Living room set-top boxes have become increasingly sophisticated, but they can still feel backward any time you need to input a long password or search term using an onscreen keyboard.
Logitech's new Harmony Smart Keyboard ($150 list) is aimed squarely at that problem. It's a full-size keyboard that lets you type on (most of) your living room devices, while also offering total living room control in the manner of a typical Harmony universal remote.
If you've been following this series, you'll know that I explained the LAN and WAN ports on a home router in part 1. And now, I need to tell you how you can use this information to remotely access your device at home. For example, if you know how to use Remote Desktop, a built-in feature of Windows, to control a computer in a different room of your home, how about doing that from somewhere away from home, and save … Read more
You can already control the Xbox One with your voice, gestures, or a game controller, but sometimes you just want an old-fashioned remote.
Microsoft announced yesterday that it will release the Xbox One Media Remote in early March for $25. The remote can control the Xbox One, but is also capable of controlling other devices, such as a TV or AV receiver, by firing out commands via the Kinect. (It's unclear exactly what wireless technology the remote itself uses.) It also features backlighting as well as motion-sensing, so the buttons illuminate when you pick it up -- crucial for … Read more
Web guru and Android enthusiast Tim Bray has announced he's leaving Google. Why? Because he wants to work from home.
"It's an amicable separation in the face of irreconcilable differences: I wouldn't move to California and Google wouldn't open a Vancouver office," Bray wrote in a blog post. "Both before and after being hired, I had been asked to consider moving south. I didn't want to and politely declined. Eventually, the group I'm in politely informed me that staying remote wasn't an option."
Not one to mince words, Bray … Read more
Xbox One owners will soon be able to buy a Media Remote to handle the entertainment on their consoles.
Slated to arrive in early March, the Xbox One Media Remote will let console users direct the playback of Blu-ray discs as well as streaming video, Microsoft said on Thursday. Dedicated Back and OneGuide buttons will offer access to TV shows and movies listed on the Xbox One's program guide.
Xbox One users will also be able to use the Media Remote on their TVs to control the power and volume through Kinect, which can talk directly to your TV … Read more
Smart home networks are rapidly gaining popularity, but some security experts worry that not enough encryption controls are coming with the products.
Security firm IOActive released an advisory (PDF) on Tuesday saying more than half a million Belkin WeMo devices are susceptible to widespread hacks. The firm uncovered several vulnerabilities in these devices, which would let hackers gain access to home networks and remotely control Internet-connected appliances.
The hacks could range from a mean-spirited prank to actually posing a danger. For example, they could be as benign as turning someone's house lights on-and-off to something dangerous like getting a … Read more
Instead of requiring another app to control Keynote presentations from another device, Apple updated Keynote on iOS to act as a remote.
In order to get the remote functionality to work, there's some extra steps you'll need to take both on your iOS device, and your Mac.
Before you can control a presentation on another device (Mac or iOS), you'll need to enable remote control. To enable it on a Mac, launch Keynote and click on File > Preferences. From there, select the Remotes section and check the box to enable the feature.
On iOS, you'll … Read more