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The difference when something is your core business (like Spotify) and when something is a hobby (Google Play Music). You have to do these improvements.

I'm giving Spotify a whirl for three months, and already I like the better playlists. Search kind of sucks compared to Google Play Music, but, duh. 
We are on a mission. With over 25 billion listening hours under the hood since our launch seven years ago, we’re obsessed with figuring out how to bring music into every part of your life, wherever...
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Yeah, my favorite thing about Google is how they're willing to try everything. My least, is how often it feels like they get part way done with a great idea and change directions. This agility is both rare and commendable for a company that size, while also periodically maddening for the user. In any event, doesn't seem likely to change anytime soon...

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These apps track your route to create an interactive record of where you’ve been, even adding photos, videos and notes to make a digital scrapbook.
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Definitely going to try the LiveTrekker! I have MapMyFitness, which was nice but really just geared towards fitness.  Obviously.

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This is true in theory and statistically, but absolutely unreliable in practice.

Airbnb reviews are a good starting place, but you also factor in price, description, pictures, etc. 

My horrible Airbnb experiences (and there have only been two) both resulted from me not putting enough weight on the description and photos. 
Ever met a perfectly pleasant stranger and then you were asked to critique their communication, habits and home?
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Happened yo me in Florida. This single cabin by the woods ended up being "great" and "beautiful" and next to a guys hoarding garage and dirty volleyball court and boats from 1980...

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Step your hotdog game up...
It’s not just a sausage in a bun; it’s a beautiful blank canvas. It’s a hot dog, which is a foodstuff eaten worldwide. Here are 40 distinctive varieties from around the globe. From iconic NYC “dirty w
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+Rob Barber-Delach​ sorry my heart just have out for a few minutes after reading that

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Baltimore. Boulder. Birmingham. Portland (Maine).

I'm here for all of you. 
You're going to want to plan some trips to these cities...
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+Bridget Shaver Houston shows up on the previous list of 7 underrated food cities. Deservedly so because, while they focus on the foodie hipster stuff which is booming, as we've discussed the geographically driven intersection/abundance of Cajun, Mexican and BBQ is a beautiful thing.

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Curated content is great and all, but how about some family accounts, +Google Play​?
 
Designed for Families model for Google Play said to launch at Google I/O. 

#Android #Google #IO2015 #GooglePlay
According to a reported email from Google to app developers, the company may soon release its kid-friendly, family-focused version of Google Play during this year's Google I/O. Previously announced by Google back in mid April, Designed for Families helps curate content made for children and ...
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One of my all time favorite albums. Perfect for a rainy day, chill Sunday morning, whatever...
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I feel like this is one of those things that might look better on video than in practice, but I'm down for anything once, especially if it means I don't need more kitchen equipment...
So easy it should be illegal.
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I can attest that this works, and I don't even like ice cream that much. (Still have an ice cream maker though, naturally.)

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Something I wish +Google Play​​ Music would do...
 
Deezer adds podcasts to its music streaming service
It's become increasingly difficult for music streaming services to differentiate from one another. They all offer huge music libraries, mobile apps and t
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There's a Scientology joke in here somewhere...

 
Tom Cruise once helped NASA redesign its website
In the early 2000s, Tom Cruise was working on movies like Mission Impossible II, Minority Report and The Last Samurai. However, when he wasn't busy playi
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Thai cooks are experts at grilling all manner of meats, but nowhere does that proficiency shine more brightly than with chicken. Crisp, golden skin, coated in a richly charred marinade of toasted spices and herbs seasoned with fish sauce and sugar, the chicken is butterflied, flattened, and threaded onto bamboo skewers before being slowly grilled over charcoal. It's tasty enough on its own, but dipped into a sweet and spicy chili sauce, it become...
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It should be criminal to sell chicken this good. This chain is legendary and growing rapidly in the US for good reason. This is Korean bar food, so ordering it is rather simple. You can get wings, tenders, legs or some combo of this, but trust, just get the wings. They come in two sauces, soy garlic and spicy. You can also get half and half, which could mean a mixture of both on the whole order or half one way and half the other... I've never had it consistent, but I always get it that way. Warning: The hot can be mouth numbing. This won't deter you from eating it, but just an FYI The chicken is fried in some special way that renders the skin to an glass shattering like texture, covered in these amazing sauces. Be prepared that once you start eating you're going to find it nearly impossible to stop. You can pick from a small selection of sides with your order (go for the kimchi coleslaw, all the other stuff is mostly standard). There are other things on the menu, but you didn't come here for that. Prices are beyond reasonable, in line with other national chain wing joints. The pieces are much bigger though. Service here (and at most others) can be really hit or miss. We've called in orders 30 minutes prior, and still had to wait another 30 minutes on arrival. But no worries, there's a full bar with decent affordable beer and cocktails, with tons of TVs showing K-pop and sports. Don't worry, heaven that's been deep fried and sauced is on its way to you shortly.
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Stopped here for a quick lunch on a Saturday. Pleasantly surprised at food and service. Wide menu with lots of crowd pleasing options (fried pickle chips anyone?) I had the fish sandwich, while the rest of my group had the crab cake and cheeseteak sandwiches. All were delicious, though delivery of the order was a bit slow. This was alright, as the restaurant has a Coke Freestyle machine, which allowed us unlimited drinks and flavors. Definitely a bonus for eating in. Prices weren't high but at $10-$15 a sandwich there are other fast casual places I'd think about first (if I'm going to blow the calories I might just as well do Five Guys, Shake Shack or Chipotle). Service was friendly and atmosphere was good. Would go again if I was in the area.
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The gold standard in Maryland crab cakes. This quintessential Baltimore institution has a reputation for making the best crab cakes in the world and it is well deserved. Full of lump crab meat with hardly any fillers or binding. Faidley's is located in historic Lexington Market, one of the city's older public markets and a throwback to a time before grocery stores and when people bought things the day they needed them. It's also an excellent raw bar and seafood market, with tons of fresh catches. It is the crab cakes though that made them famous. Grab a sandwich or a platter, along with a Natty Boh, and find a place at a counter (no seats so you won't stay too long).
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I never thought "dive bar" and "gay" would go together, but PWs is one of the best bars in the area and much needed complement to the DC area gay nightlife scene. Located in an unassuming commercial strip along Route 1 in Laurel, Md, this slightly out of the way bar bridges DC and Baltimore perfectly. A very unpretentious crowd is always having an excellent time in the smallish two room bar. There's always something going on in the second room, whether it's karaoke (a MUST), drag show, or just people hanging out playing pool. Drink prices are beyond cheap, and bar food is standard but prepared quick and served hot (get the tots to share and make some new friends). Other patrons are always willing to talk and make new friends, not just cruising or dismissive if you're not a certain 'type.' Even though it's a bit of a hike from my house, and you most definitely need a DD if you plan on going out (unless you stay at the motel across the street), PW's remains one of the places I turn to first if I want to go out, relax and have a great time.
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Party rental supply operation with a great and wide selection of equipment to make your event awesome. Incredibly friendly staff who gladly help you with your order and answer any questions you have. Prices are beyond reasonable, and service phenomenal.
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Top notch pizza with loads of interesting specialty ones. Priced to move, very competitive with any chain joint. We had the polpette (meatball) and BBQ chicken pizzas, and they were fantastic. Crust is super thin, so this is a folding pizza. Got it for takeaway, but inside was clean and service was cheery and helpful. Would definitely go out of my way to get this again.
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Stopped by after seeing the "Grand Opening" sign from my car window now for a few weeks. Very bare bones except for an ice cream shelf that would put Baskin Robbins and its 32 flavors to shame. I'm not sure how they are related to the now closed but long-time #DTSS fixture Tropical Ice Cream Cafe, but the flavors are pretty much identical. If you like your frozen treats with a bit of an island flare (passion fruit, ginger, four berries, etc) this is your place. Not as extensive of a non dairy option (only two when we were there), but lots of variety. Prices were beyond reasonable ($3 a scoop, $2 Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays) and the owner and staff are so friendly you want to sit and chat. Hopefully this will be a fixture in Wheaton for a while.
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