Chromecast with Google TV
The new $50 Chromecast with Google TV is Google’s first real rival to Roku and Amazon Fire TV.
It brings a lot of features that never existed on a Chromecast before, such as a full remote and brand-new Google TV software that makes it easier to find movies and TV shows. And it ties into all sorts of services, such as Hulu, HBO Max, Netflix and Disney+.
Previously, the Chromecast let you play content on your computer, but you had to select content on your phone. Now it has a whole new software experience, which makes it feel a lot more like a Roku, an Amazon Fire TV or an Apple TV. It means Google might finally be able to take some market share away from leaders Amazon and Roku.
Here’s what you need to know about it.
What’s good about the Chromecast with Google TV
Chromecast with Google TV
The new Chromecast is super simple to use. You just plug it in to your TV’s HDMI port — every modern TV has one — and turn it on.
The Google TV software has seven menu options at the top of the screen that are really straightforward: Search, For You, Live, Movies, Shows, Apps and Library. I like that the “For You” page pulls in movies and TV shows from subscriptions you pay for, such as Hulu or Netflix, and that you don’t have to open those apps to see what might be popular in any of them.
It also makes recommendations based on shows or movies you’ve watched. Best of all, it doesn’t have any ads, like Roku and Amazon do.
Chromecast with Google TV remote
All of this is easy to navigate with the remote. There’s a button to search by
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New iPhone 12 unveiled, new gadget, release dates and everything else you need to know from Apple event
Apple has finally unveiled its new iPhone 12 plus a brand new gadget.
The Apple ‘Hi, Speed’ event took place on Tuesday night where the company also confirmed that its new flagship smartphone will be its first to work on faster 5G networks.
There will be four version of the brand new model and that’s not all that has been announced, the Mirror reports.
The company also introduced a new gadget that you may want for you home.
The HomePod Mini is a brand new, revamped version of the HomePod speaker which went on sale in 2018.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new iPhone 12, the HomePod Mini, plus the release dates.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini
The first new iPhones to be unveiled were the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini.
Both smartphones feature 5G and have identical features.
The main difference is, of course, their size.
The iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch display, while the iPhone 12 Mini is Apple’s smallest smartphone yet, with a tiny 5.4-inch display.
The iPhone 12 is priced £799 and will be available for pre-order from October 16, with availability from October 23.
If the iPhone 12 Mini sounds more like your thing you will unfortunately have longer to wait.
The iPhone 12 Mini is priced at £699 and will be available for pre-order from November 6, before being available in stores from November 13.
iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple then introduced us to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Like with the other two models, they both have 5G.
The difference is the iPhone 12 Pro has a 6.1-inch display, while the Pro Max
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