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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... >>

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... >>