Ever since Google opened up the Google Cast SDK, we have seen a number of apps that allow you to stream your own content. Plex is probably the most popular and widely used one, but the fact that the Chromecast feature still comes at an extra cost has turned a few off. If you’re looking for an alternative, you might want to check out MediaBrowser. They just updated the Android app and desktop server with Chromecast support.
MediaBrowser works much like Plex in that you install the server software on your Windows desktop. Just like Plex, it will go through all your media and add rich metadata and cover art. You can then access your media from anywhere using your Android phone or tablet. MediaBrowser will handle all transcoding on the fly. You can also access your server from other devices like the Roku, and as of yesterday, you can cast your videos and music to the Chromecast.
The Android app costs $4.53 and the server software is free. There are no other charges to use the Chromecast function. Hit the break for screenshots and download links.
We have good news for the people interested in pickup up the HTC Desire 610 in the United States. According to @evleaks, AT&T will be carrying the device when it reaches here. As of now, it is unknown if other carriers will elect to offer the Desire 610. This mid-range handset will have a 4.7-inch qHD display and a Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 1GB of RAM. There are 8MP/1.3MP cameras and the Desire 610 will be available in multiple colors. Read more
Samsung has just announced that their new Galaxy TabPRO 12.2 tablet will be on sale in the US starting on March 9. The device comes with a 2560×1600 resolution display and Android KitKat out of the box. The device won’t come cheap though, with a price tag of $649.99.
The new tablet will be available through a number of retailers, including Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct, Newegg, and so on. Not only that, but Samsung claims that the device will come with over $800 worth of extras through the “Galaxy Perks” program.
We’ve been excited to see NVIDIA’s 64-bit Tegra K1 processor in action ever since it was announced back in January, but benchmarks have been scarce and it’s obviously not in any devices just yet. Fortunately for our curiosity, an AnTuTu benchmark for a device with the 64-bit K1 processor has shown up, and it looks every bit as impressive as NVIDIA made it out to be two months ago.
The 64-bit chip showed up with a benchmark score of 43617, which is about 10k points higher than the Snapdragon 800 found in the current crop of flagship devices, and a few thousand points ahead of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 and 801 chips. In certain CPU tests, the K1 faltered a bit compared to quad-core processors, but since it’s only a dual-core CPU, it makes sense. However, each of those cores still outperforms other quad-core processors, and the RAM test for the K1 was insanely high, so multitasking will be a great selling point for devices with this chip. Read more
One day, we might all be wearing some sort of smart glasses such as Google Glass, the Galaxy Glass, and/or something else. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to sit and listen to a bunch of people dictating their emails and text messages, so what’s the solution? You can whip out your phone, but that might be too tiring for some people. What if you could just type in the air with your fingers?
Well, Samsung might have a solution for that. A recent patent application shows an augmented reality keyboard that could be used in their version of Glass, which I presume would be called Galaxy Glass or Gear Glass. The patent is titled Input Method and Apparatus of Portable Device was submitted at the World Intellectual Property (WIPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), and the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
When we first heard that Motorola was going to be hosting a little event at MWC we were unsure as to what they would be chatting about. With the Lenovo deal fresh on everyone’s mind we hoped that we’d find out more on that. However discussions held at the short event went in a different direction. There was talk of the Moto G’s success, the next-gen Moto X in the works, and even a moment on wearables.
For those that missed the event, Motorola has finally uploaded it to its YouTube account. We have that video for you after the break. If you have a half an hour to kill, then this may be right up your alley.
With our Internet routers doing not much other than keeping us connected, there’s much room to expand. Enter Soap, the world’s first smart router. This Kickstarter project looks to make conventional routers a thing of the past.
With soap, you’ll be able to hide your WiFi network, block online ads, control various electronics around the house, i.e. your garage door, lights, locks, etc.
“The concept behind Soap was rather simple – we wanted to come up with an innovative, all-inclusive device that could help simplify the lives of countless people who are not accustomed to the latest technologies and the complex software that they are based on.”
Pebble just updated their Android beta app to version 11, which promises to be a huge improvement over Beta 10. Beta 11 will improve stability considerably among other things. Here’s the rundown of improvements….
- PebbleKit JS localStorage is now sandboxed for each app
- Many improvements to onboarding and FW installation
- Issues with sideloading apps in some circumstances have been fixed
- Some issues with loading JS configuration views after the app has been quit have been addressed
- MyPebble now loads faster
International users of the Galaxy S 4 have something to get excited about today. It appears the S4 is receiving KitKat in Belgium, Greece, Malaysia and Poland. The file size is different depending on the region, so you can expect anywhere from 362 to 424 MB.
This is probably a staged rollout, so don’t get upset if it’s not available to you right away. Let us know if you got it.
As we wind down to the inevitable launch of the All New HTC One, the once now trickle of “leaks” are now developing into a full on flood. Today’s leak doesn’t give us much in terms of new stuff to look at. However, we do get to see some benchmarks that put the new One above current competition. Although, benchmarks really don’t express real world use, it does show what you’d expect, a new generation phone out paces the current gen offerings.
The leak and benchmarks show a Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.3 GHz, 2GB of RAM, 5MP front camera, 16 GB of external storage, and a microSD card slot.
We have a little gallery of the leaked photos for you after the break. March 25, can’t get here soon enough, so that these leaks can be put to rest.