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Logitech Harmony unveils 2 new universal remotes

Posted by Alan at 8:11 AM on April 16, 2013

The Harmony line of universal remotes is a favorite in many living rooms, but the lineup has stagnated in recent times, with only the Harmony Touch being added and that came with mixed reviews. Rumors of Logitech refreshing the line have been around for several months, but today the company did just that.

Logitech’s Chad Thompson announced “the expansion of its Harmony universal remote control lineup with Logitech Harmony Ultimate and Logitech Harmony Smart Control“. Thompson goes on to elaborate “both products feature Logitech’s new Harmony Hub and Harmony Smartphone App to enable closed-cabinet and game console control. And, for the first time ever, Harmony can even help you set the mood in your living room: the Harmony Hub takes personalizing your activities a step further with the ability to control your Philips Hue lights with a tap of the Logitech Harmony Ultimate”.

I currently use a bottom of the line Harmony 300 and have been waiting for the new line to finally debut. The day has arrived and I suppose I must now spend some money, but I still will not be paying for that Philips Hue light bulb, no matter how cool it looks.

Unified Remote for Android 2 Day Sale

Posted by Alan at 4:55 AM on April 14, 2013

There are remote control apps available on Android to control almost everything. I can control my DirecTV, Blue Ray player, Windows Media Center and Google TV, but how about PC-based apps? Unified Remote Full (there is a free version with much less functionality) can handle anything from your web browser to online and desktop-based services.

To celebrate its two year anniversary the developer is holding a two day sale, pricing the full version at $0.99, which is 70 percent off of the regular price.

unified remote

The app comes with widgets, WiFi and Bluetooth capability, hardware volume control, server detection, auto-pause media for phone calls, wake on LAN, voice commands and much more.

The full version of Unified Remote can control the following lengthy list of applications.

* Custom Remotes
* Boxee (Keyboard)
* Boxee (Web)
* BSPlayer
* Chrome
* Firefox
* foobar2000
* Google Music
* Hulu Desktop
* Hulu Web
* Internet Explorer
* iTunes
* J River Media Center
* Monitor
* Media Portal
* MediaMonkey
* MPC HC
* Netflix
* Opera
* Pandora
* Picasa
* PowerPoint Advanced
* PowerPoint Basic
* Send Text
* Spotify Advanced
* Tellstick
* Tellstick Live (new!)
* USB-UIRT Helper
* Winamp
* Windows Photo Viewer
* VLC (Web)
* XBMC (Keyboard)
* XBMC (Web)
* XBMC Media
* XBMC Advanced (new!)