Smart Home

Latest

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

What is the Honeywell Smart Home Security and how does it work?
What is the Honeywell Smart Home Security and how does it work? By Pocket-lint Promotion

OK so there are some clues in the title, but Honeywell's all-new all-in-one security system combines the latest intelligent home monitoring technology, face recognition, smart control and the versatility of Amazon Alexa built-in.Honeywell is a leading... Read more

How to upgrade your gaming area with lighting, speakers and more
Amazon Echo Show (2018) vs Amazon Echo Show (2017): What's the difference?
Amazon Echo Show (2018) vs Amazon Echo Show (2017): What's the difference? By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has updated its year-old Echo Show (2017) with a gorgeous new model that has a fresh look and beefier sound.But how do these devices really stack up? We're comparing the established Echo Show (2017) with its new sibling, the Echo Show (2018), spec... Read more

New Amazon Echo Plus initial review: New design, better speakers
New Amazon Echo Plus initial review: New design, better speakers By Dan Grabham

The Echo Plus has been given a redesign. When it launched last year it was somewhat confusing that it used the old standard Echo design and now that has been rectified.We loved the previous Plus; with so many people using these devices for music it's... Read more

Amazon Echo event: All the announcements that matter
Amazon Echo event: All the announcements that matter By Maggie Tillman

Amazon announced 70 new devices. Here's each one. Kidding. Kind of. From an updated Echo Show with a gorgeous 10-inch HD screen to an Echo Wall Clock (seriously), no stone was left unturned. Amazon joked at the start that it would cover about "70 news... Read more

New Amazon Echo Dot initial review: Still small, bigger sound
New Amazon Echo Dot initial review: Still small, bigger sound By Dan Grabham

The Echo Dot has long been one of our favourite pieces of tech because it’s so simple and inexpensive and the new device continues at the £49.99/$49.99 price point of the previous Echo dot.When we heard there might be a new Echo Dot revealed we were... Read more

New Amazon Echo Plus vs old Echo Plus: What's the difference?
New Amazon Echo Plus vs old Echo Plus: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Amazon announced the second generation of its Echo Plus smart speaker at an event in Seattle. The updated speaker brings a new design to match the smaller Echo speaker and new Echo Dot, whilst also improving the sound experience.How does the all-new Echo... Read more

New Amazon Echo Show initial review: King of the kitchen
New Amazon Echo Show initial review: King of the kitchen By Dan Grabham

Amazon has revealed a new, improved Echo Show. The new Echo Show is available for pre-order from today for £220/$230 and will ship in October.We’re at Amazon’s US launch at its headquarters in Seattle so here are our first impressions of the all-new... Read more

New Amazon Echo Dot vs old Echo Dot: What's the difference?
New Amazon Echo Dot vs old Echo Dot: What's the difference? By Britta O'Boyle

Amazon announced several new devices during a special event in Seattle, including an all-new Echo Dot. The Echo Dot is the small, puck-sized version of the Echo speaker, offering a way to access Alexa smarts without the need for the full-sized Echo.The... Read more

The best new Alexa devices 2018: AI-powered TVs, fridges, mirrors and more
The best new Alexa devices 2018: AI-powered TVs, fridges, mirrors and more By Adrian Willings

With the ever-increasing popularity of Amazon Echo smart speakers, it's no surprise to see more and more companies jumping on the bandwagon and releasing devices with Alexa.Amazon itself is even putting support into regular household appliances and products.Here... Read more

Amazon Fire TV Recast lets you send recorded live TV to your devices
Amazon Fire TV Recast lets you send recorded live TV to your devices By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has announced the Fire TV Recast, a new addition to its line-up of home entertainment devices.This is a box that can stream shows from an HD antenna to your home. The idea is that you hook-up the box in your home and you can record and stream content... Read more

Amazon Echo Show reimagined for 2018 with better sound and 10-inch screen
Amazon Echo Show reimagined for 2018 with better sound and 10-inch screen By Maggie Tillman

A new and improved Amazon Echo Show has been announced during the company's special launch event in Seattle.Like the other "new" devices Amazon is showcasing, the latest Echo Show model is being pitched as "all-new". It features "new speakers", a "new... Read more

New Ring Stick Up Cam coming later this year, pre-order available now
New Ring Stick Up Cam coming later this year, pre-order available now By Rik Henderson

Now that Amazon owns smart security camera and doorbell company Ring, it used its surprise event in Seattle to announce a few Ring device updates.One of those is an all-new Ring Stick Up Cam, which will be released later this year.Even though it was previously... Read more

Amazon trots out an Echo Wall Clock and Microwave (seriously)
Amazon trots out an Echo Wall Clock and Microwave (seriously) By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is announcing probably 70 new devices right now at a surprise event in Seattle, including an Alexa-enabled wall clock and microwave.Starting with the Echo Wall Clock, it's an Echo-branded accessory for displaying timers you’ve set with Alexa.... Read more

Amazon Smart Plug adds Alexa voice control to any electrical device
Amazon Smart Plug adds Alexa voice control to any electrical device By Maggie Tillman

Although there are several third-party equivalents, Amazon is bringing its own-branded smart plug to market.The Amazon Smart Plug is interesting because it can add Alexa voice control to any electrical socket - the first such device from Amazon itself.... Read more

Amazon’s new Echo Input is like a Dot but without a speaker
Amazon’s new Echo Input is like a Dot but without a speaker By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is rattling off updates to Echo devices at a surprise event in Seattle, where it's now announcing a new Echo Input product.With this device, you can plug it into any existing speaker and essentially turn it into an Amazon Echo. It appears to be... Read more

New Amazon Echo Plus gets temperature sensor and Dolby speakers
New Amazon Echo Plus gets temperature sensor and Dolby speakers By Maggie Tillman

Amazon's major Echo speaker refresh for 2018 includes a new version of its Echo Plus speaker.Similar to the other updated Echo devices announced, the "all-new Echo Plus" will bring an improved sound experience. It kicks things up a notch with premium... Read more

Amazon Echo Sub arrives to beef up your Alexa speakers
Amazon Echo Sub arrives to beef up your Alexa speakers By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is making its Echo speakers sound even better, by matching them with a new Echo Sub. The Amazon Echo Sub is designed to deliver down-firing, 100W deep bass sound through a woofer.It's designed to pair with an Echo or Echo Plus, which are sold separately,... Read more

New Amazon Echo Dot now has "full sound" and better mics
New Amazon Echo Dot now has "full sound" and better mics By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has launched a line-up of new Echo devices, including a new Echo Dot.Dubbed the "all-new Echo Dot", the new model comes with sound improvements and a fresh design.The original Echo Dot, a hockey puck-sized version of the Echo, was Amazon's most... Read more

Best smart thermostat: Nest, Hive, Tado, Honeywell and more
Best smart thermostat: Nest, Hive, Tado, Honeywell and more By Britta O'Boyle

Clever heating systems have really come into their own over the last couple of years, with several solutions available to allow you to control your heating using your smartphone.The systems that exist all look to make it simpler and easier to control... Read more

Best smart plugs 2018: Google, Alexa and Apple HomeKit control
Best smart plugs 2018: Google, Alexa and Apple HomeKit control By Britta O'Boyle

If you have ever walked out of your house and wondered whether you had turned the iron or hair straighteners off, smart plugs are what you need in your life.Smart plugs are simple devices that have the ability to make your electronics that little bit... 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

The Amazon Echo and its Amazon Alexa voice-control system has been a break-away hit for smart home speakers over the past few years.When it launched - way back in 2014 in the US - the at-home voice-assistant forged a whole new category, leaving rivals... Read more

What is Amazon Alexa calling and messaging and how does it work?
What is Amazon Alexa calling and messaging and how does it work? By Maggie Tillman

Did you know you can use Alexa to call and message others?Amazon's Alexa calling and messaging feature enables you to make and receive calls, as well as send messages between Echo devices, the Amazon Alexa app for iOS and Android, and Fire tablets. It's... Read more

Amazon Smart Plug will add Alexa to any plug socket
Amazon Smart Plug will add Alexa to any plug socket By Chris Hall

UPDATE: Amazon has now announced its own Smart Plug, which was leaked earlier as you can see below.For the official, up-to-date details, head here: Amazon Smart Plug adds Alexa voice control to any electrical device.Earlier story...Amazon is going to... 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 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.The Amazon Echo can make to-do lists, set alarms, stream podcasts, play audiobooks, read PDFs, provide weather forecasts,... 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 Echo devices support multi-room audio, but you need to use the Alexa app to group them up.This feature lets you play music across multiple Echo devices in your home at the same time. But there are caveats: the feature is only available in a few... Read more

What is ZigBee and why is it important for your smart home?
What is ZigBee and why is it important for your smart home? By Elyse Betters

There's been an explosion in smart home devices over the past few years. What was once referred to as "home automation" and still referred to as "Internet of Things" has now settled into a more friendly category we call smart home. We've got heating,... Read more

Google Home Hub: What's the story so far?
Google Home Hub: What's the story so far? By Maggie Tillman

Google might unveil a device that's designed to rival Amazon's screen-equipped Echo Show. It'll supposedly be called Google Home Hub.Google currently offers three different Google Home-branded devices that showcase its assistant, Google Assistant. They... Read more

Amazon Echo Spot review: That hits the spot
4.5 stars Amazon Echo Spot review: That hits the spot By Chris Hall

Alexa has liberally thrust itself into the lives of just about everyone. Amazon's omnipotent AI appeals not only to the technically minded, but to everyone.Amazon's voice-controlled virtual assistant, Alexa, has become the complete smart home influencer:... Read more

Will Google launch this display-equipped Home Hub next month?
Will Google launch this display-equipped Home Hub next month? By Maggie Tillman

Google is holding an event next month, when it's supposed to unveil the Pixel 3, but it might also debut a new Google Home device.The company has been rumoured to be working on its own "Smart Display", and now, that device has leaked online as the “Google... Read more

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

Amazon Echo is one of a range of hands-free speakers and devices that can be controlled with your voice. The voice-controlled Amazon "personal assistant" on these devices is called Alexa, who will perform various tasks for you and control various systems.In... 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, do you know the first things you should do with your new Echo? Alexa is the virtual assistant inside Amazon Echo devices - for a briefing... Read more

Amazon might launch eight new Alexa devices, including a microwave
Amazon might launch eight new Alexa devices, including a microwave By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is developing an entire new range of Alexa-powered smart home devices. To be clear, these likely won't be new Echo speakers.According to a report from CNBC, Amazon is working on new voice-controlled devices, including a microwave oven, an in-car... 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

Apple HomePod adds multiple timers, lyric search, and calls
Apple HomePod adds multiple timers, lyric search, and calls By Maggie Tillman

Apple is on stage at the Gather Round event in Cupertino, where it is unveiling several new devices, as well as new HomePod features.That's right. Apple didn't forget about its Siri speaker. CEO Tim Cook featured the product during the final minutes... Read more

Pure's new alarm clock DAB radio can wirelessly charge your phone
Pure's new alarm clock DAB radio can wirelessly charge your phone By Dan Grabham

Fresh from announcing Elan IR internet radios and its Alexa-enabled smart speaker last week, British firm Pure has now powered up its Siesta alarm clock with a version that features wireless charging.  Our guide to the best Alexa speakers The £130... Read more

The stunning Nanoleaf Canvas turns a wall into light
The stunning Nanoleaf Canvas turns a wall into light By Luke Edwards

Fancy turning an entire wall into a new way to light up your room? Nanoleaf Canvas can do just that. The light panels will be available in a pack from £179 at the beginning of December and is the perfect way to brighten up a dull winter’s day.You can... Read more

The Pure DiscovR smart speaker lets you stop Alexa listening 24/7
The Pure DiscovR smart speaker lets you stop Alexa listening 24/7 By Andrew Williams

A lot of smart speakers could pass for normal wireless speakers with mics jammed in, but the Pure DiscovR is a little different.It’s a smart speaker with Amazon Alexa that has a pop-up top. Push it in and the mics used to communicate with Alexa physically... Read more

Huawei’s AI Cube isn’t a cube but is a 4G router and is Alexa-powered
Huawei’s AI Cube isn’t a cube but is a 4G router and is Alexa-powered By Dan Grabham

We’ve known for a little while that Huawei was going to bring out a smart speaker. Now it has officially announced the device at IFA 2018 and, pleasingly, Huawei has opted for Amazon Alexa rather than attempting to create its own smart assistant.We... Read more

Neato launches Botvac D6 and D4 to make top-notch robot cleaning more affordable
Neato launches Botvac D6 and D4 to make top-notch robot cleaning more affordable By Dan Grabham

We're big fans of the Neato Botvac D7 Connected and now the company has launched two sister models here at IFA 2018, the D6 and D4 to follow up the D3 and D5. As you'd expect, both are cheaper than the D7; the D6 is £649/$799 while the D4 is a very... Read more

Tado Smart Thermostat V3+ refresh adds new app and better control
Tado Smart Thermostat V3+ refresh adds new app and better control By Rik Henderson

Tado has updated its suite of smart home thermostat products to V3+ and introduces a new app to give you greater understanding and control over the air quality in your home.The new Tado app, which helps you control your Smart Thermostat and Radiator products,... Read more

Netatmo Smart Smoke Alarm alerts your phone and is Apple HomeKit compatible
Netatmo Smart Smoke Alarm alerts your phone and is Apple HomeKit compatible By Rik Henderson

Netatmo is constantly expanding its range of smart home devices and the latest is something that could literally save your life.Announced in the US in 2017 but finally making its way across the pond, the Netatmo Smart Smoke Alarm not only works like a... Read more

Google Assistant is now bilingual, can understand two languages at once
Google Assistant is now bilingual, can understand two languages at once By Maggie Tillman

If you live in a bilingual household and own a Google Assistant speaker, you'll love the assistant's latest update.Google has announced a new feature for Google Assistant: it’s now bilingual. So, if you ask the assistant a question, it will automatically... Read more

This is Netegar's Alexa-powered Orbi mesh smart speaker
This is Netegar's Alexa-powered Orbi mesh smart speaker By Dan Grabham

Netgear has debuted a new smart speaker here at IFA 2018. And while it's Alexa-powered, there are several key differences with the Orbi Voice, as it's called. Firstly, Orbi Voice should sound rather good, coming as it does with Harman/Kardon sound.Naturally,... Read more

Lenovo looking to take on Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings with smart gadget line-up
Lenovo looking to take on Philips Hue and Samsung SmartThings with smart gadget line-up By Rik Henderson

Lenovo is entering the smart home market in a big way. As well as its Smart Display, shown first at CES in January, the Chinese firm is introducing other smart devices, including a bulb to rival Philips Hue, plus a security camera and smart plug.All three... Read more

JBL debuts Echo Show-like speaker and more Assistant devices
JBL debuts Echo Show-like speaker and more Assistant devices By Maggie Tillman

Samsung-owned Harman Kardon just introduced the Google Assistant-enabled Citation series. Now, JBL is doing something similar.The company, which Samsung acquired, is introducing five new devices: Link Bar, which serves up voice-enabled smart TV content... Read more

Google Home Max comes to the UK at last, get it for £399
Google Home Max comes to the UK at last, get it for £399 By Rik Henderson

Google has finally introduced the larger of its smart speakers to the UK.The Google Home Max has been a big hit in the US, adding four drivers and six Class D amplifiers to the same Google Assistant voice control you get on the standard Google Home. Of... Read more

Google Home Max review: Cranking smart speaker audio to the max
4.0 stars Google Home Max review: Cranking smart speaker audio to the max By Mike Lowe

Google has a difficult task: it needs to steal your attention - or rather, your ears and voice - from the competition, as the world of smart home and voice-controlled tech products continues to hot up. These days it's not just Amazon with its Echo line... Read more

Flexson builds premium accessories for Sonos, we explored the range
Flexson builds premium accessories for Sonos, we explored the range By Pocket-lint Promotion

Sonos speakers look and sound great. They are easy to set up and use. But you can still make them even better, thanks to Flexson, which makes stands and mounts which let you place the speakers in the perfect locations.For instance, if you have the Sonos... Read more

Bose goes after Sonos with new Alexa speaker and soundbars
Bose goes after Sonos with new Alexa speaker and soundbars By Maggie Tillman

Bose has announced a smart speaker and two soundbars - and all three offer Alexa voice support, with "other voice assistants to follow".Starting with the Bose Home Speaker 500, the speaker has an aluminium build with a small non-touch display on the... Read more

LOAD MORE