The Xbox One Is Turning Your Phone Into the Only Remote You Need

If you have cable, the Xbox One's TV-controlling powers are a great feature; having a list of just the channels you watch is how all cable-surfing should be. But if you have cable, you probably also have a DVR, and the Xbox One has been useless at controlling it. Until now. » 4/01/14 11:00am 4/01/14 11:00am

The One Thing Apple TV Needs to Take Over Your Living Room

Apple has already stopped calling Apple TV a "hobby." It's too important now to the company's future, and too successful in its own right. But the thing that pushes Apple TV into your living room won't be any one box redesign or killer app. It'll be the remote. » 3/19/14 1:49pm 3/19/14 1:49pm

The Secret Method to Skip Commercials with One Button on Your DVR

DVRs have made all our lives better, that's a verifiable fact. But fast forwarding through our DVRs is an inexact science, sometimes we skip too far and have to slowly rewind with awkward button combinations. Other times we're too fearful of faster forwarding that we cut it off with too much left to go. No worries.… » 10/03/13 7:23pm 10/03/13 7:23pm

Touch-Sensitive Buttons Will Let New TV Remotes Recognize Gestures

There's all kinds of fancy touchscreen remotes available today, but when you're absent-mindedly watching TV, physical buttons mean you don't have to constantly look down to change the channel. That's not to say that touchscreen capabilities like gestures aren't handy, which is why Philips has developed a new kind of » 9/19/13 12:40pm 9/19/13 12:40pm

There's Such a Thing as Remote-Controlled Dogs Now (Yes, Real Dogs)

So here's a weird scenario: You're sitting on your porch stuffing your face with cheesy grits and you can't find your dog. You can't yell at her because your mouth is full of grits, and you can't get up because sitting on the porch is damn relaxing. What you need is a remote control. For your dog. » 9/04/13 5:40pm 9/04/13 5:40pm

5 Apps to Turn Your Phone into a Universal Remote

Controlling your home theater system used to be easy—you simply told your kid to turn the knob and presto, Honeymooners. But today's home theater packed with feature-rich TVs, cable boxes, AV receivers, and streaming boxes—and all demanding their own remotes—there's no way the little guy can keep up. Instead, replace… » 3/11/13 2:00pm 3/11/13 2:00pm

This Complicated Remote Brings Back Terrible Memories

There's no definitive proof that the creators of this incredibly complicated button-laden remote drew their inspiration from Nokia's ill-fated N-Gage gaming phone, but there are enough similarities to spark some uncomfortable flashbacks. The Fly Mouse is designed to replace your mouse, keyboard, and TV remote with an… » 11/02/12 9:07am 11/02/12 9:07am

Giant Smashable Mute Button Silences Commercials With a Vengeance

At some point in your life you're going to reach the stage where A) you can't stand to listen to the horrible drivel and jingles spewed forth by TV commercials and B) your failing eyesight and dexterity will make it nigh impossible to find the mute button on your remote before your show returns. So the Smash Mute might … » 8/27/12 5:40pm 8/27/12 5:40pm

The First Wireless TV Remote Looked and Worked Like a Sci-Fi Ray Gun

As we mourn the passing of Eugene J. Polley, it's worth taking a look back at his seminal invention that changed how we all lounge about watching TV. But when the first commercial wireless remote control appeared way back in 1955, it bared little resemblance to the remotes we use today. » 5/23/12 2:20pm 5/23/12 2:20pm

Griffin's Beacon Universal Remote Now Takes Orders From Android Devices

When we reviewed Griffin's Beacon back in July, we found it to be one of the easiest to use smartphone universal remote solutions on the market. As long as your smartphone was an iPhone. Android users have had a bit of a wait on their hands, but the Beacon is now available for use with phones and tablets running… » 11/08/11 4:10pm 11/08/11 4:10pm