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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... >>

Nest Weave makes Yale Linus smartphone controlled lock possible

Nest Weave makes Yale Linus smartphone controlled lock possible

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Nest has announced that as part of its Works with Nest system a new protocol will be introduced that makes everything more smart and secure. Enter the smart Linus lock from Yale that you can control with your smartphone.Nest Weave is the new system that... >>

Virgin Media Vivid 200Mbps broadband will be available to customers from October

Virgin Media Vivid 200Mbps broadband will be available to customers from October

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Virgin Media is to up the speed of its top level broadband to 200Mbps and offer customers the opportunity to upgrade starting on 1 October.The company has also branded its ultrafast broadband services Vivid. All broadband from 100Mbps and up will be... >>

Osram Lightify review: Lights out for Philips Hue?
4.0 stars

Osram Lightify review: Lights out for Philips Hue?

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Go back five years and you would have probably laughed if someone told you smartphone or smartwatch-controlled lighting in your home, such as the Osram Lightify, would be a thing one day. Well it is a thing now, and a big thing at that.Philips Hue launched... >>

Withings teams up with Spotify to wake you up before you go go

Withings teams up with Spotify to wake you up before you go go

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Withings has used IFA 2015 to announce a partnership with Spotify for its Aura sleep systems, with an aim to offer users a "complete wake up and sleep experience".Both the Aura Total sleep System and the Aura Connected Alarm Clock will now feature Spotify... >>

Philips Hue wireless dimming kit and Striplight Plus, in pictures

Philips Hue wireless dimming kit and Striplight Plus, in pictures

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Philips Hue lighting is evolving ever further to offer more controls and wider variation. That's apparent in the latest Hue wireless dimming kit and Striplight Plus.The Philips Hue dimming kit works with a Hue bulb. This connects wirelessly and allows... >>

Netatmo adds Wind Gauge to Weather Station for Smartphone

Netatmo adds Wind Gauge to Weather Station for Smartphone

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Netatmo has announced a Wind Gauge to join its Weather Station for Smartphone, at IFA 2015 in Berlin.The Wind Gauge will allow users to measure the wind's speed, as you might have guessed from the name, meaning those into outdoor activities will have... >>

Neato Botvac Connected takes cleaning commands from your phone

Neato Botvac Connected takes cleaning commands from your phone

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Neato Robotics has added to its portfolio of robotic vacuum cleaners with the launch of the Neato Botvac Connected model, which as you might have guessed from the name is Wi-Fi enabled.The Neato Botvac Connected doesn't just clean your floors on its own,... >>

Philips Hue to be Apple HomeKit enabled, this is the hub you’ll need

Philips Hue to be Apple HomeKit enabled, this is the hub you’ll need

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The Philips Hue connected lighting system is set to be compatible with Apple's HomeKit platform.Philips has already confirmed as much, although now we have a leaked image of the network bridge needed to make it work, and the prospective price.The HomeKit... >>

Tado aims squarely at Nest by joining IFTTT and tackling heating zones

Tado aims squarely at Nest by joining IFTTT and tackling heating zones

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Smart heating company Tado first launched back in 2012, delivering a system that used your smartphone's location to control your heating. It didn't have as many fancy features as the likes of Honeywell's Evohome, but it offered a solution for those that... >>

Pop a Samsung SleepSense under your mattress and it could help you get a better night's rest

Pop a Samsung SleepSense under your mattress and it could help you get a better night's rest

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Samsung has announced a sleep monitor that you don't need to wear on a wrist through the night. Instead, the Samsung SleepSense sits underneath your mattress and links to a smartphone application in order to give you accurate statistics on your sleep... >>

Samsung SmartThings 2nd gen hands-on: The affordable sensors that make your home smarter

Samsung SmartThings 2nd gen hands-on: The affordable sensors that make your home smarter

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Since Internet of Things device manufacturer SmartThings was bought by Samsung a year ago, many wondered if the Korean company would close the ecosystem and use it predominantly for its own smarthome growth ambitions. However, that couldn't be further... >>

Panasonic Nubo, the first 4G home monitoring camera is coming this November

Panasonic Nubo, the first 4G home monitoring camera is coming this November

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Increasing numbers of smart home monitoring cameras are available from numerous manufacturers, but all rely on Wi-Fi connectivity. The Panasonic Nubo does things differently, as the world's first 4G home monitoring camera. And we got to check one out... >>

New Nest announced: Third-gen is thinner, higher resolution and more

New Nest announced: Third-gen is thinner, higher resolution and more

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Nest, the smart thermostat backed by Google, now comes in an upgraded third-generation version.The latest Nest has managed to lose some girth making it thinner than ever. Despite this slimming down it's also managed to cram in an improved display.The... >>

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes

How Apple HomeKit is going to homogenise smarthomes

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Apple HomeKit is going to hit the mainstream with the release of iOS 9 - expected on an iPhone or iPad very soon after 9 September - and it's going to turn the smarthome segment on its head.Some people may refer to connected devices, connected appliances,... >>

Philips Hue now comes with a wireless dimming kit

Philips Hue now comes with a wireless dimming kit

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Philips is introducing a kit for its Hue lighting system that includes a portable dimming switch you can stick onto a wall without any need for electrical wiring.The kit comes with a solitary Philips Hue white light bulb and the switch, with the latter... >>

Amazon Echo will soon let you control SmartThings devices with your voice

Amazon Echo will soon let you control SmartThings devices with your voice

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Samsung-owned SmartThings will soon work with Amazon Echo, according to the company's now-unpublished blog post.The smart home platform is getting ready to release a second-generation home automation hub in September, and to complement the release of... >>

Google's OnHub smart Wi-Fi router might actually excite you

Google's OnHub smart Wi-Fi router might actually excite you

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We've all been there. Your internet isn't working at home, so you resort to unplugging and then re-plugging in your Wi-Fi router. Maybe that'll do the trick... or maybe it won't. It's just one of life's mysteries.But Google has developed a new product... >>

How to get the best Wi-Fi signal, using particle accelerator physics

How to get the best Wi-Fi signal, using particle accelerator physics

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Finding the best Wi-Fi signal should not be difficult and certainly isn't rocket science. But it is particle physics.Using the smarts of particle accelerator maths you can now find the best possible Wi-Fi router position for your home.Since electromagnetic... >>

Tado has new zoned-heating and AC smart controls, will show them at IFA

Tado has new zoned-heating and AC smart controls, will show them at IFA

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German company Tado has announced new remote controls for radiators and floor heaters, and it plans to showcase these zoned-heating products at this year’s IFA show in Berlin.Zoned heating lets you heat individual rooms or floors in your house. The... >>

What is the Nebia shower? Save money, intensify showers, help the planet

What is the Nebia shower? Save money, intensify showers, help the planet

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Nebia aims to reinvent the shower, something which hasn't changed for over a century. The new shower will not only feel better but should save 70 per cent of the water a current shower uses. That means saving you money and helping the environment.Nebia... >>

Electrolux HP+ wearable concept projects on the hand to make learning fun

Electrolux HP+ wearable concept projects on the hand to make learning fun

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The idea of making the world into a giant game, to help children learn, is far from new – but making it a wearable projector is certainly novel.The Electrolux HP+ is a concept design that's in the runnings of the Electrolux Design Lab competition for... >>

Netatmo Welcome review: Big Brother is watching and knows who you are
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Netatmo Welcome review: Big Brother is watching and knows who you are

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Smarthome cameras are funny things, always on and always watching. Some love the idea of them, while others are less keen – and we can understand why they divide opinion. It's that thought of being spied on by parents, partners or family members.Of... >>

BT hopes to offer 500Mbps broadband to most UK homes, starts trial soon

BT hopes to offer 500Mbps broadband to most UK homes, starts trial soon

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BT begins the first large-scale trials of its G.fast broadband technology in August, which is the first step, it says, to introducing up to 500Mbps ultrafast speeds across the UK in future.It will start to roll out the new technology in the country from... >>

Hive Active Heating 2 adds multi-zone support, heating boost, more

Hive Active Heating 2 adds multi-zone support, heating boost, more

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Hive has today announced Active Heating 2, with a brand new smart thermostat and a range of new features for your smart heating system.Through an update to the app, Hive is going to enable many of the new features for existing Hive customers, as well... >>

Hive will add connected cameras, Honeycomb platform offers third-party support

Hive will add connected cameras, Honeycomb platform offers third-party support

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Hive from British Gas has made a sweeping run of announcements today, including Active Heating 2 with a new smart thermostat and a full family of smarthome products, designed to make every home connected. One of the things that hasn't been announced... >>

Hive turns up the heat on smarthomes: Door sensors, motion detectors, smart plugs, IFTTT-style recipes join the system

Hive turns up the heat on smarthomes: Door sensors, motion detectors, smart plugs, IFTTT-style recipes join the system

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Hive by British Gas today announced an expansion into the smarthome, reaching beyond heating and hot water.With an aim of connecting as many houses in the UK as possible, Hive has announced a full family of complimentary products, all of which can be... >>

This is the new Hive smart thermostat, and it's awesome

This is the new Hive smart thermostat, and it's awesome

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Hive has announced Active Heating 2, outlining the future for the connected heating system, with an expansion into the connected home.At the core of Active Heating 2 is this new thermostat, a replacement for the digital thermostat box of the original... >>

Which Honeywell heating system is best for you? Evohome vs Voice Controlled vs Single Zone Thermostat

Which Honeywell heating system is best for you? Evohome vs Voice Controlled vs Single Zone Thermostat

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Honeywell is a company with its fingers in several pies, one of which is smart heating. There are several systems available on the market that will make turning your heating on or off and make scheduling it much easier, whether you pick Honeywell, or... >>

Let it go! Frozen's Elsa and Olaf SoftPals lights vie for your kids' cuddles

Let it go! Frozen's Elsa and Olaf SoftPals lights vie for your kids' cuddles

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Would you cuddle a light? That's what Philips and Disney are hoping your kids will do with a new range of family-friendly lights that are suitable for snuggling with.The company, that has all but pulled out of anything other than lighting and healthcare,... >>

Sky giving away fibre broadband for free

Sky giving away fibre broadband for free

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Sky has changed its price plans for fibre broadband and has made the ground-breaking decision to offer its entry-level package at no cost for 12 months. You will still need a Sky line rental and Sky Talk phone package, but the normal fee of £10 a month... >>

How to make your home smart for under £1500

How to make your home smart for under £1500

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Connected homes are fast becoming the thing to have as more and more devices appear hoping to make your home life easier, simpler and smarter. There is everything from appliances to heating, lighting and other gadgets available, all of which can be remotely... >>

Amazon Echo now works with Wink, control your smart devices with voice

Amazon Echo now works with Wink, control your smart devices with voice

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Amazon Echo just got even cooler than it already was, thanks to a new update that brought support for Wink devices.We recently reviewed the Echo and fell in love with the Bluetooth speaker's Alexa voice assistant. You can ask her to stream music, fetch... >>

Panasonic Smart Home system wants to keep your house and shed safe

Panasonic Smart Home system wants to keep your house and shed safe

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Panasonic has announced that its Smart Home system is coming to the UK, looking to provide another solution for security, monitoring and smart control. Panasonic's system offers a range of components that all link to a central hub using DECT ULE. Panasonic... >>

Real-life smarthome: What is it really like living with Honeywell, Nest, Tado, Hive, Philips Hue, Netatmo and Withings?

Real-life smarthome: What is it really like living with Honeywell, Nest, Tado, Hive, Philips Hue, Netatmo and Withings?

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The smarthome is no longer the subject of dreams - it is very much the here and now. There are numerous products and devices out there that will turn your house into a clever one, from smartphone-controlled lights to heating and cameras.But what is it... >>

5 crazy smarthome gadgets you didn’t know you needed

5 crazy smarthome gadgets you didn’t know you needed

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A smarthome can be made up of all sorts of wonderful gadgets, from smartphone controlled heating and lighting, to cameras, colourful garden lights, robot hoovers and clever washing machines.There aren't just wonderful products out there for the smarthome... >>

Alexa, the brains behind Amazon Echo, wants to take over all your connected devices

Alexa, the brains behind Amazon Echo, wants to take over all your connected devices

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It's no coincidence that Amazon has made its Echo smart device available to all recently: today Amazon has made another significant announcement in the future of device voice control. Amazon is offering Alexa for integration into third-party devices. Amazon... >>

Twist combines a smart LED lamp with an Airplay-controlled speaker

Twist combines a smart LED lamp with an Airplay-controlled speaker

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A speaker lamp has just become available for pre-order, and it seems like the ideal way to get into home automation without going totally overboard on apps, hubs, and other internet-connected gear.We've seen plenty of major technology companies - such... >>

Hoover Wizard Wi-Fi enabled appliances explored: Bringing the smart kitchen from dream to reality

Hoover Wizard Wi-Fi enabled appliances explored: Bringing the smart kitchen from dream to reality

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Hoover is a brand that is better known for its vacuum cleaners, trademarking the Hoover name and meaning everyone else in the business of floor cleaning wonders call them something else. But it isn't just Hoovers that Hoover do.In fact, it has been kicking... >>

5 gadgets to make your garden as smart as your home

5 gadgets to make your garden as smart as your home

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Smarthome gadgets are all the rage at the moment. There are plenty of options to make your kitchen, living room, bedrooms and bathrooms smart, but a smarthome doesn't need to stop at the patio doors. There are also numerous gadgets out there that will... >>

Switching broadband provider just got easy, here’s how

Switching broadband provider just got easy, here’s how

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Broadband is fast becoming the most important connection in our homes. From streaming shows and movies to browsing our social feeds and, of course, streaming music. That connection is under more and more strain.So, upgrading to offer enough speed should... >>

What is Nest Aware?

What is Nest Aware?

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Nest has just announced a run of updates to its smarthome devices, including a new Nest Protect, a redesigned app, some new feature updates and Nest Cam, a connected home camera.Nest Cam offers a minimalist metal body, a magnetic base for easy mounting... >>

5 reasons why the summer is a good time to buy a smart thermostat

5 reasons why the summer is a good time to buy a smart thermostat

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Summer has finally arrived and even if the sun is a little temperamental when it comes to keeping its hat on, you have probably turned the heating off in your home.In fact, one of the last things you are likely to be thinking about is your heating. But... >>

Nest Cam is now official: Dropcam gets redesigned

Nest Cam is now official: Dropcam gets redesigned

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Nest has today announced Nest Cam, its redeveloped version of Dropcam. However, Nest has added a lot of enhancements to the new Nest Cam.Firstly, the design is more versatile, using a zinc alloy stand, with new mounting options, including a standard tripod... >>

Second-generation Nest Protect announced

Second-generation Nest Protect announced

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A second generation Nest Protect has been introduced today, as Nest announced sweeping updates to its connected home devices.The second-gen Nest Protect comes with added sensors, to make it better at detecting fast and slow burning fires. Using what... >>

8 smarthome gadgets to look forward to

8 smarthome gadgets to look forward to

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Home automation gadgets have really taken off in the last couple of years, with plenty of devices already available to turn your house into a smart one. It's a hot topic at the moment with lots of companies hopping on the smarthome bandwagon and products... >>

This door handle actually kills germs, rather than spreading them

This door handle actually kills germs, rather than spreading them

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Some inventions are the perfect blend of simplicity and brilliance. The self-santising door handle is exactly that.While we've seen designs for this idea in the past this is the first time we've spotted a working model.The idea behind the door handle... >>

Make your home smart and secure with these five security systems

Make your home smart and secure with these five security systems

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A smart home can be made up of all sorts of gadgets and systems from smart cameras, to smart heating and lighting. Whether you have just one smart light bulb, or ten security cameras, you've invested money in your home so you probably want to protect... >>