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Google's Chromecast media player adds 10 new apps

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Google has added 10 new apps for Chromecast, its dongle-driven digital media player. 

Among the applications: Red Bull TV, music video site Vevo, Viki – which airs Japanese anime and a range of Korean, Chinese, and Filipino dramas – and Songza, a music recommendation engine in the mould of Pandora. There's also a trio of free multimedia platforms: Plex, Avia, or RealPlayer Cloud. (For the full list, navigate over to the Chrome page on Google+.) 

Chromecast, which retails for $35, is advertised by Google as is "the easiest way to enjoy online video and music on your TV." Plug the thing into the HDMI port on your TV set, and you can wirelessly stream video from your smart phone, tablet, or computer straight onto the big screen. Pure bliss, in other words, for anyone who's got a crick in their neck from trying to watch Netflix in bed, on a laptop. 


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