Google unveils new computer-like HDMI dongle

Google has unveiled a more sophisticated HDMI dongle than its existing Chromecast device that can deliver the functionality of a PC to a TV or LCD screen. The Chromebit, manufactured by Asus, will be available from this summer and will be priced at less than US$100 (€93). Based on the Google Chrome browser, the Chromebit […]

Walmart’s Vudu Spark streaming stick now on sale

US retail giant Walmart has started selling its own Chromecast-rivalling HDMI streaming stick, called the Vudu Spark, for US$25.  The device comes with a remote control, plugs into a user’s TV and acts as a WiFi-powered streaming gateway for the Walmart’s Vudu movie and TV store. To activate their Vudu Spark, users sign in or […]

Intel-based HDMI dongles hit UK market

Two providers have separately launched new high-end Intel-based HDMI dongle devices in the UK.  Consumer electronics provider Hannspree has launched a new ‘micro PC’ in the form of an HDMI dongle, which it says can turn any HDMI-compatible devices into a Windows 8 PC, including touch-screen functionality for devices with that capability. The device, which […]

DTG launches HDMI testing service

The UK’s Digital TV Group (DTG) is launching an HDMI interoperability testing service, designed to ensure a high quality consumer experience and retailer buyers’ confidence. Consumer Electronics (CE) manufacturers can have their devices tested against products in the DTG receiver collection, which comprises around 450 integrated digital televisions and set top boxes and represents 95% […]

China’s Xiaomi launches ultra-small HDMI set-top

Chinese mobile handset giant Xiaomi has launched an ultra-small version of its existing Mi Box set-top. The Mi Box Mini, priced at around RMB199. The Android 4.4.2 KitKat-based box, which will only be available in China, at least initially, is about the size of a smartphone charger and connects to the TV set via HDMI. […]

Intel confirms details of Compute Stick

Intel has confirmed details of its new Compute Stick, an HDMI dongle that will enter the market against rivals such as Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire Stick.  Showcasing the device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Intel said that the Intel Compute Stick will transform any HDMI display into a “fully […]

ZapperBox teams up with Access to deliver cable-targeted HDMI dongle

TV technology providers ZapperBox and Access and connected home chipset specialist Entropic have teamed up to launch a new HDMI dongle device aimed at enabling cable operators to deliver IP video around the home. ZapperBox’s dongle, the Zip-R, can run the full RDK stack with HTML5 and the DLNA’s CVP-2 guidelines, also known as VidiPath, […]

Google adds guest mode to Chromecast

Google has added a new ‘guest mode’ feature to its Chromecast HDMI streaming device, designed to make it easier for friends to cast videos to a TV without first being connected to the same WiFi network. Google said that the new feature means that Chromecast users don’t need to share their WiFi password with their […]

Google adds games to Chromecast

Google’s Chromecast HDMI streaming stick has added support for a range of games that let players use their phone or tablet as the controller for their TV screen.  The new games include Wheel of Fortune, Hasbro’s Monopoly Dash, Scrabble Blitz, Connect Four Quads and Simon Swipe. Also new to Chromecast in the US are catch-up services by Showtime […]

WalMart to launch Chromecast rival Vudu Spark

WalMart is gearing up to launch a Vudu-branded HDMI streaming dongle, according to documents filed with the FCC, in an apparent bid to take on the likes of Google’s Chromecast. According to the filings, which were first picked up by tech blog Gigaom, the device, called Vudu Spark, will connect to a users’ WiFi and […]