12 April 2014

Google Chromecast, new TV dashboard, Google Play Sonos

Google Chromecast, Google Play, Sonos -- all the home entertainment from one source:

Google looking to turn Chromecast into an at-a-glance TV dashboard | Technology | theguardian.com: "Google is looking at enhancing its Chromecast streaming stick with an information dashboard for the weather, local news and personal photos. Examination of the code of a recent update to Google’s Chromecast by asjmcguire on Reddit has revealed dormant components geared up for pulling data about the local weather from the internet and displaying it in simple icon form, as well as other at-a-glance information....display their own photos from their online libraries....stream YouTube live broadcasts via the Chromecast, as well as improvements to Netflix streaming....services such a Google News, Google Now and Calendar on a larger screen. Chromecast app developers have already started experimenting successfully with dashboard-like information screens, replacing the simplistic default Chromecast screen showing news tickers, weather and other information...." (read more at link above)

Play. Amplified. Introducing Google Play and Sonos
google.com
Your home. Your music. Your choice. With the ability to stream what you want, where you want with Google Play and Sonos, you are in complete ...
play.google.com/about/music/sonos/

Google Glass Goes On Sale to the Public Next Week (but Just for One Day) - The Wire
thewire.com
Google announced on Thursday afternoon that it would offer a "limited" sale of Glass starting on April 15 at 9 a.m. You can sign up for a reminder email ...
www.thewire.com/technology/2014/04/.../360496/

Android Gets a Malware Scanner for Google Play Store Apps
time.com
The new malware scanner in Android is an extension of Google's “Verify Apps” tool, which in the past has only scanned apps from outside of Google ...
time.com/.../android-gets-a-malware-scanner-for-google-play-...

Google to sell Glass to bigger pool of consumers
Washington Post
Google will sell the “Explorer” version of Glass to any U.S. resident who ... Apple Inc., the maker of the iPhone and iPad, is expected to unveil an ...

Amazon buys digital comics app comiXology
CNNMoney
ComiXology CEO David Steinberger said Amazon "has shown a passion for reinventing the ... Amazon is targeting a new corner of the media world.

Facebook Unfriends In-App Mobile Messaging
InformationWeek
Facebook is phasing out the in-app chat feature in its iOS and Android apps and wants users to download a separate app to chat with friends.

Microsoft, Apple Diverge on Bankrolling Big Patent Buyer
Voice of America
Microsoft, Sony, Intel and Apple also would not comment. ... Some companies like Google Inc publicly supported the bill, which included a provision to ...

Microsoft drags customers 'kicking and screaming' into its world of faster updates
Computerworld
Computerworld - Microsoft's demand that Windows 8.1 users install this week's major update was another signal that the company is very serious ...

Apple's Top Product Pundit Predicts 2014: Here's What You Need To Know
Forbes
Because Apple Apple rumors come and go faster than the latest celebrity gossip, it's often challenging to to know whether they are worthy of your ...

Amazon's Bezos offers update on groceries, drones
Salt Lake Tribune
CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders offers a glimpse into Amazon'sinternal workings and what it is aiming for in the future, ...

Google amps up fight against malicious apps with enhanced Android security
PCWorld
Google is boosting Android security safeguards to better detect potentially harmful apps throughout their life cycle. The security enhancement ...

Facebook wants to clean up spam in your News Feed - Engadget
By Mariella Moon
"1 like = $1." "1 like = 1 Respect." "If you don't share this, you're literally the devil."We'll bet you've seen the above way too often on Facebook.
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Google selling Glass to anyone in the US on April 15 for a limited time — Tech News and Analysis
By Kevin C. Tofel
Google is expanding the Glass Explorer program to those who want in. For a limited time on April 15, anyone in the U.S. over the age of 18 and willing ...
Gigaom

Google Bringing Glass To Masses Yearning To See Like A Cyborg In Public Release Next Week 
By Mary Beth Quirk
Have you had $1,500 just burning a hole in your pocket, all while cursing these damnable human eyes limited by human genetics? Prepare yourself ...
Consumerist

Google releases Project Ara development kit, modular phones closer than ever | ExtremeTech
By James Plafke
There is no shortage of genuinely good smartphone options on the market. However, if you want to stay completely up-to-date, you'll have to toss your ...
ExtremeTech

Apple will no longer invest in patent troll Intellectual Ventures - iDownloadBlog
By Christian Zibreg
Apple, Microsoft, Sony and Intel all previously invested in Intellectual ... Apple, Google, Samsung and others now lead the effort to curb patent trolling.
iDownloadBlog.com

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