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Chromecast bids reach $100 on eBayThe craze for Google's Chromecast continues, Android 4.3 heads to Xperia devices, and Google Translate understands handwriting.
The world is going crazy for Chromecast. I am Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Everyone's going bunkers about the Chromecast. When Google unveiled its $35 streaming device for televisions, it was only a matter of hours before it was sold out on Amazon and the Google Playstore. It also quickly sold out on Best Buy. Google Play is selling them again but shipping times can be as long as 4 weeks. And if you can't wait that long, some people are selling them on eBay for as much as $100. It's selling like hotcakes because well, the price is crazy cheap at $35 and because it's a very simple solution to playing videos from the web on your big screen. It doesn't do everything other streaming devices do and it's not perfect but it has lots of potential. It works with Android and Apple phones and tablet. If you have the Netflix app or the YouTube app, you press a button to push what you're watching to the TV. Now, what's neat is that once you play a video, you could walk out of the house and it will keep streaming. When more apps add this cast button like Pandora or perhaps Spotify, this will be an even better product. And no worries about fighting over a remote because every phone or tablet or computer on your network becomes the remote. Now, if you want to use your computer, it will stream the content on one tab of your Chrome browser, so you can watch videos from websites or play music from streaming services. But Google says using Chrome is still a beta product. So, you may see some hiccups. But for $35, I don't think people would mind about putting up with hiccups. Be sure to head to cnet.com to check out our full review and comparisons against the Apple TV and Roku. It's been a busy week for Google. It's also pushing out an update to Android. All Nexus devices will be first to get Android 4.3 but we now have confirmation that Sony's Xperia devices will also eventually beginning to update. The new Android has small changes like Smart Bluetooth which means it'll sink up with more fitness devices. And gamers will enjoy enhanced graphic support. Families who share a device with multiple accounts, you'll now have more control over blocking certain apps for kids or even blocking how much their kids can do inside of an app. And Google's translate homepage can now understand handwriting. So, for example, if you come across a Chinese character you don't understand, just draw with your finger on your smartphone screen and Google says it can translate it. Google can support handwriting for 45 languages but it's only available on Android right now. That's your tech news update. You could find more details at cnet.com/update and follow along on twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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