What Is Google Chromecast? | Tom’s Guide

March 17, 2017

I encourage you to visit Tom’s Guide (see source link below) for FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) when it comes to the Google Chromecast. I own several of these and especially love that I can mirror my android smartphone screen to the TV in addition to all the apps (such as YouTube) that can be cast to the big screen. The Chromecast is an inexpensive way to turn an older TV into a Smart TV…

The Google Chromecast is a cheap, simple way to stream video content right to your TV. Competing with the likes of Roku and Apple TV, the $35 Chromecast plugs into your TV and grants easy access to multiple streaming services, from Netflix and YouTube to Hulu and Google Play. You can even throw content from your Chrome browser to the big screen. Use this FAQ to get up to speed on the Chromecast and decide if it’s right for you.

Chromecast plugs into your TV and grants easy access to multiple streaming services, from Netflix and YouTube to Hulu and Google Play.

Source: What Is Google Chromecast? – How Chromecast Works – Tom’s Guide


Addictive Tips | Turn Your PC Into A Chromecast Receiver

January 14, 2017

If you are a “Teacher” and familiar with “Chromecast”, this article may be for you… Make sure you visit the source link below to learn “how to” turn your PC into a Chromecast receiver by simply installing a Google Chrome App.

Chromecast is a very affordable way to turn a normal TV into a smart TV. The $30 device lets you get more use out of a monitor and a television set without needing a cable set-top box. Just imagine…

Source: How To Turn Your PC Into A Chromecast Receiver


Haystack TV For Your Chromecast

December 17, 2016

On Black Friday I took advantage of the $25 Chromecast and installed it on my TV in my garage. My wife hasn’t seen me since. You can still take advantage of the $25 Chromecast at the official Google site (click here), until December 24th. After getting the Chromecast I was like a kid with a new toy and it wasn’t long before I was looking for Chromecast ready apps (that you install on your Android phone or tablet then cast or display on the TV).  

One of my favorites so far, is Haystack TV… In a nutshell it is like a high-def visual feed reader that specializes mostly in news; however, I found that you can customize (search for and save sources & topics) that can be quite entertaining (like late night TV segments).  Even if you do not have a Chromecast, Haystack TV is worth downloading on your smartphone or tablet.

   Haystack TV: Daily News- screenshot

 

Haystack TV is a free and Google Cast™ Ready app, a great alternative to cable news. Haystack has featured repeatedly for Chromecast and Android TV the latest politics, local, national and world news from top news organizations such as CNN, AP, MSNBC, NYTimes and the BBC.

 


Geek Squeaks (#2015-29) FEATURING — How To Trigger The Windows 10 Upgrade — and MORE GREAT STUFF

October 1, 2015

How To Trigger The Windows 10 Upgrade – I am not out there in the wild, like I used to, when it comes to providing computer assistance (and troubleshooting); however, I still have a good feel for information technology from doing the blog, exposure at work and working with close family. I am getting some feedback that there are many folks out there that have not received their Windows 10 upgrade. You keep waiting and nothing is happening. I know at least 5 people in my circle where this is occurring. As a result, I went on the hunt and found that these people are not alone and that there is a viable easy solution. SuperSite for Windows recently posted, “Where is my Windows 10 update?” (by Fred Langa) that will walk you through the process of jumpstarting your Windows 10 upgrade.  If you follow the steps, your Windows10 upgrade will be exactly the same as if you’d used the Windows Update method. As a word of advice, when you go this route, expect a longer install time and don’t panic if it is taking awhile (like several hours).

WOW – A New Chromecast – Chromecast is a Google device that uses Google Cast Technology to play audio and video content on your TV or home audio system (by directly streaming it via Wi-Fi from the internet or a local network). Google has just released their next generation of Chromecast.  For $35, which is very reasonable in my opinion, this is a tech toy worth taking a look at. Check it out HERE

Chromecast

A Multi-Boot Linux DVD for PC Repair – If you are a PC Tech you may want to take a look at MediCat DVD. This is a Linux based boot disc (developed for Windows PC Repair) that has been put together by a PC Technician that runs his own PC Repair business. I haven’t tried this out yet; however, for you PC Techs out there, this may be worth taking a look at and may be helpful in making your job easier.

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Android Basics On How To Use The Share Menu – I just had a conversation with a friend about the Android smartphones and tablets and how people are truly not using these devices to their fullest capabilities. For example, I approached someone that I know that uses their phone constantly (primarily for texting and Facebook) and asked them, “Do you know how to use the share menu feature on your phone?”. They had not a clue as to what I was talking about. Folks, if you are an Android smartphone or tablet user, the share menu option is a very powerful component of Android that you need to learn about. Once you learn how to use it, you will be going WOW. To learn how to use the feature, I encourage you to read “Android Basics: How to Use the Share Menu” and watch the video …

Camera With Good Reviews Featuring Built-in Wi-Fi technology – The Canon PowerShot S120 (12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 1080p Full-HD Video Wi-Fi Enabled) is a digital camera that allows you to wirelessly transfer your images to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY… At the time of this posting, this camera was reviewed 185 times and is carrying a near five star rating.

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon S120

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GEEK SQUEAKS – FastStone Image Viewer Updated

March 1, 2014

Today’s featured Geek Squeak is the FastStone Image Viewer, that has been updated to version 5.0. I have used this image viewer for years and can’t say enough about it. It is available as an install file or portable app, is very easy to use and is loaded with a ton of features that you normally do not see in other FREE viewers.

 FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendlyimage browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, PSD, EPS, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF, ARW, SR2, RW2 and DNG).

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MORE GEEK SQUEAKS
FROM AROUND THE NET

[NEWS] Report: Microsoft Considering Offering Free “Windows 8.1 with Bing” – Microsoft isreportedly cutting Windows 8.1 license fees by 75 percent (on budget hardware priced $250 and below) in an effort to past cost savings on to the end-user. Now, according to separate reports from The Verge and ZDNet, Microsoft may be taking things a step further. Microsoft is reportedly developing a version of Windows 8.1 that will come bundled with Bing services strewn throughout the operating system. For now, this variant is simply known as “Windows 8.1 with Bing.”… @Daily Tech

[WINDOWS] Introducing Jumpshare For WindowsYou’ve come to know Jumpshare as the file sharing service that lets you view over 200 file formats online. Up until today, our service and our sophisticated file rendering engine worked exclusively from your browser but we understand that file sharing doesn’t end when you close your browser. Today, we’re thrilled to launch the Jumpshare app for Windows… @Jumpshare

[NEWS] Microsoft hints at new apps for Office suite – Microsoft executives signaled that Microsoft is working to add new apps to its Office suite, as well as versions tailored for new platforms… @PCWorld

[ANDROID] The Android version of BS.MP3 is ready – Inheriting the features of its ancestor, BS.MP3 is available to entertain Android users with its decent features and simplicity. BS.MP3 (Android) had been tested and run smoothly in various Android devices such as smartphones, tablets, and TV with Android box. It even runs nicely on Android-based 2DIN car audios… @BS.MP3

[GOOGLE] Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player

Chromecast

Chromecast is the easy way to enjoy online video and anything from the web on your TV. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorites from HBO GO, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, and Chrome to your TV with the press of a button. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps… @Amazon

[WALLPAPER]Green Grass… @Microsoft

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[VIDEO]Cleaning A Computer – Inside and Out

Cleaning A Computer–Inside and Out

Learn a byte at a time with Geek Squeaks’ — featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it… I just plain love tech!

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 17, 2013

August 17, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: You know that the Google Chromecast is backordered just about everywhere.  There is an alternative solution called Cheapcast that uses the technology of your smartphone to emulate the Chromecast technology;

Squeak #2: If your are like me, I am sure you have several cloud drive accounts (i.e. Skydrive, Box, Google Drive, Box, etc…). The problem is you have to login and out of each account to get to your files.  Read below for a centralized management solution for these accounts;

Squeak #3: StartMe.com has fast become my favorite cloud app which allows me to customize my very own startpage; AND,

Squeak #4: Need a computer monitor. Below you will find one of the most popular out there and it is not that expensive.

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Emulate The ChromeCast Dongle With Cheapcast

@ GooglePlay

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CheapCast is an app that aims to emulate the ChromeCast Dongle. It allows your Android Device to act as target (1st Screen) for ChromeCast-enabled Applications (like YouTube, Google Music)… GET THIS ANDROID APP HERE

Please note: This is a early Beta version. Some (if not all) things might not work correctly. Additionally casting Chrome Tabs, Netflix and Play Movies are not yet supported. Because of DRM, Play Movies and Netflix might actually never work.


Manage Several Cloud Drives From One Location

@ MultiCloud

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MultiCloud will help you do the centralized management with all your Cloud Drives. Luckily, we will provide all users with this product for free. It is safe and reliable… GET IT HERE


Create Your Own Personal Browser Startpage With Your Favorite Bookmarks and RSS Feeds With StartMe

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Features

  • Categorize bookmarks/RSS feeds in pages and lists
  • Simple drag and drop interface
  • Import/Export your bookmarks/RSS-feeds (OMPL-support)
  • Search engines support (add your own custom search)
  • Offline support (HTML5 Local caching)
  • Extensions for popular browsers like Google and Firefox
  • Make your pages public (and share them)

GET IT HERE FREE


Make What You See, Amazing

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The Asus VS247H-P 23.6-Inch Full-HD LED-Lit LCD Monitor is one of the most popular 23-24 inch monitors at Amazon…  Very reasonably priced.  It is amazing how the pricing of monitors have dropped over the years… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – July 26, 2013

July 26, 2013

Today’s  Geek Squeaks‘ summary:

  • An easy (and portable) way to transfer files, on a network, without worrying about users, permissions, etc… ;
  • Get a T-Mobile phone for $0;
  • See the inside guts of the new Chromecast; AND,
  • If you are a big time book reader, then your tablet of choice should be the Kindle Paperwhite…

Dukto R6

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If you don’t know Dukto, I can tell you that it’s an easy file transfer tool designed for LAN use. I use it in my everyday work to transfer files from one PC (or other device) to another, without worrying about users, permissions, operating systems, protocols, clients, servers and so on… Just start Dukto on the two PCs and transfer files and folders by dragging onto it’s window… GET IT HERE


T-Mobile turns up the heat, offers all phones for $0 down

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T-Mobile is pulling out all the stops lately as part of their new “un-carrier” strategy. As of tomorrow, eligible customers will be able to purchase a new phone with no money down and pay for it via monthly payments for the next 24 months… READ MORE


iFixit Cracks Open Google’s $35 Chromecast Dongle

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Inside they found a tiny logic board encased in “a big hunk of aluminum heat sink.” That’s a relative term of course, the heat sink for this 2-inch unit is only “big” in terms of how much of the Chromecast’s insides it occupies… READ MORE


The Best Device For Reading. Period.

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Paperwhite guides light towards the display from above instead of projecting it out at your eyes like back-lit displays, thereby reducing screen fatigue. You can adjust your screen’s brightness to create a perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions, from bright sunlight to bedtime reading… READ MORE


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