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$50 Chromecast with Google TV supports 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos

Google has announced its new Chromecast streaming device, a $50 product featuring a physical remote, an Android TV operating system, and 4K/HDR support.

$50 Chromecast with Google TV supports 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos

Google has announced its new Chromecast streaming device, a $50 product featuring a physical remote, an Android TV operating system, and 4K/HDR support.

$50 Chromecast with Google TV supports 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos

Google has announced its new Chromecast streaming device, a $50 product featuring a physical remote, an Android TV operating system, and 4K/HDR support.

Chromecast with Google TV impressions: The best streaming device?

Google has fundamentally changed what the Chromecast is — and the result is pretty great.

Google September 2020 hardware event: Everything we expect to be released

Google has announced the date of its next hardware event -- to be held on September 30. From the Pixel 5 to a new Chromecast, here's everything we expect.

Google Pixel 5 expected to launch September 30

Google is expected to introduce its Pixel 5 smartphone, Pixel 4a with 5G, and a handful of other products on September 30, according to an invitation being sent out.The “Launch Night In” event takes place at 2PM EST/11AM EST and promises details on a new Chromecast, a new smart speaker, and new Pixel phones.Google has previously indicated that the Pixel 5 and a 5G-ready version of the Pixel 4a were coming this fall. According to Google, the 5G variant of the Pixel 4a will start at $499. The Pixel 5’s price remains a mystery.Google’s new smart speaker is likely the one that leaked in July, which appears to be somewhat of a cross between the Nest Mini and the Google Home Max from a few years back.As for the new Chromecast device, it may be one of two that were recently spied at the FCC. Google has been working on tweaking its Android TV and Chromecast experience; a TV dongle with codename “Sabrina” is the likely candidate and figures to blend the two.Given there are a couple of weeks separating now and the September 30 launch chances are good that a few leaks could spoil the surprises.

Spotify for Mac Can Now Initiate Streams to Chromecast Devices

Spotify for desktop can now directly initiate Chromecast streams, reports 9to5Google. Previously, the only way to control Chromecast streams on

Google readying Chromecast Ultra with Android TV, report indicates

Google is working on a successor to its Chromecast Ultra which will be based on Android TV, according to a 9to5google report.The device, which is said to go by the code name of “Sabrina”, is expected to support 4K HDR content as well as Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.As is the case with the current Chromecast Ultra, the second-gen model will be a dongle that plugs directly into TV. Unlike the one available today, the new one should be paired with an external remote.The remote control is reported to have a microphone, dedicated Google Assistant button, and support pairing to TVs. Naturally, the remote will also be used to navigate Android TV experience.According to the source of the report, the forthcoming device will closely resemble the 3rd generation Chromecast but with a softer, more round finish.This will mark the first time Google has offered up hardware for its Android TV experience in the form of a dongle.With Google I/O cancelled, it’s hard to say exactly how or when Google might introduce the new device.

The best YouTube tips for Android and iOS

Even though we use the YouTube app a lot, there are a few hidden features we never use. Here are some of the best YouTube tips and tricks for Android and iOS.

Google schedules hardware event for October 15

Google on Monday began sending out invitations to a hardware event for October 15 which takes place in New York City. It’s here where we expect to see the formal introduction of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.Google’s 2018 event saw the debut of the Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL, Pixel Slate, a Google Nest Hub, and the revised Chromecast. It’s these annual October gatherings where Google shows off the new hardware that takes advantage of the software features introduced and/or shown off at Google I/O.Google confirms the Pixel 4 months months earlier than expectedPixel 4 confirmed to have gestures and face unlockGoogle Pixel 4 to have really awesome camera featuresGoogle took an unusual approach for 2019, confirming the existence of the Pixel 4 all the way back in June. The last few months have been a steady trickle of leaks and rumors around the flagship phone experience.Among the cooler features anticipated in the Pixel 4 are a take on Face ID, hand gestures, and some really interesting camera modes and sensors.In addition to the phones, Google is reported to have a Pixelbook 2 and new Google Home speakers up its sleeve. The invitation refers to a “few new things” so we’re anxious to see them unwrapped.

Apple Music Gaining Chromecast Support on Android

The latest beta version of Apple Music for Android includes Chromecast support, allowing users to stream songs and playlists from

YouTube is returning to Fire TVs

To say Amazon and Google have had a rocky relationship is an understatement. The two companies have been in a constant power struggle over products and services for years. Both had even pulled its respective video services from the other in the last 2 years.Google famously pulled the official YouTube apps from all Fire OS devices too much disappointment. Not to be outdone, Amazon has restricted its own Amazon Prime Video app to just the Nvidia Shield and select Sony Android TVs. It seems like a petty battle that is finally over…for now.The companies have announced in a joint statement today the Fire TV devices will receive an official update to the YouTube app and Amazon will be allowing more Android TV devices access to Amazon Prime Video. It will also add support in the app for Chromecasts.Google’s Global Head of Product Partnerships at YouTube expressed excitement to see this finally resolved:“We are excited to work with Amazon to launch the official YouTube apps on Fire TV devices worldwide. Bringing our flagship YouTube experience to Amazon Fire TV gives our users even more ways to watch the videos and creators they love.”Amazon had similar sentiments from its Head of Worldwide Business Development for Prime Video, Andrew Bennett:“We’re excited to bring the Prime Video app to Chromecast and Android TV devices, and to give our customers convenient access to the shows and movies they love. Whether watching the latest season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, catching teams go head-to-head on Thursday Night Football or renting a new-release movie, customers will have even more ways to stream what they want, whenever they want, no matter where they are.”This is not only a great sign for these two giants, but it’s really a great step for consumers. We have a hard enough time with services lock-in and platform restrictions, that the more open these services are to all streaming devices the better. Seeing YouTube return to Amazon Fire TV and vice versa seeing Prime Video on Android TV and Chromecasts is a positive step for all binge watchers.

A Best Buy flub sheds light on a new Chromecast. Here’s what we know so far

A Redditor managed to get a third-generation Chromecast device sold to them by an unaware Best Buy employee. The new streaming dongle doesn't look much different but could support more connections via Bluetooth.The post A Best Buy flub sheds light on a new Chromecast. Here’s what we know so far appeared first on Digital Trends.

‘Hey, Google, what’s your deal?’ Bugs are plaguing Google Home users worldwide

Worldwide users are finding that something seems to have gone awry in Google's ecosphere, with Google Homes, Home Minis, and Chromecasts all down for the count. Thankfully, a fix is inbound.The post ‘Hey, Google, what’s your deal?’ Bugs are plaguing Google Home users worldwide appeared first on Digital Trends.

Fix upcoming for Google Home, Chromecast bug that can tattle on your location

Security researcher Craig Young from the firm Tripwire discovered a bug that allows both the Google Home and the Google Chromecast TV stick to share user location, which needless to say is less than ideal.The post Fix upcoming for Google Home, Chromecast bug that can tattle on your location appeared first on Digital Trends.

Oculus confirms second-screen support is coming to Oculus Go

Oculus VR confirmed that second-screen support is coming to the Oculus Go and that implementing the current demo into the iOS and Android apps will "take a little while." This will allow owners to "cast" their experiences.The post Oculus confirms second-screen support is coming to Oculus Go appeared first on Digital Trends.

Sling TV expands Cloud DVR to Chromecast, Xbox One and smart TVs

Sling is expanding its Cloud DVR service to more devices. Now, you can use the DVR with the Chrome browser,

Panasonic SC-GA10 review: A smart speaker that fails to stand out

Alexa and Google Assistant have been taking over homes for a few years now, so it's probably easier to name

‘Cast’ like a boss with our list of the best Chromecast apps

If you have the nagging suspicion you’re not taking full advantage of your Chromecast, you’re probably right. Check out our list, and learn how to cast everything from your favorite movies to your cherished photos.The post ‘Cast’ like a boss with our list of the best Chromecast apps appeared first on Digital Trends.

Chrome feature makes it easier to cast videos from your desktop

To cast a video from your computer to a TV, you only need to open a file on Chrome, click

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The best cases for your Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S20 and its S20 Plus counterpart are some of the most gorgeous phones on the market. Comprised from metal and glass, they are eye-catching and stunning, but they can be a bit slippery.SEE: Samsung Phone Buyer’s GuideIf you’re worried about getting scratches and scuffs on your beloved phone, you’ll want to protect it with a case. Here, we’ve gathered up some of the best cases for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. Some are fashionable, others are ultra-thin, and others are tough and rugged.Best Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus CasesCase-Mate Tough GrooveDon’t be fooled by the flashy colors. This iridescent case is stronger than it looks and can withstand drops from up to 10 feet. The raised grooves provide a tactile feel that’s easy to grip and still allows for wireless charging. $40 at Case-MateCaseology ParallaxAvailable in four bold colors, this one has military grade levels of protection. Compatible with wireless charging, it’s slim and secure and the patterned back provides a great ergonomic grip. $25 at CaseologyCatalyst Impact Protection For those whose lifestyle is a little more rough and tumble, the Catalyst is a non-slip rubber case with air cushion protection. It’ll survive big drops without a breaking a sweat; the lanyard attachment keeps it close at hand. $40 at CatalystGear4 Battersea This unassuming case is on the thinner side but it’s got drop protection up to 16 feet. The secret is in the D3O tucked along the edges. We like the textured back as it provides just enough grip to make sure you don’t let it go. $50 at ZAGGGriffin Survivor Strong Slim and tapered, the case fits your hand nicely, standing up to scratches and scuffing. Choose from three colors, but go with the clear one if you want to show off your Galaxy S20. Sleep easy knowing it meets or exceeds MIL-STD-810G ratings. $30 at GriffinIncipio Organicore Offered in five earthy colors, this eco-friendly case is 100% biodegradable; it’s made from plants. Not to worry, though, you can still charge up wirelessly and the phone can even take a drop from up to six feet. $40 at IncipioMNML You picked out a beautiful phone so why hide it and put some case maker’s branding on it? This is exactly what the name implies – it’s minimal and void of any unwanted logos. Crazy thin and sold in four colors, it’s backed by a two-year warranty. $27 at MNMLOtterbox Symmetry Likely the first name anyone thinks of when it comes to serious protection, this line has been around the block. Black is always cool, but the Stardust Glitter design lets you show off the color of your phone and adds a little sparkle to it, too. Tried and true, it comes with a lifetime warranty. $50 at OtterboxPoetic Guardian One of the more affordable options listed here, you’ll find five colors to accent your beloved handset. Scratch-resistant, it holds up to drops and impacts, but it’s still thin enough to support wireless charging. $19 at PoeticSpeck Presidio Pro Soft to the touch and slim, it’s like an extra layer of skin on your phone. An extra layer that lets you tumble from up to 13 feet and won’t complain about scrapes, that is. Pick from four colors, each of which is subtle and understated. $40 at SpeckSpigen Slim Armor Flexible, thin, and easy to grip, you’ll barely notice it’s there. That is until you knock it off the table. Not to worry, though, it’s tougher than you are. Bonus points for the built-in kickstand. $40 at SpigenTech21 Evo Check This semi-transparent case lets you show off the color of your phone with an interesting pattern. The germ-killing coating on the exterior is helpful in times like these. Mix and match buttons let you personalize the case to your liking. $40 at Tech21Totallee Super Thin About as light and thin as cases come, there are no branding or logos in sight. The matte black keeps things professional but the transparent clear lets you show off the color of your phone. Supported by a two-year warranty and 30-day return policy. $35 at TotalleeUAG Plasma Series One of the tougher looking cases found on this list, it boasts an armor shell with an impact-resistant core. Oversized buttons make it easy to locate without fumbling. Sold in two colors, it has a honeycomb design which accents your phone in just the right way. $40 at UAG

AT&T Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

AT&T Wireless is currently the third largest wireless carrier in the United States, providing service to more than 92 million subscribers. You’ve no doubt seen its advertising campaigns and promotions over the years. But how much do you truly know about AT&T?Did you know, for instance, that it provides its own prepaid service or that it licenses its network to other companies?Here, we’ll help spell out some of the details worth knowing as it pertains to AT&T. Read on for information about the carrier’s rate plans, features, 5G, and phones.Rate PlansGone for the most part are plans with set amounts of data. AT&T now offers a number of “Unlimited” options, each of which includes unlimited talk and text and access to 4G LTE and 5G networks.Customers can choose from three main options: Unlimited Starter, Unlimited Extra, and Unlimited Elite. Prices start as low as $65 for a single line.AT&T’s three Unlimited plans shake out as follow:Unlimited Starter: Unlimited talk, text and data for US, Canada, and Mexico, unlimited texting to 120+ countries, spam and fraud call blocking, and SD video streaming. Data is slowed if the network is busy.Unlimited Extra: Everything in the Unlimited Starter plus 50GB premium (not slowed) data, 15GB hotspot data, safe browsing, and identity monitoring.Unlimited Elite: Everything in the Unlimited Starter plus 100GB premium data, 30GB hotspot data, HD video streaming, HBO MaxCustomers with multiple lines can mix and match the various Unlimited Your Way options, giving each user their own specific features. The more lines you have on an account, the cheaper each one is per month.Mobile ShareAT&T does have an option for those who don’t want or need unlimited data. Called “Mobile Share”, it give subscribers 4GB of data per line with most of the other features in the Unlimited plans. Pricing starts at $50 for one line with discounts available for multiple lines.Device PlansAT&T offers a few options for customers who need coverage for their smartwatch, tablet, hotspot, laptop or even car. These device plans start as low as $10 per month for wearables and go as high as $25 per month.$10 per month – smartwatches$20 per month – tablets, connected car$25 per month – vehicle health monitoring and location based servicesDiscountsYou may qualify for a discount through AT&T as the carrier offers savings to a variety of professions and backgrounds. Moreover, different employers, schools, and organizations may have their own savings and benefits through the “Signature Program“.TeachersNurses & PhysiciansMilitary & VeteransFirst Responders5G NetworkAT&T has two versions of what it terms 5G for its network. The standard 5G is more or less an evolution of the LTE network and is offered “nationwide”. The 5G+ network is slowly spreading across the country and hitting major markets is incredibly fast with lighting quick downloads and uploads and very low latency. Learn more about AT&T 5G here.5G PhonesAT&T has a rapidly growing list of phones designed to support its 5G network. Depending on current promotions you may be able to find discounted or even free after trade-in.READ: Samsung phone buyer’s guideNoteworthy 5G-ready models include the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition, Galaxy Note 20, and the Galaxy Z folding phones. There are also options from LG and Motorola.It’s also possible to bring your own device to AT&T, provided it is a GSM phone or universally unlocked device.Check out our guide on which are the best phones at AT&T.

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