by Brent Dirks
June 24, 2014
Philips has just updated the official companion app for its Hue smart lighting system. Version 1.4 brings a number of improvements. First up, due to a popular request, the alarms, timers, and geofencing options have now been moved to a dedicated menu. Also, the fade times of both alarms and timers can now be set for up to 60 minutes, allowing users to get ready for their day early in the morning. Finally, the app now supports the Hue Tap. Announced back in March, the Tap is a dedicated hardware switch that allows users to control different lighting scenes. A universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini, the Philips Hue app can be downloaded now on the App Store for free. To get started with the smart lighting system, a starter pack can be purchased now from Apple for $199.95. The kit contains three bulbs and a bridge. Earlier this month, Philips took to Twitter to post a concept prototype of a Notification Center widget. That feature arrived with iOS 8, which will be available to the public sometime this fall. For other recent app news, see: Dropbox's Mailbox Email App Updated With Improvements To Auto-Swipe Feature, Hellraid: The Escape Promises 'Console Quality' Graphics, Launches Next Month, and One For Eleven Introduces A New Module As The 2014 World Cup Continues In Brazil.