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Another app has been updated in Google Play giving users the ability to play local content to their Chromecast devices. Bubblesoft has updated their BubbleUPnP app that functions as a control point, media renderer and media server. Unlike some other apps that make Chromecast support an in-app purchase, BubbleUPnP enables this feature for Chromecast natively supported formats MP3, AAC, Vorbis, MP4 and MKV (H264) and makes it unrestricted.

For users wanting to stream other formats like MOV, AVI, Xvid, and others, transcoding is required which can be provided by a BubbleUPnP Server 0.8, which should be installed on a decently powerful machine. For the free version, transcoding is limited to 20 minutes per app launch.

Bubblesoft also includes Audio Cast to Chromecast devices which they say will support playback of Spotify and other content even if the native app does not yet support Chromecast.

All of the various restrictions can be removed by purchase of a license available in Google Play for $4.69. The license will also remove the ads present in the free version of the app. Check out a video showing casting to Chromecast below along with some screenshots. If you want to give BubbleUPnP a try, use the download links below.

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With KitKat, Google introduced host card emulation (HCE) as a means to get around needing access to a secure element, which would allow Google Wallet and other potential mobile payment options to work on devices running Android 4.4, regardless of what US carriers wanted. So far, Google Wallet has been the only app to take advantage of this, but today both Visa and MasterCard have announced support for NFC payments with Google’s newly introduced methods.

It won’t let you ditch your plastic cards just yet, but it does mean that both companies will likely be pushing for mobile payment options from banks and retailers, which has been the other major roadblock in standardizing NFC payments. Visa has updated their payWave options to support HCE, and MasterCard plans on releasing tools for enabling HCE payments in the first half of the year.

2014 might just be the year that mobile payments really take off.

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Google I/O 2013

Google I/O has received an official date, thanks to a Google+ post from Sundar Pachai. Google I/O 2014 will take place on June 25th and 26th at the usual fare, Moscone West in San Francisco.

Google is changing up the ticketing system this year, in an effort to smooth out the rough process of purchasing tickets for the developer’s conference. The new registration system is a lottery of sorts, with interested attendees notifying Google of their interest and Google picking random applicants. This differs from previous years, where tickets to the conference would go on sale and be quickly snatched up only to be sold on eBay for absorbent prices.

Like years past, the events of Google I/O will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend the event.

Google will be opening up the Google I/O 2014 attendance application process soon, so be on the lookout for more details on Google’s new registration process soon.

via: Android Central

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The Apple iTunes Festival will make its U.S. debut March 11–15 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. The Festival features five nights of free concerts by amazing artists like Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, ZEDD, and more. Performances are available to watch live or on-demand via iTunes on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, Mac, or PC. And songs from the concerts will be available for download only on iTunes. “The iTunes Festival in London has become an incredible way for Apple to share its love of music with our customers,” said Eddy Cue, Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re excited about the incredible lineup of artists performing and SXSW is the perfect place to debut the first iTunes Festival in the U.S.”

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