E&T: Pocketalk

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Travel tech at its most helpful: you can simply speak into this hand-held translator. (Stock photo, I did not choose to translate this naff English sentence into Japanese!)


Evening Standard: Dogs

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The print story can also be read here for one week only. And the online version should end up in the usual place soon!


Delta Sky: Vacs

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Hi-tech vacuum cleaners. You can also read it online here.


E&T: Tefal Cake Factory

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Last month I got paid to test a pizza oven, this month a cake-maker. Yum.


E&T: April gadgets

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Delta Sky: Hair dryers

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Delta Sky: Pet cameras

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Boundless: Travel tech

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E&T: Gozney Roccbox

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The sun is out early. Go make some pizza in the garden with the Roccbox!


Evening Standard: Robots

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The print story can also be read here for one week only. And the online version should end up in the usual place soon!


E&T: March gadgets

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Evening Standard: Green kitchen

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My labour of love kitchen/diner extension. The print story can also be read here for one week only. And an online version should end up in the usual place soon. Best of all, you can get every last detail about the build at my Ugly Duckling House website.
Update: the lovely people at Evening Standard Homes & Property have turned the smug-looking article into a smug-looking video!


Evening Standard: Clean air kit

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The print story can also be read here for one week only. And the online version should end up in the usual place soon!


E&T: February gadgets

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E&T: Honda Miimo

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Honda's top-of-the-range robot lawnmower, put through its paces for months. Spoiler: we like it but the dog doesn't!



Evening Standard: Home tech

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The print story can also be read here for one week only. And a longer version is already online here.


Evening Standard: Home fitness

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The print story can also be read here for one week only. And the online version should end up in the usual place soon!


Delta Sky: Wireless chargers

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Evening Standard: Tech for 2019

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Shout out to Giffgaff

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My daughter uses Giffgaff cos they're cheap and seem to run well enough on the O2 network. I use O2 cos I have a good unlimited data tariff that dates from when they had no idea how much data I could cane!
Anyways... after the recent shitty outage day, O2 credited its customers 65p each. Whereas Giffgaff emailed and asked whether we'd prefer a credit (90p) or for the money to go to charity.
A third of customers chose the latter, which means Crisis just got £387,039 to help support homeless people at the coldest time of year.
Well played Giffgaff. Gadget Girl approves. Shame about the other two thirds though - Crisis could have had a million...


LBC: O2 outage

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Me on LBC about the O2 outage this morning at 2:36:30. Ironically poor quality cos interviewed over the phone... on O2.


Delta Sky: Noise-cancelling headphones

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E&T: NutriNinja FreshVac

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This blender sucks. Literally.


Ideal Home: Ugly Duckling House

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My kitchen makeover, written up by the fab Amy Cutmore for Ideal Home.
You can read loads more about the project on my Ugly Duckling House website.

Photo: Paula Smith

Evening Standard online

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Egg on face as I belatedly discover that my Evening Standard print articles are published properly online. And they do a good job of it. Hurray! Why had I not found this page before?!


E&T: December/January gadgets

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Evening Standard: Single-use Plastic

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The European Parliament voted today to ban single-use plastics, but why wait for 2021? Here are some ways to reduce yours now. You can read it online here too (page 17) but for one week only, hence posting it here too.


Evening Standard: Sleep

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The clocks go forward this Sunday. Here's how to ensure you catch enough zzzs. You can read it online here too (page 16) but for one week only, hence posting it here too.


Evening Standard: Wellbeing

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Homes that are better for you and for the planet. You can read it online here too (pages 12-13) but for one week only, hence posting it here too.


E&T: Optoma LH160

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A handy portable projector that can put out a proper big picture anywhere. Read online here.


Evening Standard: Irons

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Pressing matters. You can read the pretty version online (page 14) but for one week only, which is why I put it here too.


E&T: November gadgets

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Delta Sky: Keyboards

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E&T: October gadgets

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Delta Sky: 3D printers

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E&T: August/September gadgets

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Delta Sky: Drawing tablets

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Delta Sky: Camcorders

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Made For Mums: Dinosaurs In The Wild

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And now for something completely different: our family embarks on an immersive "time travel" experience that uses puppetry, animatronics and 3D tellies to good effect. So it is a bit gadgety. Check out what we thought of it!


LBC: Are dumb phones burners?

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In which LBC presenter Andrew Castle is filmed constantly and does his best to pretend that I am interesting...


Evening Standard: Fans

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We're having a heatwave, a tropical heatwave.  You can read the pretty version of this fans piece online (page 14) but for one week only, which is why I put it here too.


E&T: July gadgets

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Evening Standard: No more bottled water

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Save plastic, drink tap. You can read the pretty version online (page 12) but for one week only, which is why I put it here too. Loving the new byline font!


E&T: Audeara A-01

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Clever wireless headphones with built-in hearing test for a bespoke sound. Read online here.


E&T: June gadgets

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Delta Sky: Smart kitchen tech

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E&T May gadgets

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E&T: Tregren T-series

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In which I mention cheap herb pots from my fave supermarket Aldi in a flagrant attempt to have them send me cool stuff. Read online here.

E&T: April gadgets

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E&T: Ring Video Doorbell 2

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Ring my (smart) bell and I can talk to you from anywhere in the world. Reviewed here by me and a million feckless couriers.