While you might be able to don an Oculus Rift to pilot a Pacific Rim jaeger, Comic-Con isn’t as accepting of another piece of (not so) popular headgear. As TechHive reports, event organizers have begun mirroring actions taken by some US and UK movie theaters in outright banning Google Glass from screenings. On its official website, Comic-Con states that Glass is held in the same regard as smartphones and video cameras, noting that attendees “cannot wear Google Glasses during footage viewing in any program room.” If you’re a trendy Explorer who has a prescription Glass, let’s hope you’ve brought a backup pair of specs because you’re getting no special treatment.
All things aside, the ban is totally logical: organizers work with movie and TV studios to secure exclusive screenings for fans and they don’t want someone with a smartphone, video camera or wearable to ruin the fun for everyone (even if it benefits those of us who can’t attend). While theaters are a little overzealous in suggesting moviegoers can record a whole film, Comic-Con screenings are short affairs, making that covert YouTube upload totally possible.
Comic-Con is banning Google Glass during screenings: “If your Google Glasses are prescription, please bring a different pair to use…”
– Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken) July 23, 2014
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Quantum computing — it’s a term we’re hearing more and more, as companies such as D-Wave build their own early versions of super-machines. Microsoft, naturally, is investing considerable resources in the field as well; its Station Q research lab in Santa Barbara brings together experts studying topological quantum computing, with the goal of making a vastly more powerful successor to the classical computer. We’ve covered some quantum computing milestones in the past, and while you might have a basic grasp on the difference between qubits and bits, Microsoft’s Quantum Computing 101 video — published below — is a well-done explainer, putting the implications of this research in human terms. For a deeper dive, check out this long read on Station Q, detailing the researchers’ complex and thoroughly interesting work.
Source: Microsoft Stories
If you have access to a 3D printer, you can now output your own space-exploring fleet thanks to NASA. The space agency has posted a library of files for printing a number of space probes, asteroids and Mars’ Gale Crater. For the curious, Mars Odyssey, Kepler, Voyager and Cassini are all amongst the 21 available options. The entire lot has been scaled down to figurine size to accommodate the abilities of a number of printers, but the minute details aren’t likely translate entirely. The repository also includes other 3D models, textures and visualizations for further three-dimensional experimentation. Those looking to get started need only consult the source link down below. As for me, I’m consulting these folks at MIT about an ice cream satellite.
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Google, in their ongoing effort to help Android users discover more apps and games, has created yet another collection. This time around Google is highlighting some of the best games to play offline. If you’re taking a road trip, a flight, or plan to be in a spot without data, you may want to consider some… Read more »
Google today updated its Gmail for iOS app to version 3.14159, adding improved integration with its Google Drive storage solution.
It’s now possible to save email attachments directly to Google Drive, making them accessible everywhere and saving storage space. Users are also able to insert Google Drive files directly into messages. Google has also included new account management options and the ability to change a profile picture in the Settings menu.
– Save attachments directly to Google Drive so you can access them anywhere while saving space and bandwidth on your device
– Insert Google Drive files directly into messages
– New account management options to choose which accounts you want to have visible in Gmail without removing accounts from your device.
– Change your profile picture (in Settings)
When Google introduced the world to Chromecast, I don’t think we expected it to take off quite like it did. With consumer misses such as Google TV and the Nexus Q, some of us thought it was Google’s third attempt at bringing us some TV entertainment. But then we looked at the price, the set up, and all you can do with the Chromecast, and we were hooked.
To celebrate Chromecast’s first Birthday, Google has decided to hand out 90 days of free Google Music All Access Subscriptions to anyone that has themselves a Chromecast that isn’t an All Access Member already. The offer starts today and will last through to September 30th, so click the link below to yourself one.
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Who wants some more Material Design on their device? Google has updated Chrome Beta to v37, and it brings in some of that delicious Material Design. The update is being rolled out through the Play Store, but you know that can take some time, so if you haven’t gotten the new update yet, click the download link below to head over to our Gappsearly page to grab the apk. let us know what you like it.
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Snapchat’s meteoric rise made one thing abundantly clear — the market would soon be flooded with copy cats. The next major player to try and drink Snapchat’s milkshake might be Instagram. A banner introducing Bolt, a service for “one tap photo messaging,” appeared at the top of the company’s mobile app last night. The announcement was quickly pulled, but not before several people grabbed screenshots and started passing them around on Twitter. Unfortunately there’s not much more detail to share at the moment, but the move will definitely raise a few eyebrows. For one, it would seem like a trivial feature to simply integrate into the existing Instagram app. Secondly, with Facebook’s Slingshot already offering ephemeral photo and video messages, Bolt seems like a duplication of efforts. Of course, there’s always the chance that Bolt will offer some truly unique twist on the format and shove pretenders to the media messaging crown aside.
Via: The Verge
Source: @yo_areli (Twitter)
If you’re at a party and the host stops offering you drinks, it’s a subtle hint that it’s probably time to make tracks. Similarly, France is making it very clear that it isn’t too keen on ride-sharing apps like Uber, to the point where its senate is proposing a law making it as difficult as humanly possible for the service to operate. In the law, which will be voted on by the National Assembly in the fall, drivers would be required to return to their company headquarters or homes between each and every job. As well as that, those same cars wouldn’t be able to publish their location online, meaning that consumers won’t be able to hail the cab closest to them from their smartphone.
The wider story, of course, is that taxi firms benefit from a state-sponsored monopoly for hailing a cab on the street. Because apps like Uber blur the line between a pre-booked reservation and waving your arm in the street, you only have to wait a short time before your car arrives. By forcing the drivers to return “home” after a fare — which could be a long way if the driver lives outside of the city — the costs for each journey would be come financially and environmentally prohibitive. Liberté, égalité and fraternité? Maybe not in Uber’s case.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year single Google’s streaming dongle arrived on the backs of TVs, bringing easy streaming chops to the masses. As a proper celebration, the folks in Mountain View are thanking both current and new Chromecasters with three free months of Google Play Music All Access — starting today through September 30th. The company has been keen on adding new features to the accessory regularly, and in the festive announcement teased the ability to beam content while away from your WiFi and customizable homescreens as upcoming additions. Heck, with that bit of subscription savings, you’ll almost have enough for a second unit.
Source: Google Chrome Blog