Tag: control

Monqi – A safe smartphone for your kids

A few years ago I worked for an internet provider. My advice, if any parents ever asked, would be to keep the PC in a “family room”. Now, well now you just can’t do that. Kids demand phones, and those phones aren’t “dumb phones” either. No. The latest …

Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Sockets – Review

You remember when we were just a smartphone site, right? Now we’re getting asked to review lots of gadgets and this time it’s this, a set of remote control sockets. Why would you want these? Well, there’s a number of reasons really. First of all, they’re just £26.99 …

A remote controller actuator. What could be greater?

So, I’m pretty geeky guy with the home automation gadgets. I started off with a Nest thermostat, which a lot of even my non-geeky friends are getting into. It’s a simple and clever way to save cash on your heating bills. Put simply, it knows when you’re not …

Huawei Mate 9 to get Alexa. Let’s test it.

Over the last few days I’ve been faffing about with the voice-controlled Amazon Echo Dot. It’s got an invisible lady inside called “Alexa” which will do your bidding. The device itself is a magical disc-shaped unit which will wake up and then answer your questions. It’ll also play …

Festive Feature – LOPOO Christmas Decoration Kit

About 14 years ago I started reviewing phones. Now I’m reviewing Christmas tree decorations and, if I’m honest, I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not. Either way, it’s the time to get festive. If you’ve just been up to the loft and grabbed your decorations …

Sengled Pulse Solo LED + Wireless Speaker – Review

If you’ve got a need for a lightbulb but you want some music coming out of it, welcome to the Sengled Pulse Solo LED light and Wireless Speaker. This one is an E27 screw-in fitting and puts out about 550 lumens. Now, if you compare this with regular …

Protecting your teenager against sexting

When I was in my teens, smartphones weren’t really a “thing”. Sure, we had mobile phones, but they were big clunky things and you couldn’t even text on them unless you paid for the texting “service”. Plus, they were pretty much confined to older people, not “grandpa” old, …

Steer your sofa from your smartphone

Well, isn’t this just my dream thing? Recently I went to a “certain” furniture store here in the UK (y’know, the one that has a permanent sale on) and I was actually quite surprised with the amount of sofas that plug into the mains. However, having a big …

Nest comes to your Android Wear watch

The Nest Thermostat we reviewed continues to get even more clever. Recently they added multi-account and phone location support, and now you can control and view your home heating on your Android Wear watch. You can get more info on the thermostat here. It’s £199 and you might …

Archos enters the Connected Home scene

The Connected Home is the ability to connect to various devices in your house. For example, cameras, movement sensors, temperature sensors which can then be controlled remotely. Archos are the latest company to get involved in the connected home scene and are offering up a range of products. At the …

Controlling Pandora’s box

I know I’ve mentioned it before, and yes, I’m guilty of repeating myself. However, it’s something I’d like to bang my drum about because, for the most part, people tend to switch off when the words “online safety” are mentioned. Still there? Good, because a recent survey of …

Do something for me. Just search for this one word.

Yesterday there were headlines about the fact that an app had been removed from both the Apple and Google app stores. The app in question was called “Plastic Surgery for Barbie” and was shown as being suitable for children. The issue many had was the fact that the …

LG Launch Eye-controlled tech

We’ve heard rumours that the new Samsung Galaxy S4 will have eye-tracking technology. Last year, when the Galaxy S3 launched, we saw the “Smart Stay” technology. This held the backlight on provided your eyes were looking at the screen. The S4 is said to build on that, perhaps …

Control your hotel room from the Galaxy SIII

If you’re lucky enough to check-in at the Holiday Inn London Stratford City, try out their new Holiday Inn app. It’ll let you grab the latest Olympic updates, check-in, check-out, access room service, laundry services and even use the phone as a in-room phone extension. Not only that, …

3CX Mobile Device Manager Review

In recent years we’ve seen a shift in the way that mobile devices are used in the workplace. Previously you may have had a Blackberry or Microsoft Pocket PC dropped on your desk. Things were locked down, secure and managed. Now, with the advent of “Bring Your Own …

Control your browser, from your phone

Have you heard of Clik? Tried it? We have, and it’s pretty amazing. Currently it’ll let you play and control YouTube videos on you PC or any device with a browser from an iPhone or Android phone. Plug your laptop into your TV, fire up the app, snap …

Speaktoit Assistant, a Siri solution for non 4S iPhones?

Back in October, the Company Speaktoit released a voice assistant for Android simply called Speaktoit Assistant. This week it has arrived on the iPhone App Store and it has some nice features. It can search the internet, Google images and Google Maps. Just tell her what you want …