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How non-US residents can get in on the Apple Pay goodness.

Spoiler: It's a pain the arse.
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That's perhaps even less cost effective than opening a US credit card account though +christopher rizzo ;)
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Best use case for a Chromebook yet.
 
If you connect a Chromebook Pixel with USB-C to a MacBook with USB-C, the universe does not explode. Instead, the MacBook draws power from the Chromebook. I was curious which would win. Be interesting if eventually, you can get software control over the power flow. Not that this would be a common case! Actually, the beauty with both of these is that you can take any ordinary external battery like used for tablets and smartphones. If you have a USB to USB-C cable, those batteries will charge these. Such an advance over all those customized batteries and connectors we've had to endure.
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whiteout notice that chrome book looks like my late 2011 macbook pro. but is not. i like Chromebook, but i do not need more google ecosystem, since have all those apps, download by default yesterday with out any notice, since i want it just the chrome. 
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It's amazing! You can locate your phone anywhere in the world from your browser! So exciting! So revolutionary! Thanks Google for being so incredibly innovative - no wonder you're the king of mobile innovation and all things amazing.

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#phandroid   #icloud  
 
We’ve all been there — you’ve searched under your car seat, tossed around the sofa cushions and you still can’t find your phone. If you know where your computer is, you can now ask Google to find your Android phone from your desktop. If the pesky phone is hiding nearby, Google can ring it for you — or you can see it on the map if you, say, forgot it at the bar. Just make sure you’ve got the latest version of the Google app!
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When Google gets prosecuted, the fans get upset. And paranoid.

Have Google broken the law? Quite possibly.
Why then should it matter who reports the matter to the relevant authorities? Or can competitors not be victims of crime?

Which is kinda what the Competition Commissions exists for. Duh.
 
Microsoft Uses EU Pawns to Sue Google

EU Regulators, at behest of their Microsoft Masters, have taken the first steps in charging Google with anticompetitive behavior.

Microsoft? you ask, What do they have to do with this?

Answer:  Everything.  Trace the complaints, the money, and the influence back to its source in these European antitrust efforts against Google, and Microsoft stands behind it all, the Great Puppetmasters pulling the Regulatory strings.

Indeed, Microsoft's fingerprints are so easy to find on this, that the only fair term to use to describe it is Conspiracy.  Unable to maintain their previous dominance in the technology market, the folks in Redmond have spent these past many years trying to win not in the market, but in backroom lobbying deals.

Their efforts in the United States failed, when Google proved more willing to cooperate with regulators to assuage their concerns and was able to avoid charges.  Europe, however, where proof of consumer harm isn't strictly necessary, has proven a better puppet for their efforts.

One can only hope that, as this process, unfolds, the clear manipulation of European laws as a proxy market war between two American companies will become too obvious to deny.
The European Union is accusing Google of abusing its dominance, and Microsoft has links with the three initial complainants that sparked the antitrust investigation.
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If you're sick of Google stalking you offline as well as on, you'll probably want to give the latest easyJet app update a miss:

Enabled "Mobile Host" for flights into and out of London Gatwick Airport. Mobile Host is a joint initiative with Gatwick and combines live data from the airports information systems, using Google indoor maps, together with a passenger's booking details, location and flight time. The result is personalised instructions and updates for passengers during their journey.

And a whole load more free personal data that Google can mine for profit.
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The first rule of an EU investigation is that you don't discuss the topic with anyone. Including your colleagues.

#evil  
An internal memo highlights the "very strong case" Google plans for its defense.
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Finally I have found a reason to own a Chromebook.
 
If you connect a Chromebook Pixel with USB-C to a MacBook with USB-C, the universe does not explode. Instead, the MacBook draws power from the Chromebook. I was curious which would win. Be interesting if eventually, you can get software control over the power flow. Not that this would be a common case! Actually, the beauty with both of these is that you can take any ordinary external battery like used for tablets and smartphones. If you have a USB to USB-C cable, those batteries will charge these. Such an advance over all those customized batteries and connectors we've had to endure.
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Good point.
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A Google rep agrees that privacy is a modern day luxury, but one that only the super-rich can afford. But hey, we'll get a load of "cool" stuff to compensate.
The 2015 London Mobile Convention brought together some of the 'sexiest' new tech in the form of wearables, Augmented Reality and Big Data. But does it also reflect a clash of cultures? My take...
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UK Sketches 3 - The Near-Divorcee

He stares at his ringing phone in disbelief. He’s used to calls day and night with some emergency at work, but this is the first time in months, no years, that he’s booked himself as unavailable. He’d emailed everyone yesterday to let them know that he wasn’t going to be around. He’d even arranged temporary cover for the night. And yet still they call.

But rather than anger, he feels fear. It’s his bloody phone that has landed him in this mess, and it’s about to put the final nail in his marriage too. Because tonight is make or break time, his final chance to try and patch things up with his estranged wife. A first and last date.

Fed up of taking second place to his employer, she’d moved out two weeks ago, made the humiliating crawl back to her Mum’s house where she’d been living ever since. There had been no shouting, or crying or screaming, she had just waited for the inevitable work call and walked out the front door as he struggled to resolve another issue that could easily have waited overnight. She hadn’t even looked back.

He rubs his bloodshot eyes and searches the crowd for her face. And then her back. What if she has seen him staring at his phone, assumed he was working again, and left? He hasn’t spent two weeks pleading with her, begging for forgiveness just so that some forgetful idiot can ruin it all with a password reset request. He mashes the call end button and feels another knot form itself in his stomach like a slimy, ice cold worm. Will his employer even understand why he can’t take the call? The overarching importance of taking just one night off?

But that’s a battle for tomorrow, tonight he’s going to fight for her heart. And still the doubt gnaws at his gut.

Braintree, Essex — 21st March 2015

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Catch the rest of the UK Sketches series on Medium: https://medium.com/uk-sketches
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Guys, Ben is a recovering alcoholic. This picture thing is all he has, don't take it away from him. Please.
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Bloody hell. Apple stole Find My iPhone and iCloud from Google. Do they not have any original ideas in Cupertino?

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We’ve all been there — you’ve searched under your car seat, tossed around the sofa cushions and you still can’t find your phone. If you know where your computer is, you can now ask Google to find your Android phone from your desktop. If the pesky phone is hiding nearby, Google can ring it for you — or you can see it on the map if you, say, forgot it at the bar. Just make sure you’ve got the latest version of the Google app!
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For the years and years I've been using Find My iPhone, I've desperately wished the Android people that I help all the time had this. So when Google announces it, we say Apple swiped it five years earlier? Strange. I really love both camps.
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Not my speciality I'm afraid, but can one of my many #copywriting  contacts help +Melissa East and her client?
 
Hi Guys, 

A new client of mine needs a small job done quickly, and I can't fit it in this week. Can anyone help?

They are launching four new styles of eyelash extensions and need:
4 x two sentence sales lines for the new products coming soon
1 x sales paragraph for all four paragraphs, another 'coming soon' style. This is the most urgent one. 

Budget unknown, need it done by end of the week / early next week. Client is in USA, so email contact is best.

If anyone can fit it in, please send me your email and website address. 

Thanks!
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LOL^^
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Because Google hasn't yet found a way to buy-off EU policy, they may finally find themselves in some trouble.
The European Union's competition commissioner is expected to announce details of its case against Google over its search engine.
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I am a happily married father to many, and technology freelance copywriter trading under the name of Tech Write. I have 16 years technical experience behind me having worked in support, development, training and management across both public and private sectors.

My role as a writer for Tech Write sees me writing blogs and articles for some of the largest companies in the world and covering topics as diverse as cloud computing, CRM, personal finance, recruitment and hair loss! I also ghostwrite for some of the UK's most successful digital agencies and their clients. I am a specialist technology/technical copywriter but I can (and often do) write about anything.

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