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New Video – Ring Smart Alerts (Rich Notifications) – A Really Useful Feature

Ring have recently released a new feature called ‘smart alerts’ or ‘rich notifications’, which basically sends an image (snapshot capture) alongside any alerts it sends out. So if someone clicks…

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New Video – ZigBee (& WiFi) Smart Light Strip Options – When Philips Hue Is Just Too Expensive!

If you’re looking to add smart light strips to your home but you find that Philips Hue’s Lightstrip Plus options are too expensive, what options are open to you? This…

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New Video – Kitchen Smart Lighting: Ideas, Considerations & What I’m Planning To Do

This video explores adding smart lighting within your kitchen, looking generally at what you need to consider and different ideas based on other people’s kitchen smart lighting projects. I also…

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New Video – Echo Show Light Control: Kinda Useful, But Key Features Missing

The touchscreen on the Echo Show allows you to control your smart light bulbs from the “Smart Home” menu, which is fairly useful if you want to quickly control your…

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New Video – How Ring Recovered From December 2019 (Ring App Privacy Run-Through)

Ring had a bad end to December 2019, with various news items in the mainstream press about different breaches and hacks, including the very worrying story of parents who noticed…

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New Video – Looping Amazon Echo/Alexa Songs (& Within Playlists and Routines)

Being able to repeat sounds and songs (via Amazon’s “loop mode”) on your Amazon Echo devices is a really useful feature – it can save you money (compared to paying…

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New Video – Echo Show Calendar Overview: What Works Well… And What Doesn’t!

I’m one of those annoying people who likes to track everything in their life on a calendar! Whilst I’ve used the calendar features on my other Echo devices, I love…

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New Video – Google Play Music Is Closing! Why Google Home Is (Now) Useless For Me

My first ever video covered how to listen to free music (with no ads) on your Google Home/Google Nest devices. One of the methods relied on Google Play Music, where…

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New Video – View All Ring Devices On 1 Monitor (Possible?)

Professional grade security systems will allow you to watch all real-time (live) views of the camera feeds on a single PC/TV monitor. This got me wondering whether it’s possible to…

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New Video – What Exactly Does “Google Home” Mean?!? (Why So Confusing, Google?)

I was recently filming for another YouTube video, and I realized that I kept saying “Google Home” but I hadn’t discussed how “Google Home” can actually mean four different things….

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