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Get a Chromecast 3rd gen for $30 shipped

Have you heard about this new Chromecast thing? That's a little joke. Google's streaming dongle has become so prolific that the platform it runs on is built into all kinds of stuff. If you've got one of the last few TVs that can't already receive Chromecasted content, now's a great time to get in on the phenomenon. You can currently scoop a third-generation Chromecast up at Rakuten for about 30 bucks, shipped.

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[Update: Google shares network security tips] Internet tricksters hijack Chromecasts to promote PewDiePie

The internet-connected devices in our homes can make life more enjoyable, but they can also provide an in for internet ne'er-do-wells. A pair of jokers has undertaken a campaign of Chromecast hacking ostensibly to warn people about their vulnerability. Although, they're also promoting PewDiePie for some reason.

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[Update: Now on sale] Harman Kardon unveils more Google Assistant speakers, plus new soundbars with Chromecast built in

We're here in Berlin for IFA 2018, and one of the first press conferences we attended was by Harman. The Samsung-owned company is an umbrella for several smaller brands, including JBL, AKG, and the higher-end Harman Kardon, all of which got some stage time. Google Assistant speakers, headphones, and a smart display from JBL were re-announced for different markets, but the only truly new things of interest to us came from Harmon Kardon

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Google hardware year in review: What worked, what didn't, and what we want in 2019

Google’s hardware division is a rare success story inside a remarkably successful company - and one that has taken the better part of a decade to meet that definition. Its ambitions in the physical product space have grown from a geeky internet sideshow into a full-scale retail assault, and 2018 saw that ascendance continue. For all the naysayers it’s had - and there have been many - Google continues to position its hardware portfolio exactly where it needs to be: in stores. Chromecasts and Home Minis litter hundreds of Walmarts, Targets, and Best Buys, and Pixel smartphones are in Verizon locations across the country.

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Google testing new Cast UI for Chrome, with new icons and a source toggle

The original function of the Chromecast was to mirror a Chrome tab to your TV. Even though it's hardly ever used for that purpose anymore, now that most media services support native casting, the feature has always left room for improvement. Google is now testing a new Cast interface for Chrome, with updated device icons and a source toggle.

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Amazon finally starts selling Chromecasts, one year after it promised to stock them

Amazon pulled the Chromecast from its online store in 2015, after it instated a new rule that only streaming devices that supported Prime Video could be sold. Of course, Amazon itself dictates if Prime Video is available for a given platform, so many saw that as a thinly-veiled attempt to boost sales of Fire TV products. Three years after they were pulled, and a year after Amazon said they would re-appear, Chromecasts are finally back on Amazon.com.

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Beware when buying third-party Google Assistant speakers and Smart Displays, updates and features are not equal

Another year, another category of Google-compatible products has flooded the market. A few years ago, it was the Chromecast, then it was the Google Home and Home Mini, and now it's the Google Home Hub. With every first-party release comes a slew of third-party alternatives, boasting the same features, same integrations, same functions, but with different designs and prices. On paper, they should be equal to Google's, but time and time again, we've learned that they're not.

Never though have the lines blurred as much as with the Home Hub and its Lenovo and JBL brethren. They look almost the same, both on the outside and in their interface, and Google pushed them earlier than its Home Hub, advertising them and talking about them as if they were its own.

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[Update: Google confirms not for 1st-gen] Chromecasts can now be added to Google Home speaker groups

One of the main benefits to Cast-powered speakers is they can be added into groups, using the Google Home app. This way, you can have the same music playing across multiple rooms without any latency. The feature used to be limited to Google Homes, Chromecast Audio units, and other Cast-enabled speakers — but now regular Chromecasts can be added as well.

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Google Black Friday sales begin: $200 off Pixel 3 XL, $50 off Home Hub, and much more

We've already detailed some of the best Google deals as we found out about them in the lead up to Black Friday, but now they've all gone live on the Google Store and at other retailers, so it's time for a comprehensive list of everything that's on offer.

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A year later, Amazon still won't sell Google Chromecasts because huge companies are hugely petty

Just about a year ago, we reported that Amazon would finally be selling Google's Chromecast after a more than two-year hiatus from the e-commerce giant's store. Three months later, it still couldn't be purchased. Now, a year (OK, 11 months) later, Amazon's listings for the Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra still show as unavailable. This is as silly as it is unbelievably, comically petty.

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