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Velux Active windows achieve peak smart home with Netatmo sensor integration, smartphone control

Velux Active windows achieve peak smart home with Netatmo sensor integration, smartphone control

By Chris Hall

With the launch of the Velux Active, we've reached peak smart home in 2017. Announced at CES 2017, the Velux Active smart windows can be automated to work in cahoots with a range of home environment sensors, as well as offering iPhone and Android control. That... Read more

Mattel’s Aristotle is an Amazon Echo style speaker aimed squarely at your kids

Mattel’s Aristotle is an Amazon Echo style speaker aimed squarely at your kids

By Adrian Willings

Mattel is planning on releasing an Amazon Echo style speaker aimed at children according to a number of reports.Pitched somewhere between a smart baby monitor and an educational assistant for your kids, this new Echo-like speaker is going to offer a range... Read more

Belkin expands Wemo Switch lineup with Mini and Dimmer models

Belkin expands Wemo Switch lineup with Mini and Dimmer models

By Max Langridge

Belkin has taken to the CES showfloor to unveil two new additions to its Wemo Smart Switch range of app controlled switches. The new models include the Wemo Mini Smart Plug and Wemo Dimmer Light Switch. CES 2017: All the announcements, TVs, laptops and... Read more

Samsung VR7000 robot vacuum will eat your dust, take commands from Alexa

Samsung VR7000 robot vacuum will eat your dust, take commands from Alexa

By Max Langridge

Samsung has announced the POWERbot VR7000, the latest model to join its series of robot vacuum cleaners, will be officially unveiled at CES 2017. Dyson 360 Eye review: Finally, a robotic vacuum that really works Samsung says consumers in North America,... Read more

Apple HomeKit tips and tricks with Apple TV

Apple HomeKit tips and tricks with Apple TV

By Stuart Miles

Apple's HomeKit ecosystem works really well with just an iOS device like an iPhone or and iPad, but to really make the most of Apple's smart home offering and the hundreds of accessories that go with it, you really should add an Apple TV into the mix.... Read more

How to make Amazon Echo connect to your BT Home Hub: An easy fix

How to make Amazon Echo connect to your BT Home Hub: An easy fix

By Chris Hall

Amazon Echo arrived in the UK on 28 September to much excitement. Those who pre-ordered the connected device took delivery and then discovered that it wouldn't work with one of the UK's largest internet services, as it failed to connect to BT's Home Hub.Setting... Read more

LG CES 2017 plans revealed: Smart Home appliances to get smarter with deep learning

LG CES 2017 plans revealed: Smart Home appliances to get smarter with deep learning

By Rik Henderson

LG is set to unveil a range of smart home appliances during CES 2017 that adopt deep learning technology to make them smarter than ever before.During the January consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, the company will debut a new robot vacuum cleaner,... Read more

Apple HomeKit tips and tricks without Apple TV

Apple HomeKit tips and tricks without Apple TV

By Pocket-lint Promotion

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. A guide to Elgato Eve HomeKit accessories What you need to get started with HomeKit Five reasons... Read more

Nissan takes on Tesla's Powerwall with its own xStorage home battery, pre-orders now open

Nissan takes on Tesla's Powerwall with its own xStorage home battery, pre-orders now open

By Britta O'Boyle

Nissan has announced pre-orders are now open for its home power storage solution, xStorage, which was revealed in May 2016.Teaming up with Eaton - a power management company - the xStorage steps into the same space as the Tesla Powerwall, aiming to provide... Read more

Using Eve Energy and HomeKit to turn on your Christmas lights

Using Eve Energy and HomeKit to turn on your Christmas lights

By Pocket-lint Promotion

It's the season of good will and that means at some point you are going to decking the halls with boughs of holly, or more likely the tree with Christmas lights.It will no doubt look amazing, until you realise that the plug socket for the lights is at... Read more

Alexa, clean my house: Neato Botvac adds Echo integration

Alexa, clean my house: Neato Botvac adds Echo integration

By Britta O'Boyle

Neato Robotics has announced support for Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, enabling users to control their Botvac Connected robot vacuum with their voice through Alexa.The partnership will launch with four supported commands to begin with, comprising start,... Read more

Why you need to upgrade your light switch to the Eve Light Switch

Why you need to upgrade your light switch to the Eve Light Switch

By Pocket-lint Promotion

The Eve Light Switch (USA & Canada only) is the world’s first light switch with HomeKit technology built in allowing you to do much more than just any old regular light switch. Apple HomeKit tips and tricks without Apple TV A guide to Elgato Eve HomeKit... Read more

Get an Amazon Dash Button for 99p and still get £4.99 back off your first order

Get an Amazon Dash Button for 99p and still get £4.99 back off your first order

By Rik Henderson

Amazon's Black Friday deals continue apace with a massive discount on its Dash Buttons. For today only, Tuesday 22 November, you can nab yourself a Dash Button of your choice for just 99p.The best is yet to come, however.Not only can you get a Dash Button... Read more

Apple might no longer make Wi-Fi routers or Time Capsules

Apple might no longer make Wi-Fi routers or Time Capsules

By Elyse Betters

Apple has reportedly ditched its wireless router biz.According to Bloomberg, the Cupertino, CA-based company is trying to focus on consumer products that generate more revenue, so it's shutting down the wireless router team responsible for the AirPort... Read more

Amazon's Alexa adds Allrecipes skill to help you cook over 60,000 recipes

Amazon's Alexa adds Allrecipes skill to help you cook over 60,000 recipes

By Elyse Betters

Anyone who owns an Amazon Echo knows it's perfect for the kitchen.Don't know how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon? Ask Alexa. Want to set a timer? Ask Alexa. The speaker's voice assistant lets you get done tasks hands-free, and so it makes sense that... Read more

How does the Eve app compare to Apple Home app?

How does the Eve app compare to Apple Home app?

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Apple Home is the dedicated HomeKit app that comes with iOS 10 allowing you to monitor and control your HomeKit enabled devices from your iPhone, your iPad or your Apple Watch. Apple HomeKit tips and tricks without Apple TV A guide to Elgato Eve HomeKit... Read more

Amazon Echo Dot review: The tiny personal assistant with big personality
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Amazon Echo Dot review: The tiny personal assistant with big personality

By Adrian Willings

The Echo Dot is Amazon's small and affordable route into Alexa, its voice-controlled personal assistant for your home, which can playback music, add to your Amazon shopping list, control third-party apps and much more.Available for £50, it's essentially... Read more

How to solve Sick Building Syndrome at home and work

How to solve Sick Building Syndrome at home and work

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Sick Building Syndrome is a condition caused by volatile organic compounds (VOC) in large quantities. People and pets release VOCs when they breathe, perspire or digest, but they are also released from other common items, such as carpet, paint, furniture... Read more

Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa
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Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa

By Elyse Betters

Amazon launched the Echo - its cylindrical, internet-connected Bluetooth-capable speaker - in the US in 2015. Just over a year later and the Echo finally made its way to the UK and other territories.But we're not most excited about the actual speaker... Read more

Samsung Family Hub connected fridge now available in UK

Samsung Family Hub connected fridge now available in UK

By Rik Henderson

It is customary for televisions or home entertainment tech to come out tops during the CES trade show in Las Vegas at the start of each year, but in January 2016, Samsung was talk of the town for its latest fridge freezer rather than its TVs.The company... Read more

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review: Is it all just hot air?

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review: Is it all just hot air?

By Stuart Miles

A hair dryer is just a hairdryer isn't it? Not when it's a Dyson Supersonic hair dryer it's not. Well, that's the claim. We've been using with the new hair dryer to see whether it really is worth its £300 asking price.Dyson Supersonic hair dryer review: An... Read more

A guide to Elgato Eve HomeKit accessories

A guide to Elgato Eve HomeKit accessories

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Elgato's Eve is all about improving your comfort at home. It wants to help you live smarter by giving you the knowledge and insight you need to do this.There are a number of devices available within the Eve range, all of which connect to the Eve app and... Read more

Tesla Solar Roof will power your home and look good in the process

Tesla Solar Roof will power your home and look good in the process

By Rik Henderson

Popping a solar panel on your roof is a great way to generate free, sustainable energy for your home but there's one major drawback, it is often unsightly. Some councils even frown upon them.However, Tesla's latest concept would be approved of by anyone... Read more

Bonjour is a smart alarm clock that doubles as a personal assistant

Bonjour is a smart alarm clock that doubles as a personal assistant

By Max Langridge

Bonjour has been designed and made by French company Holi to be a "smart IoT alarm clock that upgrades your morning wake-up routine". There's an AI assistant living inside Bonjour and she's able to monitor your daily activities and working pattern so... Read more

O2 Home offers an easy route down the smarthome path

O2 Home offers an easy route down the smarthome path

By Chris Hall

O2 has a range of smarthome packs, aiming to make it easy to get your home connected.Rather than you going out and buying a range of individual devices, the O2 Home approach will let you choose a pack, have O2 install it and support it in your home, in... Read more

Logitech Pop is a smarthome switch that can quite literally get the party started

Logitech Pop is a smarthome switch that can quite literally get the party started

By Chris Hall

Logitech announced the Pop, a smart home switch that looks to cross the smarthome divide and control multiple devices with the press of a button. in August in the US, but it's now also available in the UK.The switch links into your Wi-Fi, scanning for... Read more

What you need to get started with HomeKit

What you need to get started with HomeKit

By Pocket-lint Promotion

In order to have a smarthome, you don't have to be a homeowner.Think about it: let's say you rent an apartment somewhere or maybe live in a dorm room or are using a house share, you can still take your connected devices with you, from one move to the... Read more

Five reasons to invest in a HomeKit device for your home

Five reasons to invest in a HomeKit device for your home

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Apple's HomeKit technology has many benefits. With support for HomeKit built into some connected devices, such as Elgato's Eve range and its Eve Room indoor sensor, you can turn any home into a smarthome quickly and easily. You can then manage it from... Read more

Samsung now sells smart built-in home appliances like wall ovens

Samsung now sells smart built-in home appliances like wall ovens

By Elyse Betters

Samsung sells smart home appliances like refrigerators and washers, but up until now, it never offered smart built-in appliances.The South Korean company on Tuesday introduced a new line of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled wall ovens, cooktops, and range hoods.... Read more

Five scenarios for getting more from Apple HomeKit

Five scenarios for getting more from Apple HomeKit

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Apple Homekit is finally here. With over 100 products supporting the ecosystem, including Elgato Eve, there are now tonnes of things you can do to your home to help you enjoy it more.Homekit is a system that allows you to quickly and easily control devices,... Read more

Hive review: The British Gas system that's the hub of all things
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Hive review: The British Gas system that's the hub of all things

By Chris Hall

When British Gas called us in to the launch of Hive Active Heating, it was clear that this was the starting point for something bigger. Focusing initially where you would expect a heating company to focus, Active Heating was an easy first step. Thanks... Read more

Google's Assistant could soon take over your entire house

Google's Assistant could soon take over your entire house

By Max Langridge

Google recently launched two new smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL and the Google Home wireless speaker. All three devices have the company's new Google Assistant built-in. What is Google Assistant, how does it work, when can you use it? Assistant is... Read more

Honeywell Lyric T6 smart thermostat will make your home toasty warm when you’re on your way home

Honeywell Lyric T6 smart thermostat will make your home toasty warm when you’re on your way home

By Max Langridge

Honeywell has launched the Lyric T6, the latest in its range of connected thermostats, joining the evohome and and Single Zone. The new model has Apple HomeKit integration meaning you can control it using your voice and Siri, or through Apple’s Home... Read more

Hive takes on Philips Hue with colour changing light bulbs

Hive takes on Philips Hue with colour changing light bulbs

By Max Langridge

Hive, the smarthome subsidiary of British Gas, launched its first Active Lights back in June, instantly making it a major smarthome player. The ability to control heating and lighting from one app and using one hub makes it incredibly simple and accessible.Today,... Read more

Sofas are now getting smart and can be controlled with ROM’s Aladin app

Sofas are now getting smart and can be controlled with ROM’s Aladin app

By Max Langridge

Our homes are getting smarter and smarter by the day, we’ve seen smart plugs, smart coffee machines and smart thermostats. One area we thought perhaps couldn’t be made smart though is the sofa. British sofa company ROM has different ideas though and... Read more

Google might launch a new 'Google Wi-Fi' router at October event

Google might launch a new 'Google Wi-Fi' router at October event

By Elyse Betters

Google's a couple weeks away from announcing new hardware, including a home router product, according to a new report.Android Police claimed the Mountain View, CA-based company has developed something called Google Wi-Fi. Consumers can reportedly expect... Read more

Canary spreads its wings with Flex outdoor security camera

Canary spreads its wings with Flex outdoor security camera

By Max Langridge

Canary first launched its current indoor security camera in 2014, promising full HD video recording and to warn you of any activity inside your home, recording it at the same time.But the first Canary cam can only be used indoors, but now there’s a... Read more

Hive confirms compatibility with Amazon Echo for voice controlled heating and lighting

Hive confirms compatibility with Amazon Echo for voice controlled heating and lighting

By Chris Hall

Amazon today confirmed that the Amazon Echo is coming to the UK, powered by its onboard smart agent Alexa.Announcing a range of partnerships, one of the more interesting for the UK is Hive, the smarthome offshoot of British Gas. Hive has confirmed that... Read more

Tado teams up with Amazon for voice-controlled heating in the UK

Tado teams up with Amazon for voice-controlled heating in the UK

By Britta O'Boyle

Smart heating company Tado has announced it is teaming up with Amazon Echo to offer voice-controlled heating to its users in the UK, Germany and Austria. The collaboration comes after Amazon finally announced that Amazon Echo, and a refreshed Amazon... Read more

Nest Cam adds Sightline, an innovative way to view your recorded video

Nest Cam adds Sightline, an innovative way to view your recorded video

By Chris Hall

Nest has announced a new software feature for Nest Cam, Dropcam and the new Nest Cam Outdoor that will make it easier to skim through your recorded footage. Called Sightline, the new feature presents a live view from your Cam in the top third of the... Read more

Nest Thermostat now comes in black, white and copper

Nest Thermostat now comes in black, white and copper

By Chris Hall

Nest Thermostat looks good. It's hard not to spot it on the wall and appreciate the simplicity of the design, compared to the off-white plastic thermostat of yesteryear.Nest has announced that the Thermostat is now available in three more colours, in... Read more

Sony Xperia Projector concept will let you play Candy Crush on the kitchen table

Sony Xperia Projector concept will let you play Candy Crush on the kitchen table

By Britta O'Boyle

Sony announced a few concepts at Mobile World Congress in March, including the Xperia Eye, Xperia Agent and the Xperia Projector. The idea behind each was revealed at the show but it wasn't possible to play with any of them or see them in action.Things... Read more

Netatmo Smart Radiator Valves offer room-by-room heating control and HomeKit compatibility

Netatmo Smart Radiator Valves offer room-by-room heating control and HomeKit compatibility

By Britta O'Boyle

Netatmo has expanded its smarthome portfolio with the addition of Smart Radiator Valves, offering its Smart Connected Thermostat users the ability to control their heating on a room-by-room basis.Designed by Philippe Starck, like the Smart Connected Thermostat,... Read more

Neato launches Botvac D3 and D5 Connected robot vacuum cleaners, starting at £399

Neato launches Botvac D3 and D5 Connected robot vacuum cleaners, starting at £399

By Britta O'Boyle

Neato Robotics has announced not just one, but two new connected robot vacuum cleaners at IFA 2016. The new robots join last year's Botvac Connected model and the standard non-connected D85 robot that will remain available for those that don't want to... Read more

Tado third-gen system adds multi-room control, plus HomeKit and Echo compatibility

Tado third-gen system adds multi-room control, plus HomeKit and Echo compatibility

By Britta O'Boyle

Tado has announced a third-generation of its smart heating system at consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin. The latest system comprises the v3 Smart Thermostat and Smart Radiator Thermostats, the latter of which will enable room-by-room heating control.The... Read more

Amazon Dash Buttons: 10 to get in the UK

Amazon Dash Buttons: 10 to get in the UK

By Stuart Miles

Amazon Dash Buttons have launched in the UK allowing you to access Amazon's one-click order service if you are a prime customer.Each Dash Button costs £4.99 and comes with £4.99 credit - so are effectively free of charge. Setup is via Wi-Fi through... Read more

Amazon Dash Buttons available in the UK: One-touch order buttons for Prime users are here

Amazon Dash Buttons available in the UK: One-touch order buttons for Prime users are here

By Mike Lowe

In 2015 Amazon introduced its Dash Buttons in the States. The idea was simple: a physical touch button dedicated to ordering a specific item with just one press. And now Dash Buttons are available in the UK.Think of a Dash Button like extracting Amazon's... Read more