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iConnectHue: Support for the Hue Wall Switch Module is in the works Everything needs to run perfectly

Everything needs to run perfectly

After the Philips Hue Wall Switch Module launched three weeks ago, the app scene got moving for the first time last week: Hue Essentials delivered initial support for the new accessory. However, I quickly had to find out: The whole implementation is not yet really suitable for practical use. I am all the more curious to see how things stand with the most popular app for iPhone and iPad.

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Hue Essentials: Support for the wall switch module is not yet adequate Unfortunately no recommendation at the moment

Unfortunately no recommendation at the moment

Since the weekend, the third-party app Hue Essentials offers initial support for the Philips Hue Wall Switch Module. I found some time this morning to take a closer look at the update and would like to tell you about my first impressions. And unfortunately, they are not positive, even though I would have liked them to be.

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iConnectHue 4.5 adds support for new dimmer switch Configure customized button layout via app

Configure customized button layout via app

Since today you can order the new Philips Hue dimmer switch, with the availability in Germany it still looks bad. While users in France or Belgium were partly already delivered, I’m still waiting for my order. I tried it via the Proshop, here the new dimmer switches should be shipped from Wednesday.

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iConnectHue delivers new New Year’s Eve animations with new technology Extra fast light effects

Extra fast light effects

The industrious developer Stefan Göhler has once again released a new update for his popular app iConnectHue. In the universal app for iPhone and iPad, which currently costs 5.49 euros, you will now find a new animation package. Here’s what the developer has to say about these new animations: “iConnectHue 4.4 adds new year animations, which are somehow special, as we tweaked iConnectHue’s animation system to be able to make the bridge do rapid changes to the lights.

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Using the official Philips Hue app on the Mac The new M1 processor makes it possible

The new M1 processor makes it possible

Philips Hue is at home on the smartphone and tablet, there is no doubt about that. I use the Hue app almost exclusively on the iPhone, even on the iPad I hardly ever open the app. But there are certainly some users out there who would like to access the Hue app on the Mac.

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Adaptive Lighting: firmware update available for the first users New HomeKit function is rolled out slowly

New HomeKit function is rolled out slowly

At WWDC this summer, Apple introduced a new function for HomeKit: Adaptive Lighting. Lamps connected via HomeKit are automatically controlled throughout the day to create the ideal lighting scene at any time. In practice, this is quite simple: to activate Adaptive Lighting, a small icon is selected in the HomeKit app via the colour selection function for the desired lamp.

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Hue Labs: New animations and scenes for autumn released Festival of lights and Autumn living scenes

Festival of lights and Autumn living scenes

In the official Hue App there is an area called Hue Labs, which is worth a look every now and then. There Philips Hue provides some experimental and seasonal features that have not yet found a permanent place in the Hue app. We are currently working on two new formulas that will make your home shine in an autumnal light.

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Works with Nest: Philips Hue promises new and improved features Current support ends on November 17th

Current support ends on November 17th

Especially with the Nest Protect smoke detector, I always found the interaction with Philips Hue lamps particularly exciting, even if the emergency hopefully never occurs: as soon as smoke and a possible danger is detected, all Hue lamps throughout the house should switch on. A function which, thanks to Works with Nest, could be implemented without any major problems.

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Play Gradient Lightstrip without Sync Box: Now possible with iConnectHue Discotainment function provides colourful light

Discotainment function provides colourful light

With the launch of the new Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip, the manufacturer has already announced its intention to enable colour control of the seven zones of the lightstrip via the Hue app with a future software update. Until the Gradient Lightstrip works without the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, a little patience is still needed.

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We Love Lights: Mac app now works with multiple bridges Control Hue lamps on a computer

Control Hue lamps on a computer

In April I already gave you a short introduction to We Love Lights from the Mac App Store. The 3,49 Euro application is a practical extension for the menu bar to control the lamps from your Mac. After successfully connecting to the Bridge, an alphabetically sorted list of all rooms and zones appears, which can be used to control either the entire area or each individual lamp.

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