Over the past few months we’ve seen a growing number of audio and video apps add support for Google’s Chromecast media streaming device. Today was a big day for updates, with Vudu, Crackle and Rdio launching new apps that support the $35 TV dongle and PlayOn launching a beta test.
Don’t want to stream video from any of those services? AllCast is an app that lets you stream content directly from your phone… and with today’s update, that app has a few new tricks as well, including support for streaming you personal media from a Dropbox cloud storage account.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- AllCast for Android adds support for streaming from Dropbox to Chromecast, substitled videos, more
In order to use Dropbox, you’ll need to have the Dropbox app installed. The update also fixes a few bugs. [Android Police]
- Some sleuthing may have uncovered the Amazon TV box at the FCC (but few new details)
Amazon’s expected to unveil an update to its video streaming service on Wednesday, and that could include the launch of its first TV box. Blogger Dave Zatz may have uncovered the FCC listings for the device, although it’s a bit tough to tell because of confidentiality agreements and shell company names that show up on the documents. [Zatz Not Funny]
- XBMC 13 beta 3 fixes more bugs, improves Apple Airplay support
Improvements to the cross-platform media center also include hardware video decoding on devices with Samsung Exynos chips, and Wii controller support on Linux systems. [XBMC]
- Is Amazon looking to buy digital comic book distributor Comixology?
Comxology pretty much dominates the digital comic book space, although rivals including Amazon also sell comics or eReaders. There’s a rumor that Amazon could take an if you can’t beat em, buy em approach. [The Digital Reader]
- Report: CyanogenMod 11S is a custom, slightly skinned version of the OS for the OnePlus One smartphone
The upcoming OnePlus One is a 5.5 inch smartphone with an expected price of under $400, top tier specs, and a lot of buzz. It’ll also be one of the first phones to ship with CyanogenMod’s custom version of Android, and this is a first peek at how CyanogenMod will look on the phone. [Engadget]
- Javelin browser for Android features, incognito mode, built-in proxy service, reading mode, more
This web browser started off as the appropriately (if crudely) named “Jerky” browser with an emphasis on incognito/private browsing mode and letting you browse without saving your history. It’s not turned into a rather powerful, attractive browser that could serve many different uses. [Google Play]