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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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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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VIZIO Internet Apps Plus and Wi-Fi Direct Smart Remote bank on web for future-proofing

VIZIO Internet Apps Plus and Wi-Fi Direct Smart Remote bank on web for future-proofing

The folks at VIZIO have made their next-generation television apps platform public this week in an environment they call VIZIO Internet Apps Plus. This program allows the full VIZIO M-Series Razor LED smart TV collection to enter the future-ready app age with HTML 5 app support, a full-fledged app launcher, and the ability to control apps with mobile devices.

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Chrome Remote Desktop for Android coming soon: Splashtop beware

Chrome Remote Desktop for Android coming soon: Splashtop beware

Down in the depths of the testing arena for Google's Chrome known as Chromium, you'll find the first whispers of "Chromoting", aka Chrome Remote Desktop for Android - connecting the two worlds with a mirrored interface. While the directories themselves aren't especially telling for the lay person, you'll find the concept a bit more enthralling if you're interested in controlling your computer from your smartphone from any location you may roam.

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GlassTesla brings Model S remote control to Google wearable

GlassTesla brings Model S remote control to Google wearable

An unofficial Tesla Google Glass mashup brings remote control of the coveted electric car to Google's wearable computer, with GlassTesla bringing unlocking, location, and auto-climate control to the head-mounted display. The app, handiwork of Sahas Katta, can show current charge status of the Model S as well as offer control over starting and stopping recharging, and it's even possible to pop the charging port itself from the headset.

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Logitech Ultimate Hub ditches dedicated remote for smartphone control

Logitech Ultimate Hub ditches dedicated remote for smartphone control

Logitech has broken its smartphone universal remote bridge away from its dedicated remotes, and will offer it as a standalone gadget for iPhone and Android users as the Harmony Ultimate Hub. The Hub had previously been available only as part of a bundle with the Harmony Ultimate and Harmony Smart Control, but will be sold separately for the first time in August for those who only want to turn their phone into a universal remote.

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RC car prototypes equipped with automatic emergency braking system

RC car prototypes equipped with automatic emergency braking system

If you're tired of your kids ramming their remote control vehicles into the walls in your house, there just might be a fix on the way that doesn't involve padding your baseboards. A company has implemented emergency braking systems into prototype RC cars to have them automatically stop before they run head-on into a wall.

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Anki Drive turns iOS into AI brain for real-world racing game

Anki Drive turns iOS into AI brain for real-world racing game

Apple's WWDC 2013 has kicked off, and it's starting by bringing a startup on-stage that's half a decade in the making: anki. Based on artificial intelligence and autonomous race-cars, the anki cars hook up to iOS devices via Bluetooth 4.0 low energy, and can automatically stick to a track.

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GM OnStar remote start made standard for 2014 range

GM OnStar remote start made standard for 2014 range

GM will make remote start standard across 36 of its 2014 model year cars - spanning Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC - at no extra cost, the company has announced, as part of a push around its RemoteLink mobile app. The feature, which will be accompanied by remote unlocking and the ability to sound the horn, has previously been part of the paid OnStar package, but soon the company will offer five years of service at no extra cost with new vehicles. It's part of a general push to boost the geek-appeal of GM's line-up, including throwing in 4G LTE service.

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Goji smart lock snaps mugshots of your visitors

Goji smart lock snaps mugshots of your visitors

The smartphone-connected home security options keep coming, with the Goji smart lock latest to entice us to upgrade our door furniture and hook it up to the cloud. The Goji looks, at first glance, like the August smart lock announced last week, but Goji manages to squeeze in a digital camera to snap photos of whoever comes in and blast them off to the homeowner's phone.

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YouView to add internet channels this summer; Android app incoming

YouView to add internet channels this summer; Android app incoming

Hybrid TV/streaming service YouView will integrate internet TV channels this summer, blending a theoretically "infinite" number of new channels into the on-demand service. The system, now in 400,000 homes across the UK the company confirmed today, will also get a new Android app to sit alongside its existing iOS software, due for release in the next few weeks.

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Sonos tightens Spotify playlist support with new controller apps

Sonos tightens Spotify playlist support with new controller apps

Sonos has updated its controller app for iOS and Android, boosting Spotify integration with new playlist editing tools. The updated v4.1 apps, which turn your iPhone, iPad, or Android device into a remote for the multiroom streaming system, can now add a Spotify account simply by punching in your Facebook credentials, with support for creating and editing Spotify playlists directly within the Sonos software.

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