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Google Cast devices causing routers to drop Wi-Fi connections

Google Cast devices causing routers to drop Wi-Fi connections

Google has lately received a lot of flak for its buggy or, at the very least less than stellar, hardware. The Pixel 2 XL has a litany of faults, and the newer Google Home Mini and the Google Home Max aren’t spotless either. This time, however, users are reporting problems not with new Google products but with ones that have been in the market for years at most. Owners of the Google Chromecast and the original Google Home report getting Wi-Fi drops, but the problem is more complex than it seems.

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Anker Zolo Model Zero Google Assistant speaker has an odd design

Anker Zolo Model Zero Google Assistant speaker has an odd design

If you thought Anker was done flooding CES with all sorts of devices, whether they were directly related to its core charging business, better think again. It still has one last hurrah to give and it’s a head-turner. Its ZOLO smart audio brand has announced a new smart speaker with a very unique design that you’ll want to show off in your home. Inside the Zolo Model Zero, however, lies not just power but also intelligence, thanks to Google Assistant at your bekc and call.

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Amazon adds Chromecast and Apple TV, but Google feud remains

Amazon adds Chromecast and Apple TV, but Google feud remains

Amazon is now listing both Google's Chromecast and the Apple TV on its website, marking their first (official) return to the online store since being removed in late 2015. We saw signs of the Apple TV's return to Amazon earlier this year when the device briefly appeared on the company's website before disappearing. Sales of both devices will start soon, Amazon has confirmed, but it doesn't look like its squabble with Google is over yet.

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Amazon Music Chromecast support arrives for Android users

Amazon Music Chromecast support arrives for Android users

If you're an Amazon Prime customer, you have access to one of the company's better services, Amazon Music. This service is available via a mobile app on both Android and iOS, and now one of those two apps (Android) now has support for Google Cast. Thanks to that new support, Android users are able to cast the Amazon Music content to any device that supports Google Cast, including the venerable Chromecast itself.

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Google Assistant now has Chromecast and TV functionality without Home

Google Assistant now has Chromecast and TV functionality without Home

Though Google Assistant expanded beyond the Pixel and onto Android handsets back in February, there remain a few tasks it can't accomplish without a Google Home backing it up. One of the most annoying limitations on the smartphone implementation of Assistant is that you can't use it to control smart TVs and Chromecast devices. If you want to control playback on either of those, you'll need to talk through Assistant though Google Home.

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Google lists device sales numbers at Pixel 2 event

Google lists device sales numbers at Pixel 2 event

Google has taken the stage at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, and as it usually does before it gets to the meat and potatoes of its presentations, it took the chance to recap how some of its products performed over the past year. Today, Google senior vice president of hardware Rick Osterloh took to the stage to do just that. Though he's there to debut some new products, he had some impressive statistics to share as well.

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Deezer HiFi, formerly Deezer Elite, comes to Chromecast devices

Deezer HiFi, formerly Deezer Elite, comes to Chromecast devices

It wasn’t too long ago that Deezer started its march into Google land by integrating with Google Home. Now Deezer is taking that partnership to a new level, though in a slightly different direction. Deezer Elite, which is now being rebranded as Deezer Elite, will be available on Google Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, or any device with “Chromecast built-in”, a.k.a. “Google Cast”. The catch is that you’ll have to pay a monthly fee for that.

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AT&T and StayCast bring Google Chromecast to more hotel rooms

AT&T and StayCast bring Google Chromecast to more hotel rooms

Hotels are notorious for blocking guests' ability to connect their own devices to in-room TVs, and that includes streaming sticks and Google Chromecast devices. AT&T is helping change this alongside SONIFI Solutions' StayCast, allowing hotels with DirecTV service to order StayCast for their rooms. Hotels that take advantage of this will enable guests to cast content from their phone or tablet to their hotel room's television.

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Vizio SmartCast M65-D1 Review

Vizio SmartCast M65-D1 Review

TVs are getting smarter, either via an extra dongle like a Chromecast or through their own power. While Samsung, LG, Sony, and Sharp may be the household names when it comes to smart TVs, Vizio isn’t one that can be easily ignored. It’s practice of offering “bang for buck” premium features at affordable prices has put it in the sights of Chinese entertainment giant LeEco. Vizio definitely dodged the bullet there, but it served to highlight Vizio’s market potential.

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Chromecast support arrives on Gear VR

Chromecast support arrives on Gear VR

Those of you with a Gear VR will probably like to hear that Samsung and Oculus have brought Chromecast functionality to the VR headset today. With this new functionality, you'll be able to stream the content you see through Chromecast, for instance allowing you to broadcast what you're currently experiencing through your TV.

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Google Home adds free calls, proactive assistance, HBO NOW, more

Google Home adds free calls, proactive assistance, HBO NOW, more

Google Home is getting four new features, making the smart speaker's assistant more proactive and flexible, and throwing in free hands-free calling. Announced at Google I/O 2017 this morning, the company's annual developer event, the new functionality marks a significant upgrade on the connected speaker which is itself only six months old. It comes ahead of Apple's expected Siri speaker, which will embody the iPhone's virtual assistant in its own standalone device.

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VIZIO 2017 Displays and Speakers revealed with Google Home and Chromecast inside

VIZIO 2017 Displays and Speakers revealed with Google Home and Chromecast inside

This morning VIZIO revealed its 2017 collection of displays and audio products. In this collection were (and are) a wide array of new technologies and resolutions as well as both wired and wireless pieces of equipment. Both the VIZIO SmartCast P-Series Ultra HD HDR XLED Pro and M-Series Ultra HD HDR XLED Plus Display collections have been revealed alongside the VIZIO SmartCast Crave Go Multi-Room Wireless Speaker and a set of sound-bars for HDTVs.

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