Apple Would Like Universal Remote

apple_universal_remote_blueprintAn intriguing and innovative patent application, which was registered by Apple in September 2011, has appeared.  The patent app explains a new universal remote control program that appears to be unique to Apple. Named Apparatus and Method to Facilitate Universal Remote Control, the application proceeds to describe a universal remote control that has a user-friendly UI [...]

Netflix Tip – Get Alerted When New Titles are Released

if_netflix_then_rssIf you want to make certain you are aware of all of the new uploads on Netflix and don't want something more personal than InstantWatcher.com there is an option you can add to your home setup.  Think of it as a different type of home automation.  Using RSS and your favorite feedreader you can now [...]

Is This the Future of TV Remotes?

gesture-remoteA lot of attention has been paid to the interfaces of the Smart Tvs and the media software that runs on them but very little has been said about the TV remote. From humble beginnings the average remote now has more buttons than the space shuttle and requires similar training to operate it. As we [...]

Frequent TV Upgrades Planned by Google

google_tv_logoGoogle has stated that its most recent television version will be receiving yearly software updates, in addition to voice search and customized suggestions. Google said that it is intending to update its Google TV software by the end of 2012, incorporating new content as well as more customized recommendations and keeping its yearly software upgrade plan.  [...]

D-Link High-End Home Networking Earns Honor at CES

d-link_dir-857An announcement has been made by D-Link stating that it has been named as an International CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its amplifi™ HD Media Router 3000 (DIR-857) with SharePort™ Mobile app.  Items that are entered into this exclusive program are evaluated by a leading panel of independent commercial designers, members [...]

Momentum Increase for Home Automation Technology

time_warner_cable_intelligent_homeAs a number of the country’s biggest telecommunications and cable organizations keep making their drive into the home security industry, the usage of home automation technology has increased substantially.  On Monday one of the companies that is seeing the advantages of this trend, iControl Networks, made an announcement that its OpenHome software program is going [...]

Home Networks Make the Move to Cloud

mydlink_cloud logoIt isn’t just businesses that are making the move to cloud computing.  At CES, leaders in home networking Netgear and D-Link are exhibiting a variety of products that utilise cloud services to provide customers with more access to and more management of home networks – and network content – from mobile devices.   Cloud features are increasingly [...]

Apple-Based Automation Control Systems Showcasing at CES

savant_ipadAn announcement has been made by Savant Systems LLC declaring that they are going to be presenting a media, automation and control system at CES 2012 in relation to Savant's scalable SmartMedia answer, which is aimed at an extensive customer market section.  As well as managing security cameras, climate, lighting and more, the adaptable SmartMedia [...]