Polk Audio Introduces Google Assistant Smart Speaker for £179

Hi-Fi brand Polk Audio, an audio company with a 45 plus-year legacy of sound engineering and design, has become the latest manufacturer to announce a smart speaker. Called Polk Assist, this voice-controlled smart speaker incorporates Google Assistant for hands-free help around the house, music streaming and control of your smart home devices. Additionally, with Chromecast…

VLC adding Chromecast support “soon”

Excellent news for anyone wanting to play back pretty much anything on their TV: VideoLAN, also known as VLC Player, is going to be adding support for Google's Chromecast dongle in a forthcoming update. The news comes via our pals at ShinyShiny. The update was spotted in a changelog for VLC 3.0. VLC is particularly…

Google Chromecast vs Apple TV – which is better?

Apple and Google aren't just battling it out over phones and tablets: One of the biggest battles is in the living room, where the Apple TV and Chromecast are vying for a place next to the TV. But which is better? Read on to find out. Control The biggest difference between the two devices is…

Now you can use Chromecast without sharing a wifi network

Google has rolled out the latest update to its Chromecast app - and it adds some cool new functionality to the media dongle. The big new addition is the ability to pair with a Chromecast without having to be on the same wifi network: Which is perfect if you have friends who want to show…

7 alternatives to EE TV

[nextpage title="Next"] So EE has decided to get into the TV business - but it is already a very crowded market place. What alternatives to their new set-top-box are already out there? Read on to find out. [/nextpage] [nextpage title="Next"] Sky+ HD Perhaps the most obvious (and perhaps most expensive) example is TV veterans Sky,…

Chromecast updates lets you change the backdrop

Way back in June Google announced a bunch of updates that were coming for its Chromecast - and it appears the changes have finally arrived, with updated apps appearing in the iOS app store and Google Play on Android. The major update is the ability to customise the backdrops that appear on screen when your…

Sky’s NowTV adds Chromecast support

Sky's streaming service for non-subscribers, NowTV has added another viewing option: Google's Chromecast Dongle. This seems like a good match - given how the Chromecast dongle has sold like wildfire, and NowTV doesn't need a satellite dish. The press release notes that this means that customers will be able to Cast on-demand movies, as well…

Microsoft planning its own Chromecast-style streaming dongle?

Microsoft is thought to be working on its own Chromecast-style streaming dongle for TVs - at least if a filing with America's Federal Communications Commission is to believed. The filing suggests the company is working on something that can plug into a HDMI port, is powered by USB and can stream content over wifi -…

Chromecast one year on: Where are all of the apps?

Google’s Chromecast streaming dongle is a year old today - so as we Cast a video of some candles being blown out, perhaps it is a good moment to ask if the device has lived up to its potential. In terms of pure sales, it is easy to call the Chromecast a success. Though it…

Chromecast bug enables Rickrolling

Now we think Google's Chromecast streaming dongle is brilliant. So much so that we're never going to give it up, even though a clever hack has demonstrated that it is possible to hijack a Chromecast and using for Rickrolling purposes. According to Wired, hacker Dan Petro has created a handheld device, based on the Raspberry…