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Roger Vandawalker
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This is something I've been waiting on for quite some time! A big thing I missed after switching from Spotify to GPMAA is the ability to use my keyboard's media keys to control playback.
 
Chrome apps/extensions commands¹ can now have global scope in Dev Channel which means they work while Chrome does not necessarily have focus.

As you can read below, the Google Play Music Mini Player App² is already taking of this for our greatest pleasure. And if you're not happy with the default shortcuts, you can customize them at chrome://extensions and click on the "Keyboard shortcuts" link at the very bottom of this page.

Be aware that global commands are not enabled by default yet at the moment in Chrome OS.

¹ https://developer.chrome.com/extensions/commands#scope
² https://plus.google.com/+GooglePlay/posts/aDp3mH4Drqk

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/197783005
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Recommended to anyone with a Nexus or GPE device.
 
A few months ago we introduced an experience on Nexus 5 that made it easier to access all the goodness of Google Now directly from the home screen. Today we’re making that same experience available to more devices when you install the Google Now Launcher on any Nexus or Google Play edition phone or tablet running KitKat.

Google Now Launcher gives you quick access to Google Now, while keeping your apps right where you want them. Just tap home and then swipe right to access Google Now cards that show you just the right information, at just the right time. And anytime you see the search box at the top of your screen, you can say “Ok Google” (if you’re in the US, UK, or Canada), or you can tap the microphone button to trigger voice input. From there, you can ask a question, or tell your phone what to do, like send a message, get directions, or play a song. If you'd rather type your query, tap the Google search box, which now loads faster than ever.

Google Now Launcher also gives you a beautiful, immersive, and simple experience. The full-screen, larger viewing area lets your wallpaper pop from every pixel. And of course you can place your favorite apps anywhere you like.

If you’ve got a Nexus or Google Play edition device with Android 4.4 KitKat, try Google Now Launcher today by getting it from the Google Play Store here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.launcher
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I found this article very interesting. Moral of this story: don't open email attachments that are (1) unexpected or (2) from someone you don't know; emphasis on the "OR." Don't assume it's not malicious even if it's from someone you know -- their account could be compromised.
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Chromecast/Google Play has a pretty major downside: there's no "communal" content

I have a Roku connected to my main television. It has a lot of apps that everyone can use. I'll single out Amazon Video in this particular case because it's most closely related to Google Play.

Everyone in my household can use the Roku and access the library of content I've purchased on Amazon. It's a single device that does all the work of delivering content. Chromecast doesn't have this. Chromecast requires you to log in to the account that owns the media on every device that wants to view it. The Chromecast, by itself, has no account awareness.

If I buy a season of The Walking Dead on Google Play, and my fiance wants to watch a few episodes while I'm not home, she either has to buy it herself or log into my account on her phone/computer (which is just a pain for a number of reasons). As far as I know, you can't just log into the Google Play Movies app with a different account; it just works based on what account is tied to the device. If I bought it on Amazon, this isn't an issue because the Roku has access to it.

I really hope Google Play introduces the concept of a "household" for its media, where I can specify a limited number of other accounts that can access my purchased library. 
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up +Vance McAlister all the household music/movies and even apps are on my account. makes it easy to push apps to their device from my desktop as well.
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Thank goodness! I've been waiting for this for quite some time!
Google Play Music has long been a solid option for uploading and accessing your music collection wherever you are, but using the Music Manager app to actually get your songs into the cloud wasn't...
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A great new application that is open source (https://github.com/hillelcoren/invoice-ninja) and developed with Laravel.

I'm always on the lookout for OSS made with Laravel to use as a reference for my projects.
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Great find!
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Incredibly useful Chrome extension for managing tabs that are playing music. Combine this with an Extension Keyboard Shortcut (settings found near the bottom of the Extension management screen), and it's a game changer!
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This is more of a developer/SDK question..

Is the Chromecast capable of streaming live content? For instance, if WatchESPN wanted to implement Chromecast capabilities, is it even feasible to stream live broadcasts via the device? I haven't read through the documentation so I'm not sure if it's possible.

All I've seen in apps so far is streaming previously-recorded media.
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To answer the original question, yes the SDK supports live streaming.  Specifically, it supports the HTTP Live Streaming protocol.  This was not supported in the preview version of the sdk.

https://developers.google.com/cast/docs/media

It will be up to the app developers and content owners to decide to implement this functionality.
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