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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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Logitech Harmony Touch gets your fingers navigating

Logitech Harmony Touch gets your fingers navigating

Logitech's latest universal remote, the Harmony Touch, has broken cover, and as the name implies it's centered around a full-color touchscreen for easier channel surfing. Compatible with 225,000 devices from among 5,000 brands, the Harmony Touch has a 2.4-inch touchscreen bracketed by traditional physical controls for the best of both worlds, and supports macros for shortening multi-step processes - like turning on the TV, choosing source, and powering up your surround sound speakers - into a single tap.

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LG Optimus Vu II adds universal remote to the phablet mashup

LG Optimus Vu II adds universal remote to the phablet mashup

Infrared is making a comeback, and LG is hoping its new Optimus Vu II special edition - and a companion universal remote app - will earn it pride of place in the living room. Set to arrive in South Korea in September, the Optimus Vu II will control over 300 brands of TV, set-top boxes, A/V equipment and other technology, with the new QRemote app automatically recognizing when you're at home.

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