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Lots of potential here.  (No, I didn't work on this.)
 
We're excited to begin the discussion about a product we've been working on which is set to redefine push services on Android.
OwnPush We know that push messaging is a key tool for developers to keep users engaged with their apps/services and to deliver timely content. Right now t…
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I mean it works "with" doze when doze gets notifications, but this cannot wake your device right?
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That is some EPIC fail there...
 
Here are some pictures of the torn down SurjTech 3M cable that fried my Pixel.

This is a follow up to my review here : 
https://www.amazon.com/review/R2XDBFUD9CTN2R/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

Visual observations :
1. Red wire to G. Black wire to V. So wrong.
2. Missing SuperSpeed wires on the back of the connector. Only 4 wires in total. This cable was advertised as a USB 3.1 SuperSpeed cable but is entirely missing the TX/RX
3. Generally a poor job with the soldering of the wires.

Other observations using a multimeter : 
1) 10 kΩ resistor instead of 56 kΩ resistor used.
2) resistor hooked up as a Pull-down instead of a pull-up

#USB   #TypeC   #USBC  
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Hmm - yeah, isn't white D+ and green D- so they got that correct instead of accidentally just reversing everything?

If everything were simply reversed it would be more likely to be a mistake, but them intentionally trying to work around another screwup makes a lot of sense.

That's worse than wiring ID to a non-5v-tolerant pin of a 3.3v microcontroller and wanting ID to be high.  (I believe I've seen this in a product, since grounding ID does nothing...)
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DIY lo-carb coffee liqueur, don't think a Melitta was meant to be used this way... 
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+Nathan Bass Truthfully I'd want something clear that shows off the liquid's color instead of hiding it/faking it.  :)  Either way, NOT a Gatorate Propel bottle.  :)
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"If you shoot him, me may skew the results" - Dark Matter is...  interesting so far.

PSN is down, so Netflix time.
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OK, I got a notice that some of my content supposedly violates Google+ policies, but NONE of the content I've posted in as long as I can remember (I just went through the past FOUR MONTHS of my posts to confirm) could possibly fit into the category of "Facilitating the sale of regulated goods or services, or promoting regulated goods and services to inappropriate audiences, is not permitted."

How do I find out which of my posts actually were considered a violation?  Right now, Google+ is saying "You did a bad thing but we won't tell you what it is."
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I. Am. Affan. Shaikh. And. I. Was. Interested. With. Space. 
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Guess what - now Facebook apparently blocks certain sites with links to G+ as malware.  (It seems inconsistent, but at least once I tried to post a link and FB said it had forbidden content - the forbidden link was a G+ URL.)

Wonderful.
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+Mark Kennard if that happen, >90% people will ditch chrome and use other browser to access Facebook. 
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Sony A6300:  Full-readout 4K, copper wiring on sensor to gain at least partial BSI advantages without BSI, the new A7xII adapted lens AF algorithm.

But no IBIS makes me sad.  :(  Seriously, WTF Sony?  Why make A-mount lenses only partially usable (AF but no stabilization)?
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+Ibrahim Awwal It's better than the Canon 7D I have at work...  god that thing is a confusing nightmare.
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Everything is +Alex Cruz 's fault.

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So much so even Obama blames +Alex Cruz​
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47 degrees? Seattle is WARM...
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In Ballard we were even enjoying our food and drinks outside!
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You know, I really hate how most mobile service providers in this country screw their customers.  I also think that many of T-Mobile's policies are not as hot as they market them - for example, all T-Mobile devices are sold with SIM locks and locked bootloaders, despite them no longer having contract subsidies of phones.  Not very "un-carrier" of you, +T-Mobile .

I also usually support the EFF in most of their efforts.

This most recent Binge On whining is not one of them.  The service is entirely optional and operates EXACTLY as T-Mobile describes.  From their site - http://www.t-mobile.com/offer/binge-on-streaming-video.html Plus, almost all other video streaming is optimized for mobile so you watch 3 times more video with your data plan.

BOO HOO AN OPTIONAL FEATURE DOES EXACTLY WHAT THE PROVIDER SAYS IT DOES!  SHENANIGANS!!!

You don't like how Binge On operates?  TURN IT OFF.

About the only issue I have is that T-Mobile needs to make it easier to flip the option on/off.  Is it that hard to create a mobile app that does this, +T-Mobile ?  (Ideally, a launcher widget for Android would be ideal here...  Want to turn the feature off for a rapid download?  Click the widget.)
Call 844-222-1889 for great deals! With Binge On from T-Mobile, you can stream video to your device from Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and more without ever using your high speed data!
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+Dmitriy Briskin only if you go over the data plan, which is irrelevant for my grandfathered unlimited plan, which has never been throttled. As opposed to being charged for overages, makes sense, eh?
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There was a recent interesting Engadget article that indicated Toyota was backing Ford's open-source SmartDeviceLink project - effectively trying to create the equivalent of Android Auto/iCarPlay in open-source form.

I was unaware of this until now, looks interesting.

Toyota's involvement isn't exactly a surprise since they've done technology-sharing with Ford before.  (I believe Escape hybrids use hybrid technology licensed from Toyota).

It really does appear to be open source - https://github.com/smartdevicelink - would be interesting to get this running on a raspi.


Edit:  They could've chosen a better name.  SDL leads to a lot of confusion, since that has been the acronym for Simple DirectMedia Layer for a LONG time.
SmartDeviceLink Scope and Goals. SmartDeviceLink is a project which intends to standardize and wrap the many in-vehicle interfaces which may exist in the automotive context. The end goal is to provide an expandable software framework to both mobile application developers and automotive head unit ...
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They've been SDL for years though.

Also, it seems like Livio is involved - didn't they make a presentation on this sort of stuff at BABBQ12?
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So, I got a notice today stating that some of my posts may be in violation of Google's terms of service, specifically:

"Facilitating the sale of regulated goods or services, or promoting regulated goods and services to inappropriate audiences, is not permitted."

WAT?  I have not posted a sale link to anything other than Amazon in ages, and nearly all of what I've linked to have been electronics gadgets that are 100% legal.  Technically, quadrotors are now "regulated" but I haven't even posted any links to quadrotors despite owning a Phantom 2 (no, I would not recommend DJI products at this point...)

Of course, Google is doing the classic "You did something bad but we won't tell you what you did wrong by identifying the specific posts in violation of policy" crap.  How is someone supposed to address "problematic" posts when they don't even know which post is problematic and NONE of the posts they can remember fit the criteria of the supposed violation?
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+Andrew Dodd Well insulin overdose is one of the more pleasant ways to go.
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