Walking In A Winter WonderLab: Google Opens Retail Shops In Time For Holiday Season

Google Winter Wonderlab logo Google is trying out a new retail experience this holiday season, launching six Google Winter WonderLab locations across the country.  Opening in New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Jersey and Sacramento, Google says the Winter Wonderlab shops will offer customers a chance to try out Google products like the Nexus tablet, Chromebook and Google Chromecast. According to the Winter Wonderlab website, customers are invited to, "check out new gadgets like the Nexus 7, make a slow-motion video in the giant snow globe, or just escape the holiday hustle with endless games, mus [...]

Google Rumored To Be Kicking Off Conversations To Win NFL Sunday Ticket Package

Google Logo Rumors are spreading that Google has started informal discussions with the NFL to buy the rights to the NFL Sunday Ticket package. AllthingsD.com's Peter Kafka reports that Google CEO Larry Page and YouTube's head of content Robert Kyncl sat down with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL leadership. "The Sunday Ticket package was among the topics of discussion, according to people familiar with the meeting," writes Kafka. DirecTV currently owns the rights to the NFL Sunday package, paying $1 billion a year for the contract. The exclusive deal that DirecTV has with the NFL will co [...]

Chromecast Hugely Popular, Sells Out On Amazon, BestBuy

Chromecast official image Introduced just this Wednesday, Google's streaming media dongle Chromecast is an immediate hit. The device has sold out on Amazon and BestBuy. There's a two to three week shipping wait time in the Google Play store. In addition an introductory Netflix promotion proved so popular it has been stopped. Amazingly, there are already 100 reviews of the device on Amazon (six more than when I took the above screenshot just about an hour ago). Danny Sullivan offers a detailed comparison of Chromecast vs. Apple TV and Roku. The popularity of Chromecast is driven by its simplicity (vs. Google T [...]

Compared: What You Can Watch On Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku & Xbox

tv-video-featured Want to stream content from the Internet to your TV? There's a new player in town, Google's Chromecast. It's super easy to use and priced to move. What's not to like? If you're happy with just Netflix, you're good. If you want Hulu or HBO Go, paying a bit more for Roku or Apple TV may make sense, unless you don't mind using your laptop. Then again, for only $35, maybe you'll decide Chromecast is worth being a second device. The Players Chromecast is entering a space where two other major Internet-to-TV devices already exist, Apple TV and Roku. Xbox, a gaming console, can also double as a str [...]

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