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This seems like a smart approach. It also includes a new option for (ahem) men with smaller wrists, which I'll be trying out soon.

The branding of "men's" vs. "women's" will spark some debate, I'm sure, but this is a watch. Most jewelry comes in men's and women's designs.

And as +Barbara Krasnoff points out, there's nothing keeping anyone from buying and wearing any model you like -- with this or any other watch. Worth noting, too, that all of the models can be customized within Moto Maker to have a variety of styles and appearances. The whole "build your own" system really shines in this domain.

(I may or may not be the dainty-wristed male reviewer mentioned in this article, incidentally. I have no further comment at this time.)
Most smartwatches are too clunky for narrow wrists. The smaller Moto 360, introduced today at IFA, may have solved that problem.
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Saying your phone has a 4K display is like saying your sheets have a thread count of 5000. At a certain point, numbers stop having practical meaning.
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"Phones" won't exist in a decade as we recognize them today. It seems silly to have a power-hungry display on a slab when we have high-resolution near-to-eye displays today and better ones coming out all the time. We have nearly invisible, wireless, rechargeable ear buds that can last all day and with nearly no latency, so why have a speaker on a phone at all? In fact, why not just have the smartphone be a generic communications hub with purpose-built, connected peripherals that effortlessly extend a customized experience to the mobile user rather than the static one imposed by the phone manufacturer that always ends up disappointing a large swath of the customer base? The cellular infrastructure is a corrupt institution, anyway. It desperately needs to be swallowed up by software (preferably, open source).
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What's most impressive about the OnePlus 2 isn't the phone itself; it's the fact that its manufacturer has managed to make people care.

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What's truly impressive about this enthusiast-targeted Android phone has nothing to do with the device itself.
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+JR Raphael​ finally you got some +OnePlus​ love😂👍
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This is Google's new logo (yes, really!)

Love it? Hate it? I think I need some time to process before deciding.

It certainly does seem to fit more with the current design direction across Google's various products, though. No denying that.

More info here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/09/google-update.html

And here's where you can see what the new logo is really all about -- how it'll fit in with (and change) mobile search results and Google Now: http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2015/09/visual-updates-to-search-and-now-cards.html

Last but not least, a (very!) detailed explanation of the new logo's creation from a design perspective: https://design.google.com/articles/evolving-the-google-identity
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The Google logo is okay, very much a childish "alphabet block" look (only with a flat design). The Google+ version looks off though, I'm not impressed with that.
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Wait a minute...what?!

I did a bit of a double-take when I saw the names on this G+ Collections notification. Had to go back and give it a closer look.

(And no, it wasn't that Sergey and Larry. But seriously -- what are the odds?)
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Isn't that Sergey a Sergei with an i?
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I'll admit when I'm wrong:¹ Android Wear and Apple Watch are now officially going head to head.² Well, sort of. To be fair, I'm still not sure this is much of a "battle" in any broad sense.

No third-party apps on iOS.³ Limited third-party face support.⁴ No actions on notifications. Works only with one watch model so far. This is all just....strange. Almost feels more like a proof of concept than anything at this point.

But still: I was technically wrong. And this crow sure is delicious.

¹ http://www.computerworld.com/article/2876546/apple-watch-vs-android-wear.html
² http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/android-wear-now-works-with-iphones.html
³ http://www.fastcompany.com/3050481/tech-forecast/android-wear-watches-come-to-the-iphone-but-no-third-party-apps
https://plus.google.com/+WaynePiekarski/posts/Xev7d4tN6ka
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+Samitha Kulathunga I guess that would work if the computer on your glasses was at least somewhat subtle. A watch with a computer in it can be inconspicuous, many people don't realize mine's not a normal watch until I start swiping at it. There's nothing inconspicuous about Glass. The contacts Magic Leap is working on could be a lot more interesting for consumers than something like Glass.

And I disagree about watch prevalence, most people I work with wear watches. I suppose age and line of work can make a big difference in how likely someone is to wear a watch, I work in an office and at 29 I'm one of the youngest. I liked wearing a watch before I got a smartphone. Then I stopped wearing one until I got a smartwatch last Christmas. Now I wear it every day and feel naked without it.
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I finally put my finger on what's off about this design. My real-world review of the S6 Edge+ (in, fitting with the phone, a slightly unusual form):
Samsung's latest curved-screen smartphone, the Galaxy S6 Edge+, looks great -- but does that necessarily make it a better device?
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+Guy-Robert Kernisant Ok, I am waiting for the Z5 and iPhone 6S. If those are not compelling enough, I would have to buy a Z3 or the HTC One M8. Even though I don't like Samsung at all, I have to admit the edge is something unique. Would consider it if its price is around the same as the Z3 or M8 if the Z5 and iPhone 6S disappoint. Nice discussion, bye 
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Attention, techie friends: Have you ever been contacted by a tech recruiter who said something so ridiculous, all you could do was laugh?

You know the kind of thing I'm talking about. I want to highlight some of the most amusing and absurd things tech recruiters say -- and I need your help.

If you have a funny tech recruiter story you're willing to share, email me at jr.queries [at] gmail or just fill out the Google Docs form at the link below. Either way, your anonymity is absolutely guaranteed; I won't use your name unless you want me to, and I definitely won't use the name of the company that contacted you.

Not looking to get anyone in trouble here -- just looking to collect and share a bunch of funny tech recruiter tales!

The form is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pmYw9SzauisRO9gNy26en5o6Z67biFhT-f2y3hjCQUE

Thanks in advance -- and stay tuned for the results. :-)
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So, yeah -- that's...different.
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Looks less elegant with all the colors in Google. At lease previously it had a neutral color scheme. 
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One more thing: Here's the new G+ logo to match Google's updated look.

Hmmmmmmmm.

(via https://twitter.com/GooglePlus/status/638754949732499456)

(Context: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JRRaphael/posts/8FL42dXDpMo)
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Didnt changed app icon yet :(
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What to expect in terms of mobile tech announcements this week (EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW!):
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Some of my favorite ways to make Chrome faster and more efficient.
Become a mobile browsing pro with these little-known tips for Google's Chrome browser for Android.
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Auto playing video on that site is BS. 
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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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