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SPIN: a remote control with a literal twist

SPIN: a remote control with a literal twist

How many remote controls have you lost in the black hole that is the couch? Or actually, how many such contraptions do you have to control everything and anything in your house? Chances are, you have a lot of them and it becomes like a harrowing quest just to change channels or turn the volume up or down. What if you had one remote control to rule them all, and with a twist bind them? One that didn't even have any buttons. That's exactly what SPIN is trying to sell on Kickstarter.

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onecue can turn you into an appliance-controlling Jedi

onecue can turn you into an appliance-controlling Jedi

The more smart appliances we add to our house, the more remote controls or apps or whatnot we add to our tool belt, which can get pretty confusing at times. There are a few attempts, like SmartThings and Logitech Harmony, to corral them all under one control, but those usually don't cover those appliances that haven't made the leap to the smart generation yet. onecue does all of the above with one special feature: it lets you control those appliances, both smart and regular ones, like a Jedi master.

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Logitech outs new Harmony remotes as smart home expands

Logitech outs new Harmony remotes as smart home expands

Logitech's Harmony range of universal remotes is opening its arms to the smart home, with two new models that can control not only your TV but your lighting, thermostat, and more. The Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home and its more affordable Harmony Home Control sibling both work with the company's Harmony Home Hub, launched last year to support the home automation apps for iOS and Android.

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The iRBeacon is your excuse to ditch remotes forever

The iRBeacon is your excuse to ditch remotes forever

Universal remotes are often big, clumsy pieces of plastic that confuse us a lot more than they help. Even worse, if you misplace it, you might be out of luck on changing the channel. A new crowd-funding campaign could fix all that, though, making almost any smartphone — and nearly any receiver — compatible.

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Star Trek Phaser remote: an accurate replica of the actual prop

Star Trek Phaser remote: an accurate replica of the actual prop

This gives a whole new meaning to that oft-quoted and oft-twisted phrase, "Beam me up, Scotty!" While we've seen many Star Trek-themed paraphernalia, enough to probably fill a museum of its own, this Phaser-shaped universal remote control is in a league of its own. According to its makers, this has been lovingly and painstaking crafted to be an accurate replica of the actual TV series prop.

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Logitech Harmony Ultimate and Smart Control app controls A/V, consoles and Hue

Logitech Harmony Ultimate and Smart Control app controls A/V, consoles and Hue

Logitech has outed a new pair of universal remotes, one physical and one for your smartphone, and throwing in the ability to control Philips hue lights too. The Logitech Harmony Ultimate is a $350 slab of do-it-all remote, complete with both a touchscreen and physical keys, and which can control A/V kit in cupboards thanks to an IR repeater along with Bluetooth-enabled consoles. Those who can't keep their phone out of their hand, however, might prefer the cheaper Harmony Smart Control bundle, which combines a comprehensive remote app for iOS and Android along with a more straightforward physical remote for others to use when your phone isn't around.

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HTC One hands-on: Sense 5, BlinkFeed and TV

HTC One hands-on: Sense 5, BlinkFeed and TV

If the 4-megapixel camera is HTC's big play with the One's hardware, HTC BlinkFeed is its big software play on the new flagship. A new homescreen for Sense 5, BlinkFeed works as a smorgasbord for "snackable" content - as HTC envisages it, the sort of instant gratification people are looking for when they whip their phone out in an idle moment. That happens more often than you might think, too; HTC's research among its own users found they woke their phone up a couple of hundred times a day. Read on for full details and our first impressions, plus more on Sense 5 and the new universal remote TV app.

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