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The Top Five Meals from Blue Apron

The Top Five Meals from Blue Apron

By Pocket-lint Promotion

What makes a great meal? Well, you cooking it, obviously, but with a little help from someone like Blue Apron, it can be even better. What's more, the blueapron.com website has well over 500 recipes in its online cookbook, all with instructions, tips... Read more

TP-Link Deco M5 mesh Wi-Fi system comes with built-in virus and malware protection

TP-Link Deco M5 mesh Wi-Fi system comes with built-in virus and malware protection

By Rik Henderson

There are multiple mesh networking solutions hitting the market right now, much to the benefit of home Wi-Fi connectivity. Google Wifi is perhaps the most famous, but it is not the only system available.TP-Link has now joined the fray, with its Deco... Read more

Master Lock Select Access Smart is a digital safe for your keys

Master Lock Select Access Smart is a digital safe for your keys

By Max Langridge

Master Lock, an American security company with nearly 100 years of experience, has released the Select Access Smart digital safe to keep items such as keys protected from thieves and to give access to trusted people.The Select Access Smart is a relatively... Read more

Amazon Dash Wand: What you can and can't do with this Alexa device

Amazon Dash Wand: What you can and can't do with this Alexa device

By Elyse Betters

A few years ago, Amazon quietly announced a new gadget, the Dash Wand, but it's taken until now to give it a wider, official launch.It’s basically giving the Dash Wand away for free. Prime members who spend $20 on the Dash Wand get a $20 Amazon credit... Read more

Nest Cam IQ is a new indoor security camera with facial recognition tech

Nest Cam IQ is a new indoor security camera with facial recognition tech

By Elyse Betters

Nest Labs has launched pre-orders for a new indoor security camera.Called Nest Cam IQ, the camera supposedly offers a range of intelligent features. It knows when your child has arrived home safely, for instance, or that there’s a stranger in your... Read more

Google Home recognises who speaks to it: How to add multiple users

Google Home recognises who speaks to it: How to add multiple users

By Elyse Betters

Google Home can now recognise each person in your household by their voice and smartly switch to their account and preferences.Those of you with a husband or kids or a roommate will appreciate Google Home's latest update. If you've ever said to the speaker... Read more

Hive teases future launches of Hive Leak Sensor and Hive Active Hub devices

Hive teases future launches of Hive Leak Sensor and Hive Active Hub devices

By Chris Hall

Hive has announced the Hive Camera, adding video to its smart home system, but there's more to come in 2017. The company has confirmed that it will be launching the Hive Leak Sensor and the Hive Active Hub to expand the offering of the growing system.Initially... Read more

Hive Camera rivals Nest Cam with audio and motion detection, will also bark like a dog

Hive Camera rivals Nest Cam with audio and motion detection, will also bark like a dog

By Chris Hall

Hive, the British Gas-backed smart home company has announced the latest addition to its collection of smart home devices called the Hive Camera. Following the likes of Nest with the Nest Cam, the Hive Camera will let Hive users monitor their home using... Read more

Apple HomeKit may soon support Nest smart home products

Apple HomeKit may soon support Nest smart home products

By Max Langridge

You may eventually be able to control your Nest thermostat, smoke detector or security camera through Apple HomeKit following the company's recent comments to 9to5Mac. Apple HomeKit and Home app: What are they and how do they work? Apple HomeKit spec... Read more

Amazon's voice-ordering Dash Wand is now almost free for Prime users

Amazon's voice-ordering Dash Wand is now almost free for Prime users

By Elyse Betters

If you live in the US and subscribe to Amazon Prime, you can now get the Dash Wand for free (or almost free, anyway).Amazon in 2014 unveiled a Wi-Fi wand with a built-in microphone and barcode scanner. Called Dash, it looked like a Nintendo Wii remote,... Read more

Logitech unveils Circle 2, a versatile, flexible and secure connected camera

Logitech unveils Circle 2, a versatile, flexible and secure connected camera

By Adrian Willings

Launching at the end of July is the Logitech Circle 2, the updated version of the original Logitech Circle connected camera. This next generation of Circle camera is touted as being more versatile and flexible than the previous model.Logitech explained... Read more

Amazon Alexa calling: How to block calls and messages to your Echo

Amazon Alexa calling: How to block calls and messages to your Echo

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has catered to the privacy-conscious by adding a new blocking feature to its Alexa calling service.Amazon Alexa calling, introduced by Amazon in May, was criticised by some for not giving users a way to block calls and messages. In other words,... Read more

Apple HomeKit spec change likely to see river of new products flood the market

Apple HomeKit spec change likely to see river of new products flood the market

By Stuart Miles

Apple has quietly opened up its HomeKit specification, allowing third-party manufacturers, like Philips and Honeywell, to connect to the Apple smart home offering through software authentication rather than needing a dedicated hardware chip.The news is... Read more

Use your Amazon Echo and Alexa to follow the UK General Election

Use your Amazon Echo and Alexa to follow the UK General Election

By Rik Henderson

It's the UK General Election today, with millions voting on the future leaders of the country throughout Thursday 8 June, with results expected to start to come in soon after midnight tonight.TV stations will undoubtedly cover the proceedings all day... Read more

Amazon Echo gets cool new features, check out what Alexa can do now

Amazon Echo gets cool new features, check out what Alexa can do now

By Rik Henderson

Amazon has introduced a couple of major new features to Alexa, to be used through compatible devices such as the Amazon Echo.There are two main features added: Reminders and Named Timers, with the former available in the US, UK and Germany. Currently,... Read more

HP's Cortana device will be a standalone speaker with AI built in

HP's Cortana device will be a standalone speaker with AI built in

By Chris Hall

Following the lead of Amazon and Google, Microsoft is getting in on the connected AI speaker action with its own Cortana-powered devices.First there was Harman Kardon with the Invoke, and now HP has announced it's also looking at Cortana devices. Although... Read more

What is Samsung Connect Home and how does it work?

What is Samsung Connect Home and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

Our homes are filled with connected devices, and yet, many people lack basic connectivity while at home.To address this problem, Samsung is introducing a new product: Samsung Connect Home. It describes it as a "premium router and IoT hub in one", with... Read more

Samsung Connect Home Wi-Fi takes on Google Wifi with smart home skills to boot

Samsung Connect Home Wi-Fi takes on Google Wifi with smart home skills to boot

By Rik Henderson

Mesh Wi-Fi networks are gaining in popularity, as a way to ensure a whole house is covered in wireless internet connectivity without resorting to powerline extenders. Google Wifi is one of the best know on the market, and has tested well in reviews, including... Read more

Eve Degree is your HomeKit-ready indoor or outdoor weather station

Eve Degree is your HomeKit-ready indoor or outdoor weather station

By Chris Hall

The Elgato Eve Degree is a versatile smart weather station that's HomeKit enabled so it will play nice with your Apple devices, bringing a range of indoor or outdoor information.Taking a minimalist square design with a big central information display,... Read more

Nest Cam IQ vs Nest Cam Indoor: What's the difference?

Nest Cam IQ vs Nest Cam Indoor: What's the difference?

By Britta O'Boyle

Nest has announced a new smart home security camera to its line-up in the form of the Nest Cam IQ. The new device brings several advancements over the Nest Cam Indoor, though it also adds a few pounds to the price tag, which could make the decision between... Read more

Nest Cam IQ 4K security camera can tell the difference between a burglar or a thing

Nest Cam IQ 4K security camera can tell the difference between a burglar or a thing

By Britta O'Boyle

Nest has announced a new indoor security camera to its portfolio in the Nest Cam IQ. The next-generation indoor security camera is able to differentiate between person and thing, and the company claims it offers best-in-class imaging and intelligent... Read more

Essential made an Amazon Echo-like device called Home, coming soon

Essential made an Amazon Echo-like device called Home, coming soon

By Elyse Betters

Essential made more than a new Android phone. It also made Home.Essential is a new startup headed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin. The company has been teasing for a while that it had some major announcements in store for 30 May, and while many assumed... Read more

Logitech Pop Smart Button now compatible with Apple HomeKit, control your Hue, Sonos and other kit with one tap

Logitech Pop Smart Button now compatible with Apple HomeKit, control your Hue, Sonos and other kit with one tap

By Rik Henderson

As you add more smart home devices to your abode you soon realise that instead of making life less complicated, they can sometimes do the opposite.That's because each device requires a different app to control it. And even when all linked through a unifying smart... Read more

Ikea's smart lights add voice control via Alexa, Assistant, and Homekit

Ikea's smart lights add voice control via Alexa, Assistant, and Homekit

By Elyse Betters

You will soon be able to control Ikea smart lights using your voice.The Swedish retailer has revealed the Tradfri range will get voice control for owners of Google Home, Apple HomeKit, and Amazon Alexa devices. The feature is expected it to arrive by... Read more

Nest might unveil new 4K indoor home security camera by end of May

Nest might unveil new 4K indoor home security camera by end of May

By Elyse Betters

Google-owned Nest will soon announce a 4K indoor home security camera, but it's not your typical 4K camera.It won't actually record in 4K, according to Android Police. Instead, it will use the 4K resolution to "power some cool zooming tricks". The sensor... Read more

You can now control LG smart home appliances using Google Home

You can now control LG smart home appliances using Google Home

By Max Langridge

LG has announced that its Signature range of home appliances can now be controlled using Google Assistant and Google Home. Appliances include a washing machine and dryer, refrigerator, the Signature oven range, air purifier, robotic vacuum cleaner and... Read more

Google Home can now give you visual responses on phones and Chromecast

Google Home can now give you visual responses on phones and Chromecast

By Chris Hall

Google has announced a number of updates for Google Home at Google I/O 2017, demonstrating how the smart AI device will be able to take advantage of the screens around your house. Not only can you use services like YouTube and Netflix via Chromecast,... Read more

Philips Hue expands White Ambience range with three new smart lamps

Philips Hue expands White Ambience range with three new smart lamps

By Max Langridge

Philips has expanded its Hue range of smart lighting with three new smart lighting fixtures: two table lamps and a ceiling light fixture. What Philips Hue smart bulbs are there and which should you buy? The three new lamps: Wellner and Wellness table... Read more

Apple Siri speaker and 10.5-inch iPad Pro all but confirmed for WWDC

Apple Siri speaker and 10.5-inch iPad Pro all but confirmed for WWDC

By Max Langridge

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference starts on 5 June and while the event is usually reserved for software updates, and we will hear news about iOS 11 and macOS 10.13, it can be used for hardware as well. Apple WWDC 2017: When is it, where to watch,... Read more

Lighthouse home security camera intelligently recognises family members and pets

Lighthouse home security camera intelligently recognises family members and pets

By Max Langridge

Smart home security cameras are nothing new, they're able to detect motion inside or outside your home and send you a notification. The new Lighthouse security wants to take that further by intelligently recognising different people and even pets, using... Read more

Tesla Solar Roof: Everything you need to know

Tesla Solar Roof: Everything you need to know

By Elyse Betters

Tesla has begun letting customers pre-order its Solar Roof.Six months after announcing the eco-friendly product, the car-maker has finally shared all the details about Solar Roof, including how the roof's solar tiles work, how much they cost, and what... Read more

Microsoft HomeHub for Windows 10 wants to be your smart home control centre

Microsoft HomeHub for Windows 10 wants to be your smart home control centre

By Max Langridge

Microsoft appears to be planning its own rival to the likes of Amazon Echo and Apple HomeKit, in the form of HomeHub. The smart home control feature, or at least the first stages of it, will become part of Windows 10, possibly in the next update due in... Read more

Echo Show official: Amazon's home hub offers video calling and more, pre-order now open

Echo Show official: Amazon's home hub offers video calling and more, pre-order now open

By Chris Hall

The Echo Show is now official, with Amazon announcing the latest addition to its Alexa-powered collection of devices.The Echo Show nearly stayed under wraps, only briefly getting leaked before the announcement, which at least means it comes as something... Read more

Amazon's touchscreen Echo with video calling could launch this week

Amazon's touchscreen Echo with video calling could launch this week

By Elyse Betters

Amazon's next Echo device will probably have a 7-inch touchscreen, and it could be announced within the next 24 hours.According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon might announce a new Echo as early as 9 May. The device is expected to feature support for... Read more

GE's new Sol smart lamp comes with Alexa, now available to preorder

GE's new Sol smart lamp comes with Alexa, now available to preorder

By Elyse Betters

GE made a cool, multifunctional lamp with built-in Amazon Alexa.It actually announced the light in December, but now we know it will be called C by GE Sol. It’s part of GE’s C-branded line of smart lights. We also now know that it will cost $199.99... Read more

Apple finalising plans for Amazon Echo-like device to control your home through Siri

Apple finalising plans for Amazon Echo-like device to control your home through Siri

By Rik Henderson

Apple has long thought to be working on a product to rival Amazon Alexa and the Echo speaker. Now it is reported that any such designs are in the final stages.According to Sonny Dickson, who has hit the nail on the head many times in the past when it... Read more

Google Home just became the perfect sous-chef for your kitchen

Google Home just became the perfect sous-chef for your kitchen

By Elyse Betters

Google Home now serves up numerous guided recipe instructions.Anyone who owns a voice-activated smart speaker, including Amazon Echo, knows it's perfect for the kitchen. Don't know how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon? Ask your speaker. Want to set... Read more

Amazon Echo Look is the personal assistant that replaces your mirror

Amazon Echo Look is the personal assistant that replaces your mirror

By Max Langridge

Amazon has made a fashionable addition to its Echo range of personal assistants. Called the Echo Look, Amazon's latest device is a camera that you control with your voice, that takes full-lengths selfies. Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa Amazon... Read more

Google Wifi review: Whole home internet coverage done right
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Google Wifi review: Whole home internet coverage done right

By Cam Bunton

Having spent some time over the pond in the US market, Google's smart home networking system has now landed in the UK.It's not the only Wi-Fi-extending product of its kind available (and there are lesser alternatives, like powerline extenders), but it's... Read more

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart wants to make oral care sexy with connected toothbrush

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart wants to make oral care sexy with connected toothbrush

By Chris Hall

Philips is preparing to supercharge your oral care with the launch of a new connected toothbrush, the Sonicare DiamondClean Smart.Revealing the new electric toothbrush at the IFA Global Press Conference 2017, the new toothbrush isn't due to launch until... Read more

Google Home's latest feature lets everyone easily access their data

Google Home's latest feature lets everyone easily access their data

By Elyse Betters

Google Home is about to get a lot more useful for the entire family.A new update to the Google Home app is alerting people that “multiple users are now supported”. Except, the message appears to be popping up by accident, because the functionality... Read more

Amazon Alexa finally lets you control the colour of lights with your voice

Amazon Alexa finally lets you control the colour of lights with your voice

By Elyse Betters

Amazon's Alexa AI has long been able to control smart lights via voice commands, but oddly, not their colour.Although you could turn off or on all sorts of smart lamps from the likes of Philips Hue or LIFX and so many others, you were otherwise limited.... Read more

Google wants to stuff another device into the next Google Home speaker

Google wants to stuff another device into the next Google Home speaker

By Elyse Betters

What would make Google Home better?This is a question Google has been apparently asking itself, especially since the market is currently exploding with Alexa-powered devices from not only Amazon but just about every other third-party manufacturer out... Read more

Google Wifi's latest feature isn't going to make your kid very happy

Google Wifi's latest feature isn't going to make your kid very happy

By Elyse Betters

Google has updated its Wi-Fi router so that you can annoy your kids."Wi-Fi at home helps with special everyday moments," Google announced on Monday. "But as we all know, sometimes these moments can turn into hours spent watching videos or browsing photos.... Read more

What is Google Wifi and how does the mesh router work?

What is Google Wifi and how does the mesh router work?

By Elyse Betters

Google introduced Google Wifi in the US at the end of 2016 and now its own broadband router is coming to the UK.It's a bit different to many other routers in that it can pair with other Google Wifi routers around the home to make a mesh network and therefore... Read more

Google Wifi router will arrive in the UK on 6 April

Google Wifi router will arrive in the UK on 6 April

By Elyse Betters

Google has announced that its Wifi router already available in the US, will be making its way to the UK next month. Simply called Google Wi-Fi, each base station looks like a Scandinavian-style, double-stacked hockey puck that Google described as a "visually... Read more

Google Home UK release date and price revealed

Google Home UK release date and price revealed

By Rik Henderson

Google Home, Google's home assistant and rival to the Amazon Echo, is coming to the UK from 6 April.The release date and price were unveiled at an event in London on Tuesday 28 March, where it was also revealed the British edition will offer news briefings... Read more

Ikea goes after Philips Hue with own budget smart lighting collection

Ikea goes after Philips Hue with own budget smart lighting collection

By Elyse Betters

Ikea just introduced a "Smart Lighting" collection.The range, which will arrive in UK stores in April, includes energy-efficient LED bulbs, as well as lighting panels and doors. These different products can be managed remotely via an app, called Tradfri,... Read more

Amazon Alexa adds Prime Now: How to get fast deliveries with your voice

Amazon Alexa adds Prime Now: How to get fast deliveries with your voice

By Elyse Betters

Amazon is constantly improving its voice assistant, Alexa, and its latest feature is a "prime" example (pun intended).The company has announced Alexa now works with its Amazon Prime Now delivery service, meaning you can now use your voice to order goods... Read more