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Logitech updates all Harmony hub remotes to control your smart home

Logitech updates all Harmony hub remotes to control your smart home

Accessories maker Logitech has rolled out a free software update today for all of its Harmony hub-based products, giving users better control over the number of interconnected devices making up their smart home. The new update allows the Harmony Ultimate Hub, usually used to control various aspects of you home theater setup, to perform the same functions of the Harmony Home Hub, which was launched with smart home features in mind, like adjusting the lights or temperature.

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Logitech Harmony now speaks with Nest Protect, Rheem EcoNet

Logitech Harmony now speaks with Nest Protect, Rheem EcoNet

The number of smart appliances you can put in your home is increasing exponentially to the point that keeping track of them, much less controlling them, is becoming a chore, which nullifies the premise of a smart home. The peace of mind that comes with orchestrating all these disparate pieces together is exactly the promise that Logitech Harmony makes. Today, it is increasing that peace of mind by adding Nest's Protect smart smoke detectors and Rheem's EcoNet smart water heater to the list of supported devices.

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The simple Smart Home: Where to start

The simple Smart Home: Where to start

Controlling lights, appliances, and keeping an eye on home security has never been easier, but as smart home technology proliferates, picking the best place to start can be tough. I’ve been upgrading my apartment for the past few years, now, and I know that the first step needn’t be too risky, however. Since home automation can be intimidating, I’m going to focus on products that require the minimum of installation effort. I’m a big fan of non-permanent options: it makes a lot of sense if you’re renting, but it also gives you flexibility to change things up as you get used to your newly-smart home.

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Lily camera drone hands-on: Aerial video, no pilot required

Lily camera drone hands-on: Aerial video, no pilot required

If you're reinventing the camera, why not make it fly? That's the concept behind Lily, a drone that puts flying photography at its core, but doesn't require a pilot's license to use. Promising not only autonomous flight but eye-catching drone footage with zero operator talent, the new quadcopter wants to usurp the GoPro as the extreme sportsperson's go-to gadget, and snap the selfie-stick for family gatherings. I ventured into the park to strike a pose as I was filmed from the sky.

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Logitech Harmony universal remotes gain Philips Hue control

Logitech Harmony universal remotes gain Philips Hue control

One of the most popular universal remote brands on the market today is the Logitech Harmony line of remote controls. These aren’t like the cheap universal remotes you buy on a whim at Walmart as you checkout. Harmony remotes are high-tech bits of kit that allow you to not only program in all of your devices, but also supports macros. Those macros are where the magic begins with the Harmony remotes.

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Comcast introduces voice-controlled remote for subscribers

Comcast introduces voice-controlled remote for subscribers

Long gone are the days when you had to get up out of the chair to manually change the volume or the television channel, and if Comcast has its way, we’ll one day consider having to manually press buttons on the television remote as equally archaic. The company has introduced a new voice-enabled remote that leverages Texas Instruments’ RF technology to, according to Comcast, usher in what could end up being “the tipping point in a major revolution” for its subscribers.

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Next Apple TV remote tipped to have a touchpad

Next Apple TV remote tipped to have a touchpad

It seems that Apple is taking a U-turn on many of its hardball stances, most of them attributed to the late Steve Jobs: a non-skeumorphic interface, a large screen iPhone, a smartwatch, and probably a huge iPad that might come with a stylus. Now there might be yet another design decision that would go against its previous gospel: an Apple TV remote with a touchpad. Apple has been preaching the simplicity of its remote for years but now it's adding a bit of complexity. At least it's not doing so with a dozen or so buttons.

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Sideclick accessory adds TV control to set-top remote

Sideclick accessory adds TV control to set-top remote

If you've a set top box of some sort, such as a Roku player or the Amazon Fire TV, that means you have at least two remotes sitting in the entertainment room: one that controls the television itself, and one that controls the set top box. Sideclick is an accessory that turns the set top box into a universal remote of sorts, in that it adds an extra row of buttons that allows the user to power the TV on and off, adjust the volume, and more from the set top box remote itself.

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Amazon Echo adds Hue and WeMo smart home voice control

Amazon Echo adds Hue and WeMo smart home voice control

Amazon Echo is digging its voice-controlled fingers deeper into the smart home, with Amazon adding Philips Hue and Belkin WeMo support to the always-listening home assistant. The new functionality, pushed out to Echo units from today, allows owners to control their lighting, smart appliances, and switches using simple voice commands rather than reaching for the respective apps, and could well be the most useful additions Echo has seen since it began shipping in limited numbers late last year.

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3D Robotics drone teaser tips prosumer DJI rival

3D Robotics drone teaser tips prosumer DJI rival

With the controversy and FAA sparring about drones you'd be forgiven for thinking that nearly everyone was crowding the skies with quadcopters, but the reality is that UAVs are still relatively niche. 3D Robotics looks keen to change that, however, teasing a new model that looks to improve not only the aesthetics but ease-of-use, too. Sporting a stealthy color scheme that would make a covert Tac-Ops team proud, the unnamed drone could be 3D Robotics' answer to DJI's increasingly straightforward gadgets for aerial photographers.

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