Chromecast

Firefox screen mirroring in the works: still an experiment

Firefox screen mirroring in the works: still an experiment

With the likes of Google's Chromecast selling of shelves for lack of a reason not to drop a few bucks on the concept, iterations of the idea like Mozilla's upcoming second-screen support for Firefox are popping up left and right. What we're seeing here is a very small and early version of what may be coming from Firefox web browsers in the future - the show you're seeing put on here comes from Mark Finkle of Mozilla, mirroring a Firefox web browser window on an Android device to a Roku on his large-screen TV.

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Chromecast support expands: YouTube embeds now Casting

Chromecast support expands: YouTube embeds now Casting

With the release of the Chromecast came the second wave of Google's vision for ultra-simple "flinging" of content from your Android device to a larger display. As the Nexus Q took a belly dive, the much smaller and simpler Chromecast took hold, it being small enough to fit in a person's pocket and able to connect to essentially any Android device nearly instantly. Now that this device is in the hands - or plugged into the HDMI ports - of thousands of users across the globe, Google has begun a push with YouTube to expand support and features.

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Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick revealed: no Chromecast competitor

Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick revealed: no Chromecast competitor

Though at first this little dongle seemed (in preview mode) to be a cool competitor for the Google Chromecast - it was revealed the same week, after all - here in its official show-off from Sony, it's become apparent that the BRAVIA Smart Stick wont work with just any television. Here we're to understand that this device will plug in to a full-sized HDMI port [CORRECTION: MHL plug for BRAVIA televisions 2013 and older, only] and act as a Google TV device - that means Android App support straight from the Google Play app store. This Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick also works with voice search support and a QWERTY keyboard courtesy of a paired remote control.

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Chromecast iOS setup app arrives in the App Store

Chromecast iOS setup app arrives in the App Store

Google may have released the Chromecast with support for Android and iOS, however it wasn't until today that a setup app arrived in the iTunes App Store. This didn't mean that iOS users were left waiting for the app, but it should make the setup process a bit easier for some. If nothing else, it means iOS users will no longer need a web browser to get the Chromecast up and running on their home network.

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Google: Chromecast local streaming is coming (but you can’t have it yet)

Google: Chromecast local streaming is coming (but you can’t have it yet)

Google has responded to claims that it purposefully broke local streaming on the Chromecast dongle, hinting that the unofficial functionality was an accidental casualty as it works toward an official developer SDK. Concerns that Google was locking down the Chromecast streamer came after coder Koushik Dutta found his AllCast streaming service for the dongle was broken following a recent automatic update; however, a Google spokesperson told The Verge, in actual fact it's simply too early to give developers free-reign over the low-cost accessory.

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YouTube app update for iOS and Android brings “Cast” previews

YouTube app update for iOS and Android brings “Cast” previews

Readying itself for the likes of Chromecast, PlayStation 4 (already on PS3), Google TV, and more, YouTube has been updated this week in its iOS and Android forms. This app already allowed the user to play any and all (save no-mobile) videos with ease, now the app will allow users to watch a video or Cast a video. This added bit of functionality had worked with devices like the Nexus Q and PlayStation 3 and Google TV in the past, but here we're seeing a "preview" screen appearing along with the ability to add said video to a queue.

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AirCast Chromecast “any video” app released by Koush in Beta

AirCast Chromecast “any video” app released by Koush in Beta

Earlier this year Google's Chromcast device became (rather quickly) one of their biggest hardware hits, selling out not long after it was first put on sale. Almost as quickly, developer Koushik Dutta began work on prospective apps for the device, aiming to expand the functionality of the miniature HDMI-friendly dongle to allow more than Google's own services and a handful of 3rd party apps. Here Koush releases the beta of the first of a set of apps: AirCast - able to play any video to Chromecast.

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Chromecast support expands: Bitcasa, Cheapcast, and Google’s hiring spree

Chromecast support expands: Bitcasa, Cheapcast, and Google’s hiring spree

As the device known as Chromecast gains steam, an ecosystem is being expanded around it. Google's intended purpose for Chromecast was to make connecting Google apps and services - not to mention their Android software on devices galore - to displays of all sizes, specifically in the television realm. Just weeks after the initial launch (and subsequent sell-out) of the Chromecast device, it's not just Google that's expanding its efforts in the "Cast" arena.

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Chromecast ship date confusion heightens pressure for second wave

Chromecast ship date confusion heightens pressure for second wave

This month Google's newest (and tiniest) device to hit the market is seeing some confusion in shipping times through 3rd party sources after the first wave has sold out. This HDMI-friendly dongle was introduced on July 24th as a sort of reboot for the ill-fated Nexus Q which had its production cut short just weeks after its initial introduction. With a $35 price tag attached, Chromecast was set for success, it would seem, as the device sold out in less than a day.

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