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CES 2020: August Looks Like It’s Made the Perfect Smart Lock for Flat-Dwellers (and Anyone Else)

August is already one of the most popular smart lock makers, but now, with its fourth-generation Wi-Fi Smart Lock, it feels like August has really perfected its craft, especially for renters and flat-dwellers. Read More >>

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CES 2020: Google Assistant: Now More Helpful Around the House and More Respectful of Privacy

After three years of learning new tricks at CES, in 2020 Google is giving the Google Assistant some seriously useful smart home upgrades while also teaching it how to better respect your privacy. Read More >>

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The Smart Home Is a Technological Teenager Going Through Some Awful Growing Pains

It can take a new technology decades to fully mature into a product that’s reliable and genuinely useful. Computers and mobile phones have arguably reached that point, but the smart home is barely a teenager by comparison, and as it starts to go through puberty it’s revealing a troubling, rebellious side. Read More >>

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Apple, Google, and Amazon Are Joining Forces to Help Smart Home Devices All Play Nicely Together

In an effort to make it easier for consumers to transition to a smart home setup without having to buy into a proprietary system, Apple, Google, Amazon, and the rest of the Zigbee Alliance announced today they’re forming a new working group that will (hopefully) develop a new connectivity standard allowing hardware from all these companies to finally play nicely together. Read More >>

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Motion Sensing Wifi Is a Limited But Fascinating Peek at the Future of the Smart Home

In 2013, researchers at MIT demonstrated how the wifi signals that fill every corner of your home with high-speed internet could also be used to detect the movements of pets and people – even through walls. Six years later, Linksys has introduced similar functionality on its tri-band mesh routers, and while the technology is clearly still in its infancy, it provides an interesting look at how the smart home will evolve in the coming years. Read More >>

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How to Give Ring and Nest the Boot and Set Up Your Own Home Security Camera

If you want a camera to sit on your mantelpiece and ping your phone every time the dog walks past, you’ve got more choice than ever before. But if you’re worried about what these devices are going to do with your videos, and with your data, there’s another option – build your own bespoke solution. Read More >>

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The Philips Hue Sync Box Turned My Living Room Into a Whirlwind of Colour

I’ll admit it, there’s something about RGB lighting that just makes everything better, whether its glowing gaming peripherals that pulse with the action, or just thoughtfully placed smart lights to enhance the mood. However, up until recently, the only way to get Philips Hue’s Sync system to work in your living room was to hook your TV up to a PC, which isn’t really ideal. But with the new Hue Play HDMI Sync Box (or just Sync Box for short), you now have the ability to sync your Hue lights with whatever is playing on your TV to create a whirlwind of colours in your living room. Read More >>

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How to Turn Your Smart Speaker Into a White Noise Generator

Those smart speakers you’ve allowed into your home can do more than look up the weather forecast and set timers for your eggs – they’re growing increasingly capable of taking on a host of other tasks, including becoming an ambient or white noise generator. If you need help focusing or falling asleep, a path to peaceful slumber awaits. Read More >>

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These Are the Best Smart Home Gadgets to Trick Out Your Pad

The first smart home gadgets from a few years ago weren’t actually very smart, but times have changed, and there’s now plenty of good reasons to upgrade your vacuum cleaner, your sound system, and even your microwave, with some AI-powered voice-detecting smarts. Read More >>

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The Nest Mini Is an Excellent, if Unnecessary, Upgrade

If it ain’t broke, and you manage to sell over 100 million units, don’t fix it. That best sums up the latest version of Google’s Nest Mini (formerly the Home Mini) smart speaker. If you’re in the market for a cheap smart speaker that will occasionally be used for listening to music, it’s still Google’s best bargain. But if you’ve already got a Home Mini, the Nest Mini isn’t worth the upgrade. Read More >>

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Arlo Throws Its Hat Into the Ring With Its First UK Video Doorbell

The home security market just got a scooch bigger with the impending arrival of Arlo's video doorbell next year. Read More >>

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11 Clever Uses for Smart Plugs That Make Them Worth Buying

The humble smart plug might not be the most eye-catching or featured-packed smart home device out there, but the ability to turn electrical sockets on and off with a tap on your phone (or a preset schedule) is more useful than you might think – and we’ve got the examples to prove it. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Netatmo Just Launched a ‘Smart Alarm System’ With Three Different Parts

There are about a billion companies out there gunning for the top place on the smart home leaderboards. Netatmo is one of them, and this year it's brought its new 'Smart Alarm System' to IFA - consisting of a camera, windows and door sensors, plus a 'smart siren'. Read More >>

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Why Nest Accounts are Becoming Google Accounts and What You Can Do About It

It’s official: if you’ve got a Nest account, you can now swap everything over to your Google account. But should you do it right away, if at all? And why is Google asking you to combine accounts anyway? Here’s everything you need to know if you’ve got Nest-branded smart home gear set up. Read More >>

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How Many of Your Smart Gadgets Can Actually Get a Virus?

You might have noticed the brouhaha over the since-deleted Samsung tweet advising users to run antivirus scans on their smart TVs—but is such a malware attack possible? Just how many of your smart home gadgets are vulnerable to viruses in the same way that your laptop might be? We called in the experts to find out. Read More >>