Philips has revealed a new LED light bulb, the 10.5W SlimStyle, trimming down the profile of the incandescent replacement for a lamp the company says should be more efficient and cheaper than previous bulbs. The light, which will go on sale from January 2nd, is expected to be priced at around $3-4 apiece after rebates (around $9-apiece before), Philips told us when we previewed the bulb earlier this year, bringing it even closer to the traditional - and environmentally unfriendly - bulbs it replaces.
Samsung and Philips have confirmed that they are under investigation by the European Commission about potential anticompetitive behaviors, after EU inspectors raided a number of companies earlier this week. The EC did not name the targeted companies; however, both firms revealed to the BBC that they were co-operating with investigators around concerns that they have forced higher prices by restricting availability of certain consumer electronics and small appliances in Europe.
Philips has updated its ErgoSensor display range, the company's LCD monitors which track user posture and can warn if the ergonomics aren't correct or if an eye-break is in order. The Philips 241P4QRYES is a 24-inch LCD display running at 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, with 250 cd/m2 brightness and the ability to rotate between landscape and portrait orientations; however, it's the embedded ErgoSensor that really differentiates it.
There's no shortage of Android tablets on the market, but that hasn't stopped Philips from developing a low-end slate that will be arriving sometime later this month, according to a leak over on Hungarian website Tech2. Along with the trade off in hardware comes a low price tag, however, and a design that will appeal to younger users.
Philips has announced two new HDR recorders able to record full HD resolution television broadcasts. One of the most interesting things about these new video recorders is that they don't require customers to agree to a contract or pay monthly subscription fees. The new HDR devices include the HDR5750 and HDR5710.
Philips promised more focused lighting options for the holidays as part of its hue wireless bulb range, and the company has delivered, revealing not only two new bulb types, but a tie-in with Disney that integrates special Mickey-themed lamps with interactive story books. The hue BR30 is headed to the US first, targeting the popular recessed downlighter fittings found in many American kitchens, offices, and living rooms, while the GU10 will do the same for European track- and task-lighting.
Philips' hue range of wireless lights has come a long way from its ZigBee beginnings, but it's the new BR30 downlight bulbs that the Dutch company expects to really crack the US market. Still packing the same multi-colored, Android and iOS controlled convenience for the DIY smart home, these latest hue bulbs now fit into the recessed and spot-track fittings common in American homes. They're on sale today, but SlashGear has been testing them out over the past few weeks; read on for our full review.
Philips' next expansion for the hue remote-controlled LED lightbulbs will be out before the end of the year, the company's head of technology has confirmed. "We're busy bringing out new ways of interacting but also new ways of bringing lighting into your home" George Yianni said at Mobilize today, before revealing that hue will add downlights and spots to its line-up in 2013.