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Chromecast HDMI Streaming

Get a Google Chromecast + $10 Amazon GC for just $29.99, today only, originally $39.99. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorite shows to your TV with the press of a button. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps. Product page - be sure to add both items into your cart before checking out for the discount. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

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Google Tips Tricks Set Timer

Need an alarm, but only have your laptop around? Simply head on over to Google, type in set timer for however long you desire, and once the countdown reaches zero, you'll hear an alarm (optional). That is just one of the many things you can do when Google is the only website not blocked by your work / school firewall. Others include: calculating tips, filtering Gmail spam with a simple trick, browsing downloadable fonts and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Google Deep Stereo

Love Google Street View, but wish some of the sights came in video format rather than interactive images that require you to click? Then look no further than Deep Stereo algorithm, powered by Google's AI. Google engineers are using their layered artificial neural network to create unseen views from two or more images of a scene. If you have a photo from the left and right of a scene, the deep network will tell you what it looks like from anywhere the middle. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Useful Google Tricks

After trying out some of these tricks, you may think of Google as software rather than purely a search engine. By simply typing in different search queries, you can use it as a timer, nutrition database for various foods, tip calculator, gaming platform, gravity simulator and more. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of what really happens when you shoot a rocket under ice.

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Haier $149 Chromebook

Haier's Chromebook 11 may be priced at just $149, but it's definitely no slouch, or at least for mobile warriors on-the-go who only need a laptop for web surfing. Featuring a quad-core Rockchip RK3288 1.8-GHz processor, 2.0GB of DDR3L SDRAM, 16GB of eMMC Flash storage, and a crisp 11.6-inch display. It boots up within 8-seconds, and has auto-updates built-in, so you can get the latest virus protection and the latest features, hassle-free. Product page. Continue reading for a video preview of the HiSense model, which has the same specs.

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Pac-Man Google Maps

Google is always coming up with quirky ways of sprucing up their services, and their latest project is PAC-Maps. This turns any Google Maps view into a playable game of Pac-Man, and to launch it, just find the desired location and activate the game by pressing a button in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen next to the Google Earth button. Or, just select the Pac-Man pin on the map where available. Try it out here. For those who don't have access to Google Maps for whatever reason, continue reading to see what it looks like when played on a smartphone using the app.

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ASUS Chromebook

ASUS' 13" Chromebook may not have all the bells and whistles of high-end laptops, but you can pick up a reconditioned model for just $127.64 shipped, this weekend only. Featuring an Intel Dual-Core 2.16 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB local flash storage, gigabit Dual-Band 802.11AC ultra-fast Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, and a 13.3" HD LED display. Product page. Continue reading for a video review and more information.

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Google Tips and Tricks

For those who aren't gaming aficionados, Breakout is an arcade game developed and published by Atari, Inc. It was originally conceptualized by Nolan Bushnell and Steve Bristow, influenced by the 1972 Atari arcade game Pong, and built by Steve Wozniak aided by Steve Jobs. The game was ported to multiple platforms and upgraded to video games such as Super Breakout. Now, you can enjoy a version of this game by simply typing "Atari Breakout" into the Google Images search bar. Continue reading for more.

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Google Street View

Google Street View is a great way to go on a virtual vacation during your free time, but sometimes, you end up stumbling upon things that even money can't buy, like a rare image of your late grandmother sitting on her porch. Sure, seeing an expensive hypercar might lift an eyebrow or two, but family is one thing you can't buy, no matter how wealthy you are. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today - including the world's unluckiest buzzer beater.

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Acer Chromebook 11

This 11" Acer Chromebook - offered at $159.99 shipped, today only - not only has an 8.5-hour battery life, but also a 2.16-GHz Intel Celeron N2830 Dual-Core Processor with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.41-GHz. This third-generation Chromebook is one of the slimmest Chromebooks on the market. Its ultra-thin 11.6" frame makes it easy to slip into a purse, backpack or brief case and travel along with you. Up to 3x faster than the previous generation, its wireless 802.11ac connection offers improved coverage for distance and range. With the latest wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies stay unplug and stay connected - to the net, to wireless devices, and to the world. Product page. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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