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[New App] NBC Universal Releases Sprout Now Android App With Full Episode Streaming, Parents With Small Kids Immediately Download

NBC Universal has launched Sprout Now into the Play Store, giving parents all over the country the option to let their kids stream a full episode of their favorite series and get a couple moments' rest. The app comes with a full program guide, plenty of shows, and enough content to occupy children for up to four, five minutes tops.

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Of course, there are caveats. Parents need to have a TV subscription of some kind in order to get access to the shows.

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LocalCast Gets Materialized In v3.0 Update, And It's Looking Pretty Good

Android's screen casting feature lets people cast all the things, but it doesn't let them cast to all the things. No, Google will officially send media out to a Chromecast, but for other things, that's where third-party apps come in. One of the better options, LocalCast, has jumped up to a new version that brings the app up-to-date with the next release of Android (since L isn't actually out yet, would that make this before-to-date...up-to-early...ahead-of-date?).

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[New App] Radical.fm, An Ad-free 'Pay-What-You-Can' Music Service Touting 25 Million Songs, Launches On Android

Just like traditional radio, listening to internet radio without paying money requires putting up with ads. Well, usually. Radical.fm tosses this entire concept out the window by letting users stream music for free. If listeners would like to donate to the company to help out, it would be nice, but such generosity is not required. There's a catch, though. The Android app, despite just launching, already looks like it hasn't received an update in three years.

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PBS Kids, Daily Burn, And Deezer Updated With Chromecast Support

A trio of notable apps have been updated with support for Chromecast streaming today, and all of them are free (or free-ish). The apps in question are PBS Kids, Daily Burn, and Deezer.

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Mozilla's Unannounced Chromecast-Like Firefox OS Streaming Stick Gets Demoed On Video

Mozilla employees have mentioned a few times that the company is working on its own streaming device to compete with Google's $35 Chromecast, and now we're getting our first look at how it will work. The device is based on Firefox OS and actually plugs into most Chromecast-enabled apps out of the box.

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T-Mobile Announces Uncarrier 5 And 6 With T-Mobile Test Drive, Music Streaming From Select Services Without Impact On Your Data Allotment

T-Mobile has just announced their plans for Uncarrier part 5. The first big move of the T-mo's latest effort to shake up the wireless industry is the announcement of Test-Drive, a service through which users can get an iPhone 5S for seven days to take T-Mobile's "data strong" network for, well, a test drive. There's no down-payment, no charge, no nothing. Just get the device, try out the network, and return it at a store when you're done.

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Google Is Apparently Testing 480p And 1080p In YouTube For Android, Options Randomly Show Up For Some Users

Version 5.7 of the YouTube Android app introduced the ability to select precisely which quality level you want to stream a video in, as long as that level was 720p or lower. Even then, the options skipped from 360p to 720p. Since that release, users have apparently started to see 480p appear in between the two. Not only that, 1080p has shown up as well.

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We haven't been able to get the settings to load on our devices, but some of you have reported having better luck.

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Copy Cloud Storage App For Android Reaches Version 3.0, Introduces Chromecast Support

The Copy Android app has made the leap to version 3.0, and for the big release, the developers have introduced Chromecast support. With this update, users can stream pictures, music, and video straight from their cloud storage accounts to their televisions.

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[New Apps] Disney Releases Trio Of Full Episode Streaming Apps For The Disney Channel, Disney Jr, And Disney XD

Disney has hit Google Play with a trifecta of video streaming apps that are ready to provide you or your kids with plenty of full episodes to enjoy on your Android devices. The trio include one app for the Disney channel, one for the more animated Disney XD, and one the younguns can enjoy, Disney Jr.

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Unfortunately, you need a cable subscription to enjoy any of this content, but at least the list of supported providers is relatively thorough.

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XBMC 13.0 "Gotham" Is Live With Hardware Media Decoding On Android

XBMC started life as a hack for the original Xbox game console, but it has since evolved into a much-beloved open source home theater system on a number of platforms. After months of release candidates and betas, XBMC 13.0 (codename Gotham) is ready to download on Android (and other stuff).

2014-05-05 15.17.40

The new version brings a number of improvements, only some of which pertain directly to Android. The most relevant to our interests is the inclusion of hardware media decoding on ARM and x86 Android devices.

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