TP-Link LB130 WiFi Smart Colour Bulb – Hands On (Video)

The LB130 is a more colourful version of TP-Link’s LB120 Wi-Fi Smart LED bulb. But will it turn your living room into a party zone or leave you feeling a little blue? The bulb itself is slightly heavier than the LB120 (which was already quite a hefty bit of kit)…

TP-Link LB120 Smart Bulb – Hands On Video

The LB120 Smart Bulb is a Wi-Fi LED bulb that aims to replace a normal household bulb with something considerably more flexible. But does it live up to the promise? The bulb itself is hefty bit of kit and is designed for E27 sockets (that’s the big Edison screw type.)…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #595 – Ian gets it right

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Jason, Garry, Richard and I talk about new additions to our smart homes, Alexa controlled cleaners, Google Home, Windows 10 Creators Update, iOS update, Plex Cloud and the nerdiest version build number game so far! Checkout my book: Entertainment Apps on the go with Windows 10. We…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #572 – Nothing New

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Richard, Jason, Garry and I talk about new Windows 10 builds, updates to our smart home, Visual Studio 2017, Acer Predator and ask where are slow ring PC builds? Checkout my book: Entertainment Apps on the go with Windows 10. We cover music and…

Smart Home for the rest of us – Part 4: Smart Home Apps and services

In my previous smart home articles I looked at getting started, lighting and heating and in this post I am going to look at some apps and services you can use to add automation and intelligence to your smart home. These are the ones I use them most and hopefully…

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…

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…

The Digital Lifestyle Show #588 – Going Dotty

Welcome to this week’s podcast where Jason, Garry, Richard and I talk about new Windows 10 builds, Windows 10 Cloud, controlling Plex from Alexa, new smart home setups and more. Buy our Windows 10 book: Entertainment Apps on the go with Windows 10. We cover music and video streaming services…

Setting up a Smart Home for the rest of us: Part 2 – Lights

In my first part of my setting up a smart home articles I looked at why I chose Amazon Alexa as the main way of controlling my smart home. In this post I will look at howI have setup my lighting to work Alexa using Philips Hue and my existing…

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