It's a busy episode with the Gurus of Cool covering everything from new hard drives for TiVo, free software for TiVo2Go, the HD DVD race heating up, a really big monitor, and the inside scoop about that pen that's really a phone. All this, plus the Rapid Fire Roundup of Cool Products. [Free Podcast at Coolness Roundup or at the iTunes Store]
Coolness Roundup: Phone Pen, the Inside Story
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Google quietly released a new Chromecast device at its big event this week. And by quietly, I mean the company didn’t mention it at all. It was just sitting in the bottom of the bag that someone gave me when I left the venue. But hey, it’s new and it’s nice-looking. It’s just a bummer Google still hasn’t made Chromecast more useful.