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New API makes interaction with Philips Hue faster Developers have to make adjustments

Developers have to make adjustments

A lot has happened at Philips Hue in the past weeks and months. For users, this was primarily visible through the much-discussed update of the Philips Hue app, but a lot has also happened in the background. Philips Hue has comprehensively revised the API, the interface for requests and responses to the Hue Bridge.

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Socket holder for the Hue Bridge from the 3D printer For a little more organisation

For a little more organisation

Don’t you store the Hue Bridge somewhere deep in the cupboard or hide it somewhere else? If you are still looking for the perfect place for your control centre, I might have the perfect solution for you. On the 3D printer platform Thingiverse a user presented an interesting mount for the Hue Bridge.

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Alexa with second bridge: Hue inventor offers simple solution Handling with several bridges should be improved

Handling with several bridges should be improved

Although there are still some workarounds if you want to control several Hue Bridges with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, it is often not really fun. Now my YouTube colleague Justin_Tech learned some interesting details in a video interview with Hue inventor George Yianni, which I would like to share with you.

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Petition launched: We need a Philips Hue Bridge with more capacity 63 lamps should not be the maximum

63 lamps should not be the maximum

Several times a week I receive letters from users who have reached the capacity limit of the Philips Hue Bridge. 50 lamps are recommended by the manufacturer, up to 63 are theoretically possible. But in many cases that is no longer sufficient. Every year, Signify launches dozens of new lamps on the market, and as the clear number one in the market, it always proves again and again that once you start with a few lamps, you quickly want more.

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Many Hue luminaires now with stronger dimming Firmware update for bridge and lights

Firmware update for bridge and lights

Have you already equipped your Bridge with the firmware version 19370450000? Then it is worth taking another look at the update section of the Hue app. There is also new software for many White Ambiance and White and Color Ambiance fixtures – Signify points this out in the release notes on the US website.

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Philips Hue: January update has half closed security flaw Check your bridge firmware

Check your bridge firmware

So is this good news or bad news? Check Point’s security experts have discovered a vulnerability in the Hue system that allows you to access even computers that are shared on the network with the Hue Bridge. The vulnerability has now been resolved by Signify – at least partly. Signify, the manufacturer of Philips Hue, was already informed about the gap in the system in November 2019.

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Philips Hue: more and more devices and no powerful bridge When will Signify update its control centre?

When will Signify update its control centre?

When Philips Hue was launched in 2012, nobody would have expected such a success. In the field of Smart Lighting, the Eindhoven-based system is by far the number one. This is unlikely to change in the near future. The last update for the Hue Bridge was in autumn 2015 when HomeKit was introduced as a major new feature.

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Hue Outdoor Sensor: temperature in HomeKit not correctly displayed The Philips Hue Outdoor Sensor also measures the temperature. Problems arise in combination with HomeKit.

The Philips Hue Outdoor Sensor also measures the temperature. Problems arise in combination with HomeKit.

Any Apple user who has taken a look at HomeKit will have noticed that the Philips Hue motion sensors appear as three different devices: in addition to the motion sensor, there is also measurement data on brightness and temperature. And this is exactly where problems can arise as our friends from SmartApfel have found out.

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Signify makes it clear: we are not planning a new Hue Bridge A supposed new publication appeared in the Hue world - now it is being denied.

A supposed new publication appeared in the Hue world - now it is being denied.

Last week, a newsletter from Philips Hue appeared, including hints of a third generation Hue Bridge. Only in the small print, but still. Now the Signify editorial team reacts. Not only did they feel compelled to inform me personally that the mention of the third generation Hue Bridge in the newsletter was simply a mistake: they also responded in social media and even sent out another newsletter to clarify the error.

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