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Google Glass, wearables effectively banned at movies

Google Glass, wearables effectively banned at movies

In an update to their joint policy on piracy, the MPAA and NATO have agreed that any and all recording devices must now be stowed away during a movie. That’s not new, but this is the first time their policy specifically addresses wearable tech. On a “mainstream” level, those Google Glass owners will have to take their headwear off — and turn it off — during a film. The new rules also state that law enforcement will be called if they think you’re filming.

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Basepro review: 4TB storage built into a dock

Basepro review: 4TB storage built into a dock

Docks and stands for your computer are easy to come by, and each offer a different take on the same thing. Get your computer off the ground, possibly displaying the screen, maybe even giving you a better ergonomically sound angle to type at. Basepro, currently being funded on IndieGoGo, is in that category, but packs a little something extra under the hood. With up to 4TB of storage under it’s wedge frame (optional), Basepro is both local storage and a stand for your computer. To find out if it holds up while holding your computer up, we took it for a spin.

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Google Wallet update brings fresh design, new features

Google Wallet update brings fresh design, new features

Today is Wednesday, and aside from some hit-and-miss Nexus 6 orders, Google is updating their apps and services. This time they’re paying strict attention to Google Wallet, and giving it a facelift. As you might have guessed, it’s getting Material Design. Lots of it. The entire app has been rebooted to reflect Google’s pretty new design elements, as well as some actually useful new tweaks. You can now add money automatically via your bank account, and get balance alerts.

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GT COO details “oppressive” Apple deal

GT COO details “oppressive” Apple deal

Now that GT Advanced is in bankruptcy proceedings, and free of their contract with Apple, they can start fresh. Though they still must pay Apple back about $430 million from the loans they received in advance of the Sapphire facility opening, GT can move on. Or, they can openly discuss just how “oppressive” their deal with Apple was. Their COO is doing just that, and in a sworn affidavit, he outlines in detail how their agreement with Apple could have helped them go belly-up any time.

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Google Play Movies & TV update: Material Design and second-screen

Google Play Movies & TV update: Material Design and second-screen

Watching movies or TV via Google Play just got a bit prettier, and lot more useful. An update, rolling out today, brings Google’s Material Design to the app, and adds a bit of second-screen functionality. Streaming movies to your Nexus Player or Chromecast might just give you some info about what you’re watching, like which actors are involved or what that song playing is. If you’re the kind of person who’s mind wanders a bit during a movie, this update will bring you back into focus a bit.

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Watch this: Project Ara modular phone boots up

Watch this: Project Ara modular phone boots up

When we first heard about Project Ara (or Phonebloks, if you prefer) here at SlashGear, our eyes lit up. The idea that we could switch-up the spec sheet on our phone was — and is — beyond exciting. Making your phone much more personal via hardware is a brand new take on what smartphones should be, but it’s coming slowly. Luckily, Google has been great to share details of their project as it happens, and have released a new video showing another big step toward true customization.

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Apple Pay v CurrentC: retailers DO have a choice

Apple Pay v CurrentC: retailers DO have a choice

A lot has been said of the current mobile payment landscape. Since someone came up with the bright idea to let you go around town slapping your phone against point-of-sale terminals to pay for things, the entire concept has been hit and miss. Google Wallet was the closest we’d come to a good solution, but it only gave rise to competition. Apple Pay has come in and turned most of the lights out, but one challenger remains. Now we get a better idea as to why they’re not able to coexist, and how retailers may be willingly backing the wrong horse.

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Nexus 6 now available for pre-order [Update]

Nexus 6 now available for pre-order [Update]

You wanted it, and Google is giving it to you: the Nexus 6 is available for pre-order. The flagship Android device, straight from Google, is now available direct from the Play Store. At $649 for the base 32GB version, it’s not going to be the easiest pill to swallow when the credit card statement comes — and gets harder if you upgrade to the 64GB variant, which is $699. Still, if you’re anxious to get your hands on some Android Lollipop, you can!

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PlayStation 4 YouTube app wants to pwn Twitch.tv

PlayStation 4 YouTube app wants to pwn Twitch.tv

Have a PlayStation 4? Good news — there’s an official YouTube app, now! Google has finally made a YouTube app that belongs on your PS4, and it’s free to download from the PlayStation Store. It’s not just a YouTube video portal, though. Users will get a few features they’ve been asking for, and the ability to stream game-play content right into YouTube. Gamers won’t even need to do anything clever; just hit the Share button on your controller, and away you go.

 

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The Vizzywig 4K video app is back, ready for iOS 8.1

The Vizzywig 4K video app is back, ready for iOS 8.1

Remember the Vizzywig 4K app that shot video from your iPhone in 4K resolution? After being pulled from the App Store, they’re back — and sporting a new name. Rather than 4K, Vizzywig has now branded themselves 8K. Why the double-down in the naming scheme? Because the app has eight times the pixel density of FaceTime HD, of course. Vizzywig also says that for the best frame-rate experience, an iPhone 5S is needed. The 24 frames per second make video smoother.

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