James has been a tech journalist for over seven years and only bagged his first tech journalism job by standing out as the candidate most likely to agree to being mugged for a feature.
This misguided sense of editorial adventure has defined his career, to the point of unwisely signing up to run a marathon just to test the latest wearable tech. If you see him passed out in the street with an arm full of wearables, call the emergency services.
Previously the features editor of T3 Magazine and T3.com and regular contributor to TechRadar, he’s launched and edited tech titles on every conceivable platform including web, magazine, bookazine, books and iPad.
Amazon Alexa ultimate guide: How to use and get more from your Amazon Echo
If you're the owner of an Amazon Echo smart speaker with Alexa, you have one of the best voice assistants available under your control. There's so much potential, but finding out what else Alexa can do besides the basics takes a bit of fathoming out. This is where our ultimate Alexa user guide comes in.…
The best Amazon Alexa skills for your Echo smart speaker
Your Amazon Echo speaker can quickly become an essential part of your home – but Alexa is nothing without the skills that make her tick. Alexa skills are essentially apps, which enable Amazon's voice assistant to connect to hardware and software to perform certain tasks. Whether it's turning your heating up or ordering some dinner,…
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The first port of call for many smart home users is a connected thermostat – and for good reason. Getting better control of your heating isn’t just a huge win for convenience. You can save a lot of money by heating your home efficiently, and there’s no better feeling than popping the heating on during…
How to get started with smart blinds: Top brands and options for your shades
When it comes to visions of the smart home, your smart blinds rolling up to reveal the new dawn is pretty much peak future living. And smart blinds are just starting to take shape. There are now a host of different options open to those looking to control blinds remotely – and as you’d expect,…
The best smart home devices: The top picks from our buying guides
A top smart home is simply the sum of its parts, so if you’re looking to build the perfect connected home, you’re going to want some brilliant devices. At The Ambient, we’re dedicated to testing and recommending the best smart home devices. We have guides to pretty much every category – and are always updating…
The best Amazon Alexa compatible devices for your smart home
The Amazon Echo smart speaker has taken the world by storm, but it really comes alive when you pair some Alexa compatible devices. Alexa enabled smart cameras, thermostats, smart plugs and even kettles – pretty much every home gadget or appliance you can now be controlled with Alexa. The Amazon Echo and Alexa really start…
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Smart home security is back under the microscope, thanks to a report that’s found flaws in a host of devices. Security flaws in smart home devices have hit the news over the past few years, with infamous cases of baby monitors accessed remotely, and hackers enslaving thousands of smart kettles into botnets. But while the…
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Just like any emerging technology that's making waves, Apple isn’t far away when it comes to the connected home. Apple HomeKit, alongside the Home app, is the company’s smart home play, offering a platform for iOS users to take control of their connected home. But unlike platforms like Nest and Hive, there’s little here that’s…
SmartThings outage takes down US homes
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