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74% of Consumers Unaware of Smart Home, 19% Definitely Don’t Want One

New research from Harris Interactive has brought to light some interesting opinions on the Smart Home. The study surveyed “a representative sample of over 1000 UK respondents” and revealed that 74% are not aware Smart Home technology is already available and 19% definitely would not own a Smart Home System. Challenges and opportunities ahead for the industry. Read the […]

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Weekend: Top 45 Movies from Automated Home Forum Members

Last month we ran a competition on the Automated Home Forums asking members to vote for their all-time favourite movies. So if you’re looking for some inspiration on what to watch this weekend, here’s 45 ideas to try… Top Rated Movies The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – 14 Votes Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) – 10 Votes […]

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20th Anniversary Celebrations: Win a Yale Z-Wave Smart Lock Worth £190

To help celebrate our 20th Anniversary we have a mountain of great prizes to give away thanks to some very generous support from our favourite smart home companies. This time we’re giving away a Yale Z-Wave Smart Lock Worth £190! The Yale Smart Living range is designed to secure, monitor and control your home with a range of smart […]

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20th Anniversary Celebrations: Zipato Smart Home Prizes Worth €660

To help celebrate our 20th Anniversary we have a mountain of great prizes to give away thanks to some very generous support from our favourite smart home companies. This time we have Two Zipato Smart Home Kits Worth a Total of Over €660! Zipato are an innovative smart home company based in Croatia and with sales in 60 countries around the […]

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20th Anniversary Celebrations: Win a Vera Edge from Vesternet Worth £100

To help celebrate our 20th Anniversary we have a mountain of great prizes to give away thanks to some very generous support from our favourite smart home companies. This time we’re giving away a Vera Edge worth £100 courtesy of Vesternet! Vesternet was founded in 2008 by technology expert & entrepreneur, Dave Bell. After starting and selling the worlds first online […]

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20th Anniversary Celebrations: Win a LightwaveRF Heating Control Kit Worth £160

To help celebrate our 20th Anniversary we have a mountain of great prizes to give away thanks to some very generous support from our favourite smart home companies. This time we’re giving away a LightwaveRF Heating Control Kit Worth £160! LightwaveRF is the UKs number one designer and manufacturer of smart home devices. Their range includes dimmers, sockets and heating devices […]

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20th Anniversary Celebrations: Win a Lifetime Plex Pass Worth £120

To help celebrate our 20th Anniversary we have a mountain of great prizes to give away thanks to some very generous support from our favourite smart home companies. To kick off here’s your chance to win one of two Lifetime Plex Passes Worth £120 each! You know by now that we’ve been huge Plex fans since the early days, even before […]

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2 Decades of Smart Home Blogging – Automated Home’s 20th Anniversary

It was 1996. John Major was Prime Minister and Bill Clinton was in the White House. Mad Cow Disease had just hit Britain and The Spice Girls were at the top of the charts. If you’re an old git like me then that will all sound like 5 years ago. But it’s been two decades since the year I started writing about […]

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Top 20 Automated Home Posts of the Year 2015

The end of another year as we close in on an important Automated Home milestone, but more on that soon. Z-Wave really took off in 2015. More than a quarter of your favourite posts in this years top 20 have been on Z-Wave and that doesn’t count others that indirectly feature it (like SmartThings at number 16). […]

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Will Services Like Apple Music Ultimately Fail because of Greedy Artists?

Will music subscription services eventually lose their appeal because of greedy artists? Yes I’m looking at you Adele. Adele decided to maximise the profits from the launch of her third album and boost her net worth (currently north of £50m) by banning it from all discrete streaming services (it is available mixed randomly with other songs on some streaming radio […]

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