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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

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

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

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

Ring unveils Door View Cam, smart lighting system, and new Alarm sensors
Ring unveils Door View Cam, smart lighting system, and new Alarm sensors By Maggie Tillman

Amazon-owned Ring is kicking off CES 2019 - and the new year - with a new video doorbell, a Smart Lighting system, and a Ring Alarm expansion.... Read more

Ikea smart blinds coming with Alexa, Google Assistant and Homekit control
Ikea smart blinds coming with Alexa, Google Assistant and Homekit control By Rik Henderson

Furniture retailer Ikea is set to add smart blinds to its list of connected home products.... Read more

Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell promises Homekit support, but is it enough to beat Ring and Nest?
Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell promises Homekit support, but is it enough to beat Ring and Nest? By Stuart Miles

Netatmo has launched a new connected doorbell that works with Apple's Homekit as it looks to take on Ring and Nest in the smart doorbell market.... Read more

Google smart displays: What devices are there and what do they offer?
Google smart displays: What devices are there and what do they offer? By Cam Bunton

Smart displays from Google rival the Amazon Echo Show - but what do they do?... Read more

11 must-have smart bathroom gadgets
11 must-have smart bathroom gadgets By Britta O'Boyle

The bathroom has just as much potential to be as smart as the rest of your home. Here are a few devices available now, as well as some coming soon.... Read more

Asus Lyra Voice is a Wi-Fi router and Alexa speaker in one
Asus Lyra Voice is a Wi-Fi router and Alexa speaker in one By Stuart Miles

Asus has announced at CES, in Las Vegas, that it is getting into the Alexa game with a new dedicated speaker.... Read more

D-Link 5G router could speed up your home broadband by 40 times
D-Link 5G router could speed up your home broadband by 40 times By Rik Henderson

D-Link has announced a 5G router that could offer speeds at 40 times the US average for a cabled connection.... Read more

This could be August's new View Doorbell Cam and Chime
This could be August's new View Doorbell Cam and Chime By Maggie Tillman

The new August View Doorbell Cam looks different from the older, boxy models and reportedly has a doorbell chime to go with it.... Read more

New Ring products destined for CES 2019 leaked: Beams Spotlight and Wired Floodlight
New Ring products destined for CES 2019 leaked: Beams Spotlight and Wired Floodlight By Rik Henderson

Amazon-owned Ring will launch several new products during 2019, with several leaked online prior to a possible CES unveiling.... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Home: Release date, price, specs and features
Samsung Galaxy Home: Release date, price, specs and features By Maggie Tillman

It houses Samsung's own virtual assistant, doubles as a smart home hub, and can be used to pump out your favourite tunes.... 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

How to stop someone else buying stuff with your Amazon Echo and Alexa
How to stop someone else buying stuff with your Amazon Echo and Alexa By Chris Hall

You've long been able to ask Alexa to buy you things from Amazon. But how do you stop accidental ordering on your Amazon Echo with Alexa?... 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

What are Google Home, Home Max, Home Mini and Home Hub and what can they do?
What are Google Home, Home Max, Home Mini and Home Hub 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

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

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

Online retailer 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... 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

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

32 fun things to ask Alexa this Christmas
32 fun things to ask Alexa this Christmas By Rik Henderson

Considering the amazing bargains on Amazon Echo devices recently, you may well have treated yourself or a loved one to an Echo, Echo Plus or another Alexa-enabled... Read more

The Amazon Echo Show now gets you step-by-step recipes from BBC Good Food
The Amazon Echo Show now gets you step-by-step recipes from BBC Good Food By Dan Grabham

Anyone who owns an Amazon Echo Show knows that it's perfect for the kitchen and now Amazon has introduced step-by-step recipes to the UK.... 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

Apple HomeKit and Home app: What are they and how do they work?
Apple HomeKit and Home app: What are they and how do they work? By Maggie Tillman

Apple wants to make it easier for smart accessories - like Philips Hue lights, Wink lights, and other smart speakers, thermostats, detectors, plugs, blinds,... Read more

The best Apple HomeKit tips and tricks
The best Apple HomeKit tips and tricks By David Phelan

Apple's HomeKit app Home is simple and easy to use, but it also comes with a load of hidden features that you might not, on the surface, realise are available.We've... Read more

Facebook Portal gets a web browser, games, and $50 discount
Facebook Portal gets a web browser, games, and $50 discount By Maggie Tillman

Facebook’s line of Portal devices has received an update that adds some cool new features, such as an internet browser. It's also on sale.... Read more

Google says it won't sell its facial recognition tech (yet)
Google says it won't sell its facial recognition tech (yet) By Dan Grabham

Google has criticised other companies for selling facial recognition tech - and says it "has long been committed to the responsible development of AI (artificial... Read more

Amazon's Echo Input is available now, bringing Alexa to any speaker
Amazon's Echo Input is available now, bringing Alexa to any speaker By Rik Henderson

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

Wow! Amazon Echo Show now has £50 off, Echo Spot now £89
Wow! Amazon Echo Show now has £50 off, Echo Spot now £89 By Rik Henderson

Amazon slashes the price of its own products regularly. And that includes the Echo Show in time for Christmas.... Read more

Alexa will soon answer your questions with information provided by other users
Alexa will soon answer your questions with information provided by other users By Maggie Tillman

Congratulations, you’re the newest source Alexa will be using in order to answer questions.... 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

What is Nanoleaf? Smart light panels and Nanoleaf Canvas explored
What is Nanoleaf? Smart light panels and Nanoleaf Canvas explored By Adrian Willings

If you want to know more about Nanoleaf lighting, what it is, how it works and why you need it, then this article has the answers.... Read more

Arlo Ultra is a new 4K HDR wireless security cam with a spotlight
Arlo Ultra is a new 4K HDR wireless security cam with a spotlight By Maggie Tillman

Arlo Ultra will start at $399/£369 when it becomes available in the first quarter of 2019... Read more

Google Assistant now lets you call Santa and reply to Broadcasts
Google Assistant now lets you call Santa and reply to Broadcasts By Maggie Tillman

Google is pushing out a tonne of new updates to Google Assistant, including some holiday-themed tricks for families to enjoy.... Read more

IKEA Tradfri smart plug now available to buy online in US and UK
IKEA Tradfri smart plug now available to buy online in US and UK By Maggie Tillman

Pocket-lint has spotted IKEA's Tradfri smart plug is finally available to buy through the IKEA website in both the US and UK. It's also available in stores.... Read more

Big Mouth Billy Bass is now a $40 Alexa-enabled device
Big Mouth Billy Bass is now a $40 Alexa-enabled device By Maggie Tillman

This Alexa-enabled Big Mouth Billy Bass comes directly from Gemmy Industries, the company that makes the original Big Mouth Billy Bass.... Read more

BBC made The Unfortunates into an interactive story for Alexa devices
BBC made The Unfortunates into an interactive story for Alexa devices By Maggie Tillman

Called The Unfortunates, it is billed as "a reworked version" of a BBC Radio 3 play starring Martin Freeman. It is based on the 1969 book.... Read more

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