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I often forget that iOS still doesn't let you control your experience in basic ways like this. What year is it, again?

(via http://www.wsj.com/articles/tech-fails-what-annoys-us-most-about-gadgets-and-apps-in-2016-1455128746)
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+Mark Borg You probably need to clear 'Other defaults' too, not jus app links.
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Rubin has a theory that humanity is on the cusp of a new computing age. Just as MS-DOS gave way to Macintosh and Windows, which gave way to the web, which gave way to smartphones, he thinks the forces are in place to begin a decades-long transition to the next great platform: artificial intelligence.

A must-read for anyone interested in Android -- or heck, in technology in general.
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Google will give you 2GB of free Drive space for doing a 60-second security checkup.

Go do it! (It's worth doing, anyway -- even without the bonus!)
Tomorrow is apparently "Safer Internet Day," which you most likely didn't mark on your calendar. Google remembered Safer Internet Day, though. To cele... by Ryan Whitwam in News
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Thank you for sharing useful information. #JR Raphael
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I never thought I'd be excited by a toaster, but damn -- this is some cool design work.
A watched pot never boils, but a watched toaster is totally entertaining.
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But does it have WiFi?!
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The odd handling of reshares is still a serious issue for me (see https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/a4fBqkG8oBs), but this is a big step toward making the new G+ Web preview more usable. Happy to see this added.
 
G+ Web Preview Special
Since you all asked so nicely, we added another feature to our Google+ Web preview today. Starting to roll out now... a real-time indicator of when there's new posts available in the stream.

Please enjoy and as always, keep sending us your ideas/issues using the Send Feedback menu item.
Thanks~
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JR my feed is getting full of crap like must vote for trump.On moble/ android i can't find how to remove the postings or block . One i got this morning was very crude with words i will not use. This is getting to be like facebook , are they paying to spam us?
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Question of the day: Which is more likely to cause the downfall of civilized society?

1. Public Speakerphone Douche -- the Wrist-Talking Jackass Edition™

2. See image.
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it depends on where technology is applied. 
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Hey, look -- Android Wear's Marshmallow update is officially on the way!

Highlights include a few new wrist gestures, spoken command support for a bunch of new messaging apps, and external speaker support for devices that allow it (just the Huawei Watch and ZenWatch 2 as of now).

Yes, that means that with the right device, you'll actually be able to make and receive calls over Bluetooth...for better or for worse (see item #5, the "'Come on -- really?' factor," here: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2988620).

Full info at the link below.
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Hi guys, not sure how to add a new post sorry. Hoping someone can help. My moto 360 watch CONSTANTLY stops displaying text notifications. I have to restart phone and watch countless times to get them going again. Every single time I resync apps I get a.... Get Google play services won't play without Google play services which isn't installed on your phone... Error. But it is installed on my phone and up to date. I've even factory reset my phone and watch . I've asked on just about every single forum and nobody can help :0( anyone here help please. It's driving me insane. 
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Um...what? I'm all for spicing things up (so to speak), but is this something that anyone has actually ever done?

(Presented as part of an argument for why other devices are becoming more effective than smartphones: http://www.newsweek.com/2016/01/15/smartphones-are-getting-outsmarted-and-apps-will-be-next-410358.html)
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Sorry baby that you didn't come... but hey spring rolls! :D
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A new "How I use Android" profile -- featuring the talented +Jason Howell!

He's basically the Wolf Blitzer of Android broadcasting, only without the cool beard and hilarious name.

That pretty much sums it up. After many an hour chatting with and watching Jason on +All About Android, I was happy to get the chance to quiz the man behind the mic about how he uses Android in his own day-to-day life.

Here's the result:
Brokaw, schmo-kaw: When it comes to Android broadcasting, Jason Howell is the host with the most. Here's how the man behind the mic uses the platform himself.
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+mxwp derfman all it took was one dramatic shattering of my Nexus 6 to convince me of the benefits.
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"Ghosts" aren't the real issue at Google+. Zombies are.

I don't know what the answer is here, or if there even is an easy answer, but man -- the G+ spam/random-gibberish comment problem is getting seriously out of control. Seeing my posts taken over by this crap and then going on a massive block-and-report rampage has become a consistent morning ritual for me (with ongoing smaller block-and-report runs continuing all throughout the day).

I hope someone can figure out a solution to this -- and fast. Most people aren't going to be so patient and persistent about actively dealing with this kind of thing, and seeing this level of nonsense and noise really makes G+ look like a cesspool. 

Given how much genuinely fantastic sharing and discussion actually goes on here, I hate to imagine folks peeking in and then turning right back around because of the small but all-too-present minority of virtual graffiti vandals. One way or another, something's gotta give.
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+Lateef Alabi-Oki I presume you're being sarcastic? Given that all the examples cited above are (potentially) real names, while here i am responding to you with an actual comment using something that, although it could technically be a real name, isn't?

So in short the old real name policy didn't do anything to stop this kind of problem. Unless you're suggesting that the real name policy ought to  have been intensified to the point where everyone would have to provide government issued proof of their identity before creating an account on any Google service. Which seems... rather scary.
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I'm not seeing podcasts in Google Play Music yet, but I did notice something interesting just now...

Look in the menu on the left side of the app. See where it says "Music library"? That same line said "My library" up til today.

Sure seems to line up with everything else we're hearing about podcasts coming into the service any day now, eh? Looks like the path is being paved... 
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+Tim Neumark The reason I want it is because when I'm running for a few hours, I like to switch between music & podcasts. Creating a playlist for this means that I don't have to get my phone out & fiddle with it during a long run. I haven't had this in years, since I switched from using an ipod (where this used to be a feature) to my phone. I really can't think of another use case besides this, but for me, it would be stellar.

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There's a troubling message lurking within SwiftKey's sale to Microsoft, and it's one we all need to take some time to consider.

Some food for thought:
There's a troubling message lurking within SwiftKey's sale to Microsoft, and it's one we all need to take some time to consider.
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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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I was once honored by the American Mustache Institute. Seriously -- see here: http://goo.gl/DOv36
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