Latest smart home news

LG XBoom WK9 is the Google Assistant smart display to bring the noise
LG XBoom WK9 is the Google Assistant smart display to bring the noise By Rik Henderson

LG has announced a rival to Google Home Hub and Amazon Echo Show for those who want to crack up the volume.... Read more

Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Doorbell Pro get big Black Friday discounts
Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Doorbell Pro get big Black Friday discounts By Adrian Willings

Get £50 off the Ring Video Doorbell 2; £90 off the Video Doorbell Pro... Read more

Best smart home deals for Black Friday 2018: Ring, Echo, Google Home prices slashed
Best smart home deals for Black Friday 2018: Ring, Echo, Google Home prices slashed By Chris Hall

Looking for the top offers and savings on smart home devices in the UK this Black Friday? We've got you covered Read more

Xiaomi launches five new smart home devices in US at Walmart
Xiaomi launches five new smart home devices in US at Walmart By Maggie Tillman

Xiaomi, the fourth largest smartphone brand and one of the largest consumer IoT device makers, is launching new smart home devices in the US.... Read more

Ring Stick Up Cam now available, simple to install 1080p security camera
Ring Stick Up Cam now available, simple to install 1080p security camera By Rik Henderson

You can now buy the Ring Stick Up Cam cameras in the UK, with the Wired model available now and the Battery version coming soon.... Read more

Google Home Black Friday deals: Mini for £29, Home for £79
Google Home Black Friday deals: Mini for £29, Home for £79 By Chris Hall

Google Home and Google Home Mini deals - where to buy your Google smart speaker... Read more

TP-Link’s newly leaked smart outlet looks like an actual wall outlet
TP-Link’s newly leaked smart outlet looks like an actual wall outlet By Maggie Tillman

TP-Link is developing a new smart outlet, but it looks like a regular "dumb" one. And that's the beauty of it, really.... Read more

Amazon (RED) Echo returns for Black Friday and is on sale for just $69
Amazon (RED) Echo returns for Black Friday and is on sale for just $69 By Maggie Tillman

The (RED) Echo is back! And it's on sale for Black Friday exclusively at Amazon.... Read more

AO.com has discounted Google Home Mini to £29 - that's £20 off!
AO.com has discounted Google Home Mini to £29 - that's £20 off! By Dan Grabham

AO.com is doing a deal on the Google Home Mini as part of its already-live Black Friday sale.... 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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apple didn't forget about its Siri speaker. CEO Tim Cook featured the product during the final minutes of the keynote presentation... 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... Read more

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