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iConnectHue: Halloween animations and discotainment enhancements Version 4.13 now available on the App Store

Version 4.13 now available on the App Store

When it comes to configuring one or more Hue systems, iConnectHue for iPhone and iPad is one of the best recommendations the App Store has to offer. The app has definitely earned its price of 5.99 euros as well as the annual upgrade packages or alternatively the membership subscription. Version 4.13 of iConnectHue for iPhone and iPad has been available in the App Store since yesterday.

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Hue Essentials: Now also available for the Mac Control Philips Hue on the desktop

Control Philips Hue on the desktop

If you no longer want to control your Philips Hue lights only by voice command or by app on iPhone and iPad, there is now another option: After the launch of the Windows application, the well-known app Hue Essentials is now also available for the Mac. The download from the Mac App Store is free of charge.

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iConnectHue gets support for Hue Tap Dial switch Version 4.12 also improves the Watch app

Version 4.12 also improves the Watch app

That was fast: Last week Philips Hue released the new Hue Tap Dial switch, you could already read my impressions. Now the popular iConnectHue app also offers full support for the new switch. Before we get into the details, one small thing first: Existing customers might not get the update around the Hue Tap Dial Switch for free.

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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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Philips Hue now allows multiple bridges per account Simplified control on the go

Simplified control on the go

Only last week, I explained in a small guide how to control several bridges on the go – until now, it was necessary to set up several Hue accounts. I could have saved myself the effort, because with the update to version 4.16 Philips Hue seems to offer new possibilities. This new option is hidden in the settings of the Philips Hue app.

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Backup & Restore: All 4 Hue working on backup solution Currently still in beta stage

Currently still in beta stage

It is probably the absolute worst case that especially users with a large installation fear: A total failure of the bridge. Unfortunately, Philips Hue still does not offer any backup function, even almost ten years after its launch. This means that if the bridge fails and cannot be restarted, there is a lot of work to do.

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Ambee 2.0: Updated app promises atmospheric effects New version based on subscription model

New version based on subscription model

You have to hand it to Tomas Baran, the developer of Ambee: He was clearly faster than Philips Hue. Back in 2013, he offered an app, then still called Goldee, with which you could use dynamic scenes. It was eight years later that the manufacturer itself integrated such a function into his app.

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Hue Engage: New app for Android devices released Not yet available for iOS

Not yet available for iOS

When it comes to apps around Philips Hue, apart from the official app, we mainly think of apps like iConnectHue or Hue Essentials. How about a new release for a change? Hue Engage is now available in the Google Play Store. Hue Engage comes from Daniel Meyer, a developer from Switzerland.

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Philips Hue: Timers can make lamps flash again Function is well hidden

Function is well hidden

In August, the timers returned to the Philips Hue app, but one important function was missing until now: You could switch lamps on or off and activate scenes after the timer had expired, but you could not make the lamps flash. This is now possible again. To use the function, you must first create a timer – this can be done in the Automation area.

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Hue Essentials now offers support for Gradient products New setting is well hidden

New setting is well hidden

Personally, I still don’t really like the look of Hue Essentials (Apple/Android), but that is ultimately a matter of personal taste. What is clear is that the app offers numerous functions that are not available in the Hue app. With the update to version 1.17.0, however, a function is now added that was originally introduced with the Hue app: You can colour gradient products with colour gradients.

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