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The various parts of a Philips Hue Lightstrip V4 base and extension kit

New Video – Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus: Everything You Need To Know (Does It Justify Its High Price?)

Despite building my own DIY smart lightstrip for my kitchen last year, I purchased Philips Hue’s lightstrip to run around my desk in the black friday sales. Why did I…

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Philips Hue dimmer switch showing a red (error) light

How To Fix The Red Light On A Philips Hue Dimmer Switch

The Philips Hue dimmer switch is great: it acts as a physical remote, allowing you to seamlessly control your smart bulbs (turning them on/off, changing their brightness, and changing between…

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Woman Controlling Smart Plug Using App On Mobile Phone

Smart Plugs With A Physical Remote: Why, How & What To Buy

Smart plugs are pretty useful devices – allowing you to easily control your appliances with a phone app, preset timers, and even your voice. But it’s not always practical to…

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My Philips Hue E14 White Ambiance bulb inside a table lamp, with weird flickering and noise issues.

Do Philips Hue Bulbs Burn Out? (How Hot Do They Get?)

How do you illuminate your home?  Incandescent bulbs are too wasteful, giving off so much energy in the form of heat. Plus, since they burn out relatively quickly, you need…

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My Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus with the Hue Colorloop lab running

How Philips Hue Lights Can Change Color Automatically

I remember the first time I experimented with a smart RGB (color) bulb. One of the first things I did was use my app to set my room to green:…

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YouTube video showing me, an Echo Dot in listening mode and the textg "Improve Alexa Flash Briefings"

New Video – Amazon Echo: Change Alexa’s Flash Briefing News & Weather To Suit You

The Flash Briefing feature on Amazon Echo devices is quite useful, unless you dislike the news or weather provider – in which case a very useful feature quickly becomes wasted….

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The Echo Show camera lens

Echo Show For Video Calls: Skype, Zoom and More

The Echo Show product line packs a tech-punch in terms of features: The Echo Show 5 and the Echo Show 8 offer portability—and 2020’s Echo Show 10 is, more or…

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YouTube thumbnail showing me asleep, with a Google Nest Mini and the text "Fix 10+ minute news updates!"

New Video – Google Nest Home News – How To Make It Less… Boring!

So… I recently asked my Google Nest Mini device for a news update, and it went on (and on and on…) for over 10 minutes. TEN MINUTES! Luckily I have…

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A marketing image of the 2019 ecobee SmartThermostat black model with the temperature being displayed on screen.

How Ecobee Smart Thermostats Work With Underfloor Heating

If you are someone who doesn’t like stepping onto a cold floor in the middle of the winter and would prefer to wake up with a cup of coffee instead,…

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YouTube video showing my smart light strips in the background of my kitchen, and me in the foreground

New Video – My Kitchen’s Smart ZigBee Light Strip Install (+ Should You Use A Diffuser Channel?!)

So I finally go around to installing the custom DIY light strip that I created in a previous video. These smart light strips are ZigBee based, meaning that I can…

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