Exclusive: This is the 2nd gen. Chromecast w/ backdrop feeds, better WiFi, ‘Fast Play,’ more

According to internal documents that 9to5Google has obtained, huge updates to the Chromecast platform are just around the corner. The long-rumored 2nd generation Chromecast hardware is set to debut at Google’s event later this month, packing many new features including feeds for the device’s main screen, improved WiFi, a new feature called “Fast Play,” and more… more…

9to5Toys Lunch Break: USB Power Banks from $9, HTC products up to 30% off, Nexus 6P from $450, more

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

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USB Power: Anker Astro E5 16,000mAh Dual-Port (Reg. ), KMASHI 10,000mAh more

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HTC offering 15% off on purchases over 0, 20% off 0, and 30% off 0

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Nexus Deals: 6P from 0 (Reg. 0), 5X w/ Gift Card 0 (Reg. 0)

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VIZIO Refurb 120Hz Smart HDTVs: 48-inch 0 (Orig. 0), 50-inch 0 (Orig. 0), more

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Networking: Motorola SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem + NETGEAR Router: 0 (0 value), more

MORE NEW GEAR FROM TODAY:

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Ooma Telo VoIP Home Phone System (Refurb.) shipped (Orig. 0)

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Add some comfort to your workspace w/ today’s 3M sale at Amazon: dual monitor mount 4, much more

MORE DEALS STILL ALIVE:

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Media: new Blu-rays  – Jurassic World, Minions, more + BOGO offer

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Game pre-orders for Amazon Prime members –Zelda, Far Cry Primal, FFXV: ea (Reg. )

NEW PRODUCTS & MORE:

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It took a year of planning and 18,000 pieces to create this custom LEGO Arkham Asylum build

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Fender brings its big name into the world of headphones with new Pro In-ear Monitors

Instagram for Android adds support for downloading live videos to your device

Instagram today has announced a new update for its iOS and Android apps. The update comes not long after the social network added support for geostickers to its Stories feature. Today’s update, however, relates to live video and adds support for downloading live videos once the broadcast has ended…

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Glass isn’t dead: Augmedix secures $17M as CrowdOptic streams its 10,000th livestream

I’ve said it time and time again over the last couple of years, but maybe this will make you finally believe it. Glass isn’t dead, and as I told you across across several exclusive reports last year, there’s even new hardware being field tested right now.

To further prove this morning that Google’s troubled head-mounted display device isn’t done yet, Glass for Work startup Augmedix — which deploys wearable solutions for healthcare systems and hospitals — announced that it has raised  million in funding from five leading healthcare systems across the U.S. And CrowdOptic has announced that it has now surpassed 10,000 Glass livestreams…

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Google wanted to sell AI-powered robotic arms, but they failed Larry Page’s ‘toothbrush test’

Google has been using AI and neural networks to help robotic arms to learn for quite some time now. Back in March the company published a report detailing how its software-enabled robotic arms were being taught to learn how to pick up objects by themselves, and the Mountain View company further detailed this research just last week in a blog post showing off a few more different approaches for general-purpose skill learning — like opening doors.

It’s impressive tech, but as with many of Google’s other impressive tech experiments, it seems like this one is never going to actually become a source of revenue for the company — at least not directly. The Google robotics group wanted to sell the arms to manufacturers, but that plan ultimately got turned down by Alphabet executives because they failed the “toothbrush test” (via Bloomberg)…

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The latest version of Google’s Messenger app lets you view messages on your SIM card

Depending on how long you’ve been using cell phones, you might remember the days when you could store SMS text messages on your SIM card. Typically these were just stored there temporarily so that — when switching between phones — you didn’t lose anything sentimental. Now, it appears (via Android Police) that the latest version of Google’s Messenger app lets you manage these SIM card messages…

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Microsoft introduces Evernote, Facebook and Wunderlist integration in Outlook with Calendar Apps

If there is one thing we learned from CEO Satya Nadella’s corporate restructuring of Microsoft over the last couple of years, it’s that he wants its services to be everywhere. And that doesn’t just mean apps like those in Office 365‘s suite keeping your productivity up even on non-Windows systems, but something that aims at a much deeper integration.

With today’s update rolling out for iOS and Android, the Outlook app is adding what the company calls “Calendar Apps”. While you could already see your calendar from within the dedicated tab inside the app, the new addition — which likely comes from the Sunrise acquisition — will allow services like Evernote, Facebook and Wunderlist to integrate as well…

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