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I must admit, I'm no expert on the Brexit, but here's a perspective I'd not heard before.
 
Brexit - "What was that all about?"
I was born in 1951, six years after the end of the Second World War.  I can remember as a young child seeing the charred remains of buildings in London that had not yet been torn down or reconstructed.  The significance of WWII has been lost on many; the bl...
I was born in 1951, six years after the end of the Second World War. I can remember as a young child seeing the charred remains of buildings in London that had not yet been torn down or reconstructed. The significance of WW...
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Apps And Web Converge

In the fireside chat with the Android team this year at #io16, there was an interesting question posed to the team. The phrasing of the question was a bit odd and the response to the question was kind of more about discerning what was meant by the question than actually answering it, but still, there was something important being asked. It was about whether developers should be making web apps or native apps.

Google I/O 2016 debuted the power of Android Instant Apps. At the same time, it also showcased and pushed offline-first web apps. This is fascinating, because both of those technologies blur the lines between web apps and native mobile apps.

Android Instant Apps create app experiences that people never have to install. This is kind of like how web apps function today: you click links and enjoy the web. In this case though, you're clicking links and launching apps that haven't been installed, but that Google auto-loads for you. Only the parts that you need are loaded, so it's quick. Almost instant. Very much like web experiences. And when you leave, they're gone, nothing left to uninstall.

On the other hand, offline-first web apps are web experiences that really push offline capabilities. There was a huge push for this at I/O this year and lots of technologies were shown to really make this work well. Being able to save an icon on your homescreen for a web page is something you could always do. But having this icon work offline is something only native apps could do before. Now web apps can work offline just like native apps can.

So with offline-first apps, web apps are becoming more like native apps, and with Android Instant apps, native apps are becoming more like web apps.

This is fascinating because it's unclear where the world will go. Will one technology win out? Will both persist? For Google, it doesn't matter, they are bringing the power of each to the other and are betting on both. The lines have been blurred and Google wins either way.

Very interesting to see this move. It's a very Google-ish move too: multiple technologies that seem to do the same thing. Think ChromeOS and Android here. They don't care that they have two competing platforms. The users will decide. Google has a great philosophy on this that one of their employees shared at I/O this year, "if something is really good, it's worth doing twice". Counter-intuitive? Perhaps. Counter-productive? Maybe. But there's also a glimmer of something brilliant in there too. This isn't normal, but it also feels right. It'll be interesting to see where this goes.

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Thanks, +Dave Robinson​. Reminds me.of a slide I had in a presto on The Second Web several years ago. "We don't care what it is, as long as it works." I agree that the overlap is quite intriguing, and points to a continuing dev path for Web apps indefinitely.
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Name those Androids!
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+Dave Robinson​ From the left to the right: Froyo, Ice Cream Sandwich, Cupcake, Donut, Gingerbread, Jelly Bean (behind the Gingerbread guy), Honeycomb, Kitkat, Eclair and Lollipop 🤓 Was nice meeting you at Google I/O! Hope to see you there next year 😉
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Just got into the project Tango session with Johnny Lee. +Heath Freel​ and I followed this guy way before he got to Google when he was doing Wii remote head tracking and using Wii remotes to make virtual whiteboards. Stoked!
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Johnny Lee is blowing our minds!
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This is great, but really poorly announced. Chromebooks were absent from the I/O schedule this year. When I saw then event pop-up on the schedule early this morning, I rearranged my schedule to get in.

There are long lines this year. Read my previous post. A bunch of us lined up for the 11:00 Chromebook session at 9:30. We ended up getting into the 10:00 session on Google Play for Kids. Before entering, we asked if we could stay in the room for the 11:00 session, which is the one we wanted. They said we could. We confirmed this with multiple Google employees and told them we'd rather wait outside at the front of the line until 11:00 if we'd get kicked out after the 10:00 session. We were told they would not kick us out.

After sitting in the 10:00 session, when it ended, the Google staff kicked us all out of the room! We complained, they told us they might not let anyone in. We protested, saying that if anyone gets in, we should be at the front of the line. They then conferred and told us the event was now a press only event. Wow.

So now we had waited since 9:30, sat through a session we weren't interested in, and now were too late to get into the other sessions starting at 11:00. Lunch started at 11:30 and sessions started again at 1:00.

So that means that for us, from 9:30 until 1:00, we had nothing to do!
 
The +Google Play store is coming to #Chromebooks. More on the Chrome Blog: goo.gl/taVzKx
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Notes From My Last Google I/O

This is in all likelihood my last Google I/O.

The venue is terrible and the food is mediocre. I waited over an hour in line to be turned away because the session was full. Another hour in line for another session.

I've never waited in line for a session in the three previous I/Os that I've been to. Since it's an outdoor venue, there is no charging in the sessions. The designated charging areas are fewer than in previous years, and they are totally overrun with people. This has been a disappointment. I feel badly for people I met who flew in from Vietnam, Germany, Holland, and Austria. What a fortune to spend on this.

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Oh man, that sucks. You'd think for the 10-year anniversary they'd go all out and make this the best I/O so far. #shame #io16
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This was pretty interesting. Learn something new every day. The can is pretty cool.
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Paul Davies nails it here. This assumption translates into a much broader certainty outside of the scientific community as well. Why can't we just be honest about it? We just don't have any idea how likely or unlikely it is that there is life out there beyond Earth.
 
The conclusion that the universe is teeming with biology is based on an unproved assumption
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ATAP killed it today in the session. Jacquard, Solo, and Ara were all really cool.
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Credit Where Credit Is Due

So hot on the heels of my last post about how poor I/O was this year, I must say, the after party was unreal last night. Best after party yet.

Charlie XCX was great, and Kygo was unreal.
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This is my fourth I/O and it is by far the worst. This may be my last I/O. Super long lines. I've never waited to get into a session before. There were some that might have been full, but your could always just go somewhere else. Not at this venue. I waited over an hour only to learn that the room was full and I was turned away. Wow.

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Disappointing that Google ignored the capacity, it wasn't like a lottery to get a ticket ;) 
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Programmer, chess enthusiast, follower of Jesus - oh, and I love food too.
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The wait times for the servers are sometimes painful, particularly when they impose a dining limit of 2 hours. I stayed 2.5 hours, and was prepared to argue at length that it was their fault. No matter though, the food (when it arrived) was very good. Massive selection. Almost always cooked to the level on doneness that I preferred. Great flavours to be found here. Recommended for sure. The entire visit was an experience, and one that I will definitely have again.
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Since this place was feature on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, I had to check it out. I just asked the server to bring something delightful from the menu. She brought the chicken marsala. Wonderful.
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