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Philips’ latest Hue kit gives you wireless light dimming

Dimmable lights can add an air of sophistication to your abode, but setting them up? Not fun — not unless you enjoy messing with home wiring or paying a lot of money. Philips might have a better way, though. It’s trotting out a wireless dimming kit that turns any white Hue bulb (one is included in the box) into a dimmable light. The only real challenge is finding a place to mount the holder for the battery-powered remote switch. After that, you can dim as many as 10 bulbs at once just by clicking buttons. The kit will cost you $40 when it arrives in North America this September. That’s not a trivial outlay, but it’s inexpensive enough that you may be tempted to skip plug-in dimming kits or in-wall installations.

I’m thinking this would be great addition to my family room for movie nights.

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The next versions of iOS and OS X will track your flights

Apple has made much ado of Spotlight’s smart, info-fetching abilities in iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, but one relatively undersold feature might just prove a lifesaver if you or your friends are frequent travelers. Both of the upcoming operating systems include a “flight data detector” that can spot mentions of flight numbers in apps and let you peek at that trip’s details (a feature Google Now and Cortana users are already familiar with). This doesn’t just mean the departure or arrival times, either — in many situations, you’ll also get a map showing you where the aircraft should be at that moment. While this won’t replace a dedicated travel app, it’ll be handy if you want to check for flight delays or satisfy your curiosity about an airplane’s location.

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