Chromecast and Roku are crushing Apple TV

By

The next version of Apple TV may allow you to take your viewing with you wherever you go. Photo: Apple
Apple TV is in desperate need of an update. Photo: Apple

It’s been over two and a half years since Apple TV was updated, and while Apple’s been happy resting on its laurels, its biggest competitors are passing it by.

Google’s Chromecast is now more popular than Apple TV, reports Parks Associates, which says streaming media players become more popular than ever in the first three quarters of 2014, as 10 percent of U.S. households bought at least one new streaming device.

Rickroll any Chromecast-equipped TV with this tiny remote

post-287641-image-c5aabb77211a6b3d30cbb910dfd0f36f-jpg

The Rickrolling meme will never die, and if Dan Petro has his way, you may soon be able to drive down your neighborhood and rickroll every TV on the block in seconds.

After finding a vulnerability in Google’s Chromecast Wifi implementation, Dan Petro built a device for less than $100 out of a Raspberry Pi, a touchscreen, wireless cards and 3D-printed pastic case. It’s name: The Rickmote Controller. It’s superpower: Takes over any Chomecast-equipped TV within Wifi range and plays Rick Astley’s legendary “Never Gonna Give You up.”

Check out this video of the Rickmote in action: