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Video: The Best Universal Remote You Can Buy

Last week Dan from The Verge proclaimed “a really good universal remote can really make your life a lot easier”, and who doesn’t want that right. Juggling a bunch of remotes when all you want to do is watch some TV is a pain in the neck. A good universal remote solves this problem for […]

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Simple Hub is New Android Powered Hardware for Smart Home Control

Simple Control (formerly Roomie Remote) have just added the new Simple Hub to their product line-up. This ‘Simple Sync + Hub’ combination of the new Android powered hardware and the sync software adds advanced Simple Control features… The Simple Sync + Hub is a the best way to add Simple Sync to your system. The Simple Hub has […]

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Roomie Remote Rebrands as Simple Control – Adds New Features

The app that turns your iPhone or iPad into an amazingly powerful universal controller, Roomie Remote now has a new name, Simple Control. The Simple Control app should roll out across the App Store later today and it’s now free. “Prior purchases of the app grant credit for a 3 Device Pack (regardless of whether you originally purchased 2 […]

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Logitech Reveal New Harmony Elite Smart Remote with Home Automation

As part of refreshed line-up, Logitech have announced their new top-end universal remote, the Harmony Elite. Logitech say the Elite delivers the same feature set as the Harmony 950, paired with the power of the Harmony Hub. It can control many aspects of a smart home including connected devices like Philips Hue, LIFX lights, August smart locks, […]

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Pronto Returns with New Bluetooth to IR Gateway & Peel Smart Remote App

If you were an early adopter in the 90’s you will probably remember the Pronto line of universal remote controls with fondness. After suffering a sudden demise in 2010 the Pronto brand is back from the dead and has been re-launch at last weeks international CES in Las Vegas. This isn’t your Father’s Pronto. Rather a new […]

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Exclusive: We Talk to Roomie Remote – First Look at New Hardware

With the release of Roomie Remote v3.0 and rumours of some special new hardware we took the opportunity to talk to founder Will Price about the future of his amazing App that turns your smartphone into a powerful universal remote. Hi Will, for someone that’s never seen Roomie before, can you explain the concept and advantages in […]

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Review: IP Control of Your IR Gear with Global Caché iTach IP2IR

Expensive dedicated universal remotes are increasingly going the way of the dodo in all but the most bespoke of smart homes. The proliferation of touchscreen smartphones and tablets coupled to the growing number of devices that can be controlled by IP means they are becoming less relevant.  But IR control is still a requirement in most […]

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Video: Logitech Harmony Keyboard Controls Your Living Room

Logitech have just announced their new Harmony Keyboard. Aimed squarely at the living room, couch potatoes can rejoice as now there’s an easy way to search for shows, navigate menus and browse the Web on a PC or Mac connected to your TV or Internet-connected media devices, like an Apple TV, Roku, PS3 or Xbox. As with […]

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Savant Ships Wi-Fi Remote Control

Savant has announced it’s shipping its Wi-Fi-based Universal Remote.  The unit features a new user interface and a 1.7-inch colour display. The 35 programmable hard buttons are backlit and the remote features two-way feedback from compatible devices using Wi-Fi and Savant Solutions Apple based home automation equipment. Customisation is via the RacePoint Blueprint design software […]

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OpenRemote Integrates with Sonos

In the same way as broadcasted television and video playback has changed into streaming, IP-TV and “on-demand” watching whenever you like, wherever you like, also playback of music is changing. A music system should nowadays be a part of the home automation system, being able to set-up for different scenarios. It should also be able to be controlled from where […]

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