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Pure awesomeness. No exaggeration: This may be the most significant new feature ever added to Android Wear.
Google's latest Android Wear update lets your smartwatch stay connected when your phone isn't present. Magic? Kind of. Here's what it's like to use.
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+JR Raphael How do you go about joining the Wi-Fi networks near you? For example, if I were at a gym that either A: required a password to join or B: Requires you to goto the splash page before having full network access.

I'm assuming you do this from the watch.
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Unlocked 2nd-gen Moto X selling for $350 (32GB) to $375 (64GB) on Motorola's website tomorrow. Hell of a deal.
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+raqball LOL, what are you talking about? Horror stories? Like what?
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Interesting to start reading Apple Watch impressions that go beyond the initial "neat, new gadget that does things on my wrist!" level. Getting a new platform right isn't always easy.
I’m an insufferable asshole, and I’m here to complain about my brand new $350 luxury watch that so far hasn’t lived up t…
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+Christopher Ross The price is the price - Samsung and Moto watches are expensive too (although they have been discounted recently). The question is whether or not it offers more than a comparable Android Wear device - which is also far from perfect.

The point that the author was making is that it's brand new and the apps suck since devs made them without ha on a watch on hand to test with. He likes what it gives him so far and he has (well placed) faith that the apps will get better quickly as devs get a chance to test on real hardware. It already feels like Apple Watch has more momentum and developer support than Android Wear - aside from the updates Google keeps pushing.  Aside from the core Android Wear software I haven't found any apps worth putting on my G watch - all the ones I've tried seemed half baked to me. The app situation doesn't seem to be an Apple problem but a problem with the category in general. 
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A quick LG G4 camera comparison

The same shot, taken seconds apart:

1) In Auto mode
2) In Auto mode with HDR force-enabled 
3) In Manual mode, saved as a RAW file
4) Image #3 following some (intentionally aggressive) post-capture processing

Just a quick taste of the spectrum and the types of things that are possible in different configurations. Many more samples and detailed thoughts on the way soon.
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After analyzing I feel that 2nd is more true to life. 
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Looks like Trusted Voice just made its way to my Moto X. Neat.

Can't see any real reason to activate it, personally, as I'm pretty well covered with Trusted Devices, Places, Face, and now also On-Body Detection (which I've been trying out over the past few weeks) -- but I love the fact that Google is coming up with so many interesting ways to make security more manageable.
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You can on it if you change your language to US
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Um...

(Photo taken with LG G4)
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+Nate Woodward thx for saving me explaining this :D waited for this comment.
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Anyone else notice that hashtags are no longer showing up on G+ posts? Neither automatically nor when they're typed manually into a post.

Wonder if those have been intentionally phased out (due to the arrival of Collections, perhaps?) or if something weird is just going on.

#hashtag  
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Actually I hadn't until your pointed it out. Did this coincide with the release of collections?
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Some really great stuff here. All highly recommended!
Bring your Android Wear watch to life with these nine downloadable faces that show just how awesome a smartwatch can be.
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I find it astonishing how many watch face designs completely ignore the 'chin' at the bottom of the moto360 and as a result just look badly cropped.  

+Mike McLoughlin, here is a watch face that looks great on both square and round watches INCLUDING the moto 360 :) 

Wear Time Circuit
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nitrous.wear.watchfaces 
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New Android Wear toy in-house. Thoughts and impressions later this week, after I've had some time to live with it!
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+JR Raphael Great, thanks!
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Perfect examples of why I'm a big proponent of the Oxford comma (always a controversial topic among writers, editors, and other language nerds).
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Consider also:

My usual breakfast is coffee, bacon and eggs and toast.

It is uncertain whether bacon and eggs, or eggs and toast, should be grouped together. Adding a serial comma removes this ambiguity. With a comma after eggs, the foods are:

CoffeeBacon and eggsToast

With a comma after bacon:

CoffeeBaconEggs and toast

Writers who normally avoid the serial comma often use one in these circumstances, though sometimes re-ordering the elements of such a list can help as well.

PS. Google is wonderful.


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My favorite response to criticism of smartphone software:

"Well, you can root it, anyway, so who cares? Why are we even talking about this?"

It's the age-old philosophy of "This factor doesn't matter to me, so it shouldn't be discussed at all." Combine that with the folks who say there's no point in discussing a phone's physical form or design since they're just going to put a case on it -- and those who say we shouldn't waste time talking about camera quality because, OH-EM-GEE, who takes pictures that matter on a smartphone, anyway? -- and I think we have an obvious solution on our hands:

Henceforth, all smartphone reviews will consist of bulleted spec lists and nothing more.

Huzzah! My job just got a heck of a lot easier.
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+Lionel D Lol... that's funny though because it's inaccurate about some features. Other than the inaccuracies it's a nice review though.
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+Marcus Thomas Agreed
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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.

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