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Got my Chromecast device today. First impression - FAIL.

Got my Chromecast device today. First impression - FAIL.<br>Unlike an AppleTV or ROKU box, this thing NEEDS both an internet and a local computer to set it up. This is exactly why I predicted this would be a flop for the average user and only geeks would rave about how great it is.<p>So after I get my Chromecast plugged into a Vizio TV (which already has netflix and youtube streaming embedded BTW) I get a message on the TV from Chromecast to go to goole.com/../.. to set up. Going there lets you …

Special needs kids told to sit on train floor as first class commuters ‘don’t want you spoiling their journey’

Special needs children as young as four were told to sit on the floor of a train rather than in empty first-class seats because they would ‘spoil’ …

Hidden microphone found at Ecuador's embassy in UK in building where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange resides http://bit.ly/123s0l2 Ricardo Patiño said the device had been discovered a fortnight ago inside the office of the Ecuadorean ambassador, Ana Alban, while he was in the UK to meet Assange and discuss the whistleblower's plight with the British foreign secretary, William Hague. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Hints surface that NSA building massive, pervasive surveillance capability | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Despite U.S. intelligence officials’ repeated denials that the National Security Agency is collecting the content of domestic emails and phone calls, …

MacBooks to slim down even more?

A new patent application shows that Apple is planning to introduce a new hybrid USB and SD port.<p>Combined ports could mean less space is needed on a …

Recon Jet is the $499 Google Glass alternative for athletes and exercisers

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Upset that you didn’t get in on the $1,500 fast track for Google’s Glass(s goog) eye wear? Don’t fret: You’ve got another …

DigitalOcean Wants To Challenge Amazon, Linode And Co. With Better Prices, Marketing And Focus On Simplicity

DigitalOcean is quickly becoming a household name in the web-hosting world. For $5 a month, the company lets you rent a basic virtual private server (or “droplets,” as the company calls them) with 512MB of RAM and 20GB of SSD-powered hard disk space in one of its three locations (two in the U.S. …

Connect my house! A first look at the SmartThings hub and sensor platform

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Credit: Stacey Higginbotham<p>This weekend I unpacked a SmartThings hub and sensor package as part of my quest to really …