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How To Play Local Files With Just A Chromecast

The Chromecast is often hailed for its web streaming capabilities, letting you Netflix (or YouTube, or Stan, or Presto) binge on the cheap. You can, however, easily stream local files from your computer to these HDMI-enabled dongles as well with the right apps installed — here’s how to get everything set up.

AirStash Is A Pocket-Sized Wireless Media Server For Your iPhone

It looks like a thumb drive at first glance, but AirStash is actually a pocket-sized media server that can wirelessly expand the memory of your iPhone or iPod touch.

Svelte Piixl EdgeCenter 3770 Media Centre Hides Behind Your HDTV

Like Kate Moss, this crazy thin EdgeCenter media server from Piixl (who?) is nearly invisible when viewed from the side. And that’s precisely the point, as the pricey unit is meant to be hidden behind your HDTV.

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ Review: It Actually Works

Seagate built this second-gen FreeAgent Theater+ to be equally Mac and PC friendly, and to decode any video file you throw at it, regardless of resolution, framerate or other variable. Despite a crappy interface, the mission is a genuine success.

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 5 Is a Reasonable Media Controller (For Your Megayacht)

When Bang & Olufsen, maker of very expensive things that use electricity, let slip a photo of their upcoming BeoSound 5 home media controller, I saw a lot of potential. The interface looked nice, the hardware classy, and the screen crisp — in other words, if this thing connected with network music shares and played nice with a variety of home A/V equipment, it could be a winner. Well, we’ve got our hands on the official announcement, and it looks like we might have been a little optimistic.

Toshiba Media Server is a Wireless Powerhouse, Dodecahedron

This strangely sexy (for a networked storage device) Toshiba wireless media server concept on show at CEATEC takes a novel approach to design; as wires disappear, the necessity for an unimaginative stack of home theatre equipment is diminished. The device is loaded with wireless capabilities, including Wi-Fi, wireless HDMI (presumably the WirelessHD protocol) and for the sake of variety, Near Field Communication (NFC).

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