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Google’s Nest products burned in latest CR testing

Google’s Nest products burned in latest CR testing

Consumer Reports has tested a slew of connected home products, and the results may surprise you. Headline grabbers like the Nest or Philips Hue system didn’t fare well in testing, with Consumer Reports suggesting we either pass or wait for further response from users. With the connected home market booming, it seems some products may be duds.

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Philips Ambilight TVs get speedy game mode and deep hue control

Philips Ambilight TVs get speedy game mode and deep hue control

Philips has boosted its Ambilight LED backing light system for more immersive TVs, with the 2014 upgrade improving color-changing response speed as well as offering contextual information through lighting. The tech, which will be loaded on the 2014 Philips Ambilight TVs, includes a gaming mode that allows the colors to keep pace with faster gameplay, where before it had been tuned for a more leisurely response.

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Philips SlimStyle LED bulbs get nod for energy company cuts

Philips SlimStyle LED bulbs get nod for energy company cuts

Philips' low-cost SlimStyle LED lightbulb will be offered as low as $1.97 after getting ENERGY STAR certification and thus qualifying for rebates from select energy companies across the US. The 60W-equivalent flattened bulb, announced back in December, is currently around $8.97, but that could be reduced considerably depending on where they are in the US.

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Sonos and Philips hue score additional SmartThings Labs integrations

Sonos and Philips hue score additional SmartThings Labs integrations

SmartThings Labs has revealed five new integrations for using Sonos and Philips hue, among them being things like mood music and mood lighting. This builds upon the January integrations, with an automatic update to users' Hubs being pushed out.

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Philips Clear LED bulb goes retro

Philips Clear LED bulb goes retro

LED bulbs are already more efficient than their incandescent forebears, more flexible, and longer running, but is the absence of that familiar old clear design still holding them back? Philips apparently suspects that's the case, hence the new Philips Clear LED, a 40W-equivalent bulb that looks to the casual glance just like a regular, old-fashioned light.

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Philips unveils 2014 UHD TV line including Android powered model

Philips unveils 2014 UHD TV line including Android powered model

Philips has unveiled its new line up of 4K UHD TVs for 2014. The line has a number of models in it including some with smaller screen sizes. Smaller screen sizes should make the 4K TVs more affordable and easier for consumers on a budget to trade up to.

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Philips wants to sell you 3D printed hue luminaires

Philips wants to sell you 3D printed hue luminaires

Philips' hue system of smart home lighting is already pretty eye-catching when it cycles through colors, but the company is turning to 3D printing to make things even more dramatic. The new Philips 3D-printed smart luminaires will be available in table-lamp and pendant versions, and combine the color changing that hue is known for with unique designs from WertelOberfell and Strand+Hvass.

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Philips hue tap and hue lux boost smart lighting

Philips hue tap and hue lux boost smart lighting

Philips' hue lighting system is gaining two new components, a hue lux remote-control white bulb, and hue tap, a wireless wall switch for easy control that demands no batteries or wiring. hue lux works on the same ZigBee low-power wireless system that the original color-changing hue bulbs use, but changes through white light only instead. However, it's Philips hue tap that we think might be more exciting, both to existing hue fans and to home automation users in general.

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Philips introduces power-over-Ethernet connected lighting

Philips introduces power-over-Ethernet connected lighting

We've seen various connected lighting products over the months, having gotten our hands on the Huli color-changing lamp back in January, for example. Newest among them is a connected LED light system powered over Ethernet and targeted specifically at companies.

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Philips 239C4QHWAB Miracast monitor streams Android content

Philips 239C4QHWAB Miracast monitor streams Android content

Philips has unveiled a new computer monitor called the 239C4QHWAB Miracast monitor. This display is able to stream content from your Android device in HD to the monitor with no other hardware needed. That means you can stream content from your tablet or smartphone to the monitor without needing a Chromecast or similar device.

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Ericsson and Philips connected LED streetlights provide cities with mobile broadband

Ericsson and Philips connected LED streetlights provide cities with mobile broadband

Ericsson and Philips have announced that they have teamed up on a connected smart LED light program that will bring green lighting and mobile broadband to cities. The connected street lights solve two issues at the same time for cities with green lighting to meet sustainability goals and the lights allow network operators to roll out better city-wide mobile broadband coverage.

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Philips LED lights flicker out a challenge to iBeacon and Gimbal

Philips LED lights flicker out a challenge to iBeacon and Gimbal

Philips has its own plans for location-based services in stores and entertainment venues, eschewing low-power Bluetooth by instead using LED lighting that can communicate with a smartphone app and guide customers around. Dubbed Intelligent Lighting, the connected retail lighting system not only illuminates the store, as you'd expect, but acts as a positioning grid which the smartphone can use to figure out where it is currently.

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