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Best Alexa tips and tricks: Get more from Amazon's assistant
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

Amazon's Echo Input is still discounted in the US, but is it going end-of-life?
Amazon's Echo Input is still discounted in the US, but is it going end-of-life? By Dan Grabham

Echo Input adds Alexa to any speaker you have around the house.... Read more

The best Black Friday deals on home security cameras from EZVIZ
The best Black Friday deals on home security cameras from EZVIZ By Pocket-lint Promotion

It's the most wonderful time of the year - and EZVIZ has deals aplenty to suit it. Read more

Smart Christmas lights: How to add voice controls and more to your Christmas lights with Alexa, Google Home or Siri
Smart Christmas lights: How to add voice controls and more to your Christmas lights with Alexa, Google Home or Siri By Chris Hall

Making your Christmas decorations smart is very easy thanks to voice assistants!... Read more

Google's Nest Hubs will display smarter notifications using ultrasound sensing
Google's Nest Hubs will display smarter notifications using ultrasound sensing By Max Freeman-Mills

Google has primed an expansion of its relatively new Nest Hub smart displays' workaround alternative to using a camera (which only the larger Nest Hub... Read more

The impressive Roborock S4 gets a price-slash until 8 December
The impressive Roborock S4 gets a price-slash until 8 December By Pocket-lint Promotion

Even after Black Friday, Cyber Monday week is always a treasure trove of great deals, and smart home tech is no exception. If you're yet to be won over... Read more

Ring let police use a heat map to easily see all devices in an area
Ring let police use a heat map to easily see all devices in an area By Maggie Tillman

Amazon-owned Ring has been caught up in another scandal over how it allows police to access user data.... Read more

The super Ring Video Doorbell 2 and View Cam are down to £119, saving £60 each
The super Ring Video Doorbell 2 and View Cam are down to £119, saving £60 each By Dan Grabham

Get £60 off the Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Ring Video Doorbell Pro, before the prices go back to normal... Read more

The best Google Home and Nest Hub deals 2019
The best Google Home and Nest Hub deals 2019 By Chris Hall

Savings across the Google and Nest family... Read more

Roborock S6 ($200 off this week) has all the power and intelligence of a $900 vacuum but for a lot less
Roborock S6 ($200 off this week) has all the power and intelligence of a $900 vacuum but for a lot less By Pocket-lint Promotion

All in an attractive unit with award-winning design. Outstanding quality for a keener price than many rivals.... Read more

Ring has ambitious, arguably worrying facial recognition plans
Ring has ambitious, arguably worrying facial recognition plans By Max Freeman-Mills

Smart home security camera manufacturer Ring, now one of Amazon's most prominent subsidiaries, has had an interesting year as far as questions over facial... Read more

The Amazon Echo Dot with Clock is still available on Prime Now for quick delivery
The Amazon Echo Dot with Clock is still available on Prime Now for quick delivery By Cam Bunton

Updated Amazon has discounted several of its own products for Black Friday, including the all-new Echo Dot with clock... Read more

Roborock gives its E3 robot vacuum a major discount for Black Friday
Roborock gives its E3 robot vacuum a major discount for Black Friday By Pocket-lint Promotion

Roborock is one of the leading names in robot vacuums at the moment, and it's doing its best to ensure that more people are able to jump aboard and stop... Read more

The Roborock S5 vacuum gets a major discount for Black Friday
The Roborock S5 vacuum gets a major discount for Black Friday By Pocket-lint Promotion

The Roborock S5 is one of our favourite robot vacuum cleaners of recent years - it's an affordable but extremely able device that makes your day-to-day... Read more

Mickey Mouse-themed Amazon Echo Wall Clock has surfaced at the FCC
Mickey Mouse-themed Amazon Echo Wall Clock has surfaced at the FCC By Maggie Tillman

Amazon might release a new version of the Echo Wall Clock, a connected clock it launched last year.... 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

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

My Storytime: How Google Assistant now helps you record stories for kids
My Storytime: How Google Assistant now helps you record stories for kids By Maggie Tillman

Google is constantly updating its consumer AI, Google Assistant, with new features. And the latest example is called My Storytime.... Read more

You can now listen to Amazon Music for free on iOS, Android, and Fire TV
You can now listen to Amazon Music for free on iOS, Android, and Fire TV By Dan Grabham

Listen to Amazon Music for free!... Read more

Best Google Assistant and Alexa powered board games
Best Google Assistant and Alexa powered board games By Britta O'Boyle

There are a few board games powered by Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for enhancing your board game antics. Here are your options.... Read more

The most bonkers smart products that you don't need or do you?
The most bonkers smart products that you don't need or do you? By Adrian Willings

Come with us as we journey through a world of smart technology that nobody needs. A selection of weird and wonderful devices you'll either love or hate.... 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

How to create an Alexa Home Theatre system with your Echo and Fire TV
How to create an Alexa Home Theatre system with your Echo and Fire TV By Maggie Tillman

Amazon lets you sync up Echo speakers so that they can play tunes in unison, and it lets you use an Echo speaker to control a Fire TV. Now, you can link up an Echo speaker and a Fire TV for simultaneous wireless audio output - aka to achieve a home theatre experience.... Read more

Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max get ultrasonic presence features
Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max get ultrasonic presence features By Chris Hall

Google is pushing a new feature it its Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max devices that will use "ultrasound sensing"... 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

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

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

Doubling up on Google Home: How and why to use multiple Google Home devices
Doubling up on Google Home: How and why to use multiple Google Home devices By Adrian Willings

You can use multiple Google Home devices around the home, we've got the details on how to do it and why it's worthwhile. Click here to read more.... Read more

Leaked video shows Microsoft is giving Cortana a 'masculine' voice
Leaked video shows Microsoft is giving Cortana a 'masculine' voice By Maggie Tillman

Microsoft appears to be readying a set of new features for its Cortana voice assistant, including a male voice.... Read more

This smart lock has something most smart locks lack - a key
This smart lock has something most smart locks lack - a key By Dan Grabham

Most smart locks do a good job of being smart, but many don't actually do a very good job of being a normal lock. That's because they don't have a traditional... Read more

5 myths of robot vacuum cleaners, and how Roborock is answering them
5 myths of robot vacuum cleaners, and how Roborock is answering them By Pocket-lint Promotion

Let a robot vacuum cleaner do the work while you put your feet up, go out or do anything else you want to get on with.... Read more

Linksys' latest Velop mesh system has Wi-Fi 6 and will cover massive areas
Linksys' latest Velop mesh system has Wi-Fi 6 and will cover massive areas By Dan Grabham

The latest mesh networking system from Belkin-owned Linksys supports Wi-Fi 6 and can cover an area north of 500 square metres. However, the two-pack not... Read more

Amazon Alexa looks to benefit from our growing urge to reduce screen time
Amazon Alexa looks to benefit from our growing urge to reduce screen time By Stuart Miles

Hopes move will allow Alexa to become the de facto personal voice assistant and win out against Google Assistant and Apple's Siri.... Read more

Galaxy Home Mini previewed...but where's the bigger Galaxy Home?
Galaxy Home Mini previewed...but where's the bigger Galaxy Home? By Dan Grabham

Samsung has shown off a smaller version of its Galaxy Home smart speaker.... Read more

Eero's new mesh Wi-Fi packs are now available in the UK
Eero's new mesh Wi-Fi packs are now available in the UK By Dan Grabham

Eero’s mesh WiFi systems, including eero and eero Pro, are now available in the UK for the first time since Eero's acquisition by Amazon. The Eero... Read more

Do these job listings suggest Apple is making new smart home devices?
Do these job listings suggest Apple is making new smart home devices? By Maggie Tillman

Apple has apparently realised both Amazon and Google are better than it when it comes to serving smart home customers.... Read more

Tile adds Google Assistant support: Hey Google, find my keys
Tile adds Google Assistant support: Hey Google, find my keys By Britta O'Boyle

Google has added support for Tile - the original Bluetooth trackers that help you find lost items. Tile previously revealed at the beginning of September... Read more

What is a mesh network and what's the best mesh system for you?
What is a mesh network and what's the best mesh system for you? By Rik Henderson

Using a mesh network system can ensure your entire home has great wireless internet throughout. We explain how.... Read more

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

You can get an Amazon Echo Dot for just 99 cents if you sign up to an Amazon Music Unlimited plan today.... Read more

Here are the EE Pocket-lint Awards nominees for Best Smart Home Device 2019 and how to vote
Here are the EE Pocket-lint Awards nominees for Best Smart Home Device 2019 and how to vote By Britta O'Boyle

Here are the Pocket-lint Awards nominees for Best Smart Home 2019 and details on how to vote for your favourite.... Read more

The BBC is changing the way you experience news on smart speakers
The BBC is changing the way you experience news on smart speakers By Dan Grabham

The BBC has changed how it delivers news on smart speakers so you can now dive deeper into the news you want to hear and skip the stuff you don't. Saying... Read more

Hey Google, give me 13 tips and tricks for a spooky smart home this Halloween
Hey Google, give me 13 tips and tricks for a spooky smart home this Halloween By Britta O'Boyle

Here are 13 tips and tricks for Google Nest devices that will add an extra scare to your home this Halloween.... Read more

Nanoleaf unveils screen mirroring to sync light panels with your games and movies
Nanoleaf unveils screen mirroring to sync light panels with your games and movies By Adrian Willings

We've seen screen mirroring with other smart home lighting before, but now Nanoleaf is joining the party to make your TV viewing even more immersive.... Read more

Arlo Video Doorbell is a serious competitor to Ring
Arlo Video Doorbell is a serious competitor to Ring By Britta O'Boyle

Netgear's Arlo has announced its Video Doorbell, competing with the likes of Amazon's Ring 2 and Google's Nest Hello.The Arlo Video Doorbell is a slim... Read more

Care homes get 21st century makeover thanks to Alexa and VR
Care homes get 21st century makeover thanks to Alexa and VR By Stuart Miles

The belief that care homes are out of date could be about to change, following a digital initiative.... 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

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

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

Google Nest Mini release date, price, specs and features
Google Nest Mini release date, price, specs and features By Britta O'Boyle

Google announced a second generation of its Home Mini, called the Google Nest Mini. This is everything you need to know.... Read more

Nest Wifi is a revamped Google Wifi system with added smarts
Nest Wifi is a revamped Google Wifi system with added smarts By Cam Bunton

Google has announced a new mesh network system called Nest Wifi.... Read more

New Google Nest Mini boosts sound quality, shifts to more recycled materials
New Google Nest Mini boosts sound quality, shifts to more recycled materials By Chris Hall

Google has unveiled a new version of the Nest Mini, it’s small Google Assistant speaker... 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

Google Nest Mini details and images leaked in full ahead of launch
Google Nest Mini details and images leaked in full ahead of launch By Britta O'Boyle

Google will unveil the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL at an event today - 15 October - but the company is also rumoured to reveal the second generation of the... Read more

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