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Chromecast 2015 And Chromecast Audio Now Available In Hong Kong And Taiwan, Plus Some Indian Retailers

About a month ago we spotted two new entries in the country availability listings for the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio: Taiwan and India. Today both of those are coming true (though India is somewhat conditional - see below), and you can add Hong Kong into the mix. For both Hong Kong and Taiwan, the streaming gadgets are now available on their respective Google Stores. The Chromecast 2015 and Chromecast Audio are HK$349 (around $45 USD) in Hong Kong and NT$1445 ($44.75) in Taiwan.

In India, things are a little more complicated. The new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio aren't available directly from the Google Store.

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Google Translate Turns 10 Years Old

One of Google's services had a birthday yesterday. Translate, the company's tool for translating words from one language to another, first launched on April 28th, 2006.

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Google Is Testing Google Trips: New Travel Assistant App

It's common knowledge that Google has been working on a travel application for some time now. Last week, Maps Explorers were emailed and asked to complete a short survey for a chance to test it before everyone else. Now we know what this app is called, and what it does. Meet Google Trips.

Details are a little thin on the ground. After all, it hasn't been officially announced by Google. But that still hasn't stopped screenshots finding their way into the awaiting arms of the tech press. So, what does it supposedly do?

Perhaps the biggest feature of Google Trips is that it scours Gmail for hotel reservations and flight bookings.

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Event Map For Google I/O 2016 Released

Probably the biggest event on the Android calendar is Google I/O, and it's just around the corner, running from the 18th of May to the 20th. This year's event will be held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, where the first Google I/O event took place in 2008, rather than the usual Moscone Center in San Francisco.

There has been much speculation as to what this will look like. This is, after all, relatively new territory for the company. But thanks to a custom map released by Google, and built using Google Maps' MyMaps feature, we now have an idea.

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Android N Developer Preview 2 Comes To The Nexus Player (NPC91O)

Google released a second Android N developer preview two weeks ago for the Nexus 5X, 6P, 6, 9, 9 LTE, and Pixel C. That's quite the list, but there was one circular Nexus device that didn't make it.

That's the Nexus Player, and now Google's quirky little set-top box is having its turn to experience the love. This was the only device to be delayed. The build has gone out as version NPC91O.

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Former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh Will Head A New Unified Hardware Team At Google

Google sold Motorola to Lenovo at the end of 2014, but now it's getting a small piece of it back—the CEO. Lenovo recently announced a reorganization of its mobile business. This included the departure of Moto's CEO Rick Osterloh, and now we know why. Osterloh has come back to Google where he will lead a new hardware team that's responsible for Nexus, Chromecast, Glass, and more.

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[Deal Alert] TP-Link OnHub On Sale For $179.87 ($20 Off) On Amazon [Update: Asus OnHub Too]

Need a router? Maybe you've found yourself with renewed interest in the OnHub now that Google has added a modicum of home automation functionality with IFTTT. It's still hard to justify the $200 price, but it's a little cheaper on Amazon today. The OnHub virtually never goes on sale, but it's about $20 off currently. That brings the price to $179.87.

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OnHub Supports Home Automation Via IFTTT After Latest Software Update

The OnHub has been out for more than six months now, and it hasn't evolved much beyond the basic router functionality. Google promised us smart home features, and now it's starting to happen. The latest OnHub update added support for IFTTT. The channel is already live for you to start crafting automation recipes, but your OnHub needs to be on firmware version 7978.51.0, which is rolling out now.

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The Play Store Starts Showing 'Contains Ads' Designation For Apps And Games

When it comes to ad placements inside applications and games, the more you know the better it is before you make a plunge and decide to check something out. Maybe you're willing to pay $5 or $10 for a good app or game, but you're appalled by the idea of also having to endure ads on top of that, or maybe you're just the kind of person who prefers free and ad-free software. Knowing beforehand if the app or game you're about to download contains ads can go a long way in setting the right expectations, that's the point David argued many years ago, and Google in all its wisdom decided to follow his advice (or you know, common sense).

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The Nexus 9 Disappears From The Google Store In A Puff Of Underwhelming Smoke

The Nexus 9 never really clicked - not as an Android tablet, not as a Nexus device, and certainly not as the premium, segment-leading gadget that Google and HTC wanted it to be. Between a host of bugs, inconsistent build quality, and general apathy from the buying public, the N9 isn't nearly as well-regarded as its predecessors (both versions of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10, many of which are still in use) and its successor (the Pixel C). Today Google seems to have finally written off the ill-fated tablet, as it's gone from the Google Store.

Not just gone, in fact - it's disappeared.

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