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Google's Chromecast turns six years old today

Google tried for years to make a compelling TV product (remember the Nexus Q?), but in 2013 it finally hit gold with the original Chromecast. The tiny $35 dongle acted as an external screen for your phone, instead of trying to be a self-contained media center, and it turned out to be a great idea. Six years later, most of Google's hardware lineup is based on the stick, and the Cast protocol now reaches across thousands of wireless speakers, TVs, and other devices.

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Chrome OS may be picking up Chromecast's ambient mode screensavers

If you leave your Chromebook idle for a few minutes, it'll go to sleep. That's a sensible thing for it to do, but if you've always wished for a screensaver, your prayers may soon be answered: a recent Chromium commit shows that Chrome OS could pick up a Chromecast-style ambient mode.

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Get a 3rd-gen Chromecast 2-pack for $50 ($20 off) at Best Buy

The Chromecast is a handy gadget to have plugged into the TV — letting you initiate and control video playback from your streaming service of choice all from a smartphone. With the Google-Amazon spat finished, the last frontier, aka Prime Video, has also been breached. If you're looking to get a Chromecast, a 2-pack of the current gen model can be had at Best Buy for $50, effectively $25 a pop.

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[Update: Assistant voice control?] YouTube launches today on Fire TV, while Amazon Prime Video comes to Chromecast and Android TVs

It's been a few months since Google and Amazon decided to put down their weapons and collaborate to make everyone's lives easier. After years of the two giants battling it out, banning their services from their competitor's platform, and essentially forcing users to choose one camp over the other, the agreement was both unexpected and long overdue. Today, we get to reap the fruits of that accord.

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Chromecasts and Assistant speakers keep disappearing from the Google Home app for some, making them near useless

Google's smart home speakers and Chromecasts are great when they work. You can throw any supported content on them and have it play almost instantly, without worrying about hardware compatibility and app availability as you'd have to on set-top boxes or consoles. However, Google's offers are only great when they really do work. That isn't the case for some users, with their Chromecasts and Homes repeatedly disappearing from the Home app, rendering them effectively useless for many cast-enabled apps.

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Google Stadia cloud gaming debuts with $130 Founder’s Edition this November, free tier coming in 2020

Earlier this year, Google brought cloud gaming to the fore with the announcement of Stadia, its streaming platform that would bring 4K HDR visuals at 60 frames per second with very low latency to almost anything with a screen on it. The expectations have been set up, now we have a growing lineup of games to look forward to and a way to get early access to Stadia in November, but only if you're up to pay a pretty penny.

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Google offering consultations to people who are considering buying Google and Nest products

Google wants to sell you a phone. And a speaker. And a thermostat. Maybe a stick for your TV, too. Not convinced? The company is trying to get you to let it convince you to buy its wares with a new product consultation hotline. And if a service rep isn't breathless enough for you, customers in Southern California can even book in-home appointments.

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MX Player adds Chromecast support, but only for its online streaming content

If you're getting too giddy about the title of this post, I'll start by advising you to hold your horses. MX Player, one of the most popular video players on Android, has finally added Chromecast support, but it's not exactly where and how we wanted it to be. The feature is available inside the app, though only for online streaming content (which is currently limited to India).

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Peace in our time: YouTube is coming to Fire TV, Amazon Prime Video to support Chromecast and Android TV

To say that Google's and Amazon's relationship has been going through a rough patch over the past couple of years would be an understatement. The two companies have been on a path of mutual destruction, causing services of one to disappear from devices of the other, and vice versa. It looked like a resolution was nowhere in sight, so you can imagine our surprise when we saw the news that Google and Amazon have finally kissed and made up.

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Midweek deals: $150 off HP Chromebook x360, plus savings on Chromecast, Amazon Echo Input, and more

We didn't have a deals list for you on Monday (it was a slow weekend), but we're back at it with some real heavy hitters this afternoon. Today you'll find discounts on all kinds of cool stuff, including the HP's well-equipped Chromebook x360, Chromecast, and Amazon Echo Input.

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