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Philips Hue v3.14 rolling out with promised custom power-on behavior

Just about a month ago, Philips announced that Hue owners would soon be able to set custom power-on behaviors, meaning that you can tell your lights how you want them to come on when you flip the switch or the power returns. This includes brightness and color.

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Midweek deals: Save on Philips Hue bulbs, Roku streamers, connected speakers, and more

We like to keep you folks abreast of all the best gadget deals we run across, but we can't devote full posts to all of them. So, in round-ups like these, we share some of the best bargains from the past few days you may have missed. This Wednesday afternoon: discounted smart lights, streaming dongles, and mesh routers to keep them connected.

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Philips Hue bulbs are getting more power-on options, new sleep and wake functionality with Google Assistant

Last month, Hue bulbs were updated with the option to use their most recent settings when powering on, rather than coming on at full brightness. Hue has now announced that users will soon be able to choose what setting lights power on with — full brightness, the last used setting, or a user-defined custom setting. The bulbs are also getting new sleep and wake functionality with Google Assistant, meant to replicate sunset and sunrise.

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Philips Hue 3-bulb color starter kit is $120 ($70 off) at Best Buy

If you're not on the smart lights bandwagon yet, maybe this will entice you: Best Buy is currently offering a hearty discount on a three-bulb Philips Hue starter kit. And not just any bulbs! These are the white and color ambiance variety, which can adjust to any color you like.

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Philips Hue Play review: Impressive media-syncing light bars, but with room for improvement

As well as offering simple light bulbs and accessories for your home, Philips has been pushing its Hue lights for entertainment purposes more and more. The Zigbee-toting Hue lights can now be used as accent lighting for music, film, and even gaming, which may seem gimmicky or cool, depending on your outlook. I would say it’s a bit of both, or at least that’s how I view the latest addition to the lineup, the Hue Play.

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Philips Hue outdoor light strip is $73 ($17 off) on Amazon

Philips doesn't just make internet-connected light bulbs under its Hue brand — there are also motion sensors, dimmer switches, table lamps, and even light strips. Right now you can get the Hue outdoor light strip for $72.77 on Amazon. That's a reduction of $17.22 from the original cost, and its lowest recorded price yet.

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Latest Philips Hue app update finally adds power-on behavior

The Philips Hue is the largest and most well-known smart light ecosystem. If someone has connected light bulbs, there's a good chance they're Hue. However, those lights would always flip to full brightness when powered. Now, you've got options. The latest app update finally adds power-on behavior settings.

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Amazon's Black Friday sales are live: Fire TV Recast for $180, Fire tablets as cheap as $50, new Echo Dot for half off

Every deal season, one thing you can depend on is that Amazon will place its first-party Kindle, Echo, and Fire hardware on discount. It's such a regular part of Amazon's sales that we often overlook it as expected, familiar, and therefore uninteresting. But if you're in the market for an Alexa-powered smart speaker, cord-cutting Fire TV recast DVR, or an Amazon Prime-compatible streaming device, now is the time to pick one up.

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Certified refurbished Philips Hue products are up to 38 percent off today on Amazon

Hue lights can be pricey, but buying refurbished is a good way to save some cash, especially when additional discounts are available. And wouldn't you know it, additional discounts are available today! Amazon has a number of Hue bulbs and package deals on sale for up to 38 percent off.

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6 of our favorite tech deals this week: Pixel 3 accessories, JBL audio gear, and more

This past week was all about the Pixel 3, and if you're anything like us, right now you're looking to save money any which way you can in order to get your pre-order in for one of Google's latest handsets. Of course, just because you're putting together your Pixel 3 fund doesn't mean you can't drop a little cash elsewhere, and we've spotted a few deals that will hook you up with some desirable tech while also leaving you with money to spare.

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