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Wow! Amazon Echo Show gets a huge £70 knocked off for Christmas

Wow! Amazon Echo Show gets a huge £70 knocked off for Christmas

By Rik Henderson

Amazon is known for its amazing bargains during major sale periods and Christmas is no exception. If you were interested in adding an Amazon Echo Show to your smart home setup, you won't find a better time: it's available with a massive £70 off the cover... Read more

Smart Christmas lights: How to add voice controls and more to your Christmas lights with Alexa, Google Home or Siri

Smart Christmas lights: How to add voice controls and more to your Christmas lights with Alexa, Google Home or Siri

By Chris Hall

Ah Christmas, the time of scrabbling around under a tree to unplug all those lights, getting jabbed in the head by those rogue needles on that Nordmann fir you were coerced into buying.Well scrabble no more, because for every Christmas tree light, there's... Read more

Google Home vs Google Home Mini vs Google Home Max: Which Google Home speaker should you buy?

Google Home vs Google Home Mini vs Google Home Max: Which Google Home speaker should you buy?

By Max Langridge

After releasing a lone Home smart speaker in 2016, Google added two new products to the mix in 2017 in the form of the Home Mini and the Home Max. The first two - Google Home and Google Home Mini - have had prices slashed for Black Friday to compete... Read more

You can now listen to BBC radio and podcasts through Amazon Echo and Alexa devices

You can now listen to BBC radio and podcasts through Amazon Echo and Alexa devices

By Rik Henderson

The BBC has experimented with Alexa skills before, including hosting a radio play you can interact with through an Amazon Echo or other Alexa-enabled device. However, its latest skill is more fully fledged and enables you to listen to live radio shows... Read more

Amazing Echo bargains! Amazon Echo Dot is just £35 for Christmas

Amazing Echo bargains! Amazon Echo Dot is just £35 for Christmas

By Rik Henderson

Christmas is almost upon us and the sales are starting already. That means you can save big on great tech pressies for loved ones: especially if they want an Amazon Echo device.Amazon is now offering its bestselling Amazon Echo Dot for just £34.99 -... Read more

Ikea and Sonos join forces for all-new smart home music products

Ikea and Sonos join forces for all-new smart home music products

By Rik Henderson

Furniture designer and retailer Ikea has announced a partnership with Sonos to create new products in the future.Ikea recently moved into the smart home sector with intelligent lighting and other connected home gadgets, but this latest collaboration could... Read more

Google pulls YouTube support from Echo Show, Fire TV to lose access in New Year

Google pulls YouTube support from Echo Show, Fire TV to lose access in New Year

By Max Langridge

Is Google being petty, or are its reasons completely justified. That's what we're wondering after it's been announced that Google is removing YouTube access from the Echo Show as of today and the Fire TV device from 1 January 2018. Amazon Echo Show: Release... Read more

Ecovacs Deebot M81 Pro robot vacuum cleaner review: It's not smart, but it is clever
3.5 stars

Ecovacs Deebot M81 Pro robot vacuum cleaner review: It's not smart, but it is clever

By Adrian Willings

Smart robot vacuum cleaners are a saving grace for the lazy modern home-owner, helping to keep the house clean and reducing your battles with the upright vacuum. Some of these robot cleaners offer a lot more functionality than others, so choosing the... Read more

Amazon Echo vs Echo 2 vs Echo Plus vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Show vs Echo Spot: What's the difference?

Amazon Echo vs Echo 2 vs Echo Plus vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Show vs Echo Spot: What's the difference?

By Elyse Betters

Amazon's Echo lineup is insane at this point, spanning smart speakers, video devices and new Alexa Gadgets.The Echo family of products has grown rapidly over the last couple of years, with a flurry of new devices announced in September 2017 to add to... Read more

Mega deal: Get 3 Google Home Minis for £89

Mega deal: Get 3 Google Home Minis for £89

By Max Langridge

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have come and gone, and served up some tantalising deals in the process, but that hasn't stopped Google's official eBay store from carrying on with some super discounts. See the Google Home Mini 3 pack at eBay Right now... Read more

Best indoor smart home cameras: See inside your home anytime

Best indoor smart home cameras: See inside your home anytime

By Britta O'Boyle

A smart home consists of all sorts of exciting gadgets from app-controlled lighting and heating to robotic vacuum cleaners, but there is one gadget that is likely to be picked first for the smart home cool team - the camera.Smart home cameras will not... Read more

Best outdoor smart home cameras: See outside your home anytime

Best outdoor smart home cameras: See outside your home anytime

By Britta O'Boyle

There are plenty of smart home security cameras available to help you keep an eye on the inside of your home from wherever you may be, but there are also now a number of options for keeping check on the outside too.In the past, security systems for around... Read more

That Neato Botvac D5 you've always wanted is now discounted by £200

That Neato Botvac D5 you've always wanted is now discounted by £200

By Chris Hall

Robot vacuum cleaners are one of those devices that you probably want, but you've always baulked at the high price. Well baulk no more, as the Neato Botvac D5 Connected has had £200 slashed off the price thanks to Cyber Monday.Normally costing £599... Read more

Ring Video Doorbell Black Friday deals can save you up to £60

Ring Video Doorbell Black Friday deals can save you up to £60

By Max Langridge

Ring is a newcomer on the smart home scene, but it's taking the market by storm. Solving the problem of how to drag the doorbell into the connected era, Ring will let your doorbell ring on your phone or PC, let you see who is at the door, as well as talk... Read more

Black Friday US 2017: Get an amazing Ring Stick up Cam and Solar Panel set for more than $150 off

Black Friday US 2017: Get an amazing Ring Stick up Cam and Solar Panel set for more than $150 off

By Rik Henderson

We've covered the Ring doorbell deals in the UK but there are also plenty of amazing Black Friday bargains to be had on Ring products in the US too.For example, for today, 24 November, only, Amazon.com has slashed $157 off the price of a RinG Stick up... Read more

Massive Philips Hue Black Friday discounts see prices slashed by up to 40 per cent

Massive Philips Hue Black Friday discounts see prices slashed by up to 40 per cent

By Chris Hall

Philips Hue is brilliant, essentially cornering the smart lighting market and leaving plenty of rivals trying to keep up. It's an expensive system, but Black Friday is coming to the rescue with some massive savings - in some cases saving you up to £60... Read more

Amazon Echo Buttons pre-order now open bringing interactive Alexa fun

Amazon Echo Buttons pre-order now open bringing interactive Alexa fun

By Chris Hall

The Echo Buttons are designed to bring a level of physical interaction with the Amazon Echo, meaning you can play games being hosted by your friendly AI speaker.Announced with the birth of the new Echo speakers, the new Echo Buttons come in a two pack... Read more

Black Friday deal on Nest Thermostat 3.0 will save you £70

Black Friday deal on Nest Thermostat 3.0 will save you £70

By Max Langridge

Saving money not only on products and everyday items, but on your bills as well, is a big deal for everybody. So when you can combine the two and save £70 off a Nest Thermostat 3.0, which will bring your heating bills down, it's an offer too good to... Read more

Nest Black Friday (US) deals: $50 off thermostat, $60 off indoor camera, and more amazing sales

Nest Black Friday (US) deals: $50 off thermostat, $60 off indoor camera, and more amazing sales

By Elyse Betters

Amazon is holding a 10-day Black Friday extravaganza, with bargains on its own devices and other goodies, including devices from Nest.The latest Nest Learning Thermostat, which works with Amazon Alexa, is $199 for Black Friday, down from $249.99. You... Read more

Not a Black Friday deal: Ring Video Doorbell with 2077 sapphires, 43 diamonds and 98g of gold costs a mere $100,000

Not a Black Friday deal: Ring Video Doorbell with 2077 sapphires, 43 diamonds and 98g of gold costs a mere $100,000

By Chris Hall

Ring has unveiled the very limited-edition Ring Elite Crown Jewel, with jewels set into an 18K gold faceplate and yours for a very reasonable $100,000. While most of the world is shopping for Black Friday Ring Doorbell bargains, this special edition... Read more

What Philips Hue smart bulbs are there and which should you buy?

What Philips Hue smart bulbs are there and which should you buy?

By Rik Henderson

The Philips Hue smart lighting system has grown dramatically in the last few years, in both popularity and number of available products.And from April, a new Philips Hue Candle bulb will join the fray, fleshing out the product range of connected LED... Read more

Google Home price slashed by £50 for Black Friday, across loads of retailers

Google Home price slashed by £50 for Black Friday, across loads of retailers

By Chris Hall

Google has made the surprise move of slashing the price of Google Home and the Google Home Mini as we ramp up towards Black Friday.The huge discount to Google Home brings the price in line with Amazon's new second-gen Echo, while the new Google Home Mini... Read more

Best smart plugs: Google, Alexa and smartphone compatible control

Best smart plugs: Google, Alexa and smartphone compatible control

By Britta O'Boyle

If you have ever walked out of your house and wondered a few minutes up the road whether you had turned the iron or straighteners off, smart plugs are what you need in your life. For some electronics it doesn't matter if you leave them on all day, except... Read more

Amazon announces new (RED) Echo and 150 other (RED) items for charity

Amazon announces new (RED) Echo and 150 other (RED) items for charity

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has partnered with (RED) on a US-only sale for charity.(RED), founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver, aims to help fight AIDS. It teams up with famous brands and companies, like Apple, which agree to contribute up to 50 per cent of profits from... Read more

Amazon Echo Plus review: The better Alexa experience
4.0 stars

Amazon Echo Plus review: The better Alexa experience

By Chris Hall

The Amazon Echo is undoubtedly one of the most significant gadgets to launch in the past few years. Amazon's smart speaker has created and dominated a new category of devices, wrong-footing rivals, leaving speaker manufacturers scratching their disconnected... Read more

Amazon Echo Plus hits Black Friday sales, yours for £109 today!

Amazon Echo Plus hits Black Friday sales, yours for £109 today!

By Chris Hall

With the Echo and Echo Dot already seeing Black Friday discounts, it's no surprise that Amazon has now extended this offer to the Echo Plus - the smartest of the smart speakers.The Echo Plus normally retails for £139.99, but is £30 off today, meaning... 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

Amazon is pushing the Echo and Echo Dot hard, in a bid to dominate the connected home market before too many players - like Google - can catch up.The Amazon Echo got off to a flying start, establishing itself as one of the hottest smart home devices,... Read more

Amazon Black Friday sales have started, amazing tech deals to be had right now

Amazon Black Friday sales have started, amazing tech deals to be had right now

By Rik Henderson

Amazon has started its Black Friday deals event. There are thousands of products available on its dedicated UK Black Friday pages with some amazing discounts on TVs, games consoles, games, smart home devices and many more tech items.An Xbox One S with... Read more

Amazon Echo Show: Release date, price and everything you need to know

Amazon Echo Show: Release date, price and everything you need to know

By Max Langridge

Amazon has an extensive range of Echo devices. All of them can respond to voice commands, control smart home products and answer questions, but the Echo Show is a little different.It's the only Echo Device with a touchscreen display, and ushers in some... Read more

Netgear adds Circle from Disney parental controls to its routers

Netgear adds Circle from Disney parental controls to its routers

By Rik Henderson

We tested the Circle with Disney system in the summer and loved the way it can control a whole family's internet usage simply. Clearly, so does Netgear. It is adding the user-friendly parental control tech to its routers and Wi-Fi devices.It will initially... Read more

John Lewis and Google bring Moz the Monster to life with interactive storybook

John Lewis and Google bring Moz the Monster to life with interactive storybook

By Max Langridge

To coincide with the debut of Moz the Monster, the star of John Lewis' Christmas campaign, the retail giant has released a storybook for children. The story reveals how Moz is discovered by a young boy named Joe, hiding under his bed. The book, and Moz,... Read more

AmpliFi HD review: Mesh Wi-Fi made simple
4.0 stars

AmpliFi HD review: Mesh Wi-Fi made simple

By Cam Bunton

If want a broad, resillient home Wi-Fi network then in 2017 it's all about the mesh network. While mesh has undoubtedly become more prominent thanks to Google Wifi, there are plenty of alternatives out thereThe AmpliFi HD system comes with a slightly... Read more

Muse is an Alexa device for your car that allows music, navigation access

Muse is an Alexa device for your car that allows music, navigation access

By Elyse Betters

Amazon's Alexa assistant is officially coming to cars.Sure, vehicles can already integrate the technology, but those are few and far between. Then, there's Garmin, which has made a GPS device-speaker thing that includes Alexa in order to serve up spoken... Read more

Ecobee thermostats can now be voice-controlled via Google Assistant

Ecobee thermostats can now be voice-controlled via Google Assistant

By Elyse Betters

Ecobee's smart home devices just got, well, smarter, thanks to Google.The company makes things like thermostats, such as the Ecobee 3, Ecobee3 Lite, and Ecobee 4, and now, it has announced that those very devices can now be controlled through Goole Home... Read more

Apple could add Face ID tech to next HomePod so it can identify you

Apple could add Face ID tech to next HomePod so it can identify you

By Elyse Betters

Apple's HomePod speaker still isn't available, but that hasn't stopped the rumour mill from talking about the next version.According to a report by Nikkei, one of Apple's Taiwanese suppliers, Inventec Appliances, has projected that next year's model... Read more

How to broadcast voice messages to your Google Home speakers

How to broadcast voice messages to your Google Home speakers

By Elyse Betters

You can now use your Google Home speakers as an intercom system.Google has updated its Google Home speaker lineup so that you can easily send a message to everyone in your home or office. It's basically pushed a Google Assistant upgrade that lets you... Read more

Police called to break up Amazon Alexa’s very own self-controlled party

Police called to break up Amazon Alexa’s very own self-controlled party

By Max Langridge

A resident living in Hamburg, Germany arrived back to his flat after a night out to find a new lock and an invoice after his Amazon Echo decided to start playing loud music between 2 and 3am. Amazon Echo (original) vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Look... Read more

Roku's voice-controlled smart speaker: What's the story so far?

Roku's voice-controlled smart speaker: What's the story so far?

By Elyse Betters

Thanks to Amazon, every tech company is making a smart speaker.Heavyweights like Google, Apple, and Microsoft are now competing with Amazon's Alexa platform and Echo lineup, by releasing their own speakers loaded with assistants. And let's not forget... Read more

Amazon rolls out smart home AV control using Alexa voice commands

Amazon rolls out smart home AV control using Alexa voice commands

By Max Langridge

Amazon has announced a new Smart Home Skill API for Alexa-enabled devices that will allow consumers to control AV equipment such as TVs, speakers and AV receivers using Alexa voice control. Amazon Echo: What can Alexa do and what services are compatible?... Read more

Netgear adds a smart security light (and solar panel) to its Arlo lineup

Netgear adds a smart security light (and solar panel) to its Arlo lineup

By Elyse Betters

Netgear has introduced a new smart home device.The company has basically added a smart security light to its Arlo line of home security devices. Called the Arlo Outdoor Smart Home Security Light, it's weather resistant and has a rechargeable battery that... Read more

Amazon Echo 2 review: Cheaper price, cheaper experience
3.5 stars

Amazon Echo 2 review: Cheaper price, cheaper experience

By Chris Hall

The Amazon Echo has been a break-away hit over the past couple of years. The at-home voice-assistant has forged a new category, leaving rivals to catch-up. It's done more to bring order to the chaos of smart home control than any other product. And it... Read more

Vodafone's "V by Vodafone" IoT platform launches with four products including security camera and pet tracker

Vodafone's "V by Vodafone" IoT platform launches with four products including security camera and pet tracker

By Max Langridge

Mobile network operator Vodafone has announced its entry into the Internet of Things sector with its own "V by Vodafone" platform and four IoT connected products to go with it.The V by Vodafone platform and products are available now in the UK, Spain,... Read more

Honeywell's smart home security system has Alexa, facial recognition

Honeywell's smart home security system has Alexa, facial recognition

By Elyse Betters

Honeywell has used a crowd-funding site to introduce a smart home security system.The company, which makes a range of products that can be found in more than 150 million homes and 10 million businesses, wants to give Nest Secure and Ring Protect a run... 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 home smart speaker war is on. Some might say Amazon has already won it, with its Alexa voice-assistant Echo range and third-party support in other respected brand speakers. Amazon has competition though, predominantly from Google.The original Google... Read more

Amazon's new Cloud Cam security camera monitors couriers and more

Amazon's new Cloud Cam security camera monitors couriers and more

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has launched an in-home delivery service that works with a new security camera it's simultaneously introducing.The camera, called Amazon Cloud Cam, is described by Amazon as an "intelligent indoor security camera that lets you keep track of your... Read more

What is Amazon Key, how does it work, and where is it available?

What is Amazon Key, how does it work, and where is it available?

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 be because you're at work or walking... Read more

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Smart Home Device

EE Pocket-lint Gadget Awards 2017 nominees: Best Smart Home Device

By Britta O'Boyle

The Pocket-lint Gadget Awards will take place in the middle of November and that means we will soon be finding out the winners of the 18 categories ranging from smartphone to smarthome. Each category has been narrowed down to between six and eight nominees... Read more

Google Assistant adds 50 new games, activities, and stories just for kids

Google Assistant adds 50 new games, activities, and stories just for kids

By Elyse Betters

Google Assistant just got more fun for kids.Google has added more than 50 games and activities to its assistant. It includes experiences like musical chairs, trivia, Disney-themed games, and original stories for children. They’ll work via Google Assistant... Read more

Sony made a cute robotic assistant, but it's not exactly cheap

Sony made a cute robotic assistant, but it's not exactly cheap

By Elyse Betters

Sony Xperia Hello is a little robot that doubles as an assistant, and people in Japan can buy it starting next month.Sony first showed off this smart speaker device last year. It has animated eyes and a 4.55-inch LCD on its tummy, and it can respond to... Read more

Wink Lookout is an affordable smart home security system from Will.i.am

Wink Lookout is an affordable smart home security system from Will.i.am

By Elyse Betters

Wink is going all in on home security.Wink is an easy-to-use smart home device platform that artist Will.i.am bought earlier this year. It sells things like smart light bulbs and a proprietary hub. It also supports both Alexa and Google Home. And, now,... Read more