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The 11 Most Useful Amazon Echo Skills In The UK

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The Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot are forecast to be amongst the break-out products of Christmas 2016. Millions of us will be waking up Christmas morning to Amazon's virtual assistant come bluetooth music player, and its wide array of 'Echo skills'. Today we wanted to identify the most useful Amazon Echo skills and to make you aware of...

Nest Third-Gen Thermostat Review; Is ‘Nest Worth It’ in 2016?

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Updated: November 28th 2016: We wrote a Nest Third generation review questioning 'Is Nest worth it' back in January 2016, and as the year comes to a close, i want to revisit this topic in order to bring it up to date. Back in January, Nest, the smart thermostat which is considered the poster-boy for smart home tech had a...

7 Smart Sleep Aid Gadgets Which Will Actually Make You Seep Better!

Updated - November 18th 2016: We have been on the lookout for the best smart bedroom gadgets, with the aim of uncovering some tech which will help you sleep better. We wanted to cut through the confusion and unearth a list of sleep aid gadgets which actually work in 2016. When it comes to smart homes and smart home technology,...

Samsung Powerbot VR9000 Review

Updated: November 8th 2016. Robotic vacuum cleaners are the latest wave of home automation technology which are gaining traction rapidly, and today we proudly present the HomeTechStar Samsung Powerbot VR9000 review. This is the latest in an increasingly big line-up of smart home technology coming out of Samsung. We're going to dive in to see if this powerfully priced (£700) vacuum...

Nest Vs Tado – Nest 3rd-Gen Thermostat Verses Tado

Nest Vs Tado - today we compare two of the leading smart thermostats on the market to help you decide which one you should buy in late 2016. We look at their key features, their design, their ease of set-up and use, and provide our verdict on whether you should buy the Tado or the Nest smart thermostat. Lets...

Best Bathroom Gadgets Compared: The 9 Best ‘Smart’ Bathroom Gadgets 2016

Today we are on the hunt for the best bathroom gadgets of 2016. When it comes to the creation of a great smart home, the bathroom often comes second. However after you discover our list of the best smart bathroom gadgets, you may find yourself changing your tune, and even beginning in the bathroom as you look to create the...

O2 Home Smart Home Subscription Service Review – 02 ‘View’, ‘Comfort’ & ‘Connect’ compared

02 smart home subscription service review - is the 02 subscription based starter pack the best way to begin your smart home journey? 02 have launched their 02 View, 02 Comfort and 02 Connect as three rival starter smart home packages, giving you an off the shelf smart home solution that you could have up and running within plenty...

Amazon Alexa Echo’s Best Compatible Devices: 3 Smart Home Devices Which You Must Connect To Alexa In The U.K

Today we are diving into the Amazon Alexa and more specifically we are looking at the Echo's best compatible devices that you can connect up to this device in order to exponentially increase the value of both Alexa and the other smart home device. It has recently been announced by John Lewis that demand for smart home products is soaring,...

27 DIY Ways To Decorate Your Home With Penny Coins

We love the connotations around this DIY necklace - what a unique way to use an old penny coin amply showcasing how pennies can make great jewellry or you could even create a penny ring This vase has been upgraded with penny coins The addition of penny coins to an existing vase container makes this a very flexible home DIY penny coin hack....

Our 11 Favourite Man Cave Wall SIgns On Sale Today

Our post about our 31 favourite man cave inspirations is one of the most popular ever posts on hometechstar.com, and its clear that many guys like the idea of building out their own 'man cave'. One of the easiest starting points are tin signs, many of which portray different eras of manliness. Today we have lined up our eleven favourite...