The humble, $35 TV plug-in is already a hit with consumers, but the company envisions more apps and YouTube videos on living room screens around the world.
Is Google (GOOG) being altruistic or just a savvy marketer by unlocking its Chromecast software development kit (SDK) to developers?
Either way, much of the tech blogosphere seems to think this is the best news since sliced bread.
The $35 Chromecast has been a big hit with consumers since its debut last summer. The plug-in stick allows users to send Web content from a laptop, smartphone tablet or other device to their television via Wi-Fi. "No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers," Google's website says -- adding that Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps.
And making the thumb drive's SDK available, according to CNET's Seth Rosenblatt, "will allow app developers to give their users the option to stream their apps or websites to the Chromecast."
The company's long-anticipated wearable computer could charge its own battery as a user walks or works out.
By Gary Krakow, TheStreet
Apple (AAPL) reportedly is hard at work refining new battery power and health technologies for a new smartwatch to be introduced later this year.
According to The New York Times, Apple's upcoming wearable device, in addition to the way it looks, might differ from competitive smartwatch designs from Samsung and Pebble with the addition of new power source technologies.
Apple is reportedly testing inductive, solar and motion charging for its future iWatch (or whatever they choose to call it).
Over the past year, Facebook has been subtly integrating Twitter's most compelling features while trying to ensure users aren't overwhelmed by a flood of content.
By Jason Stein, CNBC
While it's an amazing platform, Twitter has had trouble expanding because its feed is intense and overwhelming. It really takes work to keep up. This is what power users -- who are obsessed with content and news (me included) -- love.
But many people do not have the time, energy and desire to plow through the hundreds of tweets that come through per hour. During heavy meetings or travel days, I am relegated to checking just one thing that curates all the news I need — @mediaredef, created by former MySpace president Jason Hirschhorn.
For the last year, Facebook has been subtly integrating Twitter's most compelling features, but without compromising its news-feed algorithm, which exists to prevent people from becoming inundated with posts. The result has been an improved user experience, adding value to the precious newsfeed and benefitting users, publishers and advertisers alike.
The e-commerce giant says it's considering a more than 50 percent increase for the popular service, which offers members free 2-day shipping and streaming video.
By Greg Bensinger, The Wall Street Journal
Amazon.com (AMZN) said it is considering a more than 50 percent increase in the U.S. to its popular "Prime" two-day delivery membership program to help cover increased shipping and fuel costs.
The change – of between $20 and $40 annually – would be the first in the nine-year history of the Prime program. Amazon has brought in millions of higher-spending customers through the program, which promises unlimited shipping on many items, as well as video streaming for U.S. customers.
Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak announced the possible change on the company’s earnings conference call, prompting a question from nearly every analyst covering Amazon.
As consumers increasingly bounce between PCs, smartphones and tablets, the bits of data that help advertisers track your Web browsing habits are growing less reliable.
By Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Wall Street Journal
The Web cookie may be dying, but that doesn't mean it is the end of consumers being tracked online.
An industry group representing digital advertisers published a white paper Tuesday that examined how online ads would function in a world without "cookies," the small pieces of code that track people's web browsing. In the paper, called "Privacy and Tracking in a Post-Cookie World," the Interactive Advertising Bureau also explores technologies that could replace the cookie.
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