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Chromecast turnkey app for all videos in development by Koush

Chromecast turnkey app for all videos in development by Koush

Developer Koushik Dutta is creating at least one app for Android devices aimed at allowing any and all video to be "cast" from a mobile device's gallery to Chromecast. The Chromecast device is currently sold out in many areas of the internet and in stores across the country due to its relatively low cost and super-basic functionality with essentially every modern television (with an HDMI port, that is). Koush is aiming to expand this device's abilities from YouTube and Netflix out to a whole lot wider set of media bits and pieces in the very near future.

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Google Chrome touchscreen browser tweaks in finger-friendly trial

Google Chrome touchscreen browser tweaks in finger-friendly trial

Google is testing touchscreen-friendly Chrome navigation features that could make using the browser on Windows 8 tablets, touch-notebooks, and Chrome OS devices like Pixel more finger friendly. The new tweaks, spotted in the latest "bleeding edge" Canary build of Chrome, include the ability to swipe through the browser history by dragging a finger left or right across the screen.

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Nexus 7 2013 Review

Nexus 7 2013 Review

The original Nexus 7 arguably marked a turning point in Android tablets, Google finally doing what critics had long been demanding, and wading into the slate market with an own-brand option. With a screen size that undercut the iPad by several inches - and pre-empted the iPad mini by several months - the Nexus 7 also fought hard on price, with razer-thin margins and ruthless specification trimming on the ASUS-made tablet keeping the starting point at under $200. Time - and tablets - wait for no one, though, and with the iPad mini on the scene it was high time for Google and ASUS to rework the Nexus 7. The second-generation, 2013 version promises to be more powerful, more grown-up, and just as affordable, but has Google done enough? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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SlashGear 101: What is Chromecast?

SlashGear 101: What is Chromecast?

Google's Chromecast device is a Web media player, introduced by the company just a bit over a year after they first showed of a machine with very similar capabilities: the Nexus Q. Where the Nexus Q came into play as a bocce-ball-sized TV "box", Chromecast is the size of a USB dongle, small enough to fit in your pocket. It connects through a television's full-sized HDMI port and you'll be able to pull it up with the input button on your television remote, the same as you would a DVD player.

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Google Chromecast hands-on

Google Chromecast hands-on

It almost seems too good to be true, but Google's new Chromecast HDMI dongle is a reality. The small device lets users beam content from their mobile devices or computers to their HDTVs, but instead of the content going through the device first, it goes straight to the television. The best part is, the dongle only costs $35.

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Chrome Remote Desktop for Android coming soon: Splashtop beware

Chrome Remote Desktop for Android coming soon: Splashtop beware

Down in the depths of the testing arena for Google's Chrome known as Chromium, you'll find the first whispers of "Chromoting", aka Chrome Remote Desktop for Android - connecting the two worlds with a mirrored interface. While the directories themselves aren't especially telling for the lay person, you'll find the concept a bit more enthralling if you're interested in controlling your computer from your smartphone from any location you may roam.

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Chrome app launcher for Windows out of beta: why you want it

Chrome app launcher for Windows out of beta: why you want it

This week the folks at Google appear to have released the full version of the "Chrome App Launcher" for Windows machines. Though you'll only be able to work with this app on Windows 7 and Windows 8 - not RT at the moment - you'll find the functionality to be - perhaps - a bit liberating if you're used to working with Google services on the regular. While this isn't a return to the Start button, by any means, Google does make it easy here to keep you in the fold.

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Pixels rejoice: native Microsoft Word and Excel file editing arrive on Chrome OS

Pixels rejoice: native Microsoft Word and Excel file editing arrive on Chrome OS

Those paying close attention to Google's pre-final releases of the operating system iteration of Google's Chrome will have noticed the addition of some rather important abilities to Chromium code. Noting the discovery of this addition well before Google made such a thing public was developer François Beaufort. As a Google open-source evangelist himself, Beaufort was more than a little joyous to find the words in code as follows: “Improved Quickoffice editing about:flag.”

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