This Silly Button From Logitech Made My Smart Home Fun Again

I have issues with smart home technology. The promise of a Jetsons-style, automated living environment has never been closer, but the experience basically sucks right now. After spending a few weeks with a programmable button by Logitech, however, I feel suddenly hopeful. Read More >>

Rogue Smart Meters Give Customers 3,000,000 Per Cent Bill Increases

People putting the heating on even though it's spring had a nasty shock over the weekend, after a group of smart energy meters issued by supplier SSE went mad -- and gave subscribers gas bills in the tens of thousands of pounds. Read More >>

IoT Mouse Traps as a Service Calls a Proper Man to do the Dirty Work

You can now get rid of mice from your home or business by doing nothing more than looking at your phone and waiting for a real man to come and sort it out, thanks to a new internet-connected mouse annihilation system that's available in the UK. Read More >>

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Sharp Sees a Fridge-Freezer as the Smart Centrepiece of Your Home

Smartphones, smart TVs, smart light bulbs, smart bloody everything. Smart home technology is so hot right now, with this year’s IFA bash absolutely full of the stuff. Even wigs will be connected to the internet. Probably. Hopefully. Read More >>

$5 IoT Computer Promises Wi-Fi, Apps and Linux in a Postage Stamp

A newcomer in the smallest-ever computer war has arrived in the tiny form factor of the Omega 2 -- a computer the makers want to sell for $5 to coders, IoT enthusiasts, the entire third world and men not against the idea of maybe doing a bit of soldering. Read More >>

Fuchsia is Google’s Mysterious New Operating System

Google has done what it no doubt set out to do and got tongues wagging about something called Fuchsia, a new operating system that, unlike Android and Chrome OS, doesn't use the Linux kernel. Instead it’s built on Magenta. Read More >>

“Smart” Vibrator Could be Hacked and Remotely Activated

Today's connected world horror story from the Def Con 24 event concerns the security of sex toys, with a team of researchers suggesting that the internet-enabled We-Vibe 4 Plus sends data home when it's being used -- and could even potentially be turned on remotely by someone not connected to the sexy Skype chat. Read More >>

What is 5G and How Will it Make My Life Better?

Everybody loves speedy internet, so it’s no surprise that every major telecom in the world is working to make it even faster. Smartphones, watches, homes, and cars are increasingly requiring stable internet connections. In order to pipe in enough bandwidth for that precious wireless feed, we’re going to need an entirely new form of wireless signal — that’s where 5G comes in. Read More >>

How Connected Cars Will Transform Our Lives at Home

Let me put this bluntly: Smart homes are pretty dumb. Or at least historically, connected devices for the everyman’s house have seemed gimmicky at best. This week at CES, however we saw some new technology that stands to reform our very conception of how homes work. Read More >>

What to Expect in 2016 From Apple, Google and the Biggest Names in Tech

More drones, more stuff being flung into space and less jobs for humans. Fine, fine, I'll go into a little more depth. 2015 has been yet another unbelievable year for technology, and 2016 has a lot to live up to. With a number of different technologies yet to truly come of age, there's almost too much to to look forward to. This time next year, will we be referring to it as The Year of Virtual Reality, The Year of IoT or The Year of 4K? Here's what to expect in 2016. Read More >>

The Santa Claws Game is One of the Best Ever Raspberry Pi Creations

Santa Claws could be the ultimate game of 2015. It’s Internet-connected, features Raspberry Pi, a healthy dose of nostalgia and a charitable cause, and is being live-streamed online. Oh, it’s a little bit frustrating too. Read More >>

Manchester Gets £10m to Test Talking Bus Stops, Biometric Sensors and Bike-Sharing

Manchester has been given a governmental handout of £10m, to help drive the development of the "Internet of Things" in the city. You can expect to see some talking bus stops rolled out, plus "sensors in parks" so app developers can award you with smiley faces when you bravely go out for a walk. Read More >>

Sengled Boost Lightbulb Turns a Lamp into a Wi-Fi Signal Enhancer (But it Has Some Quirks)

Connected lighting is no unusual thing these days, with companies like Philips and Osram letting you turn your living room into a disco with phone-controlled colour changing bulbs. Fun? Yes. But useful? Not really. Enter the Sengled Boost bulb, which aims to improve your Wi-Fi coverage around the home by doubling up as a Wi-Fi repeater. Read More >>

Nest’s Sexy New £199 Thermostat Controls Your Hot Water Tank, but Wait for Black Friday Before Buying it

Nest Labs has launched the third version of its Learning Thermostat, which is available right now. The smart-home-connected-Internet-of-Things-energy gadget has a bunch of new features, is compatible with more products than ever, and has been treated to a sexy redesign. Read More >>