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Logitech Ultimate Hub ditches dedicated remote for smartphone control

Logitech Ultimate Hub ditches dedicated remote for smartphone control

Logitech has broken its smartphone universal remote bridge away from its dedicated remotes, and will offer it as a standalone gadget for iPhone and Android users as the Harmony Ultimate Hub. The Hub had previously been available only as part of a bundle with the Harmony Ultimate and Harmony Smart Control, but will be sold separately for the first time in August for those who only want to turn their phone into a universal remote.

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GM OnStar remote start made standard for 2014 range

GM OnStar remote start made standard for 2014 range

GM will make remote start standard across 36 of its 2014 model year cars - spanning Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and GMC - at no extra cost, the company has announced, as part of a push around its RemoteLink mobile app. The feature, which will be accompanied by remote unlocking and the ability to sound the horn, has previously been part of the paid OnStar package, but soon the company will offer five years of service at no extra cost with new vehicles. It's part of a general push to boost the geek-appeal of GM's line-up, including throwing in 4G LTE service.

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Sonos tightens Spotify playlist support with new controller apps

Sonos tightens Spotify playlist support with new controller apps

Sonos has updated its controller app for iOS and Android, boosting Spotify integration with new playlist editing tools. The updated v4.1 apps, which turn your iPhone, iPad, or Android device into a remote for the multiroom streaming system, can now add a Spotify account simply by punching in your Facebook credentials, with support for creating and editing Spotify playlists directly within the Sonos software.

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Splashtop 2 released for Windows Phone 8: remote PC access at last

Splashtop 2 released for Windows Phone 8: remote PC access at last

Today Windows Phone 8 grabs the cross-platform app by the name of Splashtop, specifically the edition called "Splashtop 2" for remote PC control. What you'll be doing with this app - and what Android and iOS users have been doing for some time now - is gaining a live, interactive mirror of your PC's screen on your smartphone. While features for this app are limited in comparison with the Android and iPhone iterations, this release is certainly a good start.

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Hexa drone is half-hexacopter, half-hexapod, 100% terrifying

Hexa drone is half-hexacopter, half-hexapod, 100% terrifying

When the robots finally come to harvest us, they'll probably descend from the skies and then scuttle, spider-like, into our homes and shelters, just like MadLab Industries' terrifyingly ominous Hexa. The combined horror of a six-bladed hexacopter and a 6-legged hexapod, the omnidirectional robot can either tackle terrain on-foot or take to the air to avoid obstacles, then using the multipurpose legs as a grapple to snatch up objects (objects that, it has to be said, are roughly the size of a human baby's head in MLI's demo video).

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DirecTV channels Siri-style speech for smartphone controller

DirecTV channels Siri-style speech for smartphone controller

Shouting at your TV will soon have more of an impact than just raising your blood pressure, with news that DirecTV expects to update its smartphone remote app with voice-control this summer. Capable of searching through live TV and on-demand content, and - like Apple's Siri - recognizing natural language rather than requiring the viewer memorize specific controls, CNET reports, the functionality will not only allow you to chatter to your DirecTV box in the living room, but remotely command it while out and about.

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