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[New App] Google Releases Official Photowall Android App For Casting Photos To Your TV

Getting photos from your phone to your Chromecast hasn't been impossible before now, or particularly difficult, but there has yet been a Google-sanctioned approach to the issue. Now there is. The company has rolled Photowall for Chromecast into the Play Store, where it's immediately available for download.

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YouTube For Google TV Rises From The Dead, Actually Receives An Update

Last month YouTube for Google TV vanished from the Play Store like a vampire slain by Lincoln himself, quietly fading from public view, seen only by those who had previously downloaded it and already knew of its existence. But like the immortal being that it is, YouTube has risen back from the dead. Not only that, it's stronger, having now received a relatively minor update to version 1.7.5.

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BBC iPlayer Gets Predicted Chromecast Support, But Users With Imported Chromecasts May Need To Factory Reset Before It'll Work

For our readers across the pond, BBC iPlayer takes some of the network's shows and provides them for easy viewing on Android devices. What about the TV? The latest version of the app has that covered too. This would be a surprise, but we already spilled the beans on this release a few days ago. We knew this update was to coincide with the launch of Chromecasts in the UK on March 19th, and now it's here.

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A reader has reported to us that casting may not work on imported Chromecasts until they've first been factory reset. This will then change them from "US" to "GB." Afterwards, the cast button should appear.

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AllCast Gets New Now Playing Screen, Cover Art For Music And Videos, Lock Screen Controls, And More

The AllCast updates just keep coming. Each introduces new functionality, but the latest release packs together more new features than most. By combining aesthetic changes with usability improvements, users of this media Chromecasting app are in for quite the treat.

In the left screenshot below, we see a new "now playing" screen. For the initiated, this is the screen that displays while content is streaming to your TV screen. To the right, we see lock screen controls. This offers the minimal functionality of pausing and skipping around a playlist without having to unlock.

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When streaming music, AllCast will now dish up album art while the track is playing.

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[APK Teardown] BBC iPlayer Gains Casting Ability, Likely Timed For Chromecast Launch On March 19

We learned yesterday that the Chromecast would finally make its grand entrance to our friends in the UK on March 19. While the recently finalized Google Cast SDK should leave them with plenty of ways to start using it right away, there's one app that definitely needed to take the plunge and add support: BBC's iPlayer. Well, it looks like the BBC had the same thought, because a recent update gives us solid evidence that Chromecast streaming is coming very soon.

The updated apk came out on March 13, making the jump to version 3.0, but only identifying "Bug fixes" in the changelog.

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Chromecast Launching In The UK On Wednesday March 19th

Our friends across the pond will no longer have to resort to importing a Chromecast from the US as of March 19th. That's apparently the day Google's streaming dongle is set to hit shelves in the UK. At least one retailer already has the device in stock and has alerted employees to the impeding launch.

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[New App] Fox Releases The Official Cosmos Companion App, Reminds Us It Has A Streaming Video App For Full Episodes

It has been more than 30 years since the late, great Carl Sagan took to the airwaves to talk about how our future as a species depends powerfully on our understanding of the cosmos, which we float in like a mote of dust. The original Cosmos debuted in 1980 and inspired a generation of scientists and science nerds alike. Now the series is back with Neil deGrasse Tyson at the helm, and Fox has released a new companion app for Android that can help you explore the majesty and unbelievable scale of the cosmos while watching the show.

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The app itself contains expanded information, trailers, galleries, and other tidbits from each episode.

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[Creamy] Samsung Announces Milk Music, A Free Streaming Music Service Exclusively For Samsung Phones (US Only)

If you purchase a Samsung phone in the near future, you're going to have yet another option for listening to music. However, unlike most of the other streaming services, the newly announced Milk Music is free and has no ads. The Milk Music app is live in Google Play and it's compatible with the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Note 2, Note 3,, S4 Active, S4 Mini, and Mega at this time. It should also be compatible with the Galaxy S5.

Milk Music - Customize Dial - Blake Shelton Milk Music - Fine Tune - Lorde Milk Music - with Dial - Foster the People

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AllCast Updated With DLNA Server Support - Cast Media Stored On A DLNA Server Directly To A Chromecast Using Your Android Device

AllCast developer Koushik Dutta has added DLNA server support to his media Chromecasting app. Now anyone with AllCast installed can stream media straight from their DLNA servers to a Chromecast device with minimal effort.

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A competing app, LocalCast, recently added the ability to cast network storage files via Samba. The catch was that you had to stream files to your Android device first before sending them out to a Chromecast. That isn't the case here. AllCast will let you send files straight to a Chromecast without any intermediate transfers.

Anyone who downloads this app may also notice a new icon sitting in their app drawer.

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OnLive Returns With New Leadership And A Steam-Infused Game Streaming Subscription

It has been about a year-and-a-half since game streaming service OnLive abruptly shut down operations and fired its staff. The company was sold off to an investment firm that kept the lights on, but it was unclear until now what was to become of OnLive. Now OnLive has returned with a new approach to selling you games in the cloud and new management that aims to avoid making the same mistakes twice.

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The new OnLive will still stream games, but the individual purchases of titles that you can only access through the OnLive cloud are no more (existing users are still supported).

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