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With Google Chromecast if You See it, You Can Stream It!

Google Chromecast

With the ever rising cost of cable lurking and cutting into your monthly budget it is nice to know that there is an alternative for cord-cutters. With Google Chromecast you can watch movies, shows, live TV, YouTube, and photos streaming on your TV from all your family’s devices.¹ A while back we decided to get rid of a number of our physical DVDs and Blu-rays and get as much of our current media library as we could on a digital format. It was very easy to do and whenever we watch any of our movies we do so through our own digital library or on our Netflix account. Both can be streamed using the Google Chromecast device. What is even nicer is that we have Google Home and Google Home Minis in the house and through those we can simply ask Google to play whatever we’d like. That can be music, movies or even our photos.

Setting up Chromecast is easy. Plug Chromecast into the HDMI port on your TV and to power and stream your favorite entertainment right from your phone with just a tap. Watch shows, listen to playlists, and more. And while streaming, you can still use your phone as you normally do. Chromecast works with the streaming apps that you know and love. You can enjoy TV shows, movies, videos, songs, games, sports and more from over 2000 apps like Netflix, YouTube, YouTube TV, and HBO NOW. Find more at google.com/chromecast/¹. I said that because we have Google Home we can tell Google Chromecast to play whatever we want? Well, you can do that from any compatible apps and control your TV hands-free, with Chromecast and Google Home working seamlessly together.²

Another great thing about Chromecast is that it is a huge upgrade for your existing televisions without having to go out and get a new one. It is only $35 per Google Chromecast at Best Buy, so it’s so affordable you can get one for every TV in the house. It easily connects to high-definition televisions with HDMI connectivity. The Google Chromecast also has built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi connects to the Internet through your wireless home network (wireless router required and sold separately).

¹ Subscriptions are required to view some content.

² Google Home, Chromecast, and compatible content required to cast to a TV using Google Home.

Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription.

Updated Review of the Cue Robot from Wonder Workshop – New Features!

A Happy Faced Cue

Exactly one year ago I posted a review of the Cue Robot from Wonder Works. Wonder Workshop sent me that Cue Robot for free to review and play with. They asked me to tell you all about the new features. So, what better day to give you my honest opinions of the updated Cue Robot then a year later! There have been some updates to share with you on this amazing little robot with personality. Four personalities, actually.

One of the new updates to the app is that all of the Cue Avatars are now free. I think they used to be $5 each. Each of the personalities are distinct and have different names. There are avatars Charge, Zest, Pep and Smirk. Each of their personalities are fun in their own way. We enjoy them all but I think that Eva likes Pep the best.

Cue-Avatar-Screen

Cue can do so many things. You can drive Cue around like a remote control toy. You can chat with the Cue Avatar via text using the Cue App. You can code Cue to do simple as well as complex maneuvers. It is a great little robot to use to learn the basics of coding. You and Cue can also go on little missions together. Finding treasure and so much more. In the video below we are searching for treasure.

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