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Do you constantly text your Dad just to get no reply — because his phone is out of battery? Well, take the opportunity of Father's Day to fix that once and for all. We've got chargers, cables, battery packs and organisers aplenty in here, so take a look.

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The WeMo family of smart home gadgets and internet-connected appliances is growing. We've had quite a long wait for this particular apparatus, but you're finally able to pick it up in a JB Hi-Fi or Bunnings Warehouse near you — Belkin's energy-monitoring WeMo Insight Switch is finally available in Australia, with an Australian power plug.

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Almost a decade ago, when Belkin's 54GL router reigned supreme, routers could afford to be somewhat restricted when it comes to bandwidth. You had a desktop, maybe a laptop, and if you're a really early adopter, a smartphone connected to your network. Now, devices have multiplied like asexual amoebas, we're swimming in laptops, tablets, smartphones, connected handhelds, smart home sensors, gaming consoles, on and on and on, and the router suddenly becomes the most important device you own.

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Right now, piecing together a smart home, your very own domicile outfitted to perfectly fit your life, is a confusing cobweb of wireless standards, compatibility, and brands — lots and lots of brands. But the first step into this brave new connected world is just giving your home awareness, and that's what Belkin WeMo's new sensors, just announced at CES, are all about.

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Gone are the days when a light bulb had a hot filament that came on when you flicked a heavy switch. Today's smart lights offer flexibility, security and real cost savings. But how do you get started?

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Odds are that if you live in or around any metropolitan area in Australia, you have ADSL2+ internet at home. It's possible to buy a single, reasonably priced all-in-one modem router that handles anything that a regular family could want. Belkin's AC 1750 DB modem router is a simple, relatively powerful device aimed at anyone who isn't so interested in fiddling with network settings, but wants security and safety on their home network.

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Slow cookers are great because you can throw in your ingredients in the morning and by the time you get home from work dinner is done. But stuff happens, and sometimes you forget about that roast simmering away, and next thing you know you burn your meal and your house down. Enter the WeMo Smart Crock Pot to solve all your woes.

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Dropping an iPad onto a dock is not only an easy way to keep its battery charged, it also props it up so it's not laying sprawled across your desk wasting valuable real estate. And where as most docks can only accommodate an iPad going au naturel, Belkin's new Express Dock features a dial 'round back so the Lightning connector can be adjusted, ensuring it makes a connection even if your tablet is sporting a snazzy case.

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iPad users no longer have to lament the crappy speakers, and lightweight form factor, of their tablet when enjoying videos or music sans headphones. Belkin is promising to turn the iPad into a portable home theatre with an add-on set of boosted speakers, or at least that's what one assumes from a product called the Thunderstorm Handheld Home theatre.