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Philips Hue Tap Review: Smart bulbs go old-school

Philips Hue Tap Review: Smart bulbs go old-school

Philips’ hue smart lightbulbs have always been at the mercy of a dumb switch. The range of color-changing LED bulbs have won over many smart home enthusiasts with their flexible effects and easy installation, but while controlling lighting from a smartphone or tablet is catnip to geeks, the less tech-savvy were left bemoaning their suddenly redundant physical light switches. Enter Hue Tap, a tactile and portable way to bring up to four presets out of the app and into the real world.

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Sharknado 2 gets custom hue “light soundtracks”

Sharknado 2 gets custom hue “light soundtracks”

You might think that sharks getting caught up in tornados wouldn't need any more drama in your living room, but Sharknado 2: The Second One will actually be the first TV event to get its own Philips hue-based "light soundtrack". Added as part of the Syfy Sync app, the so-called light track will automatically recognize different scenes in the movie and adjust the lighting colors of the hue bulbs in your living room to suit. However, you don't have to wait for Sharknado 2 to try it out.

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Philips hue tap battery-free light switch finally reaches US

Philips hue tap battery-free light switch finally reaches US

Philips' hue tap wireless, battery-free light switch for the company's color-changing bulbs has finally arrived in the US, allowing the smartphone-phobic still still get in on the home automation action. The ZigBee switch uses kinetic power to switch between up to four preset hue scenes, meaning it can be stuck to a wall without cabling being required, or moved around from coffee table to nightstand.

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Philips confirms “Works with Nest” plans for hue smart bulbs

Philips confirms “Works with Nest” plans for hue smart bulbs

Philips and Nest are working together on integrating hue wireless bulbs as a potential part of the "Works with Nest" program the Google-owned smart thermostat company launched in a bid to link up the smart home. The work-in-progress, Philips tells SlashGear, builds on hue and Nest's existing compatibility as linked by IFTTT.

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Five awesome devices for your Wink connected home setup

Five awesome devices for your Wink connected home setup

You want a connected home, but what about the expense involved? Quirky’s Wink Hub makes having a connected home a pretty streamlined endeavor, serving as a base platform for all your connected devices. The hub itself is low-cost and readily available, but what about the devices that link to it? Here are five that we really like for starting your connected home project.

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Philips hue tap battery-free light switch hits stores [Updated]

Philips hue tap battery-free light switch hits stores [Updated]

Philips' hue tap battery-free switch for hue wireless bulbs has gone on sale, offering an app-free way to quickly control groups of lights between a set of favorite presets. The circular switch was announced back in March as a way for those with hue installed to avoid pulling their smartphone or tablet out.

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Nintendo owes Philips over patent-infringing Wii rules court

Nintendo owes Philips over patent-infringing Wii rules court

Nintendo faces the prospect of paying Philips a cut of every Wii and Wii U console it has sold, after a UK court found that the Japanese firm's use of motion gaming infringed on two patents. The suit - which also found that Nintendo had not infringed on a third patent, despite Philips' allegations - was decided when the judge deemed the gaming company hadn't sufficiently demonstrated that putting a motion sensor and a camera together were in fact "common general knowledge" as had been argued.

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Philips SlimStyle BR30 shrinks LED flood: Hands-on

Philips SlimStyle BR30 shrinks LED flood: Hands-on

It may look like a strange plastic mushroom, but this is actually Philips' latest low-power bulb, the SlimStyle BR30, aiming to cut power consumption for domestic floodlights as well as make them less bulky. Following in the footsteps of the flattened SlimStyle bulb launched earlier this year, the SlimStyle BR30 ditches the heatsink most LED lighting demands.

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Nintendo sued, faces possible sales ban on all Wii units

Nintendo sued, faces possible sales ban on all Wii units

Nintendo is being sued by Philips in Delaware, and the crux of the case may really hit hard. There are two patents in question, and both relate to what makes a Wii so great: motion detection. If successful in this suit, Philips may deal a deft body shot right to Nintendo as they’re trying to get up off the canvas.

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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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