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Dyson's $15M investment into Sakti3 will bring solid state batteries to its cordless vacuums

Dyson's $15M investment into Sakti3 will bring solid state batteries to its cordless vacuums

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Dyson is investing millions into solid state batteries, so that it's next range of cordless vacuums will get a powerful boost.Michigan-based Sakti3 is a battery company, which has received backing from GM's venture capital unit, and it specialises in... >>

Dyson V6 Absolute: The mother of all cordless vacuum cleaners (hands-on)

Dyson V6 Absolute: The mother of all cordless vacuum cleaners (hands-on)

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Dyson has reinvigorated its cordless vacuum cleaner range with two new models this month, one designed for more aggressive home spillages with a nylon cleaning head - the V6 Fluffy - and one that is the top of the line, that suits any floor you happen... >>

Dyson V6 Absolute and Fluffy take cordless vacuums to an all-new level

Dyson V6 Absolute and Fluffy take cordless vacuums to an all-new level

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Thanks to the demands of a modern lifestyle, cordless vacuum cleaners are growing in popularity, especially since battery life has been dramatically improved in recent times. And one of the manufacturers that has striven to ensure that its machines are... >>

Piper nv smarthome camera system doesn't just see burglars, it scares them away (hands-on)

Piper nv smarthome camera system doesn't just see burglars, it scares them away (hands-on)

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Icontrol Networks has announced a new Piper at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, building on the original all-in-one home security and video monitoring system.The new model, called Piper nv, introduces a new camera system and night vision to the... >>

Philips Hue Phoenix is a new range of smart lamps that glow every shade of white light

Philips Hue Phoenix is a new range of smart lamps that glow every shade of white light

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Mobile World Congress couldn't be described as a true industry conference if Philips didn't stop by to unveil its latest effort in the smart lighting market, called Philips Hue Phoenix.Phoenix, which is a new range of white ambience-connected lamps, looks... >>

Ikea brings wireless charging furniture to the UK as part of new 'Home Smart' plan

Ikea brings wireless charging furniture to the UK as part of new 'Home Smart' plan

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Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea has unleashed a range of furniture with built-in wireless charging spots.The range will be soon available in the UK, and the idea is that it should conveniently help you charge your mobile devices while at home. Ikea... >>

Sesame is a smart lock that lets you open doors with a custom knock

Sesame is a smart lock that lets you open doors with a custom knock

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We can't wait for a day when all of our homes and devices and appliances and doors and windows and cars and lives will be smart and automated. That's why it's exciting when new projects for internet-connected stuff like Sesame land on Kickstarter.Sesame... >>

What is IFTTT and how does it work?

What is IFTTT and how does it work?

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The internet is a wonderful thing chock-full of fun and useful experiences, but it can also complicate our lives.With so many websites and apps in the world, you've probably experienced difficulty in managing them or even completing basic tasks. Luckily... >>

Withings Home review: More than just a smart camera
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Withings Home review: More than just a smart camera

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Withings is better known for its health monitoring devices, but activity trackers and smart scales aren't the only pies it has its fingers in. The Withings Home is an HD camera with air quality sensors that allow you to monitor your home using an accompanying... >>

British Gas to acquire AlertMe for £44 million, expand Hive offerings

British Gas to acquire AlertMe for £44 million, expand Hive offerings

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British Gas has announced that it is to acquire AlertMe, the company that powers its Hive Active Heating, in a deal worth £44 million. This figure includes the 21 per cent holding that British Gas already has in AlertMe, bringing AlertMe's total valuation... >>

Virgin Media to spend £3 billion on superfast broadband for four million new homes and businesses

Virgin Media to spend £3 billion on superfast broadband for four million new homes and businesses

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In its largest expansion move in some time, Virgin Media has pledged to spend £3 billion in ensuring four million new homes and businesses in the UK can access its superfast fibre broadband network.Backed by owner Liberty Global, the money will be spent... >>

Buying chocolate? Show your tech credentials with The Cocoa Runners Pocket-lint Collection

Buying chocolate? Show your tech credentials with The Cocoa Runners Pocket-lint Collection

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Pocket-lint has teamed up with artisan chocolate website Cocoarunners.com to bring Pocket-lint readers a specially curated box by our founder Stuart Miles. Stuart set up Pocket-lint with an initial investment of £15, the same amount as his first investment... >>

iSheep are real: Internet-connected sheep are roaming Wales

iSheep are real: Internet-connected sheep are roaming Wales

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Researchers in North Wales have created a flock of iSheep - sheep connected to the internet - in the latest twist on the internet of things.Using a small tracker, the idea is to enable a farmer to keep track of the flock, and stop rogue sheep wandering... >>

Hotel's 'Dot.com Detox package' claims to tackle harmful effects of modern tech

Hotel's 'Dot.com Detox package' claims to tackle harmful effects of modern tech

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You've probably heard of high-tech hotels with robots and all sorts of machinery and software designed to help you live in the lap of space-age luxury for a night or two, but there's another type of hotel for those wanting the exact opposite.Myhotels... >>

Vax Cordless vacuum cleaners just got a whole lot more convenient (hands-on)

Vax Cordless vacuum cleaners just got a whole lot more convenient (hands-on)

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Vax has been offering cordless cleaners for some time, but in 2015, they are coming with a twist on the format. Welcome, then, the Air Cordless Lift and the Air Cordless Switch. The Air Cordless might sound familiar because we reviewed it in 2014 and... >>

Vax AirRevolve is the funkiest vacuum cleaner we've ever seen

Vax AirRevolve is the funkiest vacuum cleaner we've ever seen

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Of all domestic gadgetry, it seems that the humble vacuum cleaner is a hotbed of design innovation. We've seen these domestic necessaries move from a boring upright or cylinder cleaners into eye-catching design pieces.The Vax AirRevolve, however, has... >>

What comes next after we're done with the Internet of Things? Intel gives us some clues

What comes next after we're done with the Internet of Things? Intel gives us some clues

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What's going to be the next big thing after the Internet of Things? It might be a massive trend right now, but once the standards have been cracked and every device and appliance you own is connected to the cloud and each other, eyes will be looking... >>

BT G.fast broadband trials will hit 500Mbps this summer, 1Gbps in future

BT G.fast broadband trials will hit 500Mbps this summer, 1Gbps in future

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As part of its latest financial results unveiling BT has revealed that it will be testing 500Mbps broadband in two pilot locations in the UK this summer. The technology used is to be called G.fast and BT explains that it will enable "most homes" in the... >>

Luna mattress cover tracks your sleep and controls your smarthome at night

Luna mattress cover tracks your sleep and controls your smarthome at night

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Just when you thought there was an internet-connected device for every type of mundane task, such as locking your door or setting the temperature, a smart mattress comes along capable of doing all those things as well as monitoring your sleep habits.... >>

Misfit Flash is no longer just a fitness tracker but also a smarthome remote control

Misfit Flash is no longer just a fitness tracker but also a smarthome remote control

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Misfit wants you to use $50 entry-level Flash fitness tracker like a smarthome remote control.Starting in March, Flash will be able to interact with numerous apps and smart device with a touch of a button. The company demonstrated how to control its new... >>

If you got an old Dropcam, you can get a free upgrade to an HD one from Nest

If you got an old Dropcam, you can get a free upgrade to an HD one from Nest

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There's a lot of risk involved when it comes to being an early adopter of technology, but sometimes, it can also be rewarding. Nest, for instance, has announced a replacement program that's all about helping owners of the original Dropcam and Dropcam... >>

LG RoboSense CordZero will stalk you like a creepy vacuum cleaner

LG RoboSense CordZero will stalk you like a creepy vacuum cleaner

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LG announced a new vacuum cleaner called CordZero at its annual InnoFest conference, which took place this year in Lisbon, Portugal.The CordZero is a cordless canister vacuum cleaner that is not only power cord free, as the name would suggest, but it... >>

LG Styler will freshen your clothes to save washing and ironing (hands-on)

LG Styler will freshen your clothes to save washing and ironing (hands-on)

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LG announced an updated model of its LG Styler at CES 2015 and we managed to get a quick look at it in action during the company's InnoFest conference in Portugal. The LG Styler is a clothing management system designed to refresh clothes without detergents... >>

Could LG's new smarthome strategy bring about a unified platform for the Internet of Things?

Could LG's new smarthome strategy bring about a unified platform for the Internet of Things?

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One of the problems with the smarthome sector at present is that everybody seems to be doing their own thing. There is no unified platform that ensures products from different manufacturers all work together. However, LG is making strides to bring something... >>

Sony's Symphonic Light and Life Space UX concept are set to make your home well-lit and futuristic (eyes-on)

Sony's Symphonic Light and Life Space UX concept are set to make your home well-lit and futuristic (eyes-on)

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Who knew Sony liked lighting so much?After the company's CES event, Sony gave Pocket-lint a tour of its new Life Space UX concept which included an apartment-type setup filled with interactive lights, minimalist speakers, app-controlled projectors, and... >>

Misfit Bolt smart bulb offers millions of colours, Shine sleep-sensing compatibility

Misfit Bolt smart bulb offers millions of colours, Shine sleep-sensing compatibility

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Misfit has announced a wirelessly connected colour-changing smart bulb called Bolt at CES 2015, looking to take on the likes of Philips Hue and Elgato.The Misfit Bolt can be controlled using the Misfit Home app, which will be available on Android and... >>

Honeywell's new Lyric home security system lets you keep your house safe with voice commands

Honeywell's new Lyric home security system lets you keep your house safe with voice commands

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Honeywell is showing off a new Lyric-branded product at CES 2015, with the goal of helping you remotely control your home and its security.The new product is what Honeywell described as a "professional-grade home security system," because it features... >>

A bright idea? Qualcomm creates smart chip for light bulbs to take on Philips Hue

A bright idea? Qualcomm creates smart chip for light bulbs to take on Philips Hue

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Qualcomm has created an all-in-one chip module for the humble light bulb that means any company will be able to step into the Internet of Things arena by making and selling a connected lightbulb.The module was unveiled at CES 2015 in Las Vegas and it... >>

Belkin WeMo sensors will now let you track your house and those that are in it

Belkin WeMo sensors will now let you track your house and those that are in it

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Belkin has launched a range of sensors that will allow you to monitor your home and those that are in it all from afar.The new range of sensors, that span motion sensors, door sensors, and even a keychain that tells you when someone is at home, are due... >>

Struggling to stay on top of the laundry? LG Twin Wash System comes with two drums to ease the load

Struggling to stay on top of the laundry? LG Twin Wash System comes with two drums to ease the load

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According to LG, today's laundry is really a complicated game of chess. This tough battlefield, which isn't just about "colours vs whites" is so hard that it has forced the company to launch a new twin washing machine at CES in Las Vegas to combat this... >>

Nest announces more third-party support as Works with Nest smarthome land grab continues

Nest announces more third-party support as Works with Nest smarthome land grab continues

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Nest has announced a new run of partners at CES 2015 that are all part of its Works with Nest programme.If you thought that Nest was just a smart heating controller you'd be wrong, as Works with Nest is designed to put the smart into your smarthome. Works... >>

Triby is the phone, speaker and digital post-it heart of the home

Triby is the phone, speaker and digital post-it heart of the home

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Invoxia has unveiled its Triby speakerphone-cum-digital noticeboard with a whopping 1-month battery life. We got a close look at CES 2015 in Las Vegas.The Triby is a magnetic speakerphone that can be fixed to anywhere metal, ideally in the kitchen, to... >>

Netatmo Welcome home camera plans to keep tabs on your family's coming and goings

Netatmo Welcome home camera plans to keep tabs on your family's coming and goings

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If you're the kind of parent that wants to know when your kids get home and you're still out, then the Netatmo Welcome might be the gadget for the paranoid you.Launched at CES in Las Vegas, the home monitoring camera is designed to sit on your hallway... >>

iKettle maker launches bean-to-cup app-controlled Wi-Fi coffee machine

iKettle maker launches bean-to-cup app-controlled Wi-Fi coffee machine

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iKettle maker Smarter has expanded its range to cater for coffee lovers too by launching a bean-to-cup coffee machine at CES in Las Vegas.The £129 coffee machine, which is due to hit the UK in March, will offer coffee fans the chance to have freshly... >>

Parrot Pot and Parrot H2O: Two new sensors to make sure your plants never die

Parrot Pot and Parrot H2O: Two new sensors to make sure your plants never die

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Parrot has followed-up its Flower Power sensor with two new smarthome products that should ensure your plants never need you to worry about watering them ever again.The gardening gadgets designed for use in your home, come in two guises: a fully automated... >>

Lenovo Cloud Camera set to be a Dropcam rival, FCC photos reveal all

Lenovo Cloud Camera set to be a Dropcam rival, FCC photos reveal all

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Lenovo looks ready to take on Dropcam, the cloud-connected smart camera that Google's Nest Labs bought earlier this year.A new home security camera called Cloud Camera has just passed through the Federal Communications Commission ahead of CES 2015, where... >>

All episodes of Syfy's 12 Monkeys TV remake will sync with Philips Hue lights

All episodes of Syfy's 12 Monkeys TV remake will sync with Philips Hue lights

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The television remake of 12 Monkeys just got even more awesome, thanks to Philips Hue.The new Syfy series, which is based on the 1995 time-traveling film directed by Terry Gilliam, stars actor Aaron Stanford - instead of Bruce Willis - as James Cole,... >>

How to improve your Wi-Fi at home

How to improve your Wi-Fi at home

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With more and more of our entertainment lives requiring an internet connection, making sure your are well connected in your home is becoming more and more important.While US home owners can enjoy wooden frame constructed houses and plasterboard stud walls,... >>

You can now control Nest thermostat with your voice, if you own an Android phone

You can now control Nest thermostat with your voice, if you own an Android phone

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The smart thermostat from Nest just got a lot smarter, thanks to Google.Imagine feeling a little cold while sitting on your couch, but instead of getting up and turning up the heat or playing with temperature controls buried in a smartphone app, you could... >>

Sky Fibre offers up to 38Mbps broadband for just £10 a month, comes with 25GB monthly cap though

Sky Fibre offers up to 38Mbps broadband for just £10 a month, comes with 25GB monthly cap though

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Sky has added a new package for those interested in its broadband services that costs only £10 a month for up to 38Mbps fibre internet. However, it's really for those who don't use too much data as it is capped to a limit of 25GB a month.Consider that... >>

The Great Glass Elevator might soon be real thanks to MagLev lifts that go up, down, and sideways

The Great Glass Elevator might soon be real thanks to MagLev lifts that go up, down, and sideways

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If you've ever dreamed of an elevator that can go horizontally, you need more hobbies. Just kidding. But seriously. A German steel and engineering company has unveiled plans for what it described as the elevator industry's "holy grail": a ropless elevator.ThyssenKrupp... >>

Netatmo smart thermostat is as easy to install as a lightbulb

Netatmo smart thermostat is as easy to install as a lightbulb

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Netatmo is a French company that has formerly been associated with a wireless weather station and a smart bracelet for regulating sun tans and avoiding burns, but now it is after the smart heating market. There are numerous smart heating options already... >>