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I write about the human side of technology. I'm the executive word-chef of Android Intelligence. I am not -- I repeat, NOT -- an amphibian.
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JR Raphael is a writer as well as a mammal. He’s the guy behind the acclaimed Android Intelligence column at Computerworld. He writes humor-infused feature stories for a variety of publications and drinks fruit-infused beverages from a variety of glasses. At night, he sleeps.

In his spare time, JR enjoys flossing, staring blankly, and writing about flossing and staring blankly.

If you'd like to stalk JR, consider these helpful starting points:

• His website: JRStart.com
• His Twitter account: @JRRaphael
• The webcam installed on his 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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A new How I Use Android profile -- featuring kernel and app creator +Francisco Franco!

He builds cool tools for power users and regular folk alike -- and you might be surprised at how he uses mobile tech in his own life.

Time to get to know one of Android's most eclectic developers:
One of Android's most eclectic developers walks us through his own personal smartphone setup -- including a surprising admission about his primary device.
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+Francisco Franco I expected a customized setup, atleast icon placement. I thought u might run a custom ROM, but I understand why u stay away from them as a purist.
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"Perspective is everything."
When it comes to a feature this far-reaching, perspective is everything.
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Great collection, +JR Raphael. Following.
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One of the key ways we're going to harness the power of our journalism is to have an optimization group. This Tronc team will work with all the local markets to harness the power of our local journalism, feed it into a funnel, and then optimize it so that we reach the biggest global audience possible.

Theory: "Tronc" is actually an elaborate joke intended to teach employees the dangers of bad branding and meaningless buzz-speak.

Seriously -- that's the only way all of this makes any sense.
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Tribune actually meant something. "A champion of the common people." Makes sense that they change the name if they change their mission and no longer champion us.
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A new episode of Android Intelligence -- featuring Nova Launcher developer +Kevin Barry and Action Launcher developer +Chris Lacy!

One show, two developers! Some great discussion here about how a couple of Android's best and most beloved launchers came to be -- plus some broader chit-chat about what it actually takes to make a living from Android, what sorts of challenges you run into as an independent developer on the platform, and the good and bad of Google's ongoing changes to the software.

The fellas also shared some interesting thoughts on the future of Android and how Google might eventually pivot its strategy for the operating system (hint: It involves bringing even more consistency to the core user experience, but not in the way you might think).

So what are you waiting for? Come hang out with us already. More info and everything you need to stream or download is at the link below.

(My thanks to +Swappa for sponsoring this episode!)
Two of Android's most accomplished indie developers discuss the challenges of making a living from the platform -- plus myths vs. realities about the operating system and how Google might surprise us next.
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Really enjoyed this one and generally all of the Android Intelligence episodes. 😀
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Chrome + Android fans -- take note!
 
Want to bring a Chrome OS-like look to your Android phone?

This is a super cool minimalist home screen setup, especially if you enjoy both Chrome OS and Android.

Full details + instructions at the link below!
Give your Android home screen a Chrome OS-like makeover with this spiffy custom setup.
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Looks great 
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Want to bring a Chrome OS-like look to your Android phone?

This is a super cool minimalist home screen setup, especially if you enjoy both Chrome OS and Android.

Full details + instructions at the link below!
Give your Android home screen a Chrome OS-like makeover with this spiffy custom setup.
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+Alief Patria that's all widgets really are or should be. The most of the full screen setups are made in KLWP, not KWGT

However, take a look through these communities for some KWGT widgets

https://plus.google.com/communities/105800766530390603634

https://plus.google.com/communities/112706398868388100823

https://plus.google.com/communities/114917261301495797967

Also, if you see any komponents you like, you can load them into KWGT as well..... Some of them are more than just time, date etc
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A side of Android most of us never see. Some awesome insights in this latest episode.

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A new episode of Android Intelligence -- featuring Nova Launcher developer +Kevin Barry and Action Launcher developer +Chris Lacy!

One show, two developers! Some great discussion here about how a couple of Android's best and most beloved launchers came to be -- plus some broader chit-chat about what it actually takes to make a living from Android, what sorts of challenges you run into as an independent developer on the platform, and the good and bad of Google's ongoing changes to the software.

The fellas also shared some interesting thoughts on the future of Android and how Google might eventually pivot its strategy for the operating system (hint: It involves bringing even more consistency to the core user experience, but not in the way you might think).

So what are you waiting for? Come hang out with us already. More info and everything you need to stream or download is at the link below.

(My thanks to +Swappa for sponsoring this episode!)
Two of Android's most accomplished indie developers discuss the challenges of making a living from the platform -- plus myths vs. realities about the operating system and how Google might surprise us next.
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There's never a dull moment with jr. still my favorite podcast😁
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PSA: Your Android phone can now handle two-factor authentication without any codes.

If you use two-factor auth (and you should!), this is well worth enabling.

Step 1: Go to https://myaccount.google.com/security.

Step 2: Select "2-Step Verification" and confirm your password.

Step 3: Select "Google prompt" and enroll/confirm your device.

That's it! The next time you try to sign into your Google account somewhere new, you'll automatically receive a prompt on your phone asking you to verify the sign-in. All you'll have to do is tap "Yes" in the prompt to proceed.

More security, less hassle. That's a winning combination.

(Not yet using two-factor authentication on your Google account? Go to https://www.google.com/landing/2step first to get started.)
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Cell phones are easy to steal.
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Required Friday afternoon listening.

Trust me on this one.

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Man... This takes me back. Square one and this show were my favorite... Times were simpler then.
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New episode of the Android Intelligence podcast is almost ready. This should be a good one!
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I love India
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An old Google+ Photos feature returns -- at last!
 
Play slideshows from an album

You like crowding friends and family around your computer or TV to show them photos of last weekend’s adventure. You don’t like clicking 132 times to show them each photo.

Luckily for you, it’s now possible to play a slideshow from any album. Just open the album, click on a photo, and select Slideshow from the dropdown menu.

For the ultimate viewing experience, cast the Chrome tab to your TV while you sit back, relax, and make everyone jealous with your amazing photos.

Slideshows are available now on photos.google.com and in the Android app.
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About damn time! Also sidenote... Picasaweb was supposed to be shut down last month but still works exactly the same for me.
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Drumroll, please. See how many of these you remember...
Has any platform undergone as much back-and-forth change as Android?
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Thankfully because I use custom ROMs a lot and never use the stock launchers, many of these didn't affect me - especially the changes I disagreed with.
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