Smart TV’s don’t exist in every household, with many people still using “dumb” TV’s on a day-to-day basis. Up until fairly recently, to get various streaming services (the likes of Netflix, Amazon Video, Google Movies, Now TV, YouTube etc.) onto the aforementioned “dumb” TV, you would have had to have hooked up a laptop/HTPC (Home Theatre PC) to your TV, or suffer poor performance from the streaming sticks of yore. Roku have a great, budget option for TV’s up to Full HD (1080p) resolution: the Roku Express.
I purchased the Google Home Mini – Google’s first “hockey puck” sized home assistant, directly competing with the likes of Amazon’s Echo Dot – for my wife for Christmas and we’ve been using it every day for the last month. Google’s offering almost one-up’s Amazon’s, utilising their massive technical capabilities/know-how to provide you with the best day-to-day assistant that you need in your home.
Smart lighting is an ever growing market and nowadays you have plenty of options/brands too choose from. I’ve personally used and reviewed Philips Hue, LIFX and TP-Link over the past 6 months and I’ve more brands to go (Hive, Osram etc.). Today though, I’m looking at the newest iteration of the standard colour LED bulb offered by LIFX – the A60 “Gen 3” – and comparing it to my existing “LIFX Colour 1000“.
Phone battery capacities are finally on the rise again. Gone are the days of the “thinnest phone in the world”, manufacturers are finally listening to buyers who want to be able to use their phones un-tethered from a plug! Regardless of this, “all day battery” still seems to be just out of reach (dependent on your usage). That’s where power banks come in handy. Large capacity, portable batteries capable of charging your phone multiple times, keeping you on-the-go. Finally, I’ve managed to get my hands on a power bank that doesn’t require me to carry around an extra cable, just to keep it charged up. The AUKEY PB-N36 is a portable battery pack, containing 20,000mAh of battery inside it, can be charged by either a Micro-USB or a Lightning cable!