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Google introduces Chromecast, a $35 HDMI streaming solution for televisions


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#41 OFFLINE   Athlon646464

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:20 PM

You can actually turn your device off once your video/music starts.


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:20 PM

Actually those devices are mere 'remotes' when watching Netflix, YouTube or any built in app.  The 'dongle' is a WiFi receiver and gets its content directly from the web, not from your device.

 

You can actually turn your device off once your video/music starts.

 

My understanding as well.


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:28 PM

My understanding as well.


I stand corrected!. But most marketing I have seen is putting this device as a mirroring device

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:35 PM

I stand corrected!. But most marketing I have seen is putting this device as a mirroring device

 

Only from a PC or laptop browser. From that same review:

 

Screen mirroring: Not the panacea you've hoped for

The other way to get content to the Chomecast is by using the Chrome browser on a Windows PC, Mac, or even Google's own Chromebook Pixel. (Support for the other Chromebook models is said to be coming soon.) By using the Chromecast extension, you can mirror any tab on Chrome on your TV, including any video, music, or photos that works in your browser [...] It "works," but it's not a very satisfying experience.


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 05:23 AM

Chromecast bootloader exploit surfaces, opens up plenty of possibilities
 
"Give it time." It's something many mums have uttered to their frustrated youth, and it's something that's also uttered amongst the hacker crowd each time a new device emerges. In the case of Google's $35 Chromecast, it took but a couple of days for the HDMI streaming stick to be exploited. Granted, Google's never been one to keep its biggest software projects under lock and key, but for those looking to tinker a bit with their new toy, GTVHacker has the goods. 
 
The exploit package has thus far been used to confirm that the software within is not Chrome OS -- it's described by the aforesaid site as "a modified Google TV release, but with all of the Bionic / Dalvik stripped out and replaced with a single binary for Chromecast."
 
 
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 11:54 AM

Anyone try this and the Apple mirroring and can compare?  I use Apple one with my iPad and would consider using this with my android.  The apple one is a bit flaky and unreliable - wonder if it's the same for this thing.



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Posted 30 July 2013 - 09:30 PM

Anyone try this and the Apple mirroring and can compare? I use Apple one with my iPad and would consider using this with my android. The apple one is a bit flaky and unreliable - wonder if it's the same for this thing.


I use Airplay all the time and for my is very reliable. so far I have never had a problem

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Posted 31 July 2013 - 04:55 AM

Phone to Chromecast app streams pics and video, but can't be released yet
 
"Users have been able to work around that on PCs by entering info for locally stored files into the Chrome address bar, and now ClockworkMod developer Koushik Dutta is showing off a solution for mobile that closes the gap with AirPlay. Demonstrated in the video............"
 
 

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 04:39 AM

Does anyone know if the Netflix discount has to be applied to streaming or if ultimately it's just a general credit?

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 05:19 AM

Here's the NYT David Pogue's take on it:

 

http://www.nytimes.c...&pagewanted=all


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Posted 01 August 2013 - 05:42 AM

Does anyone know if the Netflix discount has to be applied to streaming or if ultimately it's just a general credit?

 

According to Amazon:

 

"Netflix gift codes expire 12/31/13. Valid for 3 months of Netflix service on the $7.99 (a month) Unlimited Streaming plan (for total value of $23.97). Valid for previous, new and existing Netflix members. Offer available while supplies last. A computer or other device that streams from Netflix (manufactured and sold separately) and broadband Internet connection are required to watch instantly. Offer is not redeemable or refundable for cash, subject to applicable law, and cannot be exchanged for Netflix Gift Subscriptions. You may apply the value of the offer to a different plan, or other services offered by Netflix. Exchanges in this manner may alter the duration of the offer. Limit of one promotion will be applied towards each monthly membership fee for your Netflix account. For details, please visit www.netflix.com/termsofuse."


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Posted 02 August 2013 - 11:23 AM

Update: Chromecast update breaks root-friendly exploit
 
We hope you weren't planning to tinker with your Chromecast this weekend. GTVHacker has confirmed that a recent firmware update to Google's streaming media stick plugs the bootloader exploit that many are using to get root access. 
 
Some XDA-Developers members have tried maintaining root by flashing recovery images and disabling signing keys, but those aren't reliable solutions -- we've seen a few reports of bricked Chromecasts. If you're cautious, it may be best to wait until more adventurous owners find a vulnerability in Google's newer code.
 

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 05:45 PM

Oh darn, I just got mine today. :-0


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Posted 07 August 2013 - 04:56 AM

Tonido Home Cloud gets Chromecast support, lets you stream from desktop to TV
 
As the dust around Chromecast's surprise arrival starts to settle, expect to see a lot more apps and services get on board. Today's adoptee? Tonido's home cloud software (of recent giveaway fame). The company's updated its mobile apps, so that you can now stream (correctly formatted) media from your PC or desktop to the HDMI device wherever you (and it) are. 
 
So, in theory, you can store all your content at home, and take your Chromecast (and phone, of course) out with you -- and still be able to access your prized movie collection. Now you just have to wait until they're back in stock...
 
 

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 11:48 AM

Koush has demo'd an app that will do that also. Should be in the Play Market soon

 

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 12:01 PM

Koush has demo'd an app that will do that also. Should be in the Play Market soon

 

https://www.youtube....d&v=a4o5uWE5eYU

 

Yup - see my post (#48).


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Posted 09 August 2013 - 04:22 AM

Unlock Chromecast's incognito mode to keep your browser history clean
 
Chromecast is a pretty neat little gadget, but there are some things you might not want showing up in your browser history -- we'll leave it to your imagination as to what those things might be. With that in mind, the folks at Android Central have put together a brief walkthrough to explain how to use incognito tabs with Chromecast. 
 
It's pretty much the same way you'd access any extension in Chrome's disposable browser session: just type in "Chrome://extensions," find the Google Cast section and select the "Allow in incognito" option. While we're the last people to judge how you choose to use your dongle, some things should probably be kept private.
 
 
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Posted 18 August 2013 - 06:36 AM

Homebrew Kinect app steers Chromecast streams through gestures (video)
 
Chromecast may deliver on promises of sending wire-free video to TVs, but it's not hands-free -- or at least, it wasn't. Leon Nicholls has unveiled a homemade Kinect app for the desktop that gives him gesture-based control of videos playing through Google's streaming stick. While there's just two commands at this point, Nicholls hopes to open-source the code in the near future; this isn't the end of the road.
 
 

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 10:01 AM

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 10:57 AM

Update: Chromecast's iOS app arrives, looks to make cross-platform living room magic
 
On the heals of a Cast SDK update that borked third-party streaming apps, Google released a version of its Chromecast software for iOS devices. That's right, folks with an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch can use the free application to set up Chromecast on their flat's WiFi network and to manage settings. 
 
Of course, YouTube, Netflix, Google Play purchases and Chrome can all be displayed on properly outfitted TVs easily. You may have to wait a bit to nab one, but at $35, there's a world of inexpensive, cross-platform love within arm's reach.
 
 
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