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Finally a UK HomeKit Socket – Elgato Eve Energy

Elgato have released the first UK plug-in smart home socket to supports Apple HomeKit. The Eve Energy is a switch and power meter that uses Bluetooth Low Energy. Eve Energy has been carefully designed to make your home smarter, not more complicated. Energy efficient Bluetooth Smart technology ensures reliable operation without impacting your already crowded Wi-Fi setup. And […]

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O2 Home – Smart Home Technology for the Clueless?

Last week UK mobile operator O2 launched their home automation service. O2 recon they’ve found a market based on findings like this… New research announced today reveals that despite a massive 73% of people interested in future proofing their homes with smart technology, only 5% are currently planning to install it in 2016. They will setup the system […]

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Our Cheat Sheet From Apple’s iPhone, Watch, HomeKit Announcements Today

Apple have just finished their most important keynote address of the year “See you on the 7th”. This annual Autumn announcement brings details of their latest iPhones. A pretty dull opening segment saw Tim Cook fluff his lines and the Nintendo rep seem to say “Thanks Steve” to him. They finally got to the hardware stuff, however, as […]

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Devolo Home Control Review Part 3 – Safety & Security

Welcome to the third instalment of our review of the Devolo Home Control range. So far we have the starter pack up running with some additional motion detection and switching capabilities. We have tested many aspects of the myDevolo app, adding devices, creating groups, rules and scenes. We will now look at the safety and security […]

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Qubino Z-Wave Plus Weather Station

Qubino’s smart home Weather Station has 4 sensors which can measure 10 different data points. The Wind Gauge is powered by a solar panel and measures wind direction, wind velocity, wind gust, wind chill and temperature. The Rain Gauge measures, you guessed it, rainfall and the 2 Thermo-Hygro sensors can measure indoor / outdoor temperature and indoor / outdoor humidity. RELATED: Popp Z-Wave […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 8 – A Tesla for Your Garden

After several months with the Automower it’s time to look back and take stock. But first here are a couple of things we’ve not covered yet. Running Costs & Battery Replacement The manual quotes the Husqvarna 430X Automower power consumption at 30 W during cutting and also quotes a ‘mean energy consumption at maximum use’ of 20 kWh/month in a […]

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LinkDesk Room Locator: Next Gen Bluetooth Motion Detector

Today, LinkDesk have released their new ‘Room Locator’ in the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. Room Locator is a small battery powered wireless Bluetooth device for Apple iPhone and iPad that triggers smart home devices when a room is entered or left. Unlike previous indoor location systems such as Apple iBeacon or Google Eddystone, LinkDesk goes one […]

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Review: UK Ring Video Doorbell

The Ring Video Doorbell has been available direct from the USA for a while now but last month saw its official launch in the UK. The smart doorbell connects to your homes WiFi and lets you see and talk to callers at you door using your mobile phone, wether you’re in the back garden or the other […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: 8 Way Mains Socket with 4 x USB Charging Ports

Here’s a neat vertical extension block of 8 mains sockets plus 4 USB charging ports. Available in a range of colours that make it equally at home in a kitchen or man cave. The Safemore unit features… 8 Overload-protected outlets include SAFE DOOR which will protect children from getting an electric shock 4 Universal USB ports with auto-adjust […]

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Video: EVE Connect Links Your Smart Home With Your Smart Car

As more people prepare to get their hands on a Telsa via the Model 3, here’s a software platform that links your your smart car with your smart home. EVE Connect is described as “the most advanced connect home / connected car solution available” and it can talk to a range of home automation hardware […]

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