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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... >>

Hozelock Cloud Controller Kit review: Watering your garden via an app
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Hozelock Cloud Controller Kit review: Watering your garden via an app

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We can control our music, our heating, our lights, even the vacuum cleaner via our phone, so why not the outside tap?In steps the Hozelock Cloud Controller, a device that fits to your outside tap and then can be controlled either via an app on your phone... >>

10 reasons the Honeywell Lyric Security and Home Control System is amazing

10 reasons the Honeywell Lyric Security and Home Control System is amazing

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Many of us lead busy and sometimes stressful lives, rushing about here, there and everywhere trying to get things done. It is hard enough to fit everything in and keep everything ticking along smoothly, without having to worry about things such as your... >>

Tefal app-controlled ActiFry Smart XL and Cook4Me Connect to stir things up in the kitchen

Tefal app-controlled ActiFry Smart XL and Cook4Me Connect to stir things up in the kitchen

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Not so hot at juggling pans like a pro? Tefal may have the answer for today's tech-driven cooks: its app-connected Cook4Me Connect pressure cooker and ActiFry Smart XL connected healthier fryer.The idea of both is simple: download the relevant app, install... >>

Nest Cam Outdoor: Full HD, Nest Aware connected, with talk and listen functions

Nest Cam Outdoor: Full HD, Nest Aware connected, with talk and listen functions

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Nest has announced a new connected camera, the Nest Cam Outdoor. As the name suggests, this is an outdoor camera, offering weatherproofing, but linking in to the rest of your Nest home.The new camera is designed for DIY installation, opting for a cabled... >>

How to make your bedroom smart

How to make your bedroom smart

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It's the bedroom, right? So do you need tech there, beyond an alarm clock? Well, sure you do.You'll be sleeping there so you can benefit from gadgets that really show you how well you're sleeping, or not. They can even help you get to sleep, and then... >>

Tips for saving money on your energy bill this summer (and the rest of the year)

Tips for saving money on your energy bill this summer (and the rest of the year)

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Keeping energy bills as low as possible is an all-year-round job.Sure, you don't need the heating on in the sultry days of summer, but then that ramps up the AC costs instead. Or maybe the nights are still a little chilly even in summer where you are?Follow... >>

Dyson 360 Eye review: Finally, a robotic vacuum that really works
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Dyson 360 Eye review: Finally, a robotic vacuum that really works

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Let's be honest, none of us like cleaning. So when robot vacuum cleaners started appearing on the scene a number of years ago, the idea that we would never have to do any vacuuming again got a lot of people excited.The problem is most robo-vacs don't... >>

How to make your yard smart

How to make your yard smart

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Ah, the joy of the yard. Sitting outside watching a movie in the summer is appealing enough, as is the idea of sitting in the car for your own private drive-in cinema.Smart tech can also ensure your lawn is watered and mowed with no intervention from... >>

Best intelligent thermostats available to buy now

Best intelligent thermostats available to buy now

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Intelligent heating systems are no longer something you find in the homes of the rich and famous, or those a step ahead of the curve.Over the last couple of years smart thermostats have really come into their own and there are now numerous options available,... >>

How to make your bathroom smart

How to make your bathroom smart

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So there you are, standing in front of the bathroom mirror, brushing your teeth absent-mindedly and pondering the meaning of life. But with a small change you could make your bathroom smarter.You could weigh yourself, wash yourself or even brush your... >>

Honeywell Lyric ecosystem: What is it and what does it work with?

Honeywell Lyric ecosystem: What is it and what does it work with?

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With so many smart home platforms, ecosystems and products available, the terminology can get confusing, especially as many require an investment of time, money, and brainpower.It's not all complicated though. Honeywell's Lyric system, for instance,... >>

How to make your family room smart

How to make your family room smart

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Here you are: the family room. Kick back and relax. This is where you can watch TV, listen to music and more. Maybe it's not the home cinema system you've yearned for, with projection room and seating in rows, but you can make it a brilliant den with... >>

What works with Apple HomeKit?

What works with Apple HomeKit?

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Apple's HomeKit technology might seem really confusing, but trust us, it's not. It basically allows accessories from various manufacturers to work together, and it gives you a uniformed way of controlling all those accessories at once.Pocket-lint has... >>

Why you need a water leak detector

Why you need a water leak detector

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For many of us, our homes are our pride and joy. It doesn't matter what size home you have, whether you own it or rent it, or if it's super clean or super messy. It's home and that means many of us will want to do everything we can to protect it to ensure... >>

Bluetooth 5 announced: Double speed, quad range, eight times capacity and more

Bluetooth 5 announced: Double speed, quad range, eight times capacity and more

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It doesn't happen often but Bluetooth is getting an upgrade all the way to a new version, Bluetooth 5. This exciting as it means faster, better connected devices that don't use much power to stay connected.The new Bluetooth 5, announced today by Bluetooth... >>

How to make your kitchen smart

How to make your kitchen smart

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The kitchen is transformed by smartness, whether it's a gadget or home appliance you can control from anywhere in the world, or a kitchen scale or steak grill that's more accurate than previous versions.Some smart kitchen gadgets incorporate recipe apps... >>

Hive Active Light: Connected bulbs make Hive a major smarthome player

Hive Active Light: Connected bulbs make Hive a major smarthome player

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Hive has today announced the addition of connected lighting to the Hive home, adding a major component to its smarthome portfolio. Hive started with heating - making perfect sense for a company founded from British Gas - but the addition of Active Light... >>

What is Demand Response, and how it can save you money?

What is Demand Response, and how it can save you money?

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Everybody likes to save money, especially when it comes to bills, and being smarter with your energy could save you hundreds of dollars a year.In the US, a program called Demand Response will help ensure you're being as energy efficient as possible.Here's... >>

Hive teases illuminating launch, smart lighting predicted

Hive teases illuminating launch, smart lighting predicted

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Hive, the smarthome arm of British Gas, has teased that there's a new addition coming to the Hive home.Sharing via its Twitter account, Hive says that there's something illuminating coming, with an accompanying video that simply shows flashing lights.... >>

The smarthome journey so far

The smarthome journey so far

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The term smarthome has become increasingly common, no longer a phrase we associate with the future, instead become something of the now.The evolution of the smarthome hasn't happened overnight however. It has been a long road to bring us to the present... >>

Honeywell Water Leak and Freeze Detector explained

Honeywell Water Leak and Freeze Detector explained

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Small issues can develop into major problems if they aren't dealt quickly. Spilling red wine on a cream carpet for example, isn't something you want to leave unattended for too long. While in this case it wouldn't be catastrophic if you did, aside from... >>

Boosty review: Banish broadband outage with this mini mobile-connected router

Boosty review: Banish broadband outage with this mini mobile-connected router

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Ah, flaky broadband. The bane of first world existence. But, actually, a real pain in the backside when you're in the middle of a Skype call and it drops dead. Or you're streaming Game of Thrones and someone shuts the door (rather than, ahem, holds it)... >>

Stunning Spider-Man style skyscraper climb using LG vacuum cleaner suction alone

Stunning Spider-Man style skyscraper climb using LG vacuum cleaner suction alone

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If you thought vacuum cleaners were boring, think again. LG has strapped two of its cordless vacs to the back of extreme climber Blair-Coyle who scaled a glass skyscraper using their suction alone to stay attached.The LG CordZero Sierra vacuum uses lithium-ion... >>

Eight lighting tips for your home: An expert shares her design secrets

Eight lighting tips for your home: An expert shares her design secrets

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Walk into a room, flick a switch, and your room is normally filled with light. Is it the right light though? Could it be designed to help your health and well-being? Are there any rules or recommendations you should follow when installing new lights... >>

Apple might be working on official HomeKit app for setting up accessories

Apple might be working on official HomeKit app for setting up accessories

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It would be really cool if Apple launched a HomeKit app alongside iOS 10, and it looks like that might happen.HomeKit is Apple’s framework for home automation. It was first announced at WWDC 2014. Manufacturers can implement HomeKit into their smart... >>

Best tech BBQ kit for a flaming good summer

Best tech BBQ kit for a flaming good summer

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Summer is finally upon us and with it comes the primal desire to make fire and cook meat. But the barbeque itself doesn't have to be such an old traditional grill, there's plenty of new tech to make cooking outdoors even better.The art of the barbeque... >>

Echo is so popular Amazon can’t make enough of the speaker

Echo is so popular Amazon can’t make enough of the speaker

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Amazon has said it is struggling to keep up with demand for its voice-activated speaker system despite its best efforts.The company has posted fiscal first-quarter earnings, reporting net revenue of $29.1 billion, whereas this time last year it recorded... >>

Dyson Supersonic: The £300 hairdryer, because you're worth it

Dyson Supersonic: The £300 hairdryer, because you're worth it

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Dyson is officially entering the beauty market. Yes really. Those people that made the first vacuum cleaner that allowed you to see how much dirt was in your home have gone about reinventing the hairdryer.The Dyson Supersonic looks a little like those... >>

Peggy smart clothes peg detects rain, tells your phone so you can bring wash in

Peggy smart clothes peg detects rain, tells your phone so you can bring wash in

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Now smart home devices can even help us stay one step ahead of nature. The latest is a clothes peg named Peggy from Omo that can detect rain.The Omo Peggy clips onto a clothesline like any other peg, albeit larger, and uses light, temperature and humidity... >>

This mattress warns you when someone else is having sex in your bed

This mattress warns you when someone else is having sex in your bed

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In a bid to put an end to infidelity, Spanish matress company Durmet has come up with a mattress that knows when someone else is in your bed. More crucially it can detect sex, that isn't you, and alert you to the apparent adultery.The smart mattress,... >>