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Smart homes

Is Hive’s £6 a month smart home plan worth it?

Is Hive’s £6 a month smart home plan worth it?

Would you pay £6 to get a smart home? We look at Hive's new Welcome Home Plan to see if its devices are any good and if £6 per month is a good deal.

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Apple announces HomePod, its new Siri speaker to rival the Amazon Echo

Apple announces HomePod, its new Siri speaker to rival the Amazon Echo

The HomePod is Apple's first attempt at a smart speaker. Should the Amazon Echo and Google Home be quaking in their boots or is it too little too late?

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Amazon Echo to be the latest tech to embrace advertising

Amazon Echo to be the latest tech to embrace advertising

Tech is getting smarter and companies are incorporating ads into everything from smart hubs to TVs and games consoles. What's next for advertising?

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Amazon is primed to take over every aspect of our lives

Amazon is primed to take over every aspect of our lives

The new Echo Show and Look are signs that Amazon, which is now as likely to make the next must-have gadget as the next must-watch TV show, is as ambitious as ever.

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The Amazon Echo Show is real and it has a screen

The Amazon Echo Show is real and it has a screen

Amazon has officially unveiled the Amazon Echo Show. Find out about the seven-inch screen and all the new features coming to Amazon's second-generation smart hub.

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Six Amazon Echo ‘skills’ to get the most from Alexa

Six Amazon Echo ‘skills’ to get the most from Alexa

Using skills with your Amazon Echo is easier than ever. We've found six of the most useful skills in the 12,000-strong library to start using now.

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The best smart devices for Google Home and Amazon Echo

The best smart devices for Google Home and Amazon Echo

We've found the best devices to make full use of the voice-control feature on Amazon Echo and Google Home smart hubs, from Nest thermostats to Wemo plugs.

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Ikea launches a range of smart light bulbs

Ikea launches a range of smart light bulbs

Ikea is getting into the smart home market with its own range of smart light bulbs. How does it stack up against the Philips Hue range of smart bulbs?

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Google Home is out today but can it beat the Amazon Echo?

Google Home is out today but can it beat the Amazon Echo?

Google's smart hub, Google Home, is available in the shops from today. We look at its key features and how it compares to its main rival, the Amazon Echo.

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Apple HomeKit retest boosts score

Apple HomeKit retest boosts score

The Apple HomeKit smart home app gets a boost to its score in our retest. This shows the challenges of testing fast-changing 'internet of things' products.

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