E&T: December gadgets

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The latest and greatest tech, plus my in-depth review of the Razer Kraken BT Kitty Edition kawaii headset.



Ideal Home: Passwords

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Expert advice on whether, and how best, to change your WiFi passwords.



ALCS elections

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If you're a writer, please consider voting for me in the ALCS elections. (And if you're a writer but not an ALCS member, skip to the end of the post for why it's worth joining!)

I have experience on committees of all shapes and sizes, from lobbying and campaigning to reviewing financials and navigating complex ethical and strategic decisions. I'm hard-working and I play well with others. 

As an author, I understand the diversity of ALCS members and our wide-ranging needs. I’ll also work tirelessly to expand opportunities and support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers, women writers and LGBTQ+ writers whenever possible, because the playing field is far from level, in life and in publishing.

There's also an election for AV writers (film, TV and radio) and I would humbly suggest Paul Powell is a great candidate for this.

You should have had an email with details of how to vote online securely. That takes you to statements from all the candidates. If not, try http://cesvotes.com/alcs2021

Finally, if you write for a living and aren't a member then do join the ALCS. It's a not-for-profit that distributes secondary royalties to authors, campaigns and lobbies on our behalf and much more. Members include authors, journalists, academic writers, screenwriters, scriptwriters and visual artists. Thank me later!

*book launch klaxon*

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My new book The Gadget Show Big Book of Cool Stuff goes on sale TODAY. It's real. It's on Amazon and everything! 

Featuring Craig Charles, Georgie Barrat, Ortis Deley, Jon Bentley, Jordan Erica Webber, Chris Haslam, Paul Henderson, Rob Waugh and lots of me. 

https://www.blackdogonline.com/product/the-gadget-show-big-book-of-cool-stuff/ 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gadget-Show-Book-Cool-Stuff/dp/191216535X/



E&T: November gadgets

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The latest and greatest tech, plus my in-depth review of Wunda WundaSmart heating controls.



Ideal Home: Boiling water taps

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Six of the best for making cuppas, Pot Noodles, formula and more in a trice. But which should you replace your kettle with? Read my boiling water taps roundup or you can find it and more on my Ideal Home author page.



Just one week to go...

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Just one week till my book The Gadget Show Book of Cool Stuff comes out. Excited and v proud to see an early copy... yes I was already wearing the T-shirt! 

Featuring Craig Charles, Georgie Barrat, Ortis Deley, Jon Bentley, Jordan Erica Webber, Chris Haslam, Paul Henderson, Rob Waugh and lots of me. 

Pre order at Black Dog Press or Amazon



The Gadget Show Big Book of Cool Stuff

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Ooh! My book is out 14 Oct. Pre order on Amazon now. Contributor details on my Twitter. It has an Amazon page and everything. Must be real!



E&T: October gadgets

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 The best tech of the month plus my in-depth review of the Nexar Beam dashcam.



E&T: September gadgets

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My round-up of tech for the month plus a hands-on review of the Trust Taxon webcam.



E&T: August gadgets

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Every month, the gadgets pages now go online, hurray! So you can enjoy my August column and also my in-depth review of the Gigabyte Aero laptop. 



Another award!

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Admittedly it's not an Olympic medal, but fab to see that our E&T Magazine gadgets team won another Tabbie Award



Ideal Home: Steam cleaners

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In-depth tests of the latest models from Bissell, Black & Decker, Hoover, Kärcher, Polti and Vax. Alternatively, they're all linked to from my Ideal Home author page.



Zoopla: Garden tech

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Everything you need for 2021, the year of socialising in the garden. Also on my Zoopla author page.



Daily Mail podcast: John McAfee's legacy

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Me talking to Jim White, standing in for Andrew Pierce, on the Daily Mail podcast (from 29:57) about the legacy of tech pioneer John McAfee.

By the way, this Wired piece, about how Vice magazine once gave away his secret location in Guatamala, is a great read.

E&T: July gadgets

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See also my in-depth review of the Majority Audio soundbars. The rest of the gadgets are now online too, hurray!



Sarah Vine's Femail podcast: QR codes in restaurants

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I'm so-so on ordering with a QR code but I do like to book my (outdoor) table via app and it is *always* a birthday! Listen to the Femail podcast from 19:44... did I change Vine's mind?




E&T: June gadgets

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See also my in-depth review of the Proscenic T21 Smart Air Fryer. Back in May I reviewed the Prima Projector too, but the other the stories were app only.



Evening Standard: Mini food banks

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They say "never become the story" at journalism school. But I never went to journalism school. So here's a piece about the amazing 3D-printed mini food banks popping up in Walthamstow, one of which is in my front garden!

It's also on my Evening Standard author page.



Zoopla: Spring cleaning

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All I want is someone to look at me like that pup looks at her...

Read my pick of the best spring cleaning tech for 2021. Also live on my Zoopla author page.



E&T: April gadgets

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See also my in-depth review of the Garmin Lily smartwatch.



Zoopla: Home office

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Read my pick of the best smart, stylish WFH kit. Also live on my Zoopla author page.



E&T: March gadgets

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See also my in-depth review of the latest Cuisinart Cordless kitchen gizmos.



Zoopla: 2021 Tech

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Read about the Queen, the silver screen and more. It's going to be the year of the garden cinema, I swear. Just do it and thank me later!



Evening Standard: WFH

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Tech for better coffee, easier smoothies and looking better on Zoom. From yesterday's Evening Standard p17.



E&T: February gadgets

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See also my in-depth review of the McLear RingPay smart ring for contactless payments.



Evening Standard: Home tech of 2021

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Look better on Zoom, watch a movie in the garden, get fit in your living room while a robot does the cleaning. Welcome to 2021... The piece is online here or on my Evening Standard author page



Land Rover Magazine 40: Kit

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A long time in the making, but the latest issue is out and it's purty. The entire magazine is beautiful and well worth a read.



Woman & Home: The best air purifiers

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 I tested a bunch of the latest models for Woman & Home. Click through to full reviews of each one.



Daily Mail podcast: Pointless emails

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Me talking about the environmental impact of emails on the Daily Mail podcast, from 12:20. Better that I do it than someone who thinks sending one less email a day equals doing one's bit...



E&T: December games

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 A playful Christmas gift guide. See also my in-depth review of the Zephyr gaming mouse.



E&T: December gadgets

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 See also my in-depth review of the Benro Snoppa VMate gimbal camera.



Ideal Home: Clothes steamers

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 A great big test of handheld and floorstanding garment steamers by a scruffy freelancer who grudgingly irons school uniforms and not much more. My clothes looked good that week! Read which ones were worth buying here.



E&T: November gadgets

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See also my in-depth review of the Blueair Blue Pure air purifying fan.



Evening Standard: Air purifiers

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Breathe easy at home now that it's too cold to leave the windows open. In fact, your air will be much cleaner than that outside! The piece is online here or on my Evening Standard author page. Meanwhile, enjoy!



Bella: Unusual names

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In which I am paid to write about being called Caramel!



E&T: October gadgets

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 See also my in-depth review of the FOURFIT Mini 2 children's fitness tracker.



Evening Standard: Smart heating

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Tech that will make your home cosier and your bills smaller. It's online here page 27 but not for long, but it will soon pop up on my Evening Standard author page. Meanwhile, enjoy!



E&T: August/September gadgets

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See also my in-depth review of the R-Pur mask, for filtering air pollution and Covid-19.



Evening Standard: Home working tech

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"Are you sitting uncomfortably? Then we'll begin." So commenced this article, before it was subbed so they could fit a last-minute advert on the page. Oh well, it's still a good read.

The newspaper is online here, page 20, but I'm not sure how long it's there for as it's a new site. It will hopefully soon pop up on my Standard page too.


E&T: July gadgets

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See also my in-depth review of the GoCube... at least I'll come out of lockdown with one new skill!


Evening Standard: Outdoor cinema

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In which I get to write, ever so slightly, about Hamilton! Here's how to build a garden cinema to watch Hamilton, Frozen II and more.


E&T: June gadgets

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See also my in-depth review of the Ooni Karu.


E&T: May gadgets

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See also my in-depth review of the Miele Triflex HX1.


Ideal Home: Cordless vacuum cleaners

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Tested by me, which was good timing because I needed to clean the house! Read the reviews here.


E&T: April gadgets

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See also my in-depth review of the F(x)tec Pro1 phone.


E&T: March gadgets

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See also my in-depth review of the DribbleUp Smart Soccer Ball.


Delta Sky: Turntables

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You can also read about these beauties online here.


E&T: February gadgets

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See also my in-depth review of the Loog Pro Electric guitar.


Delta Sky: Smart watches

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You can also read about the watches online here.