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How to watch Amazon Instant Video on Chromecast or Android TV

Amazon won't add Chromecast capability to its Instant Video app for Android any time soon, and it won't release an app for Android TV. But there's still a way to get that video on your TV by using your computer and a browser extension.
Smart Home

‘Hey, Google, what’s wrong?’ Google Home ‘glitch’ gets a fix

Google has announced a fix for a bug that took down Google Home and Chromecast devices nationwide today. The fix will be implemented in a few hours, or you can reboot your device now to get it up and running again.
Smart Home

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.
Home Theater

Battle of the streaming sticks: Chromecast vs. Roku vs. Fire TV Stick

Which streaming stick reigns supreme? We pit Chromecast vs. Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV Stick to help you decide which one will be the best fit in your living room (or bedroom, or kitchen, or whatever).
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Chromecast users can now skip intros on Netflix to binge on shows faster

Chromecast users can now skip repetitive intros to TV shows on Netflix, letting them get to the crucial next episode of a serious weekend-long binge session faster than ever before.
Home Theater

Polk Assist is the audio company’s next step into the smart speaker market

Polk Audio is getting into the smart speaker game with the Polk Assist, a smart speaker powered by Google Assistant that also features multiroom wireless audio courtesy of a built-in Chromecast.

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.
Home Theater

‘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.
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Become a master caster with these Google Chromecast tips and tricks

Google's Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra are the ultimate budget-friendly streaming devices for cord cutters. We've put together a list of our favorite tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Chromecast.
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JBL’s Link 20 wireless speaker is a versatile new way to get smart

JBL’s first foray into the smart speaker game, the Link series, includes baked-in Chromecast and Google Assistant voice support. Our JBL Link 20 review will help you decide whether it’s the right option for you.

How to connect your computer to a TV

Knowing how to connect your computer to a TV is an essential skill, especially in this era of cord-cutting and 4K gaming. So we've put together a guide to help you get your PC and TV working together in no time.
Smart Home

Google Home has finally had Bluetooth audio enabled for good

At Google I/O 2017, Google Home got some upgrades that rival Amazon Alexa's recent updates. You'll be able to make phone calls with it, get important notifications, and see visual information on your phone, tablet, or TV.

Screen showdown: Amazon Echo Show vs. Google Home with a Chromecast

Google Chromecast versus Echo Show: Which one integrates video into their devices best? We compare features and ease of use of each of these smart home devices.
Android Army

How to disable or enable Chromecast network notifications on Android

Google has pushed an update to the Google Home app that makes it much easier to control Chromecast network notifications. Here's how to take advantage of that update on your Android phone.
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Which live TV streaming service offers the best value? We compared the top options

For TV viewers today, there are so many options. Maybe too many. Here's how to get the most value out of your streaming subscription, as we compare the various services on the market as well as streaming devices.
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Dish’s new Evolve box aims to bring the streaming good life to your hotel room

Tired of overpriced hotel entertainment? Fear not -- Dish Network's new Evolve streaming box integrates live TV, Chromecast tech, Google Play streaming apps, and more in one place, and it's aimed at your next hotel room.

Google holds photography contest for Google Pixel owners to display their work

With a new contest by Google, Pixel users now have a chance to see their own photography featured as a Chromecast backdrop. According to the Google forum post, the contest is only open to owners of the Pixel and Pixel XL.
Home Theater

Everything you need to know about Google’s Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra

Google's Chromecast plugs into your TV's HDMI port, allowing you to stream content from your tablet, laptop, or smartphone directly to your TV. Here's what you need to know about all iterations, including the 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra.