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Motorola Mobility1,329,999Join 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 19:00:006796  
Google+10,400,595The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033857  

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2015-06-12 15:45:31 (122 comments, 21 reshares, 284 +1s)Open 

Smartphones are becoming more about the sum of their parts than the individual pieces. In order for a phone to move from being "fine" to "exceptional," it needs to offer something that goes beyond what everyone else is doing -- something that creates an overall user experience that stands out in some meaningful way.

My real-world review of the U.S. LG G4:

Most reshares: 120

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2015-06-08 20:10:43 (36 comments, 120 reshares, 599 +1s)Open 

Remember, kiddos: It isn't "fragmentation" if it's "magical."

Most plusones: 599

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2015-06-08 20:10:43 (36 comments, 120 reshares, 599 +1s)Open 

Remember, kiddos: It isn't "fragmentation" if it's "magical."

Latest 50 posts

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2015-07-02 18:51:15 (19 comments, 6 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

My new custom Android Wear watch face

Spent some time playing around with the new advanced face-designing tools in Pujie Black last night (see https://goo.gl/IHyW26). Came up with this face, which I'm now using on my LG Urbane. 

Here's what you're seeing in the video:

(1) The fully illuminated watch face

(2) The calendar events screen (accessible by tapping the center of the face)

(3) The ambient/dimmed mode (at the very end)

There are parts of the advanced tools that are a little frustrating and require some patience, but there are some really cool options there if you like playing around with designs and making things look the way you want.

I put my design in its current incarnation here, if you want to check it out and/or tweak it yourself: https://goo.gl/zxqRqX That's the preset file; you'll just... more »

My new custom Android Wear watch face

Spent some time playing around with the new advanced face-designing tools in Pujie Black last night (see https://goo.gl/IHyW26). Came up with this face, which I'm now using on my LG Urbane. 

Here's what you're seeing in the video:

(1) The fully illuminated watch face

(2) The calendar events screen (accessible by tapping the center of the face)

(3) The ambient/dimmed mode (at the very end)

There are parts of the advanced tools that are a little frustrating and require some patience, but there are some really cool options there if you like playing around with designs and making things look the way you want.

I put my design in its current incarnation here, if you want to check it out and/or tweak it yourself: https://goo.gl/zxqRqX That's the preset file; you'll just need to copy it into the PujieBlack > Presets folder on your phone, then select "Presets" from the app's main overflow menu to load it.

UPDATE: An easier way to import it -- just go into the Pujie app, press the menu icon and select "Import Shared Preset Code," then paste in the following:

H4sIAAAAAAAAAGNgYgACpv8MEz5ycjIw_L99-zYICwkh2CAFDKz_oYARTvxnEDv8HygFk_lfcfr__996mv__r2P473u0momRjYERKM8IUsTMBlIBIZmQSEZmBAlUxg5UDgJAkoGFBcwCMsG2MDJMBxvEyMzACLeyo6MDqheEgDywI6CYzXnnhEz_Vw0g9xcbGzMwnDlzNnLmzAawjSxGsmcaMqudGpggXEPJPQ4ZP60YoFzdBG2HDO9bMK5hQY5DlsaiBiZGoK_-M_CkoXvcSLO5QYllzgH7iT4gH4DC8z8aqAfi_FchDAU5MQxB31oagjxVGkDOqofKoWNGuAVAuwC7c7sZqAEAAA

(And the app itself is here, if you don't already have it: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pujie.wristwear.pujieblack)

Fun stuff. Happy almost-Fourth, everyone!___

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2015-07-02 16:17:09 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

This story makes my heart sad.

This story makes my heart sad.___

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2015-07-02 00:54:53 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

Massive update to one of my favorite Wear faces tonight! Loads of awesome new options. If you haven't given this one a whirl yet, now's the perfect time.

(+Pujie Wear​: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pujie.wristwear.pujieblack) 

Massive update to one of my favorite Wear faces tonight! Loads of awesome new options. If you haven't given this one a whirl yet, now's the perfect time.

(+Pujie Wear​: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pujie.wristwear.pujieblack) ___

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2015-07-01 20:15:30 (22 comments, 3 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

My wife subscribed me to a candy of the month club for my birthday, and the second shipment just arrived.

New box every month, and you never know what it's going to have. This may be the best present I've ever gotten.

My wife subscribed me to a candy of the month club for my birthday, and the second shipment just arrived.

New box every month, and you never know what it's going to have. This may be the best present I've ever gotten.___

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2015-07-01 18:45:24 (30 comments, 18 reshares, 270 +1s)Open 

$249, made of metal, and able to flip a full 360 degrees. Yup -- this thing makes a great first impression. 

My first look at the new Chromebook Flip:

$249, made of metal, and able to flip a full 360 degrees. Yup -- this thing makes a great first impression. 

My first look at the new Chromebook Flip:___

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2015-06-29 15:03:01 (27 comments, 14 reshares, 196 +1s)Open 

The 1080p Toshiba Chromebook 13 is down to $250 today: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/toshiba-13-3-chromebook-2-intel-celeron-4gb-memory-16gb-solid-state-drive-silver/8790147.p

Killer deal on one of the best Chromebooks around. 

(My review: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2837806/toshiba-chromebook-2-review-an-attractive-chrome-os-experience.html)

UPDATE: Looks like the deal may have ended already. It's back up to $300 now, which is still $30 off the original cost but not quite as crazy as that $250 price.

UPDATE 2: It's back -- Wal-Mart is now matching the $250 price! http://www.walmart.com/ip/Toshiba-Satin-Gold-13.3-2-CB35-B3340-Chromebook-PC-with-Intel-Celeron-N2840-Processor-4GB-Memory-16GB-SSD-and-Chrome-OS/39371227

The 1080p Toshiba Chromebook 13 is down to $250 today: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/toshiba-13-3-chromebook-2-intel-celeron-4gb-memory-16gb-solid-state-drive-silver/8790147.p

Killer deal on one of the best Chromebooks around. 

(My review: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2837806/toshiba-chromebook-2-review-an-attractive-chrome-os-experience.html)

UPDATE: Looks like the deal may have ended already. It's back up to $300 now, which is still $30 off the original cost but not quite as crazy as that $250 price.

UPDATE 2: It's back -- Wal-Mart is now matching the $250 price! http://www.walmart.com/ip/Toshiba-Satin-Gold-13.3-2-CB35-B3340-Chromebook-PC-with-Intel-Celeron-N2840-Processor-4GB-Memory-16GB-SSD-and-Chrome-OS/39371227___

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2015-06-26 18:17:10 (36 comments, 8 reshares, 172 +1s)Open 

It baffles me that the command to archive a conversation is buried three steps deep in the Hangouts Chrome app.

It baffles me that the command to archive a conversation is buried three steps deep in the Hangouts Chrome app.___

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2015-06-26 14:15:05 (23 comments, 5 reshares, 157 +1s)Open 

Woohoo! Android 5.1 on the 2014 Moto X.

(Pure edition, U.S. Should now be hitting all such devices, according to Motorola.)

Woohoo! Android 5.1 on the 2014 Moto X.

(Pure edition, U.S. Should now be hitting all such devices, according to Motorola.)___

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2015-06-25 15:59:34 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

A new chapter in my "How I use Android" series: Hello, +SwiftKey!

Keyboards are a core part of the customization puzzle, so I thought it'd be interesting to see how someone involved with one of Android's most popular keyboards uses the platform himself.

Suffice it to say, his home screen setup is a bit different than most. See for yourself:

A new chapter in my "How I use Android" series: Hello, +SwiftKey!

Keyboards are a core part of the customization puzzle, so I thought it'd be interesting to see how someone involved with one of Android's most popular keyboards uses the platform himself.

Suffice it to say, his home screen setup is a bit different than most. See for yourself:___

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2015-06-24 18:06:32 (22 comments, 5 reshares, 125 +1s)Open 

It's funny how an invite-only system for ordering a product makes it seem like a privilege when you're finally "allowed" to buy without an invite.

Genius bit of marketing, I suppose. Or something.

It's funny how an invite-only system for ordering a product makes it seem like a privilege when you're finally "allowed" to buy without an invite.

Genius bit of marketing, I suppose. Or something.___

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2015-06-24 16:04:19 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

This week's +All About Android: USB-C, convertible Android tablets, and more! (And me!)

Had a grand time as always hangin' with +Jason Howell and +Ron Richards. Check out the video version of the show below or snag the audio podcast here:

https://twit.tv/shows/all-about-android/episodes/219?autostart=false

This week's +All About Android: USB-C, convertible Android tablets, and more! (And me!)

Had a grand time as always hangin' with +Jason Howell and +Ron Richards. Check out the video version of the show below or snag the audio podcast here:

https://twit.tv/shows/all-about-android/episodes/219?autostart=false___

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2015-06-23 16:12:35 (9 comments, 10 reshares, 117 +1s)Open 

This is a pleasant surprise.

This is a pleasant surprise.___

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2015-06-22 18:52:37 (56 comments, 8 reshares, 176 +1s)Open 

Having USB Type-C on Android will be great in the long run, but man -- that transition is gonna be a pain.

Some devices on Type-C, some on micro-USB. And years of accumulated chargers/adapters that no longer work with everything.

Serenity now.

Having USB Type-C on Android will be great in the long run, but man -- that transition is gonna be a pain.

Some devices on Type-C, some on micro-USB. And years of accumulated chargers/adapters that no longer work with everything.

Serenity now.___

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2015-06-18 16:09:10 (21 comments, 16 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

Highly recommended.

Highly recommended.___

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2015-06-18 13:56:46 (24 comments, 20 reshares, 185 +1s)Open 

Hey, nice -- a standalone version of the Android Clock app, now with official Wear integration.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.deskclock

Hey, nice -- a standalone version of the Android Clock app, now with official Wear integration.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.deskclock___

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2015-06-17 15:44:40 (46 comments, 1 reshares, 153 +1s)Open 

Has anyone else noticed that G+ notifications no longer sync properly between devices?

It's been going on for a little while now, at least on my account. Not sure what changed, but I sure wish it'd get corrected.

Has anyone else noticed that G+ notifications no longer sync properly between devices?

It's been going on for a little while now, at least on my account. Not sure what changed, but I sure wish it'd get corrected.___

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2015-06-16 16:08:45 (27 comments, 15 reshares, 138 +1s)Open 

One of the most impressive devices I've reviewed. And I don't give those kinds of compliments lightly.

My two weeks with Dell's Venue 10 7000 tablet:

One of the most impressive devices I've reviewed. And I don't give those kinds of compliments lightly.

My two weeks with Dell's Venue 10 7000 tablet:___

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2015-06-15 16:30:27 (18 comments, 11 reshares, 98 +1s)Open 

Motorola just dropped the price of an unlocked Moto X to $299 for the next two weeks.

Hell of a deal right there.

Motorola just dropped the price of an unlocked Moto X to $299 for the next two weeks.

Hell of a deal right there.___

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2015-06-15 15:51:15 (20 comments, 19 reshares, 108 +1s)Open 

It may be embarrassingly overdue, but it's here: a true Web client for Skype that works on any device -- including Chromebooks. [UPDATE: Not exactly. See below.]

All you have to do is click the "Skype for Web" link at http://www.skype.com. 

'Bout time!

UPDATE: Cancel the celebrations -- this is far less significant than it first appeared. The Chromebook support is for text chats only. Still no audio or video support. And here I thought Skype was actually ready to step into the current millennium...

(Boo, +Skype. Boo.)

It may be embarrassingly overdue, but it's here: a true Web client for Skype that works on any device -- including Chromebooks. [UPDATE: Not exactly. See below.]

All you have to do is click the "Skype for Web" link at http://www.skype.com. 

'Bout time!

UPDATE: Cancel the celebrations -- this is far less significant than it first appeared. The Chromebook support is for text chats only. Still no audio or video support. And here I thought Skype was actually ready to step into the current millennium...

(Boo, +Skype. Boo.)___

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2015-06-12 15:45:31 (122 comments, 21 reshares, 284 +1s)Open 

Smartphones are becoming more about the sum of their parts than the individual pieces. In order for a phone to move from being "fine" to "exceptional," it needs to offer something that goes beyond what everyone else is doing -- something that creates an overall user experience that stands out in some meaningful way.

My real-world review of the U.S. LG G4:

Smartphones are becoming more about the sum of their parts than the individual pieces. In order for a phone to move from being "fine" to "exceptional," it needs to offer something that goes beyond what everyone else is doing -- something that creates an overall user experience that stands out in some meaningful way.

My real-world review of the U.S. LG G4:___

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2015-06-11 21:28:20 (10 comments, 13 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

Well, well, wouldya look at that? +Medium's finally making an Android app!

It's in beta now. Here's how to sign up: 

Well, well, wouldya look at that? +Medium's finally making an Android app!

It's in beta now. Here's how to sign up: ___

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2015-06-11 19:03:18 (1 comments, 13 reshares, 166 +1s)Open 

A new profile in my "How I use Android" series -- featuring developer, podcaster, and rumored superhero +Gina Trapani!

Lots o' fun info within -- check it out!

A new profile in my "How I use Android" series -- featuring developer, podcaster, and rumored superhero +Gina Trapani!

Lots o' fun info within -- check it out!___

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2015-06-10 21:07:48 (23 comments, 25 reshares, 151 +1s)Open 

Attention Google Voice users: Go tell Google what you do and don't like about the service! Great opportunity to be heard. 

Attention Google Voice users: Go tell Google what you do and don't like about the service! Great opportunity to be heard. ___

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2015-06-10 18:01:49 (38 comments, 5 reshares, 196 +1s)Open 

It's fascinating to see how many people are just now discovering Google's automatic photo manipulation features and thinking they're brand new.

(Talking about the things formerly known as Auto Awesome. And talking about both regular users and even members of the press.)

Guess that goes to show how important it was for Google to rebrand Photos and relaunch it as a standalone service. 

It's fascinating to see how many people are just now discovering Google's automatic photo manipulation features and thinking they're brand new.

(Talking about the things formerly known as Auto Awesome. And talking about both regular users and even members of the press.)

Guess that goes to show how important it was for Google to rebrand Photos and relaunch it as a standalone service. ___

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2015-06-09 16:10:01 (35 comments, 17 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

When technology makes pieces of the past so easily accessible, it raises some pressing questions.

A bit of food for thought, based on a recent personal experience.

When technology makes pieces of the past so easily accessible, it raises some pressing questions.

A bit of food for thought, based on a recent personal experience.___

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2015-06-08 20:10:43 (36 comments, 120 reshares, 599 +1s)Open 

Remember, kiddos: It isn't "fragmentation" if it's "magical."

Remember, kiddos: It isn't "fragmentation" if it's "magical."___

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2015-06-08 18:54:10 (18 comments, 25 reshares, 255 +1s)Open 

Desired smartwatch feature: If user attempts to play video on smartwatch, smartwatch forces user to slap himself in face.

Desired smartwatch feature: If user attempts to play video on smartwatch, smartwatch forces user to slap himself in face.___

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2015-06-08 15:15:14 (27 comments, 8 reshares, 120 +1s)Open 

What to expect from Apple's WWDC (condensed version)

What to expect from Apple's WWDC (condensed version)___

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2015-06-04 16:32:07 (37 comments, 84 reshares, 441 +1s)Open 

Google Now on Tap will transform Android from a house of apps into a search-centric universe with Google at its core.

This is big, you guys. Really big.

A detailed look at the new system and how it'll change the way we interact with our devices:

Google Now on Tap will transform Android from a house of apps into a search-centric universe with Google at its core.

This is big, you guys. Really big.

A detailed look at the new system and how it'll change the way we interact with our devices:___

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2015-06-03 18:57:24 (29 comments, 7 reshares, 138 +1s)Open 

When press renders go wrong...

Asus ZenWatch 2. Launching in Qaurter 3, 2015.

(via +Artem Russakovskii/+Liam Spradlin)

When press renders go wrong...

Asus ZenWatch 2. Launching in Qaurter 3, 2015.

(via +Artem Russakovskii/+Liam Spradlin)___

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2015-06-03 15:57:23 (65 comments, 30 reshares, 307 +1s)Open 

Dear Google: Please add these features into the new Google Photos. We will love you long time. 

Dear Google: Please add these features into the new Google Photos. We will love you long time. ___

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2015-06-02 15:45:27 (51 comments, 88 reshares, 293 +1s)Open 

You've seen the first impressions. You've tried the app yourself. Now check out some of the awesome advanced features tucked inside the new Google Photos.

(Warning: Some of these may blow your mind.)

You've seen the first impressions. You've tried the app yourself. Now check out some of the awesome advanced features tucked inside the new Google Photos.

(Warning: Some of these may blow your mind.)___

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2015-06-01 18:44:39 (14 comments, 16 reshares, 96 +1s)Open 

Are you an Android file ninja?

I put together a collection of tips for tapping into your phone's PC-like powers. Check it out and start using your mobile device like the mighty computer it is:

Are you an Android file ninja?

I put together a collection of tips for tapping into your phone's PC-like powers. Check it out and start using your mobile device like the mighty computer it is:___

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2015-05-29 17:59:17 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

Who is Group X -- and why are they behind this black door?! #io15 

Who is Group X -- and why are they behind this black door?! #io15 ___

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2015-05-29 17:27:49 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 173 +1s)Open 

All sessions and announcements aside, the Google I/O convention floor really is a sight to see. #io15 

All sessions and announcements aside, the Google I/O convention floor really is a sight to see. #io15 ___

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2015-05-29 15:43:34 (4 comments, 19 reshares, 146 +1s)Open 

It's been almost a year now since Material Design debuted. I took the time to chat with two top Android developers about how the transition's been going -- and what kind of work remains.

Some really interesting perspective. #io15  

It's been almost a year now since Material Design debuted. I took the time to chat with two top Android developers about how the transition's been going -- and what kind of work remains.

Some really interesting perspective. #io15  ___

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2015-05-28 21:16:13 (31 comments, 49 reshares, 256 +1s)Open 

Google's +Bradley Horowitz, at a press Q&A session just now: Google+ is not going away.

Straight from the horse's mouth: 

"Google+ will be changing." 

"There's a renaissance in the thinking of what Google+ is and what it is for." 

"We found it is working incredibly well in connecting people around shared passions and interests." 

#io15

Google's +Bradley Horowitz, at a press Q&A session just now: Google+ is not going away.

Straight from the horse's mouth: 

"Google+ will be changing." 

"There's a renaissance in the thinking of what Google+ is and what it is for." 

"We found it is working incredibly well in connecting people around shared passions and interests." 

#io15___

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2015-05-28 20:02:15 (6 comments, 9 reshares, 167 +1s)Open 

Android, Android, everywhere. #io15 

Android, Android, everywhere. #io15 ___

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2015-05-28 19:40:00 (11 comments, 7 reshares, 163 +1s)Open 

Every Android Wear device in one place. #io15 

Every Android Wear device in one place. #io15 ___

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2015-05-28 14:24:50 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 94 +1s)Open 

Let's do this! Google I/O keynote kicks off in just over 90 minutes.

I'm headed to Moscone Center now. Join me for live play-by-play commentary and streaming video here:

Let's do this! Google I/O keynote kicks off in just over 90 minutes.

I'm headed to Moscone Center now. Join me for live play-by-play commentary and streaming video here:___

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2015-05-27 23:58:56 (9 comments, 8 reshares, 195 +1s)Open 

Things are looking Googley inside Moscone Center tonight. The action all starts at 9 a.m. tomorrow! #io15

Things are looking Googley inside Moscone Center tonight. The action all starts at 9 a.m. tomorrow! #io15___

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2015-05-27 17:09:40 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 93 +1s)Open 

The early registration line is intense -- already wrapped way around the building. (The event actually starts tomorrow.) #io15 

The early registration line is intense -- already wrapped way around the building. (The event actually starts tomorrow.) #io15 ___

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2015-05-27 16:58:49 (6 comments, 6 reshares, 202 +1s)Open 

Hello, I/O. Some lovely dreary weather in San Francisco this morning. #io15 

Hello, I/O. Some lovely dreary weather in San Francisco this morning. #io15 ___

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2015-05-22 17:39:15 (37 comments, 10 reshares, 247 +1s)Open 

A note from Mr. Obvious:

If Google were currently plotting the demise of Google+ -- as some are now speculating, given reports that G+ Photos may morph into a standalone service at I/O next week -- the company probably wouldn't have bothered creating, implementing, and promoting the intricate new Collections feature for the G+ social stream this very month.

A note from Mr. Obvious:

If Google were currently plotting the demise of Google+ -- as some are now speculating, given reports that G+ Photos may morph into a standalone service at I/O next week -- the company probably wouldn't have bothered creating, implementing, and promoting the intricate new Collections feature for the G+ social stream this very month.___

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2015-05-22 15:31:00 (9 comments, 19 reshares, 209 +1s)Open 

A hint of steel for your smartwatch

Nice-looking new minimalist face here by +Dale Drechsler. Tapping the weather icon brings up detailed weather info along with your watch's current battery level.

This is a face for Watchmaker, so you'll need either the free (https://goo.gl/fbxsd1) or premium (https://goo.gl/ijnTXg) version of that app in order to use it.

Once you have Watchmaker installed, open the appropriate link below from your phone, download the face, then select to open it with the Watchmaker app. That's it!

For Moto 360: http://facerepo.com/app/faces/details/dd-steel-14d76af067c
For any other round watch: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5vc38ahg11ppv80/dd-steel-v101-round.watch?dl=0

A hint of steel for your smartwatch

Nice-looking new minimalist face here by +Dale Drechsler. Tapping the weather icon brings up detailed weather info along with your watch's current battery level.

This is a face for Watchmaker, so you'll need either the free (https://goo.gl/fbxsd1) or premium (https://goo.gl/ijnTXg) version of that app in order to use it.

Once you have Watchmaker installed, open the appropriate link below from your phone, download the face, then select to open it with the Watchmaker app. That's it!

For Moto 360: http://facerepo.com/app/faces/details/dd-steel-14d76af067c
For any other round watch: https://www.dropbox.com/s/5vc38ahg11ppv80/dd-steel-v101-round.watch?dl=0___

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2015-05-21 19:53:28 (16 comments, 9 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

R.I.P. Ripples

Remember Ripples? They were interactive charts that made it easy to see how any post or Web page had been shared on Google+.

As recently as yesterday, you could load them either by clicking the down-arrow on a G+ post or by using a bookmarklet to view the Ripples for any external page (see https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/Sn1zUBPXiWG). 

Today, though, the option is gone from the G+ dropdown menu and the URL from the bookmarklet leads to a 404 page. I was surprised to notice that when I tried to view the Ripples for an external article this morning. Turns out Google quietly announced the discontinuation of the feature in a community post last night: 

Starting today, the Ripples feature in Google+ is no longer available. Page owners can continue to get post performance analytics through the Google+ Insights tool, located in the MyB... more »

R.I.P. Ripples

Remember Ripples? They were interactive charts that made it easy to see how any post or Web page had been shared on Google+.

As recently as yesterday, you could load them either by clicking the down-arrow on a G+ post or by using a bookmarklet to view the Ripples for any external page (see https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/Sn1zUBPXiWG). 

Today, though, the option is gone from the G+ dropdown menu and the URL from the bookmarklet leads to a 404 page. I was surprised to notice that when I tried to view the Ripples for an external article this morning. Turns out Google quietly announced the discontinuation of the feature in a community post last night: 

Starting today, the Ripples feature in Google+ is no longer available. Page owners can continue to get post performance analytics through the Google+ Insights tool, located in the My Business dashboard. Thanks for your support as we continue to make Google+ a simpler, more streamlined experience for all.
(https://plus.google.com/+googleplus/posts/dbVpERPaqYA)

Damn shame. Maybe the feature wasn't widely used -- I honestly don't know -- but it was an incredibly handy way to see how a post or page was spreading on G+ and how exactly it was being shared. I looked at it in one way or another almost every day.

But alas, Ripples' time has evidently expired. So farewell, old friend. May you ripple happily through the rivers of the digital beyond.___

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2015-05-21 18:35:50 (23 comments, 19 reshares, 219 +1s)Open 

Some very interesting stuff on the way, gang. Get ready...

Some very interesting stuff on the way, gang. Get ready...___

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2015-05-21 15:20:06 (18 comments, 13 reshares, 108 +1s)Open 

Android Wear support is on the way to Shazam

A new way to identify songs via your smartwatch -- and get a glimpse at lyrics, too.

The update doesn't seem to be live in the Play Store yet (for me, anyway), but hopefully soon.

I've been using Sony's TrackID app for this same purpose. Will be interesting to see how the two compare.

• Shazam: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shazam.android&shsocial
• TrackID: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sonyericsson.trackid

Android Wear support is on the way to Shazam

A new way to identify songs via your smartwatch -- and get a glimpse at lyrics, too.

The update doesn't seem to be live in the Play Store yet (for me, anyway), but hopefully soon.

I've been using Sony's TrackID app for this same purpose. Will be interesting to see how the two compare.

• Shazam: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shazam.android&shsocial
• TrackID: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sonyericsson.trackid___

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2015-05-20 18:10:49 (11 comments, 9 reshares, 184 +1s)Open 

Technology rule #487: If you're able to have a conversation on your phone while working out, you aren't working out.

Technology rule #487: If you're able to have a conversation on your phone while working out, you aren't working out.___

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2015-05-20 16:15:07 (36 comments, 3 reshares, 142 +1s)Open 

Things that are not cool:

1) Selling a standalone smartwatch charging cradle and not including the wall adapter 

(See also: Moto 360 charging dock)

Things that are not cool:

1) Selling a standalone smartwatch charging cradle and not including the wall adapter 

(See also: Moto 360 charging dock)___

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