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  • Facebook Portal should have been delivered by Skype years ago

    This week, Facebook introduced a new connected device for your home (albeit US-only for now), Facebook Portal and Portal+ which focuses on connecting you to others, hands-free, with an appliance-style device. While hardware is new for Facebook, it aligns with the vision to connect the world.   Facebook’s Portal contains...
  • Metricon partners with Bradford Solar to deliver Tesla Powerwall on new homes

    Metricon is Australia’s largest builder, so when they announce a renewable energy partnership, it’s time to pay attention. In a new partnership with Bradford Solar, Australians now have the opportunity to have solar and battery installed with their new home build, dramatically reducing the price you pay for power....
  • Review: Victa Ultimate mower with battery-powered push-button start

    The Victa Ultimate Commando (VCBD484) is a premium lawn mower that offers relief from one of the biggest pain points of mower. Thanks to Briggs & Stratton technology, the battery-powered, push-button start means that gone is the rip cord, instead replaced by a clean and modern start procedure of...
  • Gemmill Homes selling houses with smart technology included

    If you live in Western Australia, then you may want to choose your home builder very carefully. While on the surface it may seem like they all offer the same outcome, but in an ultra-competitive space, companies are turning to technology to differentiate. Gemmill Homes has partnered with Perth...
  • Houzz doubles size in 12 months, 1.4 Million monthly uniques

    If you’re building or renovating a house, you need to check out Houzz. It’s the world’s leading platform and there’s one really great reason for that.. pictures, 7.5 million retina-quality professional photos, 200,000 of which come from Australia. The site offers a blend of curated content, as well as...
  • Review: LIFX Color 650 downlights

    LIFX are famous for their successful Kickstarter project to launch a Wi-Fi connected, multi-coloured LED lightbulb. Now they’ve finally shipped the downlight to all Kickstarter and pre-order customers and will soon launch exclusively to retail at Harvey Norman. Before that happens, I had a chance to try out 2...
  • SCANN3D turning environments into 3D walkthroughs

    The team at Scann3d have created a technique to convert photographs into 3D visualization services. What’s proving to be a massive hit in the residential real estate market, the company has performed their magic on more than 500 homes across the country. On the 8th of June, they announced a new partnership between with...
  • Tesla’s Home Battery is called POWERWALL [Updated]

    It’s official, Tesla’s home battery will be called PowerWall. Update Looks like someone hit go on the press release before the start of the event.. here’s the details.. Tesla are introducing Tesla Energy, a suite of batteries for homes, businesses to help the world transition away from fossil fuels....
  • Home gets in the Xmas sprit with Santa (it’ll cost you A$10.50)

      If you’ve got an unlimited budget and an unlimited love for Santa Claus, then you might want to check out the Threads store in home. Now available is a Santa Claus costume. Each piece of the 6-piece costume will cost you A$1.75 for a total of A$10.50 for...