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Dyson's latest V11 cordless vacuum cleaner uses AI to clean
Dyson's latest V11 cordless vacuum cleaner uses AI to clean By Stuart Miles

The new cordless vacuum cleaner follows on from the cordless model it lauched in 2018, but sees a number of design tweaks and performance changes.... Read more

Dyson Pure Cool Me wants you to have clean air, doesn't care about anyone else in the room
Dyson Pure Cool Me wants you to have clean air, doesn't care about anyone else in the room By Stuart Miles

The new Pure Cool Me will feature a very different design to the company’s previous fans and air purifiers and to us resembles some of the small desktop robots of late.... 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

Dyson Lightcycle task light changes as the day progresses
Dyson Lightcycle task light changes as the day progresses By Stuart Miles

Dyson has launched a new lamp that promises to change the colour of the white light it emits throughout the day based on your location and the time of day.... Read more

Google Home deals for March 2019: Free Google Home Mini with Spotify, £119 Google Home
Google Home deals for March 2019: Free Google Home Mini with Spotify, £119 Google Home By Chris Hall

The best prices on Google Home devices... Read more

Sonos Ikea Symfonisk speakers will be revealed in April
Sonos Ikea Symfonisk speakers will be revealed in April By Britta O'Boyle

Sonos and Ikea will finally reveal the first products within the Symfonisk range during the Milan furniture show, which takes place between 9-14 April.The... Read more

How to get Apple Music on your Amazon Echo
How to get Apple Music on your Amazon Echo By Maggie Tillman

Apple has a holiday present for you. Apple Music is now rolling out to Amazon Echo.... Read more

Last day to save 43% on Amazon Echo Input, plus other discounts on Echo, Spot and Show
Last day to save 43% on Amazon Echo Input, plus other discounts on Echo, Spot and Show By Rik Henderson

Looking for a great deal on an Amazon Echo Input, Echo 2nd gen, Spot and Echo show - then we have savings for you today, only... Read more

Virgin Media's Intelligent Wi-Fi promises significant speed improvements
Virgin Media's Intelligent Wi-Fi promises significant speed improvements By Dan Grabham

Virgin Media has rolled out new features to customers to deliver a significant Wi-Fi speed increase - up to three times to some devices. Intelligent WiFi... Read more

Apple HomePod 2: What we want to see in Apple's second-gen smart speaker
Apple HomePod 2: What we want to see in Apple's second-gen smart speaker By Dan Grabham

Apple’s HomePod sounds fantastic but the common criticism – including in our own HomePod review – was that the implementation of Siri leaves a little... Read more

Google adds Continued Conversation, Interpreter Mode and more to Smart Displays, here's how to use them
Google adds Continued Conversation, Interpreter Mode and more to Smart Displays, here's how to use them By Britta O'Boyle

Google has added a number of features to all of its smart displays in a recent update. Here's what's new and how to use the latest features.... 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

Husqvarna launches Alexa-enabled robotic mower with AWD
Husqvarna launches Alexa-enabled robotic mower with AWD By Maggie Tillman

Husqvarna announces the release of Husqvarna Automower 435X AWD, an AI-enabled robotic mower with all-wheel drive and smart home connectivity.... Read more

Google Home Max discounted to £199, saving 50%
Google Home Max discounted to £199, saving 50% By Dan Grabham

Save 50% off the Google Home Max this March... Read more

Amazon stops selling physical Dash buttons because of Alexa shopping and auto-ordering
Amazon stops selling physical Dash buttons because of Alexa shopping and auto-ordering By Dan Grabham

Amazon has stopped sales of its physical Dash buttons, saying that the convenience of them has largely been replaced by new ways to shop.... Read more

Broadband providers must quote peak time and minimum speeds, under new Ofcom rules
Broadband providers must quote peak time and minimum speeds, under new Ofcom rules By Rik Henderson

If your new broadband falls below a quoted minimum speed you are allowed to cancel the contract with no penalty.... Read more

Apple Music could soon be available on Google Home
Apple Music could soon be available on Google Home By Rik Henderson

Google could soon add Apple Music as a playable service to its Google Home app and devices.... Read more

Vodafone entering mesh network arena with Super WiFi coming soon
Vodafone entering mesh network arena with Super WiFi coming soon By Rik Henderson

Vodafone will formally launch its Super WiFi home network system during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.... Read more

Samsung's Bixby-powered Galaxy Home smart speaker to launch by April
Samsung's Bixby-powered Galaxy Home smart speaker to launch by April By Maggie Tillman

The device, which was first teased last summer, is designed to rival the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod.... Read more

Last day to get £30 off the latest Ring Video Doorbell 2
Last day to get £30 off the latest Ring Video Doorbell 2 By Adrian Willings

Get £30 off the Ring Video Doorbell 2, before the prices go back to normal... Read more

What is a mesh network and how can it dramatically improve your home Wi-Fi?
What is a mesh network and how can it dramatically improve your home Wi-Fi? By Rik Henderson

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

Alexa Skill Blueprints: How to easily create and publish custom Alexa skills
Alexa Skill Blueprints: How to easily create and publish custom Alexa skills By Maggie Tillman

Thanks to the Alexa Skill Blueprints initiative, you can make and publish your own custom skills - and you don't need to be an app developer to do so.... Read more

Ring to add colour night vision to its Video Doorbells and cameras
Ring to add colour night vision to its Video Doorbells and cameras By Rik Henderson

Ring will soon update its Video Doorbells and security cameras with a new feature: full colour night vision.... Read more

Alexa is always listening: How to delete your Alexa voice recordings
Alexa is always listening: How to delete your Alexa voice recordings By Chris Hall

If you're worried about your privacy or want to remove a recorded conversation, we have all the details... Read more

TalkTalk brings Plume mesh Wi-Fi SuperPods to the UK at last
TalkTalk brings Plume mesh Wi-Fi SuperPods to the UK at last By Rik Henderson

TalkTalk has signed a deal to bring the US mesh Wi-Fi system Plume to the UK.... Read more

Amazon is acquiring mesh Wi-Fi router company Eero
Amazon is acquiring mesh Wi-Fi router company Eero By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is buying Eero, a company well-known for its home routers and mesh Wi-Fi systems ideal for smart home setups.... 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

Could the next-gen Apple HomePod feature hand gestures and Face ID?
Could the next-gen Apple HomePod feature hand gestures and Face ID? By Dan Grabham

A recently-granted patent application could point the way towards the next-gen HomePod having facial recognition and control via hand gestures. As with... Read more

Lightning fast 8Gbps broadband is coming sooner than you think
Lightning fast 8Gbps broadband is coming sooner than you think By Rik Henderson

Virgin Media is trialling home broadband that is more than 200 times faster than the UK average.... Read more

Amazon's Alexa-enabled microwave is 30% off right now
Amazon's Alexa-enabled microwave is 30% off right now By Maggie Tillman

Last summer, Amazon announced dozens of new Alexa-enabled devices, including a microwave. Now, that smart appliance is $18 off.... Read more

How to translate conversations with Google Assistant's interpreter mode
How to translate conversations with Google Assistant's interpreter mode By Maggie Tillman

You can ask Google Assistant to translate your conversation with someone who doesn’t speak your language using the assistant's new interpreter mode.... Read more

The Nest Guard in Nest's alarm system now works like a Google Home Mini
The Nest Guard in Nest's alarm system now works like a Google Home Mini By Maggie Tillman

A smart home system you might already own has just been updated so that it effectively now operates as a Google Assistant device.... Read more

Classic Choose Your Own Adventure books return as free Alexa games
Classic Choose Your Own Adventure books return as free Alexa games By Rik Henderson

Two Choose Your Own Adventure books have been given a new lease of life thanks to Amazon and its Audible service and Alexa-enabled devices.... Read more

How to create Alexa Routines for Ring Video Doorbell
How to create Alexa Routines for Ring Video Doorbell By Chris Hall

Ring is now one of the devices supported by Amazon's Alexa Routines, meaning you can create custom actions involving Ring devices. In this feature... Read more

Amazon Echo Show owners can now fully answer Ring doorbells and talk to guests
Amazon Echo Show owners can now fully answer Ring doorbells and talk to guests By Rik Henderson

Owners of an Amazon Echo Show or Echo Spot can now fully answer Ring doorbells. The Ring skill has finally gained the ability to talk to guests.... Read more

Amazon joining the Zigbee Alliance is a huge statement of future intent
Amazon joining the Zigbee Alliance is a huge statement of future intent By Chris Hall

The Zigbee Alliance has announced that it has a new board member - and it's one of the biggest players in the smart home.Amazon now takes its seat on the... Read more

Sonos and Ikea's Symfonisk smart speakers to launch this August
Sonos and Ikea's Symfonisk smart speakers to launch this August By Maggie Tillman

The duo released a teaser video to announce the collaboration, which consists of Symfonisk-branded smart speakers, is finally coming.... Read more

Sharp adds Alexa to new smart kitchen appliances range
Sharp adds Alexa to new smart kitchen appliances range By Rik Henderson

A new range of smart kitchen appliances under the Sharp brand is coming with Alexa support and smart features to simplify home chores.... Read more

The best new Alexa devices: AI-powered TVs, fridges, mirrors and more
The best new Alexa devices: 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

Hurry! Chromecast Audio is $20 off - grab one before they sell out forever
Hurry! Chromecast Audio is $20 off - grab one before they sell out forever By Maggie Tillman

RIP Google Chromecast Audio. You didn't even make it to your fourth birthday.... Read more

Samsung now makes robots: Meet Bot Care, Bot Air, Bot Retail, and Gem
Samsung now makes robots: Meet Bot Care, Bot Air, Bot Retail, and Gem By Stuart Miles

Samsung usually uses CES to announce snooze-worthy updates to its appliances and TV ranges, but this year it introduced something more exciting.... Read more

BT Complete Wi-Fi: Smart Hub 2 and Wi-Fi Disc aims to banish Wi-Fi dead spots
BT Complete Wi-Fi: Smart Hub 2 and Wi-Fi Disc aims to banish Wi-Fi dead spots By Chris Hall

With broadband speeds generally increasing throughout the UK, the biggest battleground in for internet service providers is now Wi-Fi. With connected... Read more

Yikes! Ring employees were able to spy on customers' camera feeds
Yikes! Ring employees were able to spy on customers' camera feeds By Maggie Tillman

Ring gave various teams in the company unfettered access to customer video files, including live feeds and videos stored on the company’s servers.... 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

A Google Assistant microwave? Why not says Google in new device initiative
A Google Assistant microwave? Why not says Google in new device initiative By Stuart Miles

Google is to continue its push of getting Google Assistant on to even more devices with the announcement of a new initiative it is calling Google Assistant Connect... Read more

Lenovo Smart Clock is the Google Assistant version of the Echo Spot, but so much better looking
Lenovo Smart Clock is the Google Assistant version of the Echo Spot, but so much better looking By Chris Hall

The Amazon Echo Spot has a Google rival in the form of the Lenovo Smart Clock... Read more

Philips Hue adds an outdoor sensor and welcoming floodlights to line-up
Philips Hue adds an outdoor sensor and welcoming floodlights to line-up By Rik Henderson

Philips Hue ris expanding its outdoor range to include a motion sensor that can switch on lights as you near it.... Read more

Samsung Family Hub refrigerators get extra smarts for 2019
Samsung Family Hub refrigerators get extra smarts for 2019 By Rik Henderson

For the last few years, Samsung's Family Hub refrigerators have been stars of CES trade shows and this year is no different.... Read more

Honeywell Home T9 and T10 Pro take granular temperature control to the next level
Honeywell Home T9 and T10 Pro take granular temperature control to the next level By Maggie Tillman

The T9 and T10 Pro Smart Thermostats have motion detection capabilities that allow them to begin adjusting a room as soon as someone has entered it.... Read more

Arlo Security System contains a super-smart sensor, siren and remote to boost security
Arlo Security System contains a super-smart sensor, siren and remote to boost security By Chris Hall

Arlo is expanding its smart home presence and expanding beyond security cameras. Closing the loop on other aspects of home protection is the new Arlo Security... Read more

What is Works with Arlo and what devices are compatible?
What is Works with Arlo and what devices are compatible? By Chris Hall

Arlo is spreading its wings and here's everything you need to know about the new smart home platform... Read more

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