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August Connect boosts home automation with remote access

August Connect boosts home automation with remote access

August has announced its new August Connect, a device that aims to make life (and home automation) easier by giving the maker's Smart Lock an always-there Internet connection for remote access (as well as use with other connected gadgets). The August Connect is a hardware unit that is separate from the lock itself, plugging into an outlet on the wall and connecting to one's existing WiFi network. From there, users can access several new features in regards to the August Smart Lock, all of which make life a bit easier and one's home more robust.

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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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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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Parallels Access now support iPhones and Android devices

Parallels Access now support iPhones and Android devices

Parallels, which prides itself for its easy to use remote access to Windows PCs and Macs, is now expanding to the rest of the mobile world. The latest version of its Parallels Access mobile app not only supports Android tablets but also the smaller sizes of the iPhone and Android smartphones as well.

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Michael Dell goes on record supporting remote workers

Michael Dell goes on record supporting remote workers

Working from home took a hit earlier in the year when Marissa Mayer decided that all Yahoo employees would need to start working from a company office. The changes at Yahoo were then followed by Best Buy who similarly, pulled remote workers back into an office setting. There has been plenty of back and forth on the topic since, however it looks like not all feel the same way as Yahoo and Best Buy.

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SlickWraps Apple TV remote glow in the dark skins make the remote easy to find

SlickWraps Apple TV remote glow in the dark skins make the remote easy to find

If you like to watch TV in the dark, you have probably lost you remote more than a few times and had trouble finding it again. I know it seems like every time the remote slips off the arm of my couch, it ends up as far under the couch as it can go. It's even easier to lose smaller remote controls like the one that comes with the Apple TV.

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Audiovox ShutterBall Bluetooth remote makes taking smartphone selfies a snap

Audiovox ShutterBall Bluetooth remote makes taking smartphone selfies a snap

Audiovox has announced a new spherical remote shutter control designed specifically for smartphone cameras. The remote control is called the ShutterBall and works with several the most popular smartphones on the market. The goal of the ShutterBall is to make it easy for users to take self-portraits using their smartphone.

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PlayStation Vita Remote Play turns on PS4

PlayStation Vita Remote Play turns on PS4

Back in May, Sony confirmed gamers would be able to play all of their PlayStation 4 games on the PlayStation Vita thanks to Remote Play. We got a good, hands-on look at this ability at Gamescom 2013, along with word of a price cut. Even so, it's looking like Remote Play functionality extends beyond mere gameplay this time around, allowing users to turn the PS4 on using the portable device.

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Google+ Hangouts get Remote Desktop feature using Chrome technology

Google+ Hangouts get Remote Desktop feature using Chrome technology

Google+ has just issued an update that brings the remote desktop feature to Hangouts. With Hangouts Remote Desktop, your friends can give you permission to control their desktop through the Hangouts app. Because you're in a Hangout, you are still able to see each other and voice chat with each other while you're controlling the other person's computer, making troubleshooting much easier.

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Best Buy follows Yahoo and cancels work-from-home program

Best Buy follows Yahoo and cancels work-from-home program

For some reason, Best Buy believes that it's a good idea to follow Yahoo's example and forbid its workers from working from home. Considering all of the angry feedback Yahoo received from its employees as well as all of the negative press written about its structure change, you would think Best Buy would stay away from the idea. But no, it's decided to cancel its flexible work plan, entitled ROWE (Results-Only Work Environment).

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Yahoo no longer allows workers to work from home

Yahoo no longer allows workers to work from home

It looks like Yahoo's homepage isn't the only thing getting a revamp. Yahoo is also gearing up to revamp its entire working structure. In a memo released out to all of the employees who work for Yahoo, working from home will no longer be an option. That's right, those who work full-time from home and those who only work a few days from home will all have to work straight from various Yahoo offices starting in June.

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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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