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Control your appliances with a D-Link mydlink Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug

D-Link ANZ have launched new smart plug as part of their range of mydlink smart home devices. The DSP-W118 mydlink Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug can be used to turn on and off electrical appliance via schedules that can be set up on the mydlink app.

The device can be set to turn your TV off when you’re asleep, power on your coffee maker before you wake up, or automatically turn on your living room lamp while you’re on holiday.

The free mydlink app works with iPhone, iPad and Android devices to set schedules and automate your appliances using the Smart Plug, as well as set automation rules that interact with other mydlink devices. With the integration with the Google Assistant or Alexa, you can also use the power of your voice with commands such as ‘Alexa, use mydlink to turn on the Smart Plug’ to create a voice-enabled smart home.

D-Link ANZ MD Graeme Reardon said, “The mydlink app can control all our smart home products in the mydlink ecosystem and the new mydlink Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug is an integrated part of making that ecosystem operate in a smart and seamless fashion. Put simply, the new smart plug combined with the mydlink app makes it easier for people to enable their smart home by adding clever automation and additional security.”

Previous iterations of D-Link’s Wi-Fi smart plugs have been a little on the large size, obsuring access to neighbouring sockets. The new mydlink Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug packs all it’s wireless technology into a tiny form factor. The compact size promises to discreetly extend your D-Link-enabled connected home.

The new D-Link DSP-W118 mydlink Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug is available now from (RRP AUD$39.95), (RRP NZ$55.99) and from all authorised D-Link partners and retailers in both countries.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood PC review

With the exception of an ill-conceived entry back in 2009, the Nazi-killing adventures of William “B.J.” Blazkowicz have been thrilling gamers for over 30 years. Wolfenstein: Youngblood is the first game in the series where players don’t fill the standard army-issue boots of B.J. Blazkowicz. Continue reading Wolfenstein: Youngblood PC review

Micron Ballistix Elite Gaming Memory DD4-3600 review

A look at 16GB of Micron’s Ballistix Elite DDR4-3600 gaming memory.

Every now and then Micron send over some memory for me to look at. At first glance, I always think, “I’ve already reviewed this”. Every time, that’s not the case, as they continue to push the envelope with blisteringly fast RAM speeds. Continue reading Micron Ballistix Elite Gaming Memory DD4-3600 review

Samsung Portable SSD T5 review

You can never have enough hard drive space. Unfortunately, neither Microsoft or Sony really thought about this when designing their latest consoles. Both the PS4 and the Xbox One install games on hard drive rather than running games directly off a disc, unlike their predecessors. Continue reading Samsung Portable SSD T5 review

Planet Coaster: Ghostbusters expansion PC review

Theme park management game, Planet Coaster, gets a rather spooky expansion with Planet Coaster: Ghostbusters.

Frontier Development’s Planet Coaster is built upon years of experience the developer gained whilst working on Atari’s Rollercoaster Tycoon games. The result is a detailed theme park simulation that enables players to design, build and manage their own parks. Continue reading Planet Coaster: Ghostbusters expansion PC review

The Sinking City Xbox One review

Ukrainian developers, Frogwares invite players to investigate macabre goings on in a tormented sinking city.

Developers continue to mine the esoteric works of H.P. Lovecraft and his Cthulhu Mythos, and understandably so. Lovecraft’s tales offer gamers weird and surreal gaming experiences with peculiar and unique narratives, compared to the usual fayre. It’s an opportunity to play with an established brand for what is probably isn’t a very steep licencing price. Unfortunately, like many of Lovecraft’s stories, these games usually come across as dated.

Thankfully, The Sinking City is an exception. Continue reading The Sinking City Xbox One review

F1 2019 PC review

Codemasters bring us this year’s iteration of their Formula One Championship racing game.

Formula One, the most prestigious motor racing championship in the world. Glitz, glamour and ridiculously fast oversized go-karts, only outdone by the lunatic drivers, with nerves of steel, that pilot them. Continue reading F1 2019 PC review

Game Review: The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr (PC)

Bethesda’s acclaimed online game invites players to embark on a new adventure as The Elder Scrolls Online continues its year-long Season of the Dragon with the new Elsweyr chapter.

Set a thousand years before the likes of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls Online has provided fans of games the opportunity to experience the history of the fictional continent of Tamriel. Over the last five years the developers have been adding new areas, some familiar, some not, and retelling the legendary lore previously only recorded in books found the solo games. Continue reading Game Review: The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr (PC)