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Last week we asked you about BitTorrent, and whether you use it or not Do You Use BitTorrent? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Use BitTorrent? [MakeUseOf Poll] BitTorrent is a protocol, and as such, is not necessarily illegal. It can be used to download all types of things, from pirated movies to completely legal Linux distributions. With that in mind, do you... Read More . If you read last week’s poll you already know that BitTorrent is not illegal, only some files are illegal, and there are many legal ways to use the protocol. Legality aside, it seems that a large number of you are going the same way when it comes to BitTorrent. Which way is that?

Out of 510 votes in total, these are the results: 8% never use BitTorrent, 10% use BitTorrent only when there is no other alternative, 25% use it from time to time, and 56% of the readers who voted use BitTorrent often. 1% voted that they don’t know what BitTorrent is. They have some catching up to do!

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This week’s poll question is: Are You Getting Yourself A Chromecast?

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This week’s news have yet again been dominated by Google, and this time with the release of the Chromecast Google Takes On TV With The $35 Chromecast [Updates] Google Takes On TV With The $35 Chromecast [Updates] Media-lovers rejoice! Released on Wednesday, Google has developed a new way to bring great content from the Internet straight to your television: the Chromecast, an interesting little gadget that plugs straight into your television's HDMI... Read More . The Chromecast is a $35 HDMI stick that lets you stream videos and music from Netflix, YouTube, Google Play and Chrome to your TV, using your existing devices as remote controls. The Chromecast competes with Apple TV, and in a way with all other streamers, and comes with a much cheaper price tag. So are you going to buy it?

What’s there to like or dislike about the Chromecast? What are some good reasons to buy it? And to avoid it? Share your thoughts below!

  1. Mirche
    November 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    this product is not available in Macedonia, but if i have chance to buy it, i would probably buy it :D

  2. Ferdinand
    August 6, 2013 at 9:36 am

    A product like this could really get huge market in Africa. Because we dont have the kind of entertainment you guys have in America and Europe etc. Our best modes of entertainment are watching movies via our laptops or playing games on our phones and consoles but they are all expensive because its very costly shipping everything down here. Looking at the price of this chromecast by the time you get a unit for yourself you would have spent twice the amount or more. We dont buy GAme cd's, softwares, etc. its about time the corporations started bringing down their products to distribute in Africa. Samsung has started and yeah we love them!!

  3. James K
    August 1, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I will not be getting one. My TV is a TV and my PC is a PC.

  4. David B
    July 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    $35 is still less than half the price on the apple tv and probably can do a dam site much ill be in the queue on amazon as soon as they arrice in the UK

  5. Pedro Antonio J
    July 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I have to wait until clarification of which apps could be seen on my tv. Until know it seems quite limited for my purpose. So is why I am not sure.

  6. dragonmouth
    July 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    It seems that hackers have gotten into Chromecast and discovered that it does not run Chrome OS

  7. Dominic P
    July 30, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I don't know what yawl are talking about. I'm just here for the t-shirt.

  8. Bande'
    July 30, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Chromecast is late and expensive.
    I've got a similar for a year like this:
    Ok, it hasn't got Google brand, but it made in the same factory as Chromecast. :)

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 3, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Is this the same thing? It looks like quite a different product, regardless of branding, but maybe the website is not clear.

  9. Tate S
    July 30, 2013 at 5:49 am

    I'll just watch online for reruns if ever I need to watch some series..

  10. WendL
    July 30, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Thinking about it just hope they put more into it

  11. Pierre
    July 30, 2013 at 1:42 am

    I'll definitively buy it when it'll be available in Canada...

  12. Eric M
    July 30, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Not me. I live in a rural area and bandwidth can get expensive. I don't stream much.

  13. Tom S
    July 30, 2013 at 12:34 am

    I plan on getting one...I think this is the best thing ever, just what I was looking for!

  14. Doug Dieckmann
    July 30, 2013 at 12:15 am

    I have a Panasonic Blu-ray which already has an internet connection to Netflix, YouTube, Facebook and other essential sites. I am very happy watching my content on my TV with this device.

  15. mickster1245
    July 29, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    It's on order. I was one of the lucky ones that got 3 months of Netflix for free too. Should be here soon. Will let you know.

  16. Bjørnar B
    July 29, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    im not going to buy one but if i win one ill use it :)

  17. Sean P
    July 29, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Definitely getting one... I hope these kinds of innovations at fair prices finally bring down the big TV corporations.
    We need these kind of innovations EVERYWHERE to start leveling the playing field for the consumer. I'm tired of seeing big corporations making massive profits on the backs of the average person, who's also working for much less than he or she deserves. It's like being hit twice by the same machine.

    Change is necessary.

  18. Michael F
    July 29, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    My "Already Got One" actually means "My order is in but it'll take 3-4 weeks for Google to ship it to me". It looks interesting and it was cheap enough for an Impulse Buy. Seems to fill a few gaps that I can't already do with my TiVo... (c:

  19. Scott Ayres
    July 29, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I ordered mine the day it launched and can't wait to get it!

  20. Holly Zuckerman
    July 29, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I don't plan on getting the Chromecast. It requires connection to your own device to play the content, which I could do with an even cheaper HDMI cable to my laptop, or something similar to my tablet. And I wouldn't want to waste my phone's battery playing the content. Not to mention that most phones and tablets don't multi-task, so if you're watching movies on it, you can't get interrupted with texts or phone calls. Meanwhile you can get a slightly more expensive Roku at $50 to stream even more content than is available currently for the Chromecast, without tying up your devices or running down your battery.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      I agree with most of your points, but it's only iOS devices that can't multitask, Android devices do this easily.

  21. Shane
    July 29, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I use WDTV Live, and for one reason alone I will not switch to AppleTV, ChromeCast, or any other device: WDTV Live lets me watch videos I already have via USB-connected hard drive.

  22. Samrudh S
    July 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Is this available in India?

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 3, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Not at the moment, US only to start with (as always).

  23. JASON M.
    July 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    If there's a PLEX app for it, then I'll take 3. If not, I'll stick with Roku.

  24. Dany Bouffard
    July 29, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I am still not sure, if I could stream my own local files from my PC to TV through it, or from an android player files on the phone/tablet through it I would be sure I know for now I can't even buy one if I wanted since they dont sell to Canada and its exclusive USA for now. I know it will come to Canada, but we will have to wait for it, like we have to wait for the new Nexus 7. At least we have chances that or friends from the US see bugs before release here.

  25. Shawn Rosvold
    July 29, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    We're going to Europe in August and what a perfect way to take Netflix with us! We have a Roku box, but Chromecast is so much smaller that I can take it anywhere. And who knows what kind of Google goodies are going to appear on Chromecast in the future?

  26. WiKast
    July 29, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I don't spend much time watching TV and do not have an HDTV.

  27. Ksavai
    July 29, 2013 at 8:52 am

    This needs very fast broadband which is not present so NO

  28. Chris Hoffman
    July 29, 2013 at 7:01 am

    The poll needs an "only available in the US, so I guess not" option!

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm

      Well, it's a global market. The Nexus 4 was only available in the US for quite a while too, and yet I own one. :) It shouldn't be that hard to get if you set your mind to it, and it will probably become available in other countries soon.

  29. Anne
    July 29, 2013 at 4:39 am

    I don't always use my TV for entertainment, but when I do, I use the Roku I've already had for about a year and a half. Honestly, I may be missing something here, but I just don't really see much advantage to getting the new gadget and retiring the old one.

  30. Laura
    July 29, 2013 at 12:11 am

    We're planning to get rid of cable and were considering Roku. When we saw the Chromecast at a much better price, we thought it was worth a try. I'm curious how well it will work compared to Roku or Tivo or even AppleTv. All of those have nice interfaces that make cutting the cord easier to do.

  31. Justin K
    July 28, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    We don't have cable, haven't for over a year, and I don't miss it. With Chromecast, I think I'll miss it even less. This might also mean that the wifey lets me buy a new TV for the bedroom!

  32. Donna S
    July 28, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Been 5 weeks with NO TV, we will eventually put up an outside antenna, don't need Chromecast because I will have my Mac hooked to a TV and can watch NCIS online.

  33. Robert E Kraus
    July 28, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I agree with Alexis A, it's just $35. If it does what the reviewers say it does, then it's worth the money.

  34. likefunbutnot
    July 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    By my count, there are more than two dozen devices in my apartment that can communicate with Netflix and Youtube already. The overwhelming majority of those are Plex clients. I can already control one Plex client from another Plex Client, so these devices don't seem that exciting to me.

    Now on the other hand, if these things turn in to $35 Hardware Plex clients, THAT is something that's worth the money.

  35. Alexis A
    July 28, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    It's only 35 bucks for something really convenient. Why not?

  36. Pat Levy
    July 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    I would have already if they hadn't sold out right away.

  37. Eric Crawford
    July 28, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Never! Waste of money and time. This is just another fail Google experiment.

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 3, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      Interesting, why do you think so?

  38. Brandon R
    July 28, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I am definitely thinking about pursing one of these, however I am waiting until it is supported by some more applications so I can display almost anything from my Android tablet onto my LCD tv. I believe this will serve as an excellent alternative to Apple's air play based on my needs.I am not a fan of Apple products and I find the price reasonable. I think when Google creates a Google tv they should include this Chromecast service by default, it should have the device built in somehow.

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