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12 days ago   |   By TechRadar

Smart homes, but why?
The smart home concept has been with us almost as long as the home computer itself. Yet for most of us, the closest we've come to it is Uncle Brian yelling at his Alexa to play REO Speedwagon. That's all very well, but the rest of us want more. Which is where beautifully designed smart home tech from the likes of Aqara comes in. But what exactly does it do for your domicile? And why wouldn't you just do it yourself? Well, quite apart from the sheer living-in-the-future joy of having your drapes slide smoothly apart at the exact moment of sunrise, there's a level of...
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Amazon Echo vs Apple HomePod vs Google Nest: which smart speaker is the best?

Amazon Echo vs Apple HomePod vs Google Nest: which smart speaker is the best?

13 days ago   |   By TechRadar

If you're new to smart home tech and don't know where to begin, start with a smart speaker. There are several top smart speakers on the market today, but which one is right for you: the Amazon Echo vs Apple HomePod vs Google Nest? A smart speaker is a home for a voice assistant, like Siri on your iPhone or Google Assistant on Android. You can ask assistants to play a song, find information, set an alarm or carry out tasks by ‘talking' to other smart home products. Most smart speakers on the market today are affordable, fun to play with and work well as Bluetooth speakers if you get sick of...
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Apple HomeKit devices: great smart home appliances that work with the smart home system

Apple HomeKit devices: great smart home appliances that work with the smart home system

13 days ago   |   By TechRadar

Ever since Apple launched its own smart platform HomeKit in 2014, and updated it with the release of iOS 10 in 2016, it's had to compete with the Alexa and Google Assistants of the world for the loyalty of smart home owners across the world. However, those who rely on iPhones and Macs know the quality and reliability of everything the company touches, and so have embraced the technology. Others may wonder which devices actually work with HomeKit, and which only support other platforms. It's no use expecting a Ring doorbell to work with your HomePod Mini, for example. This article will run...
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