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INSTEON Announces LED Light Bulbs for UK / Europe

Insteon have announced a range of four new Smart Home LED light bulbs for the UK and Europe that can be controlled remotely via apps on iOS and Android devices as well as on a recently introduced app for Microsoft smart phones and tablets. The new LED bulbs are designed to accommodate the wider voltage range in Europe […]

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Marmitek BoomBoom 430 Bluetooth Amp Puts Old Speakers Back to Work

Marmitek’s latest little black box may just get you up in the loft to bring down your old speakers and drag them into the 21st century. The BoomBoom 430 is a palm sized box that combines a wireless Bluetooth receiver with a 2 x 40 watt digital amplifier.  Now you can send all that music on your tablet, smartphone […]

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Loxone Reveal Wireless Miniserver GO Home Automation Controller

Austrian home automation specialist Loxone have this morning launched their latest controller, the Miniserver GO. Aimed squarely at the retro-fit market, the GO can communicate cable-free with up to 128 devices using the 868MHz Loxone Air wireless technology (915MHz ISM Band Region 2). We’ve had a chance to try out a pre-production sample of the tiny […]

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Crestron Pyng Aims to Transform Home Automation

Crestrons new Pyng app enables the complete setup and control of your home automation system from your iPad. After years of smart home apps being used as add-ons to control systems, now Crestron say that with Pyng, the app IS the home automation system. While Crestron hardware installations will remain the domain of the approved installer, […]

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Beecon is Free iBeacon Home Automation App

It’s a year since Apple announced iBeacon (check out our explanation of the technology here). Now the Beecon App aims to combine home automation with the iBeacon tech to enable users to trigger events based on proximity to things, places or locations. Such scenario didn’t exist prior to iBeacons. GPS, as you know, doesn’t really […]

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Apple Reveal iPhone 6, 6 Plus & Apple Watch – All the Details at a Glance

Todays long awaited Apple event has revealed 2 new iPhones, an electronic payments service and the Apple Watch. As in previous years many of the leaks were legitimate as Apple continues to lose the tight control they love once the new products hit production in China. Here’s your at-a-glance cheat sheet for all the interesting new stuff… […]

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The WiSPP Wi-Fi Smart Plug Controls Appliances from iOS and Android

Here’s a new Wi-Fi controlled smart home socket called the WiSPP (WiFi Smart Point Plug). The plugin remote controllable socket allows you to turn electrical devices On and off from any iPhone, iPad or Android device whether you are at home or not. You remotely control your appliances using the app and view their status in real-time from anywhere in […]

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Elgato Reveals ‘Eve’ HomeKit Compatible Sensors & Avea LED Smart Bulbs

Elgato, best known for their EyeTV and other video devices have entered the smart home market with a raft of new products. The newly announced Elgato ‘Eve’ system will allow users to monitor conditions around their home with a range of sensors. The sensors will measure air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, energy and water consumption and more. Elgato say the […]

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Video: Eve & Adam Zigbee Smart Home Irrigation

This weeks smart home crowd funded candidate is ‘Eve’, an 8 or 16 zone intelligent irrigation controller. Eve communicates with its partner, the ‘Adam’, a wireless capacitive moisture and temperature sensor. The Zigbee link has a range of around 300 feet and battery life is quoted as over a year. Adam tells Eve when to […]

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Review: Transcend JetDrive 725 Upgrades Our Retina MacBook SSD to 960GB

Back in the summer of 2012 I reviewed the new 15″ Retina MacBook Pro.  It was an upgrade from my previous MacBook that had been modified to take a 1TB hard drive as well as an SSD, so while the move to an even faster SSD was great, I had to use an external USB hard drive to deal with […]

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