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New Chromecast Full Review

photo: The Streaming Advisor

Hardware: The new Chromecast has three antennas to optimize wifi performance. It also includes support for a higher Wifi standard. The device sports a micro USB port used for its power cable as well as the HDMI port used to connect the device to a television. There is not a lot to report on hardware overall as the device itself is a minimalist option but for a more detailed spec sheet see the readout at the bottom of the story. No remote included bc you will use a computer or mobile device to control the Chromecast. – Ryan Michael Downey, The Streaming Advisor

Twitch meets Periscope with new streaming app Mirrativ

photo: Sarah Mitroff, CNET

Mirrativ (a portmanteau of mirror and narrative) lets you broadcast whatever is happening on the screen of your smartphone or tablet. It combines untethered mobile broadcasting, screen sharing and social interactions into one single app. You can use Mirrativ in beta on Android starting today, with iOS following in the coming weeks. – Sarah Mitroff, CNET

Xbox One gets Miracast streaming support with new update

Microsoft is finally enabling Miracast support on Xbox One. While the company’s gaming console has long included the ability to stream individual files from Windows PCs, Miracast support will enable Xbox One owners with Android phones, Windows phones, and Windows PCs to cast photos / video straight from devices to the console or simply mirror a screen. […] Live TV streaming is also entering preview, allowing Xbox One owners with a digital TV tuner to stream content to tablets, phones, and PCs. – Tom Warren, The Verge

Meet ZRRO, a revolutionary new way to control your TV

ZRRO is both an Android console and a hover / touch controller that will turn your television into an enormous, interactive tablet. With the ZRRO Pad, you’ll be able to control Android apps and games with the same taps and swipes you would on a phone or tablet, even when you’re not directly touching the controller. – Jacob Siegal, BGR
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Qualcomm’s Streaming Dock Turns Your Phone Into a PC

The dream of the Android PC lives. At Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 810 demo event in New York, one of the chipmaker’s more surprising products was a little streaming stick and a dock that, together, connect your phone to a TV or turn it into a desktop computer. […] The point of the demo, really, was to show off Qualcomm’s 802.11ac and new 802.11ad streaming capabilities. The new 802.11ad standard, formerly known as WiGig, is a short-distance, high-speed protocol that uses the 60GHz band. It should solve the stuttering and network congestion problems we’ve seen with Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi-based Miracast and Apple’s AirPlay streaming. – Sascha Segan,PCMag
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Qualcomm pushes 4K video streaming with prototype TV dongle

Qualcomm has a plan to liberate 4K video from high-end smartphones, and it involves a Chromecast-like prototype TV dongle. […] The prototype dongle is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor, but doesn’t require a Snapdragon-based phone or tablet on the other end. It uses the basic Universal Plug and Play protocol to connect with other devices, and Qualcomm is working on supplementary software to let the dongle work with existing Android media players such as BubbleUPnP, VLC and MXPlayer. – Jared Newman & Michael Brown,TechHive
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Google Submits 2nd Gen Chromecast To FCC

Google appears poised to refresh Chromecast (in addition to cranking away on the new Android TV platform). As to what’s improved, FCC filing details are scarce due to the typical 180 confidentiality request. Having said that, we anticipate this is a minor hardware revision given the incoming device sports the same model number as my original streaming+mirroring stick (tho the FCC ID increments from -42 to -2A) – perhaps representing a swapping of internal components for cost savings and/or performance gains. – Dave Zatz,Zatz Not Funny
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Firefox 33 arrives with OpenH264 support, sending video to Chromecast and Roku from Android

Mozilla today officially launched Firefox 33 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Major additions include OpenH264 support as well as the ability to send video content from webpages to a second screen. […] The biggest addition for the desktop platforms is OpenH264 sandboxed support via Cisco Systems’s H.264 open source H.264 implementation. Thanks to the networking company, Firefox can now decode and encode the video compression format (for WebRTC, but not the video tag yet) without Mozilla having to pay MPEG LA license fees. – Emil Protalinski,VentureBeat
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Roku Screen Mirroring Isn’t Ready for Prime Time

I went hands-on with the Roku Streaming Stick to try out its new screen mirroring function for Android and Windows Phone 8 devices and PCs running Windows 8.1. […] Still a beta feature, Roku’s screen mirroring uses Miracast/WiDi technology, which has had an extremely mixed track record every time I’ve tried it. This application was no exception. […] I tried a second Roku Streaming Stick to see if I could replicate my results, but this device would not connect with any of the four devices. After contacting Roku, I received a prompt response and learned that the company is developing a patch for the freezing bug, which will roll out to all users once it’s completed. Roku engineers could not replicate my issues with the HTC One M8, but said that they had not yet tested the Dell XPS 13 and could not vouch for its performance. The company is still in the process of ironing out screen mirroring’s bugs before the service’s official launch, on a date it has not yet specified. – Marshall Honorof,Tom’s Guide
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