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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 Not related to this post, but despite having you in a "Notifications On" circle and turning notification on for all your collections, I haven't gotten my usual e-mail notification for your last half dozen or so posts.  Any idea what's up?
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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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Ladies and gentlemen, let the stupidity begin.
Ladies and gentlemen, let the stupidity begin.
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+Dan Behr still a small screen. Cant get more james bond than that though.
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Some fun stuff here. Think of it like live wallpaper for your watch.
Give your smartwatch some extra pizazz with these fun animated faces for Android Wear.
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You didn't mention my favorite - instaweather... Has an animated radar face which is really cool
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A new "How I use Android" profile -- featuring the one and only +Marques Brownlee!

Mr. MKBHD himself was kind enough to climb into the hot seat and share the skinny on how he uses Android in his own life. Check it out for a peek at his personal home screens along with his favorite apps and devices:
The man known as MKBHD walks us through his own Android lifestyle -- his must-have apps, favorite devices, and personal home screen setup.
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Thanks Vitality D. I will be phone searching.
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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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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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There's more to Google Drive than meets the eye...

I dug around to find some of the most useful add-ons for expanding what Drive can do. Check 'em out and see which make sense for you:
Google Drive can do much more than you realize. Ready to unlock its productivity potential?
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+JR Raphael​ while +GIMP​ seems like a great tool, it appears it is no longer "Free". You can download and use it, but apparently must purchase a subscription to save anything on a Chromebook starting @ $5.99/month.
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All right -- we now have Windows 10, OnePlus Two, Axon, and likely multiple Moto devices launching within the same three days in late July. 

Samsung? Apple? Anyone else?

Seriously, the tendency for tech launches to happen in clusters like this serves no one well. Least of all the companies competing for media coverage and consumer attention.
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Christmas in July?
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Things I no longer have patience for in my life:

(1) Updating and/or troubleshooting device drivers
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+Peter Andrews CUPS allways works
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Pretty incredible what you can get for under 300 bucks these days.
Looking for a decent unlocked smartphone that doesn't cost too much? You'd be surprised what you can find.
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I need to How is it work...??
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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
• My Twitter account: @JRRaphael
• 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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