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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 2 –The First Cut is the Deepest

Last time we left the mower driving off its charging dock to calibrate itself then set about its first cut (if you haven’t already, then check out Part One). Before the robot arrived our lawn was freshly mowed using our faithful Rider 15T, our second Husqvarna ride-on mower and one that’s been supremely capable, reliable and a pleasure […]

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Efergy Engage Hub Monitors Home Energy Consumption & PV Solar Generation Online

We all know the story, you need to be able to measure something before you can set about implementing changes. It’s no different for your home’s power consumption, so lets get measuring and saving. There are plenty of home energy monitors around but the engage hub kit from UK based Efergy is a little different. Instead of a […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 1 – The Robots are Coming

Earlier this year Husqvarna launched a campaign looking for 100 bloggers to test out their Automower robotic lawnmower range. Now who doesn’t want their own little R2D2 running round their garden, so of course I applied and in the end was lucky enough to be shortlisted to receive one of the bots. Husqvarna have kindly offered the recipients the chance to […]

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Sky Q Review: An Installation Story & Real World Impressions

Right from its launch we reckoned the new Sky Q system sounded like just what we needed at the Automated Home so we placed our order the first day it became available. It’s been 10 days since it was installed, so is this the 21st Century TV experience we were hoping for or is it all a bit of a […]

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Review: SmartTiles Puts Whole House SmartThings Dashboard on Your Tablet

Part of the big attraction of Samsung’s SmartThings system is its ability to work with an extensive range of hardware. But the more kit linked to your system, the more cluttered and inefficient the app can feel. SmartTiles SmartTiles is a a web client for SmartThings that started out life as an open source project called ActiON Dashboard. Now […]

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Review: iPhone 6s Plus – 3D Touch a Gimmick or a Godsend?

So the earth has lapped the sun once more and it’s time for me to hand down 2014’s weapon of choice, my iPhone 6 Plus, to my better half. I’ll reiterate my comments from last years review and say I can’t ever see myself going back to a smaller screen phone again. After just a few […]

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Review: Devolo dLAN 1200+ Creates Fast WiFi Hotspot & Ethernet Where You Need It

It’s almost a decade and a half since we first installed WiFi in the Automated Home (check this out for some nostalgia). People expect a wireless Internet connection everywhere these days and if it’s not available in every corner of your own home you’re going to hear about it from your family. I’d been called in to setup […]

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Sim Racing Setup – 21st Century Mid Life Crisis?

Technology has given us so many ways to spend our spare time these days and now the Automated Home has a room dedicated to one of them. It’s been well over a decade since I built a PC but two new driving sims are making a bit of a stir at the moment and it’s time to build a new […]

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Review: Jabra Revo Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Wow, headphones, where do I start. I seem to have some weird fixation with them and I own quite a few pairs. I have my cheap in-ears that I use for on lawn-mower podcast listening, my insomnia curing SleepPhones and some huge old proprietary wireless Sonys for late night spouse-friendly TV listening duties. Up until a few months ago […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Smartphone Car Mount

Since getting my big-ass phone (update: I’ll never go back to a smaller screen) I needed something suitable to hold it in my car. My affliction with always trying to get the best tool for the job means I have to research these things to the nth degree, but I’m glad I did as there’s a […]

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