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Wait a minute...what?!

I did a bit of a double-take when I saw the names on this G+ Collections notification. Had to go back and give it a closer look.

(And no, it wasn't that Sergey and Larry. But seriously -- what are the odds?)
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Isn't that Sergey a Sergei with an i?
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I'll admit when I'm wrong:¹ Android Wear and Apple Watch are now officially going head to head.² Well, sort of. To be fair, I'm still not sure this is much of a "battle" in any broad sense.

No third-party apps on iOS.³ Limited third-party face support.⁴ No actions on notifications. Works only with one watch model so far. This is all just....strange. Almost feels more like a proof of concept than anything at this point.

But still: I was technically wrong. And this crow sure is delicious.

¹ http://www.computerworld.com/article/2876546/apple-watch-vs-android-wear.html
² http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/android-wear-now-works-with-iphones.html
³ http://www.fastcompany.com/3050481/tech-forecast/android-wear-watches-come-to-the-iphone-but-no-third-party-apps
https://plus.google.com/+WaynePiekarski/posts/Xev7d4tN6ka
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+Lakshman Chilukuri I understand, wasn't really interested in Smart watches myself until I started working in a museum that frowns upon us using cellphones. Everybody I work uses a smart watch, not because they're hip, but because they're practical. 
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I finally put my finger on what's off about this design. My real-world review of the S6 Edge+ (in, fitting with the phone, a slightly unusual form):
Samsung's latest curved-screen smartphone, the Galaxy S6 Edge+, looks great -- but does that necessarily make it a better device?
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+Guy-Robert Kernisant Ok, I am waiting for the Z5 and iPhone 6S. If those are not compelling enough, I would have to buy a Z3 or the HTC One M8. Even though I don't like Samsung at all, I have to admit the edge is something unique. Would consider it if its price is around the same as the Z3 or M8 if the Z5 and iPhone 6S disappoint. Nice discussion, bye 
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The phone company's phone system has gone rogue

(Aka: How AT&T is driving me and a bunch of other people batty today)

Our +AT&T home Internet service was down all day yesterday. Now, AT&T's automated system won't stop calling to tell me a technician is on the way at 4:00 (even though everything's been back up and running since about 5:00 last night).

Calls came in every 30 minutes till about 8:30 last night. They started up again this morning and are now coming in every five minutes.

A rep at the call center says these nonstop spam calls are going out to every "active" customer in their support system and they haven't figured out how to stop them. Management is working on it, but it evidently involves something related to another department and so they haven't made much headway. There is no estimated time of resolution.

If only, you know, they had the power of a major national telecommunications company to help solve this telecommunications problem.

SAVE ME, GOOGLE FIBER. The nation needs you. Everywhere. Now.
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All you need just block the # , right?
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Today's lesson: Shoving something in the wrong way can make things break.

Interpret and apply as broadly as you wish.
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I put oil in my gas tank, now my car won't work anymore, I'm hoping the dealership will fix or trade my car for free
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"Replacing a wireless router is like getting a root canal."

Great analogy regarding Google's OnHub. Good design is all about making parts of our lives easier -- even enjoyable. Nowhere needs that more desperately than areas like routers and thermostats.

I love the idea of companies applying good design to boring products that are awful to use. I hope we see more and more of that over time.
The tasteful new router could be the gateway to a smarter home, but only if people start caring about routers in the first place.
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Rubbish
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What to expect in terms of mobile tech announcements this week (EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW!):
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Some of my favorite ways to make Chrome faster and more efficient.
Become a mobile browsing pro with these little-known tips for Google's Chrome browser for Android.
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TIL: aside from the super sized social network sharing icons, Reader Mode works great on this article :) thanks +JR Raphael​
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A solid starter pack, with a few advanced tools thrown in for good measure.
From basic business tasks to advanced automation, these 16 apps will make your Android device more useful than ever
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+Nate Woodward thanks
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As long as you're okay with its size, the Note 5 is without a doubt the top choice within the Samsung smartphone universe right now. The bigger question is whether a Samsung device is necessarily right for you.

A lot to think about with this phone. My full real-world review:
The new Galaxy Note 5 brings some much-needed sophistication into Samsung's plus-sized phone family -- but at what cost?
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+Michael Shulman That's Samsung "differentiating" for ya.
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After years of oppression, the ball is finally in our court.

A story you'll want to read:
You say you want a revolution? The smartphone market as we know is about to be flipped upside down -- and there's no turning back from this kind of change.
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We've had the revolution in Europe, Asia and elsewhere for a few years, this is why Android has 90-95% market share in places like Spain, Asia, and etc. The era of $700 Smartphones should be dead. Basically, the iPhone is dead.
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I expected the déjà vu, but I didn't expect the revelation that'd follow.
A sense of déjà vu leads to an unexpected revelation.
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Aaaand last but not least, my (slightly unusual) review of the Edge+:

Review: 6 things to know about the Galaxy S6 Edge+
http://www.computerworld.com/article/2976948
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Syndicated writer. Author of Android Power. Occasional exotic dancer.
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I write about Android, Chrome OS, and other titillating technology. You may have seen me in such places as PCWorld, Computerworld, and SeaWorld (hey, that Shamu is all right). I'm the guy behind Android Power and eSarcasm, voted 0.2 times as the best geek-humor website in the world. I also make one hell of a turkey sandwich.

In my spare time, I enjoy flossing, staring blankly, and writing about flossing and staring blankly.

If you'd like to stalk me, consider these helpful starting points:

• My website: jrstart.com
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• The webcam installed on my left fibula [not yet available]

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I was once honored by the American Mustache Institute. Seriously -- see here: http://goo.gl/DOv36
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