• Google Chromecast Adds iHeartRadio, Disney, Twitch Apps

    Google’s Chromecast is beefing up its streaming media offerings with the addition of several new apps.

    The dongle, which is plugged into an HDTV to equip it for streaming video, now has three Disney apps including WATCH Disney and WATCH Disney Junior, which means shows such as Girl Meets World and Doc McStuffins are now available on the service. It has also added the iHeartRadio app to give Chromecast users access to more than 1,500 live radio stations. In addition, Chromecast has added Twitch, the live video game play broadcaster recently acquired by Amazon, and DramaFever, a streaming network for international television programming.
    The new apps join Chromecast’s more than 350 existing streaming options, including Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu Plus and Watch ABC.
    Google launched Chromecast in July 2013 to compete with Apple TV and Roku. Since then, Amazon has also come to market with the Fire TV streaming device. At $35, Chromecast is significantly cheaper than the other devices, which retail for $99. Google has not announced how many Chromecast devices it has sold during the product’s first year, but Apple has sold more than 20 million of its over-the-top boxes and Roku more than 10 million.
    This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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  • Fabulous 15: Toys ‘R’ Us reveals hot holiday toys to get your hands on

    (Photo Credit: Rich Brooks/CNN)

    They could soon be some of the items on your little one’s holiday wish list.
    Toys ‘R’ Us is revealing what it calls its ‘Fabulous 15,’ the list of hot holiday toys.
    The store says its toy experts look all over the world for the must-haves. The list includes some new takes on old faves like LEGOs, Hot Wheels, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

    Also on the Fabulous 15: The Disney ‘Frozen’ Snow Glow Elsa, Little Live Pets Bird Cage with 2 Birds and Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile.
    CLICK HERE for Toys ‘R’ Us’ complete list.

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  • Google Chromecast Adds iHeartRadio, Disney, Twitch Apps

    Google’s Chromecast is beefing up its streaming media offerings with the addition of several new apps.

    The dongle, which is plugged into an HDTV to equip it for streaming video, now has three Disney apps including WATCH Disney and WATCH Disney Junior, which means shows such as Girl Meets World and Doc McStuffins are now available on the service. It has also added the iHeartRadio app to give Chromecast users access to more than 1,500 live radio stations. In addition, Chromecast has added Twitch, the live video game play broadcaster recently acquired by Amazon, and DramaFever, a streaming network for international television programming.
    The new apps join Chromecast’s more than 350 existing streaming options, including Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu Plus and Watch ABC.
    Google launched Chromecast in July 2013 to compete with Apple TV and Roku. Since then, Amazon has also come to market with the Fire TV streaming device. At $35, Chromecast is significantly cheaper than the other devices, which retail for $99. Google has not announced how many Chromecast devices it has sold during the product’s first year, but Apple has sold more than 20 million of its over-the-top boxes and Roku more than 10 million.
    This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.

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  • New Batch of Chromecast Apps for iOS and Android Includes Twitch, WATCH Disney, and More

    Google’s Chromecast streaming dongle didn’t see a hardware revision this year, but that’s fine. The $35 device does everything it needs to do—it’s essentially a receptacle for content beamed in from other apps. Today there are a few more apps streaming to the Chromecast, including Twitch on Android and iOS.
    Google has updated its official Chrome blog with the news of a new cache of Chromecast enabled apps. Now that developers are constantly churning out more apps with cast support, Google doesn’t take the glee it once did in announcing each new member of the Chromecast family. This time it’s different mostly because of Twitch, but the rest of the new crop is notable too.
    The new cast support includes Twitch, WATCH Disney, WATCH Disney Junior, and WATCH Disney XD, iHeartRadio, and DramaFever. That last one is only for some Asian and Latin American markets, but the rest are available in the US. The Disney apps are going to be great for anyone with kids and a Chromecast, of course. You can now stream shows like Girl Meets World, Doc McStuffins, and Star Wars Rebels right to your TV from a phone or tablet.
    Twitch is a gameplay video streaming service. If a video game exists, you can probably watch someone play it on Twitch. The site has 60 million users, and some streaming channels regularly attract thousands of viewers (it was also just acquired by Amazon). Now you can throw your favorite stream up on the TV with no hassle.
    Chromecast support should be live on Android and iOS for each app, so grab those updates. If you don’t have a Chromecast, now is as good a time as any to pick one up.

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  • Must-Have Toys For The 2014 Holiday Season

    BOSTON (CBS) — Kids have only been back in school for two weeks, but retailers are already aiming to get trendy toys on their holiday wishlists.
    Major toy sellers like Walmart, Target and Toys “R” Us are out with their projections for hot toys for the 2014 holiday season, and topping the lists are creative gizmos, all things “Frozen” and old favorites.
    Toys based on hit kids movies and TV shows are set to be the most popular gifts. Appearing on many retailer’s anticipated best-seller lists include a talking mobile cart from the Disney Channel’s animated show “Doc McStuffins,” a light-up Elsa doll from the blockbuster “Frozen,” and the latest “Skylanders Trap Team” video game. Toys “R” Us also featured the “Transformers” Stomp & Chomp Grimlock and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stretch ‘N’ Shout Leonardo.

    A girl previews a Just Play Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile (Courtesy of Walmart)

    For kids that are a little older, crafty toys allowing for maximum creativity should also be in-demand. The Spin Master Sew Cool Sewing Machine, Moose Toys Beados Quick Dry Design Station and Maya Group Make Your Case Cell Phone Cover Kit are among the fastest-growing toy categories, according to Walmart.

    A child tests out a Moose Toys Beados Quick Dry Design Station (Courtesy of Walmart)

    Other must-haves have a more classic feel to them. Leading Target’s holiday list is a LEGO Friends Jungle Tree Sanctuary, the Simon Swipe Game, and the Barbie Fashion Design Maker Doll.
    And just like adults gearing up for the next iPhone release, kids are also looking to get their hands on new electronics. The LeapFrog LeapTV Active Video Game System, the Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch, the FurReal Friends Get Up and GoGo My Walkin’ Pup and Spin Master Flutterybye Light Up Fairy are all expected to be hot items.
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  • Toys R Us releases list of hottest holiday toys

    The Toys R Us 2014 Hot Toy List has been released, giving parents an early look at the toys that are sure to be popular this holiday season.
    The list includes many items that will appeal to children of all tastes, including Skylanders Trap Team Starter Set, A Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile, and a LEGO Fusion Town Master.
    You can find the full list of toys here.
    Are you already thinking about getting started on that Christmas shopping list? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • New Batch of Chromecast Apps for iOS and Android Includes Twitch, WATCH Disney, and More

    Google’s Chromecast streaming dongle didn’t see a hardware revision this year, but that’s fine. The $35 device does everything it needs to do—it’s essentially a receptacle for content beamed in from other apps. Today there are a few more apps streaming to the Chromecast, including Twitch on Android and iOS.
    Google has updated its official Chrome blog with the news of a new cache of Chromecast enabled apps. Now that developers are constantly churning out more apps with cast support, Google doesn’t take the glee it once did in announcing each new member of the Chromecast family. This time it’s different mostly because of Twitch, but the rest of the new crop is notable too.
    The new cast support includes Twitch, WATCH Disney, WATCH Disney Junior, and WATCH Disney XD, iHeartRadio, and DramaFever. That last one is only for some Asian and Latin American markets, but the rest are available in the US. The Disney apps are going to be great for anyone with kids and a Chromecast, of course. You can now stream shows like Girl Meets World, Doc McStuffins, and Star Wars Rebels right to your TV from a phone or tablet.
    Twitch is a gameplay video streaming service. If a video game exists, you can probably watch someone play it on Twitch. The site has 60 million users, and some streaming channels regularly attract thousands of viewers (it was also just acquired by Amazon). Now you can throw your favorite stream up on the TV with no hassle.
    Chromecast support should be live on Android and iOS for each app, so grab those updates. If you don’t have a Chromecast, now is as good a time as any to pick one up.

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  • Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance selects 1936 Bentley as Best of Show

    By Charles Fleming contact the reporter

    A 1936 Bentley was named Best of Show at the conclusion of Sunday’s Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance, held at the Trump National Golf Club.
    The elegant vintage B25GP vehicle is owned by Brooke and Gary D. Moore of the Los Angeles hillside suburb of La Canada Flintridge.

    Also garnering top prizes were a 1932 Cord L-29 Cabriolet, owned by Bob Lavinia of Paradise Valley, Ariz., which won the Chairman’s Award and took first place in the European Classics division; and a 1930 Cord L-29 Murphy Town Car, owned by the Nethercutt Collection of Sylmar, Calif., which was named Most Elegant and has claimed six Best of Show awards at previous Palos Verdes events. The car also won first prize in the Cord category.
    Hundreds of vintage cars and more than 3,000 car enthusiasts gathered on the greens above the sea for this 22nd annual Palos Verdes Concours, overseen by event chairman Peter Kunoth and grand marshal Donald E. Panoz, entrepreneur and founder of the racing team Panoz Motor Sports Group.

    Special categories this year were devoted to the automotive creations of E.L. Cord, Preston Tucker and Chrysler designer Virgil Exner, and to specific styles and marques, including American “woody” cars from 1929 to 1950, the Porsche 911, and the 50th anniversaries of the Pontiac GTO and the Ford Mustang.
    There were also celebrations of the Volkswagen line, of “Microcars” like the Goggomobil Dart, and an “Innovative Hot Rods and Customs” class, featuring full-scale versions of Mattel Hot Wheels cars.
    The list of honorary judges included famed racers Parnelli Jones and Bill Kraus, as well as veteran L.A. broadcast journalist Paul Moyer.

    Proceeds from the charitable event, which has raised more than $67,000 since its debut in 1992, were the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Assn. and the Palos Verdes Art Center.
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  • 2013 Ayr Gold Cup Winner backed by punters to win again this year

    Highland Colori, winner of the 2013 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup, is being supported with the sponsors as punters look to cash in as he bids for back-to-back wins.Andrew Balding’s sprinter is 16-1 from 20-1 as the market begins to take shape ahead of Thursday’s draw.

    Others to come for early money are Telmeyd for trainer William Haggas, who is 16-1 from 25-1, while Jim Goldie’s stalwart Hawkeyethenoo has been nibbled at by punters – he’s 25-1 from 33-1.

    “Patriotic punters are backing Hawkeyethenoo, while there’s plenty of interest at this early stage for last year’s winner Highland Colori,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

    However, the favourite Watchable is weak in the market at 10-1 after David O’Meara voiced concerns that he may not make the race after a winning performance at the Curragh over the weekend.

    William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Odds: 10-1 Watchable, 14-1 Alben Star, Mass Rally, Ninjago, 16-1 Burn The Boats, Eastern Impact, Highland Colori, Jack Dexter, Out Do, Rene Mathis, Ruwaiyan, Telmeyd, 20-1 Ashpan Sam, Blaine, Compton Park, Duke Cosimo, Fast Track, Go Far, Intibaah, Redvers, 25-1 An Saighdiur, Apostle, Bogart, Gatepost, Hamza, Hawkeyethenoo, Heaven’s Guest, Highland Acclaim, Louis The Pious, Minalisa, Mission Approved, 33-1 BAR (EW

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  • Toys R Us releases list of the 15 hottest holiday gifts

    September 16, 2014 1:24 PM

    Toys R Us is already giving shoppers a head start on the holidays by releasing its must-have gifts list for 2014. (Credit: News 12 )

    Toys R Us is already giving shoppers a head start on the holidays by releasing its must-have gifts list for 2014.
    Some of the top 15 must-have gifts include the Charmazing Color Me Up, Disney’s Frozen Elsa Snow Glow and the Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Clinic.
    As of today, there are less than 100 days until Christmas.

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