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Sphero says the BB-8 is the Droid we're looking for, plans to make it!

Rejoice Star Wars and Sphero fans! The reports were true, Sphero's technology is behind the BB-8 Droid from Star Wars Episode VII. The best part? They're going to make a BB-8 Droid for consumers like you and me!
BB-8, the new adorable droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has taken the world by storm over the past few days. In particular, people were mostly su
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I will be getting one. 
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LG Watch Urbane Teaser

This is actually a pretty nice time lapse video, with the LG Watch Urbane being the focal point throughout the various scenes. We still don't have an official launch date or price (besides 41,100 reward miles), so this video won't do anything besides make you drool for one of the best looking Android Wear watches you can't buy yet. Though, Google's Android Wear announcement today made it seem like the LG Watch Urbane would be launching in the next couple weeks, if not sooner.

That said, I'm think I'm more excited for the upcoming #HuaweiWatch.
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While Huawei watch seems potentially nice, it's probably time for next generation. I really hope that the will see something at or soon after I/O. I would love to get some models with higher resolution OLED display, perhaps 640x640. Sure it would impact battery life, but current generation watches are all quite grainy. Also, more watches with built in GPS and better step counting. Reports claim that Apple Watch has really good intelligent step tracking and other fitness function, while Android wear watches are currently quite weak at it. As far as software goes, there really needs to be a better way to get this data out, either via Google Fit, which is really limited now, or with some 3rd party Wear apps.
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+OnePlus One now available, without invite, no gimmicks needed

Nearly 11 months after the first round of users began receiving their Android powered smartphones from OnePlus, the 'One" is now up for sale without invite. No crazy marketing schemes. No contests. No gimmicks. The phone is actually for sale.

The question remains: Is the OnePlus One still a good purchase a year later? That's up for you to ultimately decide, though I will say this, the OnePlus One is a whole lot of smartphone for the price.

Will you be getting the OnePlus One? Holding out for the 'Two'? Or something else?
OnePlus issued an open invitation for anyone who cared to be on the lookout for a big announcement today. OnePlus 2? Hopeful, but those hopes were dashed if the contents of this blog post is all we're to expect today: the OnePlus One is now available for anyone to buy without an invite.
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Yeah... Sadly I've done this.
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This doesn't happen to me anymore.. Unlike most, I've learned! lol
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Tomorrow is the first day of trout season. Let's hope this year goes better than last. I fell and dislocated my shoulder last year, BUT my son reeled in his first two trout, so there was success.
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I live ifraklin co now! I used to fish the river there a lot. I also used to go to the lake alot with my grandfather!
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See, this is how you debate Android versus iOS. There's no need to stab one another like those guys out in Tulsa. Great video +Christopher Chavez​.

#galaxys6   #iphone6   
Oh, and if you'd just like to watch our Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6 video, you can find it right here. #android  
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Am I right in thinking he gave a loss to the edge in the display category? With the warping of the edge or not it's still a damn site better than the iPhone display 
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Yes, let's stop rolling out Android Lollipop to users so that you can brand the freaking voice command hot word. Certainly a follow up OTA could have added this feature.   #facepalm  
If you haven't yet gotten Cyanogen OS 12 on your OnePlus One, you'll have to wait a bit longer. The company has announced that they've had to halt the rollout in order to push out a new version that adds the
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Android Wear OTA inbound, brings WiFi, emjoi drawing and more!

And now the waiting game begins. Google has announced Android 5.1.1 for Android Wear, which brings always-on screen apps, WiFi support, gestures for scrolling through your notifications with the twist of your wrist, easier access to apps and contacts (thank you!), and the ability to draw emojis and send them to people.

The OTA is slated to roll out over the next few weeks in typical Google fashion. Ugh.
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+Miles Pickens im waiting on it to!! 
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Sweet! My 105mbps will be upgraded to 150mbps in May!
Competition is a beautiful thing.

My 105 Mbps connection is going to get upgraded to 150 at no charge. 2 Gbps coming in June. Can't wait. 
The company also increases speeds for existing Internet customers at no additional cost. Changes will go into effect starting in May and continue throughout the year.
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+Jeff Rebeiro well aren't you special ;) I normally get about 120mbps so I'm not hurting that much.
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Here's an #AutoAwesome of my dad and my son where we were fishing this morning.
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Oh hello spinning material design refresh wheel of awesome. We've wanted you in Google+ for quite some time.
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+Andrew Bernstein I've done that before haha
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I'm an information technology professional with a passion for Android and my family!

I am an Android Enthusiast. I’m on the pulse of the latest Android news and write content about Android daily. I’m constantly scouring the Internet for the latest Android news, apps, games, Android ROMs, hacks, security, tips, tutorials and mobile devices. I’m a large supporter of our beloved Android Community and am always willing to help with anything Android related, just ask.

Ultimate Google Voice Search Cheat Sheet
Unofficial Google Glass FAQ

Android Shared Circles:
Android Engagers
Ultimate Community Curated Android Circle Round 1
Ultimate Community Curated Android Circle Round 2a
Ultimate Community Curated Android Circle Round 2b
Android Developers A-M
Android Developers N-Z

Every Android Enthusiast wants to know what devices you’re currently rockin’. Here’s mine:

Android Phones:
Moto X 2014 - Android 5.0 Lollipop - STOCK (not rooted) 
Oppo Find 7 - CyanogenMod 11 Android KitKat 4.4.4

Android Tablets:
Nexus 7 2013: Android 5.0 Lollipop - STOCK (not rooted)

Android TV:
Nexus Player

Moto 360
Google Glass

Dell Chromebook 11
Samsung Chromebook


I'd be perfect for these Circles:

  • Android Enthusiast
  • Mobile technology
  • Wearable technology
  • Google Glass Explorer
  • #SoGE
  • Writer / Blogger
  • Social media / social networking
  • Google+ Tips / Google+ Help
  • Hangouts
  • Technology / Tech News
  • Computer Security
  • Virtualization / Cloud Computing
  • VMware
  • Craft Beer


Derek is a senior Information Technology business professional with vast experience in virtual infrastructure design and administration, network engineering and architecture, enterprise customer support, systems design, disaster recovery planning, and help desk operations. Former IT entrepreneur, Derek is currently a network systems administrator at a Penn State University.

I use social networking to meet new exciting people, make new friends, stay up to day with old friends, express myself and engage in some great conversations that I wouldn't have normally had the opportunity. Over the past 17 years of my online life, I've made numerous online friends through various social communities and continue to talk to them, even the oldest ones, all of the time. I look forward to meeting you :)

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I host a weekly Android news show. I write for Phandroid. Google Glass Explorer!
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  • Phandroid
    Writer, 2013 - present
    Writer, Blogger, Android personality.
  • Penn State University
    Systems Administrator, 2010 - present
    Windows, Linux and VMware Systems Administrator. Network and Firewall Administrator.
  • RG Technologies, LLC
    Owner, 2003 - 2010
    Information Technology Solutions Provider that delivered business aligned, end to end solutions and products to organizations whose success depended on information technology.
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