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If it wasn't for the OEMs complaining, you'd think HTC are the company for Google to buy and start building their own iPhone competitors. Them or Sony's mobile division, but HTC would need less work.
 
Is it time for HTC to return to Nexus phones? Rumor claims it could bring us pair this year
A new rumor suggests Google may return to its roots and arrange for us to get two HTC Nexus phones this year.
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Didn't know what the box was but took it anyway, amazing. 
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Bit of an odd tale.
What happened when slaves and free men were shipwrecked together
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US fighting the Japanese in Alaska during WWII. 
Eight decades after Japanese troops seized control of Alaskan islands during WWII, LIFE presents rare photos of the day-to-day existence of Allied troops during the little-known Aleutian Campaign.
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I don't know if any of this is actually true, but it's interesting none the less.
 
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Why do these things correlate? These 15 correlations will blow your mind. (Is this headline sensationalist enough for you to click on it yet?)
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This quick review will mainly focus on my initial impression of Sony’s Android TV implementation and not the TV itself.
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Maybe I made the right call not jumping on the 5X bandwagon. 
When Nexus time comes around in the latter half of each year, it’s a special place for real lovers of Android; we get to see the vision that Google (and its partner manufacturers) have for Android in the coming months. In fact, it’s an exciting time of year for us, and 2015 was no different. The rumours proved correct, and[Read More...]
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+Kim Luu haha I don't mind the back, but the front bezels just seem too much given what's there. Add that to the ram and price and it just isn't ticking enough boxes for me. 

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More of a thought piece than a prediction, but I think for these to really take off they need to be able to replace your phone. If not full time, at least casually. For example, you don’t need your phone when you go for a walk, but it would nice to be contactable in an emergency.

CES is the time of year when the world’s biggest and most ambitious companies in technology, automotive, and entertainment gather to talk about the future. Absent from that conversation this past...
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I've mentioned quite a few times over a year ago that the smart watch would never take off on scale as it is, as you suggested +Ben Floro​, too heavily coupled with the phone. 

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Beta seems accurate. 
The Gizmodo headline last week was blunt, in the way that the best Giz headlines are blunt: Everything Apple Introduced This Year Kinda Sucked. It's worth reading; it is surprisingly easy to make...
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Jony Ive. He's No.5. 

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Dear Google,

While I understand you wish to compete on the digital assistant front via a messaging app, you need to understand what drives people to use a messaging service. While I'm sure one day this will be all the rage, you can have a bigger impact sooner by just making your messaging products good.

When Hangouts launched, it seemed like a competitive offering. But since then it has largely withered on the vine. You can't send video, you can't send voice recordings and it's support for phone calls is extremely average. The emphasis is on making calls over cellular services and having video chats. Voice calls would get a lot more use, and while they are possible, the experience is disjointed via the desktop app. Also, the complete lack of integration from Android's Contacts app and Hangout calls is completely perplexing. Viber, Skype and I'm sure Whatsapp allow you to call contacts from your list of contacts, and yet this option is conspicuously absent for Hangouts contacts. You built the functionality but didn't think to utilise it?

If you want to get people embracing your messaging service it needs attention. Attention to updates and attention to detail, all of which is sorely lacking with the Hangouts app. You go to the trouble of verifying user's phone numbers but I'm yet to see any actual impact from going through with this process. When you've come from such a position of strength with gTalk in terms of raw active users, to let Hangouts fall by the wayside in this way feels like a real missed opportunity.

Build a great messaging service that works consistently across mobile and desktop and then worry about automation bots, because people won't stay for the bots if the messaging service is average, there are too many other reasonable services available to offer just an average experience. 
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Just frustrated haha. It's therapeutic to rant. 

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Sunday marked the centenary of the evacuation of Allied troops from the Gallipoli peninsula in World War I. More than 10000 Anzacs had already died before the final evacuation order came, and many more would have died during the operation but for an invention of simple genius.
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