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Random pet peeve: I've never understood why HTC removes the "Screen" entry from battery stats on its devices. Probably more of an issue for reviewers than anything, but it's still an odd thing to go out of the way to remove.

Thank goodness for third-party battery stat apps. 
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+JR Raphael​ If you are rooted, nothing beats better battery stats
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That's it: I'm officially switching to http://com.google for all my search needs and moving to MS-DOS Mobile as my smartphone OS.

I love April Fools' Day.

(P.S. You actually can install and run the MS-DOS Mobile app, if you have a Windows Phone: https://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/ms-dos-mobile/8573c4a8-b9df-4409-90a6-dad2dc0b6b26 Brilliant.)
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muuy bueno
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Meet the Asus Chromebook Flip

Described as a premium, all-metal convertible touchscreen Chromebook. Launching "later this spring" for $249.

Before you get too excited, note that the system has an ARM-based Rockchip 3288 processor with 2GB of RAM. The display, meanwhile, is 10.1" and IPS, though only with 1280 x 800 resolution.

16GB eMMC storage, weighs "less than 2 lbs.," and "up to 10 hours" of battery life.

Will be interesting to spend some time with this bad boy and see what it's actually like to use. 
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+Lionel D That's Bay Trail T and early benchmarks are showing this chip ahead by a fair margin in Google Octane. 

There are a lot better ARM chips out there, but those really aren't seen in anything south of $300, and certainly nothing with a keyboard included at that price. 
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It feels more like a precious object than a phone.

Yup -- I've got my hands full this week. Some first impressions of the new HTC One M9:
There's more to HTC's new flagship than first meets the eye. Time for an up-close look at the stunningly gorgeous HTC One M9.
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I haven't seen a new phone yet that I will replace my Nexus 6 with this year. I am hoping the Z4 will be that phone
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An important update to my Chromebook Pixel review

In my original review of the 2015 Chromebook Pixel, I noted that the laptop's audio quality seemed rather underwhelming compared to the original Pixel, which had outstanding speakers. At the time, Google told me the new Pixel's speaker quality was comparable to the old model's and that what I was describing seemed like it might be a fluke defect.

After hearing complaints from some early adopters that echoed my observations, I reached out to Google following the review to inquire further about the new Pixel's speaker configuration. Upon further investigation, a representative informed me the speakers used on the first- and second-gen Pixel devices are, in fact, different sizes and shapes and that the laptop's internal configuration has also evolved. Consequently, the two models are "tuned differently" in terms of audio and may not sound the same when played side by side.

My review has been updated accordingly.

[http://www.computerworld.com/article/2896399/chromebook-pixel-2015-review-a-cloud-dwellers-dream-machine.html] 
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+Bruce Carrick I've not tried it firsthand, so I couldn't say for sure -- but all signs suggest it's still not supported.
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About the Galaxy S6 and bloatware....

Forget what you might have heard: There's plenty of it. And though all but a few of the apps can be disabled (as is standard with most Android manufacturers these days), none can be easily removed.

That's the case for the U.S. T-Mobile version of the phone, at least. And to be clear, this is nothing out of the ordinary, especially for a carrier-connected phone; Android devices without this type of bloatware are more of the exception than the rule. I point it out only because of all the reports suggesting that Samsung was going to be doing something meaningfully different with preinstalled apps this go-round.

(My initial impressions of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are here, in case you missed 'em: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2901269/galaxy-s6-galaxy-s6-edge-hands-on.html) 
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Think I'll wait and see if the quality is improved and if Samsung got real religion on customer service - both of which have been sorely lacking in recent years.
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How not to name a theme on your new flagship phone (courtesy of Samsung)

No joke -- that's actually the name of one of the themes on the Galaxy S6. And let's not even analyze what's up with the hand in the second screenshot.

My in-depth Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge reviews are almost ready -- stay tuned!
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+Trọng Kiên​ I disagree. While it's not the best designed it's also not that bad. But of course we all have our own opinion. I honestly feel the settings, and stock touchwiz app looks better now in the new touchwiz. 
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Oh, Google. You're such a tease.
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+Robert Le Blah I don't recall using a 3rd party program but I did set it up a while back so I could just be forgetting. I just think it wasn't via 3rd party since my Drive has some files I wouldn't want shared with 3rd parties
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New Amazon buttons that you put around your house and press to order specific products?!

This is either an insanely bold step in online shopping or an insanely effective early April Fools' joke.

Either way, well-played, +Amazon.com. 
With Amazon Dash Button, you just press, and never run out. Choose from favorite household products.
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+Tim Neumark because....gadgets. And because sometimes we go through diapers or wipes faster than our scheduled delivery, and it's easier for my wife to push a button than log onto Amazon and order more manually.
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What, no Cock Magic?
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A quick preview of Galaxy S6 camera performance. One of my standard test shots, captured with default settings and no editing.

More samples and detailed discussion soon!
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I am so incredibly tired of the emotional arguments over how Android Brand X is, like, so much better than Android Brand Z.

Being unconditionally married to a manufacturer or product line is the best way to tell the world your opinion is irrelevant. Come on, people. These are companies that sell us things. There's no need for ongoing blind loyalty or this weird sense of family-like pride toward a brand of mobile device. 

Can't we just evaluate each individual phone for what it is and -- gosh, I don't know -- have mature discussions without all the silly "my team against yours" arguments and childlike name-calling?

Probably not, I realize. But hey, a guy can ask. And at least now, I can link to this post and its lovely GIF every time a comment thread starts testing my patience.
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So, yeah -- if anyone needs context for this, see https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JRRaphael/posts/Jy3BXDGznR4.

I just went through and deleted the truly over-the-top and hateful comments from overnight -- quite a lot of them -- and blocked those who were responsible for them. It was way, way worse before I did that. Such emotional, mean-spirited, hate-filled rage -- about what type of electronic devices someone does or doesn't prefer?! Unbelievable. Life's too short, and I certainly don't want to waste my time wading through that crap or playing hall monitor throughout the day.

  That's the kind of nonsense I was referring to in this post -- not merely thinking that you tend to like a certain manufacturer's products or appreciate how a company approaches Android (which, of course, there's absolutely nothing wrong with). Some people just need to step back and realize this isn't life and death we're talking about, nor is it war, politics, or even religion. It's technology. Something that's supposed to be fun and interesting, not a source of emotion-laden strife and virtual gang violence.

And with that, I'll close the door on this discussion. Thanks for chiming in, everyone. Onward and upward!
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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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