Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Jul 2013 17:21 UTC
Google "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 uses the same basic interface as whatever device you're on." Looks like an absolutely fantastic product, especially with the low price point and SDK for developers. I want this. Now. Too bad 95% of the world can't buy it for now.
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by kurkosdr on Wed 24th Jul 2013 20:35 UTC
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Yay! More single-purpose junk under the TV. I mean, HDMI ports are infinite, right?

The first of the big guys that will make a really all-in-one device will make it big. And by all-in-one I mean recording, playback of local content supporting formats you actualky want (MKV), web browsing, internet services like YouTube/Netflix and social. Canonical had something interesting with Ubuntu TV, but it turned out to be vaporware. Google TV showed promise, but it doesn't record and I don't know if it plays local files. The best thing you can do today is a game console, a Google TV and a Bluray DVD HDD recorder combo with Divx and MKV support. Or a HTPC if you don't mind the boot times and complexity.

Also, the idea of controlling your TV from a mobile/tablet sounds neat for the first five minutes, but after you realize that for everything, from pausing to backing up a little bit, you need to reach for your mobile device, unlock it and then take your eyes of the TV to see where to touch the mobile screen, you would will start demanding a normal remote.

Edited 2013-07-24 20:41 UTC

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