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+Google Glass​ Mug Review

As a thank you for participating in #throughglass2014 , Google sent Glass Explorers a new version of Glass right around the same time the wearable graduated from Google[x] to tide them over until Glass launches in a consumer version. The latest version of Glass is quite different from previous iterations of the smart wearable. Let's take a look.

Just like other versions of Glass, this version does require Glassware to be installed to fully use the product as it was intended. I chose to install the provided hot chocolate mix, but added third party marshmallows to complete the experience. It's quite relieving to learn that Google still allows unofficial Glassware on this version too, without it, my hot chocolate wouldn't have been the same.

The new Glass can't be worn on top of your head, but can be loosely attached to one's hand while using the product for short intervals. Your wearing mileage may vary depending on how hot your Glass gets. Yes, sadly, this version is prone to getting warm too. However, unlike the previous Glass, this version seems to cool down the longer your use it.

The usefulness of the new Glass is short lived though. I haven't figured out how to connect the device to my WiFi and pairing with Bluetooth seems to fail too. I've also found that the voice commands that are vital to previous Glass Explorer models aren't available on the new version. Thankfully, I have found a work around that seems to provide similar results. Shouting 'ok glass get me some hot chocolate' or 'ok glass brew me some tea' does yield results if attempted over and over...and over again. Though, this could be because I was driving my wife insane and she opted to fill the request to get me to shut the hell up. Your mileage may vary.

I'm not really sure where Google plans to take Glass, but the Mug variant does seem like a bit of a stretch based on it's limited usefulness. That said, this is the first version of it's kind and I'm sure we'll see future revisions as time goes on in typical Google fashion.
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And there you have it. Consider me not shocked. The tech media always loves to hate on Google+ and twist words into what they are not.

In your face all so-called tech journos, click-bait desperate tearers-apart and gravediggers.

Woe those who believe everything they read from techhunch - style rubbishy publications.


#Googleplus    Thanks +Yonatan Zunger .
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Me, my CBK, and G+ - great start to the day:)
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+Sundar Pichai confirms Google MVNO (wireless carrier) at MWC!

We really don't know all that much besides that fact that it's confirmed to be a real project at El Goog and that Google isn't looking to become the next major players in the game. They're looking to focus on innovations and new technology such as seamless call hand-off between WiFi and cellular data. Google sees value in hardware, software, and mobile connectivity all working well together and plans to explore that route.

Before we had our bit of morning fun over at the Android booth, Google's Sundar Pichai -- who heads the Chrome and Android teams -- took to the stage at the Mobile World Congress opening keynote. One of the more interesting bits to spawn from it? Word that Google is, in fact, looking to become a wireless carrier.
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Seamless calling handoff from wifi to mobile was possible on T-Mobile with their UMA handsets, but it seems those chipsets were incompatible with 3G networks or something, I forget what they said. I used to love that service. Wifi Calling is good, but it fails more often than UMA ever did.
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Dear friends at MWC,

I will be forever in your debt if you snag as many of these Androidified pins as you can. There are 124 available. I didn't go to CES and missed out on most of those and I would prefer not to miss out on the MWC pins too. From one Android fanboy to another: If you can help me out, I'll be forever in your debt.

You can see all of the pins here as well as their locations:

Help me out and I'll make it worth you while... I don't know how, but I will. Social pimping? Is that a thing. We can make it a thing.
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+Anthony Fawcett Yeah! Let's make it happen.
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Android for all ages.

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In July 2011 I uninstalled Facebook from my phone and I haven't had the app installed since. I...I can't believe I'm going to do this. I feel so dirty hovering over that Install button. Don't worry, I have a perfectly good reason and will spill the beans sooner than later.

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+Julien Dodokal Oh. There's an app? I didn't get that far yet. I just got my press badge yesterday. Thanks for the heads up. I have a pretty cool announcement here in another day or two. Stay tuned.
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Google backtracks on Lollipop device encryption

Remember last fall when Google announced that all new devices that ship with Lollipop would ship with encryption turned on by default? Well now we're seeing new devices at Mobile World Congress 2015 and they don't have encryption on by default. It seems that Google even updated their Android device policies. It's not a requirement now, but encryption may be required in an upcoming release to be enabled out of the box.
Many of the newest handsets to launch and ones introduced at Mobile World Congress are found to have no device encryption despite a recent requirement laid forth by Google. So what, exactly, is going on? Find out inside.
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Just got my N6 a couple weeks ago. Currently running CM12 with encryption. I get some performance Hiccup's when multitasking somewhat heavy or running something rather intensive apps without clearing my background apps, other then that I've been totally satisfied. Not enough to make me disable encryption and allow snoopage.
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Google+ is not dead, long live the Stream!

Apparently today is the day that we claim Google+ is dead, since it's being referred to as Google Stream, Google Photos and Hangouts. It's really just media fluff, in my opinion.

The social stream on Google+ has been referred to as a stream since day one here, 3 and a half years ago. Hell the UI used to say 'Stream'. In fact, when talking active users, Google always referred to those users as active users in the Stream.

If Google+ is rebranded to Stream, no one should care. It's not going anywhere. Facebook was branded after a few years too. It used to be called The Facebook. Though I hate to compare the two networks as they're vastly different. The name of the platform should not matter. It's the community that makes the platform.

As for Google+ being decompartmentalized, that's fine by me. I use all 3 areas: Photos for storage and editing, Hangouts for communicating, and the Stream for staying up to date with news, communicating with friends, and sharing my thoughts to the world.

In the end you should all follow me on Twitter at because we all know that Google+ has been a ghost town for years.

Just kidding. Long live the best social network on the planet. Google+ changed my life and helped fuel my Android reporting passion.

Seriously though, follow me on Twitter, just in case. And Instagram too:@derekmross.
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Pretty good!  The eyes are still a dead giveaway.  Would look better with Visine.
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Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

I'm not a fan of TouchWiz, but you can definitely tell that Samsung is bringing their 'A-game' this time with their latest smartphone iteration. They supposedly trimmed the fat of TouchWiz by 40%.
We finally got some personal time with the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The big story with the S6 and Edge is the brand new design. Let's take a
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Otg anyone ? Soon solves that storage problem, swap files over, unplug. That's my take on it.
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+Cyanogen gets a new look, announces +Qualcomm parternship

The latest Cyanogen branding focuses on open source, open Android, and a branding that's a little less techie. Cyanogen also announced their involvement with Qualcomm's new reference device program, which should get Cyanogen's flavor of Android in the hands of platform developers and OEMs around the globe.

Congrats Cyanogen! Onward and upward!
It's no secret Cyanogen could use a change of pace and scenery after the company's public falling out with OnePlus One and the controversy that spawned of the Micromax deal in India, and that's why their new look and tone are a much-needed change of pace.
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I dunno, complaining about the heavy-handedness of Google Play Services licensing while still desiring said services seems a bit disingenuous. If they're going to go that route, they should be making partnerships with more alternative services. Microsoft is an obvious contender, but the ecosystem needs to be much more diverse than that. Why not contact Mozilla or Yahoo?
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Interesting. "Google's Photos and Streams products" Congrats +Bradley Horowitz​!
Just wanted to confirm that the rumors are true -- I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products!  It’s important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products and how they reach users.
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+Tony Fleming So you're saying a new and improved Google Reader for news, social, etc, anything you can cram into your own personal stream? That's really what G+ is right now, to me, minus third party services. I'm not saying I want those services in my stream, but the option to customize my stream as I see fit, similar to Reader, well, that's a plus.
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Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

It really looks like Samsung might have a winner here. The Galaxy S line is finally going all metal, has an absolutely gorgeous display that just so happens to be dual edged, comes with wireless charging, and sports pretty much top of the line hardware all around. So, let me ask you... how are they going to ruin this with TouchWiz? I can't wait for upcoming hands-on videos from my Phandroid buddies +Rob Jackson and +Christopher Chavez. The hardware and design look perfect to me. I hope Samsung's software stack isn't their Achilles Heel once again. 

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Comparison with HTC One M9: 

Normally when Samsung and HTC go head to head, I prefer the full metal chassis of the HTC One line. Now with Samsung upping their premium look and feel game, it's going to be a tough decision for Android fans in the near future. Me, I'm still extremely happy with my Nexus 6 and wouldn't use Sense or TouchWiz if they were the last UI's on Earth ;)

Yes, I know this is hours old, I was gone for the majority of the day today. Let me know your thoughts on the latest from Sammy.
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