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Philips Hue 2.0 Review with HomeKit and Siri

Philips Hue 2.0 Review with HomeKit and Siri

Challengers for the throne of connected lighting have come and gone, but Philips' Hue system remains the best-known of the wireless bulbs. It's color-changing and white lamps are now available for a number of sockets and fittings, but one thing has proved consistent: the central bridge that controls them all.

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Philips Ambiglow Plus Base monitor features a color synchronized mood light

Philips Ambiglow Plus Base monitor features a color synchronized mood light

Philips has just announced a new monitor called the Ambiglow Plus Base, and while it may look like a standard 27-inch display at first, the base actually houses a halo-shaped light that turns on and matches the color in sync with what's on the screen. While the offers the benefit of a more immersive viewing experience by extending the colors on the monitor to nearby walls and surfaces, the light can also be turned on when the display is not in use.

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Philips Hue 2.0 supports HomeKit plus new 800 lumen bulbs

Philips Hue 2.0 supports HomeKit plus new 800 lumen bulbs

Philips' Hue smart lighting system is getting onboard with Apple HomeKit, with Hub 2.0 embracing third-party IoT protocols alongside a bevy of brighter bulbs. Compared to the original Hub, the second-gen model - along with being square now - has 500x more space and runs a full Linux OS. It's that which allows it to handle HomeKit interactions, using Siri to control the ZigBee-connected bulbs.

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Philips wireless audio gear cuts the cords and keeps the sound quality

Philips wireless audio gear cuts the cords and keeps the sound quality

Philips has unveiled several new wireless audio devices this week including the SHB5900 wireless in-ear headphones, TX2BT in-ear headphones, ActionFit Sports SHQ8300, and the Philips BT6600 Bluetooth speakers along with a few other devices. The first of the audio products is the wireless in-ear headphones SHB5900.

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Philips unveils new 4K UHD Android TV lines at IFA 2015

Philips unveils new 4K UHD Android TV lines at IFA 2015

Along with the jump to 4K UHD resolutions, TV makers are also jumping on the "smart" bandwagon by putting out a selection of smart TVs. While some are still waiting for Apple's play with the upcoming Apple TV, others are already rallying behind Google's representative, the aptly named Android TV. One of those manufacturers is Philips, and at IFA 2015 this week, it has revealed three new smart TV lines, all bearing 4K UHD resolutions and Android TV, and each with a special feature of its own.

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Philips Izzy challenges Sonos in multi-room music

Philips Izzy challenges Sonos in multi-room music

Philips has just announced a pair of multi-room speaker offerings, the Izzy BM5 and Izzy BM50. Aimed at keeping all aspects of music playback simple, from connecting multiple units to controlling each individually, the Izzy units let users hear music from a number of sources, including mobile apps and CDs, without the need for a WiFi connection. Only a single speaker need to connect to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, and then Izzylink handles getting audio to all the units in the house.

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Philips Lightstrip Plus flexes brighter, bendier LED strips

Philips Lightstrip Plus flexes brighter, bendier LED strips

Philips' is giving its Hue Lightstrip remote-controlled lighting a pro-style upgrade, with the supercharged version brighter and more flexible than before. Hue Lightstrip Plus sticks to the same core theory as its predecessor - a self-adhesive strip of color-changing LEDs, which can be snaked around kitchen cabinets, run along skirting boards, or underneath breakfast bars - but addresses some of the lingering comments from early adopters.

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Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit Review

Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit Review

Dimming lights used to be easy with incandescent bulbs, but the new age of LEDs can be a flickering, migraine-inducing mess. Philips believes its Hue Wireless Dimming Kit is the answer, the combination of a simple white bulb with an equally straightforward remote that can be left on a coffee table or easily wall-mounted. Though Philips is pitching the $40 set at novices, there's plenty for the Hue enthusiast to find appealing, however, not least the remote control.

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Hue Wireless Dimming Kit is a $40 remote lamp upgrade

Hue Wireless Dimming Kit is a $40 remote lamp upgrade

Philips' Hue range of remote-controlled lighting is getting a new member, with the Hue Wireless Dimming Kit introducing both a bulb and a handy remote. The $40 kit will be the cheapest entry into Hue ownership, avoiding even the need for the bridge that has traditionally hooked up the wireless bulbs to the home network.

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Philips Hue makes gaming more immersive with “Chariot”

Philips Hue makes gaming more immersive with “Chariot”

The first video game to work with Philips Hue immersive lighting goes by the name Chariot. This game will be available exclusively on Microsoft's Xbox One, and will be delivered by Hue. The game will be enhanced by Philips with lighting connected directly to the game, changing brightness and color according to the action in the game. Frima Studio Inc., developers of the game Chariot, have worked directly with Philips to make this new level of interactivity - with bright shiny lights - a reality.

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Philips is developing LED ‘light growth recipes’ for indoor farms

Philips is developing LED ‘light growth recipes’ for indoor farms

Growing crops indoors has caught the public's attention in recent years, and organizations across the globe have worked at perfecting the farming method. So far indoor gardens have had many benefits: pest reduction, higher yields, better utilization of space, and more. Lighting is the biggest problem, though -- if you don't get it right your plants won't grow correctly and your yield will suffer as a result. Philips wants to end the problem, and it has launched a new research center as part of its efforts.

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Philips brings out its own Quantum Dot 4K TV

Philips brings out its own Quantum Dot 4K TV

With TV manufacturer's push for 4K resolutions or curved screens, you probably won't hear much marketing speak about Quantum Dot displays. And yet some strongly hold that this is the future as far as color accuracy is concerned. That is, if they get the green light from environmental agencies. For now, however, Quantum Dot displays, especially TVs, are a rarity despite their promise of better splashes of color. This makes Philips' new 55-inch 55PUF6850/T3 4K TV, with QD Vision's Color IQ Quantum Dot technology, one of a kind.

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