YouTube offline playback now available, Chromecast adds Guest Mode and Microsoft is going nuts with Christmas gifts. This and more past the break!
YouTube is likely the most powerful video streaming in the world, but it’s not very convenient that we can only watch videos when connected to the internet. It’s ok for developed countries with wide access to the web, but many countries out there step in and out of internet connections throughout the day.
YouTube doesn’t want you to have interruptions, so they have released a new feature that allows you to take videos offline. Simply tap the offline button from within a video and the clip will become available offline for up to 48 hours.
This feature is not final yet, so YouTube is testing it in a few markets at first. These include India, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Opinion: I can see how this would be a great feature. You can’t always be connected to a WiFi network, and many of us happen to have tiered data plans. Can’t be using up all those precious megabytes, right?!
Who said you needed to be in the same WiFi network in order to take advantage of a Chromecast device? That used to be the case, but Google has now made it possible to cast content in Guest Mode. This would allow guests to cast without having to connect to the WiFi network, meaning you can keep your password to yourself and still have fun.
Evidence suggests these capabilities were added in the last update to the Chromecast app, and only today did Google flip the switch on its servers. You do have to enable Guest Mode, so just head over to the app’s settings to look into that.
Opinion: We have been waiting for this feature since Google IO, so it’s nice to see it finally coming to fruition. Have any of you tested it?
Looking for a good deal on music? Microsoft’s Music Deals app should be in your repertoire. This application has been offering albums for $1.99 and even $0.99 since its October launch. Well, Microsoft has gone nuts and now they are giving away 100 albums for free.
This includes popular titles from Eminem, Rihanna, Dr. Dre, U2 and Lady Gaga. Go get the Music Deals app from the Windows Store to take advantage of these sweet deals. And do it quickly, because the offer ends on December 15th.
Opinion: It’s times like this when I kick myself in the butt for not having a Windows device….