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Loxone Touch Air Is Retrofit Anywhere Touch Switch For Your Smart Home

+-*One of the shortcomings of the Loxone home automation system has been its reliance on switches from third parties. But today they’ve have fixed that with the unveiling of the new Loxone Touch Air. The switch has 5 separately addressable touch regions and can control pretty much any aspect of your smart home setup. They won’t look out of […]

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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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Tesla Launch Powerwall Home Battery [Updated with Video]

+-*Elon Musk, what a guy, you gotta love him for this alone. The modern day tech hero has confirmed Tesla’s worst kept secret of recent times – the launch of a new battery for your home. The Tesla Powerwall home battery is designed to do several things. Firstly it operates like one giant UPS, guaranteeing power for your […]

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Video: Big Plex Update for Music Lovers

+-*Not only is Plex available almost on any device these days, the team continues to expand the media servers features, whilst making things even more automated. Todays update brings a raft of new enhancements for music lovers including the ability to build a smart play list off a single track (a la Genius Mixes), automatic linking and streaming […]

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New Global Caché Flex Hardware Plus Firmware Update

+-*Smart home favorites Global Caché have been busy recently releasing a new PoE version of the Flex along with a relay and sensor cable. The new Flex IP with PoE (FLEX-IP-P) allows for power to be pulled from an Ethernet connection, avoiding the necessity for a separate power supply. The PoE version of the Flex is available […]

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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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Mac Home Automation: Indigo Touch iOS App v2.0

+-*Indigo Domotics have just released the long awaited v2.0 of Indigo Touch. The iOS app that is the control companion to their popular Mac home automation software. The new version (released along side Indigo v6.1 ) brings a raft of improvements and new features such as a useful Event Log panel. The new app supports all screen sizes […]

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KickStarter: Lucid Labs Cipher USB to DMX Lighting Interfaces

+-*Here’s a new Kickstarter campagin to launch a simple to use USB to DMX lighting interface that works with free software allowing you to easily control DMX lighting systems. Two different Cipher Models will be available on kickstarter: the Cipher Lite and Cipher Pro. Both models allow the same precise control of a full 512 channel […]

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Competition: Win the Efergy Ego Smart Wi-Fi Socket

+-*The Efergy Ego Smart Wi-Fi Socket can remotely control appliances from your smartphone whilst monitoring and logging the energy they use. Here’s your chance to win one of the £40 units… Ego uses a cloud in order to store your data and controls your home through a router and ego smart sockets. You can easily tap into the data […]

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Powerline Pro T1501 Mains Socket with WiFi, Ethernet & USB Charger

+-*Back in 2012 we covered these sockets from Power Ethernet. Now here’s a new all-singing, all-dancing version from the same company, that manages to pack in even more tech for your smart home, whilst adding a second socket to the mix. The Powerline Pro T1501 is a UK mains wall socket with built-in WiFi, Ethernet and USB charger […]

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