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Hue Sync Box: Soon integrated into the regular Hue app Possibly with the next update

Possibly with the next update

For some time now, Philips Hue has been working on making its separate apps redundant. Since the end of February, it has been possible to pair Hue lights within the Hue app via Bluetooth and no longer have to use the separate Bluetooth app. Back in March, I reported that Philips Hue had also started work on integrating the Sync Box into the regular Hue app.

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Community Question of the Week: Ambilight TV as a backlight How smart are the TVs really?

How smart are the TVs really?

Unfortunately, last week’s Community Question had to be cancelled – I had a little rest in the Netherlands. This week, however, it continues again – and this time I would like to clarify a question from Sandra that reached me by email a few days ago: As far as I know, the Philips Hue Play Gradient Light Strip can also be controlled as a separate light via the Hue App when the TV is off (not as a colour gradient, but at least as a single-colour lamp).

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iConnectHue brings major update: Cross-bridge sorting possible All this is new in version 4.11

All this is new in version 4.11

After several months of work, Stefan Göhler releases version 4.11 of his popular iConnectHue application (App Store link) for iPhone and iPad this afternoon. Included are 700 individual changes and, of course, numerous new functions. The update is worthwhile especially for users with many rooms, zones and perhaps even several bridges.

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Philips Hue Play Lightbar: Firmware update is being rolled out Hopefully no more beeping

Hopefully no more beeping

Actually, it was supposed to be released in April, but after a few days of delay, it is finally here: the firmware update for the Philips Hue Play Lightbar that many users have been eagerly awaiting. With the new software, the sometimes occurring annoying noises should be a thing of the past.

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Community question of the week: The matter of 12 volts and 230 volts Sometimes you shouldn't think too complicated

Sometimes you shouldn't think too complicated

It’s time again for the Community Question of the Week. Today’s question is not particularly complicated and the answer is not necessarily spectacular, but sometimes it’s the simple things that get you stuck. Manuel, for example, asked a question that has certainly crossed the minds of one or two Hue users.

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Philips Hue: Update delivers new scenes again Demo mode officially launched

Demo mode officially launched

At least Philips Hue has a small update today. According to the update description, you can look forward to seven new scenes in the Hue light scenes gallery, of which only four are actually new. Miami, Cancun and Rio have already been available for a few weeks. Newly added are the scenes Blossom, Crocus, Precious and Narcissa in the “Refreshing” area.

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Hue Controller: Now as a small app for Mac and Windows Can also be used in the browser

Can also be used in the browser

In February, I already drew your attention to Jakob Lykke’s project. The developer from Denmark has built a web interface with which you can control the lamps of a Hue Bridge via the browser. Now there is news about the Hue Controller. Via this website, the small software package can no longer only be run directly in the browser, but can also be downloaded as a small mini-app to the Windows PC or Mac.

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The time has come: Prices in the official online shop increased This is how much Philips Hue now wants to cash in

This is how much Philips Hue now wants to cash in

I already announced it last week, but now the time has come: Philips Hue has increased the recommended retail prices for its products. The manufacturer is now charging up to 16.67 percent more for its products. The prices have already been adjusted in the official online shop at philips-hue.com. As of 1 May, retailers will also have to pay more for the purchase of Hue products, and the price increase should then also be noticeable in the coming weeks in the retail market.

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Philips Hue will massively increase prices Products will be up to 40 euros more expensive

Products will be up to 40 euros more expensive

Already at the beginning of the year I could tell you that Philips Hue has made some of its products more expensive. In January, it was mainly the outdoor products that were affected, but also the “simple” Lightstrip Plus and the corresponding extension. Now I have bad news for you again: The prices of almost all other products will also be increased.

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Community Question of the Week: Using Play Gradient Lightstrip without Sync Box Manually controlling the colour gradient

Manually controlling the colour gradient

It’s time again for the Community Question of the Week – so this morning I rummaged through mails, comments and entries in the Community section. I chose a question from Christof that some of you may have asked yourselves: Is it possible to use the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip 65 inch without the Sync Box?

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