MSN apps now available for several platforms including Android


Microsoft has announced that their family of MSN apps are now available for several new platforms and devices including Android, iOS and Amazon Kindle and Fire devices. The apps were already available for the desktop and for mobile Windows devices, so the reach is quite extensive now. MSN’s apps include MSN News, MSN Weather, MSN Sports, MSN Money, MSN Health & Fitness, and MSN Food & Drink. According to Microsoft, the apps were rebuilt from the ground up this past year for a “mobile-first, cloud-first world.”
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Your friends can now stream to your Chromecast without using your Wi-Fi

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Google has just flipped a switch on the server side of its Chromecast mobile application, which now furnishes your family and friends with the ability to easily cast videos to your streaming dongle by way of the new “guest mode” feature. This latest functionality allows anyone in the room with an Android device to access your Chromecast — even if they’re not connected to your Wi-Fi network.

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Hotel My Phone provides messaging and calls from friend’s phone


The people behind PPLCONNECT and PPLNOTIFY have another useful app on its hands. Hotel My Phone is a peer-to-peer phone sharing solution that displays contacts, sends/receives messages, and places calls all from a friend or family member’s phone. The developer describes it as “Airbnb for your smartphone.” Users connect to a digital hotel for smartphones. When one user forgets his or her phone or it runs out of battery, they can use Hotel My Phone to check-in on friend’s and stay in touch with everyone. Only people connected to the same digital hotel can use Hotel My Phone and each user’s data is kept separate from others.

Denzil D’Sa, co-founder of Hotel My Phone, had this to say about how the app works:

When a user checks-in to a friend’s smartphone hotel, their session is secured and only active for a 4 hour period maximum. This means, users can check-in to a friend’s app, text and call with their number, and then log out, while keeping both the guest and the host’s information secured and confidential.

Hotel My Phone is available now, for free, in the Play Store.

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Chromecast app now sports Material Design, Android 4.4.2+ devices get Cast Screen beta


On Wednesday, Google had itself a very busy day. Hangouts and Android Wear were both updated with new features and looks. Far less attention was given to the update rolling out to the Chromecast app. The obvious change is that the app follows Material Design. On the features side of things, Cast Screen is in beta for devices running at least Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Google warns that “your experience may vary” when using the beta version of Cast Screen. Expected issues include lag and force close errors.

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