Sonos Roam review: the portable speaker you’ll want to use at home too | Smart speakers

Sonos’s new smaller and cheaper Roam portable speaker is one that won’t end up relegated to a drawer collecting dust as it sounds great at home too. The £159 Roam joins the much bigger and heavier £399 Move as the second of firm’s battery-powered models and proves itself as one Continue Reading

Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) review: wearable-free sleep tracking smart display | Google

Google’s second-generation Nest Hub smart display now comes with radar-based sleep tracking as it attempts to keep Amazon’s Alexa at bay. The new Nest Hub costs £89.99 on launch, which makes it cheaper than its predecessor and slightly undercuts competitors of a similar size. The second-generation unit has the same Continue Reading

Google’s new smart display tracks your sleep using radar | Google Assistant

Google’s latest Nest Hub smart display tracks sleep with miniaturised radar without the user having to wear a bracelet or headband. The revamped 7in Google Assistant smart display is being repositioned as a smart alarm clock and health-monitoring device for the bedroom. The camera featured on the larger model has Continue Reading

Sonos Roam: cheaper, multi-room portable smart speaker launched | Smart speakers

The wireless home-audio specialist Sonos has unveiled the Roam, its smaller, cheaper portable speaker with Bluetooth and wifi that works as well at home as it does outdoors. The rugged triangular Roam weighs 430g and is about the size of a water bottle. The aim is that it will avoid Continue Reading

Older Australians give smart tech a thumbs up for music and video chat – but not vacuuming | Aged care (Australia)

Older Australians with smart tech devices in their homes are keen to play music, video chat family and look at screensavers, but less enthused about robot vacuums wandering their homes, according to a study from Monash University and Deakin University on whether such technology could aid in-home care. Twenty-three households Continue Reading

Smart motorways face further scrutiny as MPs launch inquiry | Automotive industry

Smart motorways are to come under further scrutiny as MPs launch a fresh inquiry into their benefits and dangers, just weeks after a coroner referred Highways England to prosecutors for possible corporate manslaughter after the death of a motorist on the M1. The Commons transport select committee is to investigate Continue Reading

Chromecast with Google TV review: full smart TV upgrade with voice remote | Google

Google’s latest Chromecast streaming media dongle is a bit different. Instead of just streaming or “casting” content from your mobile or computer like its predecessors, the new device acts more like a modern smart TV. With a full interface and a remote, the new Chromecast with Google TV costs £59.99 Continue Reading

Pollutionwatch: how smart braking could help cut electric car emissions | Electric, hybrid and low-emission cars

You would think that battery electric cars, having no exhaust pipes, would emit less air pollution than diesel and petrol vehicles. A controversial study in 2016 said particle pollution from electric cars would be worse. Due to battery weight, electric cars are about 200-300kg heavier than comparable-size cars that burn Continue Reading