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Satechi Bluetooth Smart Pointer remote launches with support for Android

Satechi has announced their latest product offering, the Bluetooth Smart Pointer. And while the name may not draw all that much in terms of excitement, when you think of the pointer as a remote, there is a bit more to talk about. That said, the Smart Pointer is compatible with Android devices and brings a multimedia mode and a presentation mode.

Onlive’s LA Noire gets native touschscreen controls

As exciting as a service like Onlive is for mobile gamers, its utility for more complex games is diminished somewhat by the limitation of translating a control scheme designed for a device with dozens of buttons and dual joysticks into a touchscreen experience. At least one of Onlive's offerings is working around that: Rockstar's 2011 hit LA Noir is getting touch-native controls on Android, granting a more friendly touch-based user interface that dynamically adjusts depending upon the game's situation. This makes the Onlive version of LA Noir play more like a tablet game and less like a remote-controlled experience.

HTC adds LogMeIn Rescue remote support to future phones

Beats and MOG aren't the only things that HTC will be including with all its new phones starting with the One series. The Taiwanese manufacturer has partnered with popular remote access software maker LogMeIn to bring a remote support app to Android phones. LogMeIn Rescue (a free download in the Google Play Store) is designed to allow HTC's technical support team to connect to and control a smartphone across a wireless network, in pretty much the exact same way that the LogMeIn software for desktops works.

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 coming in May, pre-orders start tomorrow

If you loved the original Parrot AR Drone but couldn't afford hundreds of dollars to spend on a flying remote-control quadcopter, here's hoping you've been saving your pennies for the last year. The second iteration of the smartphone-controlled Drone has been confirmed for a May release. Even better, you can reserve your very own starting tomorrow, March 1st. Brookstone has the exclusive pre-order page, so check their website tomorrow if you're interested.

Tankbot lets you control tiny desktop warfare via your Android device

You're never too old to enjoy the simple pleasure of remote control toys. And the tiny, cheap remote cars and helicopters that have sprung up in the last couple of years are no exception - plus, they're great for driving pets nuts. If you'd like to integrate your remote-controlled fun with your unabashed Android nerdiness, Desk Pets has you covered with their new Tankbot. The tiny plastic robots can operate independently, or be directly controlled via your smartphone.

Griffin’s Beacon Universal Remote Control turns any Android device into a remote

Ever since the faithful old infrared port started disheartening from Palm Pilots, I've been wondering how one might replicate the functionality of the universal remote control programs that graced PalmOS. Today Android owners can get a simulacrum of that experience with the Griffin's Beacon Universal Remote Control system, which will connect with Dijit Media's remote app to control any home theater device with an IR remote. The $69.99 system is shipping from Griffin and major retailers now.
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