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Ed Bott: Logitech Harmony remote control
Ed Bott, ZDNet contributor, award-winning technology writer and Microsoft expert said:
This certainly isn't a business tool, but it's an essential gadget for sure.
The Logitech Harmony remote control.
I've owned a couple of these. The current one I have is about five years old and just keeps plugging away.
The easiest way to explain it is that this device saves marriages.
You use a web configuration utility to set up your home theater, XBox, cable box, Apple TV, and other audio/video equipment. And then you put all the individual remote controls in a drawer and you use a single remote that actually controls everything, intelligently. It doesn’t take a lot of tech knowledge to program it, and it takes no tech knowledge to use it. Perfect for mixed marriages (one's a gearhead, the other's not) and for houseguests.
I can't imagine going back to needing two or three separate remotes.
Product: Logitech Harmony remote control
Blog: The Ed Bott Report
Larry Seltzer: Panasonic cordless phones
Larry Seltzer, ZDNet contributor and security expert said:
We got a new set of Panasonic cordless phones recently, and you can pair two cell phones with the base station, so that when a call (or text!) comes in to the cell phones it’s reflected out to the cordless phones. As a result, we can leave our cell phones in one spot near the base station to charge and then pick up calls to them just about anywhere in the house.
We have a landline, but I hear people often use these sets to go all-cellular.
Product: Panasonic cordless phones
Blog: Zero Day