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New Echo Show and Hue bundle will save you £70, but you have to be fast
New Echo Show and Hue bundle will save you £70, but you have to be fast By Chris Hall

Amazon's early Black Friday deals have started... Read more

Alexa now enables you to create your own skills in the UK
Alexa now enables you to create your own skills in the UK By Dan Grabham

Amazon has launched Alexa Skill Blueprints in the UK, enabling you to create and customise your own Alexa skills. No coding is required.... 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

How to create custom Amazon Alexa skills without any coding knowledge
How to create custom Amazon Alexa skills without any coding knowledge By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has opened up its Alexa platform so that anyone - and we mean absolutely anyone - can create a custom Alexa skill.... Read more

Amazon UK Black Friday Sale: How to get the best Amazon UK deals this Black Friday
Amazon UK Black Friday Sale: How to get the best Amazon UK deals this Black Friday By Dan Grabham

Amazon's Black Friday Sale is nearly upon us. There'll be stacks of products available on its UK Black Friday pages with some top discounts.... 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

Our guide to the best outdoor home security cameras. Smart cameras you can install and control yourself. Brilliant cameras whatever your budget.... Read more

The best Amazon Echo deals for Black Friday 2018
The best Amazon Echo deals for Black Friday 2018 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

Nest Thermostat E review: The smart self-install thermostat
4.5 stars Nest Thermostat E review: The smart self-install thermostat By Britta O'Boyle

The UK model of the Nest Thermostat E has more flexible placement and can be installed by yourself. Here is why it's a great option for smart heating.... Read more

Amazon Echo Input is a cheaper Dot without a speaker and will be available 12 December
Amazon Echo Input is a cheaper Dot without a speaker and will be available 12 December By Rik Henderson

Amazon will ship the Echo Input from 12 December. It adds Alexa to any speaker you have around the house.... 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

12 best Amazon Alexa compatible devices you can buy today
12 best Amazon Alexa compatible devices you can buy today By Cam Bunton

With many of us now owning smart assistant-powered devices in our homes, there's never been a better time to see what accessories and extra products you... Read more

Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs: Your complete guide to funny Alexa commands
Amazon Alexa Easter Eggs: Your complete guide to funny Alexa commands By Maggie Tillman

Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant, has an answer for just about everything. And, at the same time, she's loaded with hilarious responses for all sorts... Read more

This is the smart plug we've always wanted
This is the smart plug we've always wanted By Maggie Tillman

Yes, you can also schedule timers, but more interestingly, it uses AI to suggest schedules and rules for you to follow based on your usage.... Read more

Amazon Echo Dot review (third-gen 2018): This changes everything
5.0 stars Amazon Echo Dot review (third-gen 2018): This changes everything By Chris Hall

Amazon's new Echo Dot is an upgrade on the previous model, but the new Echo Input takes away some of its potential purchasers.... Read more

How to get a free Google Home Mini speaker from Spotify
How to get a free Google Home Mini speaker from Spotify By Maggie Tillman

Free Google Home Mini deals are popping up left and right, and the latest example comes from Spotify.... Read more

Why Alexa + Honeywell = A safer home: We do the math
Why Alexa + Honeywell = A safer home: We do the math By Pocket-lint Promotion

Honeywell's new Home Security Base Station not only does a range of clever and intelligent things on its own, but also has Alexa built in giving you plenty more options.... Read more

Amazon's next challenge is refining the Alexa software experience
Amazon's next challenge is refining the Alexa software experience By Chris Hall

The Amazon Echo is great, but there are some software cracks starting to appear... Read more

Neato Botvac D4 Connected review: Terrific edge cleaning and nifty mapping
4.0 stars Neato Botvac D4 Connected review: Terrific edge cleaning and nifty mapping By Adrian Willings

The Neato Botvac D4 Connected is certainly an interesting robot vacuum cleaner. It's powerful, intelligent, features a great design and much more too.... Read more

Best smart lighting: Philips Hue, IKEA, Osram and more
Best smart lighting: Philips Hue, IKEA, Osram 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

Hive View Outdoor security camera detects motion and lets you talk to would-be intruders
Hive View Outdoor security camera detects motion and lets you talk to would-be intruders By Chris Hall

Hive has added outdoor security to its growing list of talents with the launch of the Hive View Outdoor. The new outdoor camera follows the lead of the... Read more

The best coffee machines 2018: Our pick of the best bean-to-cup, jug, ground and capsule machines
The best coffee machines 2018: Our pick of the best bean-to-cup, jug, ground and capsule machines By Dan Grabham

Do you know your French Press from your Pour-Over or your Drip from your Capsule? Which is the best for you? Read on to find out…... Read more

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

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

The best Google Home compatible devices you can buy today: top Google Assistant accessories
The best Google Home compatible devices you can buy today: top Google Assistant accessories 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 keep an eye on the kids when they make it home before you
How to keep an eye on the kids when they make it home before you By Pocket-lint Promotion

How the Honeywell Smart Home Security kit you can make sure your kids are safe at home without leaving your desk.... 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

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

Roborock S5 robot vacuum cleaner review: Smart, stylish and surprisingly capable
5.0 stars Roborock S5 robot vacuum cleaner review: Smart, stylish and surprisingly capable By Adrian Willings

Looking for a robotic vacuum cleaner that won't break the bank? The Xiaomi-invested Roborock S5, with intelligent mapping, delivers great results.... Read more

How to turn on and use Whisper Mode on your Alexa device
How to turn on and use Whisper Mode on your Alexa device By Maggie Tillman

We suspect the feature will come in handy for parents who want to use Alexa without waking a sleeping partner or baby in the evening.... 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

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

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

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 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

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