Month: June 2020

Every single bit of IKEA’s smart-home gear reviewed and rated

IKEA has an ever-expanding collection of smart-home products – from lighting control and wireless charging to Sonos-partnered speakers and remote controls. Confused about the right smart-home gear for you? We’ve taken a detailed look at the lot to let you know definitively which are worth adding to your big blue bag (alongside the frozen meatballs and tea lights).

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TRÅDFRI Gateway kit, E27

Pros: Superb value; practical remote; voice control; good light quality
Cons: Clunky

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How to avoid scammers posing as NHS contact tracers

The next step of the UK’s battle against coronavirus has been rolled out, months after it was abandoned because the system couldn’t cope with the influx of cases. Contact tracing, where anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 is quizzed about their recent movements, and people who have been in close proximity with them are contacted and told to self-isolate, has been launched.

But people have questions. There are fears that the way in which the system works, with potentially at-risk people contacted by email, phone or text message, could be an easy way for scammers to con victims out of

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Google Meet is free. Here’s how to master its most useful features

As the world continues to hunker down inside their homes, people are having to get used to socialising and hosting work meetings in an entirely different way. Remote video calls have become a part of everyday life, while ‘Zooming’ has become the phrase most commonly used to refer to video calls under lockdown. As Zoom has risen meteorically in popularity, legacy platforms like Skype and Google Hangouts Meet (now Google Meet) have fallen behind or become obsolete altogether.

But Google, clearly trying to reverse this shift in power within video conferencing, has struck back. Google Meet is now free

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