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I played with Ascention VR on a Galaxy Gear at GenCon. First time I spent any time with a VR gear on my head. After watching this, I really want to play with HoloLens.
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Just so I'm getting this straight…

Person signs up for a free ad supported Gmail account. They use said service for free, with the understanding that an algorithm will provide targeted ads based off the contents of their email. Person finds out that some users (namely sudents and educators) get to use Gmail without targeted ads because of Google's prerogative. Person then sues Google for use of the algorithm on their email.

I just can't figure out how people become this entitled over something they don't own or pay for? Just, buy your own flipping email account with actual money and walk away from Gmail if you don't like their free account practices. They litterally owe you nothing.
New plaintiffs hope to push ahead with a class of people who never used Gmail.
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Email isn't a secure protocol. No email should ever be sent without the understanding that someone could read it; email provider or not 
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Really Bad Site Design

I couldn't have made a worse looking website if I tried. You have to appreciate just how terrible it is. I mean, the woman is running for congress, and chose a background song (which you can't turn off) whose opening lyrics are admitting to cheating and lying.
ANGELA AULANI KAAIHUE VOTE AMERICAN FOR CONGRESS
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Buying A Used Nissan Leaf

My wife and I recently moved, and biking to work was no longer a possibility. It was time for me to find a second car. I really wanted an electric car. I loved the idea of no emissions checks, no oil changes, no filter changes, no gas stations, etc. But, they are very expensive.

One thing I found, was pre-owned Nissan Leafs can be bought for a steal. The car's value plummets after only a few years. Consumers seem to be warry about the longevity of the car's battery, so demand is low.

I was able to buy a 2014 Leaf for less than $12,000 out the door. That's 63%+ off the original sticker price. Insane! You couldn't convert a gas car for less money, and here you can get one practically new!

Here's some things you should know if you're interested in buying a used Nissan Leaf.

Battery

Battery capacity is measured in bars. There are a total of 12. After so many years, you will not be able to charge the battery to all 12. Nissan has warrantied the battery to 9 bars for 5yr/60,000 miles. Meaning, if you can only charge to 8 bars, they will replace the battery with a new or remanufactured unit. Make sure you see the car fully charged. Check the CarFax. If the car you're looking at doesn't charge to 9, and hasn't already had a replacement battery, you can just go down to Nissan and get a new one, free!

Nissan has a new type of battery in their cars today that doesn't suffer from the same degradation as earlier models. Supposedly, they have been quietly testing it since some 2013 models. If you get a 2014, you'll already have the better lasting battery.

Range

The car get's ~100 miles to a charge. So, it's best as a second vehicle, and if your total commute is 50 miles or under. The car's range goes down with heavy use of the climate controls (heating in particular). So, a long wintery commute without charging on the other end may be a non-starter for you.

Charging

I'm currently charging off a standard 120v/15amp outlet, and the "trickle charger" that comes with the car. Charging a battery from 0-100 on this takes 21 hours. But, if your commute is short like mine, you will have no trouble topping off your battery every night.

Should it pose a problem, you'll have to have a 220v/30amp plug installed, and need to buy the more powerful home charger (~$600 plus installation).

Costs

I did some rudimentary math, and calculated the cost is equivalent to getting around 100 mpg, at a $2.30 per gallon price. Your results may vary based on your price per kilowatt and price per gallon.

Keep in mind you're also saving a boat load on oil changes and other maintenance. Breaks last longer as well, due to aggressive use of the electric motor for regenerative breaking.

Warranty

The battery warranty starts from the day/month the car was originally sold. If you buy from a Nissan dealer, you'll usually get a 3mo/3,000mi bumper-to-bumper. After that, there's a 7yr/100,000mi certified Nissan warranty from the date of original sale. The 7yr warranty omits much of an electric car's internals, but will cover things like the radio and doors functioning, etc.

There's also 7yr roadside assistance. If you ever run out of battery, you can call Nissan, and they'll tow you to the nearest charging station, free.

Price

Do your research. Kelley Blue Book is a decent resource for sale ranges. 1/3 the list price after 2 years seems to be a good number, and it goes down from there. Haggle. The ball is in the buyer's court.
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Right, the 60,000 mile / five year warranty protects against losing four bars of battery life. The 100,000 mile / 8 year warranty doesn't cover loss of battery capacity.
(See the 2013 version of both at, https://owners.nissanusa.com/content/techpub/ManualsAndGuides/LEAF/2013/2013-LEAF-warranty-booklet.pdf )

Mine has 11 bars left after 3 years in service on the lease and a few months here, I'm sure it'll last me another five years at least.
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This is like Pandora from the movie Avatar in real life!
<p>A forest can feel like a place of great stillness and quiet. But if you dig a little deeper, there’s a hidden world beneath your feet as busy and complicated as a city at rush hour.</p> <p>In this story, a dog introduces us to a strange creature that burrows beneath forests, building an underground network where deals are made and lives are saved (and lost) in a complex web of friendships, rivalries, and business relations. It’s a network that...
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More ui/ux motion inspiration.
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Few more inspiring images.
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Please come to the US, please come to the US, please come to the US…
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One keyboard to rule them all!
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Hmm. A Nexus 6p is looking like a good deal since I need a new phone. Not only does this look poor, but HTC has never done that great with a phone camera.

I'll have to keep an eye out for a price drop closer to launch.
 
The bottom Nexus bezel is so big because it's a recycled design that used to house a fingerprint reader.

Edit: Hello internet. I've got more fun speculative Nexus photoshopping here: https://plus.google.com/+RonAmadeo/posts/jUsBLW8hou1
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Creative, conceptual and communicative art. Year. Client. Agency. Role. t f g. Previous Next. All Works; Editorial; Advertising; Print; Book; Film; Personal. Shuffle. Science News. Science News. Science News. Editorial. Science News. The Art of Negative Space. The Art of Negative Space. Personal.
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Brenton Klik is an Interaction Designer in the Washington DC area. He designs interfaces and experiences for web, mobile, and desktop platforms.

Over the years, Brenton has worked for Carrier Corporation, SAP America, and others to create rich instructional applications, project management solutions, and web based applications. Recently, he has perused interactions in the mobile space, such as data entry and communication.
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    Computer Science, 2001
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Graphic Design (Drawing, Photoshop), Software Design (Persona, Mockups, User Testing), Web Application Development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS), Android Development (Java, XML, SQL)
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  • SAP AG
  • Carrier Corporation
  • Riverwalk Communications
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