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Qualcomm’s wireless bulb wants to outshine hue with WiFi

Qualcomm’s wireless bulb wants to outshine hue with WiFi

Roll on the smart home: Qualcomm has an eye on being the glue that sticks wireless home automation together, and it's demonstrating that with some proof-of-concept remote control lightbulbs. Thanks to a tiny new Qualcomm Atheros chipset, the demo light hooks up via WiFi to a simple Android app which allows for remote on/off control, dimming, and even timed shutoff. It's an obvious stab at alternative lighting systems like Philips' hue, but Qualcomm won't be content with just the lamp market.

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IFTTT Twitter Triggers return: turn your lamp colors with a Tweet

IFTTT Twitter Triggers return: turn your lamp colors with a Tweet

A bit over a year ago, the folks at IFTTT (If This Then That) ran into a problem with Twitter integration: the company changed their API and developers fell like swatted flies. Voluntarily retracting their featured "Triggers" from Twitter interaction, the developers behind IFTTT made clear that they intended to come back into being with Twitter support as soon as they could work with the company to make such a return possible. Here in the summer of 2013, you can once again trigger all the Tweet-happy actions your heart desires.

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Philips hue LightStrips and Bloom Review

Philips hue LightStrips and Bloom Review

Philips has been making multi-colored lighting for some time, but even so the hue system came as a surprise last year. ZigBee-enabled wireless LED bulbs, remotely controlled by an open mobile app, and promising the sort of smart home functionality that would once have demanded many thousands for installation, hue quickly sold out in stores and built a loyal following of users and developers tapping into the API. Now, for 2013, there's the "Friends of hue" range, a new line of companion products that hook into hue ecosystem. LivingColors Bloom is a compact, portable lamp, while the LightStrip is a long, adhesive-backed strip of LEDs; read on for our full review.

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Revolv home automation hub hits preorder: Controls Sonos, Hue, more

Revolv home automation hub hits preorder: Controls Sonos, Hue, more

Multi-platform home automation hub Revolv has gone up for preorder, offering a $299 way to harness your Sonos, Hue lighting, Yale automatic locks, and more, all from a single app. The smart home base-station - previously known as Mobiplug - packs a total of seven radios so as to communicate with a broad variety of popular remote-control kit, with support for automated macro routines based on your location, the current time, and more.

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Philips Hue LightStrips and LivingColors Bloom add to wireless bulb family

Philips Hue LightStrips and LivingColors Bloom add to wireless bulb family

Philips has outed two new Hue-compatible LED multicolor lights as part of its "Friends of Hue" range, the LivingColors Bloom and LightStrips, each working with the remote control app and open API. The LightStrips is 6.6 feet of flexible LED light cord, with self-adhesive backing the ability to trim the length to suit your particular installation, and just as with the original Hue wireless lightbulbs it can be adjusted in color remotely as well as grouped up with multiple other lights for overall room scenes.

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Philips Hue Ambilight support arrives alongside 60″ Elevation TV

Philips Hue Ambilight support arrives alongside 60″ Elevation TV

Philips has updated its Ambilight color-illumination system for TVs by integrating it with Hue wireless LED lightbulbs, spreading content-themed light effects around the room. The update - which comes with a new Ambilight+Hue app for iOS and Android, compatible with Ambilight TVs from 2011 onward - arrives alongside the Philips Elevation TV, a new ultra-slim 60-inch LCD TV with Ambilight "4-sided XL" for all-round colors.

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Philips updates Hue App with recurring schedules and more

Philips updates Hue App with recurring schedules and more

We have talked about the Philips Hue LED lighting system several times over the last year or so, in fact we reviewed the system late last year. The Hue is Philips' LED lighting system that replaces the standard incandescent bulbs in your home with more energy-efficient LED units that also have some smart features. This means not only will you save money on electricity, but you can also remotely control the lighting in your home via your smartphone.

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Philips opens hue connected lighting to devs with iOS API

Philips opens hue connected lighting to devs with iOS API

Philips has opened up its hue LED lighting system to external developers, allowing coders outside of the company to tap into the multicolored wireless bulbs and link them into new apps and web services. The new hue API, as well as an iOS app development kit, will allow for hue-compatible apps - such as custom color temperature systems for photographers, color alerts linked with social networks like Facebook, and more - to be released directly into the App Store. Meanwhile, Philips too is working on adding native features, some of which we can expect in the next few months.

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