home automation

Samsung SmartThings Wifi: 5 things you should know

Samsung wants to tame your smart home and end your WiFi deadspots, with its new SmartThings Wifi mesh router system. Promising not only smoother internet

Amazon Echo Dot vs Google Home Mini : Here’s what to know before choosing a smart speaker.

You’ve just noticed a great price on an Amazon Echo Dot or Google Home Mini smart speaker. Should you buy one? The prices are intended

Apple HomePod review: The smart sounding speaker that’s just not smart enough

The Apple HomePod is a £319/$424 speaker with Siri built-in. It plans to take on not only the much-cheaper Amazon Echo and Google Home but systems like Sonos too. Apple wants to deliver not only

Samsung SmartThings Link for Nvidia Shield TV review: A cheap smart home hub with one inherent shortcoming

The SmartThings dongle for the The Nvidia Shield TV is less expensive than a full-sized smart home hub, but it’s capabilities aren’t quite equal. Pros

Link-U security camera review: 4G connectivity and battery backup let this camera deliver security anywhere

The Link-U 4G SmartCam with is a quirky security camera if portability is a high priority, but its app could use some work. Pros LAN,

Hands on: Panasonic SC-GA10 Google Assistant smart speaker review

OUR EARLY VERDICT By focusing on audio quality, the Panasonic SC-GA10 stands out in an increasingly crowded smart marketplace. It might look a little boring,

Raspberry Pi: Everything you need to know

How to get started with this $35 mini-PC that’s beloved by makers and DIY enthusiasts. The Raspberry Pi craze is a little over five years

Amazon Echo vs Apple HomePod vs Google Home: the battle of the smart speakers

Apple has unveiled the new Apple HomePod, its play into the smart speaker space that’s coming later this year for $349 (about £270 or AU$460).

Elgato Eve Degree Review: A simple temperature & humidity HomeKit sensor

PROS Easy to install HomeKit integration is straightforward Solid battery life CONS Display is basic Expensive if you just want data logging Apple-only smart home

Sony Bravia A1E OLED (XBR-55A1E) review

OUR VERDICT From its startling frameless design and stellar build quality to its jaw-dropping pictures and ground-breaking, room-filling sound, Sony’s first stab at doing a

Control4 EA-1 Home Automation System Review

PRICE $600 AT A GLANCE Plus 50 context-sensitive programmable buttons on remote IR, serial, and IP-based control Amazon Alexa voice-control integration Minus Controller generates a

WINK HUB 2 REVIEW

HIGHS Compatible with lots of devices Future-proofed with Thread Lots of memory Easy to set up LOWS No battery backup Pairing can be a pain

Withings Health Mate : Essential guide – Tips and tricks for Withing’s lifestyle app

When we’re talking about how good a piece of fitness tech is, it’s easy to focus only on the hardware. But if you’re serious about

Crowdfund this : Wearable Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns to keep an eye on

If you’re looking for the most interesting wearable projects looking for funding on Kickstarter, Indiegogo or other crowdfunding platforms, you’ve come to the right place.

How to Download and Install iOS 10 on an iPad

UPDATE, Sept. 13, 1:45PM ET: You might want to wait before updating to iOS 10, as we’re seeing reports of the update bricking devices from within and outside

Samsung UN65KS9800FXZA LCD Ultra HDTV Review

THE VERDICT In some important respects, Samsung’s new top-of-the-line TV improves upon the company’s previous flagship, and at a lower price. When we last reviewed

TiO Home Automation System Review

AT A GLANCE Plus Easy retrofit replacement of wired volume controls Dedicated router creates private TiO Wi-Fi network Exceptional level of user customization Minus Limited

Securifi Almond 3: A touchscreen-toting, voice-controlled home Wi-Fi system

The Almond 3 is Securifi’s first attempt to deliver on the promise of easily blanketing a large home with a strong Wi-Fi signal. It joins

Denon AVR-X3300W Atmos/DTS:X AV Receiver Preview

Summary Product Name: AVR-X3300W AV Receiver Manufacturer: Denon MSRP: $999 Executive Overview Denon has just released their new AVR-X3300W 3D immersive sound AV receiver. With

Logi Circle Review – WiFi camera with a hit of hyperlapse

Logitech said it wanted its Logi brand to be more friendly than traditional computer peripherals, and the Circle home camera certainly fits the bill. A

New Kodak surveillance camera rivals Nest Cam with a lower price

While Google’s Next Cam is arguably the most popular connected home surveillance camera around, that doesn’t stop other camera makers from trying to compete with

Piper nv review

Good Stuff Highly customisable Works well as a security device Slick app Bad Stuff Flaky networking Iffy smart home integration Average video quality It’s probably

Nest isn’t trying to own the Smart Home, and that’s okay

Nest now has three products, a freshly-firmware-flashed thermostat, a 2nd-gen Nest Protect, and a new Nest Cam, but it’s a fairly humble play for the

Nest Cam adds 1080p and new stand to Dropcam

Nest has revealed its latest product, Nest Cam, a streaming security camera. First fruit of the company’s Dropcam acquisition back in June 2014, the new

How HomeKit embraces Siri, Apple Watch and iCloud

Apple is bolstering HomeKit, bringing more smart home kit under the automation umbrella and adding Apple Watch, Siri, and iCloud integration to boost usability both

Philips’ first wireless Hue lamp hits stores

Philips’ latest hue color-changing lamp has arrived in stores, with the Hue Go offering a more portable take from the smart home staple. The bowl-shaped

Ilumi Smart LED Bulbs review; Bluetooth brains

  In the connected home space, lighting has become rather dull. Several lightbulbs change color, and can react to an app; it’s all fairly mundane