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Critical Kit: Ulo wireless security camera

“And now for something completely different” as Monty Python used to say. How about an “Interactive Home Monitoring Owl”?! Browsing YouTube’s recommendations recently, I stumbled across one of those Amazing Gadgets You Won’t Believe videos, and one of the featured products was the Ulo wireless security camera, by designer Vivien Muller. Most security cameras tend to look rather […]

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Critical Kit: Google Chromecast

If you want to stream or mirror content from a mobile phone, tablet or laptop to your television, there are several options available right now. Apple users might like the latest Apple TV as they can use AirPlay, with the added benefit of being able to watch TV shows and movies on the device itself as well as […]

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Critical Kit: Apple iPad Pro

Some people love Apple’s products. Just as many hate them. But it’s pretty hard to argue that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro isn’t the best (certainly the most powerful) iPad you can buy. And no doubt many of our readers will have received or given one this Christmas. The super-sized tablet has also received largely favourable reviews thanks in […]

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Critical Kit: Harmon Kardon Nova 2 Bluetooth speakers

This week’s Critical Kit is a slight departure from the norm, in that the Harmon Kardon speakers I’m recommending don’t strictly have anything to do with mobile. They are Bluetooth-enabled however, so you can use them with a mobile phone, tablet, or pretty much any other wireless device. Our Critical Kit section usually features a selection of interesting gadgets and devices – some […]

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Critical Kit: the new Apple TV

No doubt there will be some people that disagree that soon-to-be-released Apple TV is a critical piece of kit. After all, it’s not necessarily the “best” set-top streaming box that money can buy right now. Consider similar devices from Roku, Google, and many others. But Apple has finally got serious about television, with a much-needed update […]

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Critical Kit: the Nest Cam

With Internet connectivity available just about everywhere, more and more people are buying connected home solutions for everything from monitoring their electricity usage to web-connected security systems that can be accessed when away from home. That’s exactly what the new Nest Cam is – a tiny, connected camera that uploads video to a cloud-based server for viewing […]

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Critical kit: Samsung Gear VR

The Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) device was one of the biggest success stories of Kickstarter in recent years. The Rift isn’t yet available for consumers of course, but other companies have entered the arena with a variety of hi-tech viewers, notably Samsung’s Gear VR which is the first consumer-ready VR product that you can actually buy today. For […]

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Critical Kit: an iPad stylus

In our latest Critical Kit series, we take a look at an item that anyone using productivity software on a tablet will find immensely useful – a stylus. Tablets such as the iPad are immensely useful devices for a huge variety of tasks, but one of the persistent bugbears that many people have, especially those using […]

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Critical Kit: Philips Hue connected lightbulbs

As part of our Critical Kit series, this week we’re taking a short but enlightening look at the Philips Hue connected lightbulbs. While it could argue that they’re not exactly critical, the innovative and popular smart bulbs have certainly struck a chord with consumers. How does this relate to anything mobile? The Hue range basically comes into its own when […]

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Critical Kit: Anker Astro Mini ultra-compact power bank

In this edition of our Critical Kit series, we take a quick look at an essential mobile accessory that anyone who owns a smartphone should find immensely useful – an external battery pack to charge your phone and get you through the day when you’re precariously low on juice. Can you last all day without a recharge? There’s nothing worse than your phone’s […]

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Critical kit: the Sonos wireless music system

As part of a regular new content series, we aim to cover some of the essential tech and seriously cool items that you can easily buy in the UK. For the first article, we’ll take a brief look at a product that enables music lovers to stream high quality audio around the house, all controlled by a smartphone or tablet. Sonos makes […]