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Losing Cast support could be the final nail in BeyondPod's coffin

In more bad news for users of once-popular BeyondPod, the app it has now lost cast functionality. It's been using Google Cast API v2 that was deprecated back in 2017, but since that has finally been sunsetted, casting from the app is no longer possible.

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Opinion: An Ode to the Chromecast Audio

It's time to bid farewell to Google's audio streaming dongle, the Chromecast Audio. After a significant price drop late last year, its stock has since been depleted in the Google store and at Best Buy and other retail locations, and there are already eBay listings up asking for twice what the device was worth in its heyday.

The Chromecast Audio served as an incredible tool for those who merely wanted to sync their existing audio setups with the rest of their Cast-enabled devices. But it will soon become another relic of the past, leaving both novices and experienced audiophiles alike with fewer options for this kind of turn-key connectivity.

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Get a second-gen Chromecast for just $9 in-store at Walmart, a crazy $16 off MSRP


For just $9, this second-generation Chromecast deal at Walmart is a no-brainer. I like keeping a couple of extra Chromecast dongles around for that relative who wants to stream "the Netflix" from their decade-old TV, and this is a good chance to stock up on them.

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Google Chromecast ambient mode UI changes are rolling out to more users

This won't be the most important thing you'll read all day, but we're getting so many tips about it that we had to write a post. Back in April 2018, Google was spotted testing changes to the Chromecast ambient mode/home screen, and the new UI is now rolling out more widely.

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Get a Chromecast 3rd gen for $30 shipped

Have you heard about this new Chromecast thing? That's a little joke. Google's streaming dongle has become so prolific that the platform it runs on is built into all kinds of stuff. If you've got one of the last few TVs that can't already receive Chromecasted content, now's a great time to get in on the phenomenon. You can currently scoop a third-generation Chromecast up at Rakuten for about 30 bucks, shipped.

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[Update: Out of stock] You can still grab a $15 Chromecast Audio from Google while they last (which probably won't be long)

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[Update: Sold out] Google confirms Chromecast Audio has been discontinued — get 'em at a discount while you can

Yesterday, a post on Reddit said that Google's little music streamer that could, Chromecast Audio, had been discontinued. Sadly, that turned out to be true: according to an official statement from Google, the device is no longer being manufactured.

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[Update: Google shares network security tips] Internet tricksters hijack Chromecasts to promote PewDiePie

The internet-connected devices in our homes can make life more enjoyable, but they can also provide an in for internet ne'er-do-wells. A pair of jokers has undertaken a campaign of Chromecast hacking ostensibly to warn people about their vulnerability. Although, they're also promoting PewDiePie for some reason.

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Get a Home Mini and second-gen Chromecast for $17 at some Walmart stores

Now that the third-generation Chromecast is available, it looks like Google and retail stores want to clear out inventory of the older model. At some Walmart locations, you can get a bundle of the second-gen Chromecast and a Google Home Mini for just $17. That's cheaper than either product would normally cost on their own.

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Google testing new Cast UI for Chrome, with new icons and a source toggle

The original function of the Chromecast was to mirror a Chrome tab to your TV. Even though it's hardly ever used for that purpose anymore, now that most media services support native casting, the feature has always left room for improvement. Google is now testing a new Cast interface for Chrome, with updated device icons and a source toggle.

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