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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

Apple HomeKit preview: Is Apple's smarthome system ready to shine?

Apple HomeKit preview: Is Apple's smarthome system ready to shine?

By Stuart Miles

After what seems like years of planning, especially in the fast moving world of gadgets, Apple's solution to getting your smarthome devices talking to each other has finally arrived.Launching with iOS 10, Apple's dedicated Home app - which is the interface... Read more

Philips' new Hue sensor can detect when you're moving and more

Philips' new Hue sensor can detect when you're moving and more

By Elyse Betters

Philips has new Hue goodies for you, including one that detects movement.It's actually not as creepy as it sounds. The company has announced more products for its Hue line of smart lights and accessories. The standout new gizmo is called Philips Hue Motion... Read more

Ring Video Doorbell review: Chime-tastic security for your front door
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Ring Video Doorbell review: Chime-tastic security for your front door

By Cam Bunton

In the age of the smart home, the number of home devices being connected to the internet is expanding exponentially. Whether it's a kettle, fridge, vacuum cleaner, the central heating or - in this case - a doorbell, you can control and monitor almost... Read more

What is SolarCity and why is Tesla buying it?

What is SolarCity and why is Tesla buying it?

By Elyse Betters

If Tesla Motors has its way, when you go shopping for your next electric vehicle, you might also walk out of the store with a home battery and a new roof for your house made up entirely of solar cells.Earlier this month, entrepreneur Elon Musk announced... Read more

Elon Musk's SolarCity will sell roofs made of solar panels

Elon Musk's SolarCity will sell roofs made of solar panels

By Elyse Betters

Imagine a roof designed to absorb the sun's rays as a source of energy.We're not talking about a roof with solar panels attached to it as an afterthought, but rather a roof entirely made out of solar cells. SolarCity, a clean energy company that Tesla... Read more

Nucleus Anywhere Intercom comes with Amazon's Alexa support

Nucleus Anywhere Intercom comes with Amazon's Alexa support

By Rik Henderson

Nucleus now ships its smart intercom in the US and Canada and it comes with Amazon's Alexa Voice Service built in.The intercom, which costs $250, is like a tablet device that you can take around the home or mount to a wall and use to contact friends... Read more

Amazon Dash available for AmazonFresh customers

Amazon Dash available for AmazonFresh customers

By Stuart Miles

AmazonFresh customers in and around London will be able to use the company's Amazon Dash scanner device to now scan and dictate their shopping order around the house.Costing £34.99, the Dash scanner, which has been available in the US for a number of... Read more

11 reasons to upgrade your doorbell

11 reasons to upgrade your doorbell

By Pocket-lint Promotion

When was the last time you found a "we tried to deliver" card on your door mat, but you were home? With more and more of us opting to have things delivered to our home, it can be challenging to not only make sure we are are in, but that we also hear... Read more

How to make your home smart right now

How to make your home smart right now

By Britta O'Boyle

Smarthomes were once associated with the rich and famous. The kind of houses you only saw in your dreams or TV programmes like Cribs. That's no longer the case.There are hundreds of devices available these days that not only make a smarthome possible,... Read more

How to make your basement smart

How to make your basement smart

By David Phelan

Downstairs, in the basement, can be a great place to escape to. Your den can be full of fun, from a great TV to video games to the newest entertainment kid on the block - virtual reality.The latter needs some space and perhaps the basement is the best... Read more

Hozelock Cloud Controller Kit review: Watering your garden via an app
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Hozelock Cloud Controller Kit review: Watering your garden via an app

By Stuart Miles

We can control our music, our heating, our lights, even the vacuum cleaner via our phone, so why not the outside tap?In steps the Hozelock Cloud Controller, a device that fits to your outside tap and then can be controlled either via an app on your phone... Read more

10 reasons the Honeywell Lyric Security and Home Control System is amazing

10 reasons the Honeywell Lyric Security and Home Control System is amazing

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Many of us lead busy and sometimes stressful lives, rushing about here, there and everywhere trying to get things done. It is hard enough to fit everything in and keep everything ticking along smoothly, without having to worry about things such as your... Read more

Tefal app-controlled ActiFry Smart XL and Cook4Me Connect to stir things up in the kitchen

Tefal app-controlled ActiFry Smart XL and Cook4Me Connect to stir things up in the kitchen

By Mike Lowe

Not so hot at juggling pans like a pro? Tefal may have the answer for today's tech-driven cooks: its app-connected Cook4Me Connect pressure cooker and ActiFry Smart XL connected healthier fryer.The idea of both is simple: download the relevant app, install... Read more

Nest Cam Outdoor: Full HD, Nest Aware connected, with talk and listen functions

Nest Cam Outdoor: Full HD, Nest Aware connected, with talk and listen functions

By Chris Hall

Nest has announced a new connected camera, the Nest Cam Outdoor. As the name suggests, this is an outdoor camera, offering weatherproofing, but linking in to the rest of your Nest home.The new camera is designed for DIY installation, opting for a cabled... Read more

How to make your bedroom smart

How to make your bedroom smart

By David Phelan

It's the bedroom, right? So do you need tech there, beyond an alarm clock? Well, sure you do.You'll be sleeping there so you can benefit from gadgets that really show you how well you're sleeping, or not. They can even help you get to sleep, and then... Read more

Tips for saving money on your energy bill this summer (and the rest of the year)

Tips for saving money on your energy bill this summer (and the rest of the year)

By David Phelan

Keeping energy bills as low as possible is an all-year-round job.Sure, you don't need the heating on in the sultry days of summer, but then that ramps up the AC costs instead. Or maybe the nights are still a little chilly even in summer where you are?Follow... Read more

Dyson 360 Eye review: Finally, a robotic vacuum that really works
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Dyson 360 Eye review: Finally, a robotic vacuum that really works

By Stuart Miles

Let's be honest, none of us like cleaning. So when robot vacuum cleaners started appearing on the scene a number of years ago, the idea that we would never have to do any vacuuming again got a lot of people excited.The problem is most robo-vacs don't... Read more

How to make your yard smart

How to make your yard smart

By David Phelan

Ah, the joy of the yard. Sitting outside watching a movie in the summer is appealing enough, as is the idea of sitting in the car for your own private drive-in cinema.Smart tech can also ensure your lawn is watered and mowed with no intervention from... Read more