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Google ends feature updates for 1st-gen Chromecast (but security updates and bug fixes continue)

It’s been about six years since Google launched the first Chromecast device, and Google has continued to release software updates ever since… but the folks at 9to5Google noticed recently that those updates seem to have slowed down. Now the website has confirmed that Google has ceased releasing major software updates for the original Chromecast. That […]

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Lilbits: PinePhone unboxing, Purism launches an MVNO, and more Pixel and Chromecast details

The PinePhone is one of the first smartphones designed specifically for open source software enthusiasts. It’s an affordable phone with a starting price of $150 that ships with a GNU/Linux distribution pre-installed, but which can also boot from a microSD card if you want to try a different operating system (or 13) before deciding whether […]

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Amazon is selling Chromecast devices again (after a years-long absence)

Google’s Chromecast devices have long been some of the most affordable options for streaming internet video to a TV. But one thing you haven’t been able to easily do with a Chromecast is stream Amazon Video. So in 2015 Amazon decided to stop selling Chromecast hardware in its store, instead continuing to offer its own […]

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Google’s newest $35 Chromecast supports 60fps video, multi-room audio

As expected, Google is giving its entry-level Chromecast media streamer a small spec bump. The 2018 Chromecast is a little faster than the model Google has been selling since 2015 and it adds a few new features. But the $35 media streamer may be a bit outclassed by the competition. Roku and Amazon recently introduced […]

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Lilbits: Google Hangouts, Pocket P.C., and Pine64’s modular Linux phone

About a year after introducing a concept for a handheld Linux computer priced at $199, Popcorn Computer is getting closer to actually being able to deliver that little PC to customers. It’s up for pre-order for $199 and according to the latest progress update, production is on track to begin next month and if everything […]

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YouTube coming to Fire TV and Prime Video to Chromecast as Amazon and Google call a truce

Amazon and Google have announced that an official YouTube app is finally returning to the Fire TV platform. And for the first time, Amazon Video will officially support Chromecast devices. The updates should roll out “in the coming months,” and Amazon says other apps including YouTube TV and YouTube Kids will be coming to Fire […]

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