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Chromecast support expands: YouTube embeds now Casting

Chromecast support expands: YouTube embeds now Casting

With the release of the Chromecast came the second wave of Google's vision for ultra-simple "flinging" of content from your Android device to a larger display. As the Nexus Q took a belly dive, the much smaller and simpler Chromecast took hold, it being small enough to fit in a person's pocket and able to connect to essentially any Android device nearly instantly. Now that this device is in the hands - or plugged into the HDMI ports - of thousands of users across the globe, Google has begun a push with YouTube to expand support and features.

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Chromecast hits $35 price point, aims to connect TV to the web this week

Chromecast hits $35 price point, aims to connect TV to the web this week

This week the folks a Google have introduced a re-birth of the TV-connected smart device Nexus Q with a dongle called "Chromecast". This device connects through your television's standard HDMI port, connects to the web via Wi-Fi, and is controlled by a wide variety of devices, including Android, iOS, Chrome for Windows, Chrome for OS X, and Chrome OS on the Chromebook Pixel.

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Google H840 media streamer hits FCC to potentially replace Nexus Q

Google H840 media streamer hits FCC to potentially replace Nexus Q

Google's short-lived Nexus Q has already been left out of the Google Play Music All Access action, but there looks to be a successor in the pipeline, with a new Google media player spotted in FCC testing. The Google H840 (product code H2G2-42, an apparent play on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) WiFi-testing listing has been pared back thanks to a confidentiality request, but the wireless report does confirm that it "functions as a media player" with 2.4GHz WiFi b/g/n connectivity.

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Google Play Music update quietly drops support for Nexus Q

Google Play Music update quietly drops support for Nexus Q

Google Play Music received a big update yesterday during Google I/O when the company launched its All Access music streaming service (we even got a quick hands-on session). However, as the old saying goes, if something gets added on then something must be taken off, and it seems the Nexus Q falls right in line with that. The latest update to Google Play Music drops support for the Nexus Q.

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PLAiR device recollects Nexus Q laptop-to-TV video streaming

PLAiR device recollects Nexus Q laptop-to-TV video streaming

It would appear that the lost product that was the Google Nexus Q is back again - though not created with the same technology, exactly, and certainly not manufactured by the same brand. What's appearing this week is a device by the name of PLAiR, made approximately the size of the palm of a human hand and attachable to the back of your television via its full-sized HDMI port (if your television was made in the past 10 years, you've got one). This device will allow users to play video from their laptop or smartphone wirelessly to the screen of their TV.

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Nexus Q “no longer available” according to Google Play listing

Nexus Q “no longer available” according to Google Play listing

It's been quite some time since we last heard from the Google Nexus Q, but the reason the media streaming device is making its way back into the news today isn't very good. After months of silence, Google has at last changed the Nexus Q's Google Play listing to say that the device is "no longer available for sale." For those who have forgotten, the Nexus Q hasn't been available for purchase since July, so why Google is just now getting around to changing its Play Store listing is anyone's guess.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 31, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 31, 2012

The Sun may be setting on the final day of July, but it's also setting on the second day of the patent trial between Apple and Samsung. Today Apple gave its opening arguments while successfully getting a Google employee off the jury. Apple's lead attorney seemed to think that Samsung would be taking a "devil made me do it" approach to its defense, while the Galaxy S manufacturer (which has a lot at stake in this trial) instead said that the iPhone was "inspiring to everyone." Though it initially seemed that this trial would be nothing but boring patent talk, it now appears that it will be quite entertaining, so long as Apple and Samsung continue taking swings at one another like they did today.

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