A BETTER REMOTE

pronto remoteWe felt like we had been dropped back to 1960 when we temporarily lost our TV’s remote control. On modern TVs, it’s difficult to find the volume control – or any controls for that matter. A gizmo called “Pronto” could have saved our bacon. (Which after all that time trying to find the controls, was burning in the oven.)

Pronto is a $60 palm-sized device from BestBuy.com. The “Peel” app offers suggestions based on your viewing habits. It will show you what shows people are buzzing about on Twitter and give you a personalized TV guide.

Pronto turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a universal remote, to control TVs, DVDs, and set-top boxes. You don’t have to search for the right remote to switch from a DVD to TV. Also: use it to shut off the TV from the kitchen if the kids won’t stop watching.

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