How to watch Google Play videos on your iOS device

Apple has iTunes, Google has Play, and never the twain shall meet, right? Especially when it comes to sharing videos between the two platforms.

Surprise, surprise: If you’ve purchased a movie or TV show from the Google Play store, it’s actually possible to view it on your iOS device — no jailbreaking or other hoop-jumping required. Here’s how:

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Step 1: Install the YouTube app on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

Step 2: Run the app and sign into your YouTube account (which is the same as your Google/Gmail account).

Step 3: Tap the menu button in the top-left corner, or simply swipe to the right to reveal the menu.

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Step 4: Scroll down until you see Purchases, then tap it.

All your Google Play video purchases are accessible in the YouTube app for iOS.

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Step 5: You should see all your Google Play movies and TV shows. Tap the one you want to watch!

Surprisingly easy, no? Now for the bad news: There’s no opposite arrangement — no way to view iTunes purchases on your Google device. But it’s good to know you have another outlet for buying videos. And Google Play often offers freebies and discounts iTunes doesn’t. (Recently, for example, the store gave … [Read more]

    



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12 Types of New Year’s Eve Parties

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Thanks to cinematic fantasy and Ryan Seacrest, your New Year’s Eve expectations have never been more unrealistic

Every year, you trick yourself into thinking this will finally be the evening that you attend a party that’s straight out of The Great Gatsby, only to be disappointed when you end up on the couch, hanging out with your cat. (But seriously, is that really the worst evening you could imagine?)

Never fear, because there are plenty of other ways to ring in the new year by celebrating or just letting yourself down with unfulfilling plans Read more…

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The Legal Stoner’s Guide to Colorado’s New Marijuana Law

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On Jan. 1, Colorado will become the first state to allow the sale of “retail marijuana” since the federal government banned its recreational use in 1937

The state’s voters approved Amendment 64, which legalizes sale of the drug, on Nov. 6, 2012, and it was adopted to Colorado’s constitution about a month later. Since then, regulators have worked to establish guidelines to implement the historic change.

This is one of the most talked-about laws in recent memory, but many are still rather hazy on some of the specifics. To clear the air, we decided to take a closer look at the law and hash out the facts Read more…

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Diamonds Will Safeguard the Next Generation of U.S. Soldiers

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Designing military body armor is like racing without a finish line: Weaponry will always advance, so armor must constantly evolve. But races without ends still require leaders and trailers, and those who build armor are about to come out ahead, according to some experts.

As body armor advances, it provides improved protection and a more lightweight, better fit. Armor that weighs less makes soldiers more mobile, and it helps designers redistribute that weight to other parts of the armor so it can provide increased security. But there’s only so far that a product can advance using the same materials. Every so often, engineers experiment with a new way to protect soldiers — and this time, it’s with diamonds. Read more…

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8 Glittering Facts About the New Year’s Eve Ball

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At 11:59 pm EST on Dec. 31, the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball will begin its descent from the pole atop One Times Square in New York City. Each year, more than one billion people worldwide watch with bated breath, collectively counting down the seconds to a new year.

Among a night of musical performances and celebrity appearances, the glimmering New Year’s Eve Ball remains the true star of the show and the reason an estimated one million people head to Times Square for the festivities

Ring in 2014 with eight fun facts about the famous New Year’s Eve Ball. Read more…

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Archos Beats CES Rush and Unveils Step-Counting Fitness Tracker

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Wearable fitness trackers are sure to be a big trend at the 2014 International CES next week, and Archos is beating the rush by unveiling its candidate a few days early. The Archos Activity Tracker is a wristband that can measure your steps, view your history and let you compete with friends.

Similar to the Fitbit Force, the Archos band has a small display that can relay basic data, like the number of steps taken in a day or the amount of calories burned. A full charge of the battery is said to last an entire week, and it charges via USB, just like the Nike+ Fuelband.

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Stop With Your Coding Delusions

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Coding is, without a doubt, the must-have job skill of the 21st century — but it’s not really something you can use the “fake it till you make it” strategy on

In this comic, Krishna Sadasivam of PC Weenies proves that just because you can type and reboot your computer, you’re not automatically some sort of software engineer

Perhaps your 2014 resolution list should include taking some HTML classes.

Homepage image: iStockphoto, domin_domin. Comic illustration by Krishna Sadasivam, PC Weenies. Published with permission; all rights reserved. Read more…

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