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Struggling for ideas for stocking stuffers? With only 10 days until Christmas, it's understandable if you're feeling the stress of the holiday season, though Google's offering to do you a solid if you pick up a second generation Chromecast dongle. If you make your purchase by January 2, 2016, you'll receive a $20 Google Play credit.The second generation Chromecast dongle normally runs $35, though Google has it marked down to $30 for the moment. You can save another $5 if you buy a two-pack, which Google is selling for $55. However, the $20 Google Play credit is limited to "one offer redemption... Read more...
The gloves are about to come off in the streaming devices market, and it looks as though Amazon is bringing out its “Fire” branding by taking a blowtorch to Apple and Google. The online retail giant markets streaming devices like the Fire TV and the Fire TV stick, both of which serve as vehicles for its Prime Video streaming platform. The Apple TV and Google Chromecast don’t play nicely with Amazon Prime Video. While a somewhat neutered Prime Video app is available for iOS devices (Amazon doesn’t want to give Apple a cut of purchases, so only content that you have already purchased or content freely... Read more...
There were few surprises today at Google’s hardware event. We saw the reveal of the Nexus 5X and 6P along with the Pixel C tablet — all of which have been leaked in the lead-up today’s announcement. The same goes for the next two devices that Google officially revealed today: the second generation Chromecast and Chromecast Audio. As we saw earlier this month, the new $35 Chromecast takes on a more rounded shape, which is available in black, yellow and red. We don’t quite understand the need to offer colorful options when it will be plugged in, out of sight, into the back of a TV. With that said,... Read more...
There’s a lot of activity happening in the streaming device market these days. Over the past week, we’ve seen the announcement of a new Apple TV which is backed by a powerful A8 processor and a touch- and motion-sensitive remote and a refreshed Fire TV which is capable of streaming 4K content. Since introducing its Chromecast back in the summer of 2013, Google has been relatively quiet with regards to hardware updates for the tiny streaming dongle. Sure, there have been software updates along the way, but the hardware has remained unchanged — until now.First generation Google Chromecast The folks... Read more...
There's a new app available in Amazon's Appstore for Android that will bring the Chromecast experience to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. It's called YouMap Cast Receiver by VMLite Corporation, and it runs $7.99 -- a bit expensive for app, though a fair bit cheaper than a Chromecast dongle, which normally sells for $35 (you can often find it for a few bucks less). To be clear, YouMap Cast Receiver won't replicate the Chromecast experience in its entirety (more on that in a moment), though it will allow you to mirror your phone, tablet, or Chrome browser tab to your TV. It implements the same protocol... Read more...
Someone fetch the party favors and candles, we have a birthday to celebrate. Google's streaming Chromecast dongle just turned two years old, but don't worry about bringing gifts to the celebration. Just as Google did when the Chromecast turned one, the company is flipping the script and giving away goodies to anyone who owns or purchases the HDMI stick.For Chromecast's first birthday, Google gave away three months of Google Play Music All Access (now just Google Play Music, thankfully), about a $30 value based on the service's $9.99 per month subscription fee. This time around, Google is renewing... Read more...
The Google released an Ethernet adapter for its Chromecast this week. The little adapter will save the day for anyone who picked up the wireless TV streaming device, only to discover that the Wi-Fi connection near the TV is spotty. The device is a small, square unit that will be easy to tuck out of sight. It includes a short USB micro-B cable that connects the adapter to your Chromecast and has a single 10/100 Ethernet port. Grab an Ethernet cable, plug it into the adapter and your router (and plug the adapter in a power outlet), and you now have solid, fast connection for streaming video (If you’re... Read more...
As if the low asking price of $35 (and oftentimes lower due to sales) for Google's awesome Chromecast dongle isn't enough of a sales pitch, Google has decided to up the ante by offering up to $80 worth of additional incentives. All you have to do is buy and set up a Chromecast by April 19, 2015, and then click the "Redeem all offers" button on Google's website.When you do that, Google will reward you with $80 worth of Google Play (musick and movies), Qello concerts, Sesame Street Go, and DramaFever goodies. We know what you're thinking -- you don't give a flying flip about Sesame Street Go, or... Read more...
Google's Chromecast took a big step deeper into the mainstream with its recent 27946 firmware update, adding the ability to pause and resume video playback via your television remote. No longer will users need to yank out their phone (or worse — gasp! — put fingers to computer keyboard) to affect simple Start/Stop control. The new functionality reportedly works with YouTube, and with such apps as WatchESPN, HBO Go, Allcast, iPlayer, TuneIn, and Plex, among others (though Netflix users are out of luck, as of this writing). It is Chromecast's integration of HDMI protocol extension HDMI-CEC... Read more...
Planning to stay in for Valentine’s Day? If you have a Chromecast TV dongle, Google is willing to cover the cost of your movie rental for the night. The Valentine’s Day gift comes in the form of a $6 credit you can use for a movie (or anything else) on Google’s Play Store. Cashing in on Google’s Valentine’s Day largess is easy. Visit the Chromecast Offers page, select the $6 deal, and you’ll soon be shopping at the Play Store. A deal like this is a great way to get Chromecast users talking to friends and family about the device, so it makes sense that Google would give it a try, but the timing... Read more...
Black Friday is officially in the rear view mirror, but it's full "stream" ahead for Cyber Monday. No, we didn't mean to say "full steam," not when there are so many deals on streaming devices to be had, including a delightful $11 savings on Google's Chromecast dongle. We've been fans of Chromecast ever since we reviewed the device over a year ago, and it's only gotten better since then.Head over to Amazon and you'll find Chromecast marked down to $24 (make that $23), a savings of nearly 32 percent over its regular selling price of $35. That's about as cheap as it's ever been (we've previously... Read more...
Google's little HDMI Chromecast dongle has been on the market for just over a year now, and as much as we liked it when it first came out, it's even better today. That's thanks to a constant stream up of updates. Hundres of apps have been added, such as HBO Go and Pandora, to name just two of many, and with the most recent update, even more have joined the fray. Just in time for the holidays, Google added a handful of family-friendly games like Wheel of Fortune, Hasbro's Monopoly Dash, Scrabble Blitz, Connect Four Quads, and Simon Swipe. For each one, you can use your phone or tablet as the controller... Read more...
As HBO mulls the addition of a streaming-only option for its content, Verizon and Sony consider cloud-based pay-TV replacements, and Roku celebrates sales of 10 million devices, it's obvious that the future of television looks different than what we've dealt with in the past. Google's Chromecast is amongst the least expensive and most flexible options when it comes to selecting a portable streaming apparatus, and this week, it's getting even better. The Google team has added the WATCH Disney, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD apps to Chromecast, as well as Twitch for gamers and iHeartRadio... Read more...
Has it been a year already? Time flies when you're streaming fun, and apparently Google's low cost Chromecast dongle is celebrating its first birthday. As parents are apt to do about their little ones, Google used the occasion to brag about its streaming stick by pointing out that people have hit the cast button more than 400 million times. Impressive! Chromecast has grown up considerably since we reviewed it last year. At the time, we said it was worth every penny, and all Google has done since then is add more features and functionality without jacking up the price -- it's still $35 (MSRP). "We’ve... Read more...
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