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Amazon’s Alexa app topped Apple’s App Store on Christmas

Image credit: Amazon Amazon’s voice-controlled Echo devices were quite the popular gifts this Christmas, judging from the way the Alexa app shot up to the top of the list of the most popular free apps on the iOS App Store on Christmas Day. It’s slipped a bit since then, but …

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12 great Boxing Day sales deals you can still buy

Boxing Day is over. You’re either back at work, or dreading the thought of having to return. But that doesn’t mean you’ve missed your chance for a bargain – as you’ve seen on our main Best Boxing Day Deals page we’ve spent days scouring the retailers for the best deals …

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The best Boxing Day sales 2017: bringing you the best UK deals right now

Best Boxing Day deals by category The Boxing Day sales have started early and there are already plenty of opportunities to bag a great deal. We’ve seen retailers putting fresh deals live for the last few days and have continued to highlight the best ones. We’ll be updating this page …

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The smart home seriously needs to wise up if it wants to go mainstream in 2018

In many ways, it’s been a rather good year for the smart home. While thermostats, lighting and security products remain the most popular smart items, 2017 was the year that voice control took off. Thanks to the growing popularity of the Amazon Echo range (which got a slew of new …

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Amazon acquires Blink, a startup focused on wireless security cameras and doorbells

Amazon is really eager to get inside your house. Only months after rolling out its new Amazon Key delivery service involving automatic locks and security cameras, Amazon has acquired the startup Blink, which specializes in much the same products. The main difference is that Blink’s products work wirelessly, while Amazon’s …

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The best cheap Dyson offers and deals in Australia for Christmas 2017

Looking for a high quality vacuum cleaner to give as a gift this Christmas? Then you’re in the right place to bag yourself a great Dyson deal. Dyson has built itself up to be a leader in the vacuum cleaner market. Its innovative designs have set benchmark after benchmark and …

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Samsung’s Bixby smart speaker release date could be early 2018

2018 could be the year that Samsung enthusiasts – particularly those who bought into Samsung’s SmartThings ecosystem – will finally get their comeuppance.  In a report from Bloomberg, sources told the publication that 2018 will be the year Samsung’s smart speaker should be announced and be available to buy – …

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The touch controls are heading back to your Google Home Mini

Back in the old days, you used to be able to touch the top of the Google Home Mini to speak out your commands or questions to it, and to start and stop music and handle other features, but the functionality was pulled after some of the devices were found …

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Amazon Echo and Amazon Music Unlimited arrive in 28 more countries

Today Amazon announced that it’s bringing the Amazon Echo device family to 28 more countries today, along with its Amazon Music Unlimited music streaming service.  Most of the new countries are in Europe and South America, including Iceland, Greece, Sweden, Colombia, Bolivia, Poland and Peru. You can see the full …

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Google Home with touchscreen hinted at by new job listing

Future Google Home smart speakers could feature multi-touch support with a touchscreen device, or at least that’s how it looks based on a new job listing Google posted this week, Variety reports.  The position is specifically for a “Touch Sensor Hardware Engineer, Google Home,” and it calls for someone who …

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