When you're buying your lunch today, you might want to take a moment and spend a little more. Gizmodo's Lunch Time Deals posts point out any particularly good bargains for Aussie bargain hunters around the 'net. Today, JB Hi-Fi has cut the price of a 55-inch Philips LCD TV by a fair whack, bringing it down to just under $700.
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The Philips Hue system is one of the few smart home solutions that work as well as you need them to, having been around for quite a few years now. But if you don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on the requisite wireless hub and colour-changing bulbs, Philips now has a cheaper alternative with its new SceneSwitch LED bulbs that don't require any additional hardware.
When Apple stopped including disk drives on its desktop computers, the world barely batted an eye. When DVD-ROMs were removed from the MacBook, few cared. But the loss of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 is a clear indicator that the apocalypse is upon us. But don't freak out just yet, we're going to help you deal.
Ever since LCD TVs hit the scene about 10 years ago, we've seen small and incremental changes — better backlighting, higher quality panels. The last couple of years has been tumultuous, though, and 4K is now a thing (you'd be silly to buy a TV without it). With that done, TV makers are back to the minor iterative updates. But it's 2016, and even those updates are pretty damn cool.
Father's Day is meant to be a day for your Dad to relax. One of the things that technology does well — most of the time — is to take the hard work out of manual labor, and with the brilliance of robotics you can make that happen. Here are four smart home gadgets, including two robots, that can make your father's life that little bit easier.
More powerful lights, a new app and a new website are the backbone of Philips' Hue 2.0, but it's the Apple HomeKit integration that will probably tempt most of the smart, Wi-Fi-connected multi-colour LED lighting system's new buyers. The new Hue 2.0 Bridge is the heart of the setup, and it sounds like we're finally getting to a point where Hue is a feasible lighting solution for a smart home.
Finding a pair of good quality headphones — that fit on or over your ears comfortably, but that are also wireless, and that also have integrated active noise cancelling to block out the outside world — is difficult. Harder still is finding them at a reasonable price, which is why we're intrigued by Philips' new SHB8850NC on-ear headphones.
There's no law that says a portable charger has to look like a rectangular slab, so why do so many companies insist on sticking with that awkward form factor? Styled after a metal water bottle, Philips' PowerPotion DLP3003 is lacking in sharp corners that might poke at you when slipped into a pocket.
A good, properly configured surround-sound system can put you in the middle of the action of a TV show or movie, minus all the burdens a fictional protagonist must bear. But what if you're chasing that something extra? Syfy, using Philips' Hue lights, is having a crack at that special something, using its new show The Expanse as a guinea pig.
If you're looking for sweet new speakers to scatter around your patio, rumpus room, or Netflix binge dungeon, Philips' has new Fidelio E6 wireless cinema speakers and a 90W subwoofer that can do just that.
Cities beefing up their smart infrastructure have tapped the ubiquitous streetlamp to track traffic data and measure pollution. Now, in Los Angeles, some streetlights will help keep the communications network intact after an emergency.
At some point in their life everyone has to grow up, and the same goes for Philips' flexible Hue Lightstrips. Once the perfect way to subtly turn your living room into a colourful rave, the LED strips can now be tuned to generate more natural white light for reading the paper, or just relaxing with some knitting.
When you're trying to build brand loyalty, it's best to snag consumers when they're still kids. So Philips is teaming up with Disney to expand its lighting line with a series of glowing characters called SoftPals that kids can use as night lights right in bed with them.
Los Angeles recently converted 140,000 of its street lights to energy-efficient LEDs — the largest such upgrade in the world. Now a new partnership with lighting giant Philips will allow the city's Bureau of Street Lighting to wirelessly manage all those street lamps, similar to the way its Hue system allows you to control the mood lighting in your home.
Philips' Hue line of bulbs and other smartphone-controlled lighting accessories have been some of the more popular and successful home automation products of the past few years. They're easy to setup, easy to customise, and now easy to use anywhere you need thanks to the new Philips Hue Go — which is powered by a rechargeable battery.
Last year, Philips launched its Fidelio M2L headphones that plugged straight into an iPhone's Lightning port. Now, it has a noise-cancelling version, which draws power from the port and negates the need for batteries.