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JR Raphael has been at 2 events

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Motorola Mobility1,361,349Join us for a live Hangout with Jim Wicks, lead designer of Moto 360, Motorola’s new watch powered by Android Wear. During the Hangout, Jim will discuss the design and style features that make Moto 360 unlike any watch on the market today. #Moto360 For more information visit our blog: http://goo.gl/yZ5b2a It’s Time: Meet Moto 3602014-03-19 19:00:006787  
Google+10,950,058The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033824  

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2015-08-13 15:20:41 (61 comments, 16 reshares, 187 +1s)Open 

Today's Samsung news in 14 words:

Two big Galaxy S6 phones -- one with a stylus and one with a curve.

Most reshares: 49

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2015-09-01 15:50:31 (60 comments, 49 reshares, 258 +1s)Open 

This is Google's new logo (yes, really!)

Love it? Hate it? I think I need some time to process before deciding.

It certainly does seem to fit more with the current design direction across Google's various products, though. No denying that.

More info here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/09/google-update.html

And here's where you can see what the new logo is really all about -- how it'll fit in with (and change) mobile search results and Google Now: http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2015/09/visual-updates-to-search-and-now-cards.html

Last but not least, a (very!) detailed explanation of the new logo's creation from a design perspective: https://design.google.com/articles/evolving-the-google-identity

Most plusones: 265

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2015-07-30 19:57:41 (32 comments, 30 reshares, 265 +1s)Open 

A handy new feature in Motorola's Moto Display

I noticed this while using the new Moto G this week: You can now see and control certain types of media playback from the bubble that pops up when you move or pick up your phone. 

I've only seen it happen while Chromecasting from Netflix so far -- not even from YouTube -- but maybe broader support is on the way. And maybe, just maybe, the same feature will make its way to previous-gen Moto devices at some point as well (pretty please, +Motorola Mobility?).

Via my two-day Moto G journal: 48 hours with the new Moto G: How does this phone cost $180?! - http://computerworld.com/article/2954577

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2015-09-02 20:32:43 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

This seems like a smart approach. It also includes a new option for (ahem) men with smaller wrists, which I'll be trying out soon.

The branding of "men's" vs. "women's" will spark some debate, I'm sure, but this is a watch. Most jewelry comes in men's and women's designs.

And as +Barbara Krasnoff points out, there's nothing keeping anyone from buying and wearing any model you like -- with this or any other watch. Worth noting, too, that all of the models can be customized within Moto Maker to have a variety of styles and appearances. The whole "build your own" system really shines in this domain.

(I may or may not be the dainty-wristed male reviewer mentioned in this article, incidentally. I have no further comment at this time.)

This seems like a smart approach. It also includes a new option for (ahem) men with smaller wrists, which I'll be trying out soon.

The branding of "men's" vs. "women's" will spark some debate, I'm sure, but this is a watch. Most jewelry comes in men's and women's designs.

And as +Barbara Krasnoff points out, there's nothing keeping anyone from buying and wearing any model you like -- with this or any other watch. Worth noting, too, that all of the models can be customized within Moto Maker to have a variety of styles and appearances. The whole "build your own" system really shines in this domain.

(I may or may not be the dainty-wristed male reviewer mentioned in this article, incidentally. I have no further comment at this time.)___

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2015-09-02 18:44:59 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

Attention, techie friends: Have you ever been contacted by a tech recruiter who said something so ridiculous, all you could do was laugh?

You know the kind of thing I'm talking about. I want to highlight some of the most amusing and absurd things tech recruiters say -- and I need your help.

If you have a funny tech recruiter story you're willing to share, email me at jr.queries [at] gmail or just fill out the Google Docs form at the link below. Either way, your anonymity is absolutely guaranteed; I won't use your name unless you want me to, and I definitely won't use the name of the company that contacted you.

Not looking to get anyone in trouble here -- just looking to collect and share a bunch of funny tech recruiter tales!

The form is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pmYw9SzauisRO9gNy26en5o6Z67biFhT-f2y3hjCQUE
... more »

Attention, techie friends: Have you ever been contacted by a tech recruiter who said something so ridiculous, all you could do was laugh?

You know the kind of thing I'm talking about. I want to highlight some of the most amusing and absurd things tech recruiters say -- and I need your help.

If you have a funny tech recruiter story you're willing to share, email me at jr.queries [at] gmail or just fill out the Google Docs form at the link below. Either way, your anonymity is absolutely guaranteed; I won't use your name unless you want me to, and I definitely won't use the name of the company that contacted you.

Not looking to get anyone in trouble here -- just looking to collect and share a bunch of funny tech recruiter tales!

The form is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pmYw9SzauisRO9gNy26en5o6Z67biFhT-f2y3hjCQUE

Thanks in advance -- and stay tuned for the results. :-)___

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2015-09-02 15:41:13 (54 comments, 6 reshares, 205 +1s)Open 

Saying your phone has a 4K display is like saying your sheets have a thread count of 5000. At a certain point, numbers stop having practical meaning.

Saying your phone has a 4K display is like saying your sheets have a thread count of 5000. At a certain point, numbers stop having practical meaning.___

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2015-09-01 21:24:10 (31 comments, 6 reshares, 150 +1s)Open 

So, yeah -- that's...different.

So, yeah -- that's...different.___

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2015-09-01 18:28:47 (26 comments, 8 reshares, 130 +1s)Open 

What's most impressive about the OnePlus 2 isn't the phone itself; it's the fact that its manufacturer has managed to make people care.

Some thoughts:

What's most impressive about the OnePlus 2 isn't the phone itself; it's the fact that its manufacturer has managed to make people care.

Some thoughts:___

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2015-09-01 16:51:09 (14 comments, 11 reshares, 142 +1s)Open 

One more thing: Here's the new G+ logo to match Google's updated look.

Hmmmmmmmm.

(via https://twitter.com/GooglePlus/status/638754949732499456)

(Context: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JRRaphael/posts/8FL42dXDpMo)

One more thing: Here's the new G+ logo to match Google's updated look.

Hmmmmmmmm.

(via https://twitter.com/GooglePlus/status/638754949732499456)

(Context: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JRRaphael/posts/8FL42dXDpMo)___

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2015-09-01 15:50:31 (60 comments, 49 reshares, 258 +1s)Open 

This is Google's new logo (yes, really!)

Love it? Hate it? I think I need some time to process before deciding.

It certainly does seem to fit more with the current design direction across Google's various products, though. No denying that.

More info here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/09/google-update.html

And here's where you can see what the new logo is really all about -- how it'll fit in with (and change) mobile search results and Google Now: http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2015/09/visual-updates-to-search-and-now-cards.html

Last but not least, a (very!) detailed explanation of the new logo's creation from a design perspective: https://design.google.com/articles/evolving-the-google-identity

This is Google's new logo (yes, really!)

Love it? Hate it? I think I need some time to process before deciding.

It certainly does seem to fit more with the current design direction across Google's various products, though. No denying that.

More info here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/09/google-update.html

And here's where you can see what the new logo is really all about -- how it'll fit in with (and change) mobile search results and Google Now: http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2015/09/visual-updates-to-search-and-now-cards.html

Last but not least, a (very!) detailed explanation of the new logo's creation from a design perspective: https://design.google.com/articles/evolving-the-google-identity___

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2015-08-31 19:22:37 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Wait a minute...what?!

I did a bit of a double-take when I saw the names on this G+ Collections notification. Had to go back and give it a closer look.

(And no, it wasn't that Sergey and Larry. But seriously -- what are the odds?)

Wait a minute...what?!

I did a bit of a double-take when I saw the names on this G+ Collections notification. Had to go back and give it a closer look.

(And no, it wasn't that Sergey and Larry. But seriously -- what are the odds?)___

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2015-08-31 18:21:56 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

What to expect in terms of mobile tech announcements this week (EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW!):

What to expect in terms of mobile tech announcements this week (EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW!):___

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2015-08-31 16:25:37 (25 comments, 6 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

I'll admit when I'm wrong:¹ Android Wear and Apple Watch are now officially going head to head.² Well, sort of. To be fair, I'm still not sure this is much of a "battle" in any broad sense.

No third-party apps on iOS.³ Limited third-party face support.⁴ No actions on notifications. Works only with one watch model so far. This is all just....strange. Almost feels more like a proof of concept than anything at this point.

But still: I was technically wrong. And this crow sure is delicious.

¹ http://www.computerworld.com/article/2876546/apple-watch-vs-android-wear.html
² http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/android-wear-now-works-with-iphones.html
³ http://www.fastcompany.com/3050481/tech-forecast/android-wear-watches-come-to-the-iphone-but-no-third-party-apps
⁴ https://plus.google.com/+WaynePiekarski/posts/Xev7d4tN6ka

I'll admit when I'm wrong:¹ Android Wear and Apple Watch are now officially going head to head.² Well, sort of. To be fair, I'm still not sure this is much of a "battle" in any broad sense.

No third-party apps on iOS.³ Limited third-party face support.⁴ No actions on notifications. Works only with one watch model so far. This is all just....strange. Almost feels more like a proof of concept than anything at this point.

But still: I was technically wrong. And this crow sure is delicious.

¹ http://www.computerworld.com/article/2876546/apple-watch-vs-android-wear.html
² http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/android-wear-now-works-with-iphones.html
³ http://www.fastcompany.com/3050481/tech-forecast/android-wear-watches-come-to-the-iphone-but-no-third-party-apps
⁴ https://plus.google.com/+WaynePiekarski/posts/Xev7d4tN6ka___

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2015-08-28 16:53:31 (6 comments, 37 reshares, 160 +1s)Open 

Some of my favorite ways to make Chrome faster and more efficient.

Some of my favorite ways to make Chrome faster and more efficient.___

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2015-08-28 15:30:07 (29 comments, 4 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

I finally put my finger on what's off about this design. My real-world review of the S6 Edge+ (in, fitting with the phone, a slightly unusual form):

I finally put my finger on what's off about this design. My real-world review of the S6 Edge+ (in, fitting with the phone, a slightly unusual form):___

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2015-08-27 18:49:02 (22 comments, 14 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

A solid starter pack, with a few advanced tools thrown in for good measure.

A solid starter pack, with a few advanced tools thrown in for good measure.___

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2015-08-27 16:44:19 (17 comments, 4 reshares, 134 +1s)Open 

The phone company's phone system has gone rogue

(Aka: How AT&T is driving me and a bunch of other people batty today)

Our +AT&T home Internet service was down all day yesterday. Now, AT&T's automated system won't stop calling to tell me a technician is on the way at 4:00 (even though everything's been back up and running since about 5:00 last night).

Calls came in every 30 minutes till about 8:30 last night. They started up again this morning and are now coming in every five minutes.

A rep at the call center says these nonstop spam calls are going out to every "active" customer in their support system and they haven't figured out how to stop them. Management is working on it, but it evidently involves something related to another department and so they haven't made much headway. There is no estimated time of... more »

The phone company's phone system has gone rogue

(Aka: How AT&T is driving me and a bunch of other people batty today)

Our +AT&T home Internet service was down all day yesterday. Now, AT&T's automated system won't stop calling to tell me a technician is on the way at 4:00 (even though everything's been back up and running since about 5:00 last night).

Calls came in every 30 minutes till about 8:30 last night. They started up again this morning and are now coming in every five minutes.

A rep at the call center says these nonstop spam calls are going out to every "active" customer in their support system and they haven't figured out how to stop them. Management is working on it, but it evidently involves something related to another department and so they haven't made much headway. There is no estimated time of resolution.

If only, you know, they had the power of a major national telecommunications company to help solve this telecommunications problem.

SAVE ME, GOOGLE FIBER. The nation needs you. Everywhere. Now.___

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2015-08-27 15:49:16 (24 comments, 7 reshares, 119 +1s)Open 

As long as you're okay with its size, the Note 5 is without a doubt the top choice within the Samsung smartphone universe right now. The bigger question is whether a Samsung device is necessarily right for you.

A lot to think about with this phone. My full real-world review:

As long as you're okay with its size, the Note 5 is without a doubt the top choice within the Samsung smartphone universe right now. The bigger question is whether a Samsung device is necessarily right for you.

A lot to think about with this phone. My full real-world review:___

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2015-08-26 18:22:27 (52 comments, 37 reshares, 260 +1s)Open 

After years of oppression, the ball is finally in our court.

A story you'll want to read:

After years of oppression, the ball is finally in our court.

A story you'll want to read:___

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2015-08-25 15:24:56 (23 comments, 10 reshares, 145 +1s)Open 

Today's lesson: Shoving something in the wrong way can make things break.

Interpret and apply as broadly as you wish.

Today's lesson: Shoving something in the wrong way can make things break.

Interpret and apply as broadly as you wish.___

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2015-08-24 19:13:26 (15 comments, 16 reshares, 159 +1s)Open 

"Replacing a wireless router is like getting a root canal."

Great analogy regarding Google's OnHub. Good design is all about making parts of our lives easier -- even enjoyable. Nowhere needs that more desperately than areas like routers and thermostats.

I love the idea of companies applying good design to boring products that are awful to use. I hope we see more and more of that over time.

"Replacing a wireless router is like getting a root canal."

Great analogy regarding Google's OnHub. Good design is all about making parts of our lives easier -- even enjoyable. Nowhere needs that more desperately than areas like routers and thermostats.

I love the idea of companies applying good design to boring products that are awful to use. I hope we see more and more of that over time.___

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2015-08-24 16:04:59 (19 comments, 5 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

I expected the déjà vu, but I didn't expect the revelation that'd follow.

I expected the déjà vu, but I didn't expect the revelation that'd follow.___

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2015-08-21 16:11:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

I Blerged! Some fun (and highly geeky) Friday listening for ya.

New episode of The Blerg is out, in which +JR Raphael and I discuss all things Marshmallow and a whole heap more!

theblerg.net/podcast/11___I Blerged! Some fun (and highly geeky) Friday listening for ya.

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2015-08-20 16:29:22 (6 comments, 6 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

A new "How I use Android" profile -- featuring Nova Launcher developer +Kevin Barry!

You know Nova Launcher, right? (Of course you do.) The app is one of the best illustrations of Android's flexibility and customization potential, so it's no surprise it's been a power-user favorite for years.

That's why it was also a no-brainer for me to ask Nova's creator to be a part of my "How I use Android" series. Kevin Barry has had a huge impact on how so many of us use Android. Now it's time to see how he uses it himself.

From his favorite apps and devices to the ins and outs of his own home screen setup, it's all here:

A new "How I use Android" profile -- featuring Nova Launcher developer +Kevin Barry!

You know Nova Launcher, right? (Of course you do.) The app is one of the best illustrations of Android's flexibility and customization potential, so it's no surprise it's been a power-user favorite for years.

That's why it was also a no-brainer for me to ask Nova's creator to be a part of my "How I use Android" series. Kevin Barry has had a huge impact on how so many of us use Android. Now it's time to see how he uses it himself.

From his favorite apps and devices to the ins and outs of his own home screen setup, it's all here:___

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2015-08-20 13:43:25 (30 comments, 12 reshares, 137 +1s)Open 

So, yeah -- I'd say that new Wear update with native support for interactive faces is definitely on the way today...

Update: There she is:  http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2015/08/android-wear-stay-connected-with.html

And also, this: http://googletranslate.blogspot.com/2015/08/watch-your-language-44-of-them-actually.html

So, yeah -- I'd say that new Wear update with native support for interactive faces is definitely on the way today...

Update: There she is:  http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2015/08/android-wear-stay-connected-with.html

And also, this: http://googletranslate.blogspot.com/2015/08/watch-your-language-44-of-them-actually.html___

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2015-08-19 21:37:17 (12 comments, 8 reshares, 165 +1s)Open 

Discovery: It's possible to write a message in Inbox, save it as a draft, and then snooze the draft so that it appears in your inbox at a future date/time (presumably when you want to send it).

Next: We need the ability to cut out the extra step and fully schedule a message to be sent at a future date/time -- "snooze to send," so to speak. 

That kind of thing has been possible via third-party Gmail add-ons for a while (hiya, boomeranggmail.com), but having it available natively in Inbox would make a lot of sense and be a useful touch.

Discovery: It's possible to write a message in Inbox, save it as a draft, and then snooze the draft so that it appears in your inbox at a future date/time (presumably when you want to send it).

Next: We need the ability to cut out the extra step and fully schedule a message to be sent at a future date/time -- "snooze to send," so to speak. 

That kind of thing has been possible via third-party Gmail add-ons for a while (hiya, boomeranggmail.com), but having it available natively in Inbox would make a lot of sense and be a useful touch.___

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2015-08-19 16:19:38 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 96 +1s)Open 

Oh no: It's the annual list of "fun facts about this year's college freshman" -- aka "things that will make you feel really, really old."

A few random highlights:

They have never licked a postage stamp.

Google has always been there, in its founding words, “to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible."

If you say “around the turn of the century,” they may well ask you, “which one?”

The full list is here: http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2019 

Prepare to say things like "kids these days," "Jiminy Christmas," and "aw, fiddlesticks!" upon reading.

Oh no: It's the annual list of "fun facts about this year's college freshman" -- aka "things that will make you feel really, really old."

A few random highlights:

They have never licked a postage stamp.

Google has always been there, in its founding words, “to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible."

If you say “around the turn of the century,” they may well ask you, “which one?”

The full list is here: http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/2019 

Prepare to say things like "kids these days," "Jiminy Christmas," and "aw, fiddlesticks!" upon reading.___

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2015-08-19 14:21:17 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Awesome deal on what I'd consider to be the best all-around Wear device out there right now. (Been wearing one myself since shortly after its debut.)

Awesome deal on what I'd consider to be the best all-around Wear device out there right now. (Been wearing one myself since shortly after its debut.)___

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2015-08-18 23:06:43 (41 comments, 5 reshares, 157 +1s)Open 

Gotta say -- I love Google+, but it's definitely not something I'd consider an essential service for the majority of users. And in my book, apps that don't fall into that category have no business being preloaded on new devices.

There's an argument to be made for preloading things like Drive/Docs, Gmail, Photos, and Maps on new Android devices. Play Music, Movies, Newsstand -- okay. You may or may not use them all yourself, but the notion of providing them as basic foundational services makes sense. Lots of people are going to look for ways to accomplish the functions those apps provide, and having that functionality readily available as a native part of the system -- the core "Google services package" on a Google Android phone -- makes for a good user experience.

But an interest-driven social network? Let's be honest: Without Photos attached, considering... more »

Gotta say -- I love Google+, but it's definitely not something I'd consider an essential service for the majority of users. And in my book, apps that don't fall into that category have no business being preloaded on new devices.

There's an argument to be made for preloading things like Drive/Docs, Gmail, Photos, and Maps on new Android devices. Play Music, Movies, Newsstand -- okay. You may or may not use them all yourself, but the notion of providing them as basic foundational services makes sense. Lots of people are going to look for ways to accomplish the functions those apps provide, and having that functionality readily available as a native part of the system -- the core "Google services package" on a Google Android phone -- makes for a good user experience.

But an interest-driven social network? Let's be honest: Without Photos attached, considering that a core system-level asset is a bit of a stretch. Having it absent from the list of "stock Android" apps doesn't bother me a bit. In fact, I think it might actually be a step in the right direction. And I'm as big a fan of G+ as anyone.

If you want it, go download it. Easy enough, right?___

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2015-08-18 18:19:39 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

Full number jumps have generally been limited to Android releases with sweeping visual overhauls. So why is Marshmallow -- which, like some past releases, packs plenty of significant changes but doesn't feel like a whole new OS -- getting the honor of its own point-zero number?

Some thoughts and perspective on a burning question:

Full number jumps have generally been limited to Android releases with sweeping visual overhauls. So why is Marshmallow -- which, like some past releases, packs plenty of significant changes but doesn't feel like a whole new OS -- getting the honor of its own point-zero number?

Some thoughts and perspective on a burning question:___

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2015-08-17 20:28:47 (21 comments, 18 reshares, 171 +1s)Open 

Nice -- a new standalone Web interface for Hangouts!

We are launching another way to use Hangouts today.  From our new site you'll be able to take advantage of the best of Hangouts in the browser, along with an inspiring image to get you through the day. Check it out and let us know what you think.

https://hangouts.google.com ___Nice -- a new standalone Web interface for Hangouts!

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2015-08-17 20:02:28 (15 comments, 14 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

I highly recommend watching this video in honor of today's Android M announcement. 

It may simultaneously be the best and the worst thing I have ever seen.

(And yes, for anyone wondering: This is where the GIF in my last post came from.)

I highly recommend watching this video in honor of today's Android M announcement. 

It may simultaneously be the best and the worst thing I have ever seen.

(And yes, for anyone wondering: This is where the GIF in my last post came from.)___

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2015-08-17 18:54:54 (47 comments, 7 reshares, 135 +1s)Open 

I must admit, I'm slightly surprised to see that Android M is gonna be 6.0. It seems more like a 0.1-level bump based on everything we know so far.

But then again, there's no telling what actually goes into these decisions. The negative connotations surrounding the initial 5.0 release could always be a factor.

Or maybe Now on Tap is going to be transformative enough to justify the number bump (see my up-close look: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2931084).

I must admit, I'm slightly surprised to see that Android M is gonna be 6.0. It seems more like a 0.1-level bump based on everything we know so far.

But then again, there's no telling what actually goes into these decisions. The negative connotations surrounding the initial 5.0 release could always be a factor.

Or maybe Now on Tap is going to be transformative enough to justify the number bump (see my up-close look: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2931084).___

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2015-08-13 19:34:53 (9 comments, 21 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

Make Google Docs do more

A few weeks ago, I shared a list of useful apps for expanding what Google Drive can do¹. Here's the second part of that story -- eight additional add-ons specific to Docs and Sheets.

These go a long way in filling in features missing from the apps, ranging from basic stuff like changing letter case to more advanced options like chart and diagram creation.

Take a peek and see which make sense for you:

http://www.infoworld.com/article/2953182



¹ The original list, focused on Drive itself: https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/AhJuoafsS4D

Make Google Docs do more

A few weeks ago, I shared a list of useful apps for expanding what Google Drive can do¹. Here's the second part of that story -- eight additional add-ons specific to Docs and Sheets.

These go a long way in filling in features missing from the apps, ranging from basic stuff like changing letter case to more advanced options like chart and diagram creation.

Take a peek and see which make sense for you:

http://www.infoworld.com/article/2953182



¹ The original list, focused on Drive itself: https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/AhJuoafsS4D___

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2015-08-13 18:02:21 (25 comments, 19 reshares, 149 +1s)Open 

This looks insanely impressive. And here's the really crazy part: It starts at $399.

This looks insanely impressive. And here's the really crazy part: It starts at $399.___

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2015-08-13 15:20:41 (61 comments, 16 reshares, 187 +1s)Open 

Today's Samsung news in 14 words:

Two big Galaxy S6 phones -- one with a stylus and one with a curve.

Today's Samsung news in 14 words:

Two big Galaxy S6 phones -- one with a stylus and one with a curve.___

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2015-08-12 16:09:04 (46 comments, 27 reshares, 191 +1s)Open 

After nearly a year of evolution, Inbox has become the email service I never knew I needed -- with a few important asterisks.

Some detailed thoughts on what's changed (and how I've fixed the remaining pain points on my own):

After nearly a year of evolution, Inbox has become the email service I never knew I needed -- with a few important asterisks.

Some detailed thoughts on what's changed (and how I've fixed the remaining pain points on my own):___

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2015-08-11 18:21:38 (17 comments, 7 reshares, 205 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-11 14:58:53 (30 comments, 11 reshares, 135 +1s)Open 

Food for thought: Nest is no longer part of Google with the new Alphabet reorg. 

Tony Fadell is in charge of Google Glass.

Is Glass still a "Google" project? 

Food for thought: Nest is no longer part of Google with the new Alphabet reorg. 

Tony Fadell is in charge of Google Glass.

Is Glass still a "Google" project? ___

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2015-08-10 22:05:06 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 123 +1s)Open 

I'm thinking about starting a vegetable gambling company called AlfalfaBet. Because it's fun to say, and people might think I own Google.

I'm thinking about starting a vegetable gambling company called AlfalfaBet. Because it's fun to say, and people might think I own Google.___

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2015-08-10 21:05:42 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 142 +1s)Open 

If Google were being REALLY Googley about this, it would have made the announcement on April 1st and left everyone guessing.

If Google were being REALLY Googley about this, it would have made the announcement on April 1st and left everyone guessing.___

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2015-08-10 20:49:45 (16 comments, 18 reshares, 240 +1s)Open 

Wow -- big changes. The buried lead: Sundar Pichai is now the CEO of Google.

Wow -- big changes. The buried lead: Sundar Pichai is now the CEO of Google.___

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2015-08-10 14:25:56 (6 comments, 10 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

+Phil Nickinson delivers some important perspective on this latest Android security brouhaha. If you didn't catch his column over the weekend, it's worth reading (and resharing) now.

Seriously, how many times are we gonna see this same misguided and sensational reaction to a "ZOMG ANDROID EMERGENCY!" story? Déjà f'n vu. It'd almost be comical at this point if there weren't so many people who get needlessly scared by the context-free coverage every time.

(See also: https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/hymBdtpThxA)

+Phil Nickinson delivers some important perspective on this latest Android security brouhaha. If you didn't catch his column over the weekend, it's worth reading (and resharing) now.

Seriously, how many times are we gonna see this same misguided and sensational reaction to a "ZOMG ANDROID EMERGENCY!" story? Déjà f'n vu. It'd almost be comical at this point if there weren't so many people who get needlessly scared by the context-free coverage every time.

(See also: https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/hymBdtpThxA)___

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2015-08-06 16:32:02 (9 comments, 10 reshares, 110 +1s)Open 

A new "How I use Android" profile -- featuring developer extraordinaire +Chris Lacy!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Chris Lacy is one of the most interesting and innovative developers out there today. 

He took time out of his busy (!) schedule to share some thoughts on his own personal Android setup -- including why he left the Galaxy S6 behind and how he gets by with a single home screen panel.

Check it out for yourself:

A new "How I use Android" profile -- featuring developer extraordinaire +Chris Lacy!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Chris Lacy is one of the most interesting and innovative developers out there today. 

He took time out of his busy (!) schedule to share some thoughts on his own personal Android setup -- including why he left the Galaxy S6 behind and how he gets by with a single home screen panel.

Check it out for yourself:___

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2015-08-06 14:53:10 (12 comments, 7 reshares, 154 +1s)Open 

Misleading and sensational headlines about theoretical mobile security threats are the modern-day version of "If it bleeds, it leads."

That, and a touch of the classic: What you don't know about your toaster oven could kill you! The details, tonight at 11.

Misleading and sensational headlines about theoretical mobile security threats are the modern-day version of "If it bleeds, it leads."

That, and a touch of the classic: What you don't know about your toaster oven could kill you! The details, tonight at 11.___

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2015-08-05 19:40:48 (15 comments, 23 reshares, 210 +1s)Open 

This seems like an appropriate week to reshare this gem.

(via http://www.esarcasm.com/24415/upgrade-emotions)

This seems like an appropriate week to reshare this gem.

(via http://www.esarcasm.com/24415/upgrade-emotions)___

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2015-08-05 15:05:38 (20 comments, 4 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Not sure I care for the way Hover is handling such a disconcerting event. 

A little transparency goes a long way in situations like these, and Hover seems to be doing the exact opposite -- trying to avoid talking about it in any detail (or in any public forum beyond these rather alarming emails sent to customers last night).

The whole "we reset your password, and if you can't log in, use the 'I forgot my password' option" also rubs me the wrong way. 

Not what you want to see from a company with whom you trust some of your most valued digital possessions.

Not sure I care for the way Hover is handling such a disconcerting event. 

A little transparency goes a long way in situations like these, and Hover seems to be doing the exact opposite -- trying to avoid talking about it in any detail (or in any public forum beyond these rather alarming emails sent to customers last night).

The whole "we reset your password, and if you can't log in, use the 'I forgot my password' option" also rubs me the wrong way. 

Not what you want to see from a company with whom you trust some of your most valued digital possessions.___

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2015-08-04 19:13:45 (31 comments, 18 reshares, 178 +1s)Open 

Sony puts out way too many phones for its own good, but I hope there is a Z5 Compact this year -- and I hope it actually launches in the U.S.

We're starting to have a deficit of high-end Android phones that (a) have excellent software + user experiences and (b) aren't enormous. A readily available Sony Compact flagship -- especially with Sony's ongoing efforts to refine its approach to Android -- could go a long way in filling that void. 

And it could be just the type of opportunity a company in Sony's position would be wise to seize right now.

(Graphic via Daily Infographic: http://dailyinfographic.com/mobile-phone-size-evolution)

Sony puts out way too many phones for its own good, but I hope there is a Z5 Compact this year -- and I hope it actually launches in the U.S.

We're starting to have a deficit of high-end Android phones that (a) have excellent software + user experiences and (b) aren't enormous. A readily available Sony Compact flagship -- especially with Sony's ongoing efforts to refine its approach to Android -- could go a long way in filling that void. 

And it could be just the type of opportunity a company in Sony's position would be wise to seize right now.

(Graphic via Daily Infographic: http://dailyinfographic.com/mobile-phone-size-evolution)___

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2015-08-04 16:32:00 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

What to make of the Axon? I'm honestly not sure -- and I think that's the real problem: I can't figure out for whom this phone makes sense.

This is a weird one, gang. A detailed tour of my two-day journey:

What to make of the Axon? I'm honestly not sure -- and I think that's the real problem: I can't figure out for whom this phone makes sense.

This is a weird one, gang. A detailed tour of my two-day journey:___

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2015-08-04 14:35:07 (1 comments, 12 reshares, 215 +1s)Open 

My response to why Chromebooks can be compelling (beyond just the low entry price):

I think the idea of getting rid of Windows can be a key part of it (which is the case for me personally and for a lot of other folks I talk to) -- having a simple experience that "just works" and doesn't involve all the old-school computing hassles like drivers, compatibility errors, virus worries and the need to buy and run anti-virus software, systems slowing down over time, annoying manual OS and app updates, etc etc.

I guess that all falls under the broad banner of "simplicity." No matter the price, Windows is not and likely never will be simple.

I was having a good discussion on Twitter that I spurred with this comment: "Calling Windows 10 Cloudbooks "Chromebook Killers" is like calling a VW Bus a "Rally Car Killer"."

Most of the convo responses were around price; people buy Chromebooks solely because they're cheap. Perhaps, but that's only part of the equation. Another response was around Windows 10 being easier to centrally manage in schools; that's simply not true. 

I suggested it's a combination of price and simplicity. What do you think -- especially if you do use a Chromebook: Why did you get one and why do you keep using it (or why do you no longer use it)?___My response to why Chromebooks can be compelling (beyond just the low entry price):

I think the idea of getting rid of Windows can be a key part of it (which is the case for me personally and for a lot of other folks I talk to) -- having a simple experience that "just works" and doesn't involve all the old-school computing hassles like drivers, compatibility errors, virus worries and the need to buy and run anti-virus software, systems slowing down over time, annoying manual OS and app updates, etc etc.

I guess that all falls under the broad banner of "simplicity." No matter the price, Windows is not and likely never will be simple.

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2015-08-03 19:42:00 (32 comments, 10 reshares, 225 +1s)Open 

Motorola just seriously messed things up for other low-cost phone manufacturers

Remember how impressed I was with the Moto G's camera¹? I've now moved on to the ZTE Axon. This image, taken with the Axon, pretty much says it all.

What's really crazy is that the Moto G costs $180 while the Axon costs $450.

This is one of those moments when you realize how quickly and significantly a standard can change.

¹ https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/B8s49ZgUGJG

Motorola just seriously messed things up for other low-cost phone manufacturers

Remember how impressed I was with the Moto G's camera¹? I've now moved on to the ZTE Axon. This image, taken with the Axon, pretty much says it all.

What's really crazy is that the Moto G costs $180 while the Axon costs $450.

This is one of those moments when you realize how quickly and significantly a standard can change.

¹ https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/B8s49ZgUGJG___

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2015-08-03 17:01:07 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 124 +1s)Open 

I enjoy the curmudgeons who take the time to comment on smartphone reviews and complain that they devote too much attention to things like hardware, design, and user experience¹ and not enough attention to call-making ability².

Keep up the good fight, my friends³. 

¹ You know, the actual differentiating factors between devices and the areas most people think about when choosing a smartphone these days.

² Something that's pretty much a given and best described as "fine" on most reasonable smartphones in this day and age, provided the network -- the real significant variable in most cases -- is up to par wherever you happen to be standing.

³ I loved your work in Muppets Most Wanted. Any chance I can get an autograph?

I enjoy the curmudgeons who take the time to comment on smartphone reviews and complain that they devote too much attention to things like hardware, design, and user experience¹ and not enough attention to call-making ability².

Keep up the good fight, my friends³. 

¹ You know, the actual differentiating factors between devices and the areas most people think about when choosing a smartphone these days.

² Something that's pretty much a given and best described as "fine" on most reasonable smartphones in this day and age, provided the network -- the real significant variable in most cases -- is up to par wherever you happen to be standing.

³ I loved your work in Muppets Most Wanted. Any chance I can get an autograph?___

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2015-07-30 19:57:41 (32 comments, 30 reshares, 265 +1s)Open 

A handy new feature in Motorola's Moto Display

I noticed this while using the new Moto G this week: You can now see and control certain types of media playback from the bubble that pops up when you move or pick up your phone. 

I've only seen it happen while Chromecasting from Netflix so far -- not even from YouTube -- but maybe broader support is on the way. And maybe, just maybe, the same feature will make its way to previous-gen Moto devices at some point as well (pretty please, +Motorola Mobility?).

Via my two-day Moto G journal: 48 hours with the new Moto G: How does this phone cost $180?! - http://computerworld.com/article/2954577

A handy new feature in Motorola's Moto Display

I noticed this while using the new Moto G this week: You can now see and control certain types of media playback from the bubble that pops up when you move or pick up your phone. 

I've only seen it happen while Chromecasting from Netflix so far -- not even from YouTube -- but maybe broader support is on the way. And maybe, just maybe, the same feature will make its way to previous-gen Moto devices at some point as well (pretty please, +Motorola Mobility?).

Via my two-day Moto G journal: 48 hours with the new Moto G: How does this phone cost $180?! - http://computerworld.com/article/2954577___

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