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Apple HomePod 2: Release date, rumours and what we want to see in Apple's second-gen smart speaker
Apple HomePod 2: Release date, rumours and what we want to see in Apple's second-gen smart speaker By Dan Grabham

Here's what we want to see from a HomePod 2 - which could be a direct replacement or a lower-priced secondary device - as well rumours so far.... Read more

LG's next-gen ThinQ app gives you voice control over smart appliances
LG's next-gen ThinQ app gives you voice control over smart appliances By Rik Henderson

LG will be introducing a new ThinQ mobile app in the coming months that will add the ability to control its Wi-Fi connected smart appliances by voice.... Read more

The best Echo deals in the end of summer Amazon sales
The best Echo deals in the end of summer Amazon sales 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

Bose's new Portable Home Speaker offers Google Assistant, Alexa, and more
Bose's new Portable Home Speaker offers Google Assistant, Alexa, and more By Maggie Tillman

Bose has announced a new product, the Portable Home Speaker. It's a $349 smart speaker that supports Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.... Read more

Get a brand new Amazon Echo Show 5 for $64.99/£69.99
Get a brand new Amazon Echo Show 5 for $64.99/£69.99 By Rik Henderson

Amazon is slashing prices on its own devices in the end of summer sales, including the new Amazon Echo Show 5... Read more

Google working on second-gen Nest Mini with better sound, wall mount and 3.5mm jack
Google working on second-gen Nest Mini with better sound, wall mount and 3.5mm jack By Britta O'Boyle

Google is reportedly planning to launch a new Home Mini - rebranded the Nest Mini - and it's expected to come with a host of new features.The report comes... Read more

You can now migrate your Nest account to a Google Account, here's everything you need to know
You can now migrate your Nest account to a Google Account, here's everything you need to know By Britta O'Boyle

Switching your Nest account to a Google Account? Here's how you do it, what the benefits are, and what you should be aware of before you do it.... Read more

Ikea to invest further in smart devices bringing smart home to the masses
Ikea to invest further in smart devices bringing smart home to the masses By Britta O'Boyle

Ikea has announced it has committed more investment to creating smart home products.The company already offers wireless charging, its Trådfri smart lighting... Read more

Three's 5G home broadband service goes live today
Three's 5G home broadband service goes live today By Dan Grabham

Three has announced that it is switching on its 5G powered home broadband service today in London.... Read more

You can now assign reminders to people using Google Assistant
You can now assign reminders to people using Google Assistant By Dan Grabham

You can now assign reminders to other people using the Google Assistant, in a gift to parents seeking to annoy their kids and partners seeking to nag their... Read more

Nest Cam is watching you: Google removes ability to disable status light on Nest and Dropcam devices
Nest Cam is watching you: Google removes ability to disable status light on Nest and Dropcam devices By Britta O'Boyle

Google Nest is removing the ability to turn the status light off on its Nest Cams, Nest Hello and Dropcam devices when they are recording video or audio.In... Read more

That sleek GLAS smart thermostat just totally ditched Cortana
That sleek GLAS smart thermostat just totally ditched Cortana By Maggie Tillman

Remember GLAS? It's a not-so-new-anymore smart thermostat from Johnson Controls that's finally giving up on Cortana.... Read more

Samsung SmartThings adds new plug to line-up and further Ring support
Samsung SmartThings adds new plug to line-up and further Ring support By Rik Henderson

Samsung has announced several new developments for its SmartThings smart home platform.... Read more

How to change the speed of Alexa's voice on your Amazon Echo
How to change the speed of Alexa's voice on your Amazon Echo By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has given Alexa users a new feature: The ability to change how fast it talks.... Read more

What are Google Home, Home Max, Home Mini, Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max and what can they do?
What are Google Home, Home Max, Home Mini, Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max and what can they do? By Maggie Tillman

This is everything you need to know about Google Home devices. What are they, how do they work and what devices work with them?... Read more

This latest Ring scandal makes the Amazon company seem super shady
This latest Ring scandal makes the Amazon company seem super shady By Maggie Tillman

Amazon-owned Ring has been caught up in another privacy scandal, and it once again involves the company's Neighbors platform.... Read more

Arlo Pro and Pro 2 are now HomeKit compatible for greater Apple integration
Arlo Pro and Pro 2 are now HomeKit compatible for greater Apple integration By Chris Hall

Arlo has confirmed that the update bringing Apple HomeKit compatibility for the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 cameras is rolling out.The update will mean that... Read more

The Amazon Echo Wall Clock is now available to buy in the UK
The Amazon Echo Wall Clock is now available to buy in the UK By Dan Grabham

Amazon has finally put its £30 Echo Wall Clock on sale in the UK.... Read more

Amazon is letting you stop humans reviewing your Alexa commands
Amazon is letting you stop humans reviewing your Alexa commands By Dan Grabham

Amazon is now enabling you to prevent human review of your Alexa voice commands should you wish. The feature is enabled through an option in the settings... Read more

Amazon is teaching Alexa to help her answer more complex questions
Amazon is teaching Alexa to help her answer more complex questions By Adrian Willings

Amazon is working on a new training method to help improve Alexa's ability to answer more complex questions and solve your queries more usefully.... Read more

How to turn on Alexa's Song ID feature so you'll always know what song is playing
How to turn on Alexa's Song ID feature so you'll always know what song is playing By Maggie Tillman

Once you’ve enabled it, Alexa will announce the artist and name of every song before it plays.... Read more

Huawei was working on a Google Assistant smart speaker before the US ban
Huawei was working on a Google Assistant smart speaker before the US ban By Chris Hall

Huawei was working with Google to produce a Google Assistant-powered smart speaker, before the plans came to a halt following the US ban in May 2019, according... Read more

Huawei targets smart home: Hongmeng OS to debut in 'Smart Screens'
Huawei targets smart home: Hongmeng OS to debut in 'Smart Screens' By Mike Lowe

Huawei is making a Smart Screen / Smart TV system, the first device to use Hongmeng OS, with details due at the Huawei Developer Conference (HDC) 2019... Read more

Samsung's JBL finally launches that Android TV soundbar it debuted in 2018
Samsung's JBL finally launches that Android TV soundbar it debuted in 2018 By Maggie Tillman

Samsung's Harman/JBL brands have finally released a smart home theatre device it first introduced in spring 2018.... Read more

How to use Alexa to find your misplaced or lost phone (the easy way)
How to use Alexa to find your misplaced or lost phone (the easy way) By Maggie Tillman

It's super common to misplace your phone at home. We all do it. It can fall between the couch cushions, get lost in the bedsheets, be left in some random room, or even forgotten in the car in your garage.... Read more

Amazon brings the Blink XT2 security cam to the UK
Amazon brings the Blink XT2 security cam to the UK By Dan Grabham

Amazon has finally announced the Blink XT2 security camera for the UK -  it's available now from the etailer and will be available from Argos in the coming... Read more

Did Google just accidentally reveal when Nest Hub Max will launch?
Did Google just accidentally reveal when Nest Hub Max will launch? By Maggie Tillman

The Next Hub Max, Google's largest smart display, has a new release date. Or so we think it does.... Read more

Eve Extend will give your Homekit smart home more range
Eve Extend will give your Homekit smart home more range By Chris Hall

Eve has announced the Eve Extend, a device that will create a Wi-Fi network for your Eve accessories and extend the range beyond the Bluetooth that it... Read more

The best Google Home deals: 48% off Home Mini, big savings on Home Max and other great offers
The best Google Home deals: 48% off Home Mini, big savings on Home Max and other great offers By Chris Hall

Savings across the Google Home family... Read more

Amazing deal: This Alexa-compatible TP-Link smart plug is 30% off
Amazing deal: This Alexa-compatible TP-Link smart plug is 30% off By Chris Hall

Prime Day offers a great deal on Alexa-compatible smart plug... Read more

This might be the best robot vacuum on the market - here's why!
This might be the best robot vacuum on the market - here's why! By Pocket-lint Promotion

Here are some reasons the Roborock S6 is a great robotic vacuum cleaner... Read more

Ring Video Doorbell tips and tricks: Become the ultimate Ring master
Ring Video Doorbell tips and tricks: Become the ultimate Ring master By Chris Hall

Ring is one of the stars of the smart home and here are the best tips and tricks to get the most out of your Video Doorbell... Read more

How to set-up an Alexa smart home
How to set-up an Alexa smart home By Chris Hall

A few years ago, the coordinated smart home felt like a pipe dream, but Alexa has changed all that... Read more

Amazon might actually launch a wheeled home robot and high-end Echo soon
Amazon might actually launch a wheeled home robot and high-end Echo soon By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has been quietly tinkering away on two new Alexa-enabled devices: A wheeled home robot, and a high-end Echo speaker.... Read more

Real people might be listening when you say "OK Google"
Real people might be listening when you say "OK Google" By Adrian Willings

A Belgian news network has obtained samples of voice assistant recordings from Google Assistant powered devices that were listened to by human beings.... Read more

Now you can ask Alexa about your summer cold instead of bothering your doctor
Now you can ask Alexa about your summer cold instead of bothering your doctor By Dan Grabham

You can now ask Amazon's Alexa for official NHS health information, knowing that it comes from the official source. You're now able to ask Alexa details... Read more

Canary View smart home security camera launches in the UK
Canary View smart home security camera launches in the UK By Adrian Willings

One of the best selling smart home cameras in the US is making its way to UK shores.... Read more

Ikea updates Tradfri smart lighting range with new bulbs and starter kit
Ikea updates Tradfri smart lighting range with new bulbs and starter kit By Rik Henderson

Ikea has new bulbs and kits on the horizon - including one that's very on-trend with modern home design.... Read more

We spent 4 weeks with the Roborock S6 robot vacuum cleaner: Here are 6 reasons we love it!
We spent 4 weeks with the Roborock S6 robot vacuum cleaner: Here are 6 reasons we love it! By Pocket-lint Promotion

Robot vacuum cleaners are designed to make your life easier and save on household chores by lending a helping hand. The Roborock S6 is a master at it.... Read more

Thinking of buying a robot vacuum, the Roborock E35 offers incredible value for money
Thinking of buying a robot vacuum, the Roborock E35 offers incredible value for money By Pocket-lint Promotion

Letting a robot vacuum cleaner handle your floor cleaning chores is a tremendous idea. Come home to a freshly vacuumed floor every day, or set the machine... 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

Amazon's UK head of Alexa and devices: We take privacy very seriously
Amazon's UK head of Alexa and devices: We take privacy very seriously By Dan Grabham

Amazon released its Echo Show 5 last week and we had the opportunity to meet with Dennis Stansbury, Amazon’s UK head of Alexa experience and devices.... Read more

Philips Hue with Bluetooth makes smart lighting simpler by removing the hub
Philips Hue with Bluetooth makes smart lighting simpler by removing the hub By Chris Hall

Philips Hue basically started the smart lighting revolution and certainly has one of the most comprehensive systems with the widest range of bulbs - from... Read more

Google Home tips and tricks: Master your Mini, Max and Hub
Google Home tips and tricks: Master your Mini, Max and Hub By Britta O'Boyle

Get the most out of your Google Home, Home Mini, Home Max or Home Hub with our top tips and tricks, helping you master your voice-activated speaker.... Read more

Virgin Media trials wireless radio signals to help supply 1Gps broadband
Virgin Media trials wireless radio signals to help supply 1Gps broadband By Rik Henderson

Virgin Media has set up consumers in a UK village with gigabit internet connections, providing up to 1Gps download and 150Mbps upload speeds.... Read more

Samsung's SmartThings platform adds new smart camera, plug, and bulb
Samsung's SmartThings platform adds new smart camera, plug, and bulb By Maggie Tillman

Samsung has updated its SmartThings line of smart home accessories with three new gadgets that won't break the bank.... Read more

Get an Amazon Echo Dot for just 99p with a Music Unlimited Family Plan
Get an Amazon Echo Dot for just 99p with a Music Unlimited Family Plan By Rik Henderson

You can get an Amazon Echo Dot for just 99p if you sign up to an Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan for £14.99 a month.... Read more

Neff's new smart appliances give you Alexa voice and connected control via app
Neff's new smart appliances give you Alexa voice and connected control via app By Rik Henderson

Kitchen appliance company Neff has unveiled a new range of products that add smarts to cooking, cleaning and keeping your food fresh.... Read more

Ring Door View Cam now available, replaces your peephole with security tech
Ring Door View Cam now available, replaces your peephole with security tech By Rik Henderson

Ring's latest smart doorbell is now available. The Ring Door View Cam replaces the peephole in your front door, offering full Ring security services.... 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

What is Nest Aware, how much is it and what does it offer?
What is Nest Aware, how much is it and what does it offer? By Chris Hall

Here's everything you need to know about about Nest Aware, including what Nest devices it's needed for, what it offers and how much it costs.... Read more

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