Chromecast vs. Android TV

A mysterious second-gen Chromecast is indeed on the way

By on October 22, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

A mysterious second-gen Chromecast is indeed on the way

After having been spotted in FCC documentation, the second-generation Chromecast has been confirmed by Googlers from the Chromecast team during a Reddit ask-me-anything session, but they said the device will not have any new features for users, without revealing more details about it. Meanwhile, Gigaom has learned that a Chromecast V2 is indeed coming, as Google doesn’t plan to replace its extremely affordable and very popular dongle with Android TV just yet. More →

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Second-gen Chromecast Specs and Release Date

Don’t be too excited about the new Chromecast Google is going to soon launch

By on October 20, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Don’t be too excited about the new Chromecast Google is going to soon launch

The Chromecast dongle is one of the most popular gadgets Google launched in the last few years, according to the company’s own past statements, but a second-generation model is yet to hit stores. But when it does come out, a new Chromecast won’t have any new features to offer users, Google has confirmed, after an FCC filing outed the second-generation device. More →

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Chromecast Kickstarter

Chromecast’s powers may soon extend to the realm of online games

By on October 13, 2014 at 7:19 PM.

Chromecast’s powers may soon extend to the realm of online games

Google’s Chromecast is an incredibly intuitive take on the set-top box, but it has its limitations. For example, it’s not much of a games console, but Concept96 hopes to change that with its very first casual game designed specifically for the Chromecast. In its Kickstarter campaign, Concept96 is asking for just £1000 (~$1600) to build Buzzb, a multiplayer quiz game that lifts videos and music from YouTube, Soundcloud and other online sources. More →

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Chromecast iOS App Update

Google updates the Chromecast iOS app with a bunch of great new features

By on October 8, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Google updates the Chromecast iOS app with a bunch of great new features

Google on Wednesday updated its popular Chromecast app for iPhone and iPad users, adding plenty of new features for users to play around with. It previously announced the feature named Backdrop at Google I/O but this new update adds a whole lot more.

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Top-10 Best Gadgets

The 10 best tech toys under $200, according to Redditors

By on October 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM.

The 10 best tech toys under $200, according to Redditors

A lot of new tech is out there and it’s hard to choose what to buy and how much to pay for a device — some people can’t afford to drop $700 dollars on a new tablet or phone, for example. They’re looking for stuff that is under $200, but gadgets still good enough to get the job done. This is where we turn to the users of Reddit to find the 10 best tech toys under $200.

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Popcorn Time for Android Chromecast Support

Movie studios’ worst nightmare has just gotten even better for pirates

By on July 14, 2014 at 3:12 PM.

Movie studios’ worst nightmare has just gotten even better for pirates

Popcorn Time, also known as Netflix for Pirates, also known as a nightmare for Hollywood and its fight against piracy, has just gotten better for users, or at least for those people who happen to have an Android device. Popcorn Time announced on its blog that it has updated its Android app, adding Chromecast streaming support to the mix. More →

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Chromecast Cast Screen Root Update

How to bring one of Chromecast’s coolest new features to almost any Android device

By on July 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

How to bring one of Chromecast’s coolest new features to almost any Android device

One of the coolest new features for Google’s Chromecast, the ability to mirror the display on your Android smartphone or tablet to a television, is still in beta. That means it’s only available on a select few Android devices, but you can expand the functionality to a much wider range of devices if you’re willing to download the rooted MirrorEnabler SDK. More →

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Roku Vs. Chromecast Vs. Apple TV

Sorry, Apple TV: Roku and Chromecast are killing you in sales

By on July 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Sorry, Apple TV: Roku and Chromecast are killing you in sales

The market for web TV streaming devices is heating up and Roku and Google’s Chromecast look like the big winners so far. Per GigaOM, new data from researchers at Parks Associates estimates that both Chromecast and Roku each have sold around 3.8 million units in the United States over the past year while Apple TV has sold only 2 million units in the U.S. over the same period. This makes a lot of sense because Chromecast and Roku’s new USB dongle are both less expensive than Apple TV, which is supposedly due for a major refresh sometime this year. More →

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Chromecast Cast Screen

Google just made Chromecast even cooler with an awesome new phone mirroring feature

By on July 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Google just made Chromecast even cooler with an awesome new phone mirroring feature

Google announced on Wednesday on the Official Android Blog that Chromecast owners will now have the ability to mirror the screens of their Android tablets and smartphones to their TVs starting this Wednesday. Whatever you’re doing on your device, from viewing photos and videos to using an app or playing a game, it will be viewable on the TV screen.  More →

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Popcorn Time Chromecast Support

‘Netflix for Pirates’ has a new feature that will drive movie studios insane

By on July 7, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

‘Netflix for Pirates’ has a new feature that will drive movie studios insane

Popcorn Time – the controversial service offers a Netflix-like movie streaming experience to users interested in pirating movies in a different, more exotic way than traditional downloads – has just gotten better, Business Insider reports. The service now allows Windows users to stream their selections to a Chromecast-connected big-screen television, letting them enjoy new flicks free of charge on a larger display. However, the feature is only available in an alpha version at this point. More →

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Chromecast Ultrasonic vs Wi-Fi Connection

Chromecast connects to any device in an awesome new way

By on June 27, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Chromecast connects to any device in an awesome new way

Forget Wi-Fi for your Chromecast connectivity needs, as Google has found a more interesting way to pair the dongle with nearby devices for streaming purposes, GigaOm reports. The Chromecast team has figured out how to use inaudible ultrasonic sounds to pair the entertainment device with supported smartphones and tablets. More →

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AirMusic Free Download

Download this app right now: AirMusic for iPhone and iPad is now free

By on April 4, 2014 at 10:50 AM.

Download this app right now: AirMusic for iPhone and iPad is now free

Apple’s AirPlay is great, as long as you own plenty of compatible devices. The proprietary wireless streaming solution allows users to stream music and videos from an iPhone, iPad or Mac computer to another device with a simple tap or click. For Apple TV owners and users of various compatible third-party devices, AirPlay is awesome. But what happens if you have a Chromecast, Xbox, PlayStation or some other device that doesn’t tout Apple compatibility? Say hello to AirMusic. More →

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Chromecast International Launch Sales

Chromecast off to a great start in Europe

By on April 1, 2014 at 6:30 AM.

Chromecast off to a great start in Europe

Shortly after Google launched its Chromecast dongle in various international markets, a report says the device is quite popular in Europe, singling out U.K. and Norway as top markets for the device. GigaOm says that Curry sold a Chromecast every 4.5 seconds on launch day in the U.K. Some stores sold out the allotted stock on launch day, with one representative calling it “one of the most successful launch days, both online and in-store, in recent years,” comparable with an iPad launch – however, the Chromecast is a significantly more affordable purchase option for consumers. More →

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