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Insteon Update – UK Products in 30 to 90 Days!

After last weeks Insteon Bulb announcement lots of you contacted us asking if it was going to be available for the UK. We reached out to Insteon and the great news is they are working on a version for the European markets. We’ve also got the list of the first modules scheduled to be available in the UK in the next 30 to 90 days…

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Environment Impact of Gadget Use (infographic)

Gadgets especially mobile phones, laptops and tablets have become integral to our lifestyles over the past few years. Using and recharging these gadgets is like second nature to us and many of us don’t think about the effect our gadget habits could have on the environment – or our energy bills. This infographic which is […]

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Found Video : Tour of the HP Smart Home at Cupertino

Here’s a great video from the guys at TweakTown, showing us round the HP Smart Home at the Cupertino Campus.  With touchscreen control of all the house sub-systems including lighting, heating and cooling, CCTV, blinds and music plus a 30″ LCD monitor virtual aquarium in the living room. Check out the triple monitor set-up in […]

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Sensible Heat Offer on Honeywell Hometronic Systems

Sensible Heat Offer on Honeywell Hometronic Systems

We’re delighted to announce a special offer for Automated Home readers from Sensible Heat.  The Honeywell Hometronic heating control system is now available with a 20% discount on hardware, plus a special new support package for DIY installers.  We’re also pleased to welcome Sensible Heat to our Heating Control forums where they will be on […]

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AppleTV Take 2 – First Impressions

AppleTV Take 2 – First Impressions

The new software update for the Apple TV was released just last night.  The update brings a completely new UI and with it HD movie rentals (available now in the US and coming later this year in the UK) but still no DivX / XviD playback. However, full-time podcaster Don McAllister gives us his first […]

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XBox 360 Live to Download HD Movies

XBox 360 Live to Download HD Movies

A big announcement by Microsoft last night has created a bit of a stir. XBox 360 Live users will soon be able to download TV shows and Movies, using their games console with the optional harddrive to watch HiDef content… “Users of Microsoft’s Xbox Live video game service will be able to download movies and TV shows […]

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ZigBee Sensor Networks – Wireless Congestion

ZigBee Sensor Networks – Wireless Congestion

An interesting quote from a spokesperson for ZenSys, (makers of the Z-Wave home automation system). “Networks that operate in the 2.4GHz band, such as that offered by Zigbee, will become congested and slow as this frequency is also used by Wi-Fi and other networks” As interest in these wireless technologies increases for the smart home […]

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The Connected Home 25/26th October

The Connected Home 25/26th October

3rd annual – The Connected Home 25/26th October, Olympia The Connected Home will cover new connected home services and devices, how consumers are changing the way they interact and the shift in how media and entertainment are consumed. It also examines how different industries are converging, and how organizations are approaching the connected home market. […]

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New Levels of Home and Building Automation – INTEGRA BM

New Levels of Home and Building Automation – INTEGRA BM

“Integra BM- The Total Building Management System - The Newly introduced INTEGRA BM is setting new standards in the building automation sector, using the most advanced up-to-date technologies. The INTEGRA BM system enables the management and control of all devices that are connected to the mains power supplies in modern utilities, commercial, public and residential premises. […]

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New DIY magazine from O’Reilly

New DIY magazine from O’Reilly

O’Reilly Launches MAKE Magazine for Tech Do-It-Yourselfers.  Magazine and Companion Web Site (makezine.com) Reveal How to Make Practical, Fun, and Wildly Creative Projects “To be thrown upon one’s own resources, is to be cast into the very lap of fortune.” –Benjamin Franklin Sebastopol, CA–The urge to make things is primal and unstoppable. In service of that […]

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