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Plex for iOS gets complete overhaul with new update

Plex for iOS gets complete overhaul with new update

The Plex for iOS app has been updated, the company announced today. A long while has passed since the app was last updated, and Plex explains that as having been due to laziness, the team's use of the BlackBerry Passport rather than “iSheeple devices”, and the fact that “Apple keeps changing things!” All of which is tongue-in-cheek foolery, of course, but the real reasons don’t matter as the waiting has come to an end. The new Plex for iOS app has been reworked from the ground up, and it brings with a host of goodies fit for new and life-long Plex users alike.

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Star Wars TV trailer’s new First Order scene analyzed

Star Wars TV trailer’s new First Order scene analyzed

Earlier today a new view of the ice planet that hosts Star Wars: The Force Awakens' "First Order" crew has arrived in trailer form. The vast majority of this trailer - so short it's still called a "teaser", is filled with images you've seen before. But the most important bit, the first few seconds of the teaser, shows something spectacular. Something so awe-inspiring, you're going to flip. This is the First Order from the other direction. The first image here has been blurred for your protection. If you wish to avoid spoilers, read no further.

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YouTube ends 301+ view count mystery

YouTube ends 301+ view count mystery

It's the end of an era - YouTube will no longer be stopping view counts on videos at 301+ views. While the comments kept coming, the views stopped. It was a legendary break in the system. Or so people thought. In reality, Google has been automatically stopping views on YouTube videos at 301, checking the views at that point individually to make sure they weren't from spam bots, then releasing the video's counts into the wild. All that ends today.

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Watch: man surfs with dirt bike, rides across ocean

Watch: man surfs with dirt bike, rides across ocean

If you thought GoPro's video of a man flying like a superhero down a mountain and through a split rock was impressive, DC's new video will blow your mind. Titled 'Pipe Dream', the video shows the successful conclusion of one man's two-year pursuit: to surf with his dirt bike. He took to the waves in full motocross getup, helmet and all. He also blasted his way over the ocean on the motor bike, dumbfounding a few people in the process. Full video after the jump!

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Sorry McFly, Lexus’ Hoverboard is just a clever ruse

Sorry McFly, Lexus’ Hoverboard is just a clever ruse

The Lexus Hoverboard demo has gone live, with a full 2-minute video of the real-deal innovation playing out in the world's first "hoverpark." This hoverboard requires that the user be hovering above a metal surface, so we can safely assume that every bit of footage you see here was captured above a surface that, at some distance below the surface, is metal enough. Here Lexus demonstrates "the desire to create enjoyment out of motion." We'll take two please in neon pink, thank you.

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YouTube rolls out an updated video player

YouTube rolls out an updated video player

You may have already noticed this morning that YouTube has rolled out a revised version of its video player for desktop users. The new video player looks very nice and you can see it in the image here or when you play any of the embedded videos on SlashGear. YouTube didn’t bother to toss up a PR to tell us all of what it changed leaving us to glean the details for ourselves.

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Firefighter’s body cam shows first-person fire fighting

Firefighter’s body cam shows first-person fire fighting

Body cams have quickly become associated with police officers, but they're not the only ones wearing the little cameras. There are consumer versions designed for recording the important moments in your life, and other occupations are taking advantage of them, too -- firefighters being among them. The San Bernardino County Fire Department has begun using them, at least in certain cases, and late last week it published footage from one of those cameras on its YouTube page. In it we get to see what it looks like when fighting a raging inferno from a firefighter’s point of view.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V First Drive – 640 all-American horses

2016 Cadillac CTS-V First Drive – 640 all-American horses

There's a moment, just after you start up the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, when the seat belt gently contracts around you, almost like the 640 horsepower super-sedan is giving you a hug. It's a reassuring gesture, though a little at odds with the near-simultaneous gurgle from the engine as the exhaust valves flutter. "Sure, I'm 16.5 feet long, weigh more than four thousand pounds, and will catapult to sixty miles per hour in 3.7 seconds and then run all the way to 200 mph," the Caddy is saying, "but I don't want to kill you in the process."

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Yahoo officially outs Livetext, a messaging app with silent videos

Yahoo officially outs Livetext, a messaging app with silent videos

In New York today, Yahoo officially announced a new messaging app for iOS and Android called Livetext. While the app was quietly released in Hong Kong and Taiwan earlier this month for testing, this launch marks its debut in the US, Canada, France, Germany, and the UK. At first glance, Livetext seems to be Yahoo's take on rebuilding its old Messenger service with the Tumblr and Snapchat generation in mind, as the app focuses on a mix text messages and videos with no sound, much like ever-present GIFs.

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Beats by Dre begins sharing product instruction videos on Twitter

Beats by Dre begins sharing product instruction videos on Twitter

The hardware division of Apple's Beats by Dre has begun posting videos of its headphone products on Twitter. These aren't your typical ads or commercials, but rather instructional videos that introduce the product's features and show how they work. To that end, these videos aren't even shared on Apple or Beats' standard Twitter accounts, instead appearing on the Beats customer support account. The first video appeared on Monday of this week, as was for the Powerbeats2 Wireless headphones.

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Verizon will offer HBO Now through its Go90 streaming service

Verizon will offer HBO Now through its Go90 streaming service

Verizon and HBO announced a new deal today under which the wireless carrier will offer HBO Now (which doesn't require cable credentials, unlike HBO Go) on its own digital platform. Under this agreement, Verizon has been given the thumbs up to distribute HBO Now to its own users, and it’ll be doing so, in part, through its own video streaming service Go90. We’ve previously heard talk about Go90, though the name has only just now been announced. The service will be launching some time this summer if all goes as planned.

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Original LEGO calculation busted by math professor

Original LEGO calculation busted by math professor

This Friday a documentary will be released by the name of "A LEGO Brickumentary," and in it, a math professor will tell you how many different LEGO creations you can make. Of course the real number isn't entirely feasible to calculate. Back in 1958, LEGO estimated and suggested through a patent (as created by the original LEGO creator's son, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen) that six standard LEGO bricks could potentially be stacked in around 103-million ways. According to math professor Soren Eilers, whoever suggested 103-million was about 900-million off the mark. Behold this tiny brick clip.

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