Remotes

MeLE F10 BT Bluetooth 4.0 Airmouse Features IR Learning

The MeLE F10 BT is a new Bluetooth Airmouse from MeLE. Following up on the excellent F10 Deluxe, the F10 BT features a airmouse functionality, a full QWERTY keyboard and a gaming mode. It even features IR learning, allowing you to control your other devices such as TVs by learning their remote’s IR signals.

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However, the MeLE F10 BT has changed somewhat from its predecessor. As revealed by it’s name, the new airmouse has swapped out 2.4GHz wireless for Bluetooth 4.0. This should make it a breeze to pair with devices and also sip power so I’m expecting decent battery life. The internal rechargeable battery has also been replaced by 2 AAA batteries.

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It’s clear that the MeLE F10 BT is targeting the Android TV box market, with Android specific keys. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a right-click button which is a shame but those using frontends like Kodi on their HTPCs won’t miss it. I’ve been told that the return button is actually right click so no need to worry.

MeLE have been producing some excellent products of late, such as the PCG01 Mini PC,  so I’m looking forward to seeing just how good the MeLE F10 BT is.

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Getting One

The MeLE F10 BT will be available in September for $19.99 with free shipping. Store availability is to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Yatse, the Kodi Remote for Android, pulled from Google Play

Yatse, the Kodi Remote app for Android, has been been suddenly pulled from the Google Play store after 2 and a half years. Developer Tolriq announced the bad news on the Yatse Google+ page Friday.

At this stage, Tolriq is still trying to understand why the app was suddenly removed, with Google stating it was removed for “violation of the intellectual property and impersonation or deceptive behavior provisions of the Content Policy” – an obscure description at best.

Some rumors pointed to Team Kodi being involved, particularly given the recent release of the official Kore remote app. However, Team Kodi have officially stated they had no involvement and offered to support Tolriq in trying to resolve the issue.

Rest assured we’ll post an update if the situation changes.

[via Yatse Google+ Page]
Logitech Harmony Home Remote

New Logitech Harmony Home Range Adds Home Automation

Home Automation is an exciting part of the modern household. However, whilst the availability of more user-friendly and economical home automation devices have come to the market there is still the issue of interoperability. Devices such as the Nest Thermostat or Phillip’s Hue range are awesome but tying them all together is tough.

The new Logitech Harmony Living Home range aims to change that, integrating control of various smart devices into a central control hub. The Logitech Harmony remotes have traditionally been the solution to integrating all your home theatre components, so the move into other devices is welcome.

Smart devices from companies such as Kwikset, Smarthings and Honeywell are supported by the new Logitech Harmony Home line. This is in addition to previous support of smart devices such as Phillips’ Hue Smart Bulbs and the Nest Thermostat.

Home automation support is added via an upgraded version of the Harmony Smart Hub that shipped with Logitech’s Smart devices. Called the Logitech Harmony Home Hub, the new unit adds support for these new home automation devices via whilst offering control via the Harmony Remote or Logitech’s free Harmony app. The new control is essentially an upgraded version of the Harmony Ultimate Remote, adding touch-screen controls for supported home automation devices that you have added.

Logitech will be shipping the Harmony Living Home devices later this month. Recommended retail pricing is $99.99 for the standalone Logitech Harmony Home Hub , with the Home Control and Ultimate Home kits retailing for $149.99 and $349.99 respectively.

Those of you looking for an amazing Universal remote for your home theatre in the meantime should look at the Logitech Harmony 650 which we recently reviewed.

Looking forward to integrating all your smart devices? Let us know in the comments.

[via Logitech]
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Logitech Harmony 650 Review

Introduction

I’ve written about my love of the Logitech Harmony series of remotes several times, and even covered how to set them up. But for the discerning buyer (or if you’re as detail-obsessed as I am), simply being told something is awesome is not enough. That said, I’ve decided to review the Logitech Harmony 650, which has been a staple of my home theatre system for a number of years. Even though this remote has been in the market for a while, it continues to be one of the best – attractive, simple to use and setup and helps you shelve the 500 other remotes you’ll inevitably have as you expand your home theatre setup.

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