The Week in Pictures: Chromecast and Cassini shots

Some of the top tech images of the week include Google's attempt to change the way we watch TV, CNET's big news on appliance reviews, and paleontologists digging up a huge dinosaur tail.

From cutting edge entertainment to distant photos of the Earth, we saw the future unfold in pictures this week.

CNET was at Google's "Breakfast with Sundar Pichai" event on Wednesday when the search giant unveiled a new version of the Nexus 7 tablet and a new take on TV. The tiny, $35 Chromecast plugs into a HDMI input to let a wide swath of smartphones, tablets, and devices using the Chrome browser seamlessly fling what they're playing onto the TV.

While Google looked forward, paleontologists from Mexico's National Institute for Anthropology and History and National Autonomous University of Mexico took a look back -- 72 million years. After days of brushing away sand and gravel, they uncovered one of the world's largest intact dinosaur tail fossils.

Meanwhile, Earth had its portrait taken from far, far away. From its orbit nearly 900 million miles away, the Cassini spacecraft used its wide-angle camera to snap a stunning image of Saturn's rings with Earth visible as a tiny point of light in the background.

Take a look at a few of the top images from the technology world in CNET's Week in Pictures.

About the author

James Martin is the staff photographer at CNET News, covering the geeks and gadgets of Silicon Valley. When he's not live-blogging the latest product launches from Apple, Google, or Facebook, James can be found exploring NASA, probing robotics labs, and getting behind-the-scenes with some of the Bay Area's most innovative thinkers.

 

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