universal remote

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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VooMote Zapper iPhone Universal Remote Control Review

VooMote Zapper iPhone Universal Remote Control Review

The device you're about to see is a tiny piece of technology that plugs into the 30-pin port on your iPhone, your iPod Touch, or your iPad. What you'll get when you connect to the application that comes free from the iTunes App Store is a universal remote for essentially any television-connected device you've got in your living room. We've got the original release of the VooMote Zapper here, and what you'll see is only the beginning of your VooMote experience.

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Samsung Smart Touch Control revealed and detailed

Samsung Smart Touch Control revealed and detailed

Samsung has officially dropped details on its upcoming 2012 upgrade to the Smart TV world with its Samsung Smart Touch Control, complete with touchpad, Edge, and voice control. This controller will work with Samsung's entire 2012 range of Smart TV units including the ES8000 which will be the first to be working with this remote's voice recognition engine. Other than that, Samsung TVs, set-top box, and Blu-ray players will all function well with this magic stick.

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Bridge controller hits Kickstarter, controls just about everything

Bridge controller hits Kickstarter, controls just about everything

A bunch of the stuff in your entertainment center probably has has the ability to type for searches and other things. The catch is that most of us lack a remote control that has a keyboard and if you have a bunch of components, you may have a bunch of remotes too. A new device on Kickstarter is aiming to control just about everything with one controller that also has a keyboard.

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