Chromecast Alternative Teewe Will Support Torrent Streaming

Teewe is a popular streaming dongle in India and offers an alternative to Google’s Chromecast. Some critics have branded the device as a basic clone, but the company is desperately trying to add functionality which makes it a more attractive proposition. Interestingly, the streaming stick will soon support torrent streaming and it’s unlikely this will ever appear on the Chromecast due to copyright concerns. Sai Srinivas, Teewe co-founder and CEO told Tech In Asia:

“We don’t want to be seen as promoting piracy,”

“But at the same time, we want our consumers to have a choice. Let them have the choice […] I’m not judging or questioning them. Like if you buy a DVD player, and if you play a pirated DVD, it’s your fault, not the DVD player’s fault.”

This is an interesting feature and doesn’t technically infringe copyright. Although, if the streaming stick sales improve dramatically when the functionality is added, this could indicate it will be popular among pirates. Additionally, poverty in India means it’s extremely difficult to pay for expensive forms of entertainment media.

The unit also allows users to store mobile phone games and enjoy a “lag-free” gaming experience. The Teewe 2 is currently priced at $35, and it’s unknown if torrent streaming will come in a future model or via a software update.

Do you think torrent streaming should be supported?

Google Announce Second Generation Chromecast And More

A few weeks ago we discussed the possibility of Google announcing and releasing their second generation of the popular streaming hardware Chromecast. It would seem like those rumours have been put to rest with the official announcement of several pieces of hardware today.

Google Chromecast allows you to stream your media to any TV as long as it has an HDMI port to plug the Chromecast into and a USB port to power it. It would seem they want to take its strengths and make it better with the Chromecast 2. Now available in black, orange or yellow the new Chromecast is circular in design and supports 5GHz WiFi for that even faster connection, allowing you to stream 1080p with greater ease. Atop the new design the USB is now at the end of a cable, where the previous Chromecast plugged directly into the HDMI port, sometimes making it difficult to use surrounding  ports or even plugging the Chromecast in. To help even more the new Chromecast will even feature 3 antenee which will be automatically selected and adapted to give you the best signal for streaming and recieving at any moment.

Alongside the Chromecast 2, Google have announced the Chromecast Audio, pictured above on the rights. A streaming device spercifically for your audio. Using the same principles that made the original Chromecast your favourite Google hope to catch your attention again with the Chromecast audio. With the ability to use either optical or standard headphone connections you can plug the Chromecast audio into almost anything with a sound input and have your phone stream your favourite songs from across the room.

Thank you Ars Technica and Tech Crunch for the information.

Image courtesy of Tech Crunch.

Google Hosting Event on September 29th

Google has finalized the event date for its hardware launch presentation and already sent out invitations to members of the press. The event will take place on Tuesday September 29th and begin at 9AM PT. There’s a great deal of speculation regarding Google’s hardware announcements, but information suggests the main headline will be the latest Nexus 5. In theory, there could be two models, one from Hauwei and another from LG. The Nexus 6 is a beautiful handset, but the 5.9″ display is overkill for many users and cannot be comfortably held in one hand.

In theory, the Hauwei Nexus could be similar to the Honor 7 which integrates an astonishingly responsive fingerprint scanner. Other reveals could include a new Chromecast or audio streaming device. With the announcement of the revised Apple TV, it seems an appropriate time for Google to update their budget-friendly media streaming dongle. However, it will be interesting to see if the form factor or specifications have changed. On another note, it’s possible Google could discuss more about the company’s restructuring and Alphabet name. In terms of hardware, Google has a wide array of appetizing products and the Nexus line is bound to sell extremely well and receive a great deal of press coverage.

Do you own a Nexus handset? Are you looking forward to the new one?

Second Generation of Chromecast Rumoured For Announcement Next Month

Google have announced several big products in the past, ranging from the high-end Google Glass to the low-end, as well as innovations such as the modular smartphone Ara. One of their more successful pieces of technology has been the Chromecast, and it is set for a new generation with rumours spreading stating that the next version could be announced as soon as next month.

Chromecast is a small dongle and from the looks of it, you would expect not much, but the small device packed a big punch and was in many was a forerunner to the generation of home media streaming. The original Chromecast supported features such as streaming Twitch and a whole host of apps, including Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. By turning any TV is a wireless streaming device for pictures, movies and online content the Chromecast quickly became popular.

The next generation looks to improve on this according to files found by 9to5Google. The documents indicate that not only will the next version contain improved Wifi and a slew of new features, of which “Fast Play” seems to be designed for streamlining connecting your devices in a quick and simple fashion.

The new Chromecast seems to also support something titled Chromecast Audio, a system where you can connect Chromecast to your speakers by auxiliary cord. With multi-room support and “high-quality” sound, the new Chromecast could see you streaming your party music all over your house.

With more and more features being added and upgrades like this, the Chromecast could quickly become my go to device for streaming any media content. What about you, do you stream media content in your home? Would you be looking at a Chromecast or do you avoid media streaming?

Thank you The Verge for the information. 

Image courtesy of Youtube user Marques Brownlee.

ASUSTOR Adds the Last Missing Streaming Option to Their NAS’

ASUSTOR has been busy updating their NAS software all around, but with a special focus on the media part. Playing movies and tv shows is becoming a bigger part of users life every day and the solutions to do so become easier as well. ASUSTOR already had a pretty good coverage on the area with AirPlay support, KODI and XMBC media players, as well as UPnP and DLNA streaming. But one had been missing so far and that was the official Chromecast support.

That is not an issue anymore as the new AiVideos mobile app now supports Chromecast multimedia streaming playback, bringing the big screen entertainment experience to the last few ASUSTOR users who couldn’t already enjoy it. After linking with Chromecast, AiVideos turns into a remote control allowing users to pause, fast-forward, adjust the volume and even configure subtitles at the touch of a finger.

“Although consumers are relying on their mobile device more than ever before, many are still not satisfied with watching videos on a small screen,” said Steve Huang, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “We are very excited to be adding Chromecast support to ASUSTOR NAS, allowing videos on our devices to be streamed and played on bigger screens and bringing our users a more satisfying digital entertainment experience.”

The new version of AiVideos is first available for Android and can be downloaded or updated from Google Play. Users should also use the newest version of LooksGood (1.0.0.r1220) in conjunction with the newest version of AiVideos in order to enjoy Chromecast support.

UK Amazon Fire TV Stick Priced £35, or £7 to New Prime Members

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is now available for pre-order in the UK priced £35, or for just £7 for new Amazon Prime customers. The HDMI dongle, Amazon rival to Google’s Chromecast, is also available to existing Prime customers for £19.

In terms of its specifications, the Fire TV Stick wipes the floor with Chromecast, boasting four-times the on-board storage and twice the memory, plus a dual-core processor and dual band WiFi, compared to Chromecasts single core processor and single band WiFi.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said, “We’re excited to introduce Fire TV Stick in the UK. Fire TV Stick is the most powerful streaming media stick available, with a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, dual-band and dual-antenna Wi-Fi, included remote control, voice search with our free mobile app, and an open ecosystem. The team has packed a huge amount of power and selection into an incredible price point—Fire TV Stick is just £35.”

Amazon Fire TV gives viewers access to Prime Instant Video, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, BBC News, BBC Sport, Sky News, Curzon Home Cinema, STV Player, and other video services, with 1080p playback at 60fps and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound.

The £7 and £19 reductions for new and existing Prime customers, respectively, are valid until 26th March.

Source: Hexus

VLC to Get Chromecast Support

It seems VLC, the acclaimed open-source portable media player, is getting Chromecast support. VideoLAN, VLCs creator, recently posted a changelog for their media platform to GitHub, with “Chromecast output module” listed as one of the entries.

If that entry means what it appears to mean, VLC will soon be able to stream directly to a Google’s HDMI dongle. The move would be a boost for Chromecast users since the device is not the best at playing local video, and VLC is considered the most versatile media player available.

Couple this new with the recent VLC Player releases for iOS and Android, and the popular software could soon become an essential part of the Chromecast streaming experience.

Source: Gizmodo

Acer Revealed the H7550ST Short Throw Projector

Acer has revealed their newest short-throw projector with wireless versatility and 20W integrated audio, the H7550ST. It is also the world’s first projector to provide internal Chromecast compatibility.

“Our newest home entertainment projector is one of our best yet,” said Simon Hwang, Acer Stationary Computing and Display Business Group. “Leading short throw technology increases flexibility in placement options, while a wireless adapter makes transferring and projecting data easier and more convenient than ever. Home cinema enthusiasts will be thrilled with the Full HD visuals combined with dynamic 20W stereo audio with built-in DTS Sound that make movies and games breathtakingly lifelike.”

The H7550ST has a native display resolution of 1920 x 1080p and can display pictures up to 100 inches from as little as 1.5 meters distance. The projector has a brightness of 3000 lumens and a 16000:1 contrast ratio. Sound can be provided by the two internal 10W stereo speakers, optional Bluetooth speakers, or the ordinary audio out connections and comes with built-in DTS Sound.

For added convenience, a hidden adapter enables data to be transferred and projected wirelessly from a smartphone, PC or Chromebook leveraging user’s own Chromecast, an Acer MWA3 MHL dongle or Acer WirelessHD, which delivers 60Hz Full HD 3D movies without having to change settings when used with a HDMI cable connected to a media player.

The Acer H7550ST short throw projector will be available in March in Pan America and EMEA with an MSRP of $999.00.

Thanks to Acer for providing us with this information

Intel’s Dongle PC with Windows 8.1 Will Cost $149

Want a PC as small as a Raspberry Pi with the plug-and-playability of a Google Chromecast? You’ll find it, and more, in Intel’s new Compute Stick. The Compute stick is powered by a quad-core Atom CPU and 2GB RAM, with 32GB storage, running Windows 8.1. Also on-board is WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and one USB port.

Though Intel hopes that later models will be powered directly via the HDMI connector – a Core M version has been mooted – but for now the Compute Stick requires a mini-USB power supply, much like a smartphone charger.

The Windows version is priced at $149, with a smaller, 1GB RAM/8GB memory Linux-based model costing $89. Both are due for release in March.

Source: Engadget

Google Chromecast Now More Popular Than Apple TV

Google’s Chromecast TV streaming dongle outsold Apple TV over the first three quarters of 2014, according to Parks Associates, a market researcher. Google has been given the boost over their rival during a 10% upswing in the number of households now using home media players. Roku, the market leader for the past three years, remains in pole position with 29% market share, down from 46% last year.

Apple TV is now 7 years old, and has not had a major hardware update since 2012. Rumours have circulated this year that Apple is to update its TV system, adding App Store integration and Bluetooth controller support, but there has been no official confirmation regarding the new model. In the meantime, Google has forged ahead, stealing a significant slice of the home media market share.

Source: MacRumors

Man Builds Own Remote Control for Google Chrome

Jeff Bower decided that Google’s Chromecast accessory needed an upgrade, so he decided to go ahead and make his own remote control for this streaming USB device.

His remote was designed through a Raspberry Pi model B architecture, connecting it to a case and buttons. According to our sources, the total costing of this unit was around $55 US. with the programming being completed through the help of Pychromecast, which is a development kit designed for the Chromecast and Raspberry Pi technology.

According to reports, this unit functioned well with Chromecast apps such as Google Play movie store – with Bower stating that unfortunately the remote didn’t function correctly with third-party apps.

Bower discussed his build and findings on his personal Google+ page, commenting on facets of development and Netflix compatibility:

“When I tested against Google Play and Plex content (the majority of my viewing) it worked great, but as I dug deeper into the implementation I realized that Plex only works because of a custom file describing the commands (Plex is nice like that). Netflix is another story entirely, there doesn’t seem to be anything in the clear that can be captured and they’ve got a habit of locking out third party controls.”

Image courtesy of BGR and ebower.

Chromecast Adds New Channels, Including Comedy Central and Nickelodeon

The content for Google’s Chromecast seems to be widening every month, now boasting a fresh batch of content partners in Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go, Nickelodeon, EPIX, YuppTV, Encore, and radio app TuneIn. All of these apps will be available from today, just in time for the Holiday Season. Chromecast faces stiff opposition from rival TV streaming systems Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire.

The most notable additions to the TV streaming dongle, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, come courtesy of owner Viacom.  Comedy Central, is home to popular shows like South Park, The Daily Show, and Key and Peele, while Nickelodeon airs cult favourites Spongebob Squarepants and Legend of Korra.

Source: TechCrunch

Showtime and Starz Apps Added to Chromecast

 

Google announced today that its TV streaming dongle, Chromecast, is adding on-demand channels Starz Play and Showtime Anytime to its catalogue of apps, making popular TV shows like Homeland, Penny Dreadful, and Da Vinci’s Demons available to Chromecast users for the first time.

Chromecast apps can be controlled with a mobile device, like a tablet or smartphone, with the content sent directly to your TV via the $35 dongle. The on-demand apps require a current subscription to its respective cable channel. Although Showtime Anytime is already available on Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV, Starz Play is exclusive to Chromecast for now.

Also available are a series of party games. The titles added to Chromecast’s existing repertoire of over 50 games include Wheel of Fortune, Just Dance Now, Emoji Party, Big Web Quiz, Simon Swipe, Connect Four Quads and Hasbro’s Monopoly Dash.

Source: CNET

Twitch.tv Now Available on Chromecast

Streaming and professional tournaments of video gaming has been thrust into the spotlight in recent months. Not too long ago, we reported on Amazon and their acquisition of Twitch.tv, ESPN covering the finals of the International Dota2 tournament and an interesting statement from the ESPN boss claiming electronic gaming is not a sport.

In the latest of Twitch news, they’ve sent out an email news letter today announcing that their service will now be available through Google’s Chromecast.

Chromecast is a device that when plugged into your televisions HDMI port enables you to beam your phone, tablet or laptop screen signal straight to the big screen. Coming in at $35, Chromecast is said to support plenty of current large name apps such as Netflix, Pandora, YouTube and more – but now there’s one more special addition in the form of Twitch.tv.

Twitch has provided some basic instructions to getting your favourite streaming service onto the big screen:

“1. Open Twitch on your laptop or mobile device. Remember to update your apps if you don’t have updating auto-enabled.

2. Tap the “cast” icon. If you’re using Android, the icon is on the top right. If you’re on a laptop or iOS, the cast icon can be found on the bottom right of the video player.
Note: For Twitch to Chromecast from the web player, make sure to install the Google Cast extension.

3. From there, the live broadcast will play on your TV, while chat remains on your mobile device or laptop.

4. You can also access playback controls on your mobile device, or browse for other content without interrupting the live video on your TV.”

Chromecast works through your devices wireless transmitter and turns any device connected into a remote control for what you can see on-screen, this is dubbed as their “multi-sender functionality”.

What are you waiting for? We’re off to watch some speedruns!

Image courtesy of Twitch.tv

 

RickMote Controller App Lets You Rickroll Your Chromecast Neighbors

The Raspberry Pi has proven to be a useful tool for security researchers once again. This time, the Chromecast has been exploited, having found an interesting bug that lets you take control of any TV using the device.

From a techy point of view, the Chromecast uses a ‘deauth’ command that disconnects it from the Wi-Fi network. However, the command has been proven to have a bug. Once the command is initialized, it is said to kick the device off the network and enters a config mode that lets it become a Wi-Fi hotspot. When the Chromecast is in this state, anyone connecting to it can then send any video they like to the TV hosting the Chromecast device.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7nqP8AvXUg[/youtube]

In short, the Chromecast can become a hijackable device that lest anyone connecting to it stream any video they like to it. The bug is said to have been discovered by Dan Petro, a whitehat at security consultancy Bishop Fox. He is said to have used a Raspberry Pi, a couple of Wi-Fi cards and a touchscreen, along with Aircrack to take advantage of the bug. The device is said to take about 30 seconds to connect and take over the network. Once inside, people can then Rickroll their Chromecast friends or neighbors.

Petro has apparently made a blog about his invention as well, helping people build their own and set them on a ‘rolling’ spree. More information about the RickMote and can be found here. Also, below is a video of Petro’s presentation regarding his findings.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZUYYgyUyh8[/youtube]

Thank you Raspberry Pi for providing us with this information

Google Chromecast Receives Support for Pirated Movies through Popcorn-Time

The beta software program dedicated to provide ‘free’ movies, Popcorn-Time, has apparently announced that its software is now Chromecast-compatible for Windows users, having stated that a Chromecast version update is also being worked on for Mac users.

The cheap Chromecast device is Google’s product that allows users to send video from the Chrome browser or Netflix/Youtube service to your TV. Having Google’s announcements of pending updates for the Chromecast device last month, which includes the ability to mirror anything on an Android device to a TV, it makes sense for audio and video software makers to target such devices.

However, Popcorn-Time is an open-source project launched this year. gaining popularity through its easy-to-use interface and free content available. The content itself is basically a collection of video torrent links, which apparently stream the selected movie or video directly onto your device. It is currently compatible with Windows, Mac and Android devices.

Google appears to have not responded immediately to the given news, but its action to take down the Popcorn Time android version from the Google Store within 24h of its launch can only mean that the company will not be thrilled with something like this either.

Thank you CNN for providing us with this information

Chrome for Android Gets Updated

Google is busy pushing out another wave of updates for some of their most popular mobile apps, the first being Chrome for Android, which is now capable of supporting multi-window devices. There aren’t many multi-window compatible devices out there, but we do know that the new feature is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy S5.

Full-screen video playback is now included too thanks to HTML5, with added controls and subtitle options to boot. Other little additions bring the undo function, which desktop users will be familiar with as it allows you to re-open an accidentally closed tab.

Of course the update will also bring the usual way of bug fixes, stability improvements, etc. Not the biggest of updates, but you can read the full change lot below.

  • Undo Tab Close.
  • Fullscreen video with subtitles and HTML5 controls.
  • Support for some multi-window devices.
  • Support for casting some videos with Chromecast.
  • Other bug fixes.

Have you had a chance to try out the multi-window functionality yet? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Android Headlines.

Google Ban Porn Apps For Chromecast

Got a naughty theme for your latest app on Chromecast, then we’re sorry to tell you that Google will be telling you to cover up, or get out as they rule that there will not be any porn based apps allowed on Chromecast. This rule extends to all adult based apps, so the planned Playboy TV app will no longer be heading to the service.

Google have released their Chromecast  SDK for developers, but along side it comes their updated Terms of Service, which developers have to agree to  before they can make their apps Chromecast compatible, and one of the most important rules in the ToS is that there can be no explicit content.

It’s kind of a pointless exercise in many ways though, why Google can’t just setup an age wall for part of the Chrome store is beyond me. Even though the Playboy app may not be coming to Chromecast for direct streaming, users can still open the Chrome browser and navigate to it.

Thank you Gigaom for providing us with this information.

Chromecast Developer Restrictions Lifted With New SDK, To Make It Available Abroad Soon

Google has officially announced the release of the Google Cast SDK, allowing developers to integrate the Chromecast in their Android, iOS and web applications. Rishi Chandra, Chromecast MP, said that their “opportunity set is fairly large”, mentioning that he could see millions of mobile apps and websites adding support for the Google Cast.

When it first came out nine months ago, it had limited support available, along with a few select apps allowed on the platform, such as Pandora, HBO Go and Hulu Plus. Google also made a preview available for the SDK in order to give developers a taste of how to build their own apps on the platform, but did not allow them to publish their apps.

The newly released SDK offer developers simple ways to just beam a photo to the TV screen, without the need of integrated casting capabilities and the ability to build it from scratch. Chandra said that he will also want to see developers go further with developing new tech with the new SDK, having mentioning multiplayer gaming.

Google has also made some changes to the SDK, being part of the Google Play Services framwork now. This means that an Android update will no be required to get Chromecast applications on the platform, something that consist with Google’s efforts to make fragmentation less of an issue with Android.

We can see from the above that Google wants to really expand the Chromecast this year, attempting to fill it with apps and widening its Android grasp. Also, Mario Queiroz, VP of Production at Google, stated that Google is looking to make Chromecast available abroad soon.

Thank you Gigaom for providing us with this information
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