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Amazing Amazon Echo Spot, Echo and Echo Dot spring bank holiday deals slash up to £20 off
Amazing Amazon Echo Spot, Echo and Echo Dot spring bank holiday deals slash up to £20 off By Rik Henderson

Amazon is known for its amazing bargains during major sale periods and the spring back holiday in the UK is no exception.It always likes to discount its own tech for special occasions and has slashed the cost of a trio of its Echo devices - including... Read more

How Alexa recorded a private conversation and sent it to another user
How Alexa recorded a private conversation and sent it to another user By Maggie Tillman

Amazon Alexa made headlines today for appearing to violate a user's privacy by recording her conversation without consent.Worse yet, Amazon's assistant then sent the conversation to the user's contact - again, without consent. While that sounds absolutely... Read more

The best Apple HomeKit tips and tricks
The best Apple HomeKit tips and tricks By David Phelan

Apple's HomeKit app Home is simple and easy to use, but it also comes with a load of hidden features that you might not, on the surface, realise are available.We've put together a number of tips, to enable you to get the most from the Apple backed service... Read more

9 ways Eve products can make your other smart home devices even smarter
9 ways Eve products can make your other smart home devices even smarter By Pocket-lint Promotion

There are many ways Eve products can make your home smarter. Here are nine to get you started:1 The lights are on, because someone's homeEve Motion will alert you if it senses movement, but this doesn't have to be limited to tipping you off about a possible... Read more

What is Nissan Energy Solar, how much is it, and where is it available?
What is Nissan Energy Solar, how much is it, and where is it available? By Elyse Betters

Nissan has entered the solar panel market with Nissan Energy Solar.More than just some solar panels to fix on your roof, Energy Solar is a complete energy management system that includes a storage system that lets you decide when to use any stored power... Read more

Alexa and Google Assistant go Royal Wedding crazy, loads of new commands to try
Alexa and Google Assistant go Royal Wedding crazy, loads of new commands to try By Rik Henderson

Google and Amazon are getting in the Royal Wedding spirit by offering all-new, unique Easter Eggs and commands to try on Google Assistant and Alexa respectively.If you have a Google Home smart speaker, Google Home Mini or use Google Assistant on another... Read more

Echo bargains! Amazon offers £10 off Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick bundle
Echo bargains! Amazon offers £10 off Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick bundle By Chris Hall

It's almost summer and a new round of sales have hit Amazon.co.uk, bringing with them a couple of hot discounts on the Amazon Echo Dot.The Amazon Echo Dot has a discount of £10, bringing it down to £39.99 (it's normally £49.99). Click here to see the... Read more

The best robot vacuum cleaner 2018: Why do your own cleaning?
The best robot vacuum cleaner 2018: Why do your own cleaning? By Adrian Willings

Household chores like ironing, washing and vacuuming are never particularly enjoyable. In fact, most people hate them and the few that might enjoy them are probably getting paid to do so.Don't worry though, there is something that could make your life... Read more

How the smart home can improve your well-being
How the smart home can improve your well-being By Pocket-lint Promotion

The smart home isn't just about a speaker that responds to your voice, an outside light you can click on from the other side of the world or a camera that warns you when someone's by the front door.It's all those things, but it's also about your well-being,... Read more

The best Alexa tips and tricks: Get more from Amazon's assistant
The best Alexa tips and tricks: Get more from Amazon's assistant By Elyse Betters

The Amazon Echo can make to-do lists, set alarms, stream podcasts, play audiobooks, read PDFs, provide weather forecasts, warn you of traffic, answer trivia, control your smart home and serve up other information in real-time. We've been living with... Read more

Does Amazon want Alexa to become your in-home health aide?
Does Amazon want Alexa to become your in-home health aide? By Elyse Betters

Soon, you might be able to ask, "Alexa, am I sick?", and then possibly share your sensitive health data, such as symptoms, to your doctor.According to CNBC, which looked at a leaked internal document about Amazon's plans, billionaire Jeff Bezos' online... Read more

How to light your home: 8 lighting tips and tricks
How to light your home: 8 lighting tips and tricks By Stuart Miles

Walk into a room, flick a switch, and your room is normally filled with light. Is it the right light though? Could it be designed to help your health and well-being? Are there any rules or recommendations you should follow when installing new lights... Read more

Philips Hue app to get major overhaul, controlling your lights becomes easy again
Philips Hue app to get major overhaul, controlling your lights becomes easy again By Stuart Miles

Philips is to release a revamped version of its iOS and Android app for controlling Hue smart lights later this month.The new app, which is dubbed Hue 3.0, will replace the current version, introduce a new design and bring back many of the abandoned features... Read more

Microsoft working on own Cortana smart speaker, to rival Amazon, Google and Apple
Microsoft working on own Cortana smart speaker, to rival Amazon, Google and Apple By Rik Henderson

Microsoft is clearly feeling left out in the smart speaker wars. While Apple, Amazon and Google, with HomePod, Echo and Home respectively, have their own-brand devices, Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant is largely anonymous in the space.The only one... Read more

Alexa, unlock door: Schlage deadbolts gain new voice-unlocking skills
Alexa, unlock door: Schlage deadbolts gain new voice-unlocking skills By Elyse Betters

Door hardware maker Schlage is fullly embracing Alexa with new voice-controlled skills.It has announced the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt have expanded support for Amazon's voice assistant in the form of a new voice-unlocking... Read more

Second-gen Tado Smart AC Control saves you more money while keeping you just as cool
Second-gen Tado Smart AC Control saves you more money while keeping you just as cool By Max Langridge

Tado has announced a new version of its Smart AC Control that brings with it software and algorithm tweaks over its v1 predecessor to save you even more money in the hotter months of the year. Tado Smart Climate Assistant software update will make saving... Read more

Hive resolves View's biggest flaw: You can now download videos
Hive resolves View's biggest flaw: You can now download videos By Max Langridge

Centrica, the company behind British Gas and the smart home heating system Hive, has released an update for the Hive View indoor camera that now allows you to download any video clips you wish to your phone. It fixes what we considered to be its biggest... Read more

Google Duplex enables Assistant to call and book at businesses for you
Google Duplex enables Assistant to call and book at businesses for you By Elyse Betters

Google is at Google I/O 2018, where it just announced Google Duplex.It essentially improves Assistant so that it can book your appointments for you. Through two demos on stage, Assistant was shown calling a hair salon to make an appointment and then getting... Read more

JBL Link Bar is Google Home and Android TV in one neat soundbar
JBL Link Bar is Google Home and Android TV in one neat soundbar By Elyse Betters

Google has shown off a JBL Link Bar at Google I/O. During the demo, it revealed new Android TV and Assistant features.This new soundbar features built-in Android TV and Google Home capabilities. But, according to Android Police, which saw the unit during... Read more

Eve Degree explored: Understanding the Connected Weather Station
Eve Degree explored: Understanding the Connected Weather Station By Pocket-lint Promotion

Eve Degree is one of the most stylish smart home gadgets you'll ever come across. Tiny and elegant, it is discreet enough to go unnoticed, but chic enough to draw compliments when it is spotted.Its monochrome LCD screen is clear and easily readable, but... Read more

Things to ask Alexa on May the 4th Star Wars day
Things to ask Alexa on May the 4th Star Wars day By Rik Henderson

To celebrate May the 4th, also known as Star Wars day, Amazon has added a mighty list of commands and questions you can ask Alexa.If you have an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or other Echo device, you can ask it all manner of Star Wars-related queries and it... Read more

Google Assistant now works with 5,000 devices, will add more soon
Google Assistant now works with 5,000 devices, will add more soon By Elyse Betters

Days ahead of its I/O developer conference, Google has provided an update about how far Assistant has come since debuting two years ago.The company's voice helper debuted at Google I/O 2016 and can now be found in Google's own smart speakers, as well... Read more

Nest's new Temperature Sensor is now available to buy, starts at $39
Nest's new Temperature Sensor is now available to buy, starts at $39 By Elyse Betters

Nest has started selling a new device that's super affordable.The new Temperature Sensor costs just $39, but it works with the company’s smart thermostats to keep individual rooms in your home at a certain temperature. It requires the latest Nest Learning... Read more

LG ThinQ: Everything you need to know about LG's smart platform
LG ThinQ: Everything you need to know about LG's smart platform By Rik Henderson

Last year, LG announced DeepThinQ, its own artificial intelligence technology to be employed in smart, connected home appliances.A year later, during CES 2018, it launched an all-new range of products under the name LG ThinQ. This trend is set to continue... Read more

Facebook's smart speakers: What's the story so far?
Facebook's smart speakers: What's the story so far? By Elyse Betters

Facebook plans to give Amazon a run for its money.For the past few months, reports have claimed that Facebook is developing a touchscreen-enabled smart device, possibly called Portal. It's meant to compete with Amazon Echo Show. Facebook reportedly plans... Read more

Elgato's smart home range explored
Elgato's smart home range explored By Pocket-lint Promotion

How smart do you want your home to be? The current range of Eve gadgets from Elgato is wide and growing. So, whatever you want to do, well, you probably can. Let's start with the plugs, for many people the first contact they have with the smart home.... Read more

Amazon is doing a kids version of the Echo Dot that encourages 'please' and 'thank you'
Amazon is doing a kids version of the Echo Dot that encourages 'please' and 'thank you' By Dan Grabham

Amazon is launching a new version of the Echo Dot that is more expensive but will be tailored specifically for use by children.Among other cool child-friendly features to keep kids entertained – like age-appropriate jokes - it encourages the use of... Read more

What are Amazon Key and In-Car Delivery and how do they work?
What are Amazon Key and In-Car Delivery and how do they work? By Elyse Betters

Have you ever had a package stolen from your doorstep?It can happen to anyone. There's not much you can do when you've ordered something to be delivered to your home and it arrives when you're not there, whether that's because you're at work or walking... Read more

Five reasons you could use Elgato’s Eve Button instead of a smart speaker
Five reasons you could use Elgato’s Eve Button instead of a smart speaker By Pocket-lint Promotion

The smart home takes many forms. You can control your lights, music, heating, doors and so on from your mobile phone. But what about situations when your phone isn’t there? When you’re out, say, but somebody else needs to turn the smart lights on?... Read more

What is IFTTT and how does it work?
What is IFTTT and how does it work? By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

It's finally happening! Amazon is working on a robot for your home
It's finally happening! Amazon is working on a robot for your home By Elyse Betters

Does Amazon want to make Rosey the robot a reality?It is reportedly developing a home robot - and we can't help but think about The Jetsons. According to Bloomberg, which described the yet-to-be-announced effort as "top-secret", Amazon's robot project... Read more

Amazon Echo, Fire TV Stick and other great devices reduced for Prime members
Amazon Echo, Fire TV Stick and other great devices reduced for Prime members By Rik Henderson

Amazon has knocked money off some of its own top tier devices for customers with Amazon Prime membership.Prime members in the UK can get £30 off a Kindle Paperwhite, £40 off a Fire HD 10 Tablet, £25 off an Echo Spot, £20 of a second-generation Echo... Read more

How to use Alexa to make the perfect cup of tea
How to use Alexa to make the perfect cup of tea By Dan Grabham

Today is National Tea Day and as usual on such occasions, Alexa has been in touch to let us know that we could all make better cups of tea if only we would ask her. Seriously though, Alexa's repertoire does include being able to answer various tea-related... Read more

Alexa Announcements now in the UK: How to broadcast your voice to all your Echos
Alexa Announcements now in the UK: How to broadcast your voice to all your Echos By Elyse Betters

"Alexa, tell everyone it's time to go!" Wouldn't it be nice if Alexa could help you hurry your family along or maybe announce that dinner is ready?Now, families with Echo devices in their home can do just that, thanks to a new "Alexa Announcements" feature... Read more

How to create custom Amazon Alexa skills without any coding knowledge
How to create custom Amazon Alexa skills without any coding knowledge By Elyse Betters

Amazon has opened up its Alexa platform so that anyone - and we mean absolutely anyone - can create a custom Alexa skill.Skills are Alexa apps that provide Amazon's assistant with additional features. For instance, there's a popular Jeopardy! skill, which,... Read more

How to solve Amazon Echo mic problems
How to solve Amazon Echo mic problems By Elyse Betters

Amazon Alexa is fun to use... when she can hear you.If you own an Echo device, especially one of the original models, you've likely noticed that Alexa picks up your voice when she feels like it. You can yell all you want, and Amazon's assistant will still... Read more

5 great reasons, that you’ve probably not thought of, to use a smart plug in your home
5 great reasons, that you’ve probably not thought of, to use a smart plug in your home By Pocket-lint Promotion

The smart home is a wonderful place, packed with so many innovations and ideas that it can be hard to know where to begin. One of the most popular ways into making your home smarter is through the smart plug - a simple device that slips between the plug... Read more

Anker's EverCam is a wireless, splashproof security cam with AI
Anker's EverCam is a wireless, splashproof security cam with AI By Elyse Betters

Anker-owned Eufy just launched a Kickstarter for a security camera.Called EverCam, it's a water-resistant, HD-recording device pitched as a wireless indoor or outdoor home security camera. It doesn't need to be plugged into a wall outlet or even be mounted... Read more

Philips Hue lights are now fully integrated with Hive devices
Philips Hue lights are now fully integrated with Hive devices By Elyse Betters

Hive has added a new smart lighting product to its lineup, but, more interestingly, it's announced that Philips Hue lightbulbs are now fully integrated with its connected platform.The company's new lights are the HiveLight Dimmable GU10 spotlights. They're... Read more

Amazon slashes price of Ring Video Doorbell now that it owns Ring
Amazon slashes price of Ring Video Doorbell now that it owns Ring By Elyse Betters

Amazon has finalised its purchase of Ring, a maker of smart doorbells and outdoor security cameras, and as a result, it's cutting some prices.The first-generation Ring Video Doorbell now costs $100 (roughly £89), down from about $150 on Amazon and $179... Read more

How to connect and control your radiators via your iPhone
How to connect and control your radiators via your iPhone By Pocket-lint Promotion

Keeping warm at home is important, especially at winter when a sudden snow flurry or rainy day means you arrive home bedraggled. Stepping into a cold house and waiting for it to warm up will not be what you had in mind.The joy of a connected home system... Read more

How to set up Spotify on Google Home and control it by voice
How to set up Spotify on Google Home and control it by voice By Elyse Betters

You can voice control your Spotify on Google Home - and you don't even need the premium version of the music service.Google has been promising to make its Home line of speakers compatible with more music streaming services. And, at I/O 2017, it said we... Read more

How to connect Spotify to Alexa or Amazon Echo
How to connect Spotify to Alexa or Amazon Echo By Elyse Betters

You can change your default music service for Alexa, so that it'll play from whatever service you prefer.That's handy if you don't subscribe to Amazon Music and maybe prefer, say, Spotify. Luckily, changing the default option to Spotify is super easy.... Read more

How to create and edit music playlists with Alexa commands
How to create and edit music playlists with Alexa commands By Elyse Betters

Amazon is constantly adding new features to its Alexa voice assistant, and the latest is the ability to create playlists.You will now be able to ask Alexa to make and edit a playlist through an Alexa-enabled device. This includes asking the assistant... Read more

Apple hires Google Assistant guru: is this the move that can make Siri better?
Apple hires Google Assistant guru: is this the move that can make Siri better? By Dan Grabham

Apple needs to beef up Siri’s capabilities fast and has hired Google’s head of search and artificial intelligence (AI) to get the job done.Scot John Giannandrea will run Apple’s “machine learning and AI strategy” according to a report in the... Read more

Hive's latest subscription plan sets you up with smart home essentials
Hive's latest subscription plan sets you up with smart home essentials By Dan Grabham

Hive has launched a new starter kit to encourage more people to get set up with smart home gear.Called the Warm Welcome Home Plan, it provides you with Hive Active Heating, two Hive Active Lights, an Active Plug, Hive Motion Sensor as well as an Amazon... Read more

How to set-up an Alexa smart home
How to set-up an Alexa smart home By Chris Hall

A few years ago, the coordinated smart home felt like a pipe dream, but Alexa has changed all that. Thanks to increasing compatibility with smart home devices, Alexa and the Amazon Echo is now the ideal hub of your connected home.Where previously it was... Read more

Putting the Home in HomePod: The new housing development that’s smart from day one
Putting the Home in HomePod: The new housing development that’s smart from day one By Stuart Miles

"And over here is the HomePod…" explains Ken Forster, Managing Director of Trivselhus UK, to Pocket-lint.It is not a phrase you expect to hear on a tour of a show home up for sale, but then the house that Forster is showing us isn't any ordinary home.It's... Read more