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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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Review: Xclaim Wireless AP – Enterprise Class 801.11ac Wi-Fi For Your Home?

The Automated Home Wi-Fi network is critical. If there’s even a blip in service the family seem to go into melt down. More and more devices are hanging off our wireless LAN, laptops, smartphones, tablets, IP CCTV Cameras, Energy Monitors, Weather Stations the list goes on, so it needs to be fast, far-reaching and reliable. […]

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Apple Watch Review: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly After a Wearable Weekend

The wait is over and the Apple Watch is here, at least for those that pre-ordered. So should you put an Apple on your arm? Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly after my first weekend with the device. Back in 2010, when Apple last released a new product category, I bought an expensive 64GB […]

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Gear: The Essential Travel Tech We Never Leave Home Without

We’re just back from a trip to New York and it’s a great chance to document and share all the kit that we bring with us when travelling. We often do with less than this, and sometimes getting away from the tech is one of the reasons for a holiday in the first place, but this was a 4-up […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Inateck 3 Port USB 3 Hub with Gigabit Ethernet

The Inatech HBU3VL3-4 is a little (110 x 32 x 20mm) 3 port USB 3.0 hub that incorporates an RJ45 socket for Gigabit Ethernet. Aimed squarely at the ultrabook user the short 30cm cable is a welcomed way to keep on-dek clutter to a minimum, although you’ll probably need a USB extension lead to use with […]

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