An Important Update to Plex!

Plex is an app that has long been able to stream media from a media server PC on your network. The people behind Plex have now given us added functionality, and have developed apps for all kinds of devices that tie into to the Plex platform. This week they followed through with a promise that they had made to allow uploads of smartphone cameras built into the Plex system.

They announced the new features on their product blog. Plex added support for Google Chromecast in December of 2013, but the upload feature was not available at that time. The new version does away with that problem, and now anyone can cast media straight from the Plex Android, or iOS app, as well as the Plex website, to any TV equipped with Google’s Chromecast device!

They also included the ability to automatically upload photos from your camera equipped with their app to the user’s Plex local media server.

In the video below you can see a demo of the Plex camera upload feature:

Plex Camera Upload from Plex on Vimeo.

Chromecast Development is Now OPEN!

Let the app development begin on the Chromecast! Impress me, dewds!

Google Opens Chromecast To All Developers

Frederic Lardinois for TechCrunch – “When Google launched its Chromecast HDMI dongle, it only allowed a small set of developers to create applications for it. The company always promised, though, that it would soon open the platform up to all developers. Today, it is doing just that.

The move opens up Chromecast to a whole range of new applications. Until now, unless you wanted to watch Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Pandora and a handful of other apps, you were out of luck. Now, there’s no reason why Spotify, Facebook, Twitter or any other app wouldn’t add some support for Chromecast as well.

Developers can now download the Google Cast Software Development Kit and build Chromecast support right into their apps and websites. The company says integrating the SDK is ‘simple.’ Developers do have to pay a $5 registration fee, though, which gives them access to the Google Cast SDK Developer Console so they can register their apps and authorize devices for testing.

Media apps can just use the default Chromecast media player to play back HTML5 media content, or they can customize the player with their own branding. For other apps, developers can create their own custom receiver applications that support standard streaming protocols like MPEG-DASH, HLS and Microsoft Smooth Streaming. To help developers get started, Google has also made a set of sample apps available on GitHub.”

Geek Software of the Week: Allcast for Android!

Do you want to stream content, a la Chromecast from your Android tablet, phone, etc. to most DNLA supported devices (this includes Roku, Apple TV, etc.)? Well, now you can! Koushik Dutta, from ClockworkMod has posted a new app in the Google Play store! Here’s a video on how it works:

And, if you “have to have it” here’s the link to the Play Store for the app:

Allcast for Android in the Google Play Store

I know, this Geek Software of the Week is different, but, expand your mind!

New Apps for Chromecast!

No sooner do I do my “Three Reasons to Love Chromecast” and now they have even more apps!

Chromecast Gets 10 New Apps, Including Songza, VEVO, And Revision 3

Techcrunch – “Slowly but surely, Google’s Chromecast devices is beefing up with content partners. The company just announced 10 new apps landing on the $35 smart TV dongle, including VEVO, Revision 3, PostTV, and Songza, to name a few.

For those of you who don’t already know, Chromecast is a device developed by Google that plugs right into your TV to add various streaming services like YouTube, Netflix and most recently HBO Go.

Here’s what Google had to say about the new apps:

Beginning today you can enjoy action sports, news, music videos, and more with the addition of VEVO, Red Bull.TV, Songza, PostTV, Viki, Revision 3 and BeyondPod.

And for those many holiday gatherings, you can also cast your personal media straight to your TV using Plex, Avia, or RealPlayer Cloud apps. There’s no need to huddle around small screens when you can share your own photos and videos using your phone, tablet, or laptop.”

More Reasons to Love the Google Chromecast!

1) You can watch anything that you can view in your web browser. I have been talking about this feature for a while. But, I am not sure folks “get” this feature even yet! For instance, there are TV shows on CBS, and other TV networks’ web sites, where they have full episodes available to view in your browser. Once you start a show in the Chrome browser window, then you can go “full screen” in the player, and if that is in a tab cast to your TV via Chromecast… guess what? You have a full screen TV show via Chromecast! Want to watch the latest version of RWBY on the Roosterteeth web site, guess what? Full screen on your HDTV in your living room! Now even your web-based shows are available!

2) Watch your own local (on your hard drive) videos. Wait! I thought that you couldn’t do that with the Chromecast! Yes, you can… because anything that you can view in your Chrome browser window, you can watch on your TV screen! So… all you have to do is open a local video file in your Chrome browser using the “Control-O” command in Chrome. It will come up in a player within Chrome, then you can hit the “full screen” button in the lower right corner of the player. (Basically, it is the HTML5 player.) Since Chrome supports file format viewing for such formats as AVI, MP4, M4V, MPEG, OGV, and WEBM videos, you can then watch you own local videos using this hack!

3) Do you want to show your entire PC screen on your HDTV? Maybe you want to show someone how to do something in a training setting? Well, you can! It is an “experimental” feature, but it is available. Just open your Chrome browser, click on the “Cast this tab…” option as usual, then select the drop down menu, and choose to cast your whole screen! As I said, it IS experimental, but, you can do it!

Undocumented Tip for Chromecast Users!

So, you have pulled up a web page in your Chrome browser, and you click the Chromecast button in the browser to display the video in the tab to the Chromecast. Now, you want to continue to use your PC while the video is playing on your TV. Just go full-screen on the video within the Chrome browser tab, then ALT + TAB. Your TV will show the video, and you’ll be able to use your computer to do something else. Neat!

Dr. Bill.TV #300 – Video – The 300th Edition Edition”

Our 300th Show, and a BIG Giveaway! A walk-through of Boxee.TV. Google Chromecast, Dr. Bill is jazzed! GSotW: Active@ File Recovery and Virtual Drive Creator, GigaOm Cord Cutter’s demo of Chromecast, Ubuntu Edge, Dr. Bill is a Founder! PiCast Project!

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

Blubrry Network

Active@ File Recovery

Virtual Drive Creator

Congrats to Nate Sprouse! The Winner of our Dr. Bill 300th Netcast Contest! He won a Boxee.TV box!


Start the Video Netcast in the Blubrry Video Player above by
clicking on the “Play” Button in the center of the screen.

(Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your “format of choice”)
Streaming M4V Audio





Streaming MP3 Audio

Streaming Ogg Audio

Download M4V Download WebM Download MP3 Download Ogg
(Right-Click on any link above, and select “Save As…” to save the Netcast on your PC.)

Available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/nYNnYPlPn40

Available on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/71641582


Dr. Bill.TV #300 – Audio – The 300th Edition Edition”

Our 300th Show, and a BIG Giveaway! A walk-through of Boxee.TV. Google Chromecast, Dr. Bill is jazzed! GSotW: Active@ File Recovery and Virtual Drive Creator, GigaOm Cord Cutter’s demo of Chromecast, Ubuntu Edge, Dr. Bill is a Founder! PiCast Project!

Links that pertain to this Netcast:

TechPodcasts Network

Blubrry Network

Active@ File Recovery

Virtual Drive Creator

Congrats to Nate Sprouse! The Winner of our Dr. Bill 300th Netcast Contest! He won a Boxee.TV box!


Start the Video Netcast in the Blubrry Video Player above by
clicking on the “Play” Button in the center of the screen.

(Click on the buttons below to Stream the Netcast in your “format of choice”)
Streaming M4V Audio





Streaming MP3 Audio

Streaming Ogg Audio

Download M4V Download WebM Download MP3 Download Ogg
(Right-Click on any link above, and select “Save As…” to save the Netcast on your PC.)

Available on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/nYNnYPlPn40

Available on Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/71641582


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