Lifx teases colorchanging candelabra bulbs at CES 2019

first_img CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Tags Mentioned Above Lifx Tile Check out all the smart home products at CES 2019 Best Buy Review • Smart, multicolor Lifx Tiles might drive you up the wall CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Multicolor candelabra bulbs, coming soon from Lifx. Ry Crist/CNET Lifx is adding color-changing candelabra bulbs to its lineup of smart LED lights, the company tells me at CES 2019 here in Las Vegas. Pricing isn’t set yet, but Lifx expects them to launch in the third quarter of 2019. What makes these lights especially interesting is that they can put out multiple colors at once — a fairly uncommon feature, even among larger-sized smart bulbs. That lets them simulate a flickering flame, or put out some of the same animated, tie-dye-type effects that you get with the multicolor Lifx Tile wall panels. The controls for the bulbs are similar to the Tiles, too. Along with controlling and automating them, you’ll be able to paint designs onto each bulb by dragging your finger over a bulb-shaped canvas in the Lifx app. Lifx tells me that each color-changing diode inside of the bulb is its own individual zone of light. That adds up to a total of 30 zones that you can paint colors across. lifx-cnadelabra-bulbs-appEnlarge ImageYou can paint colors onto the bulb by dragging your finger across a bulb-shaped canvas in the Lifx app. Ry Crist/CNET Beyond basic color control, Lifx claims that it sees growing interest in smart lighting that feels artistic and expressive. “It feels like the tide is shifting,” Lifx CEO Tim Peters tells me, expressing hope that the candelabra bulbs will help scratch that itch for its customers. The question is how much these things will ultimately cost at launch. It’ll likely be a lot. Color-changing candelabra bulbs from Philips Hue currently sell for about $50 each — and those only put out one color at a time. It wouldn’t surprise me if the multicolor Lifx versions cost even more, which could fast get prohibitively expensive for folks looking to upgrade a fixture with multiple bulbs in it. When we know more on that front, we’ll let you know — and expect a full review from the CNET Smart Home as soon as the bulbs arrive. Google Assistant CES Products Alexa Philips Siri Apple HomeKit See It See it 52 Photos Lifx Tile Light Bulbs Post a comment 0 $189 Share your voice Preview • Light up your walls with Lifx Tile LED panels CES 2019: Every story so far: It’s the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. $193last_img read more

UK govt rocked by Huawei leak scandal

first_imgBritain’s Prime Minister Theresa May gestures during a visit to the Leisure Box in Brierfield, Lancashire, on 25 April 2019, during campaigning for the local elections. Photo: AFPBritain’s splintered government was rocked Friday by a growing scandal over who leaked news that prime minister Theresa May has conditionally allowed Chinese giant Huawei to develop the UK 5G network.The highly controversial decision was reportedly made at a meeting on Tuesday of Britain’s National Security Council despite opposition from some ministers who are seen as potential candidates to replace May.National Security Council discussions are only attended by senior ministers and security officials who first sign the Official Secrets Act that commits them to keep all conversations private or risk prosecution.But The Telegraph newspaper broke the news late Tuesday that May approved granting Huawei permission to build up “non-core” elements of Britain’s next-generation telecommunications network.The United States is adamantly opposed to Huawei’s involvement because of the firm’s obligation under Chinese law to help its home government if asked, including in intelligence matters.British media reported that Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill—the country’s most senior civil servant—gave those present an ultimatum until Thursday afternoon to deny responsibility for the leak.Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson did so first.Hunt called it “utterly appalling” and Williams described it as “completely unacceptable”.They were soon joined by interior minister Sajid Javid—who like Hunt is one of the frontrunners to succeed May as Conservative Party leader—and at least one other attending cabinet member.May herself said Thursday that she does not comment on National Security Council meetings.Sky News reported Friday that the ongoing government inquiry into the source of the leak could become a formal criminal investigation.Former cabinet secretary Gus O’Donnell told BBC radio that the disclosure of National Security Council information was “incredibly serious” and a “complete outrage”.“This is really important for the country, these issues are massively important,” he said.May’s government has been experiencing strains for months.Disputes over Britain’s stalled withdrawal from the European Union have seen several ministers resign.May herself has promised to step down as soon as she gets the first stage of Brexit over the line. The new extended deadline for the process is now 31 October.Her commitment to quit has only fomented cabinet rivalries as various ministers jockey for position in a looming leadership race.May’s spokesman said Wednesday that a formal decision on Huawei would be made by June.last_img read more