Philips Hue Sync

Philips Hue Sync is a great way to synchronise your lights with your PC or Mac for games, music and movies.  If you use your PC or Mac for any of these, then the tool could be a great way to enhance your entertainment experiences.

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Controlling Philips Hue with Samsung Smartthings

Here, I explore how you add your Philips Hue system into Samsung Smartthings.  I look at the setup process, how to control your lights, and how to create Smartthings 'Scenes'.  Read on for more details of the overall process and how well the system works.

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Controlling Philips Hue with Cortana Take 2

Things change fast with technology.  The last time I looked at using Cortana Voice control with Philips Hue, there was no direct integration.  Thus, I was reliant on a third party app.  Now however, official support is available - thus it's time to take a fresh look.

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Philips Hue PC Control Take 2

In this post, I want to share with you my latest attempts at controlling Philips Hue from my Windows PC.  This is a bit of a challenge, as there's no official native app available from Philips.  Instead, I've had to find alternative ways to do this, and today I want to share my latest attempt.

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Samsung Smartthings Unboxing and Setup Part 2

In this post, I want to take you through my experiences of setting up the Samsung Smartthings Hub, using my Android Smartphone.  In the video I'll show you how things went, and below I'll outline a few additional details.  I'll run through how I found the setup process, and what I'm hoping to acheive now that it's complete.

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Samsung Smartthings Unboxing and Setup Part 1

A few of you have asked whether I planned to add a central controller or hub to our Smart Home.  The answer? Yes! Today I get started on that process.  We've chosen to add a Samsung Smartthings hub, and here I begin by taking a look at what that is, and (as you'll see in the video), the unboxing.

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Tado Energy Savings Report

Having a Smart Heating system is great.  It controls your energy in better ways, offers greater control, and lets you adjust things like temperature and schedule much more easily.  However the biggest question is - does it save me energy & money?  Here, I explore a little on how you can see where you're saving.

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In Praise of the Philips Hue Tap Switch

Controlling your smart home is so much easier when it all fades into the background and 'just works'.  Having the ability to use a smart light switch such as the Philips Hue Tap switch makes so much more sense than opening the app every time.  Here, I discuss how this works, and why you should get one too.

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Ring Video Doorbell Motion Detection

Having a video doorbell means not just seeing what's going on when someone rings.  It means you've got a camera at the front of your house that you can use to alert you to activity, and see what's happening.  Here, I run through how we're getting on with our Ring Video Doorbell Pro's Motion Detection feature.

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Tado Multi Zone Control

Having smart control over the heating for your home is good. Having control over each individual room is better!  Here, I explore how that works inside the Tado system we're using, and take a look at the control it gives you through the Tado app.

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Tado Smart Radiator Thermostat Installation & Setup

Following on from my unboxing post, here, I want to show the process of installing and setting up a Tado Smart Radiator Thermostat.  It's a simple process, and gives you more fine-grain control over the heating in your home.

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Philips Hue Entertainment Integration News

So far, only one partner has been announced - Razer, who make the line of Pro-Gamer products.  However in a statement on their website, Philips describe Razer as just the first - implying there will hopefully be more to come.

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Tado Smart Radiator Thermostat Unboxing

Having a single, smart thermostat in your home is great - but it can only figure out what to do by reading the temperature in that one location where you've installed it.  What about room by room control? Thankfully, many smart heating systems offer a way to do this, and Tado is no exception.

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Tado Smart Heating First Impressions & Tour

Now that we've had our Tado Smart Heating system installed for a little while, it's time to take a view on how the system works, and also have a bit of a tour round the user interface.  Here, I'll explore how we're getting on.

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Tado Installation and Setup

We've now completed the installation of our Tado Smart Thermostat, and Tado Extension kit.  The process was relatively trouble-free, and whilst it required some DIY skills, we got it done!  Here, I outline how we got on, and the setup process both with the kit itself, and in the software

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Christmas Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Even though New Home Tricks is not a review site, I wanted to put together a gift guide.  The reason for this is that whilst buying Smart Home technology as a gift might seem a great thing to do, there can be a few pit-falls to look out for.  Read on for my guide on what to look out for when buying Smart Home tech as a gift!

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