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You have probably heard recently about the ransomware attack that hit over 100 countries last week, and caused havoc for many large companies including the UK’s National Health Service. This attack brought hospitals and doctor’s surgeries to their knees, cancelling operations and causing legitimate worry for a health service already under severe strain.

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Amazon have been doing rather well in the home hub department of late. The original Echo was a blockbuster hit, as was it’s smaller sibling, the Echo Dot. The recent release of the Echo look (a smart camera that gives you fashion advice) is yet to prove it’s worth in the market, but from what we have seen so far, it will probably carve out a niche for itself to some degree

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Rumors circulating online recently that Ikea was to bring its own smart lighting system to market worldwide has proven to be true, with the upcoming release of the Trådfri smart kit. The name itself translates to “wire-free”, and consists of a central hub, two dimmer switches, a controller, and two white-spectrum bulbs.

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With the huge success of the Amazon Echo, and Amazon Dot devices, it was only a matter of time before the online retail giant looked to capitalize on even more customer-centric data, and the brand new Echo Look seems to be just such a device. While it is not available to everyone, Amazon have started taking requests for the device, which they are currently pricing at $200.

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Forever losing your phone? Worried that the dog keeps jumping the fence into the neighbor’s garden? Wondering where exactly your teenage daughter and her friends are driving to this weekend? If you find yourself asking these questions to yourself regularly, it may be time to invest in some trackers.

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This is the news every Google Home user who doesn’t live alone has been waiting for, the ability to have your information relayed specifically when you interact with it. While this news has sent the Google-verse into a spin, you shouldn’t get too excited yet, as the card seems to have been sent out by mistake, and the functionality this card purports to give, sadly isn’t there.

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Currently, the IOT devices that garner the most headlines tend to be pretty obvious. Light switches, thermostats, and video doorbells have all hit the headlines in recent months, as consumers become more accustomed to seeing connected devices around the home.

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At the recent Samsung Galaxy S8 keynote, the Korean manufacturer not only announced the release of a new flagship smart phone, but also introduced us to Bixby, their new voice and touch controlled assistant. While this area of tech is looking ever more crowded these days..

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Many of us have grown up with sci-fi TV shows and the promise of household robots relieving us from the boredom of every day task such as cleaning, cooking, taking the kids to school, walking the dog, and taking the rubbish out. While the C-3PO style of robotic helper may be quite a few decades away, robots are already entering the home in many different ways.

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Want to get up in the morning gently awakening to the sounds of your favorite song blasting through your Hi-Fi system? Want your playlist to start playing when you enter your home? Want to surprise someone by blasting a song from the stereo, while you are at work? You can do all that, if you make your Hi-Fi system just a tiny bit smarter. We’re here to help you do exactly that with this week’s smart home guide on how to turn your Hi-Fi Stereo System into a Smart Home Wonder.

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Starting with home automation can be a difficult and costly task and that’s why different companies offer some of their products in bundles. To help you choose the most affordable, functional and easy to set up bundles, we’ve gathered the best smart home starter kits for your automated home. Check our top picks here.

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Just a few weeks ago the 2017 annual Consumer Electronics Show took place and some of the biggest names in the Smart Home Industry took to the stage to present their latest and greatest gadgets. To recap the best home automation has to offer, here’s our round-up of the best CES 2017 smart home technologies review.

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A new announcement regarding the joined Intel smart home and Amazon forces sparked interest in the home automation industry. Does this give Amazon Alexa a fighting chance against the Google Home?

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With the ever growing home automation industry, we decided to tackle the question of what we should expect in innovations for the smart home 2017. Will Microsoft be putting Cortana in your home, while Amazon Alexa and IBM Watson are chilling on the couch? Will Google Home take over the home automation industry? The only certainty is that the industry is truly moving forward.

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