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Getting Started with the Philips Hue Smart Light Bulbs

After years of dismissing them as a gimmick, Josh Centers broke down and purchased a set of Philips’s software-controlled lightbulbs. He explains why they’re better than he expected and how to set them up.Show full article

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A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Core Concepts

Interested in home automation with HomeKit, but don’t know where to start? Josh Centers kicks off a series about HomeKit, starting with its fundamental concepts.Show full article

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A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Setting Up Accessories and Rooms

In this second installment of our HomeKit home automation series, Josh Centers walks you through setting up HomeKit Accessories and how to divide your Home into Rooms.Show full article

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A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Controlling Accessories

In this installment of A Prairie HomeKit Companion, Josh Centers moves past setup and explains how to manipulate your HomeKit Accessories. He also tells you how to set up Scenes to save time.Show full article

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A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Automating Your Home

In this installment of A Prairie HomeKit Companion, Josh Centers explains how to put the automation in home automation.Show full article

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A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Fine Tuning with the Other “Home” App

Apple’s Home app is easy to use, but an older app with the same name gives you more control over your HomeKit home automation.Show full article

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Using Philips Hue Lights as a Hurricane and Tornado Alert

After a tornado scare, Josh Centers whipped together a warning system using the IFTTT automation service and his Philips Hue bulbs.Show full article

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