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Nest 3.0 review: The smartest thermostat just got smarter
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Nest 3.0 review: The smartest thermostat just got smarter

By Mike Lowe

We had Nest 3.0, the smart learning thermostat, installed at the tail-end of 2015, replacing the 2.0 model installed in the summer of 2014. Since then it's been sensing and learning our heating habits. Good job, as the wintry cold spell has really stuck... Read more

British Gas will make your boiler self-diagnose faults with Boiler IQ

British Gas will make your boiler self-diagnose faults with Boiler IQ

By Chris Hall

British Gas has announced its latest product looking to make your home smarter. Boiler IQ is a monitoring system that will allow compatible boilers to self-diagnose problems long before you know something is wrong.Available as an upgrade to existing Worcester... Read more

Nest Cam review: The next level in home security?
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Nest Cam review: The next level in home security?

By Mike Lowe

Wi-Fi based home security camera options are everywhere at the moment, with the Google-owned Nest Cam not the first product with its foot in the door, so to speak. We've already seen Withings Home, Netatmo Welcome and Panasonic Nubo to name but a few.Nest... Read more

Philips' new Hue light switches to warm temps at night to help you sleep

Philips' new Hue light switches to warm temps at night to help you sleep

By Elyse Betters

The tech industry is continuing its assault on cool, blue light.Philips has announced a new smart lightbulb called Philips Hue White Ambiance. It's part of the Hue ecosystem and promises to emit "every shade of white light" from colour temperatures of... Read more

Five ways to get more out of tado° in 2016

Five ways to get more out of tado° in 2016

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Unlike many technology products, an Internet of Things (IoT) device continues to develop and improve as time goes on, rather than aging into insignificance. The beauty of today’s IoT products is that software plays an ever increasing role, meaning connected... Read more

Nest major update: Phone geo-tracking added, family accounts introduced

Nest major update: Phone geo-tracking added, family accounts introduced

By Mike Lowe

Nest has introduced a major update to its app and services today, adding family accounts for up to 10 individual users per account and phone-based geo-tracking for smarter auto-home/away activation.As long-time users of the Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest... Read more

Forget what you know about air conditioning

Forget what you know about air conditioning

By Pocket-lint Promotion

For many of us, it's hard to imagine summer without air conditioning. ACs make those hot days much more comfortable, they help us sleep, make us more productive and are vital for the elderly who struggle to cope with the effects of high temperatures.In... Read more

Nespresso gets connected: Here are a few more must-have smart kitchen gadgets

Nespresso gets connected: Here are a few more must-have smart kitchen gadgets

By Britta O'Boyle

The kitchen is commonly referred to as the "hub of the home" or the "heart of the home", which is fitting given how much time many of us spend in it. Whether you have a kitchen that's old or new, big or small, open-plan or enclosed, there are several gadgets... Read more

Sony Xperia Eye, Projector, Agent: Concept visions of a connected future

Sony Xperia Eye, Projector, Agent: Concept visions of a connected future

By Britta O'Boyle

Alongside the launch of new handsets, Sony revealed a collection of Xperia concepts at Mobile World Congress 2016, products designed to help users interact in a more meaningful way.The Xperia Eye, Xperia Projector and Xperia Agent, constitute a line-up... Read more

A day in the life of tado° smart heating

A day in the life of tado° smart heating

By Pocket-lint Promotion

You may have heard a fair bit about smart thermostats but what's it like living with one? In today's hectic, fast paced environment, the value of your time, comfort and convenience can never be underestimated.One thing you shouldn't need to worry about... Read more

Netgear Arlo Q is a 1080p smart security camera for your home

Netgear Arlo Q is a 1080p smart security camera for your home

By Chris Hall

Netgear is expanding its Arlo range of home monitoring cameras with the Arlo Q.The Arlo Q is a powered camera, meaning it needs to be hooked up to the mains, as opposed to the Wire-Free cameras that Netgear originally launched with the Arlo system, that... Read more

Samsung is launching a Wi-Fi and touchscreen-toting fridge in the UK. Yep, a refrigerator with Wi-Fi

Samsung is launching a Wi-Fi and touchscreen-toting fridge in the UK. Yep, a refrigerator with Wi-Fi

By Mike Lowe

What's the thing clearly missing from your fridge? And no, it's not a pint of milk. It's Wi-Fi. And cameras. And a touchscreen.Which is exactly what the catchily-named Samsung F-Hub RB38J7755B1 - which is the single-stack UK slant on the double-stack... Read more

Saving energy and money with a smart thermostat

Saving energy and money with a smart thermostat

By Pocket-lint Promotion

It might surprise you to know that heating accounts for about 60 per cent of the average household’s energy bill, making it by far the largest expense in your home. Of course the amount you spend on heating depends on many circumstances, but one thing... Read more

What is Tesla Powerwall 2 and when will it be available?

What is Tesla Powerwall 2 and when will it be available?

By Elyse Betters

If you were thinking about getting Tesla's $3,000 Powerwall, you might want to wait until summer.Tesla announced a new home battery system last spring that took the energy-saving scene by storm, but now the electric carmaker has begun to tease a "version... Read more

Guide to smart heating: Why upgrading your thermostat is a good idea

Guide to smart heating: Why upgrading your thermostat is a good idea

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Did you know that the heating and cooling of buildings accounts for over 33 per cent of the world’s energy usage? That’s a larger share than that of the entire global transportation industry. There are two primary reasons why heating uses so much... Read more

New Hive smarthome kit is here: Active Plug, Motion Sensor, Window and Door Sensor launch

New Hive smarthome kit is here: Active Plug, Motion Sensor, Window and Door Sensor launch

By Luke Edwards

Hive has released a host of new smarthome products to buy from as early as today which promise to make your home more connected.Available to buy from now is the Hive Active Plug, and from February the Window and Door Sensor plus Motion Sensor. All... Read more

Sony threw everything but the kitchen sink into this smart light

Sony threw everything but the kitchen sink into this smart light

By Elyse Betters

It's no secret by now that Sony likes to play around with lighting.As part of its Life Space UX project, it makes connected light speakers, projectors, and all sorts of interactive light experiences. And now, thanks to a new Sony Japan site, we're learning... Read more

LG Hom-bot Turbo+ robot vacuum puts the fun into cleaning, here's why

LG Hom-bot Turbo+ robot vacuum puts the fun into cleaning, here's why

By Rik Henderson

Robot vacuum cleaners have been around for many years now and have had varying levels of success, when it comes to autonomously cleaning floors. Few though have also offered as much fun for the owner as the LG Hom-bot Turbo+, because its augmented reality... Read more

LG Signature Refrigerator: Who thought 2016 would be the year of the fridge?

LG Signature Refrigerator: Who thought 2016 would be the year of the fridge?

By Rik Henderson

Before CES started we were of the opinion that CES 2016 would be dominated by 4K TVs and Blu-ray players. But while there were plenty of excellent sets on show, two of the products that also had tongues wagging like an over-excited dog's tail were actually... Read more

Pico Brew: A home brewing machine that makes beer making as easy as baking a loaf of bread

Pico Brew: A home brewing machine that makes beer making as easy as baking a loaf of bread

By Stuart Miles

You'll soon be able to brew beer from your favourite breweries from around the world at home thanks to a new invention called the Pico Brew.The counter top device is a fully automated brewing appliance that is able to brew batches of 5-litre kegs in about... Read more

Worried about the floods? Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak Detector hopes to save your stuff

Worried about the floods? Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak Detector hopes to save your stuff

By Stuart Miles

Honeywell has launched a Wi-Fi enabled leak and freeze detector that can notify you via your smartphone if it detects water in the room it is installed.The seemingly boring looking white box can work on its own without any bigger smarthome system (like... Read more

Tado teams up with AT&T and O2 to add new features like turning on lights

Tado teams up with AT&T and O2 to add new features like turning on lights

By Elyse Betters

Tado has partnered up with AT&T and Telefonica’s O2 in the UK to make its connected system even smarter.Tado will now not only automatically turn on your heating when you are headed home but also do things like turn on the lights, disable the alarm... Read more

New devices from iKettle-maker send alerts when you're running low on milk and more

New devices from iKettle-maker send alerts when you're running low on milk and more

By Elyse Betters

The company that brought you the iKettle has turned its attention to other smart accessories meant for the kitchen.It's announced at CES 2016 in Las Vegas three new products, with the idea of helping out those of you who need a bit of assistance when... Read more

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator comes with giant 21.5-inch screen and camera to spy on your food

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator comes with giant 21.5-inch screen and camera to spy on your food

By Stuart Miles

Samsung has launched a connected "smart" fridge with a huge built-in display allowing you to surf the internet, check your email, or send a text while you search for that bag of frozen peas.Called the Family Hub Refrigerator and set to launch at CES... Read more

Mark Zuckerberg plans to make Iron Man’s Jarvis AI a reality in 2016

Mark Zuckerberg plans to make Iron Man’s Jarvis AI a reality in 2016

By Luke Edwards

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he plans to create a home artificial intelligence system.Zuck made the announcement on Facebook, of course, where he said the home AI is going to be a bit like Iron's Man's Jarvis. Apart from letting... Read more

LG SmartThinQ Hub streams music, shows smarthome notifications and displays reminders

LG SmartThinQ Hub streams music, shows smarthome notifications and displays reminders

By Luke Edwards

LG has announced its newest smart home device before showing it off at CES 2016, meet the SmartThinQ Hub.The LG SmartThinQ Hub looks a lot like a metallic speaker. It is this, and can stream music over Wi-Fi from radio stations, or anything else via a... Read more

Samsung and LG will make your 2016 TV the centre of your smarthome

Samsung and LG will make your 2016 TV the centre of your smarthome

By Chris Hall

Over the past 18 months there's been a lot of talk about smarthome. Often bundled under the umbrella of the Internet of Things (or IoT), we've been waiting for that tipping point where smarthomes become necessary, rather than just a tech nicety.It looks... Read more

Pets riding robot vacuums

Pets riding robot vacuums

By Elyse Betters

Cats and dogs and other pets - for reasons unknown to mere humans - love to hitch rides on the backs of robot vacuums.We had the LG Hom-Bot roaming around our house last year, for instance, and while it did its thing, our red tabby cat, Luther, loved... Read more

Best 10 gadgets for a more connected home

Best 10 gadgets for a more connected home

By Britta O'Boyle

Connected homes used to be something you'd associate with the future but that's no longer the case. Over the last few years we have seen several smarthome gadgets and devices appear and they have really come into their own in 2015.Smart heating and lighting... Read more

Canary’s plumage: How form and function should be inseparable for proper smarthome design

Canary’s plumage: How form and function should be inseparable for proper smarthome design

By Pocket-lint Promotion

To describe an object as Apple-like is something of a cliché in the world of technology and most of those objects which attract such description rarely deliver on that high initial praise. Yet there has been something undeniably Cupertino about the way... Read more

Canary: Simple features, complicated technology

Canary: Simple features, complicated technology

By Dan Sung

There's no point in a smarthome device unless it makes your life easier. If it can't manage that first and foremost, then all the bells and whistles in the world won't matter.It will be too much trouble to use. That was one of tenets upon which the Canary... Read more

Caught by Canary: Burglars, cats and funny moments caught on the smart security camera

Caught by Canary: Burglars, cats and funny moments caught on the smart security camera

By Rik Henderson

Thanks to being able to place it anywhere in your home, smart security system Canary is a doddle to set-up and will send HD video to your smartphone whenever it captures something it thinks you should be alerted by. That can often include a home intrusion... Read more

Canary vs traditional security systems: What's the difference?

Canary vs traditional security systems: What's the difference?

By Pocket-lint Promotion

Home security has always been important, but it hasn't always been accessible. Despite the fact that one burglary is said to occur every 15 seconds and 74 per cent of burglaries are claimed to be residential break-ins, traditional security systems are... Read more

Canary: What is it, what does it do and how does it work?

Canary: What is it, what does it do and how does it work?

By Dan Sung

Thermostats are old news. The really hot smarthome battleground of the moment is smart security systems and Canary is a name to note. A young company focused on a single, carefully-designed piece of kit; the core of its credo was to create something simple... Read more

The Great Christmas Giveaway Day 13: Win an Smarter Coffee Machine 2.0

The Great Christmas Giveaway Day 13: Win an Smarter Coffee Machine 2.0

By Stuart Miles

Welcome to The Great Christmas Giveaway 2015, giving you the chance to win some great prizes in the run up to Christmas right here on Pocket-lint.We'll be giving away a great piece of kit every single day, with something for everyone, from smartphones... Read more

Tips for making your home safe this Christmas

Tips for making your home safe this Christmas

By Stuart Miles

It is a sad fact but burglaries are said to increase by up to 20 per cent around the Christmas holidays. That doesn't mean there is nothing you can do to help make sure this percentage doesn't affect your home though.There are a number of easy and sensible... Read more

Elgato Eve review: Data without due cause
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Elgato Eve review: Data without due cause

By Stuart Miles

For the smarthome to work effectively and efficiently, you need sensors. There's no way around it. Elgato Eve delivers just that: a number of sensors for you to monitor your home and then have that information relayed to your phone (it's Apple iOS only... Read more

Tefal Cuisine Companion takes on Thermomix, but can it deliver?

Tefal Cuisine Companion takes on Thermomix, but can it deliver?

By Stuart Miles

Tefal has created a new cooking appliance that promises to be the one kitchen gadget to rule them all.Rather than focusing in on one specific task, such as a mixer or a blender, the Tefal Cuisine Companion tries to do the lot. The company says it can... Read more

Noke Bluetooth smartlock makes access awesome

Noke Bluetooth smartlock makes access awesome

By Luke Edwards

Noke has gone all the way from Kickstarter project to fully fledged product that anyone can buy. It brings the lock from the time of keys into the future of lights and Bluetooth.The Noke smartlock aims to make keys obsolete sending away with them the... Read more

Nest third gen with larger screen arrives in the UK bringing exclusive features

Nest third gen with larger screen arrives in the UK bringing exclusive features

By Luke Edwards

Nest Labs has already launched its next gen device with enhanced screen in the US, now it's arrived in the UK and Europe with exclusive features.The new Nest sports a slimmer form than its predecessor and a newly designed screen. Plus Nest says Europe... Read more

This Dyson CSYS desk lamp lasts for more than 37 years without needing a new bulb, here's why

This Dyson CSYS desk lamp lasts for more than 37 years without needing a new bulb, here's why

By Rik Henderson

Like father, like son. Jake Dyson is an inventor and engineer extraordinaire. And like father James, Jake's products are fresh and innovative in their category.But the difference between a Jake Dyson product and something from the main Dyson brand is... Read more

Install the latest tech in your home and you could get £10K extra when you sell it

Install the latest tech in your home and you could get £10K extra when you sell it

By Elyse Betters

Smarthomes aren't just smart. They're also more valuable, it seems. A new Barclays Mortgages survey has revealed that upgrading the tech across your house will not ony make it relevant in these modern times, but also make it attractive to potential buyers.... Read more

Hiku's Amazon Dash-like gadget lets you scan goods to grocery lists, shop from home

Hiku's Amazon Dash-like gadget lets you scan goods to grocery lists, shop from home

By Elyse Betters

Neat gadgets that make life easier are everything... especially if they take something tedious, such as grocery shopping, and turn it into something fun, streamlined, and convenient.And a new device called Hiku aims to do just that.Earlier this year,... Read more