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(TechRadar)   To compete with Google and Chromecast, Microsoft prepares to unsheathe new dongle and hopes you'll be impressed by functionality of such a small package   (techradar.com ) divider line
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2014-08-26 12:46:12 AM  
Prefer Roku to Chromecast, anyway.
 
2014-08-26 01:27:14 AM  
moblog.net

I don't know what repo they're forking their code from, steveballmernmitter, but... oh hell.
/+1 subby, reports self
 
2014-08-26 02:09:55 AM  
Wtf is Chromecast? (besides being axiomatically evil, as a google product)

*googles* (lol)

Oh, just another product that only people who don't know how to pirate could possibly care about.

Never mind then, carry on.
 
2014-08-26 03:01:36 AM  

dookdookdook: Wtf is Chromecast? (besides being axiomatically evil, as a google product)

*googles* (lol)

Oh, just another product that only people who don't know how to pirate could possibly care about.

Never mind then, carry on.


You sound pretentious.
 
2014-08-26 03:04:13 AM  
This headline reported for

i291.photobucket.com

/nufarq
 
2014-08-26 03:24:15 AM  
If you are going to be late to a game, you need to come with a vastly superior product. Otherwise, save your pennies.
 
2014-08-26 03:29:42 AM  
Is Adria Richards preparing an expose on the submitter?

http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/21/a-dongle-joke-that-spiraled-way-out -o f-control/
 
2014-08-26 03:48:05 AM  

Thanks for the Meme-ries: This headline reported for

[i291.photobucket.com image 400x248]

/nufarq


Wouldn't a dongle joke be Miss Soggyknees

i.ytimg.com

To a "App Evangelist" and others so inclined .. at finding offence and clutching pearls
 
2014-08-26 03:54:52 AM  

dookdookdook: Wtf is Chromecast? (besides being axiomatically evil, as a google product)

*googles* (lol)

Oh, just another product that only people who don't know how to pirate could possibly care about.

Never mind then, carry on.


You sound poor.
 
2014-08-26 04:05:46 AM  
img.fark.net
Dongle Dongle Dongle Dongle
 
2014-08-26 04:05:49 AM  
"Dongle"?

blog.chron.com
 
2014-08-26 04:07:24 AM  
OK, someone else toss in a B5 or Serenity pic and we'll be chillin like villains.
 
2014-08-26 04:11:17 AM  

dookdookdook: Wtf is Chromecast? (besides being axiomatically evil, as a google product)

*googles* (lol)

Oh, just another product that only people who don't know how to pirate could possibly care about.

Never mind then, carry on.


I'll have you know I watch pirated content on my Chromecast all the time.
 
2014-08-26 04:20:52 AM  
Doesn't Microsoft already have a failing product that connects to a TV, plays the same media other devices do and has no games?
 
2014-08-26 04:25:46 AM  
HDMI cables. How do they work?
 
2014-08-26 04:33:35 AM  

Duane Dibbley: Doesn't Microsoft already have a failing product that connects to a TV, plays the same media other devices do and has no games?


WebTV

*snort*
 
2014-08-26 04:35:06 AM  
Ah, Microsoft, king of "Me Too" tech products.
 
2014-08-26 04:50:45 AM  

spiralscratch: Ah, Microsoft, king of "Me Too" tech products.


Yup.

Just a bit later, slightly more expensive, and almost as good as the products already out there.
 
2014-08-26 05:32:52 AM  
charlespaolino.files.wordpress.com

Microsoft is also developing heir own smartphone network
 
2014-08-26 06:10:55 AM  
This should be a real game changer like the Zune.
 
2014-08-26 07:31:11 AM  

jaytkay: This should be a real game changer like the Zune.


Perhaps they will hold a mock funeral for the Chromecast on the Microsoft Campus.
 
2014-08-26 07:32:09 AM  
This thing might just for devs only. The damn thing looks exactly like the HDMI thing they are selling in Europe right now.
 
2014-08-26 07:33:18 AM  

frozenhotchocolate: dookdookdook: Wtf is Chromecast? (besides being axiomatically evil, as a google product)

*googles* (lol)

Oh, just another product that only people who don't know how to pirate could possibly care about.

Never mind then, carry on.

I'll have you know I watch pirated content on my Chromecast all the time.


This. Plex Server + Chromecast = Instant Win.
 
2014-08-26 07:45:54 AM  

YodaBlues: frozenhotchocolate: dookdookdook: Wtf is Chromecast? (besides being axiomatically evil, as a google product)

*googles* (lol)

Oh, just another product that only people who don't know how to pirate could possibly care about.

Never mind then, carry on.

I'll have you know I watch pirated content on my Chromecast all the time.

This. Plex Server + Chromecast = Instant Win.


img.fark.net
 
2014-08-26 08:16:19 AM  

red5ish: HDMI cables. How do they work?


They work only on HD TVs, which not everyone owns you elitist scum.
 
2014-08-26 08:33:21 AM  

styckx: dookdookdook: Wtf is Chromecast? (besides being axiomatically evil, as a google product)

*googles* (lol)

Oh, just another product that only people who don't know how to pirate could possibly care about.

Never mind then, carry on.

You sound pretentious.


I had to get a bachelors in Proxynomics and a doctorate in Torrentonomy before I mastered the art of digital communism.
 
2014-08-26 08:33:57 AM  

YodaBlues: frozenhotchocolate: dookdookdook: Wtf is Chromecast? (besides being axiomatically evil, as a google product)

*googles* (lol)

Oh, just another product that only people who don't know how to pirate could possibly care about.

Never mind then, carry on.

I'll have you know I watch pirated content on my Chromecast all the time.

This. Plex Server + Chromecast = Instant Win.


For me its Plex Server + ROKU 3 = FTW!

Nothing beats a LAN connection to stream 1080p video without hiccups.  Plus, I get Amazon Prime on Roku.  I really hope that the new Amazon Video app gives Chromecast users some love too.
 
2014-08-26 09:27:56 AM  
Micro
Soft
 
2014-08-26 09:57:27 AM  
Mcosoft; building yesterday's tech today.....sheesh
 
2014-08-26 10:11:29 AM  
I'll stick with my Roku 3.

Wish Amazon would get around to updating its music app on it though.
 
2014-08-26 10:36:43 AM  

wildcardjack: If you are going to be late to a game, you need to come with a vastly superior product. Otherwise, save your pennies.


I think you mean dollars, not penises.
 
2014-08-26 10:37:35 AM  

bonobo73: wildcardjack: If you are going to be late to a game, you need to come with a vastly superior product. Otherwise, save your pennies.

I think you mean dollars, not penises.


Pennies! I meant pennies!
 
2014-08-26 12:01:03 PM  
Microsoft has held the SW/OS development back a decade or so, and now they find themselves in the wake?
They have to re-brand themselves from "Predator" to "Noob".
 
2014-08-26 01:40:16 PM  

red5ish: HDMI cables. How do they work?


They attach to a device which probably costs more than $30.

B.L.Z. Bub: They work only on HD TVs, which not everyone owns you elitist scum.


As does Chromecast.
 
2014-08-26 01:51:46 PM  
Here's the thing... There is an open standard for streaming video over WiFi called Miracast that was created in 2012.

Google chose not to support the open standard when they came out with Chromecast in 2013.

At least Microsoft is looking at using the open standard for their dongle.
 
2014-08-26 02:14:33 PM  

fang06554: red5ish: HDMI cables. How do they work?

They attach to a device which probably costs more than $30.

B.L.Z. Bub: They work only on HD TVs, which not everyone owns you elitist scum.

As does Chromecast.


Oh. Well that's disappointing. I need to read things more closely. Apparently when Google touts that it's "For everyone" they're completely full of shiat. Yeah, it even says right on the page that you need an HDTV. Who's the bigger liar, the guy who hides the provisos in fine print or the guy who puts them right there for everyone to see hoping they won't notice? (Well, it worked on me, because reading everything is hard. *slinks off*)
 
2014-08-26 02:25:06 PM  

BullBearMS: Here's the thing... There is an open standard for streaming video over WiFi called Miracast that was created in 2012.

Google chose not to support the open standard when they came out with Chromecast in 2013.

At least Microsoft is looking at using the open standard for their dongle.


Because if there is one thing Microsoft is known for, it is following standards to the T.
 
2014-08-26 02:27:43 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: Oh. Well that's disappointing. I need to read things more closely. Apparently when Google touts that it's "For everyone" they're completely full of shiat. Yeah, it even says right on the page that you need an HDTV. Who's the bigger liar, the guy who hides the provisos in fine print or the guy who puts them right there for everyone to see hoping they won't notice? (Well, it worked on me, because reading everything is hard. *slinks off*)


To be fair, it is pretty much a small computer sitting on an HDMI jack.  You can still use some of the Rokus though!
 
2014-08-26 02:31:11 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: red5ish: HDMI cables. How do they work?

They work only on HD TVs, which not everyone owns you elitist scum.


They pretty much give then out in Cracker Jack boxes around Black Friday. Hell, if you are on a tight income, you're probably better off spending $150 bucks on a cheap off brand HDTV because after a few years you'll probably saved enough on your power bill compared to running a 24" CRT TV so that the TV pays for itself.
 
2014-08-26 03:13:03 PM  

fang06554: BullBearMS: Here's the thing... There is an open standard for streaming video over WiFi called Miracast that was created in 2012.

Google chose not to support the open standard when they came out with Chromecast in 2013.

At least Microsoft is looking at using the open standard for their dongle.

Because if there is one thing Microsoft is known for, it is following standards to the T.


Ballmer Microsoft, I would agree with you. Microsoft under a sane CEO? Not so much.
 
2014-08-26 04:08:31 PM  
Meh, just because a wife beater gets a new shirt and says he'll treat you better for now on, it doesn't mean he won't get drunk and go on a rampage a year from now.

/or give you a touch screen server interface
 
2014-08-26 06:25:51 PM  

B.L.Z. Bub: fang06554: red5ish: HDMI cables. How do they work?

They attach to a device which probably costs more than $30.

B.L.Z. Bub: They work only on HD TVs, which not everyone owns you elitist scum.

As does Chromecast.

Oh. Well that's disappointing. I need to read things more closely. Apparently when Google touts that it's "For everyone" they're completely full of shiat. Yeah, it even says right on the page that you need an HDTV. Who's the bigger liar, the guy who hides the provisos in fine print or the guy who puts them right there for everyone to see hoping they won't notice? (Well, it worked on me, because reading everything is hard. *slinks off*)


It is for everyone, but it's not for every TV.  You know, for $15, you can get an HDMI to composite converter. We have one from Monoprice on an old TV, with a Chromecast hooked up to it. Works like a champ. The kids use that one just as much as the HDTV choices.
 
2014-08-26 07:31:15 PM  

BullBearMS: Here's the thing... There is an open standard for streaming video over WiFi called Miracast that was created in 2012.

Google chose not to support the open standard when they came out with Chromecast in 2013.

At least Microsoft is looking at using the open standard for their dongle.


I've used Miracast and the way Chromecast does it is -- in many ways -- superior. Essentially, your remote device sends a link to Chromecast and the thing plays the video on its own. With Miracast, your device is the one playing and you're sending raw video info over WiFi.

The advantage of the Chromecast way is that your device doesn't have to constantly be playing video. This means you can still use your device while the video is playing.

Windows also does this annoying thing where if you turn off the screen on the laptop, it'll stop miracasting to the remote screen as well. Chromecast has no such issue.

The downside of Chromecast is that it's Google-only and the app has to support it, of course.
 
2014-08-27 03:18:15 AM  
that headline is grammatically incorrect.  it has a dongling modem finder.
 
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