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Nest Cam is watching you: Google removes ability to disable status light on Nest and Dropcam devices
Nest Cam is watching you: Google removes ability to disable status light on Nest and Dropcam devices By Britta O'Boyle

Google Nest is removing the ability to turn the status light off on its Nest Cams, Nest Hello and Dropcam devices when they are recording video or audio.In... Read more

Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo?
4.0 stars Google Home review: A better voice assistant than Amazon Echo? By Maggie Tillman

Updated Google Home has and continues to mature since it first launched. If you don't mind waiting for its full potential, it's the voice-assistant speaker to get.... Read more

Best smart lighting: Philips Hue, Ikea, Osram bulbs and more
Best smart lighting: Philips Hue, Ikea, Osram bulbs and more By Britta O'Boyle

Our guide to the best smart lighting products out there, rounding up the top app and voice-controlled smart bulbs for your home. Read more

That sleek GLAS smart thermostat just totally ditched Cortana
That sleek GLAS smart thermostat just totally ditched Cortana By Maggie Tillman

Remember GLAS? It's a not-so-new-anymore smart thermostat from Johnson Controls that's finally giving up on Cortana.... Read more

Amazon Echo Wall Clock review: It's about time
4.0 stars Amazon Echo Wall Clock review: It's about time By Maggie Tillman

This clock is as simple as it sounds: check the time and use Alexa to set timers. You'll need another official Echo device though.... Read more

Google Home vs Home Mini vs Home Max vs Nest Hub vs Nest Hub Max: Which Google speaker should you buy?
Google Home vs Home Mini vs Home Max vs Nest Hub vs Nest Hub Max: Which Google speaker should you buy? By Adrian Willings

Our guide to Google's smart home speakers... Read more

Samsung SmartThings adds new plug to line-up and further Ring support
Samsung SmartThings adds new plug to line-up and further Ring support By Rik Henderson

Samsung has announced several new developments for its SmartThings smart home platform.... Read more

Best Google Home accessories 2019: Top Google Home compatible devices to buy today
Best Google Home accessories 2019: Top Google Home compatible devices to buy today By Adrian Willings

See all the best smart home devices you can control with Google Home. You might be surprised to see what works.... Read more

How to change the speed of Alexa's voice on your Amazon Echo
How to change the speed of Alexa's voice on your Amazon Echo By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has given Alexa users a new feature: The ability to change how fast it talks.... Read more

What are Google Home, Home Max, Home Mini, Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max and what can they do?
What are Google Home, Home Max, Home Mini, Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max and what can they do? By Maggie Tillman

This is everything you need to know about Google Home devices. What are they, how do they work and what devices work with them?... Read more

This latest Ring scandal makes the Amazon company seem super shady
This latest Ring scandal makes the Amazon company seem super shady By Maggie Tillman

Amazon-owned Ring has been caught up in another privacy scandal, and it once again involves the company's Neighbors platform.... Read more

Arlo Pro and Pro 2 are now HomeKit compatible for greater Apple integration
Arlo Pro and Pro 2 are now HomeKit compatible for greater Apple integration By Chris Hall

Arlo has confirmed that the update bringing Apple HomeKit compatibility for the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 cameras is rolling out.The update will mean that... Read more

The Amazon Echo Wall Clock is now available to buy in the UK
The Amazon Echo Wall Clock is now available to buy in the UK By Dan Grabham

Amazon has finally put its £30 Echo Wall Clock on sale in the UK.... Read more

Amazon is letting you stop humans reviewing your Alexa commands
Amazon is letting you stop humans reviewing your Alexa commands By Dan Grabham

Amazon is now enabling you to prevent human review of your Alexa voice commands should you wish. The feature is enabled through an option in the settings... Read more

Amazon is teaching Alexa to help her answer more complex questions
Amazon is teaching Alexa to help her answer more complex questions By Adrian Willings

Amazon is working on a new training method to help improve Alexa's ability to answer more complex questions and solve your queries more usefully.... Read more

How to turn on Alexa's Song ID feature so you'll always know what song is playing
How to turn on Alexa's Song ID feature so you'll always know what song is playing By Maggie Tillman

Once you’ve enabled it, Alexa will announce the artist and name of every song before it plays.... Read more

Huawei was working on a Google Assistant smart speaker before the US ban
Huawei was working on a Google Assistant smart speaker before the US ban By Chris Hall

Huawei was working with Google to produce a Google Assistant-powered smart speaker, before the plans came to a halt following the US ban in May 2019, according... Read more

Google Nest Hub review: The new hub of your smart home?
4.5 stars Google Nest Hub review: The new hub of your smart home? By Britta O'Boyle

The Google Assistant centre for your smart home: the Nest Hub is the always connected central point to control smart devices, watch YouTube and more.... Read more

Huawei targets smart home: Hongmeng OS to debut in 'Smart Screens'
Huawei targets smart home: Hongmeng OS to debut in 'Smart Screens' By Mike Lowe

Huawei is making a Smart Screen / Smart TV system, the first device to use Hongmeng OS, with details due at the Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) 2019... Read more

Google Home Mini review: Great voice-assistant, not-so-great speaker
4.0 stars Google Home Mini review: Great voice-assistant, not-so-great speaker By Cam Bunton

The Google Home Mini, is a smaller model of the Google Home that takes a similar design approach with all the same features. Here is our review.... Read more

Amazon Echo Plus (2018) review: Second time's a charm
4.5 stars Amazon Echo Plus (2018) review: Second time's a charm By Chris Hall

The Echo Plus is a better Echo all-round than the standard version, but we have to say we preferred last year's design that distinguished it from the... Read more

Samsung's JBL finally launches that Android TV soundbar it debuted in 2018
Samsung's JBL finally launches that Android TV soundbar it debuted in 2018 By Maggie Tillman

Samsung's Harman/JBL brands have finally released a smart home theatre device it first introduced in spring 2018.... Read more

How to use Alexa to find your misplaced or lost phone (the easy way)
How to use Alexa to find your misplaced or lost phone (the easy way) By Maggie Tillman

It's super common to misplace your phone at home. We all do it. It can fall between the couch cushions, get lost in the bedsheets, be left in some random room, or even forgotten in the car in your garage.... Read more

Amazon brings the Blink XT2 security cam to the UK
Amazon brings the Blink XT2 security cam to the UK By Dan Grabham

Amazon has finally announced the Blink XT2 security camera for the UK -  it's available now from the etailer and will be available from Argos in the coming... Read more

Did Google just accidentally reveal when Nest Hub Max will launch?
Did Google just accidentally reveal when Nest Hub Max will launch? By Maggie Tillman

The Next Hub Max, Google's largest smart display, has a new release date. Or so we think it does.... Read more

Amazon Echo review: The best way to experience Alexa?
3.5 stars Amazon Echo review: The best way to experience Alexa? By Chris Hall

If you want to dip your toe into the world of Alexa, the Echo might seem like the obvious choice. But what is it really like?... Read more

The best Amazon Echo deals for 2019
The best Amazon Echo deals for 2019 By Dan Grabham

Welcome to our roundup of the best cheap Amazon Echo deals, with deals available for all of Amazon's Echo devices.... Read more

Best cheap smart home deals August 2019: Save over $90 on Google Home, £240 on Roomba 980, $150 on Nest Cam IQ
Best cheap smart home deals August 2019: Save over $90 on Google Home, £240 on Roomba 980, $150 on Nest Cam IQ By Rob Kerr

Looking around for a smart home deal from Google, Nest, Ring or Roomba? Same $s and $s today... Read more

Best indoor security cameras 2019: See inside your home anytime
Best indoor security cameras 2019: See inside your home anytime By Britta O'Boyle

Our guide to the best smart indoor security cameras for your home, including wired and wireless security cameras, with and without subscriptions.... Read more

Nest Cam Outdoor vs Nest Cam IQ Outdoor: What's the difference?
Nest Cam Outdoor vs Nest Cam IQ Outdoor: What's the difference? By Adrian Willings

Considering purchasing a new Nest Cam smart home camera for keeping an eye outside your home? Click here to see the difference between the two main models.... Read more

Eve Extend will give your Homekit smart home more range
Eve Extend will give your Homekit smart home more range By Chris Hall

Eve has announced the Eve Extend, a device that will create a Wi-Fi network for your Eve accessories and extend the range beyond the Bluetooth that it... Read more

Best robot vacuum cleaners 2019: Why do your own cleaning?
Best robot vacuum cleaners 2019: Why do your own cleaning? By Adrian Willings

Our guide to the best robot vacuums to buy. Click to see the very best robot cleaners we've reviewed with all the details you need to know.... Read more

Best Philips Hue deals and discounts for Amazon Prime Day 2019: Smart lighting savings to light up your life
Best Philips Hue deals and discounts for Amazon Prime Day 2019: Smart lighting savings to light up your life By Adrian Willings

There are numerous deals on Philips Hue smart lighting products this Amazon Prime Day, we've rounded up the best so take a look and grab a saving.... Read more

Best robot vacuum deals for Amazon Prime Day 2019: Smart cleaning bargains
Best robot vacuum deals for Amazon Prime Day 2019: Smart cleaning bargains By Adrian Willings

We've gathered the best robot vacuum deals to snap up this Amazon Prime Day. Take a look at the list and grab a bargain.... Read more

The best Google Home deals: 48% off Home Mini, big savings on Home Max and other great offers
The best Google Home deals: 48% off Home Mini, big savings on Home Max and other great offers By Chris Hall

Savings across the Google Home family... Read more

Best Ring deals for Amazon Prime Day 2019 including Video Doorbell for just £69
Best Ring deals for Amazon Prime Day 2019 including Video Doorbell for just £69 By Chris Hall

Ring offers a versatile system that lets you easily add a connected doorbell or security light to your home.... Read more

Amazing deal: This Alexa-compatible TP-Link smart plug is 30% off
Amazing deal: This Alexa-compatible TP-Link smart plug is 30% off By Chris Hall

Prime Day offers a great deal on Alexa-compatible smart plug... Read more

This might be the best robot vacuum on the market - here's why!
This might be the best robot vacuum on the market - here's why! By Pocket-lint Promotion

Here are some reasons the Roborock S6 is a great robotic vacuum cleaner... Read more

Ring Video Doorbell tips and tricks: Become the ultimate Ring master
Ring Video Doorbell tips and tricks: Become the ultimate Ring master By Chris Hall

Ring is one of the stars of the smart home and here are the best tips and tricks to get the most out of your Video Doorbell... 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... Read more

Amazon might actually launch a wheeled home robot and high-end Echo soon
Amazon might actually launch a wheeled home robot and high-end Echo soon By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has been quietly tinkering away on two new Alexa-enabled devices: A wheeled home robot, and a high-end Echo speaker.... Read more

Amazon Echo vs Plus vs Dot vs Show vs Spot: What's the difference?
Amazon Echo vs Plus vs Dot vs Show vs Spot: What's the difference? By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has a range of Echo devices, but we'll guide you through them on so you can decide which is the the best Echo... Read more

Real people might be listening when you say "OK Google"
Real people might be listening when you say "OK Google" By Adrian Willings

A Belgian news network has obtained samples of voice assistant recordings from Google Assistant powered devices that were listened to by human beings.... Read more

BT Smart Home Cam review: An affordable, but flawed smart home security device
3.0 stars BT Smart Home Cam review: An affordable, but flawed smart home security device By Adrian Willings

Read our thoughts on the BT Smart Home Cam. An affordable, easy-to-use smart home camera with some weird and wonderful features.... Read more

Apple HomePod review: The smart-sounding speaker that's just not smart enough
3.5 stars Apple HomePod review: The smart-sounding speaker that's just not smart enough By Stuart Miles

Right now it's just a speaker that sounds amazing, but that isn't very smart with its Siri integration.... Read more

Now you can ask Alexa about your summer cold instead of bothering your doctor
Now you can ask Alexa about your summer cold instead of bothering your doctor By Dan Grabham

You can now ask Amazon's Alexa for official NHS health information, knowing that it comes from the official source. You're now able to ask Alexa details... Read more

Canary View smart home security camera launches in the UK
Canary View smart home security camera launches in the UK By Adrian Willings

One of the best selling smart home cameras in the US is making its way to UK shores.... Read more

Ikea updates Tradfri smart lighting range with new bulbs and starter kit
Ikea updates Tradfri smart lighting range with new bulbs and starter kit By Rik Henderson

Ikea has new bulbs and kits on the horizon - including one that's very on-trend with modern home design.... Read more

Thinking of buying a robot vacuum, the Roborock E35 offers incredible value for money
Thinking of buying a robot vacuum, the Roborock E35 offers incredible value for money By Pocket-lint Promotion

Letting a robot vacuum cleaner handle your floor cleaning chores is a tremendous idea. Come home to a freshly vacuumed floor every day, or set the machine... Read more

iRobot Roomba i7+ review: Differentiated by automatic dirt disposal
4.5 stars iRobot Roomba i7+ review: Differentiated by automatic dirt disposal By Britta O'Boyle

The iRobot Roomba i7+ is the latest all-singing, all-dancing robot vacuum from iRobot. Here's our review.... Read more

Doubling up on Alexa: How to use multiple Amazon Echo and Dots
Doubling up on Alexa: How to use multiple Amazon Echo and Dots By Adrian Willings

All the features and functions that come with having more than one Echo... Read more

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