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Vivaldi's web browser can control your Hue lights

The bulbs will mirror the color of the web pages you're browsing.
Nick Summers, @nisummers
November 22, 2016
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Standing up and walking over to a light switch is so passé, apparently. To stand out from the competition, Vivaldi has added Hue light controls to its upstart desktop browser. With the latest version, 1.5, you can now link your smart bulbs under the "Theme" settings page. Select which lights Vivaldi should control and you'll then get an intriguing light show -- specifically, the bulbs will illuminate automatically depending on the "color of the web." A gimmick? Absolutely, however Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner has hinted at broader and possibly more useful functionality in the future.

"Imagine a world where you get notified for a new email or web notification through a light bulb," he said. "Vivaldi is all about customisation and flexibility. Integrating with IoT devices like Philips Hue makes it possible for Vivaldi to adapt to you and your everyday life."

If, like me, you're still using regular bulbs, Vivaldi has a few extra tricks to tempt you over. Tab selections and stacks, which act like folders for open web pages can now be dragged between windows. It's a small, but useful feature if you tend to keep dozens of tabs open (and struggle to find the one you need half an hour later). There's also a new reader mode button in the address bar, making it simpler to activate the browser's cleaner web experience. Finally, the team has added automatic screenshots to notes, so that when you save a text snippet the source page is archived with it.

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