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Man Gets 22 Years in Prison After Stealing TV Remote

Eric Bramwell 'repeatedly thumbed his nose at the law': state's attorney

(Newser) - If 22 years in prison seems harsh for stealing a TV remote control, Eric Bramwell probably agrees—but, based on his past criminal history, authorities in Illinois say it's a well-deserved sentence. Per the Chicago Tribune , the 35-year-old Melrose Park man was handed his fate on Wednesday by DuPage... More »

Electric Eels Use 'Remote Control' to Paralyze Prey

Scientists say the fish are the only ones known to do that

(Newser) - Electric eels have long been known to deliver low-voltage pulses as a form of natural sonar—but now researchers out of Vanderbilt University have discovered the eels also deliver high-voltage shocks, which they use to paralyze their prey—from a distance, with no physical contact—in just three milliseconds. It'... More »

Awesome TV Remote Mutes Most Annoying Celebs

Sadly, creator has no plans to sell them

(Newser) - If you just can’t take any more Snooki, we have good news for you: Video producer Matt Richardson has come up with an ingenious way to mute her automatically. Richardson hacked a remote control, making it possible to automatically mute the TV whenever a certain word—in this example,... More »

Things Your iPhone Can Control Remotely

TV and DVR, yes, but also your desktop

(Newser) - So you can’t yet, say, drive your car via iPhone, but we’re getting close. Silicon Alley Insider takes a look at a bunch of things Apple’s gizmo can control remotely:
  • TV: A $50 attachment turns the phone into a universal remote.
  • DVR: With Comcast, AT&T, DirecTV
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Flying iPhone Drone Wows

Remote control quadricopter is a hit at preview event

(Newser) - One of the most buzzed-about time wasters from the upcoming CES tech convention so far is a flying drone that you control—and play games with—just by tilting your iPhone. Dubbed the “AR Drone,” this snazzy 18-inch quadricopter weighs just 11 ounces, and it’s equipped with... More »

Upgraded Remote Gives Wii New Spark

MotionPlus yields more accurate control, heralds things to come

(Newser) - With sales slowing, the Wii needs a shot in the arm, and Nintendo thinks it’s found one with Wii MotionPlus, a little accessory that plugs into the bottom of the controller, giving it a gyroscope that can detect more subtle motions. The results are nice, writes Katherine Boehret for... More »

Drug-Smuggling Subs Go High-Tech

(Newser) - It's not a lark anymore: Miniature submarines now carry about a third of the cocaine smuggled into the US. With the numbers up, the Washington Post takes a look at how these so-called semi-submersibles have gotten more and more high-tech over the last 2 years. Authorities say sub builders are... More »

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