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Numbers without units of measurement are not useful and can be misleading.

+Google and +AccuWeather I'm looking at you. Both report temperatures with nothing but the Degrees symbol (°) in the Google Now cards/notification and Accuweather Android app.

This wouldn't normally be a problem. However today Accuweather pushed an update to its Android App. This update reset my preference on which units to use in the app....switching from °F to °C. What I saw in my notifications when I woke up this morning was -13°. I did not realize this was in degrees Celsius until I had gotten on my train to downtown Chicago. At that point I was dressed in my heaviest winter commuter gear (not my heaviest winter gear though, that's for Blizzards), preparing for the cold I thought I would be encountering.

Adding 1 letter to the display of your temperatures would have solved this problem before I encountered it.

The images below show the app and the Google now card...both without temperature units. You can see how seeing the first image in the morning my throw off how I dress for the cold. (note these images are from a few minutes ago)

Lesson learned...check more than one weather information source before committing to how you will dress. For me today, it means my legs will be extra warm all day, because I threw on my heavy socks and leg warmers. I was almost sweating on the train to downtown. Yeah I know...better than the reverse.
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Best tech/geek site on the net!
 
wOw.....long way from just a few years ago.....Techaeris has over 4500 followers (earned organically not through circle shares) and over 47,000,000 views. Not too shabby. +TECHAERIS 
Keep sharing the Google+ page folks! google.com/+Techaeris
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Keep them in check UL...
Leading hoverboard manufacturer Swagway is under fire for allegedly selling products with counterfeit UL safety marks.
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Props to Oculus for remembering who brought them to where they are now.

All kickstarter backers who originally backed them are getting a free Kickstarter Edition Oculus Rift when the CL1 launches.

Wish I could have gotten in on that.
Friends,On August 1, 2012, we launched a Kickstarter campaign to seed the development of a groundbreaking virtual reality headset – Oculus Rift.Tomorrow, we'll be opening Rift pre-orders on Oculus.com. This is a major milestone on the path to putting great VR in the hands of millions.You’re going to experience thrilling adventures in Lucky’s Tale and Edge of Nowhere, feel your heart race as you scale mountains in The Climb, and become a rockstar ...
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Bravo SpaceX...nice work!

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SpaceX has just made history.
SpaceX, a private aerospace company led by CEO Elon Musk (who is also the CEO of Tesla), has just made history by landing the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back on Earth's (land) surface. The launch occurred at about 5:37PM PST today, at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The event was live-streamed via SpaceX's webcast. The specific purpose of the mission was to deliver 11 ORBCOMM satellites into LEO (Low Earth Orbit). This is...
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Star Citizen Alpha 2.0 is now LIVE

The very START of the Persistent Universe
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I can confirm stealing people's ships is one of life's greatest joys. 
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Love this...can't wait.
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The new Archer trailer is a recreation of the Magnum P.I. opening I bloody love Archer and this new trailer for Season 7 makes me love it even more. They have only gone and recreating the...
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NFC Ring

edit: setting up the backstory....read to the end for my review of the latest version

A little trinket that I originally backed on Kickstarter. The first version I got was less than useful....it was little more than a standard ring with nothing special about it due to how close you had to get it to the NFC sensor in the phone. It was useless to me. The effort to use it as a method to provide 2 factor authentication for my phone was over the top...it could not be used in that way because it simply could not make a connection easy enough. In order to make a connection I had to remove the case from my phone to use it....so no go. It depended far too much on the sensor for the phone being ultra-sensitive....with my Nexus 5 and 6....it did not work well at all.

Fast forward to a week or two ago....I got a free version (only paid shipping) of version 2...the 2016 version. It is VASTLY improved. Not only can it be used with my case....it is detected about 1/8-1/4" away from my phone's sweet spot, but it can be used with gloves on. When it gets cold out (it is near 0F right now in Chicago) I usually switch to using a stylus. The problem with this is if I need to use my ring to unlock my phone, it needs to be able to read it though the gloves I have on my hands. I wear a set of touchscreen gloves with a touchscreen glove liner to keep my hands warm in this weather. It was able to read the ring through my case and the two layers of gloves to unlock my phone. *I now have reliable 2 factor auth to unlock my phone.*

Excellent work guys...the 2016 version makes this thing something which actually works.

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Thank you, Derek.
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Attack Ships on Fire off The Shoulder of Orion

Just a friendly reminder that Roy comes on line tomorrow.

#bladerunner #geek #weliveinthefuture
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Well...TigerDirect is off my list of sources to buy PC components from. And I used to be a big supporter of theirs too. That's too bad...
You may remember TigerDirect, a consumer electronics seller that has a website and once had stores across the country. They're probably best known for acquiring the brands and assets of CompUSA and...
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Wow. I guess newegg for everything now.
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My Self-Isolation is over....

Bravo JJ...Bravo
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Seems the Star Wars Google Cardboard offer isn't just limited to Verizon....snag yourself one now (and only one, don't be greedy and use alternate accounts) on the Google Store. Refresh if it says out of stock....they keep popping up as available occasionally so you can snag one if you're quick. I got a Kylo Ren (the black one).

edit: Also if you get a prompt saying you have reached your limit of orders even if you haven't actually placed an order for one, hard refresh your browser when looking at your shopping cart (even if it says empty) then try again. It took me the better part of an hour to get one and I got this several times after getting denied at checkout several times.

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Yes I played Ingress for a while, IGN: Thor. I am now retired (yes a second time). I don't have the time or money to play the game anymore. Also, when I did play, I tended to get a bit obsessed and spent a lot of time playing. I just don't have that kind of time anymore. I made quite a few friends in my time playing, and I still interact somewhat regularly here on G+ with the Chicago community. Please don't take my interaction as a sign I'm starting to play the game again. I do not intend to.

I'm a gamer. I love games...it is interactive storytelling. I play from my couch. I play on both my Gaming PC as well as on Consoles. I currently own a PS4 and a PS3. I haven't seen the need to buy an XBox One yet. I just see more exclusives that I care about on the Playstation side these days. I'm tired of the PC/Console war. Each has it's merits.

I'm more a fan of Scifi than Fantasy...but either will do so long as the story is good enough. I love epic storylines.

I love gadgets. I put up with Apple for a few years as an iPhone user before dropping it completely and starting over with Android...and I haven't looked back since. I'm now convinced that pure Android is the way to go after having dealt with a few non-pure devices.

Computers are my life, that is why I am a PC Gamer. I grew up learning to build my own web pages, and only recently have I turned that into a career after graduating college at 30 (yeah I had some hiccups along the way). I'm heavily into front end design (html, css, javascript), and have been learning the .Net ropes for a few years now (C# mostly at this point).

Though I've tried Linux, it never stuck with me. I've always been a Windows guy.

I mentioned before that play Scifi and Fantasy games, well I also love movies and TV in those genres. I'm a Trekkie (DS9 is my favorite), Whovian (Tennant followed by Smith of the new Who, Baker in third from Classic Who), Browncoat, and a fan of Star Wars (I love the original 3, and like the prequels, they could have been done better but aren't worthless). Those are my big 4 but I'm certainly not limited to those. I'm also a fan of The Walking Dead (almost completely up-to-date on the comic), Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones (have read through 5 at this point), Burn Notice, Fringe, Family Guy, and Futurama, among many others.

I'm a dog lover, but I find Catruday posts just as amusing...I just don't like living with cats. In June 2013, I rescued my own dog for the first time. I've lived and loved a few dogs in the past, but this is my first since moving out of my dad's house after graduating. I got him from a local rescue, who is brought him up from the area around Moore, Oklahoma. He was found wandering without ID after the EF5 Tornado hit Moore on May 20th, 2013. In my spare time I help out the rescue I got him from, by doing any web work they need to have done.

I don't post a lot, but I do share on occasion, but only with my circles. I don't get real political or religious on here, as I like to enjoy my time on G+. If you fill my stream with partisan politics or religion, expect to be blocked. I can tolerate Right-Wing politics more than Left-Wing (I consider myself a Libertarian)...but even then I have my limits. I just don't enjoy discussing politics or religion. I stick to the policy that it is impolite to discuss those topics in public. Keep it to your circles/communities people.

To anyone adding me hoping that I will add them back: I will only do so if I find what you post (either through your profile or your comments) interesting. I do not auto-add back and I usually don't review who adds me...but I thank you for adding me anyway. I hope you enjoy what I contribute. :)
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Ingress (retired): First L8 Resistance Player in the Chicago Area, Lead the team that put up the first L8 Portal in the Chicago Area, Part of the initial Chicago Resistance leadership
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