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Neeo hands-on: one smart remote to control them all

Neeo hands-on: one smart remote to control them all

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the company behind Neeo is taking pre-orders and showing off their smart remote at CES 2016. This remote is (probably) unlike any you've ever experienced -- it features a touch screen and runs the company's own system, merging together the best parts of a remote and a touch device to create a single, slim, highly functional device.

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Volvo turns dump truck into RC car, gives 4-year-old the controls

Volvo turns dump truck into RC car, gives 4-year-old the controls

There's probably a dozen different ways to advertise a dump truck, and they're probably all boring compared to this. Volvo has unveiled its new FMX, an 18-ton, 540hp, 8x6 all-wheel-drive construction dump truck. In order to promote the thing, Volvo basically turned it into a remote-controlled car, able to be driven from a remote location via custom-made controls, and then handed it over to a four-year-old to play with.

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Nest Thermostat 3rd-gen Review (2015)

Nest Thermostat 3rd-gen Review (2015)

Nest created the smart thermostat market, and now it's under attack. Turns out the appeal of home temperature control without requiring programming more complex than a graduate degree, and more flexible than "on" or "off", is enough to lure in not only customers but competitors. After granular improvements since the 2011 launch, Nest's third-generation hardware bumps up the most eye-catching aspect of the thermostat: the display.

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Apple TV games now required to work with Siri Remote

Apple TV games now required to work with Siri Remote

It seems that Apple TV developers, particularly game developers, are already hitting a bit of a snag even before the device launches to the public. Seen by some as a bit of flip-flopping on Apple's part, the company updated to App Programming Guide for tvOS to include one small but earth shattering change for game developers. Contrary to what it first said on stage and in public, games that support controllers are now required to support the Apple TV remote, a.k.a. the brand new Siri Remote.

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Logitech Harmony Elite remote sports even more buttons

Logitech Harmony Elite remote sports even more buttons

Those who have been bemoaning about how our TV and entertainment system remote controls have become overloaded with buttons might want to look the other way. That's because the new Harmony Elite, Logitech's latest remote control for its smart home unifying platform, has just gotten a few more of those. Of course, those additional tactile controls are there not to confound but to make sure you have fast and easy access to the most common and most important actions. Like turning lights on or off.

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There’s a cheaper BB-8 “drone” too, from Hasbro

There’s a cheaper BB-8 “drone” too, from Hasbro

Just in case you didn't want to get the real-deal BB-8 by Sphero this Force Friday, there is another. This is supposing you're not wanting to pay one hundred and fifty dollars for the greatest Star Wars toy ever made, that is to say. If that's a bit out of your price range, there's also the Hasbro Target exclusive remote control BB-8, one that's not nearly so fantastic, one that works with AA-batteries instead of rechargeable built-in batteries.

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Sony combines TV remote with wireless speaker for Japan

Sony combines TV remote with wireless speaker for Japan

Sony is proudly continuing the Japanese trend of combining two random, unrelated products into one. The latest example is their newly announced SRS-LSR100, a wireless speaker that basically has a television remote on top. The idea behind the device is that users bring the TV's audio closer to them, while still being able to change the channel. You know, like the remote that comes with the TV set does.

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Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit Review

Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit Review

Dimming lights used to be easy with incandescent bulbs, but the new age of LEDs can be a flickering, migraine-inducing mess. Philips believes its Hue Wireless Dimming Kit is the answer, the combination of a simple white bulb with an equally straightforward remote that can be left on a coffee table or easily wall-mounted. Though Philips is pitching the $40 set at novices, there's plenty for the Hue enthusiast to find appealing, however, not least the remote control.

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“Alexa, turn on SmartThings integration” says Amazon

“Alexa, turn on SmartThings integration” says Amazon

Amazon's cylindrical Echo home assistant is gaining another automation ability, hooking up with Samsung-owned SmartThings for the speech-controlled smart home. While it's not the first such integration we've seen Echo add in the months since Amazon launched the chipper speaker, it could well be one of the most far-reaching, thanks to SmartThings' broad compatibility with a huge - and growing - number of third-party automation devices.

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