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I've seen one of those funny, captioned pictures you so often see on the internet with one of those big, multi-buttoned TV remotes that some one had fixed for their grandmother to use.  They had taped over every button except for the power, channel up/down, and volume up/down so their less than tech-savvy family member [...]

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This is the universal remote control for the dedicated Star Trek fan.  This Star Trek Original Phaser Universal Remote Control is an exacting replica of a Star Trek phaser.  It was 3D scanned from the last remaining prop phaser in existence, and it has a detachable MK I phaser unit (seen on the top).  The [...]

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Here's another Father's Day gift idea - this time for the A/V-loving guys.  The new Harmony Ultimate remote from Logitech is the ultimate remote control.  The Harmony Ultimate can control up to 15 devices, including the TV, cable boxes, media boxes, game consoles like PS3, Wii, or Xbox (with the remote's Bluetooth functionality), and even [...]

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How many audio/video home entertainment components do you own? Do you use a separate remote control for each one? Are you the designated controller in your family because no one else can figure out how to start the TV, satellite and DVR? Have you ever been at work when you get a call something like [...]

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Plug this little paperclip-sized dongle into the 30-pin connector on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and your Apple device can serve as a powerful universal remote control.  The Zapper from VooMote uses the free VooMote Zapper app from iTunes to let you control virtually all the A/V devices in your house.  You can define [...]

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Once you have a home theater setup your mind starts to wander to the myriad of remote controls that you are now the proud owner-operator of.  You start to wonder how you are going to help your partner in life, your children, and your parents operate your shiny new entertainment system.  With remotes for your [...]

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The Clicker has been mentioned in passing in a gift-ideas post last year, but I thought it might deserve its own post this gift-giving season.  The Clicker universal remote control was designed by a Civil Engineer/building contractor.  He worked for years perfecting his idea of incorporating a bottle opener into a remote control - to [...]

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I recently reviewed my shopping experience at outfitYOURS.com, and I received a Beacon Universal Remote Control System for iOS Devices by Griffin from them.  I have spent some time getting the Beacon set up, and let's just say that experience wasn't as easy as my shopping experience was.  I finally have the Beacon set up [...]

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The Beacon universal remote control system from Griffin Technology bridges the gap between your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and your home theater equipment.  You'll install the Dijit remote control app from the iTune's app store and use Bluetooth to pair your iOS device to Beacon - no more tiny IR transmitters to plug into [...]

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The new 8" Android tablet from Vizio is now available for pre-order.  The VTAB1008-1 tablet will have the V.I.A. Plus interface on the Android 2.3 platform.  It has 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, and a built-in GPS.  It has the usual tablet features:  capacitive multi-touch touchscreen (1024X768), front-facing camera for video chatting, accelerometer, and 10-hour battery life. [...]

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Even though I’ve owned tons of audio/video equipment over the years, I’ve never had a universal remote.  The best ones always were very expensive, and the ones I could afford never seemed to actually have enough buttons to handle all the functions of my various pieces of equipment.  And who could remember how all those [...]

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