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There are now 4 billion smartphones on Earth (only 3.9 billion with cracked screens)

There are now 4 billion smartphones on Earth (only 3.9 billion with cracked screens)

The last decade or so of worldwide culture has been defined by one thing: immediate and growing access to data. The biggest change is, of course, the shift from old-fashioned cell phones to smartphones, giving users in every geographical and economic niche access to the width and breadth of the internet everywhere they go. A recent analytical report has put that cultural shift into clear focus: half the people on the planet now own a smartphone.

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Google announced a replacement for the Android TV remote app

Google announced a replacement for the Android TV remote app

As part of the I/O festivities, Google has just announced its plans to make Android phones into Android TV compatible remotes. Of course, that's already a thing, but Google wants to build this into Android itself (presumably, via Play Services), and it should make everything from setting up a new service to finding a new show to watch that much easier.

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New TeamViewer setting makes those help sessions with your family more secure

New TeamViewer setting makes those help sessions with your family more secure

TeamViewer is among the most established remote support services that may have been a boon to your family during the pandemic — it helps remote into their computers to fix all of their tech problems. But remote computer or phone takeovers always come with inherent risks when bad actors are involved. To further secure the process, TeamViewer has introduced a 2-factor authentication option to allow or deny connections.

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How long will your Logitech Harmony remote keep working?

How long will your Logitech Harmony remote keep working?

A couple of days ago Logitech announced the end of its long-running Harmony universal remote line in a rather un-ceremonial forum post. The writing has been on the wall for a while; the last major Harmony release was almost two years ago, and that was an expensive dud. But it's still a blow to a community of dedicated hi-fi users who've loved these gadgets for almost 20 years.

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Google TV Android app preps remote control interface

Google TV Android app preps remote control interface

Google has completely revamped the Play Movies & TV app as Google TV, and it looks like the new app is about to get some more functionality. 9to5Google has uncovered some strings that point at the integration of an on-screen remote, seemingly replacing the aging Android TV Remote Control app last updated in 2017.

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How to control Chromecast with Google TV volume using your phone

How to control Chromecast with Google TV volume using your phone

The Chromecast with Google TV isn't like your old Chromecast — it's the first to come with proper Android TV and a remote that even works with your TV or soundbar. However, that's where some problems are introduced. Depending on how you've set up the Chromecast remote, you might notice that it's become impossible to control the volume via Google Assistant or your handset when you cast from your phone. Here's what you need to know if you want to enable that functionality.

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You can remap the new Chromecast's Netflix and YouTube remote buttons

You can remap the new Chromecast's Netflix and YouTube remote buttons

The new Chromecast with Google TV is the first Chromecast to have a dedicated remote, and it comes with some useful extra buttons for the Assistant, YouTube, and Netflix. Voice control will probably come in handy for almost everyone, but what if you don't use YouTube and Netflix often enough to justify that extra space on the remote? As it turns out, there's an option and an app for that.

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Casting to Android TVs is going to get a whole lot better with Cast Connect

Casting to Android TVs is going to get a whole lot better with Cast Connect

Google's new Cast Connect library might sound a bit snore, but it should make casting to Android TV devices a whole lot better. With it, developers can do a few new things, but by far the most important is that it will allow hardware remotes to control 'casted playback, and apps can open Chromecast streams remotely into the same app on your Android TV.

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Get the Logitech Harmony Elite remote for $230 ($40 off) at multiple retailers

Get the Logitech Harmony Elite remote for $230 ($40 off) at multiple retailers

What's better than a universal remote? How about a universal remote with a touch screen that also controls your smart home stuff? Logitech's super-versatile Harmony Elite remote is now down to $230 at multiple stores, a $40 discount from the usual price.

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Nvidia Shield TV v2.1 revamped with new launcher, swipepad, Google Assistant [APK Download]

Nvidia Shield TV v2.1 revamped with new launcher, swipepad, Google Assistant [APK Download]

Nvidia is gearing up to launch two brand new Shield TV products, and in preparation, the company has now revamped its remote control phone app. If you have a Shield TV, you'll find a lot more here than what the standard Android TV Remote Control app provides.

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