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[Update: Dev Preview] Google's speakers and displays add local control of smart home devices, starting with Hue, TP-Link, more

For years we've dreamed of the smart home, but when we anticipated it, we didn't really picture a dozen hubs littered all over our house that do nothing but control only one type of device. Sadly, that's the truth we've come to. But Google seems to be taking the first steps to remedy this situation, starting with opening local control of smart devices to all developers and smart home manufacturers.

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Philips introduces new Bluetooth Hue bulbs that work without a hub

Hue products are known for their reliability, ease of use, and integration with third-party solutions. However, they typically require a Zigbee hub to function, which makes a Hue setup quite pricey if you're only looking at buying a couple of bulbs. The competition has long offered lights that connect directly to a Wi-Fi router or your phone over Bluetooth, and Philips is finally giving in by announcing a range of bulbs that don't need a hub to function — even though they can also work with one.

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Lighten up your yard with this 3-pack Philips Hue White and Color Lily outdoor lights for $244 ($36 off)

When I want to set up a nice atmosphere in my living room, I rely on my Philips Hue Iris bulbs to create a cosy setting with relaxing colors. What I enjoy even more is how simple it is to control them using my Google Home and how easily they integrate with routines. If you want to extend this nice ambiance to your garden, you can save a few bucks when buying three outdoor Lily spots lights for $232 plus $12 for shipping. This is about $36 less than what they sell for on Amazon.

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Get a free Echo Dot and Philips Hue smart bulb when buying an Echo Show for $180 (save $115)

When I set up my smart home infrastructure a couple of years ago, I had to break the bank to buy a smart speaker, connected bulbs, and intelligent plugs. Even though we often share deals that let you save a few bucks on such products, this one is particularly interesting. Indeed, Amazon is throwing in a free Echo Dot speaker and a Philipe Hue bulb with the purchase of an Echo Show smart display. The three products together would cost $295 if purchased separately, but with this offer, you'll only have to pay the Echo Show's price for the whole bundle.

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Monday deals: Hue discounts, a super cheap smart bathroom scale, and unique wireless chargers

Hey, happy Memorial Day! Take a break from day drinking and eating various grilled meats and take a look at these deals. Basically every Philips Hue product you could want is on sale for the holiday, and we've also got deals on a Bluetooth bathroom scale a a couple of cool wireless charging accessories.

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Hue app adds 'Zones' for custom light grouping

Philips Hue is the most well-known smart lighting brand, but it's been a little behind on features. Until now, the only way to group lights was within rooms. With the latest app update, you can finally create custom groups, known as Hue Zones.

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Google Home gets Gentle Sleep & Wake feature for Hue lights

Most of the methods we use to wake ourselves in the morning are jarring and unpleasant, but Google Home might be able to help. Starting today, Home supports Gentle Sleep & Wake, a feature that integrates with Philips Hue smart lights. Just tell Google to enable this feature, and you can ease into the day in a more natural way.

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Monday deals: Cheap Hue bulbs, discounted smart speaker battery cases, and budget Bluetooth earbuds

It's Monday, and you know what that means: we've got some deals for you. Most of them happen to be smart home-themed, like an affordable pack of Philips Hue bulbs and some neat add-on smart speaker batteries, but we've also got a great price on a pair of aptX-compatible Bluetooth earbuds.

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Save up to 20% on these color Philips Hue bundles: 5-pack bulbs, switch, and hub for $270, or 3 pendant lamps and bridge for $290

I'm a big fan of Philips' Hue products because they're easy to use, reliable, expandable, work across platforms, and can be integrated with third-party software. Nevertheless, I find their regular MSRP to be quite high, which is why I'm usually on the lookout for discounts when I want to buy new bulbs. If you were thinking of getting Hue lights, today is your lucky day, as you can save up to 20% on Hue bundles.

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You can get a refurbished Philips Hue starter kit for as low as $41, but only for today

I know you know about Philips Hue — it's pretty much got the market cornered on high-end connected lighting. If you've wanted a set but you've been put off by the price, now might be your chance: Amazon's got some great deals on certified refurbished Hue starter kits, but they're only good today.

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