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Plex updates Chromecast interface with a fresh look, better slideshows, and more

It was a big deal some years back when Plex added Chromecast support. Google's Chromecast platform has only gotten more useful since then, and now Plex's Chromecast UI is getting an overdue revamp. The new interface looks nicer, but it also comes with functional improvements like better slideshow support and subtitle resizing.

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Snap reportedly laid off two dozen people, mostly on its content team

According to a report from The Information, Snap (of Snapchat fame) has recently laid off about two dozen people, most of which were in the content team. These firings seem to fit in line with the company's financial difficulties and overall attempts at consolidation, as well as the recent setbacks for the platform's original content. 

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Sling brings the Cloud DVR feature to Android and Roku devices

Sling TV offers a compelling value for cord cutters who want to stream cable television channels without paying the hefty prices. One of its weaknesses was its all-live setup, which it addressed with the Cloud DVR "First Look" program. Initially limited to Fire devices, the company has now expanded access to the service to Android and Roku players. 

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Kodi 17 'Krypton' now available, with a new default skin and many under-the-hood changes [APK Download]

Kodi, perhaps better known by its former name XBMC, is one of the most popular media centers around. It's open source, cross-platform, and is endlessly extendable - what's not to love? Now Kodi 17, codenamed 'Krypton,' is live on the Play Store with thousands of new features and bug fixes.

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Samsung Continues To Support The Galaxy View With A Bluetooth Remote Control App

So far Samsung's plus-sized Galaxy View tablet has been given a custom CNN news app and a sort of bulletin board photo app, both of which are exclusive to the device. But Samsung isn't finished yet. Today they published a third app that, if not exclusive to the 18.4-inch tablet itself, is certainly meant to be used exclusively with it. It's a remote control app that lets you operate pretty much every input on the device via a Bluetooth-connected Android phone.

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The Colbr App From CBS Provides Video Clips And Audio Podcasts In Anticipation Of Stephen Colbert's September 8th 'The Late Show' Debut

After a nearly decade-long run, The Colbert Report is over. I know, Colbert Nation, this news is still sad half a year after the final episode. Stephen Colbert has decided to move on and will take over for David Letterman as the new host for CBS's The Late Show. And no, he won't be the satirical conservative that Americans all across the ideological spectrum found reason to love—though he will still be pretty goofy.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert won't debut until September 8th, so we still have three months of waiting left to do. In the meantime, CBS has pushed a mobile app into the Play Store to hold us over.

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PBS Video For Android Can Now Stream Full Episodes To Your Chromecast

The PBS Video Android app has gained support for a cheap little media stick that frees shows from mobile devices and sticks them on something bigger. This way users can go back to viewing shows like Frontline, NOVA, and PBS NewsHour the way they've been watching them for decades.

Chromecast support works the way you're likely already familiar with. You open up the app, you locate the icon in the top-right corner, you select the dongle you want to cast to, and you watch your show.

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The adult PBS Android app gains Chromecast support nearly a year after the PBS Kids one did, but hey, parents are used to putting their children first.

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[By The Way] Official Kodi Remote App 'Kore' Is Available In The Play Store

You may have caught the news earlier today about the alpha and beta versions of Kodi (formerly XMBC) finally reaching the Play Store. Well, as a nice accessory to that, there's the official remote app now too. This listing actually showed up a few weeks ago, but has gone mostly unnoticed, which is why you are reading these words. Kore lets you control the action on Kodi, and it looks rather nice.

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Kodi (Formerly XBMC) Is Now Officially Available On The Play Store In Beta And Alpha Forms

Once upon a time, Kodi was known as XBMC, and it was developed for hacked Xboxes. This open source media hub went on to run on PCs and mobile devices, but it hasn't been deployed in the Play Store until now. There are some not-so-secret Google+ communities for beta and alpha versions of Kodi, and you can join them right now.

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Canadian Television App CTV GO Gets Chromecast Support, Revamped UI, And More

Google services may take a while to make the long trek north from Seattle to Vancouver, Detroit to Toronto, or from Portland to Montreal—but Canadians still get to enjoy Google hardware such as the Chromecast. Television network CTV has added support for the spiffy little dongle inside the latest version of its Android app (though this, too, kind of took a while).

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Chromecast support is the most exciting item on the changelog, but this release also tweaks the interface. Everything is still mostly black and red, there's just more of the latter. Some of what used to be in the sidebar is now spread across the top of the screen in tabs.

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