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Review: RAVPower RP-PB14 Xtreme – The Last Portable Battery You’ll Ever Need?

I’m starting to think I might have a problem. My interest in external batteries may be turning into a fetish, but these energy stores are important to our digital lifestyles. The latest electron pump to whet my appetite is the RAVPower RP-PB14 Xtreme. Xtreme is a clue to this units performance, this is one meaty power pack. Weighing in […]

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Review: Brydge+ with Speakers iPad Keyboard

The Brydge iPad keyboard and case started off life as a Kickstarter campaign.  Raising almost $800K on a target of just $90K it was a spectacular success. A couple of years have passed and the company is now under new ownership, with new retail distribution and pricing. The Brydge iPad case is made from aerospace grade anodised aluminium. It’s […]

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Review: Inateck BTSP-20 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

A few weeks back we covered these little Bluetooth Suction Speakers for your bathroom as our useful gadget of the week. Shortly afterwards, the guys from Inateck contacted us to see if we’d take a look at their brand new BTSP-20 Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker and it arrived just a few days later. In the box you’ll find the […]

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My Automated Home: Heat Genius Smart Home Heating Controls

This months ‘My Automated Home’ feature follows Johannes Jensson’s compressive review of his Heat Genius installation… Nobody has escaped the rapid rise of gas and electricity prices over the last 5 years. I had a feeling that my cash was really going up in smoke and I needed a permanent way to reduce my heating cost. I […]

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Review: The eedomus Z-Wave Home Automation Controller

Bon soirs mes petits topinambours! Bienvenue to the Automated Home review of the latest home automation offering from France, the eedomus Z-Wave Controller. These things are Les Fromages Grandes in their native country by all account and Vesternet is now bringing them across the channel. We had a brief opportunity to play with one, and the […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: EasyAcc 5 Port 25W USB Charger

Submission by Tim Fletcher – You know that irritating situation when you know exactly what you want but can’t find it anywhere, well that is the problem with travel chargers. It’s not difficult, but I want a small, cool unit that will charge the 3 or 4 devices I take away with me when travelling […]

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Review: Home Automation Insider on the TKBHome TZ88 Z-Wave Smart Energy Plug Power Meter

Breaking News So there I was, putting together an order for half a dozen or so of the Fibaro Z-Wave Wall Plug, resigned to the fact that it was the best option for a “metering” wall plug socket in the UK, when I suddenly received news that the Z-Wave product manufacturer TKB Home had released […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub with 36W

The 15″ Retina MacBook Pro that is the centre of my daily work is connected to quite a few external devices and it’s getting messy.  Time for a desk rethink. A Thunderbolt dock would be nice but they’re still a pricey item and I can get most of what I need with a decent USB hub. So […]

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Review: Home Automation Insider on the Fibaro Z-Wave Wall Plug

In what we hope will be a regular slot, we’ve talked Automated Home reader, turned Home Automation Industry Insider, Martyn Wendon, into reviewing some smart home kit. For his first review we asked him to give us the low down on the Fibaro’s Z-Wave Wall Plug. Background I’ve been a Z-Wave convert for several years now and […]

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Review: Plugwise Home Stretch 2.0 ZigBee Appliance Control & Energy Monitoring

Automated Home’s favourite contributing reviewer, Ant Skelton, has spent the last few week putting the Plugwise Home Stretch 2.0 kit through its paces.  Here’s what he found… Plugwise are a Dutch company who’ve been making energy monitoring products since 2006. The Home Stretch 2.0 is their £354 basic starter kit, and they offer a number of add-on […]

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