The Google Chromecast is surprisingly a simple and extremely useful new gadget. The device allows tablets, phones, and computers to wirelessly stream audio and video to your HDTV over WiFi. The best part is that it only costs $35!

As the Chromecast product description points out, Chromecast works with devices you already own, including Android tablets and smartphones, iPhones®, iPads®, Chrome for Mac® and Chrome for Windows®.

Rather than being device specific, the Chromecast works with Google apps such as YouTube, Chrome, Google Play and one non Google app, Netflix.

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We applaud Google for not going the exclusive route and for making the Chromecast compatible with competing brands. It's also significantly cheaper than the $99 price tag of Apple TV at only $35. I can't wait to see my Chromecast arrive in the mail!