Google does its part to celebrate the major US holidays, not to mention quite a few others, but April Fools' Day appears to be its favorite. The company goes all out every year, and it's already looking like 2014 may just be its very best effort yet. In addition to scattering Pokemon all over Maps, Google is now dispersing emoji all throughout Chrome.
The feature is optional, but once enabled, Chrome will replace certain words with emoji. Read More
Chromecast apps are popping up almost faster than we can install them, but let's not forget one of the first apps to show us what the Chromecast was capable of doing. Of course, I'm talking about AllCast. Koush's streaming app has been updated with a few goodies, some of which are still listed as 'beta.'
After confirming Google Play gift cards would be coming to Mexico just last week, it's now officially official: they're on sale. Probably. Google has partnered with a handful of retailers in Mexico who will be stocking the Play gift cards, with 200, 300, and 600 Mexican Peso varieties being made available.
The announcement does note that the gift cards may not actually be in stock at these locations just yet, and that buyers should call ahead to confirm availability. Read More
If you're a user of the popular home media server PlayOn and you read Android Police, you'll probably be interested to know that the service has added support for the Chromecast in the latest beta builds of the Windows applications (PlayOn and PlayLater).
The nifty part is that Chromecasting using PlayOn doesn't even require an Android device - you can send videos to your Chromecast from Android, iOS, or PC (via the browser extension). Read More
There are already plenty of ways to get music on your Chromecast, but consider Rdio among the options now. The popular streaming service has announced that Chromecast support is coming to the app this very day.
OK, Music Boss, admit it: you tried pretty hard to get our attention with the 188.8.131.52 update. I mean, Pebble smartwatches, streaming movies, and Chromecast all in the same story? How could we resist?
Music Boss is a robust way to control playback of various media apps via your Pebble or Pebble Steel smartwatch, and it was also one of the very first additions to the official Pebble app store. The tool is light-years ahead of the basic music player built into the Pebble, allowing users to launch and switch Android music apps, adjust volume, and integrate with more esoteric apps like Tasker. Read More
Going to school online is what all the cool kids are doing. And the really cool kids are doing it without paying a dime (if you can stretch the definition of "school" to services offering commitment-free classes to thousands of people at once who don't earn college credit). Coursera is one of the more popular options for this non-traditional learning, and now it's got an Android app to make it even easier. Read More
Netflix. Google Play Movies. Hulu Plus. What do these services have in common? They're all better than VUDU, a long-standing streaming service for movies and television whose Android app leaves something to be desired. But it's a little more desirable starting today, as a reader tipped us: VUDU now allows users to stream rented or owned movies and TV to a handy Chromecast.
VUDU didn't mention this in the app update text on the Play Store, and there are no peeks at the familiar Chromecast button in the screenshots. Read More
Ready for another Google Now rumor? We've already seen evidence of contact-based reminders reliant on your proximity with another person, and "inferred events," whereby Now would pluck mentions of meetings or other appointments from your conversations to automatically create calendar entries. This time, we have something just as useful - a new bill pay card and interface, evidently headed for Google Now.
: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether.
Most people rely on Amazon, Google, Barnes and Noble, or some other all-in-one ebook service for their digital literary fix, but there is a thriving community of users who prefer the flexibility and lack of DRM that comes with independent reading apps. This has led to more than a few excellent choices in the space, including Readmill, an ebook app dedicated to simplicity and readability. Apparently Readmill users aren't the only ones who were impressed: Dropbox has acquired the app (or at least hired the employees who made it) and the service is shutting down. Read More