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Tesla isn't the only car maker doing home batteries, Mercedes-Benz is too

Tesla isn't the only car maker doing home batteries, Mercedes-Benz is too

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Tesla and Mercedes-Benz are going toe-to-toe over something unrelated to cars.Tesla shook up both the electric car and smarthome industries in April by unveiling the Tesla Powerwall battery, which can be placed at homes or in businesses in order to store... >>

June is a high-tech smart oven and the brainchild of former Apple engineers

June is a high-tech smart oven and the brainchild of former Apple engineers

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Imagine a smart oven with a Nvidia Tegra K1, 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 5-inch touchscreen, full HD camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, and built-in digital scale. Oh, and it gets over-the-air software updates.That's what Matt Van Horn and Nikhil Bhogal have... >>

Apple HomeKit: 6 compatible devices coming before the end of 2015

Apple HomeKit: 6 compatible devices coming before the end of 2015

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Apple's HomeKit was first announced a year ago at Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in 2014. The idea was to simplify home automation and allow you to have wireless and electronic control of your home and lots of things in it.It has taken a while... >>

Here are 9 ways to control your heating through your smartwatch

Here are 9 ways to control your heating through your smartwatch

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There are a number of smart heating systems available now, all of which allow you to remotely control your heating and even your hot water depending on which system you have, anytime and anywhere.This control started on smartphones and tablets, but some... >>

Nest is holding an event on 17 June: What might it unveil?

Nest is holding an event on 17 June: What might it unveil?

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Nest has just sent out press invites to an event scheduled for 17 June.The event is expected to be all about new products, and if that's true, it would be the first major event for the company since Google bought it over a year ago. Nest hasn't confirmed... >>

Playbulb wants to bring Hue-like skills to your garden

Playbulb wants to bring Hue-like skills to your garden

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Summer has arrived and as we sit in the garden quaffing the country's dwindling supply of Prosecco, there's one thing missing: smartphone-controlled coloured LED lighting. Fortunately, Playbulb has you covered with the Playbulb Garden. This solar-powered... >>

Ikawa Home Roaster: Bluetooth-controlled coffee bean roasting

Ikawa Home Roaster: Bluetooth-controlled coffee bean roasting

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If the poor coffee roasting efforts of others are leaving a bitter taste in your mouth, then the Ikawa Home Roaster might be just the thing for you.This connected coffee roaster connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth to give you precise control... >>

Tado Smart AC Control now available, makes any RC air conditioning app-controlled

Tado Smart AC Control now available, makes any RC air conditioning app-controlled

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Tado, the company behind the Smart Thermostat that controls the temperature in a home via an iPhone or Android app, has now launched its Smart AC Control system, which has the added benefit of working with existing air conditioning controllers.If your... >>

Got a smartwatch? Here is how to control your smart lighting from your wrist

Got a smartwatch? Here is how to control your smart lighting from your wrist

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Smartwatches are becoming more popular and whether you like them or not, they are now becoming devices that do a lot more than just track your activity and deliver notifications from your smartphone.You can also control your lighting from your smartwatch,... >>

Musio is a cute AI robot that shares emotions, assists, and controls your home

Musio is a cute AI robot that shares emotions, assists, and controls your home

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Artificially-intelligent robots are about to hit the market. Well, actually, a very early version one of might launch.A software firm called AKAStudy has introduced Musio, an Android-based robot. It uses the company's machine learning and natural language... >>

Honeywell Evohome vs British Gas Hive Active Heating: What’s the difference?

Honeywell Evohome vs British Gas Hive Active Heating: What’s the difference?

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Smart heating systems are great, but there are now a number of options available, all of which have their own advantages and disadvantages.Choosing between them and finding the system that will suit your needs best can be difficult as it will depend on... >>

Osram's Lightify is Philips Hue's biggest competitor yet: Here is everything you need to know

Osram's Lightify is Philips Hue's biggest competitor yet: Here is everything you need to know

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Osram isn't a new player to the lighting market by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, the German company has been established for around 100 years and CEO of its Lightify Innoventure Group company, Timon Rupp, claims as many as every second lightbulb... >>

Brillo confirmed: Google's ecosystem to make the Internet of Things work

Brillo confirmed: Google's ecosystem to make the Internet of Things work

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Google has announced its Project Brillo program that it hopes will become the underlying ecosystem that makes the Internet of Things possible.Speaking during the Google I/O developers conference, Sundar Pichai, the company's senior vice president of... >>

Sonos makes it easier and cheaper to get connected music in your home with a 2 Room Starter Set

Sonos makes it easier and cheaper to get connected music in your home with a 2 Room Starter Set

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Although it faces competition from numerous rivals, including Samsung and LG, the Sonos wireless music system is perhaps the best known in the field. That's undoubtedly because it was one of the first systems on the market, that uses your home network... >>

6 things you didn't know you could do with a smarthome

6 things you didn't know you could do with a smarthome

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There are numerous elements that contribute to a smarthome from heating and lighting to connected speakers and cameras. It will depend on how much of your house has been transformed into a smart one as to how much you will be able to do with it, but... >>

What is Google Brillo and when will it arrive?

What is Google Brillo and when will it arrive?

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Just last week Qualcomm was announcing a plan to get its chips into smart devices designed for the Internet of Things, and now Google is reportedly developing an operating system that they can run.It is allegedly gearing up to release the new software... >>

Honeywell Lyric vs Google Nest: What's the difference?

Honeywell Lyric vs Google Nest: What's the difference?

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Honeywell offers a couple of smart heating systems within its portfolio including the multi-zone Evohome and the Single Zone Thermostat. It also has another number up its sleeve though - known as Lyric - and while this smart thermostat is only available... >>

Calorie counting just got easy, Situ smart scale even tracks vitamin intake

Calorie counting just got easy, Situ smart scale even tracks vitamin intake

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We got our hands on the Situ Bluetooth smart scale to see just how it can help you lose weight, get healthier and make being food conscious easy.The idea behind the kickstarted Situ is to offer clear and accurate measurements of what you're putting into... >>

Honeywell Evohome vs Tado 2.0: What’s the difference?

Honeywell Evohome vs Tado 2.0: What’s the difference?

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There are several smart heating systems available, all of which offer the ability to control your heating remotely from a smartphone or tablet.Each system also has a variety of features though, and it will depend on what it is you want from your heating... >>

Intel reveals tech of the future: Skin data transfers, autonomous drones and more

Intel reveals tech of the future: Skin data transfers, autonomous drones and more

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Intel shows off what it's working on for the not-too distant future at its yearly event: Intel Future Showcase. We went along to see what it is we can expect in the future of tech.Intel had plenty on display from its own brand of wireless charging, that... >>

6 must-have smart bathroom gadgets that are available now

6 must-have smart bathroom gadgets that are available now

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Of all the rooms in your house, the bathroom probably isn't top of the priority list for splashing cash on gadgets, seeing as most of your time is probably spent elsewhere unless you are an avid bubble bath fan.But that's not to say the bathroom doesn't... >>

Sony’s Hue-like bulbs go one better, they have Bluetooth speakers in

Sony’s Hue-like bulbs go one better, they have Bluetooth speakers in

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Sony Japan has announced the consumer release of an app-controlled light bulb that has a Bluetooth speaker inside, so you can have music and suitable ambient lighting come from the same source.Having been first unveiled at IFA in Berlin last year as part... >>

How to make your home smart for under £1000

How to make your home smart for under £1000

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A smarthome is no longer a distant dream of the future, it is very much something you can achieve now, whether you have a little bit of spare cash, or a lot.There are plenty of ways, devices and products that can all contribute to making your home a... >>

IFTTT compatible hardware: 25 devices to recipe your life

IFTTT compatible hardware: 25 devices to recipe your life

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IFTTT works on the statement: If This Then That, and it's a service that is commonly associated with the smarthome and connected devices. IFTTT allows you to create what the company calls "recipes" between what it refers to as "channels".In English,... >>

11 recipes to make heating control simpler with IFTTT

11 recipes to make heating control simpler with IFTTT

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IFTTT is a service you may have heard us talk about in the past when it comes to smarthome. It's based on the statement: If This Then That, and it doesn't get anywhere near the amount of credit it deserves. This service has the ability to tie everything... >>

GE to make HomeKit-enabled LED lights that change colours and help you sleep

GE to make HomeKit-enabled LED lights that change colours and help you sleep

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GE has announced it will create smart lighting with support for Apple's HomeKit.The company wants to develop colour-changing LED lightbulbs that'll also include GE's Align technology, which is designed to improve sleep patterns by controlling blue light... >>

Ten IFTTT recipes that will make your life smarter and simpler at home

Ten IFTTT recipes that will make your life smarter and simpler at home

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IFTTT is an app and web portal that you may or may not have heard of, but if you haven't or you don't yet use it, you should start. The service works on the basic statement: If This Then That and there are numerous smarthome systems, products and devices... >>

What is Tesla Powerwall? Why you need a 10kWh lithium-ion battery in your home

What is Tesla Powerwall? Why you need a 10kWh lithium-ion battery in your home

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Tesla Energy has announced its new home battery system called the Powerwall.The Tesla Powerwall battery, which can be placed at homes or in businesses, stores solar energy. The idea is to make people less reliant on the power grid as well as offering... >>

Smart lighting is here: Five reasons to invest

Smart lighting is here: Five reasons to invest

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Just as smart heating is a blanket term used to describe connected heating systems that can be controlled using a smartphone, smart lighting is the umbrella term that connected lighting systems fall under.Philips were one of the first to make connected... >>

Today Tesla wants to change your home: Battery launch imminent

Today Tesla wants to change your home: Battery launch imminent

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Tesla is set to launch a brand new product later today at its 30 April event. Invites are out for what is expected to be the launch of a home battery that will change the way you think about power.Until now all we've seen from Tesla is an invite showing... >>

Tesla 30 April event: New invite teases 'the missing piece'

Tesla 30 April event: New invite teases 'the missing piece'

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Tesla has been teasing its upcoming 30 April event for a few weeks now, but that isn't stopped the company from sending out new event invites to the media with a hint meant to whet our appetites.The mostly-white invite appears to show a silhouette of... >>

Haier Dual-Drum washing machine offers smart control, smart washing flexibility

Haier Dual-Drum washing machine offers smart control, smart washing flexibility

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Haier introduced its Dual-Drum washing machine at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference in Malta, a machine comes with plenty of appeal.It might stand slightly taller than a typical appliance, but this Dual-Drum machine brings convenience that should give... >>

Grundig VUX is the smart kitchen of the future

Grundig VUX is the smart kitchen of the future

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Grundig today showed off its VUX smart control interface at the IFA 2015 Global Press Conference that uses light projection over traditional buttons. We gave it a try, and it's really clever. Looking to make your connected kitchen even smarter, the VUX... >>

Always forget to turn plugs off? Here are five smart plugs with smartphone control

Always forget to turn plugs off? Here are five smart plugs with smartphone control

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If you have ever walked out of your house and wondered a few minutes up the road whether you had turned the iron or the straighteners off, this feature will be right up your street. Most of us are guilty on occasion of getting up late in the morning,... >>

Hoover Wizard lets you control your entire smart kitchen from your phone and PC

Hoover Wizard lets you control your entire smart kitchen from your phone and PC

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Hoover has unleashed its new Wizard range of smart kitchen appliances to let you control it all from your smartphone.Long gone are the days of Hoover just making vacuum cleaners, it's got its sights set on the kitchen now. The Wizard range is Wi-Fi controlled... >>

Tesla to unveil new super batteries at 30 April event: Time to go off grid?

Tesla to unveil new super batteries at 30 April event: Time to go off grid?

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Tesla head honcho Elon Musk announced on twitter that he'd be unveiling new products at a 30 April event. It appears these will be next generation batteries.Jeff Evanson, Tesla investor relations, says we can expect to see a pair of new batteries unveiled... >>

Ikea thinks in 2025 we'll be cooking on tables that project recipes and more

Ikea thinks in 2025 we'll be cooking on tables that project recipes and more

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Ikea dreamed up a concept kitchen for this year's Milan design week, giving the world a look at how Ikea products - combined with realistic technology - could revolutionise how we cook up dinner in 2025.Ikea put the concept, called Ikea Temporary, on... >>

Sitting is reportedly the new smoking: This standing desk setup could save your life

Sitting is reportedly the new smoking: This standing desk setup could save your life

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Avoid heart disease, lose weight, feel more awake - all simply by standing. There are respected studies that point to sitting as the cause of poor health with some even calling it the new smoking. But fear not, a cure is already here.For those that... >>

Smart heating is here: Five reasons to invest

Smart heating is here: Five reasons to invest

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Smart heating is the umbrella term used for the latest heating set ups that not only allow you to control the temperature throughout your home from your smartphone, but some will also automatically learn and adjust to your weekly or daily routines.The... >>

How to make your home smart for under £500

How to make your home smart for under £500

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Connected homes are fast becoming more and more popular and chances are if you are reading this feature, you're either interested in making your home smarter, or you want to know what is available to help you do it. There are hundreds of products out... >>

The smarthome is now

The smarthome is now

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The term smarthome has been kicking around for a few years. It once referred to the stuff of dreams, fantasies and more importantly, the future. But that's no longer the case as the smarthome is very much the here and now.We might still be a few decades... >>

Dyson's AM09 bladeless fan can blow warm or cold air in two different ways

Dyson's AM09 bladeless fan can blow warm or cold air in two different ways

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Dyson has unveiled its latest blade-less fan, and it's powered by something called "Jet Focus technology".According to the home appliance maker, the new fan, called AM09, is capable of both heating and cooling your whole room as well as focusing on you.... >>

Dyson AM09: The all-weather bladeless fan gets a tidy update (hands-on)

Dyson AM09: The all-weather bladeless fan gets a tidy update (hands-on)

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Dyson has updated its bladeless Hot + Cool fan technology to devise a new model that not only blows warm or cold air into a room as the AM05 we saw in 2013, but also has two ways it can stream the air so it can be focused either at an individual or spread... >>

Meld Knob and Clip make your hob smart for perfect poached eggs every time, and more

Meld Knob and Clip make your hob smart for perfect poached eggs every time, and more

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Meld makes the bold promise of creating the perfect meal every time you use your hob. It does this using an intelligent temperature sensor and automatic knob adjuster in combination with an app.Meld, which has currently raised over $72,000 of its $50,000... >>

Philips Hue Go: The portable, colourful and independent addition to Hue lighting system (hands-on)

Philips Hue Go: The portable, colourful and independent addition to Hue lighting system (hands-on)

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Philips Hue, the adjustable lighting system that can be colour and luminance controlled via your smart device, is expanding, with the new Hue Go portable offering a slightly different stance to the range.With the majority of Hue products you require a... >>

Nest thermostats missed the British Summer Time clock change

Nest thermostats missed the British Summer Time clock change

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Nest smart thermostats aren't as clever as they claim after failing to adapt to the British Summer Time clock change.After the clocks changed by an hour this weekend Nest thermostat owners took to forums to register their complaints.The Google-owned... >>

15 years of Broadband: Here are 8 things it means you no longer have to do

15 years of Broadband: Here are 8 things it means you no longer have to do

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Happy birthday broadband, it's been 15 years since high speed internet has been making life easier. But do you remember the world before broadband internet speeds?To put it in perspective, Virgin Media's 152Mb broadband service is 2,714 times faster than... >>

Vax Air Revolve Pet review: The funky, new-wave vacuum cleaner
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Vax Air Revolve Pet review: The funky, new-wave vacuum cleaner

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Builder's dust. If you know it well, then you know just what it can do. And having caused our previous vacuum cleaner to meet an early grave, we needed a new and powerful lil sucker to replace it.Enter the Vax Air Revolve Pet, a bagless vacuum cleaner... >>

Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Sushi Set: Boldly go where no fish has gone before

Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Sushi Set: Boldly go where no fish has gone before

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Star Trek and sushi might not be something you'd immediately see going together but ThinkGeek did and now it's something you can own.The Star Trek U.S.S Enterprise Sushi Set has arrived to take the geek rating of sushi eating to the next frontier.The... >>

UK budget spring 2015: Internet of Things, 100Mbps broadband for all, free Wi-Fi

UK budget spring 2015: Internet of Things, 100Mbps broadband for all, free Wi-Fi

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The British government has delivered a pre-election budget that further strengthens its measures to support technology in the UK.It will be chancellor George Osborne's last budget before the nation votes on the next government, so there are several measures... >>