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How to ask Alexa to play Spotify and Apple podcasts on your Echo
How to ask Alexa to play Spotify and Apple podcasts on your Echo By Maggie Tillman

Alexa can now queue up your podcasts, as both Spotify and Apple have announced that streams through their Podcasts apps now work with Alexa. So, if you own an Amazon Echo device or an Alexa-enabled speaker, just ask the assistant to play a podcast you want to hear.... Read more

How to enable Samuel L Jackson's explicit voice on Amazon Echo
How to enable Samuel L Jackson's explicit voice on Amazon Echo By Maggie Tillman

Amazon now offers its own version of Google Assistant cameo voices -  but for Alexa devices, obviously - and it's starting with Samuel L Jackson.... Read more

5 reasons Ring's Stick Up Cam should be on your festive shopping list
5 reasons Ring's Stick Up Cam should be on your festive shopping list By Pocket-lint Promotion

Ring, famous for its connected video doorbells, also offers a range of security cameras for both indoor and outdoor use.The next-gen Ring Stick-Up Cams Read more

5 tips for choosing the best robot vacuum for carpets
5 tips for choosing the best robot vacuum for carpets By Pocket-lint Promotion

It ain't easy, being lazy. Well, what we mean to say is that, for all that we're converts to the world of robotic vacuums doing our housework for us.... Read more

Interpreter mode: How to translate conversations with Google Assistant
Interpreter mode: How to translate conversations with Google Assistant By Maggie Tillman

You can ask Google Assistant to translate your conversation with someone who doesn’t speak your language using the assistant's new interpreter mode.... Read more

Arlo Pro 3 review: Great security camera, if you subscribe
4.0 stars Arlo Pro 3 review: Great security camera, if you subscribe By Chris Hall

The Arlo Pro 3 is a capable battery-powered home security camera, offering 2K video and night vision capture. But you'll need a Smart subscription.... Read more

Ikea joins the Zigbee Alliance board paving the way for smoother smart devices in the future
Ikea joins the Zigbee Alliance board paving the way for smoother smart devices in the future By Chris Hall

Ikea has joined the board of the Zigbee Alliance, confirming that the company is committed to using established standards for its smart home devices.Ikea... Read more

5 reasons Ring's Stick Up Cam should be on your festive shopping list
5 reasons Ring's Stick Up Cam should be on your festive shopping list By Pocket-lint Promotion

Ring, famous for its connected video doorbells, also offers a range of security cameras for both indoor and outdoor use.The next-gen Ring Stick-Up Cams... Read more

Best cordless vacuum cleaners 2019: Dyson, Samsung, Shark and more
Best cordless vacuum cleaners 2019: Dyson, Samsung, Shark and more By Max Freeman-Mills

A round up of some of the best cordless vacuums out there. Here are a few of our favourites to help with the chores.... Read more

Best smart bulbs and lights 2019: Philips Hue, Ikea, Osram bulbs and more
Best smart bulbs and lights 2019: 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

The awesome Amazon Echo Show 5 deal is back, saving 38%
The awesome Amazon Echo Show 5 deal is back, saving 38% By Dan Grabham

The Echo Show 5 has only been around for a few months but Amazon has absolutely obliterated its price, with a £30 discount... Read more

New Ring smart bulb from Amazon surfaces in FCC filings, see it here
New Ring smart bulb from Amazon surfaces in FCC filings, see it here By Maggie Tillman

Amazon-owned Ring sells a bunch of smart home products, and according to new FCC documents, it's about to start offering a new smart bulb.... Read more

Best Alexa tips and tricks: Get more from Amazon's assistant
Best Alexa tips and tricks: Get more from Amazon's assistant By Maggie Tillman

Those of you who own an Amazon Echo might be surprised to learn how much it can really do. It's loaded with features and hidden settings.... Read more

Amazon's Echo Input is still discounted in the US, but is it going end-of-life?
Amazon's Echo Input is still discounted in the US, but is it going end-of-life? By Dan Grabham

Echo Input adds Alexa to any speaker you have around the house.... Read more

10 best kitchen tech gifts for Christmas 2019
10 best kitchen tech gifts for Christmas 2019 By Stuart Miles

Here are our favourite kitchen gadgets available anywhere.... Read more

Best Amazon Cyber Week deals 2019 in the US
Best Amazon Cyber Week deals 2019 in the US By Maggie Tillman

Updated Amazon Cyber Week 2019 is still going! There are thousands of discounts on its own devices and products from third-party sellers.... 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

Making your Christmas decorations smart is very easy thanks to voice assistants!... 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 the number of available products.... Read more

Google's Nest Hubs will display smarter notifications using ultrasound sensing
Google's Nest Hubs will display smarter notifications using ultrasound sensing By Max Freeman-Mills

Google has primed an expansion of its relatively new Nest Hub smart displays' workaround alternative to using a camera (which only the larger Nest Hub... Read more

The impressive Roborock S4 gets a price-slash until 8 December
The impressive Roborock S4 gets a price-slash until 8 December By Pocket-lint Promotion

Even after Black Friday, Cyber Monday week is always a treasure trove of great deals, and smart home tech is no exception. If you're yet to be won over... Read more

Ring let police use a heat map to easily see all devices in an area
Ring let police use a heat map to easily see all devices in an area By Maggie Tillman

Amazon-owned Ring has been caught up in another scandal over how it allows police to access user data.... Read more

The super Ring Video Doorbell 2 and View Cam are down to £119, saving £60 each
The super Ring Video Doorbell 2 and View Cam are down to £119, saving £60 each By Dan Grabham

Get £60 off the Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Ring Video Doorbell Pro, before the prices go back to normal... Read more

Best Dyson deals 2019
Best Dyson deals 2019 By Dan Grabham

Updated Dyson gear is always a big hit thanks to the reputation of its cleaners plus some awesome gadgets that are, er, more than a load of hot air.... Read more

The best Google Home and Nest Hub deals 2019
The best Google Home and Nest Hub deals 2019 By Chris Hall

Savings across the Google and Nest family... Read more

Roborock S6 ($200 off this week) has all the power and intelligence of a $900 vacuum but for a lot less
Roborock S6 ($200 off this week) has all the power and intelligence of a $900 vacuum but for a lot less By Pocket-lint Promotion

All in an attractive unit with award-winning design. Outstanding quality for a keener price than many rivals.... Read more

Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 review: All the smarts, but lacking in part
4.0 stars Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 review: All the smarts, but lacking in part By Adrian Willings

The Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 is an intelligent robot vacuum cleaner with plenty of smarts, it's bristling not just with brushes but features too.... Read more

Ring has ambitious, arguably worrying facial recognition plans
Ring has ambitious, arguably worrying facial recognition plans By Max Freeman-Mills

Smart home security camera manufacturer Ring, now one of Amazon's most prominent subsidiaries, has had an interesting year as far as questions over facial... Read more

The Amazon Echo Dot with Clock is still available on Prime Now for quick delivery
The Amazon Echo Dot with Clock is still available on Prime Now for quick delivery By Cam Bunton

Amazon has discounted several of its own products for Black Friday, including the all-new Echo Dot with clock... Read more

Top robot vacuums and mops
Top robot vacuums and mops By Pocket-lint Promotion

Here are the best robot vacuums, robot mops and two-in-ones on the market.... Read more

Roborock gives its E3 robot vacuum a major discount for Black Friday
Roborock gives its E3 robot vacuum a major discount for Black Friday By Pocket-lint Promotion

Roborock is one of the leading names in robot vacuums at the moment, and it's doing its best to ensure that more people are able to jump aboard and stop... Read more

The Roborock S5 vacuum gets a major discount for Black Friday
The Roborock S5 vacuum gets a major discount for Black Friday By Pocket-lint Promotion

The Roborock S5 is one of our favourite robot vacuum cleaners of recent years - it's an affordable but extremely able device that makes your day-to-day... Read more

Ring Spotlight Cam review: Battery-powered security
4.0 stars Ring Spotlight Cam review: Battery-powered security By Chris Hall

A motion-detection security camera that offers illumination. Pay a subscription and access recordings too. Is it the simplest home security solution?... Read more

The best Black Friday deals on home security cameras from EZVIZ
The best Black Friday deals on home security cameras from EZVIZ By Pocket-lint Promotion

It's the most wonderful time of the year - and EZVIZ has deals aplenty to suit it.... Read more

Mickey Mouse-themed Amazon Echo Wall Clock has surfaced at the FCC
Mickey Mouse-themed Amazon Echo Wall Clock has surfaced at the FCC By Maggie Tillman

Amazon might release a new version of the Echo Wall Clock, a connected clock it launched last year.... Read more

How to get started with Amazon Echo and Alexa
How to get started with Amazon Echo and Alexa By Adrian Willings

Your Amazon Echo has just arrived and you might have glanced at the quick-start guide, but beyond the basic setup, what are the first things to do?... Read more

The best robot vacuums for pet hair
The best robot vacuums for pet hair By Pocket-lint Promotion

You love your dog or cat, but you're just not that keen on the hair they leave everywhere? Here are the best robot vacuums for pet owners.... Read more

Facebook Portal TV review: Trust Facebook to take over your TV?
4.0 stars Facebook Portal TV review: Trust Facebook to take over your TV? By Adrian Willings

Designed to connect to your TV, this camera is designed for Facebook/Messenger/WhatsApp calls and connectivity with loved ones. Does it make snese?... Read more

How to group multiple Amazon Echo devices for music
How to group multiple Amazon Echo devices for music By Maggie Tillman

Amazon's multi-room audio feature lets you play music across multiple Echo devices in your home at the same time. But there are caveats.... Read more

My Storytime: How Google Assistant now helps you record stories for kids
My Storytime: How Google Assistant now helps you record stories for kids By Maggie Tillman

Google is constantly updating its consumer AI, Google Assistant, with new features. And the latest example is called My Storytime.... Read more

You can now listen to Amazon Music for free on iOS, Android, and Fire TV
You can now listen to Amazon Music for free on iOS, Android, and Fire TV By Dan Grabham

Listen to Amazon Music for free!... Read more

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

Best Google Assistant and Alexa powered board games
Best Google Assistant and Alexa powered board games By Britta O'Boyle

There are a few board games powered by Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for enhancing your board game antics. Here are your options.... Read more

Google Nest Wifi review: Fantastic mesh network with Google Assistant bonus
4.5 stars Google Nest Wifi review: Fantastic mesh network with Google Assistant bonus By Britta O'Boyle

For those looking to improve Wi-Fi weak spots, with the added bonus of Google Assistant voice control, the Nest Wifi mesh system is fantastic.... 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

Updated 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

The most bonkers smart products that you don't need or do you?
The most bonkers smart products that you don't need or do you? By Adrian Willings

Come with us as we journey through a world of smart technology that nobody needs. A selection of weird and wonderful devices you'll either love or hate.... 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

How to create an Alexa Home Theatre system with your Echo and Fire TV
How to create an Alexa Home Theatre system with your Echo and Fire TV By Maggie Tillman

Amazon lets you sync up Echo speakers so that they can play tunes in unison, and it lets you use an Echo speaker to control a Fire TV. Now, you can link up an Echo speaker and a Fire TV for simultaneous wireless audio output - aka to achieve a home theatre experience.... 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

Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max get ultrasonic presence features
Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max get ultrasonic presence features By Chris Hall

Google is pushing a new feature it its Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max devices that will use "ultrasound sensing"... Read more

Roborock S4 robot vacuum review: Another cracking cleaning machine
4.5 stars Roborock S4 robot vacuum review: Another cracking cleaning machine By Adrian Willings

We're often impressed with Roborock robot vacuums. These are feature-rich cleaning machines that don't cost the earth - and the S4 is no different.... Read more

What is Alexa and what can Amazon Echo do?
What is Alexa and what can Amazon Echo do? By Britta O'Boyle

The Amazon Echo is one of a range of hands-free speakers and devices from Amazon that can be controlled with your voice. The voice-controlled "personal... Read more

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