Google Cast Beta extension for Chromecast gets an update with 1080p tab casting Support
The Google Chromecast device is still one of my favorite little additions to my home. It makes things extremely easy to keep the cord cut in our home. A new update to the Chrome Cast Beta plug-in for your Chrome browser has landed and offers up a nice little bit of options for your casting needs. Similar to the Chrome Beta app for Android, the Google Cast Beta plugin is more like a testing ground for the brave to play with additional features that may or may not find their way to the more standard, and often times more stable, release of the same plugin. The update to the Beta version of this plugin brings in some nice little tweaks.
In the plugin’s settings you will find a section towards the bottom called ‘Custom mirroring settings’. They make sure to make a special note that this section is for ‘Advanced users only.’ In this section you can adjust your minimum and maximum bitrates in kbps, along with adjusting the maximum capture framerate. A final setting in the list lets you swap around from 854 x 480, 1280 x 720 and 1920 x 1080. The standard Google Cast extension only offers three options and none of the fancy adjustment options that the beta version offers. It keeps you at a maximum of 720p with a High or Extreme bitrate option.
It is fun to play about with if you have a little knowledge and respectable internet connection/router. I gave it a whirl myself and the image is much crisper on my 39′ HD TV. Sadly there are some nefarious internet issues plaguing the area today, so anything that requires any sort of good connection speed is worthless for me.
Head to the Chrome web store to install the Google Cast Beta extension and play about with the settings.
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The Higgs boson could destroy the universe in the wrong conditions
That Higgs boson that everyone was so eager to find last year? As it turns out, it could be the end of everything — in the wrong circumstances, anyway. In his upcoming book Starmus, Stephen Hawking notes that the once-elusive particle could become less than perfectly stable at energy levels of 100 billion giga-electronvolts or higher. If it gets to that state, it could trigger a vacuum bubble that would expand at the speed of light, eventually collapsing all space and time; you wouldn’t even know the disaster was coming if the event happened on Earth.
Don’t start panicking that we’re about to destroy the universe by accident, though. Right now, even a massive accelerator like the Large Hadron Collider has “only” smashed together particles at 3.5 tera-electronvolts per beam. It would take a collider larger than our planet to reach dangerous energy levels. Still, it’s interesting (if slightly disconcerting) to realize that we could theoretically erase existence if we were really, truly bent on it.
Filed under: Science
Via: Daily Mail
Source: Sunday Times
PayPal and Coinbase are partnering to enable Bitcoin payments
Remember that One Touch mobile payment solution PayPal announced last month? It’s ready — Braintree CEO Bill Ready announced at Disrupt that customers with the PayPal app will have access to mobile payments starting today. The mobile payment platform is the first fruit Braintree has borne since PayPal acquired it last year, but it isn’t the last: Ready says his company is laying the foundation for PayPal Bitcoin payments, too.
Ready says that PayPal is partnering with Coinbase to enable a Bitcoin-based payment system. “This would be PayPal’s first foray into Bitcoin,” he said. “But it’s via the Braintree platform.” That service is still in the works, he says, and it won’t be handled exclusively through PayPal — merchants interested in using the emerging system will need a Coinbase wallet to accept payments.
Filed under: Misc
Google must offer more to end EU antitrust case
A few months back, it looked like that Google was set to avoid fines from the European Commission stemming from a multi-year probe into the outfit burying rival ads in search results. With new “arguments and data,” the competition said it isn’t satisfied with those concessions, and Reuters reports that the search giant will have to pony up more in order to close the case. If you’ll recall, Google had agreed to give Bing, Yahoo and others equal visibility rather than face a $5 million fine, but after those companies weren’t happy with the proposal and submitted new claims, the Commission wants a revised offer. In response to an ad by publishers on the other side, executive chairman Eric Schmidt posted a letter on Financial Times over the weekend. Saying that it was built “to show results that answer the user’s queries directly,” Schmidt maintained that the company doesn’t promote its own stuff “at the expense of our competitors.”
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Amazon Fire Phone Now 99 Cents with Two-Year Contract
Amazon has just dropped the price of its Fire phone to 99 cents from $199.99 on a two-year contract through AT&T, or to $450 dollars through the NEXT 18 program by paying $18.75 per month (for 24 months) with $0 down and 0% interest. According to Amazon Vice President Ian Freed, customers will still be able to take advantage of 1 year free of Amazon Prime membership (99 dollar value) and unlimited cloud storage.
No reason was given for the sudden price drop, but we can easily assume the price drop was due to lack of sales as the phone has not been received well by Android fans. When trying to make a name for oneself in the cell phone industry, a low price point with decent spec’d hardware usually helps gather attention as in Oneplus with their One phone and Motorola with the Moto X released last year.
If you paid full price for the Fire phone within the last 30 days you might possibly be able to get a price adjustment from Amazon if you take advantage of their awesome return policy. If your Fire phone is in new condition Amazon will allow you to return the phone for 100% of the item’s price or you might be able to call and get a price adjustment.
If this price point is more attractive to you the Fire phone can be ordered at att.com or amazon.com.
Source – Amazon
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New Nexus 7 (2014) passes FCC certification
Did the Nexus 7 just get FCC approval? This week a strange unidentified Google-branded tablet passed through the US FCC office that seems to indicate a new Nexus 7.
It was previously assumed that the next Nexus devices would be the Nexus 8 or 9 (Flounder) and the Nexus 6 smartphone, but it could be that a refresh of the 7-inch model is in the pipeline too.
Whilst no specific specs were revealed, the connectivity options for the device were and it includes support for 4G carrier bands (2 and 5), GSM, WCDMA, Bluetooth Class 1 (Version 4.0, LE+EDR), 802.11b/802.11g/802.11n Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS.
The new Nexus 7 is shown as manufactured by LG, so could we be looking at a Google Play Edition G Pad? That would be pretty nice!
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Apple Homepage Now Redirecting to Event Countdown Ahead of Tomorrow’s Announcements
With less than 24 hours to go until tomorrow’s major media event, Apple has begun redirecting its entire homepage in the U.S., Apple.com, to Apple.com/live, which displays a countdown to the event. Apple’s move to redirect all homepage traffic to its event countdown is undoubtedly an effort to ramp up anticipation for its upcoming announcements.
Apple’s promotion of the event along with its location at the Flint Center, where the original Mac was unveiled, suggests that Apple has something huge in the works for tomorrow’s announcements. While Apple’s media events are always major affairs, Apple has made an extra effort this year to build up hype for the big unveiling.
Apple has plans to live stream the event on its website and the company will likely stream the event to the Apple TV with a dedicated channel, as it has done for past events. MacRumors will be providing live coverage of the event, both on MacRumors.com and on the MacRumorsLive Twitter account for those unable to watch Apple’s live stream.
Tomorrow’s event kicks off at 10 a.m. Pacific Time at the Flint Center at De Anza College in Cupertino. Apple is expected to unveil a multitude of new products and services, including two versions of the iPhone 6, its much-rumored wearable device, and its mobile payments initiative.
Apple’s Mobile Payments Initiative May Include Rewards Program
Apple may be developing a rewards program as part of its mobile payments initiative, reports Bank Innovation. Apple is reportedly working on a pilot program that will see it developing partnerships with multiple retailers, which goes hand in hand with several previous loyalty program rumors. A proprietary rewards program could give Apple a way to distinguish itself from other mobile payment services.
According to sources with knowledge of Apple’s plans, the company has been in talks with InterContinental Hotels Group (seemingly incorrectly referred to as “IGH International” in the report), a global hotel chain, about a possible partnership for a loyalty program and has been hiring to fill positions related to the pilot program, which may be built into iTunes.
Bank Innovation specifically points towards an Apple job opening seeking a “Senior World Wide Partner Marketing Manager,” who will create programs and training materials for “external partners” and who will focus on driving customer adoption of “existing and new features.” Other similar job postings also hint at the development of a major program focused on third-party partnerships, which may be a loyalty program.
The site suggests that the company is just now beginning to hire for the division, which means a possible loyalty program is unlikely to be available right when its payments service launches.
Sources close to Apple say the company has just started hiring for this division, and that, before the recent high-profile iCloud hack, the plan was to announce the pilot on Tuesday along with Apple’s other announcements. That very well may happen, or the announcement could be postponed until a later date — when more deals are in place and the mainstream media moves on from the iCloud cyberattack. Since Apple’s hiring for positions for this program now, but we don’t expect this program to be fully ready in the near future.
If a rewards program is indeed in the works, it appears to be in the early stages. There’s no word yet on the scope of the program or how it might work, but more information may be revealed tomorrow, when Apple unveils its mobile payments initiative for the first time.
Rumors about Apple’s payment plans have been leaking out in recent weeks, and the company has reportedly signed deals with major credit card companies including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, as well as major credit card issuers. Apple is also said to be partnering with multiple retailers for the service, including Walgreens, CVS, and Nordstrom.
Apple’s payment service is said to rely on NFC, which will be built into both the iPhone 6 and Apple’s upcoming wearable device. It will also integrate with Touch ID for security purposes, and it will take advantage of tokenization to provide additional security and to prevent theft.
Both 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Models Reportedly Launching on September 19
A new report [Google Translate] from French site iGen.fr claims Apple may begin selling both of its iPhone 6 models at the same time. According to the report, which is based on the same source who accurately predicted previous Apple product launches, the two models would go on sale starting Friday, September 19. That has been the most widely expected date for the first wave of launches given Apple’s previous announcement and launch patterns.
Perhaps in line with a lack of significant leaks of parts for the larger model, a separate source indicates that the 4.7-inch model is likely to be available in higher quantities than the 5.5-inch model. MacRumors has heard similar news from a reliable source, who has indicated that two different iPhone models are incoming with the larger model shipping at only half the rates of the smaller one.
Reports of a simultaneous launch for both iPhone 6 models contradicts some earlier reports, including a recent research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who believes Apple will stagger the launch of the two iPhone models. According to Kuo, Apple will begin selling the 4.7-inch in September and the 5.5-inch before the end of the year. This staggered launch is attributed to production issues with the 5.5-inch model.
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 6 tomorrow at a press event being held at the Flint Center in Cupertino. Besides a larger display, the new iPhone may include a faster A8 processor, up to 128 GB of storage, an updated Touch ID and an improved camera module with image stabilization and a round True Tone flash.
Apple’s Larger Phones May Be Called iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
Though Apple is planning to unveil two iPhones tomorrow, in 4.7 and 5.5-inch varieties, there’s been surprisingly little information on what the two devices might be called. According to a new report from Mac Otakara [Google Translate], Apple will refer to the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone as the “iPhone 6,” while the larger 5.5-inch version will be called the “iPhone 6 Plus.”
It is unknown what source Mac Otakara derived its information from, but the site has provided accurate predictions in the past. MacRumors has also heard the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus monikers from a second source, but it remains unclear if that is indeed Apple’s naming plan.
iPhone 5s next to physical mockups of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6
Interestingly, the “plus” naming schematic actually dates back to very early iPhone rumors, where the device was reportedly referred to as the “iPhone Math” in a mistranslation that many assumed meant “iPhone Plus.” Other possible names for the 5.5-inch iPhone included “iPhone Air,” a term that surfaced from Chinese media sources and seemed to fit in with the rest of Apple’s “Air” lineup, including the MacBook Air and the iPad Air.”
With approximately 24 hours to go until Apple’s September 9 media event, it won’t be long before we find out the official names for the two devices. Along with the iPhone 6, the event is also expected to see the unveiling of the much-anticipated “iWatch” and Apple’s mobile payments service.