Acer Predator 21X Hands On

The Acer Predator 21X laptop – and you would need a heck of a big lap to perch this thing on your knees – is an example of a company saying “look what we can do” to all and sundry. With a price point north of £9000, it serves as…

You can now control your Netgear Routers from Amazon Alexa

If you have a Netgear router, DSL Gateway or Orbi Home WiFi system you can now control the devices from your Amazon Alexa. Netgear have added the Alexa skill to the UK skills list so you can ask Alexa to do things like reboot your router or enable a guest…

Video: NETGEAR GS108E-300UKS 8 Port Managed Gigabit Ethernet Switch Review

Every time I have added a smart home component to my house they have come with another bridge that requires connecting to my network. Philips Hue Bridge, Sonos Bridge, Hive Home the list goes on and they all want to be plugged into my router which is rapidly running out…

Microsoft updates Cortana for Android

Update: The release notes are still showing the changes for the old version, the updated version is 2.17 and the changes are: Edit your favorite places in settings Control your notification settings Fixed accidental opt-out issue Microsoft have updated the Android version of Cortana. The update takes the version up…

Video: Hands on with De.Light WiFi hotspot smart lights

nno I have to admit to having a bit of an addiction to smart lights but what do you do if you don’t have wifi coverage in every room. One solution for extending your network is power light technology which uses your house mains wiring to distribute your network. So…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #589 – Addicted

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Richard, Garry and I talk about smart home addiction, creating smart sensors with Arduino and IFTTT, the latest Windows 10 Insider builds, wifi bulbs, new Amazon Alexa Skills and lots more. http://traffic.libsyn.com/iandixon/TDL_Show_20170216_589.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Dell XPS 13 Long Term Test – 3 Months

The Dell and I have hit our 3-month anniversary. How have things gone so far? To recap, the configuration I am using is the 16gb Kaby Bay i7 incarnation with a 512gb SSD and the 3200 x 1800 touchscreen display. The glossy screen is nearly borderless, and the chassis is…

Smart Home for the rest of us – Part 3: Hive Smart Heating

In the last part of my smart home series (see part 1 and part 2) I looked at control lights and smart plugs with Amazon Alexa and in this this post I am going to look at smart heating. Unlike controlling lighting which was relatively simple to setup, controlling heating…

You can now check your Microsoft calendar with Amazon Alexa

I use an Amazon Dot to control my smart home but it’s also handy for other tasks like checking your calendar. Today Amazon has added the ability to link your Microsoft hosted calendar into Alexa along with the existing Google connection. From the Settings section of the Alexa app (or…

Video: Testing an OLALA 64GB USB 3.0 Lighting/USB Drive

In this video I take a look at an OLALA iDisk USB drive. The cleaver thing about this drive is that it has a lighting connector so you can connect it to an iPhone or iPad and a USB connector that you can connect to a PC of Mac. The…

This site uses cookies.
Setting up a smart home for the rest of usRead More
+ +