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Philips teases Apple HomeKit support for Hue lighting, set to arrive later this year

Philips has released a teaser on social media with a video showing off some cool Hue lighting. But the news is the company will be adding support for Apple HomeKit later this year. You'll soon be able to change your smart lighting with even less effort.

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Amazon Echo owners can now control WeMo and Philips Hue devices with their voice

Amazon is sending out emails to Amazon Echo owners alerting them that the connected speaker can now remotely control some WeMo and Philips Hue devices.

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Philips Hue Go will make the connected light portable in late May for $99.95

The Philips Hue team will expand its lineup of connected lights in late May/early June with the new Philips Hue Go.

The light can run on batteries, which means it can be taken anywhere. The price for the device will be $99.95.

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How to add your Cree Connected bulb to a Hue hub

The folks at Cree dropped the first bulb in their new Connected line this week at Home Depot, and if you're looking for cheaper bulbs to add to your connected home these are the way to go. Rather than bind themselves to a single kind of connecte hub, Cree Connected bulbs work with any ZigBee hub. You wouldn't know that by looking at the box, however, since the only instructions included are to connect to the Wink hub. While Wink is a decent way to go if you've already decided to go that route, those of us with the Philips Hue hub running multiple rooms of bulbs are probably going to want to keep using the Hue apps to control those bulbs. The Cree Connected bulbs won't automatically connect to the Hue hub out of the box, but through the manual add feature in the Hue app you can add the Cree bulbs with no problem.

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Syfy's 12 Monkeys to sync up with your Hue lighting system

If you own some Philips Hue light bulbs, and plan to watch Syfy's 12 Monkeys series when it premieres next month, then you're in for a special treat. Using the Syfy Sync app, Hue owners will be able to sync their lights with episodes of 12 Monkeys, with the lighting changing at key moments in the program.

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Philips Hue Lux bulbs now up for pre-order

A short while ago Philips announced its first white light only bulbs in its Hue range, the Lux. Now at least things have progressed far enough that we can pre-order the Lux bulbs for shipping in late September. They lose out on some of the razzle dazzle of the regular Hue bulbs in losing the colors but in doing so the price has come down quite a bit.

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Connectedly: The best smart lights for your home

We took a look at some of the top smart lighting solutions on the market right now and crowned an overall winner based on price, ease of use and overall lifespan.

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Synchronized Philips Hue lighting hopes to bring the fright to watching Sharknado 2

As if the thought of watching Sharknado 2 wasn't scary enough an idea in itself, the movie's creator is pairing up with Philips to create an immersive experience by allowing you to pair the cinematic experience with Hue lighting to create a synchronized light track with the movie. Users who download the SyFy Sync app for iOS can bring the self-fright by getting the Philips Hue bulbs to pulse in synchronization with Sharknado 2.

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Battery-less Philips Hue Tap switch taps in for US availability

US customers can now buy the Philips Hue Tap switch from the Apple Store to easily control their Philips Hue lights. Previously the Hue Tap was only available in Europe, which makes sense as Philips is a Dutch company. The switch has no batteries and is powered through kinetics simply by pushing the buttons. Yep, buttons — there are four three smaller round affairs and one big button that comprises most of the face.

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Philips hue tap light switch is powered by your touch

Philips is now selling the hue tap, their light switch for controlling their hue bulbs. Tap, originally announced back in March can control up to four different scenes, letting you control groups of hue lightbulbs without needing to pull out your smartphone. Simply press the buttons on the front of tap in order to select your scene. Tap does this all without batteries, using the kinetic energy provided by your tapping the device in order to power the low-energy ZigBee connection.

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