A New Chromecast is Coming!

This sounds very cool!

Exclusive: This is the 2nd gen. Chromecast w/ backdrop feeds, better WiFi, ‘Fast Play,’ more

9to5Google – By: Stephen Hall – “According to internal documents that 9to5Google has obtained, huge updates to the Chromecast platform are just around the corner. The long-rumored 2nd generation Chromecast hardware is set to debut at Google’s event later this month, packing many new features including feeds for the device’s main screen, improved WiFi, a new feature called ‘Fast Play,’ and more…

First up is the new Chromecast hardware itself, which you can see pictured above. Based on these images alone, it appears that the device is definitely a departure from the original model, leaving behind the ‘dongle’ form factor. That said, besides the fact that it comes in three colors, we still haven’t quite figured out what it is we’re looking at here. A balloon? A pair of ear muffs? Your guess is as good as ours. Google’s not only changing the appearance, though — this thing has a lot of changes coming to the inside as well.

While we haven’t seen the exact specifications of the new device, we have learned that one of the changes Google is bringing to this version is improved WiFi, which could possibly mean support for the faster 802.11ac band. Phandroid previously surfaced FCC documents it claimed were for the next Nexus Player showing 802.11ac WiFi support, but we’ve learned that those documents are actually describing this new 2nd generation Chromecast. The original Chromecast only supported 802.11b/g/n. The original Chromecast only supported 802.11b/g/n.

The 2nd generation Chromecast, which — for the record — we’ve only seen referred to as the ‘new Chromecast,’ is also going to include support for content feeds on the Chromecast home screen. It’s not clear yet what kind of ‘feeds’ you’ll be able to add, but this probably means adding social media feeds or image feeds that can play when your Chromecast is in its screensaver ‘backdrop’ mode. Currently, the Chromecast backdrop is customizable in that you can toggle things like weather and art, as well as add your own personal photos.

There’s also a new feature called ‘Fast Play’. Assumably, along with the improved WiFi features, ‘Fast Play’ will allow Chromecast to establish a connection much quicker and play content more seamlessly when pressing the ‘Cast’ button on a connected device. This is one area many users find frustrating with the current Chromecast, and if Google has made the experience anything close to this, Fast Play might be the device’s most compelling feature.

Not to be confused with Google Cast for Audio, which is Google’s platform for making speakers and other audio hardware directly compatible with the Chromecast protocols, Google is also planning to launch ‘Chromecast Audio’. According to the leaked documentation we’ve seen, it appears that this could allow your Chromecast to plug directly into any speaker by way of auxiliary cord, providing Chromecast support to any speaker or audio system in your home. This feature will, according to the documents, have multi-room support, the ability to mirror your Chrome or Android audio, and brings ‘high-quality’ audio.

Update: We’ve learned that Chromecast Audio is indeed a second Chromecast device.

According to the documents, the device is set to be announced at the company’s September 29th event, the same day that the two new Nexus devices are rumored to launch. The device will assumably be priced similar to the first generation Chromecast, and will launch in at least 10 countries. Additionally, as we reported earlier today, Google will also announce that Spotify is preparing to launch Chromecast support in its mobile app.”

Dr. Bill.TV #390 – Video – “The Media Edition!”

New ‘M2′ Slingbox drops mobile app fees, Looney Tunes’ Chuck Jones, Ant-Man started Friday, average of 40 minutes on YouTube per viewing session, Adobe secures Flash, with help from Google, close-up images of Pluto, GSotW: Kodi, Japanese Ant-Man Trailer!

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New ‘M2′ Slingbox drops mobile app fees, Looney Tunes’ Chuck Jones, Ant-Man started Friday, average of 40 minutes on YouTube per viewing session, Adobe secures Flash, with help from Google, close-up images of Pluto, GSotW: Kodi, Japanese Ant-Man Trailer!

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Geek Software of the Week: Kodi!

Have you ever wanted to set up your own, personal audio, photo, and video system for your home? This will do it for you! Kodi, formerly known as XBMC, is very cool, and will find any media you have on your PC, and give you a Tivo like interface for it!

Kodi – A Media Center for your Home!

“Kodi™ (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. Our forums and Wiki are bursting with knowledge and help for the new user right up to the application developer. We also have helpful Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Youtube pages.

Disclaimer: Kodi does not provide any media itself. Users must provide their own content or manually point Kodi to third party online services. The Kodi project does not provide any support for bootleg video content.

Music: Kodi can play all your music including AAC, MP3, FLAC, OGG, WAV and WMA formats. It has cue sheet, tagging support, MusicBrainz integration, and smart playlists for ultimate control of your music collection.

Movies: Kodi can do movies too! Supporting all the main video formats and sources, including streamable online media, ISOs, 3D, H.264, HEVC, WEBM. Kodi can import these movies with full posters, fanart, disc-art, actor information, trailers, video extras, and more.

TV Shows: The TV shows library supports episode and season views with posters or banners, watched tags, show descriptions and actors. Video nodes/tags and smart playlists can further organize your library for special interests, making specific screens for sci-fi, anime, etc.

Pictures: Import pictures into a library and browse the different views, start a slideshow, sort or filter them all using your remote control.

PVR: Kodi allows you to watch and record live TV all from the GUI interface. It works with a number of popular backends including MediaPortal, MythTV, NextPVR, Tvheadend, VDR, Windows Media Center, and more.

Add-Ons: Take Kodi to a whole new level with the vast selection of community created add-ons that are available though our repositories. There are add-ons for videos, music, changing Kodi’s behavior, popular web services, adding more artwork, controlling your lights, and much much more.

Skins: Kodi allows you to completely change the whole GUI. Thanks to the highly customizable skinning engine you are able to change every aspect of Kodi. Choose from dozens of community created skins, each with their own set of options, or create your own dream UI.

uPNP: With UPnP compatibility you can stream to and from any other Kodi instances and play to other UPnP compatible devices in your home with ease. Have one UPnP master device and use other Kodi instances as clients which automatic keeps you watched status and library up-to-date. You can also now import from uPnp sources to synchronize your data inside instances of Kodi.

Web Interface: Interact with Kodi using its JSON-RPC based remote interface. This brings loads of possibilities for remote controls, web browsers and 3rd party tools to take Kodi to the next level.

Remote Controls: With support for hundreds of remote controls, CEC-compatible TVs, or one of the new Smartphone and Tablet Apps, Kodi allows you to control your media your way.”

M2 Slingbox Changes Things Up!

Slingbox M2I had one of the old original Slingbox units. It was pretty cool, I would LOVE to test one of these someday!

New ‘M2’ Slingbox Drops Mobile App Fees

MultiChannel – By: Jeff Baumgartner – “Taking another stab at the consumer mainstream, Sling Media has launched the Slingbox M2, a video place-shifter that won’t require users to buy the requisite mobile apps, but will expand its use of advertising.

The M2 (ZatzNotFunny caught wind of the product a few days ago) runs on the same hardware as the Slingbox M1, $149 product launched a year ago, but M2 buyers will no longer be on the hook to pay extra for the SlingPlayer app for iOS and Android tablets and smartphones, which typically runs $15 per app per device. There’s no recurring monthly fees, and M2 users also have the ability to stream content from their mobile device to Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices as well as to Chromecast adapters.

With the M2, a product outfitted with WiFi and 1080p capabilities that carries an MSRP of $199.99, Sling Media will instead try to make up for that by selling ads that run on standalone apps for mobile device and PCs, as well as Sling’s browser-based clients.

Those users will see a pre-roll ad when they fire up those apps, and ads will also appear in the app viewing window (no ads will be placed on top of the video itself, however). Display ads will disappear completely when M2 customers use the apps in full-screen mode, Mark Vena, Sling Media’s worldwide vice president of marketing, said. ‘We think that’s a great tradeoff,’ Vena said, noting that M2 Slingbox users will have the option to avoid ads on the mobile apps by purchasing the apps separately.

The ad model isn’t a new one for Sling Media. Last fall, the company started to stitch ads into its free Web browser client and a new standalone PC app for the M1 model. The decision was controversial in that it didn’t go over well with some Slingbox customers, but Sling Media defended the decision because it helps the company offset the costs of ongoing engineering and technology testing requirements. Sling Media hasn’t revealed how many retail Slingboxes have been shipped (on the leased end of the spectrum, Dish Network embeds the technology in its new Hopper HD-DVRs, and Arris is Sling’s exclusive distributor of a place-shifting device optimized for cable operators and telcos). Vena estimates that the M1 currently makes up about 60% to 65% of the recent sales mix. Its high-end Slingbox 500 model runs $299.99. From this point on, the M2 is the company’s flagship Slingbox model.

Sling Media will look for the M2 to help it gain more ground in the consumer arena, even as the place-shifting platform faces off with multiscreen TV Everywhere offerings. Sling is trying to distance itself by promoting the fact that its products provide users with remote access to their full pay TV subscriptions, including DVR recordings, rather than to a subset of channels and features typically found in most TVE offerings. Last year, Sling Media introduced a consumer campaign that mocked the limitations of TVE.

Looking ahead, Sling Media plans to introduce a free app upgrade in October that will bring its Gallery view to smartphones that shares similarities with the company’s iPad app. The new app will also feature 20% quicker loading and connection times. Sling Media also provided some revised usage data. -Of its U.S. user base, 34% of Slingbox place-shifting is to Europe, followed by Asia (32.6%), and Mexico (9.6%). -The longest Slingbox session recorded so far spanned 12,380 miles (from Asunción, Paraguay, to Taipei, Taiwan). -About 75% of watched hours via the Slingbox occurs out of the home, and 80% of Slingbox viewing is of live TV, versus 20% from a DVR.”

Microsoft OneDrive for Android Now Supports Chromecast

The new version of Microsoft OneDrive for Android now supports the Chromecast!

OneDrive for Android Now Supports Chromecast

OMG! Chrome – By: Joey-Elijah Sneddon – “OneDrive for Android supports Chromecast streaming as of its latest update.

Microsoft had previously teased plans to support Chromecast streaming for files stored in its free cloud storage service.

With OneDrive (v3.2) for Android this feature is delivered.

You can fling compatible images, music and video files stored in OneDrive account to a nearby TV with just a couple of taps.

Using the feature is simple enough. When OneDrive detects a Chromecast device on the network it shows a Cast button in the toolbar. Clicking on this button prompts the user to select a target Cast device. Users can then proceed to tap on a file to open/preview it on their TV.

OneDrive joins Google Drive, Dropbox and Box as cloud storage supporting the technology.

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OneDrive for Android is a free applications and is available from the Google Play Store. Note that it requires a (free) Microsoft account to be use.”

A Fix for Chromecast Connectivity

Chromecast Network ConnectorIf you have been having issues as a Chromecast user (I haven’t) then you now have a fix!

Google finally has a fix for Chromecast’s biggest problem

Techradar – By: Nick Pino – “The Google Chromecast was almost perfect when it launched in 2014.

It offered a low-cost, lightweight option to mirror exactly what you see on your handheld or tablet to the big screen. But if you didn’t have a consistent Wi-Fi signal in your living room, you could pretty much kiss any chance of having a flawless stream goodbye.

Capitalizing on the one flaw plaguing its pint-sized streaming stick, Google has finally released an ethernet adapter that will replace the power cord that ships with the basic Chromecast.

The ethernet adapter costs $15 and offers a single 10/100 ethernet port on its backside. It’s currently only available in the US and, as of when this article was written, is completely sold out on the Google Store. (If you’re in the UK or Australia, don’t worry. We’ve reached out to Google for additional details on international pricing and availability.)

Google has sold more than 10 million Chromecast units since launch worldwide and continues to be one of the highest selling streaming devices on the planet.”

Geek Software of the Week: Bluestacks!

BluestacksAs my earlier post described, this software allows you to run Android apps on your computer, whether PC (Windows) or Mac!

Bluestacks – Android on Your Computer!

“Gaming on mobile draining your battery? Play and message as long as you want while keeping your phone at 100%.
Save battery. Play on BlueStacks.

For the first time, you can play Castle Clash on a big screen and message on Whatsapp at the same time. You can also share files from your PC and Mac onto mobile, for example posting photos on Instagram from your computer.

Download apps onto to your computer with a single click. Bluestacks merges your Windows or OSX and Android experiences seemlessly. Applications and games can now live behind a single desktop icon.”

ARRRGH! The Gamemaster just let me know that Bluestacks is only free the first day, one day later, it pops up and says that you have to pay $2.00 per month, OR, download and install certain apps… oh well, so this week’s GSotW comes with a caveat!

Dr. Bill.TV #385 – Video – “The Pong is Old Edition!”

Reserve your free Windows 10 Upgrade now! Google Cardboard, ‘gateway drug’ to VR, Sling TV for Cord Cutters, Skype for Web Beta, up-coming improvement in Chrome to help battery life, GSotW: Zback, the first inductees in the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

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Dr. Bill.TV #385 – Audio – “The Pong is Old Edition!”

Reserve your free Windows 10 Upgrade now! Google Cardboard, ‘gateway drug’ to VR, Sling TV for Cord Cutters, Skype for Web Beta, up-coming improvement in Chrome to help battery life, GSotW: Zback, the first inductees in the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

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Dr. Bill Bailey.NET

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