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Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box Review: Light Entertainment

Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box Review: Light Entertainment

TV is a welcome distraction these days, and with more movies skipping the theater and making their debut on streaming platforms, making your media room more engaging seems like a good idea. The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box may have an awkward name but the idea is simple: using the color-changing lights already a hit with smart home fans, expand what's happening on-screen beyond the bezels of your TV.

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The Philips Hue V1 bridge is about to lose support and owners are furious

The Philips Hue V1 bridge is about to lose support and owners are furious

Philips has begun notifying users of its first-generation Hue bridge that it's time for an upgrade, after warning owners that it would be discontinuing support and new features for the smart lighting hub. Users of the Hue Bridge V1 started receiving alerts in the app this week that their cloud support was nearing the end, and the reception hasn't been entirely positive.

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Is your smart home secure? Philips Hue Smart Bulb hack says no

Is your smart home secure? Philips Hue Smart Bulb hack says no

Security researchers proved this week that worries about the vulnerabilities of the future Internet-Of-Everything smart home were well founded. They've shown that a hack into a Philips Hue smart lighting system would allow them access to the smart hub at the center of a smart home. With this hack, malware could be implanted, and chaos could ensue.

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Dyson Lightcycle Morph offers personalized light with daylight tracking

Dyson Lightcycle Morph offers personalized light with daylight tracking

Dyson has unveiled a new type of lamp called the Dyson Lightcycle Morph that features four formats and the ability to track the customer's local daylight hours. The lamp works with a related mobile app and is described as intelligent; among other things, it adjusts the light it emits based on various factors including the current daylight level and the user's age and mood. The model features Dyson's Heat Pipe tech and more.

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IKEA FREKVENS limited-edition tech products revealed: Red, Yellow, Black

IKEA FREKVENS limited-edition tech products revealed: Red, Yellow, Black

Today the folks at IKEA revealed a limited-edition collection of products made in collaboration Teenage Engineering. Included in the mix of items is a speaker with subwoofer, a tripod, an LED spotlight, a bar stool, a serving set, a tote bag, a blanket - and a few other oddities. Just when you thought you'd never see a Cajon drum at IKEA, they make one available - neat!

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Philips Hue adds outdoor lamps, Sync TV voice control and refines Zones

Philips Hue adds outdoor lamps, Sync TV voice control and refines Zones

Philips Hue is getting new smart switches, new outdoor connected lights, and adding voice control for the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, the smart home lighting company has announced at CES 2020. In addition to easier control, Hue-owner Signify is also pushing easier installation of its custom fixtures, by adding low-voltage versions that don't necessarily require an electrician to fit them outdoors.

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LIFX introduces new smart lighting solutions and a new app experience

LIFX introduces new smart lighting solutions and a new app experience

Back when the whole IoT industry was still at its infancy, the easiest way to get started in making home smarter was through smart bulbs like the Philips Hue. Today, the smart lighting section of that market is a little too congested, leaving players to come up with new ideas to make their brand known. LIFX stands somewhere in that crowd and is now expanding its lineup to include classic looking bulbs and a smart switch that can be controlled with the new LIFX mobile app.

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Sengled Edison Filament Bulb brings CES 2020 back to 1879

Sengled Edison Filament Bulb brings CES 2020 back to 1879

The folks at Sengled brought a very vintage-looking piece of tech to Las Vegas this week, to CES 2020. This is the Sengled Smart LED Edison Filament Bulb, with a design that's decidedly old-school. Sengled also has a set of new smart (and not so smart) lighting and smart home solutions out at CES 2020, including Smart LED Candle Light Bulbs, a new Smart Hub, and a Smart Plug with Energy Monitoring.

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Lutron Caseta Smart Motion Sensor and Repeater boost connected lighting

Lutron Caseta Smart Motion Sensor and Repeater boost connected lighting

Lutron's smart lighting system is getting a new sensor, with Caséta adding a way to automatically turn on your connected lights when you enter the room. The new Caséta Smart Motion Sensor links not only with lighting but Lutron's dimmers, fan controls, and Serena smart shades, too.

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Nanoleaf Learning Series sidesteps the switch with AI

Nanoleaf Learning Series sidesteps the switch with AI

Nanoleaf's modular color-changing lighting is getting smarter, with the company's big CES 2020 news being intelligent light patterns that learn from how you use them. Fitting to the wall in different configurations, Nanoleaf's LED blocks could already be controlled by app or through a smart speaker. Now, the company wants to bypass that altogether.

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Philips Hue 2020 lineup leak hints at a return to former prestige

Philips Hue 2020 lineup leak hints at a return to former prestige

Even before IoT and smart homes became a thing, Philips' Hue smart lights were already paving the way for the fledgling industry. It's still one of the easiest ways to get started, given its brand name and ease of use. It has more competition now, however, and the market is more crowded than before. Naturally, the company will try to fend off rivals with a new line of indoor and outdoor lights that might debut at CES 2020 next month. Not before they get leaked entirely, of course.

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2021 iPhone: Forget USB-C, it could have no ports at all

2021 iPhone: Forget USB-C, it could have no ports at all

Despite the fact that we're still months out from release, we've already heard plenty of rumors about next year's iPhones. Strangely enough, we've been hearing rumors about 2021's iPhones as well, nearly two years before Apple will release them. Today, a famed Apple analyst is making a pretty bold prediction about Apple's 2021 iPhone, claiming that Apple may opt to forgo the charging port on it entirely.

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