Why Chromecast is a big deal

Last week Google surprised the tech punditry by announcing Chromecast, a $35 HDMI dongle that plugs into your TV and plays video that you queue to it from your phone or Chrome browser.

Currently the device has out-of-the-box support for YouTube, Netflix and Google Play – and though that’s it for native support (for now), it can also send any Chrome tab to your TV (which in itself is a pretty great feature) including the ability to fullscreen any video playing in the tab on your TV.

Streaming local files to your TV is in beta, but it looks like the SDK enables a pretty seamless experience streaming from devices to your TV, all making it potentially a legitimate competitor to the 3 year old – and three times more expensive – Apple TV.

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volume_up SFC – Phase III [Listen]

We’re in a weird point in time when it feels like All The Content In The World is available digitally, but often that’s not the case.

There’s a weird bermuda triangle of content that sits in the early 90’s, when cassette tapes were king and CD’s were just starting to get a foothold. Many of these albums run the risk of being lost to time.

One such album is Phase III by SFC (Soldiers for Christ) released in 1992. With solid rap and even better beats/samples and turntablism, it’s a consistently great album. Currently there’s no digital sales of Phase III, and 2nd hand CD copies are currently going for upward of USD$45.

Some gentleman dropped the album on Soundcloud. Enjoy!


An aside: regardless of your opinion toward religion or christianity, if you’re a hip hop fan it’s worth looking into the history of christian hip hop. Some legit stuff came out of the scene in the early 90’s in particular. It can be extremely tough to hunt down any info on these groups, but it’s worth checking out Freedom of Soul – The 2nd Coming (1994) and LPG – The Earthworm (1995).

What is fragmentation, really?

Noted Apple-banger, all round reality distortionaire and snarktopus, John Gruber, recently posted these figures:

“93 Percent of Active iOS Users Are Running iOS 6.” Looks a little different than Android’s numbers.

Andreas Constantinou just tweeted:

State of the fragmented nation: Android vs iOS. One picture, a thousand words,

with a link to a “technically accurate” but ultimately dishonest chart comparing iOS distribution (apples) to Android distribution (oranges) by version.

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