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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Philips Hue Connected Bulb Starter Pack

Philips Hue Connected Bulb Starter Pack

Lighting should be highly personal. Overhead fluorescents most definitely aren't. Hue helps you create just the right ambiance with this ultra-customizable system, our next entry in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. You can tinker with the color and brightness of every HUE LED in your home through a smartphone app, allowing you to set the color to match any part of the rainbox on demand, at any time.

You can pick up the Philips Hue Connected Bulb Starter Pack now from Amazon for $199.

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Philips introduces the Hue, an app-controlled smart LED lightbulb

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Philips Hue LED Lightbulb

Ever wanted to add extra ambience to your living space? Well, Phillips has a cool new set of lightbulbs that does just that. They're called Hue. LED lightbulbs that change color with iOS app wirelessly via WIFI network. Pretty much any color in the rainbow is at your fingertips. In addition, one can set a schedule for when you want Hue to go on or off, which is a nice security incentive.

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Control your light bulbs with motion and smartphones with GreenWave LED lights

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GreenWave Reality lights

GreenWave Reality is aiming to bring us the lightbulbs of the future with its new Connected Lighting Solution line-up of Wi-Fi-aware LED bulbs. These bulbs use a fraction of the power of the light bulbs that you're used to, and can be controlled from your smartphone or tablet immediately after being put into their sockets. You can also group a set of bulbs together to control them all with one command. You can even set up timed lighting on the bulbs individually, or as a group, for a nice set-it-and-forget-it configuration. If all that is too much for you, another great feature is that the setup is even motion sensitive, so you can have lights turn on in any room that someone enters. All in all, it's pretty neat. We're looking to get our review units in soon to give you a deeper look at GreenWave's lighting solution.

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Watch this: Microsoft Surface tablet unveiling event

Microsoft Surface event video

Yesterday we told you all about the big announcements Microsoft made--the Microsoft Surface tablet was unveiled, along with the intriguing Touch Cover and Type Cover accessories. There was even an odd Surface intro video they teased us with. Now, you can watch the entire Surface event in its entirety after the jump.

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Microsoft Surface video introduction

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Microsoft Surface White

Now that Microsoft has revealed its plan to do battle in the tablet market, Microsoft Surface (as well as its super-cool accessories, the Touch Cover and Type Cover,) we thought you'd appreciate a look at the teaser video that Microsoft put together to unveil the product. Check it out after the break.

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Microsoft announces Surface tablet

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Microosft Surface Tablet

The rumor mill was calling for a new Microsoft tablet to be announced today, and thats exactly what happened. Just a few minutes ago, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the Microsoft Surface tablet. The Microsoft Surface is a companion to Windows 8, with Microsoft saying that it's "a tablet that's a great PC, and a PC that's a great tablet." The hardware is 9.3mm thin with edges beveled at 22 degrees. The casing is all magnesium, which is a first for a computer, making the Surface weigh in at 1.5 pounds. Oh, and it's also got a 10.6-inch display, so it's here to compete with the big boys. As you'd expect, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are present, as is a built-in kickstand, Gorilla Glass, and an amazingly thin 3mm cover that also doubles as a keyboard for touch typing.

Surface will be available in the model we just detailed, as well as a Pro model that supports a higher resolution display. It's got the same chassis, same kickstand, and supports the same accessories, but this model wuns full Windows 8 Pro rather than just Windows RT. It also supports digital ink by way of a stylus. When the Surface detects the pen, it stops accepting touch input, making it easy to write on. The upgraded model also has a DisplayPort, allowing you to plug it in to a larger monitor, this giving you the regular, full PC experience.


Today’s top tech deals: Dell Inspiron 14z, Halo 4, and more

Dell inspiron 14z deal

We're back with our list of the top tech deals of the day, with the highlight being on the 14-inch Dell Inspiron 14z. It's a Core i3 notebook with 4 GB RAM and a 500 GB hard drive that typically sells for $600, but today you can get it for $450 with free shipping. Check out the rest of the deals after the jump!

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Bleeding Edge TV 435: Sony Crystal LED HDTV

While LG and Samsung showed off their OLED prototypes, Sony was showing off its new 55-inch Crystal LED prototype at CES 2012. Its display sports what it calls "ultrafine" LEDs mounted to each RGB color, equal to the number of pixels, which is all attached directly to the front of the display. Sony says this results in 3.5 times contrast, 1.4 times the color gamut and 10 times faster response time than LCDs.

The "Crystal LED Display" is a self-emitting display that uses Sony's unique methods to mount ultrafine LEDs in each of the RGB colors, equivalent to the number of pixels. The RGB LED light source is mounted directly on the front of the display, dramatically improving the light use efficiency. This results in images with strikingly higher contrast (in both light and dark environments), wider color gamut, superb video image response time, and wider viewing angles when compared to existing LCD and plasma displays, with low power consumption.

Big thank you to GoToMeeting for sponsoring Bleeding Edge TV. GoToMeeting provides rich, super-simple collaborative virtual meetings - be sure to check them out!

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Deal of the Day: 23% off Dell UltraSharp U2312HM 1080p IPS monitor

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dell ultrasharp u2711 promo code

Dell is offering a 23% discount on its UltraSharp U2312HM display, and that's good enough to make that our . The UltraSharp U2312HM features a 1080p IPS panel, 8ms grey-to-grey response time, 2,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, 4 USB 2.0 ports, DisplayPort, capacitive-touch switches for setup, and an HDMI 1.3 port. Shipping is free with this deal as well, so you end up savings of $70:

Save 23% on Dell UltraSharp U2312HM display

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ThinkGeek IRIS 9000 makes Siri more awesome in 2012

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ThinkGeek IRIS 9000 Siri

ThinkGeek is set to bring the best of Siri and HAL 9000 together in early 2012 with the IRIS 9000 iPhone dock. This thing has a remote control that allows you to activate Siri from across the room, a built-in mic and speaker that lets you interact with Siri and make calls, and a menacing red LED eye that glows as Siri speaks. Check out video of the device after the break.

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