joining this list of sensors and home smarts is the Smart Smoke Alarm, which does exactly what it says on the tin.The Netatmo Smart Smoke... >>

Velux Active windows achieve peak smart home with Netatmo sensor integration, smartphone control

Velux Active windows achieve peak smart home with Netatmo sensor integration, smartphone control

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With the launch of the Velux Active, we've reached peak smart home in 2017. Announced at CES 2017, the Velux Active smart windows can be automated to work in cahoots with a range of home environment sensors, as well as offering iPhone and Android control. That... >>

Mattel’s Aristotle is an Amazon Echo style speaker aimed squarely at your kids

Mattel’s Aristotle is an Amazon Echo style speaker aimed squarely at your kids

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Mattel is planning on releasing an Amazon Echo style speaker aimed at children according to a number of reports.Pitched somewhere between a smart baby monitor and an educational assistant for your kids, this new Echo-like speaker is going to offer a range... >>

Belkin expands Wemo Switch lineup with Mini and Dimmer models

Belkin expands Wemo Switch lineup with Mini and Dimmer models

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Belkin has taken to the CES showfloor to unveil two new additions to its Wemo Smart Switch range of app controlled switches. The new models include the Wemo Mini Smart Plug and Wemo Dimmer Light Switch. CES 2017: All the announcements, TVs, laptops and... >>

Samsung VR7000 robot vacuum will eat your dust, take commands from Alexa

Samsung VR7000 robot vacuum will eat your dust, take commands from Alexa

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Samsung has announced the POWERbot VR7000, the latest model to join its series of robot vacuum cleaners, will be officially unveiled at CES 2017. Dyson 360 Eye review: Finally, a robotic vacuum that really works Samsung says consumers in North America,... >>

Apple HomeKit tips and tricks with Apple TV

Apple HomeKit tips and tricks with Apple TV

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Apple's HomeKit ecosystem works really well with just an iOS device like an iPhone or and iPad, but to really make the most of Apple's smart home offering and the hundreds of accessories that go with it, you really should add an Apple TV into the mix.... >>

How to make Amazon Echo connect to your BT Home Hub: An easy fix

How to make Amazon Echo connect to your BT Home Hub: An easy fix

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Amazon Echo arrived in the UK on 28 September to much excitement. Those who pre-ordered the connected device took delivery and then discovered that it wouldn't work with one of the UK's largest internet services, as it failed to connect to BT's Home Hub.Setting... >>

LG CES 2017 plans revealed: Smart Home appliances to get smarter with deep learning

LG CES 2017 plans revealed: Smart Home appliances to get smarter with deep learning

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LG is set to unveil a range of smart home appliances during CES 2017 that adopt deep learning technology to make them smarter than ever before.During the January consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, the company will debut a new robot vacuum cleaner,... >>

Apple HomeKit tips and tricks without Apple TV

Apple HomeKit tips and tricks without Apple TV

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Apple's HomeKit app Home is simple and easy to use, but it also comes with a load of hidden features that you might not, on the surface, realise are available. A guide to Elgato Eve HomeKit accessories What you need to get started with HomeKit Five reasons... >>

Nissan takes on Tesla's Powerwall with its own xStorage home battery, pre-orders now open

Nissan takes on Tesla's Powerwall with its own xStorage home battery, pre-orders now open

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Nissan has announced pre-orders are now open for its home power storage solution, xStorage, which was revealed in May 2016.Teaming up with Eaton - a power management company - the xStorage steps into the same space as the Tesla Powerwall, aiming to provide... >>

New Amazon Echo with a screen and better speakers might arrive in 2017

New Amazon Echo with a screen and better speakers might arrive in 2017

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Amazon has big plans for Echo.According to Bloomberg, the online retailer is planning a major update to its line of voice-activated speakers. It is developing a premium speaker with a 7-inch screen. Amazon’s original Echo speaker is a cylindrical device... >>

Using Eve Energy and HomeKit to turn on your Christmas lights

Using Eve Energy and HomeKit to turn on your Christmas lights

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It's the season of good will and that means at some point you are going to decking the halls with boughs of holly, or more likely the tree with Christmas lights.It will no doubt look amazing, until you realise that the plug socket for the lights is at... >>

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... >>

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... >>