smart home

Amazon Echo Show Review: Alexa’s screen shows promise

PROS Alexa is as useful as ever Hardware is solid and soberly handsome Touchscreen-enabled apps show some promise CONS Short list of touchscreen-enabled 3rd-party Skills

SpotCam Sense review

PROS Solid motion detection IFTTT support is great for tinkerers Temperature sensor is useful CONS No local storage Weak mic Geofencing isn’t built-in KEY FEATURES

The best budget fitness trackers UPDATE 2017

Decent, basic fitness trackers don’t have to leave a hole in your wallet. Whether it’s imports from China or the budget lines of Fitbit and

Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo: What’s the difference?

Back in November 2015 Amazon released Amazon Echo, its all-in-one speaker and assistant with Amazon Alexa voice control. And it’s not taken long for other

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).

Apple HomePod vs Amazon Echo: How do they compare?

APPLE HOMEPOD VS AMAZON ECHO Apple has just launched the HomePod, which means it’s finally joined the AI battle for your home. It’s a bit

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid review

THE GOOD: At a class-leading 58 mpg combined (55 mpg for SEL and Limited models), the Hyundai Ioniq is currently the most fuel-efficient car without a

Best Wireless Home Security Cameras 2017

Need to keep an eye on your abode from anywhere? Small, standalone Wi-Fi security cameras (also called IP cameras) are easy to set up, can

Nest Cam IQ vs Nest Cam Indoor: What’s the difference?

Nest has announced a new smart home security camera to its line-up in the form of the Nest Cam IQ. The new device brings several

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

The Cortana smart home: Your need to know on Microsoft’s AI assistant

You could be chatting to Microsoft’s AI assistant in your home by the end of the year You can already talk to Cortana, Microsoft’s digital,

Tend Secure Lynx review

The Good: Tend Secure’s Lynx Indoor camera has 1080p HD live streaming, free 7-day event-based cloud storage and solid facial-recognition software. Oh, and it only

Amazon Fire 7 review

PROS Terrific value Enough power to handle any Android game Decent battery life CONS Feels slow Basic build Low-resolution screen KEY FEATURES 7-inch 1,024 x

4 Ways Microsoft Plans to Win the Future

Moving far beyond Windows on the desktop, Microsoft wants to provide the platform for all of your devices, from handsets to headsets. At its recent

HTC U11 Hand-on Review

KEY FEATURES 5.5-inch quad-HD display Snapgradon 835 / 4GB RAM 64GB storage / microSD ANC USB-C earbuds included No headphone jack 12MP camera w/ OIS

Fitbit Alta HR v Misfit Ray: Battle of the fashion-conscious fitness trackers

Which stylish fitness band is for you? There are plenty of fitness trackers that focus on hardcore tracking rather than looks, but what if you’re

Amazon Echo vs Google Home – which is better?

Two internet giants are competing to be at the heart of everything you do – from playing music, online shopping and searching the web to

CoWatch review : The first Alexa smartwatch is let down by some niggling software issues

While the CoWatch does bring some interesting ideas to the smartwatch table and shows plenty of potential, ultimately it doesn’t mask the niggling issues that

Zappiti Duo (2017) 4K HDR Media Streaming Player Review : Going from strength to strength

Pros Relatively simple to set up Excellent build quality Comprehensive connections Good, back-lit remote 4K HDR support Immersive audio capability Frame-packed 3D is no issue

TP-Link Deco M5 router review : This mesh network comes with a side of antivirus

TP-Link’s Deco M5 isn’t the absolute fastest whole-home Wi-Fi system on the market, but it delivers very good performance and a strong set of features.

Y-Cam Protect Alarm System review

PROS Easy to configure Well priced Uses same app as for Y-Cam’s cameras CONS No pet-safe sensors App doesn’t always give helpful error messages No

Singlecue Gen 2 review

THE GOOD: Using the Gen 2 Singlecue feels really cool, and the gesture tracking works well most of the time. THE BAD: The menu system

Amazon Fire TV Stick (2017) preview: Alexa on TV for £40/$60

Since Amazon launched its own media streaming device, it has successfully refreshed the main set-top-box, adding faster processing, better remote access, 4K Ultra HD support

Galaxy S8 vs iPhone 8 : Rumors vs Reality

This year’s big smartphone war is between two highly anticipated flagships. Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 will fightApple’s iPhone 8. Collectively, the devices will look to

7 Reasons Not to Get a Galaxy S8 Right Now

Why You Won’t Want the Galaxy S8 Right Away The Galaxy S8 is finally available for pre-order, and we don’t blame you for wanting to

BloomSky Sky2 Weather Camera Station review

THE GOOD: The BloomSky Sky2 weather station captures HD photos and stitches them into time lapse videos. Its sophisticated sensor array is powered by a

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Hands-on Review : FIRST IMPRESSIONS – It’s gorgeous

HANDS-ON WITH THE NEW SAMSUNG GALAXY S8+ It’s official, there is no Galaxy S8 Edge – instead there’s the regular Galaxy S8 flagship and the

Samsung Galaxy S8 Hands-on Review : FIRST IMPRESSIONS – This is the future of phones

HANDS-ON WITH THE NEW SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 Phones are stale. Whether it’s an iPhone 7, Huawei P10, Sony Xperia XZ Premium or any other flagship

5 reasons why Google Home will beat Amazon Echo

Google Home is among the most interesting of the search king’s current hardware offerings, not least because it sets the stage for an epic showdown

Logitech ZeroTouch review : This Android smartphone holder puts Amazon’s Alexa in your car

Logitech’s ZeroTouch smartphone holder has been on the market for almost a year, but I’ve ignored it because my beat doesn’t include mobile devices. That