Neowin: Google TV is adding support for kids’ profiles, rolling out this month in the U.S.

Neowin: Google TV is adding support for kids’ profiles, rolling out this month in the U.S.. “Google today announced that it is adding support for kids’ profiles on Google TV. The feature comes as a welcome addition to the offering, as Google TV currently does not offer support for multiple profiles to allow catering content on the TV based on individual preferences. With kids’ profiles, parents can now control the content served to children, their screen time, and more.”

Make Tech Easier: How to Create a DIY Chromecast Using Raspberry Pi and Raspicast

Make Tech Easier: How to Create a DIY Chromecast Using Raspberry Pi and Raspicast . “You can set up your Raspberry Pi to act as an inexpensive Chromecast-style streaming device. Although you can’t implement the same protocols as Chromecast, you can get very similar end-results. You’ll learn in this tutorial how to turn your Raspberry Pi into a Chromecast alternative, using the free Raspicast software and the Raspicast for Android mobile app.”

MakeUseOf: How to Use a Chromecast as a Second Computer Monitor

MakeUseOf: How to Use a Chromecast as a Second Computer Monitor . “If you’ve got a shiny new Chromecast. right now you’re wondering what this little gadget can achieve. Not only is it easy to use, but it has a lot of handy functions to make your life easier. Casting your Chrome browser or duplicating your desktop to another display is one of its productivity tricks. Here’s how you can turn your Chromecast-enabled TV into a second computer monitor.”

Make Tech Easier: Tool That Can Mass-Hijack Google Chromecast Was Uploaded to Github

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

Google Adds Casting Capability to Chrome

Google has baked its “Cast” feature into Chrome. “Nearly two months ago, Google included a ‘Cast’ option in a beta build of Chrome, which allowed users to beam content from their browser to Chromecast-equipped TVs and speakers, over a local wireless network. The company has now baked the Cast feature into the latest publicly available version of Chrome, so you can use it without an extension. You can find it in Chrome’s menu, with options to choose which device you want to stream to and adjust the volume.”

Google Chrome Getting Native Chromecast Support

Woo hoo! Google Chrome will get native Chromecasting. “You could still stream the chosen tab of your choice by using the Chromecast extension that you can download from the Chrome Store, but it still stutters its way through and has very basic functionality. Not to forget that it adds another extension to the list of extensions you already have, making Chrome that bit more memory hungry. However, Google is addressing this and have stated that the upcoming build of Chrome, i.e. release number 51 will be receiving native support for Chromecast. This means you will no longer have to be depending upon the extension to be able to extend the display on the TV.”