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Motorola VerveLife is here to make your active world connected

Motorola VerveLife is here to make your active world connected

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The smart home is growing but, so far, it's been by one product at a time. Motorola wants to change that by offering a complete line of gear instantly drag your home into the future. And it's calling it VerveLife.The Motorola VerveLife is a range of kit... >>

A day in the life of tado° smart heating

A day in the life of tado° smart heating

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You may have heard a fair bit about smart thermostats but what's it like living with one? In today's hectic, fast paced environment, the value of your time, comfort and convenience can never be underestimated.One thing you shouldn't need to worry about... >>

Netgear Arlo Q is a 1080p smart security camera for your home

Netgear Arlo Q is a 1080p smart security camera for your home

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Netgear is expanding its Arlo range of home monitoring cameras with the Arlo Q.The Arlo Q is a powered camera, meaning it needs to be hooked up to the mains, as opposed to the Wire-Free cameras that Netgear originally launched with the Arlo system, that... >>

Samsung is launching a Wi-Fi and touchscreen-toting fridge in the UK. Yep, a refrigerator with Wi-Fi

Samsung is launching a Wi-Fi and touchscreen-toting fridge in the UK. Yep, a refrigerator with Wi-Fi

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What's the thing clearly missing from your fridge? And no, it's not a pint of milk. It's Wi-Fi. And cameras. And a touchscreen.Which is exactly what the catchily-named Samsung F-Hub RB38J7755B1 - which is the single-stack UK slant on the double-stack... >>

Saving energy and money with a smart thermostat

Saving energy and money with a smart thermostat

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It might surprise you to know that heating accounts for about 60 per cent of the average household’s energy bill, making it by far the largest expense in your home. Of course the amount you spend on heating depends on many circumstances, but one thing... >>

What is Tesla Powerwall 2 and when will it be available?

What is Tesla Powerwall 2 and when will it be available?

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If you were thinking about getting Tesla's $3,000 Powerwall, you might want to wait until summer.Tesla announced a new home battery system last spring that took the energy-saving scene by storm, but now the electric carmaker has begun to tease a "version... >>

Guide to smart heating: Why upgrading your thermostat is a good idea

Guide to smart heating: Why upgrading your thermostat is a good idea

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Did you know that the heating and cooling of buildings accounts for over 33 per cent of the world’s energy usage? That’s a larger share than that of the entire global transportation industry. There are two primary reasons why heating uses so much... >>

New Hive smarthome kit is here: Active Plug, Motion Sensor, Window and Door Sensor launch

New Hive smarthome kit is here: Active Plug, Motion Sensor, Window and Door Sensor launch

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Hive has released a host of new smarthome products to buy from as early as today which promise to make your home more connected.Available to buy from now is the Hive Active Plug, and from February the Window and Door Sensor plus Motion Sensor. All... >>

Sony threw everything but the kitchen sink into this smart light

Sony threw everything but the kitchen sink into this smart light

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It's no secret by now that Sony likes to play around with lighting.As part of its Life Space UX project, it makes connected light speakers, projectors, and all sorts of interactive light experiences. And now, thanks to a new Sony Japan site, we're learning... >>

LG Hom-bot Turbo+ robot vacuum puts the fun into cleaning, here's why

LG Hom-bot Turbo+ robot vacuum puts the fun into cleaning, here's why

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Robot vacuum cleaners have been around for many years now and have had varying levels of success, when it comes to autonomously cleaning floors. Few though have also offered as much fun for the owner as the LG Hom-bot Turbo+, because its augmented reality... >>

LG Signature Refrigerator: Who thought 2016 would be the year of the fridge?

LG Signature Refrigerator: Who thought 2016 would be the year of the fridge?

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Before CES started we were of the opinion that CES 2016 would be dominated by 4K TVs and Blu-ray players. But while there were plenty of excellent sets on show, two of the products that also had tongues wagging like an over-excited dog's tail were actually... >>

Pico Brew: A home brewing machine that makes beer making as easy as baking a loaf of bread

Pico Brew: A home brewing machine that makes beer making as easy as baking a loaf of bread

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You'll soon be able to brew beer from your favourite breweries from around the world at home thanks to a new invention called the Pico Brew.The counter top device is a fully automated brewing appliance that is able to brew batches of 5-litre kegs in about... >>

Worried about the floods? Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak Detector hopes to save your stuff

Worried about the floods? Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak Detector hopes to save your stuff

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Honeywell has launched a Wi-Fi enabled leak and freeze detector that can notify you via your smartphone if it detects water in the room it is installed.The seemingly boring looking white box can work on its own without any bigger smarthome system (like... >>

Tado teams up with AT&T and O2 to add new features like turning on lights

Tado teams up with AT&T and O2 to add new features like turning on lights

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Tado has partnered up with AT&T and Telefonica’s O2 in the UK to make its connected system even smarter.Tado will now not only automatically turn on your heating when you are headed home but also do things like turn on the lights, disable the alarm... >>

New devices from iKettle-maker send alerts when you're running low on milk and more

New devices from iKettle-maker send alerts when you're running low on milk and more

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The company that brought you the iKettle has turned its attention to other smart accessories meant for the kitchen.It's announced at CES 2016 in Las Vegas three new products, with the idea of helping out those of you who need a bit of assistance when... >>

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator comes with giant 21.5-inch screen and camera to spy on your food

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator comes with giant 21.5-inch screen and camera to spy on your food

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Samsung has launched a connected "smart" fridge with a huge built-in display allowing you to surf the internet, check your email, or send a text while you search for that bag of frozen peas.Called the Family Hub Refrigerator and set to launch at CES... >>

Mark Zuckerberg plans to make Iron Man’s Jarvis AI a reality in 2016

Mark Zuckerberg plans to make Iron Man’s Jarvis AI a reality in 2016

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Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he plans to create a home artificial intelligence system.Zuck made the announcement on Facebook, of course, where he said the home AI is going to be a bit like Iron's Man's Jarvis. Apart from letting... >>

LG SmartThinQ Hub streams music, shows smarthome notifications and displays reminders

LG SmartThinQ Hub streams music, shows smarthome notifications and displays reminders

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LG has announced its newest smart home device before showing it off at CES 2016, meet the SmartThinQ Hub.The LG SmartThinQ Hub looks a lot like a metallic speaker. It is this, and can stream music over Wi-Fi from radio stations, or anything else via a... >>

Samsung and LG will make your 2016 TV the centre of your smarthome

Samsung and LG will make your 2016 TV the centre of your smarthome

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Over the past 18 months there's been a lot of talk about smarthome. Often bundled under the umbrella of the Internet of Things (or IoT), we've been waiting for that tipping point where smarthomes become necessary, rather than just a tech nicety.It looks... >>

Pets riding robot vacuums

Pets riding robot vacuums

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Cats and dogs and other pets - for reasons unknown to mere humans - love to hitch rides on the backs of robot vacuums.We had the LG Hom-Bot roaming around our house last year, for instance, and while it did its thing, our red tabby cat, Luther, loved... >>

Best 10 gadgets for a more connected home

Best 10 gadgets for a more connected home

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Connected homes used to be something you'd associate with the future but that's no longer the case. Over the last few years we have seen several smarthome gadgets and devices appear and they have really come into their own in 2015.Smart heating and lighting... >>

Canary’s plumage: How form and function should be inseparable for proper smarthome design

Canary’s plumage: How form and function should be inseparable for proper smarthome design

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To describe an object as Apple-like is something of a cliché in the world of technology and most of those objects which attract such description rarely deliver on that high initial praise. Yet there has been something undeniably Cupertino about the way... >>

Canary: Simple features, complicated technology

Canary: Simple features, complicated technology

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There's no point in a smarthome device unless it makes your life easier. If it can't manage that first and foremost, then all the bells and whistles in the world won't matter.It will be too much trouble to use. That was one of tenets upon which the Canary... >>

Caught by Canary: Burglars, cats and funny moments caught on the smart security camera

Caught by Canary: Burglars, cats and funny moments caught on the smart security camera

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Thanks to being able to place it anywhere in your home, smart security system Canary is a doddle to set-up and will send HD video to your smartphone whenever it captures something it thinks you should be alerted by. That can often include a home intrusion... >>

Canary vs traditional security systems: What's the difference?

Canary vs traditional security systems: What's the difference?

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Home security has always been important, but it hasn't always been accessible. Despite the fact that one burglary is said to occur every 15 seconds and 74 per cent of burglaries are claimed to be residential break-ins, traditional security systems are... >>

Canary: What is it, what does it do and how does it work?

Canary: What is it, what does it do and how does it work?

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Thermostats are old news. The really hot smarthome battleground of the moment is smart security systems and Canary is a name to note. A young company focused on a single, carefully-designed piece of kit; the core of its credo was to create something simple... >>

The Great Christmas Giveaway Day 13: Win an Smarter Coffee Machine 2.0

The Great Christmas Giveaway Day 13: Win an Smarter Coffee Machine 2.0

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Welcome to The Great Christmas Giveaway 2015, giving you the chance to win some great prizes in the run up to Christmas right here on Pocket-lint.We'll be giving away a great piece of kit every single day, with something for everyone, from smartphones... >>

Tips for making your home safe this Christmas

Tips for making your home safe this Christmas

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It is a sad fact but burglaries are said to increase by up to 20 per cent around the Christmas holidays. That doesn't mean there is nothing you can do to help make sure this percentage doesn't affect your home though.There are a number of easy and sensible... >>

This gadget needs no battery, it's powered by Wi-Fi

This gadget needs no battery, it's powered by Wi-Fi

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Imagine a future where battery life isn't about how fast a gadget charges or how long it lasts, as everything runs without batteries. While that's still a long way off, one gadget has been developed that runs off radio waves for power.A temperature sensor... >>

Elgato Eve review: Data without due cause
3.0 stars

Elgato Eve review: Data without due cause

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For the smarthome to work effectively and efficiently, you need sensors. There's no way around it. Elgato Eve delivers just that: a number of sensors for you to monitor your home and then have that information relayed to your phone (it's Apple iOS only... >>

Tefal Cuisine Companion takes on Thermomix, but can it deliver?

Tefal Cuisine Companion takes on Thermomix, but can it deliver?

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Tefal has created a new cooking appliance that promises to be the one kitchen gadget to rule them all.Rather than focusing in on one specific task, such as a mixer or a blender, the Tefal Cuisine Companion tries to do the lot. The company says it can... >>

Noke Bluetooth smartlock makes access awesome

Noke Bluetooth smartlock makes access awesome

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Noke has gone all the way from Kickstarter project to fully fledged product that anyone can buy. It brings the lock from the time of keys into the future of lights and Bluetooth.The Noke smartlock aims to make keys obsolete sending away with them the... >>

Christmas Gift Guide: Smarthome

Christmas Gift Guide: Smarthome

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Treat your home this Christmas with some amazing new kit to make it smarter than a rocket scientistElgato AveaConnecting straight to your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth, you don't have to worry about complicated Wi-Fi router setups with the Avea light bulb.... >>

Nest third gen with larger screen arrives in the UK bringing exclusive features

Nest third gen with larger screen arrives in the UK bringing exclusive features

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Nest Labs has already launched its next gen device with enhanced screen in the US, now it's arrived in the UK and Europe with exclusive features.The new Nest sports a slimmer form than its predecessor and a newly designed screen. Plus Nest says Europe... >>

This Dyson CSYS desk lamp lasts for more than 37 years without needing a new bulb, here's why

This Dyson CSYS desk lamp lasts for more than 37 years without needing a new bulb, here's why

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Like father, like son. Jake Dyson is an inventor and engineer extraordinaire. And like father James, Jake's products are fresh and innovative in their category.But the difference between a Jake Dyson product and something from the main Dyson brand is... >>

Install the latest tech in your home and you could get £10K extra when you sell it

Install the latest tech in your home and you could get £10K extra when you sell it

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Smarthomes aren't just smart. They're also more valuable, it seems. A new Barclays Mortgages survey has revealed that upgrading the tech across your house will not ony make it relevant in these modern times, but also make it attractive to potential buyers.... >>

Neato Botvac Connected review: Will Dyson get dumped?
4.5 stars

Neato Botvac Connected review: Will Dyson get dumped?

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The Neato Botvac Connected is by no means the first robot vacuum cleaner to grace us with its presence and it isn't likely to be the last, but it does offer something different to many of its competitors: Wi-Fi.The Botvac Connected, once paired to a... >>

Nuyu Sleep System heats and cool with your body for the perfect night's kip

Nuyu Sleep System heats and cool with your body for the perfect night's kip

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Health tracking is all good and well but it's what we do with the data that matters. Sleep tracking is one area where this is tough to do much. Health o Meter Nuyu wants to change that.Tracking light and deep sleep can allow for smart alarms that wake... >>

Garmin's Index Smart Scale brings more stats to your fitness fight

Garmin's Index Smart Scale brings more stats to your fitness fight

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Garmin has announced the Index Smart Scale, a connected scale offering a range of stats to help you battle the bulge, check yo' self or fight the fitness fight. The new scales follow the likes of Withings and Fitbit, offering not only weight, but BMI,... >>

Hive Active Heating 2.0 review: Style meets connected practicality
4.5 stars

Hive Active Heating 2.0 review: Style meets connected practicality

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Of all the services offering to take control of your heating, Hive is probably the system that has the highest profile. That's in no small part due to plenty of marketing and a brand name that's instantly recognisable: British Gas.Hive Active Heating... >>

Canary All-In-One Home Security review: A bird in the hand
4.0 stars

Canary All-In-One Home Security review: A bird in the hand

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What goes on in your house when you're not there? That's the question that Canary is here to answer with its £159 smart home security system.It sits at home and watches. It watches for movement and, should it sense some kind of tremor in the Force, it... >>

Check out the stunning Electrolux Design Lab finalists, they could improve your family life

Check out the stunning Electrolux Design Lab finalists, they could improve your family life

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Electrolux holds a global competition called Design Lab every year, which sees design students from all over the world come up with some weird and wonderful, time-relevant concepts for future homes.The competition presents what you could see in a smarthome... >>

Siri, turn off my lights: Philips Hue with Hue Bridge 2.0 tested

Siri, turn off my lights: Philips Hue with Hue Bridge 2.0 tested

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Philips has introduced a new bridge for the Hue lighting system that adds Apple HomeKit functionality to the experience. The move means Apple users can now simply tell their lights to do things without touching their phone, opening the app, or pressing... >>