The popular Apple TV Remote app has finally received a much-needed iOS 7-themed face lift. The update adds a clean, flat look with a tasteful translucent aesthetic that gives it depth. The Remote app is not yet 64-bit optimized, but perhaps it will in the next subsequent update similar to the update cycle of the AirPort Utility, which received a redesign update first then became 64-bit ready in the sunsequent release. Remote is now iTunes 11.1 ready and is a unversal binary, compatible with all iOS devices. Here’s a list of what's new in Remote:
- Control iTunes and Apple TV from anywhere in your home
- A simplified look with new ways to browse your library
- See upcoming songs with Up Next
- See all songs in an album with Expanded view on an iPad
- Add new songs to hear them next and then automatically continue where you left off
- Browse, listen to, and control your iTunes Match library on Apple TV
- Pause, rewind, fast-forward, shuffle, and adjust the volume from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
- View album, movie, and TV show artwork
- Create and update iTunes playlists, including Genius playlists
- Search your entire iTunes library
- Control iTunes to send music to AirPlay speakers
- Control the volume on each speaker independently
- Use simple gestures to control Apple TV
- Enter text with the keyboard
- Control shared libraries on iTunes and the new Apple TV
What's New In This Version:
- This version of Remote has been completely redesigned for iOS 7 and adds support for iTunes 11.1.
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Along with arrival of iTunes 11, Apple has released version 3.0 of its popular univeral Remote app for iOS. The updates has iTunes 11 support and is said to be simpler and easier to use. Plus, Apple included a redesigned experience for the iPad version which has better search and album expanded views. More after the break.
It has been a while since we covered a Klipsch product, but the company just announced the new Image S4i, “an in-ear headset that combines the company’s acclaimed sound performance and amazing comfort value with a unique in-line microphone and remote.”
It’s designed for iPhone and iPod users, and features Apple’s advanced three-button microphone and remote system that can handle voice and/or music controls. By the way, the Image S4i works seamlessly with the iPhone 3GS, and the latest releases of iPods. It is also compatible with the Apple VoiceOver feature on the 3rd gen iPod Shufle, so you can hear the name of the playlist, song, or artist.
The Klipsch Image S4i is planned for release in August, at a price of $99.99.
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Alarm.com has released a free app for iPhone for those who already have one of their systems. You still have full control over your system from anywhere you are and can arm/disarm if necessary. With included tools, receive real time updates on your home, watch live and recorded feeds and check event histories of past occurrences. Kudos to Alarm.com for coming up with a clever way to possibly drum up some new business.
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For those of you who use the Apple Remote app to control your iTunes and Apple TV experiences, hit up iTunes to grab the latest update to the app. Remote version 1.3 states that it can “control your Apple TV with simple finger gestures,” which is good enough for us. If you have an Apple TV and have yet to try the Remote app, we highly recommend it. It’s free, and it’s much faster to navigate to content with than using the actual Apple remote control.
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CTA Digital’s Wii Bowling Ball enables its user to treat it almost like a regular ball (but don’t let go.) Open it up with the release button, place your Wii-mote inside then attach wrist strap and place your thumb and three fingers in the holes. The ball is compatible with all games that use the Wii remote including Brunswick Pro Bowling, Ten Pin Alley 2 and AMF Bowling: World Lanes and will soon be available where other accessories are sold.
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Sharp has released DL-L60AV LED bulbs that are energy efficient, have a long service life and have no mercury. They screw in like ordinary incandescent lamps and feature an adjustable color function that allows users to alter the white light to seven different shades. It also has a built-in dimmer for brightness adjustment. Available in Japan for now, it comes with remote. While the upfront price may be more than an ordinary bulb, Sharp says that they can run for 11 hours at a cost of only 1 Yen (~$.01) and has a service life of about 40,000 hours.
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You can finally get back at the neighbors’ kids with this Remote Controlled Water Cannon. It can shoot a stream up to 100 ft. Connect it to a hose and use one of three interchangeable nozzles (spray, mist, and stream.) The weapon can rotate 270 degrees and the barrel can be raised 20 degrees and lowered 5 degrees. The cannon needs 4 C batteries and one 9 volt (not included.) Expect a June 22 ship date when you pre-order for $59.99.
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THQ one-upped the President in gift giving by sending their latest Wii title, “Big Family Games,” to the Queen of England. They also shipped her a gold-plated system with Remote and Nunchuck. The company stated the Royal Family is the most important one in the country and therefore needed one. While this is great publicity for THQ, we wonder if the monarch will send them a framed portrait as she did for the First Family. And, by the way, shouldn’t they send one to them too, as Sasha and Melia are certainly at an age to appreciate the gift.
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Nintendo is releasing its new Wii MotionPlus on June 8. The accessory should give gamers finer detail and better accuracy with less movement. Easily attachable to the Remote, it will be available for $19.99.
The company also announced that Wii Sports Resort will launch July 26, a beach themed version of Wii Sports. Throw a Frisbee, cruise on a water scooter and more for $49.99. Each purchase of the new game will include one Wii MotionPlus.
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