Briefly: Google Chromecast Review, Big Mac Gets A Facelift, Jetstar $1 Japan Sale

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Jetstar offers $1 return leg fares to Japan, Google Chromecast Australian verdict, No Xbox One voice commands for Australians at launch.

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  • McDonald’s has expanded its Big Mac range to include the plus-sized Angus Mac and the miniature Son Of Mac. We tried making our own DIY Angus Big Mac a few weeks ago and the results weren’t pretty. Hopefully the real version will be easier on the taste-buds.
  • Jetstar has kicked off its Japan sale which involves paying a normal fare to Osaka or Tokyo but only $1 on the return journey. Depending on the airport you depart from, this can work out to be as low as $380 in total. [Via OzBargain]
  • Gizmodo recently got its hands on Google’s ‘Chromecast’ TV streaming device. Chromecast is great in the US because it’s cheap and Netflix works, but in Australia it’s a slightly different story. Click here to read the full, local review.
  • Surprise, surprise: Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One’s heavily-touted voice commands won’t work in Australia at launch. “Xbox voice commands will not be available in all markets on the product release date. Voice commands will be available at launch in US, UK, CA, FR, and DE,” the company admitted on its website. We’re not in the least bit shocked about this: after all, the same thing happened with the Xbox Kinect.
  • The online music video and entertainment platform VEVO is now available on Apple TV in Australia. The partnership brings a library of 75,000 HD music videos and live concert performances to Apple TV viewers. “To start watching videos instantly, users just go to the Apple TV home screen and see ‘VEVO’ has been automatically added to their channel offerings,” explained partner campany MCM Media. For more information, click here.

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