Chromecast app updated, now add your own backdrops

If you went ahead and bought a Chromecast then you’ll probably be familiar with the rather beautiful images that appear if nothing is actually being “cast” to the screen. It’s all very lovely, but they’re not your images are they?

Now you can correct that with the latest Android version along with the updated iOS app, which lets you personalise the TV home screen with personal photos, weather updates and news.


When the Chromecast is idle it’ll display the news, weather or images of your choosing, which is a bit better than those scenic backdrops, even if they are quite nice to look at.


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Chromebook Users Can Transfer Files From Android Devices Thanks to New Update

Chromebook2_015_Detail2_Titanium-Gray-1024x682Chromebooks are awesome little devices, but they’re still a little bit shy of being fully fledged computers. A new update edges Chromebooks a little closer to gaining all of the powers of a normal PC by allowing users to plug in their Android devices and sync files via MTP. Just connect your Android device to…

Google Chrome gains iPhone 6 support, ability to download and open files in Google Drive

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The Internet giant Google on Tuesday issued a small update to its Chrome for iOS browser, adding better support for the “Retina HD” iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus screens.

The free download also enables another interesting feature — the ability to download and open files directly in the Google Drive application, if installed on your device. Finally, this release includes customary bug fixes and stability improvements.

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Google Cardboard. Get yourself one!

Fancy getting yourself some of those low-tech but still pretty cool virtual reality specs from Google? How does £2.34 sound? Google Cardboard is basically a headset containing your phone that you strap onto your bonce. Some assembly is required here, but once you’re done you can strut around the place looking like a really cool and futuristic guy.

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Inside the box, which is available from (expect to pay not-that-much but wait quite a while for it to turn up), you’ll find a couple of lenses, some velcro, some magnets and two rubber bands. Yeah.

Once you’ve put it together, slotted your phone in and strapped it to your moosh, head to sites like Cardboard Apps or Chrome Experiments. That second one you can try right now actually – just load it up in your chrome browser on your computer and squash your face right next to the screen. :)

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Photoshop coming to a Chromebook near you! Say what?

Chromebook PixelLet me repeat that, Adobe Photoshop will be available on Chromebook devices, those Chrome browser running laptops that more often than not have low-end hardware. Despite this, most users get a decent web experience and are able to run web-based apps such as Google’s own Docs, Spreadsheets and more. So how in the world these…

Google Chrome plugs into iOS 8 app extensions

Enjoy how Chrome and other apps share data back and forth on Android? Now you can get that feeling on iOS, since Google has updated Chrome to take advantage of the app extensions supported by iOS 8. That doesn't mean you'll be able to install any of Chrome's desktop extensions -- it just means links can be shared directly to any other apps on your iDevice, as long as they also support the feature. The update is rocking "iOS 8 compatibility" but no tweaks for the extra size of the iPhone 6 family have appeared yet.

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Google updates Chrome for iOS with support for App Extensions in Share menu

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The Internet giant Google on Monday issued a minor update to its Chrome browser for the iPhone and iPad adding support for the new third-party App Extensions in iOS 8 using the multi-purpose Share sheet.

This allows you to download apps which advertise their own extensions and actions to the system, making them available in any app that makes use of the standard Share menu, Chrome included.

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Chrome for Android starts answering your questions in search suggestions

Chrome for Android shows the weather in auto-complete suggestions

Google's as-you-type search suggestions have only offered the tiniest bit of help so far. They can handle basic math, but they won't answer questions that require more than a few numbers. However, that might soon change. Chrome for Android now has an experimental feature that answers some of your queries before you've even finished asking. Switch it on and you can get the weather, historic dates and other valuable info without ever seeing Google's usual results page. While the feature isn't all that vital when you have access to Google Now, it may save you the trouble of switching apps (or leaving the page you're on) when you just want to get a small factoid. There's also no hint as to when Google might make the feature standard on Android or bring it to the desktop, but let's hope that an upgrade comes soon -- it could save a lot of unnecessary keystrokes.

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Toshiba, HP unveil new Chromebooks

Toshiba Chromebook 2It’s a Chromebook craze out there with many new companies joining this, still nascent market. Toshiba and HP are among those that have recently updated their offerings; here’s what they came up with… Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 has a 13.3-inch screen and will be available in two different variants: the $249 model packs a 1366×768 display,…

Chrome on Android is the latest Google app to get a flatter design

Google's "Material Design" was a major part of this year's I/O conference and now it's rolling out to an Android app you probably use a lot more than the Play Store: Chrome. The browser's stable version is the latest recipient of the not-quite-flat façade and fancy animations. Lest you think the mobile web-surfing tool's new tricks are only skin deep, however, Mountain View has added a bit more functionality, surely. Signing into the application with your Google account now logs you into the search giant's websites, like Groups, as well. It's pretty easy to see where Page and co. see the hierarchy of importance for their apps, given the sequence of what's getting the Material Design threads and when. Should Gmail be next in line, it likely wouldn't surprise too many people. The odds of Google Voice getting these new duds anytime soon? Slim -- but that's just a guess.

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