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Thread and Matter Are NOT The Same: Key Differences Explained – New Video

Me looking upwards confused at the slash in Thread and Matter

Smart homes are great, other than the fact that there are hundreds of devices from dozens of main manufacturers – leading to various incompatibilities and integration issues. While ‘smart hubs’ can help with this problem, they can only do so much. That’s why the Matter project is so important, which this video explains. I also … Read more

Jeff Bezos HATES Music! Some Funny Echo Song Requests – New Video

YouTube thumbnail showing me holding an Amazon Echo and the text Play DEPRESSING Adele music

Conspiracy theory: Jeff Bezos HATES music! Check out these (rude) song requests, and what Amazon Echo plays in response. Video Transcript Hello, I’m Tristan. I think I’ve uncovered a conspiracy theory. Jeff Bezos hates music. There, I said it! What am I talking about? Well, just listen to some of these song requests. Basically Amazon … Read more

Make YouTube Kid-Safe On The Amazon Echo Show (A Simple Tutorial Guide) – New Video

YouTube thumbnail showing me doing thumbs up sign with YouTube Kids enabled on an Amazon Echo Show

The Echo Show is a great touchscreen-enabled product from Amazon, but it also makes it a little bit too easy for children to freely surf YouTube – potentially accessing inappropriate videos. Therefore I went looking for makes on how to child-proof the YouTube installed on the Echo Show, and this video covers everything you need … Read more

All 14 Ring CAMERA Models Compared (Which To Buy) – New Video

YouTube thumbnail with me looking thoughtful and the text pointless pointing to the Ring Spotlight Cam

In the market for a new Ring camera? Simple: just go to Ring’s website, and choose from their… wait, what? They offer FOURTEEN cameras? Who even needs FOURTEEN cameras? If you’ve ever felt like this, worry not. This video walks you through everything you need to know to make your purchasing choice a little easier. … Read more

Why I Love This ‘Hidden’ Smart Lighting Feature – New Video

Youtube thumbnail of me holding a Hue Motion Sensor and the text Loads of ways to achieve this

When people think of smart lighting, they usually think of the obvious: full color (RGB) bulbs. Setting rooms to bright green, or dancing to strobe lighting effects. But I actually prefer a less discussed smart lighting feature: motion sensitive lighting. This is simple to set up, and it feels like something out of sci-fi. I … Read more

5 Simple Ways to Christmas-ify Your Smart Home – New Video

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Smart homes are great, but sometimes it’s not always clear how to use smart devices to make your home more Christmasy. This video covers five simply ways that you can use common smart devices to smarten up your Christmas. The individual sections of the video are at the timestamps below: 0:00 – Intro 0:19 – … Read more

Why Everyone Needs a 4K Smart Cam (Reolink Vs Ring Image Quality Compared) – New Video

YouTube thumbnail for my video comparing Reolinks 4K and Ring full HD footage

Reolink recently got in touch with me, asking if I wanted to review one of their cameras. I opted for their RLC-810A, a 4K, 8 megapixel smart camera which records with MUCH better image quality than Ring does. This video compares the Reolink 4K footage with my Ring Floodlight Cam Plus, that records in full … Read more