CNET: Google discontinues its Chromecast Audio device. “Google is no longer making the Chromecast Audio. Google has confirmed the news to CNET, following a report by Variety.”
Make Tech Easier: Tool That Can Mass-Hijack Google Chromecast Was Uploaded to Github. “You might not agree with this method, but the goal was to show people that they need to not leave their Google Chromecast devices connected to the Internet when not in use. The Crashcast tool was published on Github as a warning to Chromecast owners. It’s the same vulnerability that hackers used to take over Chromecast devices and broadcast a PewDiePie message.”
Times of India: Thousands of Chromecast devices hijacked, hackers have a ‘warning’ for Google. “Two hackers named Hacker Giraffe and J3ws3r unveiled a new security bug in Chromecast. Both the hackers managed to hijack thousands of exposed Chromecast streaming devices and also warned users about the latest security issue. Security researchers have said that if the bug is not fixed then it could be used for various other types of attacks.”
Krebs on Security: Google to Fix Location Data Leak in Google Home, Chromecast. “Google in the coming weeks is expected to fix a location privacy leak in two of its most popular consumer products. New research shows that Web sites can run a simple script in the background that collects precise location data on people who have a Google Home or Chromecast device installed anywhere on their local network.” Ew.
9 to 5 Google: Google’s Chromecast and Home devices can cause temporary Wi-Fi outages, here’s why. “Google’s suite of products in the past few years have been pretty awesome overall, with Chromecast and Home devices among the best. However, there’s now a confirmed issue with multiple routers where Google’s devices are the cause of temporary outages.” Google is apparently aware of the issue and working on a fix.
TechCrunch: Oculus adds Chromecast streaming support for the Gear VR. “Oculus is still trying to show people what virtual reality is like when they aren’t the ones wearing the headsets. In March, the company introduced Facebook live-streaming to the platform, and today, the company is making it even easier for you to locally share your experiences inside the Gear VR with those around you thanks to added support for Google Chromecast.”
Ars Technica: Google flip flops on Google Cast/Chromecast branding again. “The Chromecast is Google’s most popular hardware product, but the company has never really been sure what to call it. After launching a scheme to rename much of the Chromecast ecosystem to ‘Google Cast’ earlier this year, Google seems to be flip-flopping on the branding and going back to ‘Chromecast’ again.”