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Just pledged. One of the things I love about my Z3C is the magnetic charging. I would love to have on my tablets.
ZNAPS is raising funds for ZNAPS -The $9 Magnetic Adapter for your mobile devices on Kickstarter! ZNAPS is a specially designed magnetic connection adapter for your mobile devices. Connection is just a snap away.
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Between being a fairly happy kid and being exhorted on by the radio to "Smile you're a tourist attraction" I managed to have lips with a slight upturn so I look like I'm smiling much more than I am...although I can adopt the stare for someone who tells me to smile.
 
Women struggle with Resting Bitch Face.

I have the male equivalent: Important, Impatient, Middle-Aged White Dude Face. It’s far from a curse; I find it extremely useful. 
The perks, perils and hypocrisy of the serious female face at rest.
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They also overestimate the amount of esteem behind the smile.
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Our summer holiday in one big album. I like it.

It's the first big trip we've taken with the #Porsche #Macan and it was awesome. The "truck/van" (registration description) is very comfortable to drive and passenger in and I think we traveled with more stuff than we ever have. I did all the driving in Vancouver (other than the trip to the car wash) and what a nice change from the daily 60 kph commute. Set the adaptive cruise to a bit over the speed limit and let the cruise control keep you with the flow of traffic. It was also nice to be able to take a group places. Fred tried all the back seat positions (including the middle) and felt he had lots of room. Surprising because it doesn't look like there's a lot of space behind the seat. Ergonomics and engineering FTW.

Back to work soon :(
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Fred wanted to sit in all the back seats because we have the panorama sunroof (love the light) and the peeps on macanforum keep complaining about the lack of headroom for 6 footers. at 5'11" there was no head grazing, even in the middle.
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Play with kitchen aid attachments or go to the MI:Rogue Nation. 
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+Craig McAnuff The kitchen aid is amazing and Fred got the accessories package that will replace our food processor.

+Sylvain Le Bourhis I've seen it a couple time now. Total reboot.
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I agree with Watson that it's because they don't refer to anything except by euphemism. Babies aren't in stomachs unless you eat one!?!
Apparently my video about how Planned Parenthood is obviously not selling baby parts has gone viral amongst horrified anti-abortion proponents, which has led them to flood my inbox and my ...
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It's that of the week!
 
Hangout Show #125 [event]
Wait?  Didn't you guys already hangout this week? Yeah, we did , but that was for the OnePlus.  This is for ALL the news of the week... and there's lots. So, see you there Android Coliseum: Hangout #125 July 29, 2015 ON AIR 10PM EST Event link: https://plus...
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I really enjoyed the first season of Continuum then was a sporadic viewer. I will watch the final season though.
 
Only 6 hours to wrap up that big cliffhanger from last season
Syfy is wrapping up Continuum this year with a final, 6 episode fourth season. It’ll start in Canada on September 4th, and will air in the United States on Syfy on September 11th.
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From the trailer, she seems to change the future.
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This is an interesting link. When not on holidays I try to stay well under 2000 and add some activity. When I feel like my eating is out of control due to candy, I use my fitnesspal which 1550 to maintain my weight. To put that in perspective a medium coffee with one cream/one sugar and a Tim's muffin is over 400 calories!?!  A McDonalds kids meal for lunch with a grilled wrap is 430 calories.

That doesn't leave much for snacks and supper unless you eat a ton of vegetables. If that was your lifestyle you wouldn't be concerned about calorie intake.
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Wow on myfitness pal, I usually aim for net calories - between 1800 and 2200 (the 2200 being for the pregnancy). With my treadmill desk (probably overestimated burn) that usually requires about 2500. My nutritionist said that this was likely because - even if I only walk at a moderate pace for 4ish hours most days - I'm likely to be one of those people who adds in a lot of additional activity without thinking about it. Taking the stairs, walking places instead of driving, or just refusing to ever sit still... 

Of course, when I wasn't tracking calories I was totally the kind of person who filled up so terribly on vegetables and other low-caloric-density foods, that got me into a lot of trouble. 
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After a small set back, pitas stuck together after they were rolled out, success!
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nice but Fred wouldn't eat the donair meat. We use falafels.
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Home again, we like to be home early so we can acclimatize to being back at work and stuff. It's supposed to be a hot sunny weekend.
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Another great choice for the budget minded.
 
Moto G 2015, Moto X Play and Moto X Style - Comparison Infographic
Motorola unveiled their new family of phones yesterday. The Moto G 2015 and the Moto X Play will be available in Canada. The following infographic will help you compare the specs of the three new models. Source: www.motorola.com www.motorola.ca Follow us on...
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Lots of well priced options for people who don't want a subsidized device. This one, Moto's new handsets and of course the OnePlus 2
 
My week with the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3. This review was written entirely on my Idol 3.


My journey began Friday afternoon, July 17th, when I arrived home to a nice package in my mailbox.


First impressions


So opening the box you find a sleek phone that is almost the exact dimensions of the oneplus one, if only a tiny bit thinner. The Idol 3 looks great with its front facing speakers and lack of any capacitive buttons (my preferred style). Flipping it over you see the camera is in the corner and the Idol branding.


It is a bit bigger than I thought like a phone to be. I maintain the nexus 4 and 5 are great form factors that are more than enough for me. This packs a 5.5" display with small bezels on the sides but maybe a bit larger along the top and bottom than was necessary.


The power button is on the left side along with the Sim card / SD card tray. The power button is a little high for my liking and can be a bit awkward reaching for it. The volume rockers are along the right side, also a bit high up for comfortable use during phone calls. It would have been nice if all these buttons were on the left side to make controls easier, but that only works well for me as a right handed user.


It came with a nice pair of headphones and included several earpieces to fit the various sizes anyone could need.


The phone is surprisingly light and nice to hold. The smooth edges are easy on my hands. It is also quite thin which is a surprise compare to similar size phones on the market.


This may be inconsequential but I love the placement of the Sim tool since it saved a little plastic bag as I have seen in other phone purchases.


Powering up


Right on startup I was prompted by a software update before I could even begin adding my Google accounts. This was kinda nice and the patch apparently has improved performance of the camera as well as overall phone performance.


The startup sound is really loud which surprised me. Thankfully this can be turned off with a little digging under settings. Start up was nice and fast and I was up and running in just a couple minutes.


I love the lack of bloatware on this phone. The apps included were: Facebook, Twitter, facetune,

All which are removable by the user. Only the system specific apps cannot be removed but most can be disabled just like the Google Apps.


The software


The Idol 3 runs on near stock Android. There are a few touches that I think are pretty nice which offer some helpful actions and uses. Material design is omnipresent on this device and Alcatel did a great job with their stock messaging app. It is reminiscent of Google's messenger, but better performing in my opinion. There is one instance I have found where the messaging app gives the 3rd person in my mms the same picture as person #2. I'm sure an app update could fix that.


The func option allows you to add up to 5 functions to the lock screen for quick access. Things like taking a selfie, adding a contact, playing music and the calculator are welcome additions that do not require me to unlock the phone.


There is a reversible mode that allows the phone to used no matter the orientation. I can answer and place calls with the phone upside down and it seems to work well overall. I can hear out of the speaker next to my ear even when upside down and there are mics at both ends to facilitate calls. My only niggles would that it doesn't handle turning the screen back on when I pull it away from my face causing me to have to search for the power button when trying to end a call.


Alcatel also included a nice file manager app that is well designed and looks great thanks to material design.


The specs


Powered by a snapdragon 615, there are 8 cores to keep you moving right along. The cores are set up in a 4x4 arrangement for power efficiency. 4 cores running game up to 1.7ghz and the other 4 max out at 1.0ghz.


The 2gb of RAM allows pretty good multitasking and an overall smooth transition between multiple open apps. Only the occasional stutter, but I imagine some future software patches could improve this.


The 5.5" 1080p display ,coming in at 410 ppi, is just amazing. It is probably the brightest screen I have ever had on a phone. I keep it around 25% with adaptive brightness enabled and I have yet to need it brighter during everyday use. The screen is a joy to watch movies on when you crank the brightness up.

The camera

The camera is nothing special and takes pictures that work. I never expect the perfect smartphone pics to be as good as my DSLR.

One nice touch is the inclusion of a Barcode scanner in the camera app. All in one works well.
Doesn't have photosphere which is sad but I rarely use that feature.


The performance


The Onetouch Idol 3 is overall snappy. There are times I can bog down the phone if I try and sometimes scrolling can show some stutter. Minor to me.


I like the addition of the little broom under the multitasking button that let's you clear background apps with a single click. My nexus 4 could use something like this.


Call performance is what I expect from a phone. Audio was clear and connects quickly. That seems to be network dependent more than phone but this phone is nice to use for calling.



The sound


The Idol 3 has front facing speakers which are loud and clear. Sometimes I wonder if I hear tinny sounds or maybe I just haven't heard speakers like this before. This is my first phone with dual front facing speakers and it is pretty nice when I can use them.


Included were a nice pair of JBL tangle "resistant" headphones. These are a major improvement over my existing Samsung headphones and really provide a great audio experience. These function as your antenna with the built in radio app which is a great addition for me as I listen to my local NPR station and don't need to use any data to stream it.


The battery


The Idol 3 has a 2910 mAh battery. Amazing that such a battery can be stuffed inside such a little body and still be so light. It is not removable which is something that I don't like and makes me nervous. Even so, if the battery is of moderate quality I should see 2 years easily out of this phone.


The battery life has been incredible. I can easily get 5 hours of screen time with the Idol 3 and make it through 24 hours without a charge easily. I no longer am worried if I will make it to bed time with my phone working since it handles everything I can throw at it. I set the battery saver to kick on at 15% (it is baked into android lollipop) and it does a great job of reducing performance just enough to extend the battery. One day I unplugged my phone about 8pm and made it until after 8pm the next day, with over 4 hours screen time before the battery saver kicked in. I ended up charging it when I went to bed and still had 8% left and nearly 5 hours screen time.


Since this phone is so thin, maybe someone could design a battery case that adds just a bit more and this phone could go 2 solid days on a charge.


The price


The Idol 3 retails for $250. A pretty great deal for a phone that performs well and offers great value for your money. It is up against the oneplus one at the same price point which does have some higher specs. I have not used a oneplus one so I cannot offer a comparison. From my reading


I was able to snag this phone for $200 on the Amazon Prime day as Alcatel offered it for the same price as Amazon. This made it a great buy for me.

Add the fact that Alcatel offers a 30 day money back guarantee (providing the phone is returned in near pristine condition) you just can't go wrong even for $250.


Final thoughts


With excellent battery life and reasonable performance running nearly stock android, the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 is a great phone. At $250 you can barely beat this solid device.


Crisp sound, beautiful screen, light, long battery life and a form factor (not my personal favorite) that is manageable.


There is some lag that can get annoying but is something minor and could easily be fixed with a software patch. Switching back to my galaxy S5 I notice the performance difference. While it is not that much, there are times where a faster processor helps. If the Idol 3 was clocked a little higher it would perform quite well (you can root and do this at your own risk).


This phone is up against a lot of competition such as the new moto g, original oneplus one, and the all new oneplus 2.


I would give this 4 stars and recommend this to anyone looking for a reasonable budget phone that performs well and offers a great experience.



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⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆ this...... So much
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Novice agility title with my Duck Toller, completed a BSc through long distance education at U of Waterloo, primary author on research paper on the effect of temp and pressure on surfactant CMC.
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We've been using this kennel for 7 or 8 years on the recommendation of a former boss. He had big dogs and we have small dogs but our guys love it there. They do pay attention to their charges; we've been asked to bring toys for the boys to play with and our dogs get to play with other similar sized dogs. It's great to have somewhere to leave Milo and Duffy that we know they enjoy. They are very clear that communication is by email (so there are records) and we have never had a problem.
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