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Paul Terry Walhus40,146ChromecastCast - Episode 2 - Chromecast News and Views2013-07-27 02:00:004  

Shared Circles including Chris Porter

Shared Circles are not available on Google+ anymore, but you can find them still here.

Top posts in the last 50 posts

Most comments: 32

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2014-05-17 20:47:51 (32 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

What are your thoughts on the rumored AT&T/DirecTV merger? Is this a net gain or loss for consumers? How does this affect the telecom industry in light of the looming Comcast/TWC merger?

Image via: http://uproxx.com/technology/2014/05/att-may-be-getting-ready-to-eat-directv/

Most reshares: 6

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2013-08-22 01:45:42 (6 comments, 6 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Cannot wait for this!

Most plusones: 31

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2014-06-04 22:10:29 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Today's Installation
I spent the better part of a week prewiring this 4-story home for audio, video, networking, and security cameras. I've finally gotten all the wires nearly labeled and organized, just the way I like it. 

Latest 50 posts

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2014-06-30 17:02:25 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Kudos to the guys at FontAwesome for including the Pied Piper logo (both versions) in their list of social networking icons.

If you're not already familiar with FontAwesome, it's an icon-based font that is very easy to implement and ensures your icons look fantastic at any size or screen resolution. A fantastic resource for web developers!

Check it out at: http://fontawesome.io/

#webdev   #font   #piedpiper  

Kudos to the guys at FontAwesome for including the Pied Piper logo (both versions) in their list of social networking icons.

If you're not already familiar with FontAwesome, it's an icon-based font that is very easy to implement and ensures your icons look fantastic at any size or screen resolution. A fantastic resource for web developers!

Check it out at: http://fontawesome.io/

#webdev   #font   #piedpiper  ___

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2014-06-06 14:41:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Sonos Playbar Installation - Outdoor Living Room
A recent installation of a Sonos Playbar in an outdoor environment. This client already had in-ceiling speakers outdoors for music (installed by another integrator), but wanted a way to get better audio from the TV than the speakers that were mounted 12-feet above his head (and slightly behind his listening position). When we told him about all the great streaming benefits that Sonos offered, he fell in love with the idea.

The Playbar is probably my favorite sound bar for any TV with an optical audio output, providing excellent three-channel audio (with or without the optional subwoofer) for all television sources, as well as all the fantastic streaming audio benefits that Sonos offers (http://www.sonos.com/system). 

Pair a Playbar with two Play:1 or Play:3 speakers, a Sonos Sub, and a Sonos Bridge for a fantastic surround... more »

Sonos Playbar Installation - Outdoor Living Room
A recent installation of a Sonos Playbar in an outdoor environment. This client already had in-ceiling speakers outdoors for music (installed by another integrator), but wanted a way to get better audio from the TV than the speakers that were mounted 12-feet above his head (and slightly behind his listening position). When we told him about all the great streaming benefits that Sonos offered, he fell in love with the idea.

The Playbar is probably my favorite sound bar for any TV with an optical audio output, providing excellent three-channel audio (with or without the optional subwoofer) for all television sources, as well as all the fantastic streaming audio benefits that Sonos offers (http://www.sonos.com/system). 

Pair a Playbar with two Play:1 or Play:3 speakers, a Sonos Sub, and a Sonos Bridge for a fantastic surround sound experience with a minimal amount of wiring and setup required. It really simplifies the home theater experience in a way that few other systems currently can.

Product Links:
Sonos Playbar - http://goo.gl/UzPZsd 
Sonos Sub - http://goo.gl/EpeMnY
Sonos Play:1 - http://goo.gl/3fqaco
Sonos Play:3 - http://goo.gl/TvqphR
Sonos Bridge - http://goo.gl/LrOozW___

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2014-06-04 22:10:29 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Today's Installation
I spent the better part of a week prewiring this 4-story home for audio, video, networking, and security cameras. I've finally gotten all the wires nearly labeled and organized, just the way I like it. 

Today's Installation
I spent the better part of a week prewiring this 4-story home for audio, video, networking, and security cameras. I've finally gotten all the wires nearly labeled and organized, just the way I like it. ___

2014-06-02 16:54:22 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Watching the Apple WWDC coverage. Am I just getting old, or do all those kids in the first few rows look like they're 14?

Watching the Apple WWDC coverage. Am I just getting old, or do all those kids in the first few rows look like they're 14?___

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2014-05-31 16:13:16 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

The Original Instagram
Found this little Polaroid gem while cleaning out some things at my great aunt's house. I'm not sure its ever even be used.

The Original Instagram
Found this little Polaroid gem while cleaning out some things at my great aunt's house. I'm not sure its ever even be used.___

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2014-05-30 11:09:28 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

A little competition can help produce some pretty incredible results...

A little competition can help produce some pretty incredible results...___

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2014-05-28 14:31:46 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that autonomous vehicles will make better drivers than human beings. They couldn't possibly be worse.

Fully autonomous driving has always been the goal of our project, because we think this could improve road safety and help lots of people who can't drive. 

We're now developing prototypes of vehicles that have been designed from the ground up to drive themselves—just push a button and they'll take you where you want to go! We'll use these vehicles to test our software and learn what it will really take to bring this technology into the world. 

Learn more: http://goo.gl/qDUtgq___There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that autonomous vehicles will make better drivers than human beings. They couldn't possibly be worse.

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2014-05-23 23:54:14 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Sonos Giving Away 6 Free Months of Google Play All-Access
As if there weren't already enough reasons to purchase a Sonos system, they're now offering 6 free months of Google Play All-Access ($59.94 value) whenever you install a new Sonos system  (now through July 5th, 2014).

If you live in Columbia, SC or nearby areas, contact me before purchasing and I may be able to sweeten the pot a little more.

Details here: http://www.sonos.com/promo/googleplay6month
Sonos Store on Amazon (free shipping for Prime members): http://goo.gl/QUN40w

Sonos Giving Away 6 Free Months of Google Play All-Access
As if there weren't already enough reasons to purchase a Sonos system, they're now offering 6 free months of Google Play All-Access ($59.94 value) whenever you install a new Sonos system  (now through July 5th, 2014).

If you live in Columbia, SC or nearby areas, contact me before purchasing and I may be able to sweeten the pot a little more.

Details here: http://www.sonos.com/promo/googleplay6month
Sonos Store on Amazon (free shipping for Prime members): http://goo.gl/QUN40w___

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2014-05-17 20:47:51 (32 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

What are your thoughts on the rumored AT&T/DirecTV merger? Is this a net gain or loss for consumers? How does this affect the telecom industry in light of the looming Comcast/TWC merger?

Image via: http://uproxx.com/technology/2014/05/att-may-be-getting-ready-to-eat-directv/

What are your thoughts on the rumored AT&T/DirecTV merger? Is this a net gain or loss for consumers? How does this affect the telecom industry in light of the looming Comcast/TWC merger?

Image via: http://uproxx.com/technology/2014/05/att-may-be-getting-ready-to-eat-directv/___

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2014-05-16 14:59:11 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Onkyo TX-NR535 Unboxing & Installation
Yesterday I installed one of Onkyo's newest A/V receivers, the TX-NR535. Although the UI is minimal and leaves a lot to be desired, this sub-$400 A/V receiver comes packed with features such as 90W/ch, 6 HDMI inputs, wireless connectivity (both WiFi and Bluetooth), and an auto-setup microphone.

Overall, I prefer its bigger brother (TX-NR636) for its more robust performance (115w/ch) and feature set (front HDMI input, improved UI, true Zone 2 support), but the TX-NR535 is a great option for a second room or those who are on a tight budget.

TX-NR535 on Amazon: http://goo.gl/8estWF  
TX-NR636 on Amazon: http://goo.gl/TdsHtz

#onkyo   #hometheater  

Onkyo TX-NR535 Unboxing & Installation
Yesterday I installed one of Onkyo's newest A/V receivers, the TX-NR535. Although the UI is minimal and leaves a lot to be desired, this sub-$400 A/V receiver comes packed with features such as 90W/ch, 6 HDMI inputs, wireless connectivity (both WiFi and Bluetooth), and an auto-setup microphone.

Overall, I prefer its bigger brother (TX-NR636) for its more robust performance (115w/ch) and feature set (front HDMI input, improved UI, true Zone 2 support), but the TX-NR535 is a great option for a second room or those who are on a tight budget.

TX-NR535 on Amazon: http://goo.gl/8estWF  
TX-NR636 on Amazon: http://goo.gl/TdsHtz

#onkyo   #hometheater  ___

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2014-05-15 15:34:58 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Samsung 28" 4K Display for $599.99
Amazon has been going a little crazy with their A/V deals lately. Yesterday a Roku for $36.99 (http://goo.gl/Prq7Tj) and today a Samsung 28" 4K Display for just $599.99. That's $100 off the already low price!

Amazon Link: goo.gl/vS89rc

Edit: Price has been increased back to $689.99.

Samsung 28" 4K Display for $599.99
Amazon has been going a little crazy with their A/V deals lately. Yesterday a Roku for $36.99 (http://goo.gl/Prq7Tj) and today a Samsung 28" 4K Display for just $599.99. That's $100 off the already low price!

Amazon Link: goo.gl/vS89rc

Edit: Price has been increased back to $689.99.___

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2014-05-14 23:16:30 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Roku LT Just $36.99 Today!
I don't need another streaming box, but Amazon's Deal of the Day is the Roku LT. This is pretty tempting at just $36.99!

Amazon Link: http://goo.gl/HhC4Lc

Edit: Price has been increased back to $49.50.

Roku LT Just $36.99 Today!
I don't need another streaming box, but Amazon's Deal of the Day is the Roku LT. This is pretty tempting at just $36.99!

Amazon Link: http://goo.gl/HhC4Lc

Edit: Price has been increased back to $49.50.___

2014-05-12 19:24:47 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

A/V Troubleshooting Tip
80% of my service calls are fixed by unplugging equipment and plugging it back in.

A/V Troubleshooting Tip
80% of my service calls are fixed by unplugging equipment and plugging it back in.___

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2014-05-10 20:15:04 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Abbey was way overdue for a grooming. Here are the before and after shots of her in her signature pose.

Abbey was way overdue for a grooming. Here are the before and after shots of her in her signature pose.___

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2014-05-09 16:29:52 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Vizio E550i-B2 55" LED-LCD Unboxing
A very quick unboxing of Vizio's 2014 entry-level LED-LCD display. At a retail price of just $699, it's one of the most affordable 55" backlit LED televisions on the market.

Amazon Link: http://goo.gl/E40wR9

Vizio E550i-B2 55" LED-LCD Unboxing
A very quick unboxing of Vizio's 2014 entry-level LED-LCD display. At a retail price of just $699, it's one of the most affordable 55" backlit LED televisions on the market.

Amazon Link: http://goo.gl/E40wR9___

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2014-05-08 19:37:08 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Just lost all respect for +Amazon.com. Dark Vather? Come on, man.
#darkvather   #galacticfail  

Just lost all respect for +Amazon.com. Dark Vather? Come on, man.
#darkvather   #galacticfail  ___

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2014-05-06 23:58:18 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

I helped Hooters fix and clean up their audio system today. Here's the mess of unused wires I pulled out from behind their A/V rack.

I helped Hooters fix and clean up their audio system today. Here's the mess of unused wires I pulled out from behind their A/V rack.___

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2014-05-04 15:03:47 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Amazon Star Wars Deals
Amazon is celebrating  #StarWarsDay  with a number of deals on themed gear. In particular, Angry Birds Star Wars II is the free app of the day (http://goo.gl/RIjBCo) and trilogy discs (Bluray + DVD) are 47% off (http://goo.gl/0oZMy2).

May the 4th be with you.

Amazon Star Wars Deals
Amazon is celebrating  #StarWarsDay  with a number of deals on themed gear. In particular, Angry Birds Star Wars II is the free app of the day (http://goo.gl/RIjBCo) and trilogy discs (Bluray + DVD) are 47% off (http://goo.gl/0oZMy2).

May the 4th be with you.___

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2014-04-30 16:54:46 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Episode 3 is now out.
WARNING: If you're easily offended by cursing, this episode is probably not for you.

Streaming Music Services, Nespresso vs. Keurig, FedEx & UPS Problems
The boys let loose in Episode 3 with some blunt assessments of their tastes in music, coffee, and delivery companies. #fthebs   #nsfw  

Products Discussed
Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker: http://goo.gl/shMQqh
Nespresso Espresso Maker: http://goo.gl/LXDVWB
illy Dark Roast Ground Coffee: http://goo.gl/Oth5G5 Capsul'in Capsules for Nespresso: http://goo.gl/PyEKAA
Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter: http://goo.gl/rnTn9W
Sleep Master Euro Box Top Mattress: http://goo.gl/LVs9sT
Vizio 40-inch 1080p LED LCD: http://goo.gl/n1gBGo 

More at: fthebs.com

+Pandora +Spotify +Songza +Google Play +Nespresso +Keurig +UPS +FedEx ___Episode 3 is now out.
WARNING: If you're easily offended by cursing, this episode is probably not for you.

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2014-04-24 15:12:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I'm so glad I quit using this app after only a month or so. The last thing I want is to give Facebook more information on my movements and whereabouts.

I'm so glad I quit using this app after only a month or so. The last thing I want is to give Facebook more information on my movements and whereabouts.___

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2014-04-23 13:44:31 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

If you've never had an opportunity to watch some great shows like The Sopranos and The Wire, Amazon Prime members will soon be getting a chance.

The shift from traditional television to streaming television is finally taking hold with everyday consumers.  And moves like this one by  HBO are helping promote the cause. Kudos +Amazon.com and HBO.

Not already a Prime member? Get a 30-day free trial here: http://goo.gl/5PcV6L  

Big news: on May 21st, classic +HBO shows will be available to stream for +Amazon Prime members http://bit.ly/1nGlywc___If you've never had an opportunity to watch some great shows like The Sopranos and The Wire, Amazon Prime members will soon be getting a chance.

The shift from traditional television to streaming television is finally taking hold with everyday consumers.  And moves like this one by  HBO are helping promote the cause. Kudos +Amazon.com and HBO.

Not already a Prime member? Get a 30-day free trial here: http://goo.gl/5PcV6L  

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2014-04-22 21:14:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Fixing Missing Admin in OS X Mavericks
Wanting to try out Final Cut Pro X (http://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/trial/), I finally took the plunge and "upgraded" to OS X Mavericks today.

After the installation, I discovered that the account name and password I had always used was no longer working anymore.  Upon further research, my admin account had been converted to a standard account, leaving me with no admin account at all (WTF Apple)!

After about a half hour of Googling, head-scratching, and Apple-cursing, I finally came across this post from +Chris Barczys that was a real life saver.

The key lies in booting into single user mode and then typing in a bunch of commands (that I don't fully understand, thankfully he does) to temporarily enable a root account. Thank you, +Chris Barczys, for saving me from the anxiety attack that was quicklya... more »

Fixing Missing Admin in OS X Mavericks
Wanting to try out Final Cut Pro X (http://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/trial/), I finally took the plunge and "upgraded" to OS X Mavericks today.

After the installation, I discovered that the account name and password I had always used was no longer working anymore.  Upon further research, my admin account had been converted to a standard account, leaving me with no admin account at all (WTF Apple)!

After about a half hour of Googling, head-scratching, and Apple-cursing, I finally came across this post from +Chris Barczys that was a real life saver.

The key lies in booting into single user mode and then typing in a bunch of commands (that I don't fully understand, thankfully he does) to temporarily enable a root account. Thank you, +Chris Barczys, for saving me from the anxiety attack that was quickly approaching.___

2014-04-19 23:41:56 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Contra: Evolution Now Free In Google Play Store
This remake of the old-school classic is now available for free. The touchscreen controls aren't exactly perfect and there are a number of in-app purchases, but the nostalgia alone is worth the download. Enjoy!

via: http://androidcommunity.com/contra-evolution-now-free-on-android-still-with-iap-20140418/ 

Contra: Evolution Now Free In Google Play Store
This remake of the old-school classic is now available for free. The touchscreen controls aren't exactly perfect and there are a number of in-app purchases, but the nostalgia alone is worth the download. Enjoy!

via: http://androidcommunity.com/contra-evolution-now-free-on-android-still-with-iap-20140418/ ___

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2014-04-17 16:56:46 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Slingbox 350 for $99
Amazon's Deal of the Day is the Slingbox 350. Although it doesn't have HDMI connectivity, it's still a pretty great deal at $99, 45% off the regular price.

Slingbox 350 for $99
Amazon's Deal of the Day is the Slingbox 350. Although it doesn't have HDMI connectivity, it's still a pretty great deal at $99, 45% off the regular price.___

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2014-04-17 00:15:42 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Super Mario Bros Played on Wine Glasses
Kinda hard not to love this...#supermario

via +CNET: http://www.cnet.com/news/super-mario-bros-theme-played-on-wine-glasses/

Super Mario Bros Played on Wine Glasses
Kinda hard not to love this...#supermario

via +CNET: http://www.cnet.com/news/super-mario-bros-theme-played-on-wine-glasses/___

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2014-04-16 20:16:18 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The latest episode of +FtheBS is now out.  We chat about Google's partnership with +Room 77, taste the new +Game of Thrones beer, and debate the absurdity of Promposals.

More episodes at: fthebs.com

Best Hotel Booking Sites, Game of Thrones Beer Tasting, & Promposals
In this Spring-themed episode, our exclusive analysis of hotel booking sites uncovers a surprise winner; the boys evaluate three Spring beers, including the new Game of Thrones beer, left in their Easter basket; the growing teen trend of Promposals is explained, explored, and approved.  With their signature, eclectic approach, +Clinton Whitmire's and +Chris Porter's beer tasting covers a lot of ground about both beer and HBO's online content strategy.  One of the hosts makes up for not having attended prom with a Promposal of his own.

#travel   #hotel   #beer   #beertasting   #gameofthrones   #fireandblood   #promposal   #prom   #google   #room77  ___The latest episode of +FtheBS is now out.  We chat about Google's partnership with +Room 77, taste the new +Game of Thrones beer, and debate the absurdity of Promposals.

More episodes at: fthebs.com

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2014-04-10 16:30:14 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

I've been waiting for this integration since Google Play Music was first announced.  Thanks +Sonos and +Google. You made my day.

Sonos and Google Play Music together - it just makes so much sense and it really is a great experience!

http://www.sonos.com/googleplaymusic___I've been waiting for this integration since Google Play Music was first announced.  Thanks +Sonos and +Google. You made my day.

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2014-04-10 10:39:48 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Reimagining Chromecast Home - A Prototype
Test it: http://todaycast.tv (desktop only for now)

Recently there have been a lot of rumors that +Google is working on a home screen replacement for Chromecast.  While I think this is a great idea, I have to admit that I cringed a little when I heard the news because I’ve been working on a prototype for a very similar concept. And although this is still in early stages, I thought I would go ahead and share it with the world to help me determine whether or not I should continue developing it.

Let me be the first to say that I really like the default Chromecast home screen.  The images that Google picks from the amazing collection of Google+ photographers are breathtaking and far better than anything my friends or I are capable of creating. 

But since day one of owning a Chromecast I’ve wanted to be able topersona... more »

Reimagining Chromecast Home - A Prototype
Test it: http://todaycast.tv (desktop only for now)

Recently there have been a lot of rumors that +Google is working on a home screen replacement for Chromecast.  While I think this is a great idea, I have to admit that I cringed a little when I heard the news because I’ve been working on a prototype for a very similar concept. And although this is still in early stages, I thought I would go ahead and share it with the world to help me determine whether or not I should continue developing it.

Let me be the first to say that I really like the default Chromecast home screen.  The images that Google picks from the amazing collection of Google+ photographers are breathtaking and far better than anything my friends or I are capable of creating. 

But since day one of owning a Chromecast I’ve wanted to be able to personalize the slideshow of photography that moves across my screen. And I don’t mean I want to manually fling my photos from my phone to my TV screen. There’s a time and purpose for that.  

But what I really want is a visual dashboard of what’s happening in my life and in the lives of the people with whom I’m connected. Why should I manually go out and check all these different streams of content if I can use the idle time on my television to passively bring these streams to me (particularly the visual ones likes photos and video)?

The idea is simple.  RIght now, it’s just an always updating slideshow of your Instagram stream coupled with local time and weather information.  I envision it, however, allowing you to include photos or albums from a large variety of social networks or hashtag/keyword searches. You could have channels of content that get delivered based on network (Twitter, Google+, YouTube) or category (fashion, technology, cats). One day, I would love to be able to display notifications of missed calls, texts, current music playing, and other timely information (calendar events, breaking news headlines, etc).

Here’s the problem: This is not a Chromecast app. This is just a web page right now.  I’m a part-time web developer, not an app developer.  And this is just some crazy idea I had because I wanted to make my Chromecast home screen more interesting and relevant to my life. 

So I spent a few hours here and there over the past week or so creating this prototype.  I emphasize prototype because it is not without bugs and glitches. For instance, on my Chromecast the framerate is a lot choppier than I would like. There is only one view/scrolling option; I would like to have many more. And like I said before, this is not an app. You need to cast your browser tab (yes, desktop only for now) to the Chromecast to see the effect (you may need to resize the browser to get a full screen view).

If you have an Instagram account, give it a try and tell me what you think.  If you don’t have an Instagram account, you can still view the “Popular” feed and do hashtag searches. 

Is this something that you would be interested in having in a full-scale app or home screen replacement?  What other features or services would you like to see included? Is it even possible to build a home screen replacement for the Chromecast? Should I spend any more time thinking about this or just shut up and go back to cleaning the house?

I’d love to hear your input.  Thanks, here’s the link: http://todaycast.tv

-Chris

cc: +Will McCain +Jennifer Ruggiero +Russell Holly +Jason Howell +Gina Trapani +Paul Terry Walhus +Ron Richards +Phil Nickinson ___

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2014-04-09 19:02:44 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

F the BS!
I'm excited to be joining +Clinton Whitmire on a brand new show called FtheBS, where we'll be taking an unfiltered look at culture, technology, and the stories that actually matter.

You can check out our first episode below. I'd love to hear your feedback (I think).  #fthebs  

More at: fthebs.com

Fire TV Review, Whiskey Aging, & NCAA Unions
+Clinton Whitmire and +Chris Porter reveal the truth about the Amazon Fire TV, discuss home-aging spirits in oak casks, and debate pay for college athletes.  In addition, a discussion of HBO's "Girls" informs us a little about Whitty's taste in girls, as does a brief discourse on Belle Knox.  The blindfolded sherry taste test is a show highlight that reveals Whitty's lack of smell and why that might not be such a bad thing. #fthebs  

Products Discussed
Amazon Fire TV - http://goo.gl/09nNEC
AppleTV - http://goo.gl/vYTSoS
Google Chromecast - http://goo.gl/KHVNzg
Oak Whiskey Barrel - http://goo.gl/BL4f9z

More at: fthebs.com

#whiskey   #firetv   #appletv   #chromecast   #iptv   #hdtv   #review   #ncaa   #unions   #football   #alcohol   #tastetest   #sherry   #amazon   #netflix   #pandora   #hulu   #vevo  ___F the BS!
I'm excited to be joining +Clinton Whitmire on a brand new show called FtheBS, where we'll be taking an unfiltered look at culture, technology, and the stories that actually matter.

You can check out our first episode below. I'd love to hear your feedback (I think).  #fthebs  

More at: fthebs.com

2014-03-15 14:37:56 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Auto-Upload Question
Anyone know of a way to transfer a video auto-uploaded to Google+ to YouTube without uploading all over again?  It seems to me like any video that comes out of Google+ should be able to be linked to a YouTube account of my choosing.

Auto-Upload Question
Anyone know of a way to transfer a video auto-uploaded to Google+ to YouTube without uploading all over again?  It seems to me like any video that comes out of Google+ should be able to be linked to a YouTube account of my choosing.___

2014-03-12 23:30:42 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Looking for help buying a new espresso machine. I'm not a fancy coffee snob or anything (coming from a Keurig, I know, I know), just looking for a tasty cup of joe.

Coffee fiends,

What's the best espresso maker for around $200 or less?___Looking for help buying a new espresso machine. I'm not a fancy coffee snob or anything (coming from a Keurig, I know, I know), just looking for a tasty cup of joe.

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2014-03-06 00:57:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

HD Video of Earth From Space
Whoa! The technologies we've been dreaming about and seeing in movies for years are finally starting to become a reality.  

Skybox sandwiches their HD satellite video between static satellite imagery (underneath) and a MapBox map layer (on top), based off of OpenStreetMap.  The results are pretty awesome!

If the video below isn't enough, they also have a pretty impressive gallery of satellite imagery:
http://www.firstimagery.skybox.com/

via +Sarah Lane on +TWiT's Tech News 2Night

HD Video of Earth From Space
Whoa! The technologies we've been dreaming about and seeing in movies for years are finally starting to become a reality.  

Skybox sandwiches their HD satellite video between static satellite imagery (underneath) and a MapBox map layer (on top), based off of OpenStreetMap.  The results are pretty awesome!

If the video below isn't enough, they also have a pretty impressive gallery of satellite imagery:
http://www.firstimagery.skybox.com/

via +Sarah Lane on +TWiT's Tech News 2Night___

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2014-03-05 12:00:45 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Nice. The Chromecast is becoming more useful every day.

Nice. The Chromecast is becoming more useful every day.___

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2014-03-04 20:53:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Home Theater Tip
Magnetic latches can be a quick and inexpensive way to hide your home theater equipment. You can use an IR repeater or mesh speaker cloth to make sure you can still control the equipment without having to look at it.

Heavy Duty Magnetic Catch (2 pack, ~ $7)
http://goo.gl/XoeV2s

Xantech IR Dinky Link Kit (my favorite, ~ $120)
http://goo.gl/3rXMUq

Speaker Grill Cloth (~ $13)
http://goo.gl/Ojm0eP 

Home Theater Tip
Magnetic latches can be a quick and inexpensive way to hide your home theater equipment. You can use an IR repeater or mesh speaker cloth to make sure you can still control the equipment without having to look at it.

Heavy Duty Magnetic Catch (2 pack, ~ $7)
http://goo.gl/XoeV2s

Xantech IR Dinky Link Kit (my favorite, ~ $120)
http://goo.gl/3rXMUq

Speaker Grill Cloth (~ $13)
http://goo.gl/Ojm0eP ___

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2014-02-25 03:24:47 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Moscow Subway Ticket Machine Accepts 30 Squats as Payment
We could use a few of these in the states.

Moscow Subway Ticket Machine Accepts 30 Squats as Payment
We could use a few of these in the states.___

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2014-02-24 13:19:58 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Superhero Phone
I'm really digging the way this black Bugdroid case (http://goo.gl/Bhg6dG) looks on my bright red Nexus 5. I find the blindingly red color much more attractive as a secondary accent color than as the primary shade. Now it looks like something a crime-fighting superhero might carry.

Or am I off my rocker?

Superhero Phone
I'm really digging the way this black Bugdroid case (http://goo.gl/Bhg6dG) looks on my bright red Nexus 5. I find the blindingly red color much more attractive as a secondary accent color than as the primary shade. Now it looks like something a crime-fighting superhero might carry.

Or am I off my rocker?___

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2014-01-23 14:40:15 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

HTC One Camera Won't Focus
The rear camera on my HTC One can't focus on anything more than about 10 feet away. The phone is rooted and I've tried lots of different ROMs and keep getting the same results. The front camera still works great. Has anyone else experienced this or know ways I can fix this, or is my camera defective?

HTC One Camera Won't Focus
The rear camera on my HTC One can't focus on anything more than about 10 feet away. The phone is rooted and I've tried lots of different ROMs and keep getting the same results. The front camera still works great. Has anyone else experienced this or know ways I can fix this, or is my camera defective?___

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2013-12-31 03:42:30 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Um, OK, Google...

Um, OK, Google...___

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2013-12-25 21:09:41 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Merry Christmas from Abbey and me!

Merry Christmas from Abbey and me!___

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2013-12-24 02:00:28 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Home Theater Installation
A couple of pictures from one our recent home theater installations. This setup includes (with Amazon affiliate links):

Sharp LC-80LE757 80-inch LED TV
http://goo.gl/B55y8W

Polk Audio 265-RT In-Wall Vanishing Speakers (Front)
http://goo.gl/oc3hUY

Pok Audio 65-RT In-Wall Vanishing Speakers (Surrounds)
http://goo.gl/DAVde1

Polk Audio CSiA4 Bookshelf Center Channel Speaker
http://goo.gl/GHyQeJ

Sunfire SDS10 10" 250 Watt Subwoofer
http://goo.gl/Kp0KTI

Onkyo TX-NR626 7.2ch A/V Receiver
http://goo.gl/8ENtt9

Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi
http://goo.gl/H12wn1

URC MX-780 IR/RF Macro Universal Remote
http://goo.gl/5iH8kh

#hometheater   #hdtv   #audio   #video  

Home Theater Installation
A couple of pictures from one our recent home theater installations. This setup includes (with Amazon affiliate links):

Sharp LC-80LE757 80-inch LED TV
http://goo.gl/B55y8W

Polk Audio 265-RT In-Wall Vanishing Speakers (Front)
http://goo.gl/oc3hUY

Pok Audio 65-RT In-Wall Vanishing Speakers (Surrounds)
http://goo.gl/DAVde1

Polk Audio CSiA4 Bookshelf Center Channel Speaker
http://goo.gl/GHyQeJ

Sunfire SDS10 10" 250 Watt Subwoofer
http://goo.gl/Kp0KTI

Onkyo TX-NR626 7.2ch A/V Receiver
http://goo.gl/8ENtt9

Sony BDP-S5100 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi
http://goo.gl/H12wn1

URC MX-780 IR/RF Macro Universal Remote
http://goo.gl/5iH8kh

#hometheater   #hdtv   #audio   #video  ___

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2013-08-24 20:14:20 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Love these lyrics..."You blocked me on Facebook..."

Love these lyrics..."You blocked me on Facebook..."___

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2013-08-22 01:45:42 (6 comments, 6 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Cannot wait for this!

Cannot wait for this!___

2013-08-20 22:29:53 (18 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Best Wireless Router?
Which wireless router offers the very best range for $200 or less?

Best Wireless Router?
Which wireless router offers the very best range for $200 or less?___

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2013-08-19 01:14:39 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Get it while you can. Thanks +Koushik Dutta.

AirCast - Play Any videos on your Chromecast

I spent a couple hours yesterday reverse engineering the Chromecast protocols. Great success! I am now able to get around all the developer whitelist restrictions. I'm actually not using the Chromecast or MediaRouter SDKs at all anymore.

AirCast is an Android app that lets you share videos from your Gallery, Dropbox, or Drive, straight to your Chromecast enabled TV.

It's straightforward to use, share, play, and control the stream via the remote in the app (or notification area).

And here's an APK!
http://download.clockworkmod.com/test/AirCast.apk

The APK will self destruct in 2 days; just looking for bugs and feedback right now. Any crashes, etc, should be accompanied with logcats.

Issue list:
 * Apparently some Gallery apps (HTC One, etc) do not have the AirCast button in them. Need to fix that.___Get it while you can. Thanks +Koushik Dutta.

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2013-08-17 20:45:01 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Fetch with my favorite girl.

Fetch with my favorite girl.___

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2013-08-16 03:35:08 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Big thanks to +Jennifer Ruggiero and +christopher rizzo for letting me join them tonight.

What do you think is the future of television and home entertainment?

Is 4K video worth it?  Feel like 3D TVs are a fad?  Have a mess of spaghetti behind your tv?  Feel like chucking that old school remote control?!?  Then be sure to check out our latest +Get Nerdy With It  episode featuring +Chris Porter from Video Solutions!  We had a super time talking about all of the above, and a lot more.  http://wp.me/p3xaUC-c5___Big thanks to +Jennifer Ruggiero and +christopher rizzo for letting me join them tonight.

What do you think is the future of television and home entertainment?

2013-08-12 21:35:25 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Turn any Android device (even Nexus Q) into a Chromecast receiver.

Ok, here it is. The first public beta of #CheapCast . I decided to put this up for free since I believe it could potentially useful to a whole lot of people. If you like it and it works for you, feel free to just use one of the Donation options within the App.

I will also make the Source Code available in the near future (I'm still cleaning it a bit up). Just watch this space: https://github.com/mauimauer/cheapcast
I hope to further improve the App and welcome anybody who wants to contribute.

In my first PoC-Video I've showed CheapCast with YouTube, I've just uploaded another video showing Google Music streaming to a Nexus 7 running CheaCast: CheapCast - First Alpha, Showcasing Google Music

As this is the first public Beta please expect things to fail. I appreciate your feedback. Please log your issues/bugreports here: https://github.com/mauimauer/cheapcast/issues

Hope you enjoy it.
#ChromeCast  

UPDATE: Apparently it also works on the infamous Nexus Q: See https://plus.google.com/114930558215776389910/posts/6k9kbmL2Cxo

(Let's hope Google doesn't get mad. I still want to work there someday :D)___Turn any Android device (even Nexus Q) into a Chromecast receiver.

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2013-08-04 01:28:32 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Keep up the great work, +Koushik Dutta. Any way for me to help beta test this?
#chromecast
#rss  

Chromecast and RSS Video feeds___Keep up the great work, +Koushik Dutta. Any way for me to help beta test this?
#chromecast
#rss  

2013-07-30 22:38:29 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Ever the pioneer...

I wrote my first Chromecast app. Send anything in your gallery to your TV via the standard share button. Images and movies (at full framerate). It works like magic.

Also looking at sending music and playlists.

I'll do a video later, but I'm not allowed to distribute the APK, as that is against the terms of use of the beta SDK for the time being.___Ever the pioneer...

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2013-07-28 20:02:20 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Chromecast Feature Request
Cast to multiple devices at once, enabling me to distribute video throughout the house. 
#chromecast  

Chromecast Feature Request
Cast to multiple devices at once, enabling me to distribute video throughout the house. 
#chromecast  ___

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