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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... >>

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
4.0 stars

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... >>