Google Cast for Android TV devices can now be updated a lot easier since Google has moved it to the Play Store. This is the case for both the ADT-1 and the Nexus Player, and we presume it will be the case for the upcoming Razer Forge TV as well as all the new TVs from Sony, Sharp, and Philips.
Google Cast is the software used for Chromecasting compatible apps to your Android TV device. To update it, just head into the Play Store from your Android TV device and scroll down to updates.
Google is hard at work pushing Google for Education, and their next step is to offer Android tablets preloaded with Education services to schools in the UK. These tablets are customized for the curriculum used in the UK school system and offer great ways to manage time and get students more involved.
Schools have an option of which tablets they want to buy, some of which include the Nexus 7 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 4. The tablets seamlessly link together for classrooms and have access to Google’s Education app store and are preloaded with Google’s work apps like Drive, Docs, and Sheets.
It has been confirmed that Google and Fidelity are investing a total of $1 billion into Elon Musk’s space transportation company, SpaceX. This investment gives both Google and Fidelity just under 10% ownership of SpaceX, which is valued at over $10 billion.
Google wants to use SpaceX satellites to send internet to those areas that have either no or poor access. This could cover as much as 3 billion people. These satellites will not only provide internet access, but also at much faster speeds.
The Android 5.0.2 OTA update became available last night for the Nexus 7 2013 WiFi so it was a matter of time until the Nexus 10 link became available. That time is now so if you’re rocking a Nexus 10, you can update it to Android 5.0.2 on your own or you can wait for it to be pushed to your device automatically. The auto method could take up to a couple of weeks, so if you’re anxious, then download the OTA from the link below.
If you’re not sure on how to install it or you simply need a refresher, be sure to hit up our extensive guide on installing OTA updates to Nexus devices. Have fun and let us know if you notice any peculiar bugs with this update.
Nexus 10 (mantaray) From LRX22C from LRX22G (5.0.2)
Our how to guide on installing the Lollipop OTA updates on Nexus devices
Google is shutting down both Chrome to Mobile and “Print to my Phone” early next month. Chrome to Mobile was that browser extension that allowed you to easily send whatever web page you were viewing on your desktop, right to your mobile device. I often found it useful, but Google started Tab Sync a couple of year’s ago that might not be as quick, but is a lot more useful.
Tab Sync shows you every Chrome page that is open on every single device that you have so it’s a lot more versatile. All you need to do is tap on any of those open web pages from your mobile device, and it will open. I stopped using Chrome to Mobile ever since Tab Sync was introduced.
On February 1, people around the world will be watching the events taking place in Arizona for Super Bowl XLIX. While plenty will watch for the game played between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, halftime is where the spike in ratings lie. This year’s Super Bowl halftime show will be led by Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz. It is a continuation in the trend of the Super Bowl halftime show being targeted at a younger demographic. Gone are the years of Bruce Springsteen or Prince performing at halftime. Katy Perry will get the youngsters and Lenny Kravitz will nab the stragglers. Online, YouTube has a plan of its own to compete with NBC during the broadcast for millennials.
Last week Google released factory images for the Android 5.0.2 update for the Nexus 7 2013 WiFi and the Nexus 10. The OTA update is now available for the Nexus 7, so you can manually update your device yourself.
We have the download link below, but if you aren’t sure of what you’re doing or you just need a refresher, be sure to check out our very extensive guide on how to do it. The Nexus 10 OTA is still not available, but I would expect a link to become available within the next day so stay tuned if you’re rocking a Nexus 10.
Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi (razor) From LRX22C from LRX22G (5.0.2)
Our how to guide on installing Lollipop OTA updates to Nexus devices
According to a report from The Information, Google is considering a large investment in SpaceX. For those that don’t know, it’s a privately funded company led by Tesla CEO Elon Musk that’s set on making advancements in space travel. However instead of investing in the space travel portion of the SpaceX project, Google is apparently looking at helping to “support the development of SpaceX satellites that could beam low-cost Internet around the globel to billions who don’t have it.” As the report says:
Back in October, Google invested in a startup called Magic Leap, a company that makes specialized augmented reality hardware. Now a new patent is revealing just what Google saw in this company.
Magic Leap’s new technology is called “cinematic reality” and will offer a 3D experience not offered on any other device. It’s a pair of smart glasses and other than seeing 3D virtual objects and scenery that can be downloaded from the cloud, users will also be able to share the real-life environment around them to another user. Imagine being at a concert, a sporting event, or some other tourist attraction and being able to share exactly what you see with someone else.
Marriott’s efforts to block its customers’ personal WiFi hotspots have ended, according to a statement from the company.
Last month, Microsoft and Google expressed concern over the issue, and Marriott is finally backtracking.
In an email to Inc., a Marriott spokesperson said, “Marriott International listens to its customers, and we will not block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi devices at any of our managed hotels,
The FCC had also filed a complaint against Marriott, so that was likely part of the decision to stop using cell jammers as well.