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

Our guide to the best smart plugs money can buy. The best plugs to control your devices from your phone, with scheduling, remote control and more.... Read more

Amazon Echo Show (2018) review: King of the kitchen
4.0 stars Amazon Echo Show (2018) review: King of the kitchen By Dan Grabham

With welcome software enhancements and much better audio as well as that larger screen, the Echo Show is getting serious. But is it worth buying?... Read more

Apple iPhone XS Max review: It’s all about the display
Netatmo smart smoke alarm vs Nest Protect: What's the difference?
Netatmo smart smoke alarm vs Nest Protect: What's the difference? By Adrian Willings

Considering a smoke alarm purchase? Then you might be wondering what the differences are between the latest smart smoke alarms and how they compare.... Read more

High tech tips and tricks to keeping your home safe when you're away
High tech tips and tricks to keeping your home safe when you're away By Pocket-lint Promotion

Leaving the hall light on and the curtains half open doesn't make your home secure. Here are some great tech tips to make it change that... Read more

Google Assistant commands: Spooky questions to ask for Halloween
Google Assistant commands: Spooky questions to ask for Halloween By Maggie Tillman

Google Assistant can not only help you get things done, but it can also entertain you, especially around the holidays.... Read more

The best indoor security cameras 2018: See inside your home anytime
The best indoor security cameras 2018: See inside your home anytime By Britta O'Boyle

Our guide to the best smart security cameras for your home. Including wired and wireless security cameras with and without subscription options.... 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

Comparison between the new Echo Plus and the old Echo Plus. What is the difference between the 2018 and 2017 models and which should you buy?... Read 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

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 by spec.... 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

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 same price point... Read more

Google Home Hub initial review: The new hub of your smart home?
Google Home Hub initial review: The new hub of your smart home? By Mike Lowe

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

Here are 8 very good reasons to buy Smart Home Security
Here are 8 very good reasons to buy Smart Home Security By Pocket-lint Promotion

Honeywell's all-new security system packs in some serious smarts, making it a compelling choice in a market chock-full of app-controlled cameras. We've... Read more

Google Home Hub is Google's answer to Amazon Echo Show
Google Home Hub is Google's answer to Amazon Echo Show By Maggie Tillman

Google has announced a new type of Google Home speaker. It's called Google Home Hub, and it is Google's version of the Echo Show.... Read more

Best Smart Home deals for October 2018
Best Smart Home deals for October 2018 By Rob Kerr

Looking around for a smart home deal from Google, Nest, Ring or Roomba?... Read more

What is Facebook Portal and how does it work?
What is Facebook Portal and how does it work? By Maggie Tillman

Facebook has launched its very first piece of hardware you can buy.... Read more

Facebook Portal and Portal+ take aim at Echo Show with video calling and Alexa built-in
Facebook Portal and Portal+ take aim at Echo Show with video calling and Alexa built-in By Rik Henderson

Facebook has moved into the hardware field with a couple of alternatives to Amazon's Echo Show.... Read more

Hive View review: Great looks, great performance
4.0 stars Hive View review: Great looks, great performance By Chris Hall

The Hive View is certainly the best looking indoor camera you can buy, but only offers 24-hours to download the video it captures... Read more

Nest Thermostat E vs Thermostat 3.0: Cheaper, but at what cost?
Nest Thermostat E vs Thermostat 3.0: Cheaper, but at what cost? By Britta O'Boyle

A comparison of how the reengineered UK and European model of the Nest Thermostat E compares to the company's more expensive Thermostat 3.0.... Read more

Google launches new aqua shade of Home Mini ahead of Pixel 3 event
Google launches new aqua shade of Home Mini ahead of Pixel 3 event By Maggie Tillman

Although Google is holding a hardware event in just one week, the company has decided to announce a new Home Mini beforehand.... Read more

Nest Thermostat E initial review: A smart, sophisticated, self-install thermostat
Nest Thermostat E initial review: A smart, sophisticated, self-install thermostat By Britta O'Boyle

The European model of the Nest Thermostat E European model has more flexible placement and can be installed yourself. Here are our first impressions.... Read more

Nest Thermostat E has been reengineered for European homes
Nest Thermostat E has been reengineered for European homes By Britta O'Boyle

Nest announced a re-engineered model of its Thermostat E for Europe. It can be self-installed, comes with a pre-defined schedule and it's under £200.... 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 Adrian Willings

Our guide to Google's smart home speakers. Read our comparison of Google Home, the Google Home Mini and the Google Home Max to find which to buy.... Read more

Samsung's all-new SmartThings smart home range detailed
Samsung's all-new SmartThings smart home range detailed By Rik Henderson

Samsung's SmartThings range has been refreshed with a new line-up of smart home devices. They include a new Hub, The Button and a range of sensors.... Read more

The best robot vacuum cleaners 2018: Why do your own cleaning?
The best robot vacuum cleaners 2018: 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

What is Honeywell Smart Home Security and how does it work?
What is 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,... Read more

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

From an updated Echo Show with a gorgeous 10-inch HD screen to an Echo Wall Clock (seriously), no stone was left unturned.... 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

Comparison between the all-new Amazon Echo Dot (2018) and the original Echo Dot. How do they compare and what are the differences?... 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.... 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 Fire TV Recast will let you send recorded TV to a different device.... 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

Amazon is rattling off updates to Echo devices at a surprise event in Seattle, where it's now announcing a new and improved Echo Show.... 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... 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.... 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

Primarily lets you schedule times to turn devices on and off, use Alexa for voice control, and control devices when you're away from home... 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.... 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

Perhaps the most interesting part of this new Echo Plus model is that it includes a built-in temperature sensor.... 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

The Amazon Echo Sub is designed to deliver down-firing, 100W deep bass sound through a woofer. It can be paired with an Echo or Echo Plus.... 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

Dubbed the "all-new Echo Dot", the new model comes with sound improvements and a fresh design.... Read more

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

A round-up of the some of the best smart heating solutions available in the UK, what features they offer and how they could help you save money.... 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

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

Not only can you place a call using the feature, but you can also leave a voice message or send a text-based message.... 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

Amazon is going to be offering its own Smart Plug, letting you add Alexa voice control to any plug socket.... 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.... 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

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 Maggie Tillman

ZigBee is a smart home protocol that's widely used, including in Amazon's Echo Plus. Here's everything you need to know about it... 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... 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

The company has been rumoured to be working on its own "Smart Display", and now that device has leaked online as the “Google Home Hub”.... 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"... 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

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.... 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... Read more

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