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How To Get The Most Out Of Google Chromecast, The Best Gadget Gift Ever!

It’s the one piece of technology available right now that is not only under $50 and very cool, but requires no additional accessories (games), or even expensive cords. The Chromecast by Google is a gift for just about anyone, male or female, techy or not. It is the most affordable, best gadget gift on the market right now, so the question is not if you should get one, the question is how to get the most out of Google Chromecast.

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If you are not familiar with the Chromecast yet, it is simply a plug and play device (USB Chromecast to TV via HDMI port) that syncs up all of your portable devices and computer with your TV. Chromecast works with PC and Mac devices, Andriod, iOS, and pretty much every router for the secure wireless sharing.  Besides the price being just $35 (seriously), once it’s set up, you never have to install, or set it up again and it comes with all the (high quality) cords you need!

The following criteria are basic requirements for the Chromecast to work:

  • Connected to a 2.4 GHz WiFi 802.11 11 b/g/n Network

  • Android Gingerbread 2.3 and above

  • iOS6 and above

  • Windows7 and above

  • OS X 10.7 and above

  • Chrome OS (Chromebook Pixel on Chrome 28 and above)

Besides the simplicity, price and flexibility, there are many ways to get the most out of the Chromecast and according to Google, this flexibility will continue to grow with automatic updates. Initially the main benefit of having Chromecast was to be able to watch Netflix or Hulu on your TV screen, which is usually larger than our monitors. While this is true, there are so many more ways to enjoy having a Chromecast in your TV, besides sitting on the comfy couch or in your favorite armchair. Here are the apps that are currently supported by Chromecast to stream from all your devices:

  • Netflix

  • Hulu Plus

  • HBO GO

  • Pandora

  • YouTube

  • Google Play Music, TV and Movies

These are the newest app additions:

  • VEVO

  • Red Bull TV

  • Songza

  • Plex

  • Viki

  • Post TV

  • Real Player Cloud

For some more cool ways to use the Chromecast, check out this YouTube video from  Android Authority for additional, very cool, “Tricks and Tips” on getting the most out of your Chromecast.

Start off with just one for the household and you will be convinced of the value this little stick has, likely you will find more ways than just watching Netflix on your TV to use the Google Chromecast as well. The Google Chromecast makes any Smart TV a little smarter.


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