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Dropcam IP CCTV Catches Dad of the Year on Video

+-*Here’s a quick video ‘catching’ dad of the year. It’s one of several clips released from the Nest acquired range of Dropcam IP CCTV cameras. Check out some of the other videos below including all the usual home video capers like rolled cars, parcel thefts, encounters with wildlife and of course some comedy pets. Time for some CCTV at […]

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Yale Launch ‘Keyfree Connected’ Z-Wave Smart Lock in UK

+-*When we talked to Z-Wave last year one of the most interesting pieces of information that came out of the interview was the fact that their top selling products are door locks. Now Yale have brought their popular US smart locks to the UK and they claim their ‘Keyfree Connected’ is the first UK specific smart lock to be […]

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Review: Jabra Revo Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

+-*Wow, headphones, where do I start. I seem to have some weird fixation with them and I own quite a few pairs. I have my cheap in-ears that I use for on lawn-mower podcast listening, my insomnia curing SleepPhones and some huge old proprietary wireless Sonys for late night spouse-friendly TV listening duties. Up until a few months ago […]

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Z-Wave Greenwave Extension Lead Has 5 Addressable Sockets

+-*New in at Vesternet is the Greenwave Z-wave PowerNode, a mains socket extension board with 5 sockets that are individually addressable for your home automation projects. The Greenwave 5 Port PowerNode is the only Z-Wave Multi-Socket (extension lead) available that allows you to control multiple electrical appliance on/off and measure their power consumption. Each of it’s […]

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New Android Phone and Tablet Apps for Comfort

+-*Cytech Technology has released version 1.4 of the Android Tablet and Phones apps for their Comfort system. This allows users to control their Comfort integrated Alarm and Automation system from anywhere in the world. Features Connect to multiple Comfort systems Arm & Disarm Security System using user codes See the state of doors, windows & motion sensors in real […]

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Broadcom WICED Platform Offers Full Apple HomeKit Support

+-*Broadcom have announced that its ‘Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices’ (WICED) software development kit now offers full HomeKit support. Broadcom claim to be the first company to meet Apple’s HomeKit home automation framework technical specifications for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart. The WICED platform can also be used to bridge non-HomeKit devices to its network. This allows a […]

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Can I Automate My Home Without Going Out On The Internet?

+-*Watching back the Tech Guy podcast from a couple of weekends ago this question came up from a listener. Can I Automate My Home Without Going Out On The Internet? Is this something you’d want to do too? While tech companies work hard to put more of our systems online it seems there are some […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Smartphone Car Mount

+-*Since getting my big-ass phone (update: I’ll never go back to a smaller screen) I needed something suitable to hold it in my car. My affliction with always trying to get the best tool for the job means I have to research these things to the nth degree, but I’m glad I did as there’s a […]

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Loxone Reveals Nano IO Air Plus Touch for Nano

+-*The guys at Loxone have brought you more retro-fittable goodness in the shape of two new wireless products for your home automation system. The ‘Nano IO Air’ is a £90 wireless relay and I/O module that features two 5A relays plus six integrated digital inputs. These provide plenty of opportunities for the integration of switches, door contacts, water detectors […]

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GreenIQ Smart Irrigation Hub is “Nest for the Garden”

+-*Israeli IoT startup GreenIQ produces what they describe as a “Nest for the Garden”. The smart hub for the outdoors controls irrigation based on current and predicted weather conditions and claims savings of up to 50% in its customers monthly water bills. Green fingered home owners can remotely control their irrigation systems and garden lighting from anywhere at […]

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