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Google product offers refreshing alternative to more expensive items

Submitted by Clayborn Waters on September 4, 2013 – 2:14 pmNo Comment

Last month, Google launched the new Google Chromecast device for smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

The Chromecast dongle, shaped much like a USB thumb drive,  is designed to take content from devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android and stream them wirelessly on a television.

It works only when the Google device is plugged into an HDMI port of a TV and connects to your home Internet using Wi-fi connection. After the process is complete, the TV screen should read “Ready to cast,” which means videos are now ready to be beamed from Android, iPhone, iPad, or Google’s Chrome Web browser on a computer. This can be an especially convenient device for college students, who seem to be utilizing popular streaming services such as YouTube, Netflix and Google Play Movies. For students who have a smartphone or Android-powered device, you can stream content from Netflix on your device to your tv, as long as the Chromecast device is plugged in to your TV’s HDMI port.

While the device is similar to Apple TV,  users are “getting much of the same AirPlay-like functionality for $64 less than Apple’s device,” according to Business Insider.

The Google Chromecast dongle was released in August and retails at around $35.

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