Best buy is offering $5 discount for Chromecast which started Nov 3rd all the way until Feb 1, 2014 excluding black friday dates. This discount is exclusive to people with .edu e-mail addresses. It’s interesting that they would offer this deal to students as you would imagine they would be the ones with the least amount of free time due to their studies. With that said, we all know they can get a break especially if it has to do with money.
A German G+ user, Daniel Lohse, accidentally stumbled upon an interesting feature when playing around with his Chrome browser. It appears that Google is testing the ability to directly cast documents in Google Drive to your Chromecast. This will allow you to launch directly from Google Drive onto a large TV screen or even a projector without the annoying Windows dual screen setup which never seems to work. This is great news for business road warriors or teachers who want a easy way of popping out presentations. Imagine loading a ppt onto Google drive then taking out your Nexus 5 and launching the presentation. So simple!
In a blogpost, Google announced that Hulu plus now works with Chromecast. If you previously were limited to watching Hulu plus from your PC, tablet, phone, you may now cast it to your TV using Chromecast. This news is timely as critics were asking why no further companies starting incorporating Chromecast since its first launch two months ago.
Amazon has the Chromecast back in stock and available to ship according schedule. Have you ordered yours yet? So far, this product has lived up to its expectations and then some. This is now the exclusive method I use to watch Netflix and cast tv shows streamed from Amazon Prime via Google Chrome browser. It is also the cheapest way to “Smartify” your dumb TV. I also took this with me to Hawaii and was able to cast TV shows from my Android phone. Even my son knows how to cast youtube videos from my wife’s iPhone 5!
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Gigaom.com and other websites are reporting that users are beginning to see the Chromecast icon on websites outside of youtube.com. Previously, Youtube only allowed users to cast directly from Youtube.com. Now they appear to allow Chromecast users to cast from websites which embed youtube videos on their websites. Have you noticed this?
Rejoice Apple fans! Apparently, Google didn’t leave iOS users out in the dust when Chromecast was launched. Apparently, the Chromecast app was in development and Apple today allowed publishing of it’s very own app. This will allow casting from Chrome browser on iOS devices. To download, click on the below link:
Download at App Store – Chromecast – Google, Inc.
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Google’s latest gadget – Chromecast inadvertently created a hot commodity. I’m not sure if this is part of it’s marketing ploy but as we stand, there is only one way to get your hands on one of these and that is through the 2nd hand market such as eBay and Craigslist. eBay is selling these on avg. $60-70 and Craigslist has it for a hair cheaper. There is no word from Google, Best Buy, Amazon on when they will become available again.
GMapper14 from Lifehacker.com figured out a way to use Chromecast on the Kindle Fire! Below are the instructions.
- Go to your settings in Kindle Fire and allow 3rd party apps
- Download the 1mobilemarket apk and install it on your Kindle fire
- Open 1mobilemarket and install Youtube, Play Music, Chromecast, and Play Movies
- Install each app one by one
- Open Chromecast app, sync it with your device and that’s it!
I don’t have a Kindle Fire so can someone give it a try and comment below.
After several comments that Amazon Prime blocked Chromecast, I digged into it a bit more and found out that this may be due to Microsoft Silverlight. If you do not have it installed, select ‘Flash Player’ and it will still work. Here are some snapshots.
My PC doesn’t have Silverlight installed so instead of installing the plugin, I selected Adobe Flash player. I then started the movie, cast this tab from my Chrome browser and clicked full screen and I am watching movie from Amazon Prime using Chromecast. Below is another snapshot.
Below is a video. I didn’t have the audio on.