Tag Archives: Kevin C. Tofel

Don’t toss that old Android: Turn it into a Chromecast receiver!

For its $35 price tag, Google’s Chromecast is already fairly inexpensive. Still, you might be able to save that money by re-purposing an Android device with the right output cable, such HDMI or MHL, and Cast Receiver, a third-party app that lets your Android KitKat device act like a Chromecast. […] Since Cast Receiver is a third-party app it may not support every typical Chromecast-capable app, but the following have been tested with success: YouTube, PlayMusic, Play Movies & TV, Google Photos, PLEX and Chrome for Android. Netflix isn’t yet working but the developer of Cast Receiver is working on it. – Kevin C. Tofel,Gigaom
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Android this week: Amazon Instant Video; Android apps on Chrome OS; Hangouts calling

It’s been a long time coming and now it’s here: Amazon set its Prime Instant Video service free for Android phones. Previously, the video app was available only for Apple iOS devices and Amazon’s own Fire OS tablets and phone. There’s a bit of a catch, or hassle, however to get the software on your Android phone: You first have to install Amazon’s own Appstore app. […] Amazon is making the Prime service available as a free 30-day trial through this software release; that could boost Prime subscriber numbers to the tune of $99 for each new user. Sweetening the deal is 5 GB of Amazon Cloud Drive storage with photo backup. – Kevin C. Tofel,Gigaom
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