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Walmart undercuts the Chromecast with $25 Vudu Spark

Walmart thinks it can out-price the Google Chromecast, Roku Streaming Stick, and Amazon Fire TV Stick. The mega retailer has quietly put out its very own streaming device, called the Vudu Spark, and it costs just a meagre $ 24.95, a Walmart representative tells Gigaom. And there’s a currently a promotion that will effectively make the device free — Walmart will give you $ 25 in movie credits over five months when you purchase the streaming stick. The device first leaked from the FCC in November.

But you do get what you pay for. Unlike the $ 35 Chromecast or its other, more expensive competitors, there’s no Netflix or Hulu. There’s no HBO Go. In fact, there are no apps whatsoever. All the Vudu Spark can do is play streaming videos from…

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Microsoft’s Chromecast competitor is Miracast-powered, costs $60

Google clearly landed on a fantastic formula when it built Chromecast, and that product’s standout success has led other companies to push out their own HDMI dongles in recent months. Roku’s got its $ 49.99 Streaming Stick, and now Microsoft is trying to create a worthy competitor with the brand new Wireless Display Adapter. No, names don’t get much more generic than that. But Microsoft’s device shares a lot in common with Chromecast. Its primary purpose is sending something you’re viewing on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop to the TV screen (or a projector, since Microsoft is also targeting business users here). It’s also powered by USB, but unlike Chromecast, it looks like the USB cord is hardwired and can’t be unplugged or replaced,…

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Google’s Chromecast will use ultrasonic sounds to connect with nearby devices

Google wants to make the experience of using Chromecast more social. To do that, it’s opening up the $ 35 device to everyone in your living room, regardless of whether or not they’re connected to your Wi-Fi network. Announcing the new feature during yesterday’s I/O keynote, Chromecast Product Manager Rishi Chandra said, “We’re using a variety of different technologies, which allows us to authenticate users in the same room as Chromecast.” But considering how cool one of those technologies is, it’s surprising that Chandra didn’t offer more details.

GigaOm says Google’s using ultrasonic audio cues to help make the connection between smartphones, tablets, and your TV. These sounds — emitted by the TV that your Chromecast is plugged into —…

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Mozilla reportedly developing streaming stick to compete with Chromecast

With still no sign of Mozilla’s smart TV offerings, reports indicate that the company is planning another move into the living room. According to GigaOm, Mozilla may be working on a streaming stick running Firefox OS not unlike Google’s Chromecast and the Roku Stick. While the device doesn’t yet have a name or release date, it’s said that it will be more open to developers looking to hack its capabilities.

The new streaming device has allegedly been in development for some time, and changes are still being made. The focus here, however, is on openness; GigaOm reports that developers will eventually be able to code apps for multiple platforms, including Windows Phone and Amazon’s Fire phone. However, it’s unclear how involved Mozilla is…

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Chromecast updated to show Google Drive presentations

The web version of Google Drive now allows everyone to cast presentations to their Chromecast dongles. Previously, only a select group of users had access to the functionality. In order to use the feature, which can be found under “Present on another device” in Google Drive’s Present menu, users must be on the same Wi-Fi network as their Chromecast device and have the Cast extension enabled. Android support is currently unannounced.

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AllCast app closes the gap between Chromecast and AirPlay

There are plenty of things you can stream to your Chromecast, but thanks to copyright worries, locally stored video isn’t one of them. At least one developer is hoping to change that, though, with an app that streams video files from your device’s Gallery, Dropbox, or Google Drive to your television using Google’s $ 35 dongle.

Developer Koushik Dutta posted to his Google+ page today with a link to an early beta of an application he’s calling AllCast. After installing it, you select a locally stored video, tap “share,” and stream the video to your Chromecast using AllCast. You can then control video playback using your mobile device.

The app will self-destruct in two days

The app is an early beta, and the current APK will…

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Google adds TV shows to UK Play Store ahead of international Chromecast launch

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Google has boosted the content available on its UK Play Store with the addition of TV show downloads. Bringing its store closer to feature parity with iTunes, Google now includes popular shows like Doctor Who, Homeland, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead in its listings, pricing episodes at £1.89 for standard downloads and £2.49 for high-definition shows. While full season pricing fluctuates between titles, Google matches Apple on many single episodes.

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Google Chromecast review

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It’s surprisingly difficult to put a web browser on TV. It’s difficult for regular people — the best option is often just plugging in a laptop — and it’s been ridiculously difficult for the tech industry in general. From interface problems to weird remotes to clunky performance, attempts to put the web on TV have all met with failure of one kind or another. Google in particular learned a hard lesson with its Google TV platform, which crashed and burned so spectacularly when it launched in 2010 that hardware partner Logitech nearly went out of business.

But now Google’s back with the Chromecast, a far simpler way of getting the web on your TV. The Chromecast is a $ 35 HDMI dongle that basically competes with Apple’s…

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What’s inside Google’s $35 Chromecast dongle?

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On Wednesday, Google announced the Chromecast, a $ 35 dongle that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV and streams video from the cloud. It’s much like a tiny Roku box, except you get to control the experience from any PC, tablet, or smartphone. But what did Google stuff inside that stick to make the magic happen, at such a tiny size and price? Teardown and repair site iFixit ripped open a Chromecast today, so that you don’t have to pry.

It’s really pretty simple inside: there’s a miniature circuit board, with a Marvell processor and an AzureWave combo Wi-Fi chip, along with 4GB of flash memory and 512MB of low-voltage RAM. There’s an aluminum heatsink around all the components, and a slab of solid aluminum spanning the entire length of…

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Google reveals Chromecast: video streaming to your TV from any device for $35

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Google is making another foray into the living room with the Chromecast, a small $ 35 dongle that allows users to stream videos from a phone or tablet to their TV using Chrome. Essentially, it turns every TV into a smart TV, but it lets you control it through whatever device you’re on rather than providing a new interface. “Everyone loves their phones, tablets, and laptops,” said Google. “Unlike other solutions, we will not force you to have the same operating system on all your devices.” It connects over HDMI and is powered by USB.

The Chromecast doesn’t directly mirror to devices a la AirPlay. After what Google promises is quick and painless syncing, it turns your phone or computer into a remote and streaming hub, allowing you to queue…

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