• The LG Smart Garden blooms at Chelsea Flower Show

    by  • May 25, 2016 • 0 Comments

    LG smart garden design | Chelsea Flower Show 2016 | Copyright Amy Cutmore | girlabouttech.comI’m told that visiting a garden is meant to be a relaxing experience, but was I the only person that walked around the 2016 Chelsea Flower Show feeling a bit, well, sick?

    Each bountiful flowerbed, smart swing seat or restful water feature only served to increase my nausea as I thought of my own pitiful plot, with its overgrown lawn, paint-shedding furniture and weed-filled containers.

    And then I arrived at LG’s Smart Garden… or as I’m calling it, Amy’s Dream Garden.

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    How to… work from home

    by  • May 13, 2016 • 0 Comments

    How to work from home | girlabouttech.comAah, to work from home, where you can wear fluffy slippers to meetings and won’t get a face full of armpit on the morning commute. Sure, staying focused when it’s time for Homes Under The Hammer takes willpower, but with the right kit and attitude, you can stay motivated and productive, and won’t even have to miss out on the office gossip.

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    How to watch TV online

    by  • May 10, 2016 • 1 Comment

    SONY S85 ANDROID TV | HOW TO WATCH TV ONLINE | GIRLABOUTTECH.COM© Sony

    With BBC Three now online only and Netflix and Amazon producing exclusive award-winning series, it’s time to get serious about internet TV.

    1. KNOW THE WAYS TO WATCH ONLINE 

    • LIVE Sky, BT and Virgin let you watch TV live through their BT TV, Sky Go/Sky Q and TV Anywhere apps, respectively – more than 100 channels are available on each, though not BBC channels.
    • CATCH-UP Get up to speed with previously screened shows, usually from the past month – big players include BBC iPlayer and All 4.
    • ON DEMAND Services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV let you access movies and TV box sets anywhere, anytime.
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    Calling all cash-strapped students…

    by  • May 6, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Pavillion x360 laptop in blue | HP | girlabouttechcomWith exam season now upon us, it’s not just parent-student relationships that might be feeling the strain, but also computer access at home. If so, you’ll want to keep HP’s latest launch – the Pavillion x360 convertible laptop – in mind for next term’s shopping list.

    Available from August 1st, it could be a life-saver come the next round of revision, whether you’re a parent trying to wrestle back control of your tablet or laptop, or a uni-bound teen looking for an affordable PC to help you knuckle down during lectures.Pavillion x360 laptop in purple | HP | girlabouttechcom

    The Pavillion x360 comes in five colours and three screen sizes – 11.6in, 13.3in and 15.6in, with penny-pinching price tags of £279, £449 and £399, respectively. The 11.6 and 13.3in are thinner and lighter than their previous-generation counterparts, too… oh, and in case you were wondering, there was no 15.6 version before.

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    UE’s Boom 2 speaker just got even better

    by  • May 3, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Fresh Cut UE BOOM 2 Bluetooth speaker | Ultimate Ears | girlabouttech.comI’ll be honest, the sight of another press release on Bluetooth audio would not normally be met with unadulterated enthusiasm in the GAT Camp. But just when I’d thought I’d hit PEAK SPEAKER, UE bring out this beautiful new version of their amazing Boom 2 in a limited-edition Fresh Cut pattern.

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    Which of these induction hobs do you think will catch on?

    by  • May 1, 2016 • 0 Comments

    While strolling the halls of Eurocucina 2016, I came across these very clever induction hobs:

    WHIRLPOOL’S SMARTCOOK INDUCTION HOBWhirlpool SmartCook induction hob | girlabouttech.comIf you’re watching Masterchef at the moment, you might be wondering how those ‘home cooks’ know how to get the perfect crispy skin on their fish, or perfect their fondant potatoes. Well with Whirlpool’s new SmartCook induction hob, you don’t need to know. It does it for you.

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    How to buy a washing machine

    by  • April 29, 2016 • 0 Comments

    How To Buy A Washing Machine | girlabouttech.comWe all have days when the laundry basket is doing its best impression of Kilimanjaro, and all we want to do is wave a white – or greying – sock in surrender. But that’s where the right washing machine can help. Here are some tips on choosing the best one for you.

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    The best portable BBQs

    by  • April 26, 2016 • 1 Comment

    The best portable BBQs | girlabouttech.comPortable BBQs are made for picnics in the park, camping trips, or as an overflow option for your next garden party.

    ‘But I could just buy a disposable foil one’, I hear you cry. Well yes, you could, so long as you don’t mind burning your fingers on the flimsy tray/scorching the grass/finding a bin for it once you’ve burnt (sorry, cooked) a measly portion of sausages.

    Look out for designs with carry handles and legs so you won’t turn your lawn to straw every time you fancy a burger. These are my favourites:

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    The best gas BBQs

    by  • April 22, 2016 • 2 Comments

    Hopefully, as you’re reading this, the sun’s out, the sky’s blue and you’re raring to revert to your inner caveman/woman/person by firing up the barbecue.

    And, as you’ll know if you’ve read my post on how to Pick Your Perfect BBQ, if you want to get going fast, you can’t beat a gas grill.

    Gas provides instant heat and is the cleanest, easiest way to cook. There’s no waiting around for coals to go white so it’s great for after-work al fresco suppers, and if (or when) the heavens open, it’s no big deal to pause proceedings. Here are my top picks:

    BEST FOR: BBQ ON A BUDGET
    Hobart gas bbq, £149, The Range

    Hobart gas barbecue | The Range | Best gas BBQs | girlabouttech.comGirl About Tech says: ‘Gas barbecues don’t come much more affordable than this beauty, which won’t exactly feed the masses, but the grill area of 1,558cm² is just about okay for a family of four’

    ‘There are two main burners, and two side burners, including one that sits beneath a hotplate so you can fry off eggs or have a go at Teppan yaki.’

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