After you've given thanks for what you have (and eaten some turkey), you might turn your thoughts towards holiday shopping. If you are looking at technology and devices, but you are not quite sure what is the latest you have landed on the right blog. Listed below are some of the latest devices from some of the major tech brands.
After you have the latest tech, where will get movies, music, eBooks or eAudioBooks? You borrow from the library!
OverDrive and Hoopla, are both part of UAPL's digital services and offer tons of content you can borrow: movies, music, eBooks, and eAudioBooks through their respective apps or website.
OverDrive offers its FREE app for Apple iOS devices through the App Store, and also for Android devices through the Google Play store. You can also gain access to UAPL's digital downloads content through OverDrive service in a browser whether you are in a computer/tablet or smartphone.
Hoopla Digital also offers its FREE app for Apple iOS devices and Android devices through the same stores as mentioned before. Similarly, if you want to see the content offered through Hoopla from a laptop or desktop you just go to Hoopla's website.
Although, having mobile and compact devices is great sometimes you just want to sit on the couch and not bother to hold them while you are enjoying watching and additionally you want to watch them on a bigger screen. What could be the solution to this great dilemma?
Enter AirPlay and Google Chromecast
AirPlay - feature already in iOS and Apple TV
The AirPlay technology is already in your iOS devices as well as an Apple TV. This technology is very simple, and it only takes a few steps to get it setup. In summary, you can show your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad screen in your TV as long as you have Apple TV hooked up to it. Video and Audio will be played from your mobile device to your TV even though OverDrive or Hoopla do not have a specific app for Apple TV (tvOS). Apple has great tutorials in their Support website on how to get your devices to comunicate. Additionally, Hoopla has a great video with steps on how you can get this setup.
Chromecast is similar to AirPlay, it allows you to cast media from certain apps, using your wifi. You can find a full list of apps here. The Chromecast device plugs into your TV via an HDMI cable. The Hoopla app now works with Chromecast, so you can check out a movie and watch it on your television.
Another way to cast to your TV is using a computer or tablet with the Google Chrome browser. To start, install the Google Chromecast extension. Google Support has a good article on how to get Chrome browser and Chromecast setup, read it here.
When it is all setup, then you just need to browse to Hoopla's website and login with your account tied to your UAPL library card OR go to UAPL's digital downloads content through the OverDrive service and login with your library card, and hit the Cast icon on the top right of your browser. In your TV, you should now see what you are browsing in your Google Chrome browser window.
Happy holidays and enjoying all the content you can borrow!