DEAL: Chromecast and Chromecast Audio are Still $5 Off

Still haven’t picked up a Chromecast or Chromecast Audio? Now would be a good time since Google is once again hosting a $5 off sale at a number of retailers. Remember, the Chromecast is already reasonably priced at $35, so anytime you get a discount, it’s worth jumping at.

Live under a rock and have no idea what a Chromecast is? The basics are this: The dongles attach to your TVs or speakers and then let you “cast” content to them, whether that be movies, TV shows, music, or photos. It’s one of the great technological advancements in recent years, especially when you factor in the reasonable price.

Report: Google to Launch Commuter-Focused Rideshare Service Powered by Waze

Waze, the navigation platform purchased by Google in 2013, may become its own rideshare service if Google’s reported plans come to fruition. According to sources of the Wall Street Journal, Google wants to offer commuters yet another means of getting around, while being far cheaper than services like Uber and Lyft.

Currently, a pilot program in the Bay Area of California charges riders about half of a dollar per mile driven, which is a fraction of what Uber or Lyft charges. Should all go well with the existing pilot, Google will open the Waze-powered service up to all nearby residents. Then, should that be successful, the service could spread from there.  (more…)

Report: This Year’s Nexus Phones Won’t be Nexus Phones

As the leaks have trickled out in recent months surrounding the rumored two Nexus phones for 2016, made by HTC, potential names have not been a part of the equation. Why? That’s a question we don’t have an answer to, but I think it’s safe to say that some of those rumors were considering the idea that these might not end up being Nexus phones, at least in name. According to a report out of Android Central, that’s exactly what we should expect to happen. In fact, their sources are under the impression that the HTC-made phones will arrive under a different brand name altogether.  (more…)

Google Hosting Indie Games Festival in San Francisco on September 24, Open and Free to Public

Google has announced the Google Play Indie Games Festival, a place for developers and mobile gamers to come together and play the latest and greatest indie titles. During the festival, those in attendance will have a unique opportunity to play unreleased indie games from many developers, then vote to see which games will win awards. Should a developer take home a prize, it could be a SHIELD Android TV, SHIELD Tablet K1, Razer Forge TV prize pack, or other exciting stuff.  (more…)

RIP: Chromebook Pixel (2015), New Model Hopefully On the Way

The Chromebook Pixel (2015) is no longer for sale in the Google Store, and according to a statement from Google, they don’t intend on restocking it. The Pixel 2 is Google’s uber high-end Chromebook, a sequel to the original Pixel laptop. Featuring specs far beyond that of a standard Chromebook that you could buy for a couple hundred of dollars, the price was no laughing matter, with the Pixel 2 starting at $1300.

According to Google’s statement, provided to VentureBeat, “We’re committed to the Pixel program but we don’t have plans to restock the Pixel 2.” To me, that sounds like Google is too busy working on a potential Pixel 3 to waste resources on restocking the Pixel 2. In fact, a job listing from June of this year gives quite a bit of credence to that theory.  (more…)

Google Wallet App Updated With Automatic Transfers

According to the changelog posted for the latest update to Google Wallet, the service now supports automatic transfers for when money is received. Do note, while the app states the feature is inside, it is reported that it won’t go live until next week.

As an example for how this could be useful, if your friend sends you $20 to pay for half of the dinner you just split, that money will no longer sit inside of your Wallet account until you take action on it. With the update, that money will automatically be sent to either your bank account or debit card, depending on which option you prefer.  (more…)