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This is what the Lens Blur can do in the new Google Camera app. Pretty impressive stuff. Unedited.

Thanks pro model +Jason Thompson. 😉
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Hey, me too. Except I don't know how using the most popular mobile OS is being rebellious. ;)
I use Linux, Android and drive a stick shift.

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Hmm...I'm using I a rebel? :o!!! Also using Arch and eOS (sorry, I know it's "elementary OS", just easier to shorten it :#)
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Got my NFC Ring today! It's pitch black. Which looks awesome, but makes it super hard to see where the inlays are.

I found the NFC “sweet spot” on my Nexus 5 pretty easily, but boy is it touchy. I really don't think the palm-side inlay is usable as it's just so dang hard to line stuff up.

But hey! I helped fund a company exploring the possibilities of wearable technology. And I have a sexy ring (with some interesting characteristics) to boot.
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+Cassidy James their page says to slide your ring across the back of your phone to unlock, maybe that is more reliable that a tap in the right place. Cool idea though, and here I was thinking about getting a chip embedded in my hand...
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It's elementary OS. Not Elementary OS, elementaryOS, eOS, or anything else.

The next release is Isis. Not ISIS. Not Iris.

I just thought I'd clarify in case people were confused.

It may not seem like a big deal, but we've chosen the names and capitalization form a reason, and if we all refer to them the same way it can cut down on confusion/dilution.
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+William Cornelius I guess some Japanese symbol. I found it on the Internet and prepared for G+ with zero width spaces to prevent converting text between "_" marks to italic.
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Get involved with +elementary!
Would you say, that Vala programming language, for C# programmers, is intuitively accessible and directly understandable?

See these examples: Swell-foop:


Have fun!

P.S.: Vala directly compiles to pure C with no MSIL/CIL medium language in between, no GC. So - brutally fast!
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After playing with this for a bit, I can definitely say it's amazingly better than any other camera app I've used. It's crazy fast, it has beautiful(ly simple) animations, and it has features that match or beat the best that's out there.

• Full-frame photo preview
• Actively discourages VVS*
• Simpler settings menu
• Lens Blur mode that works impressively well
• Higher-res Photo Spheres and Panoramas

The Lens Blur mode is very similar to what you see on the HTC One (2014), except it works. And it works with only one camera, so any phone on 4.4+.
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Damn it feels good to be a Nexus owner - ridiculous price to hardware specs ratio compared to other phones, and free presents from Google every month.

Unless you own a Galaxy Nexus - you guys are on your own.
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It's always interesting to get new players into a category, but I just haven't been impressed with Amazon's hardware efforts. They seem like excellent ideas, executed cheaply with a sole focus of getting people to buy more Amazon stuff.

Okay, which is pretty much the other players' strategies... Apple and Google want to sell you apps, music, movies, books, etc. But I feel like Google and Apple know that the UX is important, where Amazon is taking a heavy handed "All Roads Lead to Amazon" approach.

What are your thoughts? :)
Our first look at Amazon's smartphone — but it's in a protective housing (similar to the iPhone 4 prototype found at a bar)
Amazon's long-awaited smartphone is apparently right around the corner, and today images of what looks to be an early prototype have been leaked by BGR. Unfortunately the pictured device is...
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Definitely agree with that. My partner has the original kindle fire and it's very cheaply done. It ran sluggish from the start and always pushed the user towards purchases. I hope they learn as you are right that they have the right business model, just crap UX
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Not really a fan of this look. Also, Nexus 8 wallpaper.

Edit: ah, the wallpaper isn't new. Still looks like a hidden 8, like what they did with the 7 and 5.
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Time to port your icon theme to android?
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I've been playing around with Mailbox for #Android for the last little bit, and for all the hype that was built up around it, I'm pretty disappointed.

First off, the Android version feels like a cheap port of its #iOS 7 cousin, with little thought as to the design language and guidelines of Android. Sure, it's pretty, but it sticks out like a sore thumb from the rest of my #Holo/Kennedy designed apps. Secondly, my biggest issue is that it just doesn't seem intuitive. At a glance, there's no way for me to tell which emails have been read or not, nor which emails are the ones I've received or the ones I have sent. 

The only feature I can really appreciate is the auto-swipe gesture, in which I can swipe away an email, and have it re-appear in my inbox at a later date. That certainly would help in achieving inbox-zero.

Other than that, I'm not a fan. It's a cluttered mess, and makes the task of achieving inbox-zero feel even more daunting than it already does on more traditional email clients. As a mobile app, I don't think that it works well, but I feel that as a desktop client, it would fare much better.

It's taken forever for +Dropbox to launch #Mailbox for Android, and I don't think they did a good job at all. It's just not nearly as smooth as any of the email offerings on Android.
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Nine is a great mail app for Android.
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UX design, documentation, writing, tech support, being a friendly person, HTML5, CSS3, FTP, distributed development (bzr, git, svn), bug reporting/triaging, social media, UI sketching
  • Visual Logic Group
    User Experience Intern, 2013 - present
    Icon design, front-end web development, print design, whiteboarding, user testing
  • elementary LLC.
    Owner, UX Designer
    User experience design, bug triaging, user testing, bitesize bug fixing in Vala, social media, developer communications, online chat- and email-based user support, high-level decision making, bookkeeping, corporate communications, press releases, developer documentation, end-user documentation
  • Blaedesign
    Consultant, 2005 - 2014
    • Soldering and preparing audio connections. • Researching, selecting, installing, and configuring PC A/V hardware and software. • Training clients on PC A/V hardware and software. • Assisting in the installation of audio and video presentation equipment.
  • University of Northern Iowa ITS Network Services
    Network Engineer Assistant, 2012 - 2013
    • Upgrade switch firmware & configuration. • Utilize Cacti Monitoring Service. • Perform Wireless Site Surveys. • Configure Enterasys Switches. • Provision and configure wireless APs. • Handle RMA procedures. • Utilize NetSight Console for network management. • Utilize RingMaster for AP management. • Create and manage wireless heatmaps with Ekahau. • Track tasks and progress in a ticketing system.
  • Waukee YMCA
    Day Camp Counselor, 2012 - 2012
    • Assist in preparation and delivery of positive activities. • Assist in the development of an activity schedule. • Perform routine checks on equipment and program area to ensure safety. • Demonstrate and enforce the policies and procedures for the day camp site. • Know all emergency procedures and be able to demonstrate them. • Educate participants on emergency procedures and policies. • Encourage participation in all activities. • Establish positive relationships with program participants and families.
  • LCS
    Technical Support Analyst, 2011 - 2012
    • Provide support to internal staff and external clients via help desk. • Assist staff/clients with password resets. • Assist staff/clients with software installation, configuration, etc. • Write and maintain documentation through Sharepoint. • Communicate technical concepts to facilitate understanding. • Rapidly learn and master varied systems and programs. • Track tasks and progress in a ticketing system.
  • Webspec Design, LLC.
    Web Developer, 2008 - 2011
    • Slice web designs into dynamic HTML/CSS/JavaScript/PHP. • Utilize PHP for low- to medium-complexity backend systems. • Create and work with MySQL databases. • Be familiar with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. • Utilize JavaScript and jQuery for enhancing web sites. • Know and love HTML5 and CSS3 for cutting-edge web development. • Use FTP and Linux servers. • Communicate with and train clients in person and over-the-phone. • Write easy-to-understand documentation for clients.
User Experience. Open Source. Geek.
I'm Cassidy James, an open source collaborator, UX designer, tinkerer, tech support guy, and all-around geek.

I'm currently the community manager, the lead writer, a UX designer, and a council member of elementary.

Things I'm a fan of:
  • elementary OS
  • Android
  • Google
  • Open Source
  • Design
  • Typography
  • LEGO
  • Star Wars
  • PlayStation
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reviewed 7 months ago
Kind of disappointing. Their coffee itself isn't too bad, but the red-headed barista always seems super pissy or annoyed. And she makes repeat dumb mistakes like giving me a hot mocha when I order an iced one, not putting in a flavor, or just generally messing up the order.
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reviewed 9 months ago
We got take-out and were thoroughly amused and delighted by the lady who took our order over the phone and met us when we came in. The food was made extremely fast; we ordered, left the UNI campus, and our food was ready when we got there. And boy, the sesame chicken was delicious. We also ordered veggie spring rolls which were pretty good and veggie lo mein which was mediocre (and a bit salty). We'll definitely be going back and trying the buffet; it all looked super fresh (still steaming!) and yummy.
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Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Excellent
Public - 12 months ago
reviewed 12 months ago
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Appeal: Very goodFacilities: Very goodService: Excellent
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
I went here looking for a pair of glasses. Nobody paid any attention to us when we came in and it was unclear if we were supposed to just browse, take a seat (half a dozen others were seated), or flag someone down. Once we did get someone's attention, they acted like we should have known to browse and that we were in their mental waiting list. The frames selection was decent. Everything seemed to be priced in the $40-65 range which is pretty cheap. Everything felt about that cheap as well. Once I found the pair I liked, I had to flag someone down again and wait longer. Finally, they took me to the little desk where they go over lenses. They were fairly nice and honest about the different choices and I didn't feel like I was getting up sold. I chose one of the cheaper options (since I typically wear contacts) and they went off to prepare the lenses, which were ready later that day. I came back and got the glasses that evening. A week or so later, I noticed the hinge was a bit loose on the glasses. Another few weeks later I noticed the outer covering of the glasses was bubbling up and peeling off. Ever since, the problem has gotten worse and worse. I was going to take the glasses back, but my dog recently got ahold of them and nixed that idea. However, I'm not going to be bringing my business back to them; I'm opting for Warby Parker instead.
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Quality: Poor to fairAppeal: Poor to fairService: Good
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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