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Google Contacts just got a Material Design upgrade

And it looks pretty darn nice at first glance. Talk about a major improvement!

You can check it out for yourself here: http://contacts.google.com/preview

And read the full details about the changes here: http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-new-google-contacts-bringing.html
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I have so many contacts that somehow got added in there it's now unusable. For now, I've just starred the 2 or 3 people I'd ever need to call.
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So, you've got Android 5.0. Now what? I put together some tips and tricks to help you get around Lollipop like a pro:
Got Lollipop? Then these tips and tricks will help you handle Android 5.0 like a pro
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Very handy guide +JR Raphael​, as usual! Thanks for all your work, easying the task for us poor average users ;-) 
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Lots o' news and noise out there right now. Here's a simple breakdown of everything you need to know from the Mobile World Congress event:
So much news, so little time. Here's a simple breakdown of everything you need to know from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
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I like touchwiz alot. I just want samsung to trim it down. But dnt remove gesture control and floating apps. 
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Public service announcement: Seeing something appear in a "leaked" photo/render/cave painting of a gadget ≠ having it "confirmed."
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Samsung phones running stock Android with an aluminum unibody design? I don't think they exist... 
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2014: One-day battery life? Android Wear is a failure!

2015: Apple Watch might only last 3 hours with its screen on? Well, that's probably fine.

[See also: https://plus.google.com/+JRRaphael/posts/7NkvRNspC1f] 
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+Ross Byrne l agree. its very hard to sort the wheat from the chaff with tech bloggers & podcasters these day's. I get that trolling users of one brand over another helps with page view's, and apparently it's part of some peoples job's, to be critical of one company and its products as JR states.

The problem for some of us, that use and gladly pay for both, is finding the genuinely enthusiastic tech writers (particularly on G+)  who don't have these agenda's, or bias on which product's or issues they write about. 

Just my opinion, on what has become a major problem in tech, that needs to go away...end rant!
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A great guide for the geeks among us.

(Standard disclaimer: Proceed at your own risk, and only if you're comfortable with this type of tinkering.)
 
Linux and Chrome OS running at the same time on your Chromebook is as great as vanilla ice-cream and hot fudge on a sundae.
Love your Chromebook, but want to run Linux programs too? Here’s how to run Linux and Chrome OS on your Chromebook simultaneously.
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My chromebook is actually really nice - for on the road SURE! My biggest complaint with my chromebook is that it doesn't support my work's VPN (cisco) and this would fix that!!
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The reports of Google+'s death have been greatly exaggerated (again)

Google+ Chief Architect +Yonatan Zunger says there'll be "no big user-facing changes" connected to the reorganization of G+, Photos, and Hangouts that we've been hearing about over the past several days. ¹

His full comment: ²

A lot of misunderstanding and speculation. :) The internal org was renamed "Photos and Streams," because Sundar likes org names that match what the teams do. And since our org includes Photos, Google+, Blogger, and News, there you have photos, plus several streams of content.

No big user-facing changes tied to this at all.

So stand down, gravediggers. This "ghost town" is still alive and kickin', and we ghosts aren't goin' anywhere anytime soon.

¹ Context: http://goo.gl/2ds9g4

² Via: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AmyBethInverness/posts/67gicvzi8VV
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YESH! I'm Staying Here I Love Google+!
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If I've been a bit quiet lately, this is why.

A new adventure begins, and it calls for some quality time offline. See y'all in a little while.
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+JR Raphael little girls are so precious and sweet. I have one myself. Enjoy.
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New Android knickknack arrival. Yes, I have a problem.

(via http://goo.gl/QvF1aR)
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While it looks like Lollipop, the lightbulb base doesn't imply good things about the taste....
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If you had told me two years ago that I'd end up writing this story, I would have said you were crazy. But here we are:
From tablets to laptops, an unexpected contender is emerging as a maker of sleek and desirable devices. What if it were to tackle smartphones next?
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+Jake Van Epps VAIO Pro 
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Yup. Let's also rewind to last summer, when Macworld (via a different author) stated the following:

Apple will release a wearable as soon as the time as right, as soon as it makes sense. As soon as Siri has the intelligence of Google Now. As soon as HomeKit and HealthKit are begging for an interface on our wrists. As soon as multi-day battery life is in the bag.

My, how perspectives change.

[http://www.macworld.com/article/2308735/no-iwatch-no-problem-why-apple-was-wise-to-delay-its-wearables-launch.html]
 
It's almost as if they haven't used any of them at all. Especially, ya know, the Apple Watch.

We’ve tested plenty of smartwatches ever since Pebble’s Kickstarter introduced us to the concept of the connected wearable, but what we’ve seen from the likes of Samsung, Motorola, and LG don’t measure up to even the bits Tim Cook has elected to show us. Apple’s vision for Apple Watch is a grandiose one, one much bigger than pushing notifications to your wrist.

Apple Watch is about more than collecting the dozens of things we casually reach for our iPhones to do—check a basketball score, pay for groceries, skip to the next track, or read a message—and putting them within wrist’s reach. Apple isn’t changing the relationship we have with our watches. Rather, it’s embracing the traditionalism of the classic wristwatch to actually limit the time we spend with our iPhones and use technology to connect us to the world around us.
You mean an Apple Watch may hold a charge for only 19 hours? Michael Simon is entirely sure this is not a huge problem.
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I love how Apple zealots already know that it is freaking awesome and will galactically transform them into some kind of Sailor Moon of technology ;-) I, personally, want to see it in action, because it will enrich the wearable landscape (ergo: new features in Android Wear) in an unpredictable way and it's a thing to be happy about :-)
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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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