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IRule Releases Version 2.3 Of Its Universal Remote Control System

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DETROIT — Responding quickly to customer feedback, iRule has released Version 2.3 of its cloud-based remote control system. This new version is designed to work on iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Another recently released version is available for Android compatible devices, and will be updated again soon.

IRule allows one device to replace multiple remotes with touch-screen controls for nearly any household device that uses a remote.

“As our customers’ needs become more sophisticated, we’re incorporating more of their suggestions into making iRule the ideal universal remote control,” said CTO Victor Nemirovsky. “New features are aimed at creating a better, more fluid user experience while maintaining the high level of functionality to which iRule users have grown accustomed.”

New iRule features include:

* An integrated iTunes module to create a whole-house audio-video distribution system, accessible within the iRule app and without having to “click out” to get to iTunes.

* Automatic connection to AirPlay devices including AppleTV, AirPort Express, and AV receivers.

* A host of upgrades highlighted by screen dimming, overlaying text on buttons on links, improved command execution, and full compatibility with Apple’s iOS 5.1.

IRule was created by two former automotive engineers, Itai Ben-Gal and Nemirovsky, when they were looking for an easier way to control a home theater system. It offers a solution to accommodate many components and eliminate the clutter caused by multiple remotes with limited uses.

IRule is a cloud-based software solution coupled with simple hardware which controls any infra-red, RS-232, or Ethernet-enabled audio/video equipment, making it compatible with nearly any system or combination of components. A fully customizable interface allows users to simplify controls, upload their own images and personalize menus to their preferences. iRule is also easily updated to control additional components or to migrate to the latest versions of smartphones and tablets, making it the last remote you’ll ever need.

IRule’s version 2.3 software is available through Apple’s App Store. The iRule gateway package hardware is available at www.iruleathome.com

The company has already sold thousands of licenses in 45 countries via word-of-mouth and online “buzz” among early adopters, home theater professionals, and online forums.

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