You Will Soon Be Able to Cast Your Whole Desktop to Your TV

This will be a great option for casting your desktop, and video, to your TV from your Chromebook.

You’ll Soon Be Able to ‘Cast’ Your Entire Chromebook Desktop Easier

OMG! Chrome – By: Joey-Elijah Sneddon – “A ‘Cast Menu’ is currently being tested in the latest Chrome OS Canary channel release and it makes mirroring your screen super simple — no need to hunt for hidden features in a Chrome extension or keep a browser window open.

Better yet, the you’ll be able to cast your entire desktop (including sound) to a TV without having to fish around for an HDMI cable.

Native access to screen mirroring is something available on a range of Android devices. Now it’s coming to Chrome OS.

‘Cast Devices Available’
Reader Brandon Giesing spotted the Cast Menu feature on his Chromebook and (awesomely) shot us over a few screen grabs of it in action through our tip form.

It looks and functions as you’d expect. When your Chromebook (or other Chromebox, Chromecast, etc) is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as a Cast ready device the system settings area will show a ‘Cast devices available’ entry.

Clicking on the discovery entry will page through to a list of available devices. Selecting one will cast your entire Chromebook desktop to it.

The Change Is About Discovery
The official Cast Beta extension for the Chrome web-browser already offers ‘experimental support’ for mirroring your desktop — the change here is in the way that feature is surfaced, i.e. in the Chrome OS settings area.

You no longer have to click a tiny arrow icon in a small extension pop-over to access it. When available, just head to the system tray, click and you’re done.

The default Chrome OS video player is already able to stream video content to a big screen while an (entirely optional) browser extension has long been able to shunt the contents of any browser tab to a nearby TV.

Hooking these features into the OS natively, in the sort of place you’d expect to see them, is clearly the right step.

The desktop cast feature could really prove useful if Google enables the second screen to work as an extension of the Chrome OS desktop and not merely a mirror of what’s on it.

Multi-monitor set-up without the wires – sounds great!”

The Chromest Netcast #3 – Video – “Mount Filesystems in Chrome”

How to connect SMB/CIFS, Microsoft OneDrive, SFTP Sites, WebDAV Sites to your Chromebook file system, and the touch-enabled Acer Chromebase is the industry’s first all-in-one Chrome OS desktop with touch display.

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The Chromest Netcast #3 – Audio – “Mount Filesystems in Chrome”

How to connect SMB/CIFS, Microsoft OneDrive, SFTP Sites, WebDAV Sites to your Chromebook file system, and the touch-enabled Acer Chromebase is the industry’s first all-in-one Chrome OS desktop with touch display.

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Acer Announces Industry’s First Chromebase All-In-One Desktop with Touch Display

Acer Chromebase TouchAcer Press Release – “Acer announced today the latest addition to its industry-leading Chrome OS device family, the Acer Chromebase series, complementing its existing Chromebooks and Chromebox. The touch-enabled configuration of the Acer Chromebase is the industry’s first all-in-one Chrome OS desktop with touch display, continuing Acer’s leadership in the Chrome OS market after launching the first 15.6-inch display Chromebook and fastest-performing commercial Chromebook. According to the latest data from Gartner, Acer Group is currently the world’s leading Chromebook brand with over 36% market share in 20141 .

Simple, Fast, Secure, and Affordable
The new Acer Chromebase comes with a Full HD resolution, 178-degree viewing angle display which incorporates 10-point touch technology, enabling more than one user to work, play and interact together. The device boots up in 10 seconds, and has multiple layers of security built-in with automatic system updates. Chrome OS supports multiple users and accounts while photos, videos, music, and documents are all synchronized and backed-up with the user’s Google account. Acer Chromebase also comes with a complimentary 100 gigabytes of Google Drive storage3 so users have plenty of space.

Ideal for Work or Play
The Acer Chromebase is powered by a class-leading NVIDIA® Tegra® K1 quad-core processor, helping it deliver a responsive and rich multi-tasking experience, and stay quiet even when running heavy workloads. It has a built-in HD webcam, so that users can chat face-to-face with family and friends on Google Hangouts with amazing video image quality on the 21.5-inch 1080P Full HD display. The Acer Chromebase is VESA-compliant so that it provides flexible viewing options when mounted to a VESA-compatible stand, bracket, arm, or wall mount suitable for search or navigation use in public areas. It has two 3W audio speakers and provides HDMI out, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 ports in addition to 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity.”

How to Add Filesystem Connections

Last week I mentioned the “File System for Dropbox” app, now you can connect even more in the way of file services to your ChromeOS file system on your Chromebook:

SMB/CIFS
Microsoft OneDrive
SFTP Sites
WebDAV Sites

Simply go to your “Files” app on your Chromebook, then choose “Add new services”… if you don’t see this option, be sure to do an update of your ChromeOS, as it is a recent feature.

Even more external file system support is available via Jollicloud Drive. The free version of the Jollicloud Drive app allows a few connections, but the paid version offers many more!

The Chromest Netcast #2 – Video – “A Brief History of Chrome!”

What is the Chrome OS? Also, a brief history of Google Chrome and it’s background.

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