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Andreas Proschofsky has been at 8 events

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Google ATAP462,842Come hang out with us at #io2014 . If you're headed to the conference, be sure to swing by our Sandbox to get hands-on with Spotlight Stories and Project Tango. If not, you can still catch the latest #GoogleATAP updates with our session live stream at 9:00 a.m. PST on Thursday. See you there!Google ATAP Session at #io20142014-06-26 09:00:00164 
Google Chrome Developers87,448We will be streaming all Chrome Dev Summit sessions live on YouTube. For more information about the event, check out the website and join the Chrome Dev Summit community.Chrome Dev Summit Live Stream2013-11-20 18:30:001826 
Ingress2,611,097Here is a list of Emergent XM Anomalies based on the work of our Investigative community (in particular Agents +Anthony Castanza, +Owen Johnston, +Jaredo Wens and +Sonny Lee, with the assistance of many other agents, including +Jonathan Roemer, +Daniel Beaudoin and +Storey Redshaw) and verified by highly-placed Intelligence sources.  OCTOBER 12, 2013Los Angeles, CASan Jose, CABangkok, ThailandOCTOBER 26, 2013Seattle, WAKiev, UkraineNOVEMBER 2, 2013Atlanta, GAMadrid, SpainMumbai, IndiaNOVEMBER 16, 2013Dallas, TXVienna, AustriaDECEMBER 7, 2013Phoenix, AZRome, ItalyDECEMBER 14, 2013San Francisco, CABuenos Aires, ArgentinaThe intelligence sources have indicated that as the #13MAGNUS data is analyzed further, secondary locations may also be uncovered.More information will be added to this Google+ event page as it becomes available.XM Anomaly: #13MAGNUS, Vienna2013-11-16 13:00:00386 
Google+8,333,739The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0034122 
Niantic Project1,337,565Agents, here are additional details related to the Emergent Anomaly in San Francisco on May 16, 2013. Operation: Bowstring2013-05-16 19:00:00252 
Google Developers1,485,511Google I/O is an annual developer conference featuring highly technical, in-depth sessions, and showcasing the latest from Google's product teams and partners.Google I/O 20132013-05-14 23:00:005070 
Trey Ratcliff7,902,152Meeting Time:  5:30 PM PT on May 14Meeting/Starting Location:  http://goo.gl/maps/6u1gq - Yerba Buena Gardens - in the grassy area in front of the waterfalls Route Map: http://goo.gl/maps/oYzA9 Ending Location:  Union Square on the Geary Street SideHashtag:   #GlassPhotoWalk  How to Win Google Glass:  This will be a random selection for people at the PhotoWalk.  At the Photowalk you will given a ticket with unique number. Hold onto that ticket! Look for +Curtis Simmons to get yours! At the end of the photowalk we will draw a random winner from the tickets that were handed out. To be elegible to win Google Glass you must be 18 years or older (bring ID), a US Resident with proof of residency, and be present to win when we call your number! Join +Thomas Hawk and +Trey Ratcliff for a once-in-a-lifetime free event!  If you've never been to a photowalk, this will be a great one.  We'll help teach you more about photography and you can join in the fun!  Bring a friend or come alone.  It's a family-friendly event, and we look forward to seeing you!The Plan: Look, it's possible security may throw us out of our meeting spot right away, and I may not be able to jump up on a bench and give my Mussolini-esque speech.  If that happens, here is the plan:- Focus on PhotoWalkers:  - Even though we'll be taking photos of the city as we weave through it on our route, it's OPEN SEASON on other PhotoWalkers! Take all sorts of photos of your fellow walkers, and later, tag away.  Get close, get far, get creative!- Photo Lessons - I'll be stopping a few times throughout the walk to set up for shots.  I'll talk through my settings and describe my setup.  People are welcome to look through my camera.- Need Photo Advice - Come up any time throughout the walk and ask me or Thomas anything!  We're happy to help.  No question is too dumb, and we are happy to help!- Sharing - Get back home to the sweet internet after the event and upload your photos to the event.  Tag people in the photos, and tag the photos with Google+ San Francisco PhotoWalk with Thomas & Trey! All skill levels are invited - Grand Prize: Google Glass!2013-05-14 17:30:001377 
Vic Gundotra7,027,312Join us for a night of interactive simulations, hands-on experiences and live musical performances from Train and Paul Oakenfold.If you’re attending, make sure to grab the latest Google+ app for your Android phone and turn on Party Mode to share your experience with the world. #io12Google I/O After Hours with Train and Paul Oakenfold!2012-06-27 19:00:002655 

Andreas Proschofsky has been shared in 10 public circles

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Andro idReview2If you are not in this circle and want to be in this circle, please do the following:1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already.2. Publicly share this post to public, your circles and extended circles.3. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above.2014-06-20 16:34:56473001
Cliff Wade7,287It's time for some #FollowFriday  and to start the day off, I'm going to share nearly 500 Android users from one of several Android circles that I have.You really need to circle them all!!2012-09-28 04:26:11489526
Andrew Jackson0#SharedCircles   My contribution to Shared Circles DayAndroid Developers  2012-08-17 12:47:17152002
Richard Frost6,866Babylon 5 Fans CircleIts been awhile since I shared my Babylon 5 Fans Circle.. over 240 members strong now..  enjoy.. If you want to be in it just message me If you were added and want to be removed - I apologise and I will remove you from the circle.Enjoy   #babylon5   #babylon5fans  2012-07-04 18:15:522442319
J J Esquire1,890I haven't shared this circle in a while...It's full of #babylon5 fans and includes +Patricia Tallman (verified). If you aren't a part of this circle, and you would like to be, please let me know and I will add you. 2012-06-06 22:36:26176903
Richard Frost5,923Its that time again where I share my curated Babylon 5 Fans circle..to the world to find more fans.. if you are a fan and you are not in this circle please add a comment to the post to request to be added.#b5fancircle2012-01-21 21:42:491562514
Daniel Sandstein3,662The Cream of the Crop of December 2011What's this?On +CircleCount everyday some very interesting persons are choosen and recommended. These are persons without hunders of thousands of followers but with a lot interesting content. You won't find silent people leading the rankings like +Britney Spears here, but interesting people that are worth to be followed.You can find the Cream of the Crop daily here:http://www.circlecount.com/daily/Past Cream of the Crop circles:November 2011: http://goo.gl/x6TJkOctober 2011: http://goo.gl/2xVn92012-01-04 13:14:09299251318
Daniel James44What with all the recent #Hobbit related news (the trailer - http://goo.gl/CMBDw & Production Video 5 - http://goo.gl/gkhtT), I thought I would share my current Hobbit Fans circle. These are all people I've circled after noticing they showed interest in some form or another about The Hobbit movies. Please feel free to add some, or all, of these people to your circles (but don't abuse it!).If you'd like to be included in the circle, let me know. Or, if you'd like to be removed, let me know as well. For all Hobbit-related news, please follow +"The Hobbit" Movie Fans and +The Hobbit Movies. Don't forget to interact! Oh, and use the #Hobbit hashtag.2011-12-24 06:34:27258302
Georg Holzer2,375Mein Media-ZirkelGeorg Holzer hat einen Kreis mit Ihnen geteilt.2011-09-29 21:50:12109228
Björn Lindahl263Here's my Android developer circle which originate from the post +John Hostile did a while ago that started to list Android developers here on G+. The circle have been extended with people I've come across that mention they are Anddoid devs in their About page. If you feel that someone is missing or you feel that you shouldn't be on this list, give me a heads up in the comment. Here's Johns post if you're interestedhttps://plus.google.com/u/0/104570711580136846518/posts/CECXy1zgn7FBjörn Lindahl shared a circle with you.2011-09-27 07:10:091491208

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2014-10-24 20:34:46 (33 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

If you already have Google #Inbox  here is a nice little trick to share the love without using up an invite. Turns out that if you add a second (or third or fourth) Google account to the Inbox app this will automatically be unlocked. Neat. So you could use this for all your secondary, tertiary, whatever Google accounts.  You could also use that trick to unlock some of your friends but I would advise against that for security reasons.

But if you absolutely must at least minimize the security / privacy risk:
# Let them enter their Google credentials on your phone (please don't ask or peek for passwords)
# choose to only sync Gmail/Inbox (no need to leave unnecessary data traces)
# switch to the new account
# they should now be unlocked for Inbox (which is signaled by the welcome mail)
# Remove their Google account from your phone again. Like ini... more »

Most reshares: 13

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2014-10-23 15:42:17 (0 comments, 13 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Finally a new air safety video by Air New Zealand! ;))) #hobbit  

Most plusones: 53

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2014-10-30 09:31:42 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Dear Google. I really love all the recent redesigns of your apps. And the new Play Movies app is a thing of beauty - no doubt about that. But: Having an overflow button that contains exactly one entry and this being "refresh" seems kinda - ridiculous. #materialdesign   #papercuts
+Matias Duarte +Kirill Grouchnikov +Artem Russakovskii +Liam Spradlin 

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2014-10-30 09:31:42 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Dear Google. I really love all the recent redesigns of your apps. And the new Play Movies app is a thing of beauty - no doubt about that. But: Having an overflow button that contains exactly one entry and this being "refresh" seems kinda - ridiculous. #materialdesign   #papercuts
+Matias Duarte +Kirill Grouchnikov +Artem Russakovskii +Liam Spradlin 

Dear Google. I really love all the recent redesigns of your apps. And the new Play Movies app is a thing of beauty - no doubt about that. But: Having an overflow button that contains exactly one entry and this being "refresh" seems kinda - ridiculous. #materialdesign   #papercuts
+Matias Duarte +Kirill Grouchnikov +Artem Russakovskii +Liam Spradlin ___

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2014-10-30 12:50:22 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Bundling the Nexus 6 with a 6-month-trial for Google Play Music All Access: Good. But restricting this offer to new subscribers is like laughing at you current customers, Google. So: Bad.

Bundling the Nexus 6 with a 6-month-trial for Google Play Music All Access: Good. But restricting this offer to new subscribers is like laughing at you current customers, Google. So: Bad.___

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2014-10-28 19:51:59 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Some more info on Google's latest moonshot. Great stuff.

Some more info on Google's latest moonshot. Great stuff.___

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2014-10-22 16:59:45 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Just in case. If ANYBODY gets an invite. Please invite me ;) Oh and just the obvious observation: The naming and this being seperate from Gmail makes me think that this might be positioned as a general purpose mail client - not just for Gmail but also other types of accounts. Hope they keep it all well seperated from the Google stuff if that turns out to be true.

Just in case. If ANYBODY gets an invite. Please invite me ;) Oh and just the obvious observation: The naming and this being seperate from Gmail makes me think that this might be positioned as a general purpose mail client - not just for Gmail but also other types of accounts. Hope they keep it all well seperated from the Google stuff if that turns out to be true.___

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2014-10-29 13:25:18 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

New special trailer for "Avengers: Age of Ultron". Thoughts?

New special trailer for "Avengers: Age of Ultron". Thoughts?___

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2014-10-27 13:29:44 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Finally some proper example photos taken with the Nexus 6. Those were done to show the virtues of HDR+ [1], still great to see what to expect. Personally I think those look pretty good (Especially the HDR+ ones - no surprise here). So what do you think?

[1] http://www.googleresearch.blogspot.co.at/2014/10/hdr-low-light-and-high-dynamic-range.html

___Finally some proper example photos taken with the Nexus 6. Those were done to show the virtues of HDR+ [1], still great to see what to expect. Personally I think those look pretty good (Especially the HDR+ ones - no surprise here). So what do you think?

[1] http://www.googleresearch.blogspot.co.at/2014/10/hdr-low-light-and-high-dynamic-range.html

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2014-10-21 09:33:38 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Article is in german but there are loads of screenshots of the new Google Apps for Android 5.0 in there. So you might take a look anyway.

Article is in german but there are loads of screenshots of the new Google Apps for Android 5.0 in there. So you might take a look anyway.___

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2014-10-21 20:19:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

How the times have changed...

___How the times have changed...

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2014-10-24 06:18:29 (28 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Here it is: My review of inbox (yes, in german. sorry for all the non-german speakers). Anyway - very sort summary: There is lots to like here. Really love the To-Do concept, mass sweeps are extremly helpful to achieve Inbox Zero.  Also Snoozing is great, and having all your mails presented in a Google-Nowish way is simply amazing. OTOH there are still some bugs and also some very apparent problems. Like it having no "Empty Trash" button. Or that there is no way to hide bundles in the sidebar. Oh - and Chrome only on the web is also kinda disappointing.

Here it is: My review of inbox (yes, in german. sorry for all the non-german speakers). Anyway - very sort summary: There is lots to like here. Really love the To-Do concept, mass sweeps are extremly helpful to achieve Inbox Zero.  Also Snoozing is great, and having all your mails presented in a Google-Nowish way is simply amazing. OTOH there are still some bugs and also some very apparent problems. Like it having no "Empty Trash" button. Or that there is no way to hide bundles in the sidebar. Oh - and Chrome only on the web is also kinda disappointing.___

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2014-10-31 18:24:03 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

;)

"Ahh damn it!! Who let the pumpkin play on the Oculus again?!"

CREDIT/IMAGE via: twitter.com/blue_zoo #halloween___;)

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2014-10-23 14:59:32 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Some good advice for new Inbox users.

Tips for new Inbox Users
Some tips on getting used to the new Inbox experience (note this is particularly geared towards my web usage, but mobile is a similar experience):

Start fresh
1) Snooze emails you know have due dates
2) Pin the emails you need to follow up on
3) Sweep everything else away. Don't worry - they're in the Done list (the new All Mail) if you really need them

Bundle everything
If you've used multiple tabs in the old Gmail, that's bundles - one line item for a group of emails. Go to each entry in the side nav and make sure they bundle in the inbox (you may have to hit the gear in the upper right on web to see the option) and change the name as needed. Bulk changes in these settings is even easier from the main Settings screen.

Priority Inbox
Enable bundling on the 'Low Priority' label - this groups uncategorized, lower priority emails into a single bundle. You can always move something out of low priority by tapping the overflow and using the 'Remove from Low Priority' option.

Pin and Sweep
On the quest to Inbox Zero, you're bound to go past a horde of emails you don't really need to read. What I've found effective is to pin just the emails you need to look at, then immediately sweep the others away. After that, you can proceed to read and snooze emails as appropriate.

Use Snooze!
Snooze is ridiculously powerful in changing a receive time list of emails (starred of Gmail) into the order that you control. After you've hit inbox zero, this is where you can go if you want to get ahead of the game. Otherwise, just wait for things to come back into your inbox and enjoy that blissful feeling while you can.

Go 100%
Switching between Gmail and Inbox will make you question your life choices. Believe me, you'll like it once you do all the other things on this list.

It took a bit of time, but I've really enjoyed using Inbox now. The new auto-created bundles (Travel, Purchases, and Finance) have been particularly helpful in handling categories that normally I've not even attempted to control.___Some good advice for new Inbox users.

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2014-10-24 18:39:19 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Wow. Just wow.

I knew I had high performing people working for me.  But breaking the sound barrier falling in a space suit from a 135,908 foot high balloon ride this morning?  Thanks +Alan Eustace!___Wow. Just wow.

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2014-10-22 10:57:31 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Seems like Google is trying to revolutionize email. Again. A task-oriented approach seems like a great idea - but I'm not so sure if the majority of people will adjust to that. They are very used to email the way it is now - no matter how much it sucks.

Seems like Google is trying to revolutionize email. Again. A task-oriented approach seems like a great idea - but I'm not so sure if the majority of people will adjust to that. They are very used to email the way it is now - no matter how much it sucks.___

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2014-10-23 21:33:04 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Uhm. What?!?!?

This is plain crazy. An invite for Google’s reinvented email application, Inbox, is now going for more than $150 on eBay. We all saw it coming, but I don’t think anyone expected the internet to be this desperate to get access a few days early. This is in…___Uhm. What?!?!?

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2014-10-31 20:51:03 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Interesting project to anonymize data collection - and it's open source, too.

Interesting project to anonymize data collection - and it's open source, too.___

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2014-10-31 20:57:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This could be big.

This could be big.___

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2014-10-30 12:32:59 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Nice.

Nice.___

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2014-10-21 20:30:09 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

+The Verge has the first Nexus 6 hands-on - and - surprise! -  seems to be pretty impressed with the camera. Cautiously optimistic now.

+The Verge has the first Nexus 6 hands-on - and - surprise! -  seems to be pretty impressed with the camera. Cautiously optimistic now.___

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2014-10-24 18:48:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

So I saw the +TechCrunch article from this morning that discovered this feature all the Android blogs reported on over a month ago and decided not to say anything.

But now after seeing +The Verge's bullshit headline, I just have to point it out.

"Amazon hid a full app store in its Android app for six weeks and no one noticed."

What you meant to say, +The Verge, is: _"Amazon hid a full app store in its Android app for six weeks and TheVerge didn't notice"_

These editorialized titles can go take a hike.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/09/09/breaking-amazon-updates-its-app-to-5-0-with-access-to-entire-digital-catalog-instant-video-app/

So I saw the +TechCrunch article from this morning that discovered this feature all the Android blogs reported on over a month ago and decided not to say anything.

But now after seeing +The Verge's bullshit headline, I just have to point it out.

"Amazon hid a full app store in its Android app for six weeks and no one noticed."

What you meant to say, +The Verge, is: _"Amazon hid a full app store in its Android app for six weeks and TheVerge didn't notice"_

These editorialized titles can go take a hike.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/09/09/breaking-amazon-updates-its-app-to-5-0-with-access-to-entire-digital-catalog-instant-video-app/___

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2014-10-24 21:53:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

And the power of +Sundar Pichai grows. And grows. And grows. Besides Android, Chrome and Google Apps (which he has already been responsible for) Pichai will now also oversee research, search, maps, Google+, commerce and ads and infrastructure as sort of a SVP for all Google Products. 
So: Congrats! Couldn't think of anyone better to fill that role!

And the power of +Sundar Pichai grows. And grows. And grows. Besides Android, Chrome and Google Apps (which he has already been responsible for) Pichai will now also oversee research, search, maps, Google+, commerce and ads and infrastructure as sort of a SVP for all Google Products. 
So: Congrats! Couldn't think of anyone better to fill that role!___

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2014-10-20 20:23:22 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Looks like I'm on +Android Police  ! sorta ;)

Looks like I'm on +Android Police  ! sorta ;)___

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2014-10-30 15:49:39 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This is one project I simply can't get excited about. Haven't been using bookmarks since years. Typing in the URL bar is just way faster. 

This is one project I simply can't get excited about. Haven't been using bookmarks since years. Typing in the URL bar is just way faster. ___

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2014-10-21 20:54:11 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Guess that counts as official confirmation

Guess that counts as official confirmation___

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2014-10-21 15:48:19 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Great to see Google focusing on further improving user security.

Great to see Google focusing on further improving user security.___

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2014-10-22 18:53:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Inbetween all that hype surrounding Inbox Google also announced a major new revision for Google Earth on Android introducing better 3D graphics.
For those who don't want to wait for the update:
http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google-inc/earth/earth-8-0-0-2305-apk/

Inbetween all that hype surrounding Inbox Google also announced a major new revision for Google Earth on Android introducing better 3D graphics.
For those who don't want to wait for the update:
http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google-inc/earth/earth-8-0-0-2305-apk/___

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2014-10-24 04:35:42 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Did you get your invite already?

A whole bunch of you are about to get happy.

Also: we still don't have the ability to invite manually, so please don't ask and spam your email address everywhere. Only invites from emailing Google for an invite are going out now.___Did you get your invite already?

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2014-10-31 07:15:50 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

So his next step is to build an incubator for startups to build tech hardware. Will be interesting to see what comes from that.

Breaking news about +Andy Rubin, the father of Android ___So his next step is to build an incubator for startups to build tech hardware. Will be interesting to see what comes from that.

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2014-10-21 16:06:12 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

You want Songza support and the Material Design update for Google Play Music? It's here. Now.
Edit: Here is the new APK:
http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google-inc/google-play-music/google-play-music-5-7-1717q-1530520-apk/
Btw: This release is actually quite a bit newer than the leaked one from the Nexus 6 system image. (and has some further UI polish)

You want Songza support and the Material Design update for Google Play Music? It's here. Now.
Edit: Here is the new APK:
http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google-inc/google-play-music/google-play-music-5-7-1717q-1530520-apk/
Btw: This release is actually quite a bit newer than the leaked one from the Nexus 6 system image. (and has some further UI polish)___

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2014-10-27 16:47:53 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Good move by Microsoft. Let's see how / if Google will react to this.

Microsoft is giving away unlimited OneDrive storage for Office 365 subscribers. What will Google do?___Good move by Microsoft. Let's see how / if Google will react to this.

2014-10-31 08:19:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Three days later Google still hasn't managed to recover the old Fit activity data that was wiped during the install of the new Google Fit app . They promised this to happen in 24 hours. So starting to wonder if it will really come back after all.

Google Fit has graduated from preview and is now officially launched! Thank you for your engagement and feedback during the preview! You can share your apps and continue to discuss the Google Fit platform in this community. We’re excited to see what you come up with!___Three days later Google still hasn't managed to recover the old Fit activity data that was wiped during the install of the new Google Fit app . They promised this to happen in 24 hours. So starting to wonder if it will really come back after all.

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2014-10-24 20:56:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Seems like Google really doesn't want us to continue using the leaked Google Fit app ;)
btw: the URL linked is not active yet - obviously. But after Google release it Google Fit should be at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.fitness

Seems like Google really doesn't want us to continue using the leaked Google Fit app ;)
btw: the URL linked is not active yet - obviously. But after Google release it Google Fit should be at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.fitness___

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2014-10-28 19:09:32 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Uhm. Wow.

Uhm. Wow.___

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2014-10-27 16:10:29 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Two major outages for Google in one week :-/ Not good. Google Keep is crashing left and right for me...

Google Drive and some related services are currently experiencing issues for some users, according to Google. We’re investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive. We will provide more information shortly. Affected users will notice 500 errors and…___Two major outages for Google in one week :-/ Not good. Google Keep is crashing left and right for me...

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2014-10-22 17:05:39 (27 comments, 4 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Oh wow. That was fast. Google's Inbox just launched. So: Does someone have an invite for me? :) Pretty please! 

Oh wow. That was fast. Google's Inbox just launched. So: Does someone have an invite for me? :) Pretty please! ___

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2014-10-20 21:01:41 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

If you still had doubts: The new Gmail app is going to fully replace the old email app (including exchange support) #androidlollipop   #android  

If you still had doubts: The new Gmail app is going to fully replace the old email app (including exchange support) #androidlollipop   #android  ___

2014-10-28 16:52:14 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

And here it is: The official Google Fit app in  all its beauty. Now could we please get an update for Android Wear to actually save the aquired fitness data to Google Fit?
Edit: Seems this also replaces the Google Fit app on Android Wear. So my wish has already been granted. It deletes your history so far though :-/

And here it is: The official Google Fit app in  all its beauty. Now could we please get an update for Android Wear to actually save the aquired fitness data to Google Fit?
Edit: Seems this also replaces the Google Fit app on Android Wear. So my wish has already been granted. It deletes your history so far though :-/___

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2014-10-28 19:19:00 (2 comments, 8 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Can't stop watching this. Oh - and great little trick, too ;)

Cool visual trick: To create 3D effect in GIFs, add vertical lines. http://boingboing.net/2014/10/28/adding-vertical-lines-to-gifs.html___Can't stop watching this. Oh - and great little trick, too ;)

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2014-10-20 20:12:04 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Playing around with the Android preview build[1] for the #nexus4  which already includes a bunch of redesigned Google apps (from a system dump of the Nexus 6/9). Really dig the Google Calendar and GMail redesigns. Muuuuuuuuuch better. Also Google Fit looks positively minimalistic. Other apps look more like their current versions with hints of Material Design applied (like the Music app - meh).
Oh and btw: Android 5.0 is screaming fast on the N4.

[1] http://forum.xda-developers.com/nexus-4/development/lpv-79-mako-port-beta-t2807446

Playing around with the Android preview build[1] for the #nexus4  which already includes a bunch of redesigned Google apps (from a system dump of the Nexus 6/9). Really dig the Google Calendar and GMail redesigns. Muuuuuuuuuch better. Also Google Fit looks positively minimalistic. Other apps look more like their current versions with hints of Material Design applied (like the Music app - meh).
Oh and btw: Android 5.0 is screaming fast on the N4.

[1] http://forum.xda-developers.com/nexus-4/development/lpv-79-mako-port-beta-t2807446___

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2014-10-24 20:34:46 (33 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

If you already have Google #Inbox  here is a nice little trick to share the love without using up an invite. Turns out that if you add a second (or third or fourth) Google account to the Inbox app this will automatically be unlocked. Neat. So you could use this for all your secondary, tertiary, whatever Google accounts.  You could also use that trick to unlock some of your friends but I would advise against that for security reasons.

But if you absolutely must at least minimize the security / privacy risk:
# Let them enter their Google credentials on your phone (please don't ask or peek for passwords)
# choose to only sync Gmail/Inbox (no need to leave unnecessary data traces)
# switch to the new account
# they should now be unlocked for Inbox (which is signaled by the welcome mail)
# Remove their Google account from your phone again. Like ini... more »

If you already have Google #Inbox  here is a nice little trick to share the love without using up an invite. Turns out that if you add a second (or third or fourth) Google account to the Inbox app this will automatically be unlocked. Neat. So you could use this for all your secondary, tertiary, whatever Google accounts.  You could also use that trick to unlock some of your friends but I would advise against that for security reasons.

But if you absolutely must at least minimize the security / privacy risk:
# Let them enter their Google credentials on your phone (please don't ask or peek for passwords)
# choose to only sync Gmail/Inbox (no need to leave unnecessary data traces)
# switch to the new account
# they should now be unlocked for Inbox (which is signaled by the welcome mail)
# Remove their Google account from your phone again. Like in immediately.

WARNING Never, ever, ever do this with someone you don't know / trust very well. Also never ever, ever, ever share your password with someone else, so don't do this remotely. And never ever, ever, ever, ever forget to remove their Google account from your phone immediately afterwards.

thx to +Bernhard Friedreich for pointing this out___

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2014-10-23 20:19:28 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

So beautiful  #inboxzero  on #inbox  (or: #inboxinboxzero  ?).

So beautiful  #inboxzero  on #inbox  (or: #inboxinboxzero  ?).___

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2014-10-31 07:41:53 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

AppleInsider really is my prime example for a tech blog that (sometimes) does great reporting on a certain topic and really needs to shut up about everything else. All their pieces about Google, Microsoft whatever are such a spectacularly bad combination of factual errors, general cluelessness and pure fanboyism. This one for instance is just - wow. A total lack of the slightest clue about the real reasons for Samsung's current problems in combination with gems like that:
"Those profits allowed Apple to make massive investments in OS software, apps and custom silicon. In contrast, Samsung largely relied upon off the shelf software from Google and Application Processors from Qualcomm."
Uhm yeah. Unless you count that Samsung actually does build its own processors, screens and loads of other hardware. Contrary to Apple that buys all their screens from other manufacturers and... more »

AppleInsider really is my prime example for a tech blog that (sometimes) does great reporting on a certain topic and really needs to shut up about everything else. All their pieces about Google, Microsoft whatever are such a spectacularly bad combination of factual errors, general cluelessness and pure fanboyism. This one for instance is just - wow. A total lack of the slightest clue about the real reasons for Samsung's current problems in combination with gems like that:
"Those profits allowed Apple to make massive investments in OS software, apps and custom silicon. In contrast, Samsung largely relied upon off the shelf software from Google and Application Processors from Qualcomm."
Uhm yeah. Unless you count that Samsung actually does build its own processors, screens and loads of other hardware. Contrary to Apple that buys all their screens from other manufacturers and whose CPUs are built by companies like - Samsung. (but Apple does some great CPU design themselves - no question about that)
Oh and everyone who says that Samsung's problems actually has more to do with the rise of companies like Xiaomi clearly has to be an "Apple critic". Because.___

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2014-10-27 15:59:50 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

So Google is hosting a design and technolgy event next week - it's invite only though. This is includes a Fireside chat between +Matias Duarte and +Joshua Topolsky - which should be fun (and should be published shortly after the event)

FORM: Conversations about design & technology, hosted by Google. November 4+5, San Francisco #FORMSF14

On November 4th and 5th in San Francisco, we'll be hosting our inaugural edition of FORM. This small event is intended to be a wide-angle examination of the intersection between design and technology. We're bringing together design thinkers and practitioners to have meaningful conversations over a day and a half of panels, talks, workshops and networking.

The event kicks off with a fireside chat between +Matias Duarte (VP of Design here at Google) and +Joshua Topolsky (Editor and Chief Digital Content Officer at Bloomberg). Recordings of the fireside chat and more (full schedule at google.com/design/form) will be available shortly afterward.

We can't wait to share some of the learnings that come out of the event! Check this space for updates and recaps throughout and after the conference.___So Google is hosting a design and technolgy event next week - it's invite only though. This is includes a Fireside chat between +Matias Duarte and +Joshua Topolsky - which should be fun (and should be published shortly after the event)

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2014-10-30 16:32:04 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Well that looks interesting.

Well that looks interesting.___

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2014-10-20 21:56:44 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Ooooh. Yes! The redesigned Google Calendar app also has a new widget that doesn't make me want to pull my eyes out.

Ooooh. Yes! The redesigned Google Calendar app also has a new widget that doesn't make me want to pull my eyes out.___

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2014-10-31 06:53:57 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Seems like Sony is not one of the companies profiting from Samsung's current weakness...

Seems like Sony is not one of the companies profiting from Samsung's current weakness...___

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2014-10-31 15:29:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

If someone wants to see more very low light photos taken with the #nexus6  Next up: Some photos that are taken in an ~optimal situation, please?

Happy to be back home, and look who was waiting to welcome me!___If someone wants to see more very low light photos taken with the #nexus6  Next up: Some photos that are taken in an ~optimal situation, please?

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2014-10-20 21:43:15 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Ambient Display is working just fine on the Nexus 4. #android #androidlollipop

Ambient Display is working just fine on the Nexus 4. #android #androidlollipop___

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2014-10-23 15:42:17 (0 comments, 13 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Finally a new air safety video by Air New Zealand! ;))) #hobbit  

Finally a new air safety video by Air New Zealand! ;))) #hobbit  ___

2014-10-21 21:10:53 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Turns out Android 5.0 might be pretttty difficult to root cause Google has further tightened security. Which is great for users, don't get me wrong, but rooting devices that the manufacturer doesn't allow to be unlocked might be very hard to root from now on. So choose your device wisely...

On LPX13D, SELinux, and root

As promised, here are some more details about the current situation.

Why it breaks

Google has really put some effort into better securing Android, and we've seen a lot of SELinux related commits to the AOSP tree over the past months. There is some disconnect between the AOSP tree and actual L preview builds, some things from AOSP are not in the L preview build, and vice versa. Ultimately, it's a pretty good bet these things will mostly align, though.

On most devices and firmwares, SuperSU's daemon is started by the install-recovery.sh service script that runs at system boot time, as user root with the init context. This is what the daemon needs to function.

Recently, they've started requiring all started services to run in their own SELinux context, instead of init. Developers and security guys following AOSP have known this was coming; AOSP builds have been logging complaints about this specific service not having its own context for a while now.

Now this script runs as root, but as the install_recovery context, which breaks SuperSU's operation, as it is a very restrictive context.

In the last AOSP build I have tried (a few weeks old), there were a fair number of other holes that we could use to launch the daemon. At first glance(!), it seems those have all been closed. An impressive feat by the guys working on this, if it proves true.

How to fix it

To fix root, all that really had to be done was ensure the daemon's startup script is run at boot as the root user with the init context.

There are multiple ways to do this, but unfortunately for now it seems that it does require a modified kernel package (changing the ramdisk).

In the modified kernel packages I've posted for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, the daemon's startup is fixed by commenting out the line in init.rc that forces the install-recovery.sh script to run as the install_recovery context, so now it runs as init again, and all is well.

Repercussions

As stated above, it seems for now that modifications to the kernel package are required to have root, we cannot attain it with only modifications to the system partition.

Combine that with a locked bootloader (and optionally dm-verity) and a device becomes nigh unrootable - exactly as intended by the security guys.

Exploit-based roots are already harder to do thanks to SELinux, and now because of the kernel requirements for persistent root, these exploits will need to be run at every boot. Exploits that make the system unstable (as many do) are thus out as well.

Of course, this is all dependent on OEMs implementing everything exactly right. If a certain OEM doesn't protect one of their services correctly, then we can leverage that to launch the daemon without kernel modifications. While I'm fairly certain this will be the case for a bunch of devices and firmwares, especially the earlier L firmwares, this is not something you should expect or base decisions on. It is now thus more important than ever to buy unlocked devices if you want root.

It might also mean that every firmware update will require re-rooting, and OTA survival mode will be broken. For many (but far from all) devices we can probably automate patching the kernel package right in the SuperSU installer ZIP. We can try to keep it relatively easy, but updating stock firmwares while maintaining root is probably not going to work as easy and fast as it did until now.

Apps need updates

Unsurprisingly, with a new major Android release, apps will need updates. None more so than apps that go beyond the Android API, as root apps do, but even some non-root apps will be affected by the security changes.

As one example, someone posted in the SuperSU thread of a kernel flashing app that didn't work. From the logcat you could see that it was looking for partitions in /dev/block from its normal non-root user and non-init context. That used to be possible, but now it is restricted: normal apps no longer have read access there. 

The solution for that app is actually quite simple: list the /dev/block contents using root instead. But simple solution or not, the app will still need to be updated.

By far most root apps should be updateable for L without too much issue. There are indeed exceptions that will need some special care, but those are rare.

Permissive vs enforcing

The kernel packages I posted for the Nexus 5 and 7 LPX13D  firmware keep SELinux mostly set to enforcing. I say mostly, because SuperSU actually switches a small part of the system to permissive, so apps calling su can do most things without much interference. The details on this are lengthy (yes, your apps will be able to modify policies as well if needed, which should be rare), and I will document these for other developers after L retail release, assuming it will all still work at that time.

Alternatively, you can set the whole system to permissive or otherwise disable SELinux. There are other kernel packages released that indeed do this. The advantage here is that it instantly fixes some apps' issues, as the SELinux based restrictions have all gone the way of the dodo. The disadvantage here is that you've just shut down a major part of the security system of the device.

Some would argue that a device with an unlocked bootloader, root, encrypted modem firmwares of which nobody really knows what they're doing, etc, is inherently insecure, and thus disabling SELinux doesn't make much difference.

I personally disagree with this. While I do agree that these things weaken security down from the ideal level, I would still not disable more security features than I absolutely need to. Just because you cannot eliminate all attack vectors, is no reason to just completely give up on defending against them.

It is of course your own choice if you want to run a permissive system or not. I will strive to keep everything working in enforcing mode though, and I hope other root app developers will do the same - as stated earlier in the post, I believe this is still possible.

(everything in this post is subject to change for retail L release, obviously)___Turns out Android 5.0 might be pretttty difficult to root cause Google has further tightened security. Which is great for users, don't get me wrong, but rooting devices that the manufacturer doesn't allow to be unlocked might be very hard to root from now on. So choose your device wisely...

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2014-10-22 19:16:25 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

And then that happened :)))))) #inbox   #googleinbox  
P.S.: Sorry to say: Right now I've got no way to invite anyone else :(

And then that happened :)))))) #inbox   #googleinbox  
P.S.: Sorry to say: Right now I've got no way to invite anyone else :(___

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