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A handy new feature in Motorola's Moto Display

I noticed this while using the new Moto G this week: You can now see and control certain types of media playback from the bubble that pops up when you move or pick up your phone. 

I've only seen it happen while Chromecasting from Netflix so far -- not even from YouTube -- but maybe broader support is on the way. And maybe, just maybe, the same feature will make its way to previous-gen Moto devices at some point as well (pretty please, +Motorola Mobility?).

Via my two-day Moto G journal: 48 hours with the new Moto G: How does this phone cost $180?! - http://computerworld.com/article/2954577
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Does this works with the moto display on the moto x 2013?
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New Moto G -- pointed and shot with default settings.

Just as a reminder, this phone costs $180

More soon.
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+Maison Pulaski You're right; that should read metallic as opposed to metal. It does indeed appear to be made of plastic.
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Paging the elephant in the room...

Finally, some answers.
Motorola finally explains what went wrong with the Moto X's latest Android upgrade -- and what it's doing now to prevent a repeat performance.
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+Trevor Sutcliffe​ ditto, nor anyone else with Verizon Developer's edition. So much for the "straight from +Motorola Mobility​" I was told by Moto Customer "service". 
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There's a lot to wrap your head around in the land of Android right now. Especially if you like unlocked phones.

I broke it all down in an easy-to-follow guide:
So many smartphones, so little time. Here's an easy-to-follow breakdown of all the new unlocked Android devices announced over the past 24 hours.
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In case anyone missed it, my hands-on with the new Moto G is now live -- and damn, is that phone impressive:

48 hours with the new Moto G: How does this phone cost $180?!
http://www.computerworld.com/article/2954577
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Random power outage today made me glad I now use Drive/Docs for all of my writing. No worry or sudden panic about any work being lost.

Wasn't long ago when that sound of everything powering down caused a sense of dread. Ugh. The Stone Age. 

Auto-save/sync -- without any setup or thought required from the user -- may be the best feature ever invented.
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+JR Raphael  I had not seen that before (don't think I've messed with notification settings since collections started) but it is indeed checked.  So it shouldn't be the problem.  But I turned it off and back on just in case, because very IT phone support person I've ever talked to says that solves everything.  :)
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I was thinking about Android to-do apps today and came to a sudden realization: The once-great app Tasks¹ has, by all appearances, been left for dead. No updates since August of 2013.

It's not entirely surprising, since the company that created Tasks later changed its name to Bitspin, released Timely², and then got acquired by Google³. But while the team said it'd continue to develop Timely under Google's wing, I don't recall ever hearing anything about what'd happen to Tasks (which may or may not have actually become Google's property -- since it was created before the company became Bitspin, it's entirely possible it wasn't part of the deal). And to be perfectly honest, I kind of forgot about it until now. 

Anyway, I think it's pretty safe to call it a goner at this point. So next time you open up AnyDo, Keep, or whatever task management app you're using these days, pour one out for an old friend. 

Goodnight, sweet prince. 


¹ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ch.teamtasks.tasks.paid

² https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ch.bitspin.timely

³ https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/NcxfZ5R4K5w
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Its all f*** up
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A detailed tour of my first two days with the new Moto G. Hell of a device right here, folks.
Android on a budget just keeps getting better. A detailed tour of two days with Motorola's latest affordable device.
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It's funny that we call the Moto G a mid range device. 2-3 years ago it would've been considered a flagship phone.
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Creativity is cool.
 
Magic Mirror

This is one of the many reasons that I love my job as a developer. Not only can I create cool things for other people, but some of the most amazing things I have made, I have made just for me :). For example, one of my most useful apps is an internal one that helps Jake and I out on a day to day basis. Our users would have zero use for this type of application, but for us, it is invaluable. 

This project though, could be one of my most fun to date. I made a "Magic Mirror", powered by a Raspberry Pi. It is just a normal mirror, but with some added bonus content... I put a computer monitor behind a piece of one-way glass, built a frame, then created a pretty simple javascript and php based webpage to display content behind the mirror. In it's current state, the mirror will show me the time, date, weather information and forecast, an RSS news feed, my calendar, a list of compliments depending on the time of day (cause every mirror should compliment you!), and my current notifications on my phone.

All i have to do is point the Raspberry Pi to the webpage, and it shows my information. Works completely without user interaction on startup as well, just plug it in and it will find the wifi and display the page.

One drawback is that it is a bit heavier than I initially thought it would be, meaning mounting it could be a pretty major issue. This baby might just have to sit on a table somewhere...


Unfortunately with this one, I can't end with "hope you enjoy my work!" Being a developer opens up a world of possibilities if you look outside the box a bit and are willing to learn. If this kind of thing interests you, then please, go out and learn a bit about coding- it can be pretty fun! There are so many resources available and people to help you. I really love how this project turned out and it is quite the statement/conversation piece for any room if you are into that sort of thing ;)



Original Inspiration: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/magic-mirror/
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I've got a NAS setup in my basement and it just looks boring and ugly... i could see using this method to make it a tiny bit more useful
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Thank you, Motorola, for providing an easy way to do this right out of the box.

(As you may have guessed, I'm spending some time getting to know the new Moto G now. More detailed thoughts and impressions on the way soon.)
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This is an old feature. Last year's I believe.
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TODAY'S TOP STORY: Technology retailer to start selling technology product 

STAND BY FOR WIDESPREAD ANALYSIS
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+Kevin Tofel I'm pretty confident that if we could see one of those non disclosure agreements for licenses to sell Windows, we'd find that they are required to recommend Windows (and possibly don't actually believe it)
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A new "How I use Android" profile -- featuring app designer and Android blogger +Liam Spradlin!

Liam's an interesting guy with a great eye for design. You probably know him from +Android Police, but he's also given visual overhauls to apps like Nova Launcher and Today Calendar.

Here, a peek inside his own personal Android setup -- including his carefully crafted home screens:
He designs Android apps you love and writes Android blogs you read -- so how does Liam Spradlin use Android in his own life?
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Thinking about getting a Chromebook -- or know someone who is? I just published a newly updated list of my case-by-case recommendations.

Check it out and/or share the link with someone who needs it:
Choosing a Chromebook can be a difficult decision -- but it doesn't have to be. A newly updated guide to picking the best device for your needs.
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Thank you +JR Raphael​, I will try that
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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.

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