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Philips Hue lighting kits with HomeKit support surface on Amazon

10/05, 7:09am

Hue smart lights with HomeKit compatibility quietly go on sale

Updated versions of a smart lighting system by Philips has gone on sale ahead of an official announcement. Starter kits in the Philips Hue range compatible with HomeKit have gone on sale in Amazon, confirming rumors the electronics producer would support Apple's smart home platform, with Hue LED bulbs now able to be remotely controlled using integrated apps on the iPhone as well as through Siri voice commands.


Upgraded Philips Hue Bridge with HomeKit support leaked by retailer

09/04, 11:15am

Online store mistakenly reveals HomeKit-equipped Hue Bridge

Philips is adding more connectivity to its Hue lighting system, by introducing a device that connects the smart devices to Apple's HomeKit platform. Leaked via Dutch retailer Lampen before being removed from, the updated Hue Bridge with HomeKit support will apparently cost €60 ($66) when it ships and could replace the existing Hue Bridge entirely, as Philips attempts to make its lighting platform more useful in smart homes.


Briefly: Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack ships, Hue syncs with Syfy TV show

12/30, 8:04am

Verizon ships XLTE-ready Ellipsis Jetpack Wi-Fi hotspot

The Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspot has gone on sale in the United States. The XLTE-ready device is able to provide connectivity to Verizon's 4G LTE network for up to eight devices over Wi-Fi, with the 2.9-ounce unit also sporting a 0.9-inch OLED display to show signal strength, data usage, and remaining battery life. The Ellipsis Jetpack is priced at $150, or $1 on a two-year contract, and can be added to an existing More Everything plan for $20 per month.


Philips boosts Hue lighting with switch, white bulb, designer lamps

03/28, 11:39am

Switch brings local control to lineup, designer lamps 3d-printed

Philips has unveiled a trio of smart lighting accessories designed to support their Hue controllable lighting line. Leading off the announcements are the Hue Tap switch and a white-only variant of the Hue light called the Hue Lux. Also debuting are a trio of 3D-printed Hue Luminaires, bringing what the company calls "a piece of art to your living room."


Philips adds BR30 Downlights to Hue range, shows Disney StoryLight

11/05, 7:50am

Hue BR30 offers 630 lumens of light, larger size

Philips has added to its range of app-controlled light bulbs by introducing two new intelligent light sources. The Hue BR30 Downlights are designed to be used as spotlights and to highlight individual features, while a partnership with Disney has led to the StoryLight, which alters ambient lighting when used with a corresponding ebook app.


Philips Hue lighting adds location-based geofencing, IFTTT programming

05/14, 3:39pm

Update available for existing systems

Philips has introduced a downloadable update for its Hue lighting system. Version 1.1 brings several location-based features, referred to as "geofencing," that enable multicolor Hue bulbs to be automatically turned on or off or change color when residents approach or leave their home, without requiring preprogrammed scheduling.


Philips Hue LED bulbs get wireless iOS control

10/29, 11:47am

Philips outs Hue system with LED lightbulbs, Wi-Fi control

Philips revealed a new product on Monday with the Hue LED lightbulb system. It will be sold exclusively at Apple stores starting on October 30, with a kit that includes three bulbs and a Wi-Fi bridge that connects to a router or as individual bulbs. Users can then control the color of the LED bulb through an app for their iOS-powered devices.



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