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JR Raphael

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I write about the human side of technology. I'm the executive word-chef of Android Intelligence. I am not -- I repeat, NOT -- an amphibian.

Occupation: Writer (Android Intelligence and beyond)

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Android Central339,170*Note: We're recording a day early this week* The Nexus 5X is shipping, so we figured we'd film ourselves fondling the box for an hour or so.  We'll also answer your questions live on air. And @108233028875375016776 is joining us! See y'all *Thursday*.Android Central Podcast Ep. 259 — Live recording!2015-10-22 20:00:0037  
Motorola Mobility1,458,176Join 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 19:00:006758  
Google+12,644,607The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033679  

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2016-04-13 21:11:39 (37 comments; 28 reshares; 144 +1s)Open 

http://google.com/save

Hmmmmmmmmm.

(See also: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/save-to-google/meoeeoaohbmgbocpdpnjklmfmjjagkkf)

Most reshares: 40

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2016-02-23 17:36:42 (19 comments; 40 reshares; 211 +1s)Open 

This is important. Lots of misleading info floating around out there right now.

There's been a lot of buzz lately about CloudReady -- a free service that makes it easy to convert old computers into Chromebook-like systems.

But you know what? Cool as it is, there's much more to the software than meets the eye -- and the surface-level summaries you'll find in most articles on the subject don't even come close to covering all the relevant bases.

I installed the software myself and also spent some time chatting with the company to get a full understanding of what you do and don't get with a CloudReady-converted computer. Here's the lowdown on what you need to know:

Most plusones: 211

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2016-02-23 17:36:42 (19 comments; 40 reshares; 211 +1s)Open 

This is important. Lots of misleading info floating around out there right now.

There's been a lot of buzz lately about CloudReady -- a free service that makes it easy to convert old computers into Chromebook-like systems.

But you know what? Cool as it is, there's much more to the software than meets the eye -- and the surface-level summaries you'll find in most articles on the subject don't even come close to covering all the relevant bases.

I installed the software myself and also spent some time chatting with the company to get a full understanding of what you do and don't get with a CloudReady-converted computer. Here's the lowdown on what you need to know:

Latest 50 posts

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2016-04-28 16:25:22 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 47 +1s)Open 

Introducing a new series: Awesome Android Home Screens!

Featuring exceptional home screen setups -- and how you can implement them on your own device.

Up first is a clever card-based creation I call the Sliding Stacker:

Introducing a new series: Awesome Android Home Screens!

Featuring exceptional home screen setups -- and how you can implement them on your own device.

Up first is a clever card-based creation I call the Sliding Stacker:___

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2016-04-26 15:23:40 (18 comments; 12 reshares; 188 +1s)Open 

Step back for a minute. There's much more to this story than meets the eye.

Step back for a minute. There's much more to this story than meets the eye.___

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2016-04-21 17:04:16 (30 comments; 6 reshares; 161 +1s)Open 

Some really interesting stuff is happening here -- and I think a lot of folks are missing the forest for the trees.

Some really interesting stuff is happening here -- and I think a lot of folks are missing the forest for the trees.___

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2016-04-21 14:37:06 (18 comments; 0 reshares; 70 +1s)Open 

What a way to start the day! Thanks to everyone who's listened so far.

[http://pca.st/androidintel]

What a way to start the day! Thanks to everyone who's listened so far.

[http://pca.st/androidintel]___

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2016-04-20 18:40:13 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 80 +1s)Open 

A quick update on podcast availability

FYI, for everyone who's asked: You can now find the Android Intelligence podcast via search in Pocket Casts. Took a little longer than expected, but everything's officially indexed and available!

(You can also use the fancy new http://pca.st/androidintel link to open the show directly into your Pocket Casts player.)

Android Intelligence is also now readily available in Stitcher [http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=87788&refid=stpr], Player FM [https://player.fm/series/android-intelligence], Google Play Music [https://goo.gl/hG4INR], and even iTunes [https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/android-intelligence/id1105166538] -- yes, really! -- among other podcasting apps.

If there's somewhere you'd like to listen to the show but can't find it, please let me know and I'll see what I can do about getting... more »

A quick update on podcast availability

FYI, for everyone who's asked: You can now find the Android Intelligence podcast via search in Pocket Casts. Took a little longer than expected, but everything's officially indexed and available!

(You can also use the fancy new http://pca.st/androidintel link to open the show directly into your Pocket Casts player.)

Android Intelligence is also now readily available in Stitcher [http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=87788&refid=stpr], Player FM [https://player.fm/series/android-intelligence], Google Play Music [https://goo.gl/hG4INR], and even iTunes [https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/android-intelligence/id1105166538] -- yes, really! -- among other podcasting apps.

If there's somewhere you'd like to listen to the show but can't find it, please let me know and I'll see what I can do about getting it added.

Thanks for your patience getting all the first-week kinks worked out. And if you've already listened to the first episode, take a minute to spread the word about the show to someone else who might enjoy it, won't ya?___

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2016-04-20 16:06:11 (8 comments; 23 reshares; 116 +1s)Open 

Some neat new features in Inbox

Three new additions that all look pretty handy -- including one that makes it easier than ever to save links to your inbox and then view them all together in a single organized place:

https://gmail.googleblog.com/2016/04/inbox-by-gmail-better-way-to-keep-track.html

Really enjoying how this app is evolving.

Some neat new features in Inbox

Three new additions that all look pretty handy -- including one that makes it easier than ever to save links to your inbox and then view them all together in a single organized place:

https://gmail.googleblog.com/2016/04/inbox-by-gmail-better-way-to-keep-track.html

Really enjoying how this app is evolving.___

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2016-04-20 14:28:12 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 34 +1s)Open 

Interesting. I always enjoy hearing about the thought process behind logos and other visual design work.

+Liam Spradlin explained his process designing the new Android Intelligence logo here, incidentally, if you're interested: http://www.liamspradlin.com/#/android-intelligence-branding

It was a lot of fun being on that side of that action and seeing something evolve from an abstract idea into a polished (and pretty spot on, if I say so myself) final product.

Interesting. I always enjoy hearing about the thought process behind logos and other visual design work.

+Liam Spradlin explained his process designing the new Android Intelligence logo here, incidentally, if you're interested: http://www.liamspradlin.com/#/android-intelligence-branding

It was a lot of fun being on that side of that action and seeing something evolve from an abstract idea into a polished (and pretty spot on, if I say so myself) final product.___

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2016-04-19 15:59:54 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

A new How I Use Android profile -- featuring Pocket Casts developer and podcast host +Russell Ivanovic!

We've been talking a lot about podcasts lately, so who better to bring into the "How I use Android" fold than the guy behind one of Android's best podcast players?

Russell spilled (and then refused to clean up) the beans about his own Android-using habits -- including why he believes cases are evil, why his home screen has an ominous-looking "Tracking" folder, and why he keeps thinking about but then deciding against developing his own RSS app.

So what are you waiting for? Grab the nearest legumes, and feast your face on this:

A new How I Use Android profile -- featuring Pocket Casts developer and podcast host +Russell Ivanovic!

We've been talking a lot about podcasts lately, so who better to bring into the "How I use Android" fold than the guy behind one of Android's best podcast players?

Russell spilled (and then refused to clean up) the beans about his own Android-using habits -- including why he believes cases are evil, why his home screen has an ominous-looking "Tracking" folder, and why he keeps thinking about but then deciding against developing his own RSS app.

So what are you waiting for? Grab the nearest legumes, and feast your face on this:___

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2016-04-18 19:33:56 (19 comments; 3 reshares; 85 +1s)Open 

Looks like there are options for new podcast episode notifications in Play Music on Android. Just not on the Web.

It's still not nearly as full-featured as many of the third-party podcasting apps, of course. But seems like a nice default option for folks with basic needs -- or for those who might not otherwise find podcasts at all.

Looks like there are options for new podcast episode notifications in Play Music on Android. Just not on the Web.

It's still not nearly as full-featured as many of the third-party podcasting apps, of course. But seems like a nice default option for folks with basic needs -- or for those who might not otherwise find podcasts at all.___

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2016-04-18 17:14:21 (24 comments; 7 reshares; 110 +1s)Open 

Oh, hi, +Google Play Podcasts. (Yes, Android Intelligence is there! Just search or use this link: https://goo.gl/hG4INR)

[More: http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2016/04/welcome-to-google-play-music-podcast.html]

Oh, hi, +Google Play Podcasts. (Yes, Android Intelligence is there! Just search or use this link: https://goo.gl/hG4INR)

[More: http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2016/04/welcome-to-google-play-music-podcast.html]___

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2016-04-15 16:26:33 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

Q&A time with Google's Android chief. Don't forget to download the AI podcast for your weekend listening pleasure! 

The first episode of Android Intelligence -- and what a way to start!

The podcast you've been waiting for is here! In this inaugural episode, I sit down for a one-on-one chat with Google's recently appointed chief of Android, Chrome OS, and Chromecast -- the one and only Mr. +Hiroshi Lockheimer.

He shares tales about the early days of Android along with some straight talk about Android N's early arrival, the state of Android upgrades, and the future of Chrome OS.

Come have a listen, won't ya? More info and everything you need to stream or download is at the link below.

(My thanks to +Swappa for sponsoring this episode!)___Q&A time with Google's Android chief. Don't forget to download the AI podcast for your weekend listening pleasure! 

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2016-04-14 18:41:42 (31 comments; 17 reshares; 173 +1s)Open 

"It's like a wireless carrier bizarro world."

Some detailed thoughts after half a year with Fi for my family:

"It's like a wireless carrier bizarro world."

Some detailed thoughts after half a year with Fi for my family:___

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2016-04-13 21:11:39 (37 comments; 28 reshares; 144 +1s)Open 

http://google.com/save

Hmmmmmmmmm.

(See also: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/save-to-google/meoeeoaohbmgbocpdpnjklmfmjjagkkf)

http://google.com/save

Hmmmmmmmmm.

(See also: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/save-to-google/meoeeoaohbmgbocpdpnjklmfmjjagkkf)___

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2016-04-13 20:03:54 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 77 +1s)Open 

Oh, hey: I'm on this week's +All About Android show!

I joined my pal +Jason Howell to talk about the state of Android upgrades, whether there's any reason to pay $700 for a smartphone today, and how my new podcast and this podcast can exist together in peaceful podcast harmony. (Talking about podcasts on a podcast -- whoaaaa....)

Loads o' fun!

Oh, hey: I'm on this week's +All About Android show!

I joined my pal +Jason Howell to talk about the state of Android upgrades, whether there's any reason to pay $700 for a smartphone today, and how my new podcast and this podcast can exist together in peaceful podcast harmony. (Talking about podcasts on a podcast -- whoaaaa....)

Loads o' fun!___

2016-04-13 16:33:26 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 54 +1s)Open 

My new Android Intelligence podcast has its own official G+ collection!

Want to keep up with all the good stuff from my new in-depth interview podcast? Make sure you're following its official collection, linked below. I'll post info about each new episode there as soon as it's released and available.

The first episode, in case you missed it, is a one-on-one chat with Google Android chief Hiroshi Lockheimer. It's in the collection now and ready to stream or download!

(Quick tip: If you open the collection below and see a box that says "FOLLOWING," you're already all set. If you open it and see a box that says "FOLLOW," you'll need to click or tap that box in order to start seeing the collection's posts in your stream.)

My new Android Intelligence podcast has its own official G+ collection!

Want to keep up with all the good stuff from my new in-depth interview podcast? Make sure you're following its official collection, linked below. I'll post info about each new episode there as soon as it's released and available.

The first episode, in case you missed it, is a one-on-one chat with Google Android chief Hiroshi Lockheimer. It's in the collection now and ready to stream or download!

(Quick tip: If you open the collection below and see a box that says "FOLLOWING," you're already all set. If you open it and see a box that says "FOLLOW," you'll need to click or tap that box in order to start seeing the collection's posts in your stream.)___

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2016-04-12 19:30:11 (26 comments; 1 reshares; 82 +1s)Open 

I (mildly) regret to report that the Android Intelligence podcast won't be on iTunes as of now, as Apple has made it virtually impossible for me to submit it.

I followed the obnoxious and convoluted process to a T. Downloaded and installed iTunes. Created account. Verified account. Went back to the "Podcasts Connect" site and signed in, only to have it tell me (again) to open iTunes and register an account.

No matter how many times I try, I'm stuck in an endless loop. I even tried starting over with another new account. Same deal.

Maybe the process is compatible only with Safari and/or QuickTime? (Kidding. Kind of.)

Anyway, enough's enough. Giving up for now. #ItJustWorks #AlwaysAndForever #ThanksApple

I (mildly) regret to report that the Android Intelligence podcast won't be on iTunes as of now, as Apple has made it virtually impossible for me to submit it.

I followed the obnoxious and convoluted process to a T. Downloaded and installed iTunes. Created account. Verified account. Went back to the "Podcasts Connect" site and signed in, only to have it tell me (again) to open iTunes and register an account.

No matter how many times I try, I'm stuck in an endless loop. I even tried starting over with another new account. Same deal.

Maybe the process is compatible only with Safari and/or QuickTime? (Kidding. Kind of.)

Anyway, enough's enough. Giving up for now. #ItJustWorks #AlwaysAndForever #ThanksApple___

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2016-04-12 16:39:49 (0 comments; 31 reshares; 177 +1s)Open 

Welcome to Android Intelligence -- not your average Android podcast.

Android Intelligence features in-depth interviews with interesting people from the Android world. You can find links to all the latest episodes right here in this collection.

Want to stream a show from within your browser? Easy! Just follow the link to that episode's page, and you'll see a streaming player there.

Want to download a show for later listening? No problem! Again, just click through to that episode's page. You'll see a link to download the MP3 right above the streaming player.

Want to subscribe in your favorite podcast player? You won't be disappointed! You should be able to find the show by searching for Android Intelligence in most popular apps and platforms or by using the following direct-add links:

* Pocket Casts:... more »

Welcome to Android Intelligence -- not your average Android podcast.

Android Intelligence features in-depth interviews with interesting people from the Android world. You can find links to all the latest episodes right here in this collection.

Want to stream a show from within your browser? Easy! Just follow the link to that episode's page, and you'll see a streaming player there.

Want to download a show for later listening? No problem! Again, just click through to that episode's page. You'll see a link to download the MP3 right above the streaming player.

Want to subscribe in your favorite podcast player? You won't be disappointed! You should be able to find the show by searching for Android Intelligence in most popular apps and platforms or by using the following direct-add links:

* Pocket Casts: http://pca.st/androidintel * Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=87788&refid=stpr * Player FM: https://player.fm/series/android-intelligence * Google Play Music: https://goo.gl/hG4INR
* iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/android-intelligence/id1105166538

If you use another podcasting app and can't find the show in it, you should still be able to subscribe manually by pasting the show's full RSS feed path -- http://podcastfeed.androidintel.net -- into the player's search or subscribe box. 

******************

While we're here, let's answer a few other things you might be wondering about, shall we?

• How often will a new episode come out? Once a month -- always served up fresh, hot, and somewhat greasy.

• Why only once a month? So you'll always have something to look forward to! (And also, you know, so I'll have the time to find a great guest and put the show together.) Plus, one show a month won't take up too much of your time. Android Intelligence isn't meant to be an alternative to the Android podcasts you already know and love but more of a supplement to them -- a spicy and slightly high-calorie side dish to add some extra flavor to your favorite listening entrees. Bon appetit!

• Why it is an audio-only show? No video?! Android Intelligence believes in a fully pants-optional podcasting environment. Maintaining an audio-only format allows the program to support that worthwhile cause (both for the host and guest and for you, the listeners --  hey, we're all equals here).

• What's up with the sponsors? This podcast is my own personal effort, so having the support of sponsors is what makes it possible. I assure you, though, that I am extremely selective in hand-picking companies that I genuinely believe in and feel good about recommending. That aside, I'll always clearly disclose when I'm discussing a sponsor, and I'll work only with sponsors that have no direct overlap with anything I cover from an editorial perspective. Avoiding any conflict of interest (or even the potential perception of that) is something I take very seriously. You have my word on this.

• Can I help support the show? Aw, shucks -- you're a good friend! I might consider some sort of listener support arrangement in the future, but for now, the best way you can support the show is simply by subscribing and also helping to spread the word to your family, friends, neighbors, enemies, pets, plants, robots, rodents, roofers, groupers, groupies, and anyone else who might enjoy listening.

• I have no further questions. Thank goodness. I thought you'd never stop yapping.

See the rest of the posts in this collection for links to the latest shows. Happy listening!___

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2016-04-12 16:11:38 (31 comments; 11 reshares; 109 +1s)Open 

The first episode of Android Intelligence -- and what a way to start!

The podcast you've been waiting for is here! In this inaugural episode, I sit down for a one-on-one chat with Google's recently appointed chief of Android, Chrome OS, and Chromecast -- the one and only Mr. +Hiroshi Lockheimer.

He shares tales about the early days of Android along with some straight talk about Android N's early arrival, the state of Android upgrades, and the future of Chrome OS.

Come have a listen, won't ya? More info and everything you need to stream or download is at the link below.

(My thanks to +Swappa for sponsoring this episode!)

The first episode of Android Intelligence -- and what a way to start!

The podcast you've been waiting for is here! In this inaugural episode, I sit down for a one-on-one chat with Google's recently appointed chief of Android, Chrome OS, and Chromecast -- the one and only Mr. +Hiroshi Lockheimer.

He shares tales about the early days of Android along with some straight talk about Android N's early arrival, the state of Android upgrades, and the future of Chrome OS.

Come have a listen, won't ya? More info and everything you need to stream or download is at the link below.

(My thanks to +Swappa for sponsoring this episode!)___

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2016-04-11 18:32:43 (23 comments; 6 reshares; 153 +1s)Open 

A different kind of Android podcast.

...tomorrow.

A different kind of Android podcast.

...tomorrow.___

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2016-04-08 16:04:51 (11 comments; 7 reshares; 209 +1s)Open 

Keep your ears open.

A different kind of podcast, with a very special guest...next week.

Keep your ears open.

A different kind of podcast, with a very special guest...next week.___

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2016-04-07 16:18:00 (22 comments; 10 reshares; 107 +1s)Open 

The grades are in -- and boy, is it a scene.

If you care at all about Android, this is one you'll want to read. Just be sure to brace yourself before diving in...

The grades are in -- and boy, is it a scene.

If you care at all about Android, this is one you'll want to read. Just be sure to brace yourself before diving in...___

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2016-04-06 16:26:46 (16 comments; 3 reshares; 125 +1s)Open 

A new home for everything I do!

Along with my Android Intelligence news¹, I'm happy to unveil a brand new version of my personal writing site, http://JRStart.com.

It's been rebuilt from the ground up to serve as a simple centralized spot for all things JR. You can see my latest stuff, search my complete archive, or even subscribe via RSS or email to make sure you never miss a thing.

The site is fully responsive, too, so it'll look equally spiffy no matter what device you're using.

Huzzah!

¹https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/FfoqhFkLC76

A new home for everything I do!

Along with my Android Intelligence news¹, I'm happy to unveil a brand new version of my personal writing site, http://JRStart.com.

It's been rebuilt from the ground up to serve as a simple centralized spot for all things JR. You can see my latest stuff, search my complete archive, or even subscribe via RSS or email to make sure you never miss a thing.

The site is fully responsive, too, so it'll look equally spiffy no matter what device you're using.

Huzzah!

¹https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/FfoqhFkLC76___

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2016-04-05 20:41:55 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 88 +1s)Open 

A bit of inside trivia...

That cool new logo for Android Intelligence? It was created by none other than the talented Mr. +Liam Spradlin. Thanks, Liam!

(More about AI, in case you missed it: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JRRaphael/posts/FfoqhFkLC76)

A bit of inside trivia...

That cool new logo for Android Intelligence? It was created by none other than the talented Mr. +Liam Spradlin. Thanks, Liam!

(More about AI, in case you missed it: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JRRaphael/posts/FfoqhFkLC76)___

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2016-04-05 18:14:46 (23 comments; 11 reshares; 140 +1s)Open 

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

I'm very excited to take the wraps off this. And this is just the start! More surprises on the way...

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

I'm very excited to take the wraps off this. And this is just the start! More surprises on the way...___

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2016-04-04 16:00:22 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 57 +1s)Open 

Change can be refreshing. Something a little different....coming into focus tomorrow.

Change can be refreshing. Something a little different....coming into focus tomorrow.___

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2016-04-01 15:37:05 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

April is gonna be an interesting month...

(No foolin'.)

April is gonna be an interesting month...

(No foolin'.)___

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2016-03-31 17:06:59 (16 comments; 30 reshares; 191 +1s)Open 

This is a huge landmark for Android, gang. You just have to look beyond the surface.

This is a huge landmark for Android, gang. You just have to look beyond the surface.___

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2016-03-30 18:50:48 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

Observation: "Chef-inspired" is the new "artisan."

(For anyone wondering, that translates roughly to either "premium" or "delightful" in tech marketing-speak.)

Observation: "Chef-inspired" is the new "artisan."

(For anyone wondering, that translates roughly to either "premium" or "delightful" in tech marketing-speak.)___

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2016-03-30 15:26:17 (3 comments; 23 reshares; 160 +1s)Open 

This is really interesting: a detailed behind-the-scenes look at how the new voice of the Google app came to be.

(Though +Nat and Lo, I'm disappointed we didn't actually get to see the person behind the voice!)

This is really interesting: a detailed behind-the-scenes look at how the new voice of the Google app came to be.

(Though +Nat and Lo, I'm disappointed we didn't actually get to see the person behind the voice!)___

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2016-03-29 18:07:56 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Got this letter along with a $15 check in the mail today. (My wife used Straight Talk up until we switched over to Fi last year.)

Interesting.

Got this letter along with a $15 check in the mail today. (My wife used Straight Talk up until we switched over to Fi last year.)

Interesting.___

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2016-03-29 15:42:37 (31 comments; 23 reshares; 139 +1s)Open 

Some handy little tricks I ran into during my recent Android typing research.

Some handy little tricks I ran into during my recent Android typing research.___

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2016-03-28 15:21:27 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Today's news that Microsoft might cozy up with Yahoo brings to mind my brief foray into the realm of Harlequin-style romance writing.

(From 2009 -- some things never change: http://www.esarcasm.com/1987/when-microsoft-met-yahoo-a-romance-novel)

Today's news that Microsoft might cozy up with Yahoo brings to mind my brief foray into the realm of Harlequin-style romance writing.

(From 2009 -- some things never change: http://www.esarcasm.com/1987/when-microsoft-met-yahoo-a-romance-novel)___

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2016-03-28 14:17:43 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 70 +1s)Open 

Nice to see this option added. I've been using +Fleksy for a few weeks now, and this was my one real gripe with an otherwise excellent keyboard.

(Quote via http://www.computerworld.com/article/3043175/android/5-android-keyboard-apps-for-easier-typing.html -- the article that led to my spending time with Fleksy and ultimately deciding to stick with it.)

Nice to see this option added. I've been using +Fleksy for a few weeks now, and this was my one real gripe with an otherwise excellent keyboard.

(Quote via http://www.computerworld.com/article/3043175/android/5-android-keyboard-apps-for-easier-typing.html -- the article that led to my spending time with Fleksy and ultimately deciding to stick with it.)___

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2016-03-25 19:19:38 (24 comments; 0 reshares; 87 +1s)Open 

I find myself increasingly attracted to the idea of publications shutting off comments. 

In-site comments tend to be more of a chore than anything these days. Social media is far better suited to the task, which is probably why I tend to see much richer, more lively, and more meaningful discussions here and/or on Twitter than on story pages themselves.

(Twitter is usually more about individual comments directed at me, in my experience, while G+ is often ideal for multiperson-style conversations.)

I don't know that relying solely on social media for discussion would make sense for every site, but the more places I see experimenting with it, the more I think it'd feel right to me.

I find myself increasingly attracted to the idea of publications shutting off comments. 

In-site comments tend to be more of a chore than anything these days. Social media is far better suited to the task, which is probably why I tend to see much richer, more lively, and more meaningful discussions here and/or on Twitter than on story pages themselves.

(Twitter is usually more about individual comments directed at me, in my experience, while G+ is often ideal for multiperson-style conversations.)

I don't know that relying solely on social media for discussion would make sense for every site, but the more places I see experimenting with it, the more I think it'd feel right to me.___

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2016-03-23 19:25:49 (9 comments; 11 reshares; 108 +1s)Open 

Sensationalism, meet reality.

Lots o' interesting info and important perspective within. 

Sensationalism, meet reality.

Lots o' interesting info and important perspective within. ___

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2016-03-22 16:40:53 (23 comments; 7 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 

It had to happen. And obnoxiously "magical" as the marketing may be, I'm happy it did.

It had to happen. And obnoxiously "magical" as the marketing may be, I'm happy it did.___

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2016-03-22 13:48:55 (31 comments; 7 reshares; 103 +1s)Open 

Be aware: Chromecast, the app/platform, is now Google Cast.

Chromecast, the hardware product, is still Chromecast.

(That's not going to cause any confusion, right?!)

Be aware: Chromecast, the app/platform, is now Google Cast.

Chromecast, the hardware product, is still Chromecast.

(That's not going to cause any confusion, right?!)___

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2016-03-21 18:20:54 (21 comments; 3 reshares; 150 +1s)Open 

Yup. And so it begins. 

Yup. And so it begins. ___

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2016-03-18 17:03:31 (31 comments; 11 reshares; 57 +1s)Open 

Which Android keyboard app is right for you?

I put together a guide to finding the best option for your personal typing style. Check it out and see which app actually makes the most sense for you. 

You might be surprised!

Which Android keyboard app is right for you?

I put together a guide to finding the best option for your personal typing style. Check it out and see which app actually makes the most sense for you. 

You might be surprised!___

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2016-03-18 13:46:14 (8 comments; 11 reshares; 117 +1s)Open 

If Lenovo merges Motorola into its own culture, I fear the things that made Moto so different -- the taste, the restraint, the strong focus on post-sales software support -- could fade away and we could be left with another financially viable but forgettable value-level player. After all, what's good for Lenovo might not be good for us as consumers -- particularly as consumers who care about superb smartphone experiences.

Quote via "Please, Lenovo: Don't screw up what Motorola started" - January 2014
http://www.computerworld.com/article/2475729

If Lenovo merges Motorola into its own culture, I fear the things that made Moto so different -- the taste, the restraint, the strong focus on post-sales software support -- could fade away and we could be left with another financially viable but forgettable value-level player. After all, what's good for Lenovo might not be good for us as consumers -- particularly as consumers who care about superb smartphone experiences.

Quote via "Please, Lenovo: Don't screw up what Motorola started" - January 2014
http://www.computerworld.com/article/2475729___

2016-03-17 17:01:39 (3 comments; 8 reshares; 168 +1s)Open 

A quick programming note...

I've created a new G+ collection specifically for Android expert profiles like the entries from my ongoing "How I use Android" series. That's where I'll be posting those stories from here on out.

If you're already following me on Google+, you'll automatically see posts from that new collection in your stream -- no need to do a thing!

If you're following only this collection, though, and not following me in general, be sure to click below and start following the new collection, too. Otherwise, you'll miss out on some really great stuff!

A quick programming note...

I've created a new G+ collection specifically for Android expert profiles like the entries from my ongoing "How I use Android" series. That's where I'll be posting those stories from here on out.

If you're already following me on Google+, you'll automatically see posts from that new collection in your stream -- no need to do a thing!

If you're following only this collection, though, and not following me in general, be sure to click below and start following the new collection, too. Otherwise, you'll miss out on some really great stuff!___

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2016-03-17 16:35:27 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 61 +1s)Open 

A new "How I use Android" profile -- featuring the Googler in charge of Keep!

Google Keep is all about organization -- so for this latest "How I use Android" entry, I thought it'd be fun to see how someone who works on Keep keeps his own life organized.

Behold:

A new "How I use Android" profile -- featuring the Googler in charge of Keep!

Google Keep is all about organization -- so for this latest "How I use Android" entry, I thought it'd be fun to see how someone who works on Keep keeps his own life organized.

Behold:___

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2016-03-15 16:59:39 (7 comments; 8 reshares; 116 +1s)Open 

Multi-window is a great addition to Android, but it's a couple of N's smaller features that are really standing out to me in day-to-day use.

Multi-window is a great addition to Android, but it's a couple of N's smaller features that are really standing out to me in day-to-day use.___

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2016-03-14 18:36:52 (12 comments; 3 reshares; 110 +1s)Open 

Once upon a time
I planned a week away from work
A quiet week in March
Uneventful and calm

And then, out of nowhere...

Once upon a time
I planned a week away from work
A quiet week in March
Uneventful and calm

And then, out of nowhere...___

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2016-03-03 16:34:36 (9 comments; 8 reshares; 73 +1s)Open 

It's not a native snooze function, but -- for now, at least -- it's the next best thing.

It's not a native snooze function, but -- for now, at least -- it's the next best thing.___

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2016-03-01 17:46:52 (11 comments; 8 reshares; 174 +1s)Open 

Wish I may, wish I might...

Anyone else on board with this?

Wish I may, wish I might...

Anyone else on board with this?___

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2016-02-25 17:36:06 (19 comments; 12 reshares; 140 +1s)Open 

A consumer product needs innovation that solves a genuine problem or creates meaningful value -- not innovation cooked up for the purpose of attention (with a scramble to come up with a raison d'être after the fact).

A consumer product needs innovation that solves a genuine problem or creates meaningful value -- not innovation cooked up for the purpose of attention (with a scramble to come up with a raison d'être after the fact).___

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2016-02-24 16:37:23 (20 comments; 13 reshares; 138 +1s)Open 

Yikes. Scary reminder of what can happen on public Wi-Fi.

(Android tip: Consider #7 from http://www.computerworld.com/article/3029725/android/7-android-tools-that-can-help-your-personal-security.html)

Yikes. Scary reminder of what can happen on public Wi-Fi.

(Android tip: Consider #7 from http://www.computerworld.com/article/3029725/android/7-android-tools-that-can-help-your-personal-security.html)___

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2016-02-23 17:36:42 (19 comments; 40 reshares; 211 +1s)Open 

This is important. Lots of misleading info floating around out there right now.

There's been a lot of buzz lately about CloudReady -- a free service that makes it easy to convert old computers into Chromebook-like systems.

But you know what? Cool as it is, there's much more to the software than meets the eye -- and the surface-level summaries you'll find in most articles on the subject don't even come close to covering all the relevant bases.

I installed the software myself and also spent some time chatting with the company to get a full understanding of what you do and don't get with a CloudReady-converted computer. Here's the lowdown on what you need to know:

This is important. Lots of misleading info floating around out there right now.

There's been a lot of buzz lately about CloudReady -- a free service that makes it easy to convert old computers into Chromebook-like systems.

But you know what? Cool as it is, there's much more to the software than meets the eye -- and the surface-level summaries you'll find in most articles on the subject don't even come close to covering all the relevant bases.

I installed the software myself and also spent some time chatting with the company to get a full understanding of what you do and don't get with a CloudReady-converted computer. Here's the lowdown on what you need to know:___

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2016-02-22 19:38:51 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

Some great tips ranging from relatively basic to total power-user material. Check it out and/or save for future reference:

Some great tips ranging from relatively basic to total power-user material. Check it out and/or save for future reference:___

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