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    Google's original Chromecast was a bit of a revelation for many users, letting them bring online content to their big-screen TVs with the ease of a plug-and-play solution – and for such a low price, too. And even though there's been no shortage of competition in the media-streaming space, Google's option remains hard to beat. But it's been a long time since the Chromecast first landed, and over the years we've seen the arrival of new Chromecast hardware, including devices like Chromecast Audio. All this hardware, including units from other manufacturers that support the same streaming ...

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    If you're in Austin this weekend for SXSW, we're jealous. Major jelly going on. And for those of you who aren't participating in the hours of tech, music, thought-provocation and the mad dash to Franklin Barbecue, you can grasp at the straws of fun or grasp at a few Nexuses or a Moto 360 or two. LIVE on #Periscope: #GoogleStoreClaw Live https://t.co/Xaomk4JN9F — Google Store (@GoogleStore) March 12, 2016 The Google Store Claw machine is up and running at the Google Fiber Space over there and it's had some exciting action on its first day of use. Several winners have been crowned just ...

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    “You snooze, you lose” is a verified saying when it comes to gadget deals, but while second-generation Chromecasts no longer net you free $10 gift cards or $20 Google Play credit, the audio-only model remains a pretty great bargain. Not as great as the complimentary video-capable Chromecast 2 offered with three-month Spotify Premium subscriptions a few weeks back, but tempting nonetheless, at $27.50 a pop. The reduced price is only valid if you pick up two Chromecast Audio units from Google or Best Buy, the $55 tag of the bundle bringing you a cool 15 bucks savings. Why would you ever ...

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    It can’t be easy for music streaming veterans like Pandora or Spotify to keep the hip new kids on the block at bay, not to mention hinder the rise of Google Play Music when its search-specialized developers can afford to regularly offer amazing deals. But hey, Spotify has a robust enough user base that losing a little money in order to recruit more subscribers and score free publicity shouldn’t be a problem. Enter a US and UK-only promotion hooking you up with a gratis second-gen Chromecast upon signing up for 90 days of Premium service, and, well, paying $30 or £30. Just to be clear, ...

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    You’d have to be pretty careless to buy a new, improved Google Chromecast or Chromecast Audio at full retail, with no freebies or bundled-in digital content, as it seems deals are coming in left and right, leaving you no time to ponder Apple or Amazon-made rivaling devices. Granted, Valentine’s Day is no Christmas, so the best the search giant can do until February 24 is offer you gratis $10 Google Play credit with Chromecast 2 and Audio purchases. The two digital media players cost $35 stateside a pop, so if you’re thinking of getting them both, at the end of the day, you’ll only ...

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    If Google wants to be the a media medium to be reckoned with, it's going to need more support. From Play to Android TV and Chromecast, the Google label might be high-profile for the under 35s and high-IQ for those uninformed and uninterested. But if you can build it into ordinary products, then they may just as well come. Google's announced that Sony, Sharp and Philips are now kicking out Android TVs with Arcelik, Vestel, RCA, Hisense, TCL and Bang & Olufsen television sets to come within the year. Linknet is offering Android TV in Indonesia. Bang & Olufsen Play, Harman Kardon, ...

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    A pessimist would probably be quick to point out so many deals on a three-month-old gadget generally imply weaker-than-anticipated sales. But that’s really Google’s problem. As far as we’re concerned, it’s hard to not get psyched about a tiny, redesigned, faster-than-before digital media player essentially available for free. You read that right, free, as in requiring you to pay $0 for the second-generation Chromecast and various services at the end of the day. Of course, you still need to cough up $35 upfront. But then, 20 bucks will be returned to you in the form of Play Store ...

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    An old Nexus Player or a new Google Chromecast? Tricky choice for living room entertainment addicts, as the former remains more powerful, but the latter is practically given away for free until January 2. Not to mention it’s smaller, extremely easy to set up, prettier than its predecessor, and speedier as far as Wi-Fi playback is concerned. Bottom line, the Chromecast 2 felt like a bargain at $35, and if you add complimentary $20 Play Store credit into the equation, it’s a must-buy. Unfortunately, the Chromecast Audio seems to be excluded from the deal, based on Google’s official ...

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    Amazon is famous for being just as good about competing with others with its products, as it is about allowing others to compete with the company by selling their products on its online store. For years you've been able to acquire Google's Chromecast and the Apple TV, just as well as you could by the company's Fire TV offerings. Sadly it seems that Amazon is not too happy with how competing products are biting into its business, and it just did something about it. If you remember, Amazon alerted both Apple and Google a few days ago that it would be yanking the Google Chromecast and the ...

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    In June of 2012 at Google I/O, Google's developer conference, the company announced an all new product category designed to be conduit between your smartphone or tablet and your media. The product Google used to launch this category was called the "Nexus Q" and was offered for sale for the steep price of US$299. At the time, the orb-shaped device was supposed to let users cast audio to their high-end speaker systems, and could allow people to create their own party soundtrack through its "social, shared experience". The product was eventually given away to those who attended I/O or had ...

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    The establishment of a conglomerate called Alphabet to better oversee Google’s increasingly eclectic interests, and allow various business ventures previously regarded as secondary to receive the focused attention they probably deserved, took us all by surprise. A number of already influential executives and veteran employees of the search giant were instantly promoted, starting with Google co-founder Larry Page, who essentially retained his spot at the very top of the food chain, but as Alphabet CEO, that involves even more power and extra responsibilities. Page’s Google Chief ...

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    The Huawei-made Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5X smartphones were arguably the brightest stars of Google’s recent jam-packed product announcement event, but fans of ultra-affordable gadgets making their connected lives easier probably appreciated the refreshed Chromecast and Chromecast Audio as well. While we were kind of expecting the former digital media player, the latter took us all by surprise, aiming to seamlessly turn any “dumb” speaker into an advanced wireless music streamer. Priced at $35, and compatible with Android handhelds and tablets, plus iPhones, iPads, Chromebooks, Macs, ...

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    New Nexus phones not your thing? That's cool, because Google's just getting started, and we've still got plenty of new hardware left to meet at today's event. After spending a little time talking about improvements to some of its apps, including expanded Chromecast support, Google's making a segue into the next generation of Chromecast hardware. Just like with the Nexus phones, we're looking at two devices today, and the first of them is the revamped Chromecast itself. The most striking change here is immediately the dongle's design, acknowledging the space-constraint issues the original ...

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    On a Thursday in New York, we'll be waiting on Microsoft to introduce some new Lumias and LG to introduce a one-sided cyclops. But this Tuesday on the left coast, we're chomping at the bit for some new hardware and one big reveal on software from Google. If you haven't brushed up on the details of what we've been talking about, don't worry! "S'more" details are coming at you right here with our rumor roundup. Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P Arguably the graham crackers of this sweet, sweet sandwich, we (and by "we," I do mean we) are looking forward to two new devices in the Nexus smartphone ...

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    The picnic has been set for a few days. First came I/O 2015 with the Android M reveal. We found out that the "M" stood for "Marshmallow" and would come bearing the version 6.0 tag. Hardware rumors about the so-called Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P have streamed along for a while. Heck, there's even excitement about a new Chromecast coming in the near future. Well, we're bound to see a culmination of all this come together on September 29 at 9am PT in San Francisco. And we have a look at the invites to prove it. Google sent them out to the press exclaiming and teasing about "some tasty new treats." ...

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    A revised version of the Chromecast digital media player launched way back in July 2013 has probably been a long time in the making, and after Amazon’s latest Fire TV Stick rehash, there’s no point in waiting any further. As such, Google could choose to cram a bunch of hardware and software announcements into its September 29 San Francisco press event, officially dispatching Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as well as taking the wraps off an LG-made Nexus 5X, Huawei-produced Nexus 6 2015, and second-gen Chromecast. The “New Chromecast” dongle will apparently shake off the now traditional ...

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    Has Google finally decided that it simply has enough money? After years of search dominance, to say nothing of heading up the most popular mobile operating system on the planet, is all that money burning a hole in Google's pockets? Because from what we've seen today, the company sure seems more interested in handing out discounts to its users than making a buck itself. OK, that's admittedly crazy-talk, but no sooner do we bring you word of the summertime game sales in the Google Play Store than we hear about a nice little offer for Chromecast users, hooking them up with a free movie ...

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    As it stands, one of the most convenient ways turn your regular TV into a smart one, is to acquire a Google Chromecast. It's $35 price tag is definitely a major part of that convenience, but the fact that it's small enough to hide behind your TV is another major benefit. The only problem is that it was a wireless-only product, something which would've been a problem for most of you, until now. Google has silently released an ethernet adapter for the Google Chromecast. It replaces the current micro USB connector that powers your Chromecast, and replaces it with a wall adapter that supports ...

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    The whole experience was surreal. It was mind-boggling. As it was stupefying. And rage-inducing. This is not fit for human consumption. [gallery ids="440595,440596,440597"]   A teacher once told me that "limitations are only what you make of them." I was a crying brat then and I'll stick with being a crying brat right now. Because unless we push the limits of what a smartwatch or any wearable with a screen can do right now, then "Video for Android Wear&YouTube" is clearly too far ahead of its time and risks being laughed into obsolescence. I'm being melodramatic here, but after ...

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    One lucky person is going to walk away with the new Google Nexus 9 tablet, a Chromecast stick, and a $100 Google Play gift card. It’s the ultimate Google entertainment and productivity prize package. To win, all you need to do is enter. To enter, simply go to The Google Gadget Giveaway contest page at the Pocketnow Deals Store, log in, and click on ‘Enter Now’. That’s all there is to it. Then, share the contest on Twitter for a chance to earn bonus entries. The more your followers enter, the better your chances are of winning. You can’t win if you don’t enter. Get Google gear ...

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    It all started in Palo Alto, California back in 2003 - a little company named Android, Inc. was founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White. The purpose of the venture was to create "smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner's location and preferences", and was originally aimed at digital cameras. That market proved not to be large enough, so the focus shifted to smartphones that could compete against Microsoft's and Symbian's offerings. Google acquired Android, Inc. in 2005 and speculation began to swirl that the search engine and email giant was ...

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    When the Nexus 9 launched last fall, we generally liked what we saw: performance was good, music sounded lovely through those front-facing stereo speakers, and it was a lot of fun getting to know Lollipop. And of the things we didn't love about the tablet – issues like build quality, or insufficient storage options – many could be lumped into a “it feels like we're paying too much for what we're getting” category. Luckily, that's the sort of thing that's easily resolved via a price cut, and the tablet started its life off with an utterly fantastic one, getting an early half-off ...

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    Do you count yourself among the millions of Chromecast users out there? The Google dongle has emerged as one of the most convenient ways to get online content onto your television, and even with its two-year birthday coming up, it's still running strong. Google's making investments in keeping users happy with their Chromecasts not just by bringing Chromecast support to more and more apps, but also by hooking users up with some free offers. Last month we shared with you news of a free Play Store credit for Chromecast users, and this month Google's back with a similar offer. Last time ...

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    Google's got a new update to Drive for Android out this week, delivering things like a more Lollipop-friendly UI and a neat drag-and-drop file management tool (above). That's well and good, but the more interesting stuff may be taking place behind the scenes, and a new teardown points to work on a couple pretty compelling changes. Drive is a convenient place to store your media, and while Google already gives you tools to access photos, audio, and video from within Drive, that support doesn't go quite as far as you might like it to: as of now, there's no way to interact with a Chromecast ...

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    Between apps, movies, TV, music, and books, all the money we spend on digital content can quickly add up. Sure, there's plenty of free stuff out there, but for the best selection, you're going to have to shell out some cash from time to time. If you're one of the many people who have picked up a Chromecast to make it easy to stream media to your HDTV, Google's got a new little treat to help hook you up with some of its premium Play Store content, and you're just a couple clicks away from redeeming it. Chromecast users are now being presented with an offer for a free six-dollar Play Store ...

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