Got yourself a brand new shiny smartphone? Does it come with IR remote control functionality built-in, like the Galaxy S4 or the HTC One? If so you might want to engage with your community, make new friends and perhaps visit your local friendly police offices via a new commercial app available on the Play store.
InfraRude is designed to make use of the infra-red remote control capabilities of your handset to turn off or take control of any compatible television in range. Yes, you too can play havoc and mischief in your local Walmart or Best Buy and drive hard working sales staff stark staring mad. Here’s a Gizmodo example guide, filmed several years ago using another popular tool called TV Begone.
There now, you see how much fun you can have? Unfortunately the other side of the coin could be painful, so do be aware that this could end up in tears if you go nutz. Actually we’re not sure it works on the HTC One, but it’s definitely designed for the Galaxy S4, and it seems to cope with many of the most popular brands of television on the market from manufacturers such as Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, Sony and others. Priced at $0.99 /£0.64.
[But seriously folks, why is there a need to have a loud always-on TV located in absolutely EVERY part of EVERY SINGLE building?]