The best smart speakers for all budgets | Technology

After almost six years on the market, smart speakers now come in a variety of sizes, shapes, capabilities and prices. Whether you want a cheap speaker to keep the kids entertained, one that doubles as a digital photo frame or one that sounds so good you’ll want to yell “turn Continue Reading

‘Alexa, I love you’: how lockdown made men lust after their Amazon Echo | Technology

Name: Alexa. Age: Five. Appearance: The lockdown equivalent of an office affair. I don’t like where this is going. Nor should you. Lockdown has changed society in many ways. One of those is that men now fall in love with their Amazon Echos. This cannot be true. It is and Continue Reading

Sonos launches new Arc soundbar with Dolby Atmos | Technology

The wireless home-audio specialist Sonos is launching the first of its next-generation speakers with a new Dolby Atmos voice-controlled soundbar called Arc. Arc replaces the firm’s popular Playbar and Playbase as its top-end TV sound system, re-engineered to provide a wider, more powerful sound and built on the new S2 Continue Reading

What’s the best tablet for video calling grandma? | Technology

I want to get my grandma a tablet for easy video calling. She is elderly and needs to self-isolate, and she is already quite isolated after the recent death of her husband. I am not sure which tablet or which program to use. She isn’t very computer literate. This new Continue Reading

How to stop your smart home spying on you | Technology

During an interview with the BBC last year, Google’s senior vice-president for devices and services, Rick Osterloh, pondered whether a homeowner should disclose the presence of smart home devices to guests. “I would, and do, when someone enters into my home,” he said. When your central heating thermostat asks for Continue Reading

Google Nest Mini review: better bass and recycled plastic | Technology

The second generation of Google’s smallest smart speaker gets a new name, more eco-friendly, a little smarter and more bass. The £49 Nest Mini replaces the Google Home Mini as part of a revamped and renamed line of Google smart home products under the Nest brand, pushing its predecessor to Continue Reading

Sonos Move review: brilliant sound now portable | Technology

Sonos has finally made a portable wifi and Bluetooth speaker that sounds great – but it’s not quite what most will have imagined. For years Sonos has made some of the very best wifi speakers, recently adding optional voice assistants from Google and Amazon. But they have never been truly Continue Reading

Amazon Fire TV Cube review: great smart TV box, irritating smart speaker | Technology

The Fire TV Cube is Amazon’s attempt to combine a smart TV streaming box with an Alexa-powered smart speaker, producing a small black box that doubles as an Echo device. The Cube doesn’t look like anything else. The combination of shiny and matt black plastic makes it stand out at Continue Reading

Get yourself cybersecure for 2020 | Technology

Technology is changing our lives for the better; yet it’s also exposing us to organised crime, online scammers and hackers – and whole industries built around monetising our personal data. But you don’t have to be resigned to cyber-victimhood. Give yourself, and your devices, a security update for 2020 and Continue Reading

Twenty tech trends for 2020 | Technology

1. Tesla’s cybertruck will not ship This is an easy prediction to make, because even Tesla isn’t claiming that its eye-catching angular steel beast will be available for sale in 2020. The company’s own pitch is that production won’t even begin until 2021, with owners receiving their first shipments in Continue Reading