HTC’s upcoming smartwatch has been the talk of the town for a while now. We know it’s on its way, but we haven’t seen any evidence confirming that its hit the production line, yet. Until now, that is. Today its been brought to our attention that the Taiwanese company has showcased its upcoming smartwatch in a ‘Behind the Scenes’ video it uploaded to YouTube a couple of weeks ago.
The Rickrolling meme will never die, and if Dan Petro has his way, you may soon be able to drive down your neighborhood and rickroll every TV on the block in seconds.
After finding a vulnerability in Google’s Chromecast Wifi implementation, Dan Petro built a device for less than $100 out of a Raspberry Pi, a touchscreen, wireless cards and 3D-printed pastic case. It’s name: The Rickmote Controller. It’s superpower: Takes over any Chomecast-equipped TV within Wifi range and plays Rick Astley’s legendary “Never Gonna Give You up.”
Check out this video of the Rickmote in action:
You can also use Rickmote to play any video on Netflix, YouTube or HBO. The gadget uses a simple Wifi security vulnerability on the Chromecast that boots it from the local network and then falls back in configuration mode, where it waits for a nearby computer to connect and sent it configurations.
Petro said he notified Google of the flaw, according to Wired’s report. Surprisingly, Google acknowledged the bug, but says it’s too fundamental to Chromecast’s easy user setup for the company to fix it.
In a strange coincidence, Ashtley’s original “Never Gonna Give You Up” Youtube video has just been taken down, but you can still view it on his Vemo channel.
We’ve reached out to Google on the whether they took down the video to stop the rickrolling onslaught, as well as whether they really aren’t ever going to fix this bad bug, but still haven’t received comment.
The entire country is busy watching America’s rebels take on the Belgium Red Devils at World Cup, but while everyone else is focused on the football pitch, Google is busy readying its plans to take on Beats Music with a music service acquisition of its own.
Songza, a music streaming service that specializes in finding the right music to fit your mood – kind of like Beats’ Sentence feature – announced that is has been scooped up by the folks at Google.
Google will several big announcements during its Google I/O keynote today — and one of them will almost certainly be about Android TV.
Sources familiar with the plans claim we’ll see “at least one” set-top box powered by the search giant’s latest entertainment platform during the event. In addition to playing movies and music, they’ll also allow users to play Android games through their TVs.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos touts Fire Phone’s services at the Seattle launch event. But will Amazon’s first phone really deliver? Photo: Roberto Baldwin/The Next Web
Amazon’s new Fire Phone boasts plenty of unique features; flashy stuff like 3-D effects, the intriguing scan-to-buy app Firefly, and 24/7 tech support via Mayday. But should the Fire Phone be your next smartphone?
Here are five possibly fatal flaws you need to be aware of before you place an order for Amazon’s first smartphone.