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Forget AirPlay: Netflix and YouTube out DIAL for second-screen simplicity

Forget AirPlay: Netflix and YouTube out DIAL for second-screen simplicity

Netflix has officially detailed its Apple AirPlay alternative, DIAL, created in collaboration with YouTube and promising intuitive second-screen entertainment. Already garnering the support of the BBC, Sony, Hulu, and Samsung, DIAL - or "discovery and launch" - aims to streamline the second-screen experience, by automatically discovering compliant devices and starting up apps on them. So, the Netflix app on your phone will be able to spot any Netflix-compatible TVs nearby, and open up the functionality instantly.

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SilverLit Mercedes-Benz iOS controlled RC Car Hands-on

SilverLit Mercedes-Benz iOS controlled RC Car Hands-on

We know the holiday shopping spree has already ended and Christmas is long gone, but a neat new toy is being shown off here at CES from the folks at SilverLit. What we have here is an awesome RC Car that is controlled by your iOS device of choice, but that isn't all it does. The RC car has speakers, moving doors, actual headlights and more that all work seamlessly with your iPhone or iPad. Listen to music, or annoy your co-workers with this gadget.

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Sony One-touch NFC remote mirroring Hands-on

Sony One-touch NFC remote mirroring Hands-on

Remotes only have a few select uses for our TVs these days, even with smart TVs, but the folks from Sony are changing how we use and perceive our remotes. At CES Sony announced a few new remotes that pack more than just some batteries inside, instead we have NFC support for easy mirror mode capabilities. Read on for all the details.

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Sony One-touch Remote adds NFC for easy Xperia screen-sharing

Sony One-touch Remote adds NFC for easy Xperia screen-sharing

What's in a remote? If you're Sony, it's an opportunity to pack in some extra connectivity: select models (read: the more expensive sets, from the W800 range and above) from the company's 2013 line-up will come with a new, NFC-capable clicker, perfect for hooking up your Xperia device for straightforward video and audio streaming.

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YouTube launches remote control support on new LG, Sony, and Panasonic TVs

YouTube launches remote control support on new LG, Sony, and Panasonic TVs

While Google already announced support for pushing YouTube video straight to Google TV devices, the company is now announcing support for the same function on new Smart TVs from LG, Sony, and Panasonic. Owners of Smart TVs from these brands can now use the YouTube smartphone app as a remote control of sorts.

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Drift launches iOS app for HD Ghost Action camera

Drift launches iOS app for HD Ghost Action camera

While it might seem like Contour and GoPro have a hold on the action sports camcorder industry, they're not the only ones making an impact. We already talked about a company called Drift, which makes the HD Ghost Action camcorder. Today, the company announced a mobile app for remote controlling the camera from afar.

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Silverlit to introduce Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG RC car at CES 2013

Silverlit to introduce Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG RC car at CES 2013

It isn't all that often we get to talk about remote-controlled cars here at SlashGear, but the one we're covering today comes with a few cool gadget-related features. Say hello to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, a new RC car from the folks at Silverlit. While it looks like a normal RC car at first - and largely is - there are a couple key differences between this and other RC cars we're used to seeing.

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HyTAQ robot rolls on the ground and flies through the air

HyTAQ robot rolls on the ground and flies through the air

We've seen plenty of remote-controlled toy robots over the years. We've seen remote-controlled devices that can fly such as the AR Drone and remote-controlled devices that roll around on the ground as well. What I don't recall seeing is a remote-controlled device that combines both ground and air capability into one device.

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Apple, Google & Microsoft tipped in talks with ex-Slingbox chief’s home automation firm

Apple, Google & Microsoft tipped in talks with ex-Slingbox chief’s home automation firm

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are all believed to be circling home automation startup R2 Studios with potential acquisition in mind, as each weighs a push in the growing wired-home market. Established in 2011 by Slingbox founder Blake Krikorian, R2 Studios so far has a single product out - an Android app intended to turn phones and tablets into a universal remote for Crestron home automation kit - but according to the WSJ's sources has already caught the attention of some industry heavyweights.

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LG refreshes Magic Remote with Siri-style speech smarts

LG refreshes Magic Remote with Siri-style speech smarts

LG knows you scream at your TV, but now it wants some good to come from it, with a new version of its Magic Remote that can control not only an LG smart TV but other A/V kit in your rack too. The updated lounge wand now supports conversational commands, meaning you can ask for specific content - such as "Show me Call Me Maybe videos" - and it will know what you're asking for.

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Sky+ app turns On Demand remote with iPhone/iPad update

Sky+ app turns On Demand remote with iPhone/iPad update

Sky has updated its Sky+ app for iOS with on-demand listings, turning you iPad or iPhone into a remote control for managing film and boxset downloads direct to your Sky+HD box. The updated app now allows Sky customers to navigate through the Sky TV On Demand catalog, queuing up titles remotely while the set-top box itself is being used by others.

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Parrot plots world domination from atop his motorized mech

Parrot plots world domination from atop his motorized mech

Few things would be as horrific as a flock of parrots invading your hometown astride mechanized vehicles of death and cuteness. The good news is, they can't kill us all, someone has to be around to hand out crackers and change the newspaper. If you've ever been to home where someone owns a bird or if you've ever owned a bird yourself, you know they can be noisy creatures constantly shrieking. A man named Andrew Gray has an African Grey Parrot that was a noisy creature.

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