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With ENERGY STAR nod, Philips Hue unlocks smart bulb rebates

With ENERGY STAR nod, Philips Hue unlocks smart bulb rebates

Philips' Hue connected bulbs have clinched coveted ENERGY STAR certification and could potentially get more affordable, the light specialist will announce this week. The certification, which Philips plans to detail at the ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting, makes the company's Hue platform one of the first connected lighting systems to qualify not only for ENERGY STAR's badge of approval, but utility subsidies that could make upgrading to smart bulbs considerably cheaper. I caught up with Todd Manegold, senior director of Hue product marketing, to find more.

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Philips Hue Motion Sensor Review

Philips Hue Motion Sensor Review

You can control your connected lighting by app, from your smartwatch, by voice, and even by a good old-fashioned button, but Philips' latest addition to Hue only cares when you're around. The Hue Motion Sensor takes a hands-off approach to smart lighting, triggering scenes across any of Philips' bulbs, lamps, or luminaires when you walk past, either for convenience, security, or both.

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Philips SceneSwitch bulb offers three light modes, no add-ons needed

Philips SceneSwitch bulb offers three light modes, no add-ons needed

Philips Lighting has launched an interesting new LED light bulb focused on giving consumers a selection of lighting choices without requiring additional purchases. Dubbed the SceneSwitch, the new bulb supports three different light modes and using it seems about as straightforward as you can get without having to purchase new switches or dimmers.

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Philips Hue’s Alexa integration gets support for setting light scenes

Philips Hue’s Alexa integration gets support for setting light scenes

Philips Lighting has a couple of exciting announcements today, the first being that it has “enhanced” the Amazon Alexa skill for its Philips Hue light bulb for users located in North America. As well, the company says it is expanding that skill into the United Kingdom and Germany, allowing Hue owners in both of those countries to use Alexa for controlling their lights, including those new aforementioned enhanced functions. As of today, owners can now use Alexa to have Hue turn on light scenes like “wake-up” or “party."

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Philips 901F 55″ OLED TV features built-in ambient lights

Philips 901F 55″ OLED TV features built-in ambient lights

Philips is launching its first OLED television, and it comes with beautiful built-in ambient lights called “Ambilight.” The TV boasts a bunch of different features, including an OLED panel with a wide range of colors and the Perfect Pixel Ultra HD engine powering things. The combination of features ultimately results in a 3800ppi performance index, eclipsing most other televisions currently available.

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Google OnHub turns one year old, celebrates with Philips Lighting partnership

Google OnHub turns one year old, celebrates with Philips Lighting partnership

It may be hard to believe, but Google's OnHub router is turning one year old today. To celebrate, Google has created a blog post where it runs down many of the important features that make OnHub "more than just a router." That isn't the only thing it's doing to celebrate OnHub's first successful trip around the Sun, as the company also announced a new partnership with Philips Lighting that opens up some pretty cool functionality for OnHub owners.

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Philips Hue motion sensor triggers IoT lights; new Hue bulbs debut

Philips Hue motion sensor triggers IoT lights; new Hue bulbs debut

There are plenty of ways to turn on connected lighting, from an app on your phone, through smart switches like Logitech Pop, to voice control via Alexa or Siri, but Philips wants to make it as simple as moving into the room. The new Philips Hue motion sensor does away with physical or voice controls altogether, and instead triggers different individual bulbs or whole lighting scenes via movement instead.

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Philips Nitro audio line uses LED lights to show the music

Philips Nitro audio line uses LED lights to show the music

Philips has a new line of audio products called Nitro, and the line presently has three products in it: the NTX400 tower speaker, the HX50 headphones, and the HX10 earbuds. All three items are unique because of the colorful LED lights embedded in them. When you listen to music, these LEDs illuminate and keep pace with the music, making your tunes visible for yourself and anyone else who’s around to enjoy.

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Philips Hue Motion Sensor tipped for September launch

Philips Hue Motion Sensor tipped for September launch

Philips looks set to add hands-free smarts to its Hue lighting system, with word of a new Hue Motion Sensor sneaking out ahead of the gadget's launch. A mainstay of many smart home installations, Hue's wirelessly-enabled bulbs can be controlled by various means, including the company's iOS and Android apps, from a smartwatch, the Hue Tap switch, and basic scheduling, but if you wanted motion-triggers you had to look to third-party platforms.

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Philips unveils new line of smart health wearables

Philips unveils new line of smart health wearables

Philips has announced a new line of connected wearable devices, including a blood pressure monitor, a health watch, body analysis scale, and an ear thermometer. According to the company, these are the first in a larger product line of smart health products, with each one being medical-grade and designed to work with the HealthSuite Health companion app. The company will be launching the four products on August 1.

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Philips 6000 Series 4K TVs adopting Google Cast

Philips 6000 Series 4K TVs adopting Google Cast

This week the folks at Philips have revealed that their next-generation 6000 Series 4K TVs will be adopting smartphone casting abilities via Google. Also known as "Google Cast", this technology allows the owner of an Android smartphone, Android tablet, or desktop (or laptop) computer with Chrome web browser to send media to their television over a Wi-Fi connection. This content is then played independent of the original device or controlled by the original device, dependent on the application used to do the casting.

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Philips SpeechAir Android voice recorder has touchscreen and camera

Philips SpeechAir Android voice recorder has touchscreen and camera

In some industries, there is a big need for high quality voice recording capability. A couple of those industries include the legal and medical fields. Philips has unveiled a new voice recorder that looks more like a new smartphone than a traditional recorder. The device is called the Philips SpeechAir and it has a lot in common with a smartphone in style and the fact that it runs the Android operating system.

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