Google announced today that it’s adding Pandora to its short list of apps running on Chromecast. The list so far include Google Play Movies and TV, Google Play Music, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and now Pandora.
Google can generate so much more interest from this popular streaming player if they release a few more apps like Spotify, IHeartRadio, access to major networks, cable networks like HBO, etc, and access to premium content in major league sports.
Most of all, Google should release an app for playing local media files soon. There’s a work around for playing local files now by simply dragging them into the Chrome browser, but the quality of the stream and speed are not quite there.
I’m not sure why Google is dragging their feet. Google is letting Roku, Apple TV and others react to the initial shock and novelty of the unique features of Chromecast when it was first introduced.
Eventually, competitors will come out with similar features, but the $35 price point is a major selling point for Chromecast in this tight competitive market.
DBAN stands for Derek’s Boot and Nuke. DBAN is an erasure software that deletes content of hard drives it can detect. The software prevents identity theft before recycling or selling your hard drive. To get started, download DBAN and create a bootable CD or DVD disk. Boot the DBAN CD or DVD and follow the menu. DBAN will provide an audit-ready erasure report at the end.
LogMeIn and TeamViewer allow for remote desktop control of computers. Although both applications offer similar functions, choosing one over the other, for most part, is a matter of preference. I happen to like TeamViewer, but don’t have any qualms using LogMein. Both require signup on their website for easier control of remote computers. LogMeIn requires the desktop’s username and password for remote access, while TeamViewer doesn’t. It has it’s own temporary or permanent passwords for remote authentication. Both applications use strong encryption. LogMeIn uses 256 bit SSL encryption, while TeamViewer uses 1024-bit RSA and 256-bit AES sessions.
The big difference between the two approaches is how LogMeIn uses the browser for remote access, while TeamViewer uses it’s own application. LogMeIn tends to be a bit snappier based on my initial tests. TeamViewer automatically disables the remote desktop background to speed up remote access. TeamViewer also gives you the option to optimize your connection, choosing between quality and speed. Although, I prefer to use TeamViewer, I highly recommend that you test both applications. Give it a run. Eventually you will come to a conclusion. Choose one that suits your needs and preference.
This article has instructions how to generate SSH key on the Mac. It also covers Linux and Windows. You can skip step 3 if you’re not working with Github.
I’m currently upgrading Apple OS X Mavericks as we speak. It’s a huge file, 5.29 GB to be exact. Sit back and relax, because it will take sometime to download the new OS depending on the speed of your internet connection. After the download, launch the installation. It requires a reboot. After boot, expect about 45 mins for the installation to complete.
Apple just announced the iPad Air. It’s 43% thinner than the previous iPad 2. It weighs 1.4 lbs. Pricing starts at $499.
Apple released today the iPad Mini with retina display with prices starting at $399.
For those of you waiting for the latest Apple OS X. It’s now free.
This week Ubuntu Touch makes its arrival. Ubuntu Touch is officially supported on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones, but there are other smartphones that Ubuntu Touch will work on. You’ll need to flash your smartphone to install Ubuntu Touch. The intriguing question is, will Ubuntu Touch be the next hot mobile operating system?
There’s a new broadband standard called G.fast with speeds up to 1Gbps over regular copper wires without the need for a fiber backbone. G.fast is scheduled to be approved by 2014. G.fast users should be able to install it without assistance. The self-installing system will eliminate costs for providers that they would have to pay for technicians. This could significantly improve the speed of the rollout. G.fast is meant to support bandwidth-intensive applications. Initial tests resulted 1.1Gbps over 70 meters and 800Mbps over 100 meters over a single cable. Consumers should expect G.fast connections to be available in 2015.