The Logitech Harmony Companion is a universal remote consisting of a base with a remote control that doesn’t require IR to communicate with the base station (“hub”). The hub is capable of sending IR signals to all of your compatible devices and you may install up to 2 extenders which are used to increase the IR coverage of your remote.
My expectations for 2017 were somewhat top-heavy on Apple restructuring their product lineup; while this did not occur there are indicators it may still materialize. It looks like Google Andromeda met with an untimely demise, but internally Fuchsia continues the work to join together Chrome OS with Android. Finally, the advent of the WannaCry ransomware attack could have been an Internet brownout event, but fortunately there was a defect that allowed for the malware to be easily neutralized.