How to Dismiss those Stupid Premium YouTube Popup Ads on Chromecast

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If you’re like me, you use Chromecast regularly and were getting infuriated by those idiotic “Get ad-free YouTube and more” ads that popup seemingly on every single video and, despite having a “Dismiss” button, have no discernable way to actually dismiss them. Do they expect us to press on our TV screen? I mean, come on, Google. Use that big, … Read More

Fully Customize Chromecast Background in Ambient Mode

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Google appears to have quietly added a new feature to Chromecast ambient mode that allows you some mechanism to manually chose custom photos that show up there. And it’s super easy to do! Recently I’ve seen tons of articles showing how you can use “Recent Highlights” from your Google photos to let Google automatically choose from your most recently uploaded … Read More

Where did Facebook Ambient Mode for Chromecast Go?

If you’re like me, you loved using Facebook Ambient mode for your Chromecast backgrounds. But you probably noticed that it stopped working and, upon further inspection, found that the option is no longer available. I’m a bit of a photographer, and over the years I’ve amassed lots of photos of my various trips, which I share almost exclusively to Facebook. … Read More

Getting Chromecast to Work on AC Routers

If you’re like me, you were super excited to start using your shiny new Chromecast. You got everything set up and powered it up only to find that your Chromecast has trouble even connecting to your fancy AC router and the internet. Even when it does, you are faced with endless buffering with YouTube or Netflix. Nothing seems to work … Read More