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What to Expect at Google I/O 2018 

Google’s big once-a-year developer conference kicks off Tuesday May 8. While much of Google I/O is meant to support coders and the people who create apps and software for Google’s various platforms, what gets announced at the event will impact anyone who uses Android, Chrome OS, Wear OS, or any of Google’s many first-party apps—so basically everyone. Here are the big announcements we’re expecting to see (and a few things we won’t) at Google I/O 2018. Read More >>

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7 Chromecast Apps and Games You Aren’t Using But Should Be

The Chromecast—that’s a dongle for getting movies and shows and maybe a bit of music up on your big screen, right? Well, yes, but there’s much more you can do with your Chromecast. All kinds of apps and games can benefit from the extra screen space—not just Plex and Netflix. Read More >>

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Did the US Communications Commission Just Reveal Google’s Next Streaming Dongle?

Google’s Chromecast devices are handy (and cheap) little dongles for anyone who wants to add streaming functionality to their TV. But since the Chromecast Ultra came out in the fall of 2016, there haven’t been any new Google-branded additions to the family. Read More >>

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VLC for Android *Finally* Gets Some Form of Chromecast Support

Chromecast was a big deal when it arrived four and a half years ago, since it meant you could smarten up you TV on the cheap using your phone, tablet, or PC. Nowadays it's not so special, but it's finally getting one feature it's been lacking all these years: support from VLC. Read More >>

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How to Use Your Chromecast in a Hotel Room

Google’s Chromecast is one of the most useful streaming dongles ever invented—but its functionality falls down as soon as your internet access is restricted or just not available at all. Getting a Chromecast working in a hotel room isn’t easy, but it is possible. These are the tricks you can try. Read More >>

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Google’s New 4K Chromecast Ultra Is Incredibly Fast

Google has sold more than 30 million Chromecasts for the simple reason that it’s a super easy, super cheap way to get the stuff yon your computer beamed across to your TV. Now it’s getting an upgrade for the TVs of tomorrow. Read More >>

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The Best Set-Top Box for All Your Binge-Watching Needs

Unless you’ve got a Roku TV or one of the latest premium sets from Samsung or Sony, there’s a good chance you need to invest in a set-top box. Unlike the software built into many “smart” TVs, a set-top box is easy to use. The software and apps are all specifically designed to be operated from the sofa, the remote is typically dead simple, and the array of viewing choices are much broader than what you find built into your six-year-old 720p set. Read More >>

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Google Chrome Now Has Built-In Cast Support

Google's Chrome browser has always had the option of casting what's on your screen over to Chromecast, but you needed a browser extension to make it happen. Google has now revealed that Chrome version 51 (rolling out now on desktops) will have the feature built-in. Read More >>

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The Best Multiroom Wireless Speaker System to Fill Your Home With Music

We’ve spent hundreds of hours over several months using six multiroom wireless speaker systems in every possible room (and even outside) to find the best multiroom wireless speaker system. Though new competition is better than ever, Sonos is still the best for most people. If you want something cheaper, Google Chromecast Audio does a decent job, but you’ll need to provide your own speakers. Read More >>

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Google Home is a Voice-Activated Google Search Smart Hub

Sorry Amazon, Echo's got company. At it's 2016 Google I/O conference, Google showed off the Chromecast team's latest gadget – Google Home, a voice activated smart hub that can do, well, basically anything Google wants it to. Read More >>

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New Smaller Roku Stick Makes It Easier to Watch TV Without Annoying Your Housemates

The Roku Stick has always been a fantastic device. It’s as small as a Chromecast, but doesn’t require an entire additional phone/tablet/laptop to work. It just wedges Roku’s excellent smart TV OS into a HDMI stick, which is just a tad big three times as large as a thumb drive. Read More >>

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Guy Gets Chromecast to Work on Vintage TV, Results in Great Fun

Good news for the basements and attics of the world: bulky old cathode ray TVs are no longer useless! And turning them into a retro streaming device is easier than it looks. Read More >>

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Sign Up for Spotify, Get a Free Chromecast

Spotify has announced a deal: sign up for three months' worth of Spotify Premium for £29.97, and you’ll get a free Chromecast media streamer. Read More >>

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How to Play Local Files With Just a Streaming Stick

The Chromecast, Roku and Fire TV sticks often hailed for their web streaming capabilities, letting you Netflix binge on the cheap. You can, however, easily stream local files from your computer to these HDMI-enabled dongles as well with the right apps installed—here’s how to get everything set up. Read More >>

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Chromecast Audio is Now a Super Cheap Means for Multi-Room Music

Chromecast Audio, Google’s dongle that turns any speaker with an auxiliary jack into a wireless speaker, has only been out in the wild a few months, but it’s already getting some new powers that further justify the dinky dongle. Read More >>