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This cooling system might sound like a luxury, but when a smartphone overheats, it cannot perform certain functions and may even shut down. For example, you're using the phone as a GPS, and it gets so hot you cannot use its camera when you arrive at your destination. If this cooling system prevents that problem, it is a great idea. It should probably improve battery life too.
Chevrolet is adding a new system to its upcoming 2016 Impala and Malibu lines called Active Phone Cooling. This system will come with vehicles that are equipped with wireless charging, in an effort to ensure that phones stay cool and don't overheat. During testing, Chevy noticed that when using the wireless charging feature in the vehicles, smartphones would get hot enough to stop...
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The quickest car in the world is the electric Tesla P85D.

With its 691-hp engine capable of going 0-to-60 in 3.3 seconds, yet a fuel economy equivalent of 90 mpg, Tesla suddenly proved electric cars could outperform all other gas-engine vehicles while still providing luxury features, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger seating and even 30 cubic feet of cargo space. Unlike SUVs, it does that while providing 0.89g of road-holding grip, and can stop from 60mph in 123 feet, with no brake fade. Its 11.8 second quarter-mile at 114.5 mph is quicker than a Corvette C7 Stingray's 12.2 sec at 117mph, yet the Tesla is a 4-door car.

An electric motor doesn't need multiple gears, and provides peak power at low speeds instead of at redline. It also performs silently, without any screaming engine roar to attract the attention of traffic cops or neighbors.

At $105k MSRP ($129k as tested), the P85D isn't cheap, but even its high price is a benefit for affluent buyers considering a more exclusive vehicle. (The regular rear-wheel-drive Tesla is $70k.)

However, if the Tesla's performance pushes other automakers to consider building all-electric cars, it will have moved far more than its own passengers!

[The exact statistics I provided are from the July 2015 issue of Road & Track magazine. In the absence of a free online URL, I have provided a link to a similar article by Car and Driver.]
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+Evan Brody it is impressive, I won't deny it that. It just lacks emotion unfortunately.
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Hey, Google!
When I press the button marked Add to Circles, why does it Add to friends instead?
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+Craig Froehle​ I would love it, if I could change the default Circle. I have a Pending Circle I add most people to at first.
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And they exalted to print,
Amazing!
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When a website asks you for personal information (such as "favorite food") to help with password-resets etc, here is a reason to provide incorrect information. Hackers are able to deduce the "correct" information (when it matches your real-life) by gathering info about you on social media. In the news story below, that sort of thing led to 100,000 people having their data stolen from IRS websites.

The challenge is remembering the "fake info" you provide. It should also be different for each website, so a hack into one site won't compromise the others.

I am looking forward to the day when biometric recognition improves enough to eliminate the need for passwords. However, I hope that world is not accompanied by a lack of privacy, because not every activity should require people to identify themselves. 
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Not exactly camouflage!

[Camper seen driving down I-95 during Memorial Day Weekend, 2015.]
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Add syrup and it gives new meaning to the term "sticky keys"!

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Forced to reduce costs, many school districts are combining classes in cooking and typing. This also allows them to subsidize the "keyboards" through funding from the school lunch program.
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Suddenly, Android Wear smartwatches do not need to be tethered to a nearby smartphone in order to connect to the internet, update calendar appointments, place phone calls, etc., because they can now connect to WiFi networks directly.

As of June 13 2015, there is no VoIP app for Android Wear, but as soon as anyone releases one, it will be possible to make VoIP calls over WiFi with an Android Wear watch. At that point, would anyone still want to buy a "feature phone" (a cellphone which wasn't a smartphone), when a watch could replace its functions in a smaller, easier-to-wear device? Would people quit their cellular carriers if they could Skype to other people over their watches?

WiFi on a watch is that much of a game-changer.

Maybe the Apple Watch will add this feature next year. If they do, will tech journalists think that Apple invented it in 2016, and forget Google already did today (in 2015)?


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Really great article by +Jerry Hildenbrand​ of +Android Central​, explaining the new features supported by Android M, the next version of Android. These features will make it easier for developers to build applications which provide better services (such as voice control), without needing to "reinvent the wheel". The Enterprise Management features should make it popular in the workplace. And even "Flashlight apps" will be better.

Along the way, the article explains what API's are, which is helpful for anyone who has never written code.
 
A look at some of the new Android M developer APIs, for people who aren't developers. There will be plenty of changes and new features "under the hood" in Android M, the as-yet-unnamed next major version of Android, which will be released later this year. We all love new features that we… #android
A look at some of the new Android M developer APIs, for people who aren't developers. There will be plenty of changes and new features "under the hood" in Android M, the as-yet-unnamed next major version of Android, which will be released later this year. We all love new features that we can see. But often the best — and most important — changes are deep down in the core, quietly...
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+Ara Wagoner​ writes about the continuing stream of tech stories prematurely announcing the death of Google+.

Their warning are beginning to sound like the millennial cultists, who insisted the world would end in 1999, then 2012, etc.

In the meantime, how many tech trade journals and websites have died, or ended their print versions because they were unprofitable? Google does a number of projects for the long haul, even if they do not produce short-term profits. However, with their dual-class stock structure, Google is not beholden to short-term investors and can work on projects with longer-term benefits, or which don't pan out at all.

It's similar to Bell Labs' development of the transistor and laser. With a steady income income from AT&T's profits and no fear of Wall Street, Bell Labs could afford to do basic research without worrying about its applications. In 1960, the laser wasn't built to be used in CDs or supermarket barcode scanners, because nobody had those applications in mind. Today, who really knows what sort of Artificial Intelligence developments might be gleaned from the content users post on G+? For example, G+ might even lead to better systems for disaster response or epidemics, by learning what people's typical needs are based on their situations.

Ten years ago, or even five, people might have called self-driving cars a failure, if only for their absence on roadways and the fact that consumers couldn't buy them. Today, people and even automakers see them as all but inevitable.

People who say G+ isn't "as good a Facebook as Facebook" are missing the big picture. It would be like complaining that a self-driving Tesla denied its driver the opportunity to shift gears like a manuals transmission BMW. Then again, people were once so unimaginative that the first use for the telephone was to summon messengers to hand-deliver written notes!
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I challenge a writer who wants to ring a death knell for G+ to spend two weeks in its communities. Spend two weeks among the Supernatural fans and the baking masters. Spend two weeks debating features in a beta app community.

Then shut up or change your tune. 
The fact that Google launched a new photo sharing and storage service this week isn't ringing the death knell of Google+, Google executives said the company's annual developer conference.
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This is the sort of "wallpaper" I would like -- an OLED display less than 1mm thick which can be pressed onto a wall. Unfortunately, it is still be several years away from being inexpensive enough to replace LCDs.
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Samsung took every advantage the Galaxy S5 had over the iPhone -- IP67 waterproofing, removable batteries, a microSD card slot, an IR blaster for controlling TVs etc -- and removed them to make a more Apple-like device. And the Apple fanboy critics were still not pleased. After all, by definition only Apple makes iPhones.

It would be like turning a rugged pickup truck into an urban sedan, and losing its offroad utility. And then wondering why you lost loyal customers who needed its original features, without gaining new ones who still preferred your competitor's sedan.

Note to Samsung: For the Galaxy S7, go back to the winning design of the S5. Your customers want it, and your competitors can't build it.


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S6 a sales failure and it serves Samsung right for abandoning a tried and true formula

Samsung is the anti-Apple. People buy their flagship phones specifically because they are everything the iPhone isn't. Yet with the S6 Samsung abandoned that highly successful formula and tried to build a phone that would appeal to Apple users. That tactic appears to have flopped. I hope they'll learn a lesson and go back to making a flagship phone worthy of Android fans. A sturdy device made with strong, lightweight polycarbonate shell, a powerful Qualcomm processor, an SD-Card slot, IR blaster,  and a high capacity removable battery. And give back the IP-67 waterproofing. It was that uncompromised list of features that made me willing to tolerate TouchWhiz and jump from the withering Nexus line in the first place. Now that they have TouchWhiz more streamlined and tolerable it's an even easier choice for people considering the jump to a flagship phone.
If they want to make changes, then add a mm or two to the thickness and give us a battery that will last 3 days or more.
This week’s Android Circuit highlights a number of stories including the low sales of the Samsung Galaxy S6 family, the early arrival of the Galaxy Note 5, early reviews of the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet, Microsoft Office preview for Android, the new OnePlus 2 handset is benchmarked, Android Wear updates, MixRadio arrives on the platform, and the release of AdBlock's Android browser.
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Crap. My friends who have S6's seem to love them. The camera is even decent. But no removable battery is a deal breaker.
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