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As a piece of feedback: I have a Google Apps account (a paid-for one) and there is no integration between my email and Google Now. Packages get dispatched, flights get booked, and events get organised, and Google Now is none the wiser.

I understand why this happens by default. I would be really, really grateful if I could, as domain administrator, give Google Now permission to scrape my email.
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Because I have an Android Wear watch the issue is more acute for me; so I have forwarded mail over for now and use my Gmail account. I think in future, when I can get Inbox, I'll shift back to using my GApps account, but still auto-forward stuff to Gmail for the alerts.
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Someone quoted in this Jon Ronson book I am reading makes an interesting point.

Jon also gives the rather dizzying figure that Google earns the equivalent of $0.38 for each search made on their website.
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He's proved he can't do basic maths, why should we assume he's more accurate about more complicated calculations? 
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Wondering if there is yet a way to SSH into computers using a shared .pem key on ChromeOS. All attempts last year failed, and I don't really understand why. I'm figuring that my MacBook Air is still quite adequate for presentations - its main paid-for use - but a Chromebook could well be a better dev machine for coding, writing and other things. Perhaps I should wander into the Chromebook shop in TCR?
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Flicking through the Freesat TV guide. Just for a bit of variety.
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Just flicking through Sky...
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It is a very, very old box. But I needed an up to date list of channels for +media.info​ and it was relatively quick to photograph all of this.
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Bug Report - Odyssey - 12 hour times incorrect formatting

This is my main watchface, which I always come back to after fiddling with new ones. As you can (almost) see, it's 8.26pm in Brisbane.

Either "08:26" or "8.26pm" are correct. "08:26pm" isn't - the presence of the initial "0" normally means it's a 24-hour clock, and therefore means 8.26am. I've just looked at it and thought "is it really morning there?" before realising that no, it isn't.

Suggested workaround: use the 24-hour clock here and remove the AM/PM (which'll be more consistent for layout purposes); or, perhaps simpler, remove the initial zero.
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+khaled mougharbel It is in Google Play, called Odyssey.
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I'm thinking my time with Google+ is probably done.

It's so clearly unloved by Google, with no major updates for some time, that I doubt it is worth investing in a product which is so clearly in maintenance mode. Many of the people I follow are no longer posting here. Blogger blogposts, automatically thrown in here, make up much of the remainder of things I see. Comments were once thoughtful, but are now mostly full of idiots; communities are either empty or full of spam. For posts containing links to content, apart from Android-related content Google+ has next to no interaction, and as a website owner, there is absolutely no benefit in me spending the time on Google+, since it produces no tangible benefits in either interaction or traffic.

The most obvious sign of G+'s demise (quite apart from no mentions at I/O last year) is that Google continues to use Google Groups as their main discussion mechanism. Official looking product communities here are either full of spam (Google Play being one more obvious example) or are digital tumbleweed (Freebase, AdSense, and others). Google's many official posts make no attempt to interact or converse with commenters, either. Authorship has been removed, too. If Google doesn't care about Google+, why should I?

I wanted Google+ to work, but it is clearer every day that - for whatever reason - it simply doesn't. Google+ zealots try to desperately claim that it isn't a ghost town, but in the main they are trying to defend Google+ because they have invested time in it for their SEO or social business that they don't want to go to waste. The reality is that, apart from the zealots, there are precious few media outlets and companies using Google+; and apart from a few niche content types, Google+ is almost invisible in terms of interaction or traffic generation.

If the content was good, I was prepared to overlook some of G+'s shortcomings. For a while, this was a thoughtful and interesting "shared interests network": but it seems that it is becoming less and less so.

Perhaps this is a bigger issue: that Google is losing its way on many things. What was once an innovative, exciting company now appears to be more me-too than ever. I don't know.

I'll keep popping in here to privately share photos of my daughter with family. Facebook is blocked in China, whereas Google+ isn't. (And that, too, speaks volumes). But I suspect I'll do little else.
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I'm a great fan of Twitter, I like the snappy engagement and the easy flow of the timeline.

I'm sure there are dickheads there, but there's no need to follow them. There, like here, the key is to tailor your timeline so it works for you. I find it really useful for my work and interests.

But G+ has many of the same pluses too. Of Facebook we shall not speak.
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Running a test. If you visit +media.info with an adblocker active, you'll see this in place of one of the ads you've managed to block.

Becoming a "pro user" is just £5.99 a year, but the "send us a donation of any size" thing is only ever visible for adblock users.

I predict zero people will give this a go: but who knows.

/cc +Mat Bennett +Mat Bennett 
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Visited it with private browsing in a chrome profile without adblock (my other profile uses ublock), and saw the red warning, no ad.

PS i do have some entries in hosts blocked 
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*Timer app crash causes massive battery drain - how to report this bug?*

I use timers when cooking, like "set a timer for ten minutes". The behaviour used to be that at the end of the ten minutes it would buzz repeatedly until silenced. Now, it buzzes just once and then the timer card disappears - very easy to miss. (LG GWAR).

Further to this... http://imgur.com/kTfsJs1 shows a massive great battery drain starting coincidentally when the timer stopped. So it looks like a bug, and a bad one, since it means that timers are unreliable and the watch loses most of its battery. (You can see when I restarted the watch, too.)

How can I report this properly please?
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I have last 5more ;/
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I had this last night. Not that good a porter, to be honest - a little dull. I preferred the same brewery's West Indies porter, which was stronger and more flavoursome, but I didn't take a picture of that...
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Breaking my Google+ retirement to just make folks in here aware of a strange issue with Google AdSense.

Somehow, my Gmail profile in Chrome on this Mac appears to be injecting someone else's Google AdSense ads (see below) into the Google Analytics snippet. Reporting it here, because folks like +Mat Bennett and others might be interested. I've reported it, using the "someone else's ad code is appearing on my website" form, on Google AdSense itself.

Concerning. More details on the Flickr page.
I spotted some odd layout problems on media.info this morning (and one error in the console), and after a bit of hard work, discovered this injection code in the Google Analytics snippet (at the bottom). That ca-pub ID is not mine, though I can't find a copy of it on the web anywhere. It only happened when logged into my james.cridland@gmail.com account on Chrome. Using my james@cridland.net account it wasn't there; using incognito mode it wasn'...
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You make a good point. Only 37 visits in the last month from IE6. Looks as if the BBC has finally upgraded!
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Radio futurologist
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I concentrate on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business across the world.

As a conference speaker, I speak in radio events across the world - on radio's multiplatform future, the effect of smartphones on radio listening, and radio's place in social media.

As a writer, I write about what happens when radio and new platforms collide - for media.info and other websites and magazines.

As a consultant, I work with the brightest brains to ensure radio remains relevant.

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Won both Webby Awards for Virgin Radio's website when I ran it (public and judges' choice). Launched radio's first ever mobile phone app.
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Radio futurologist, and Managing Director, media.info
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  • media.info
    Managing Director, 1994 - present
    media.info is the new name for Media UK
  • Virgin Radio
    Director of Digital Media, 2001 - 2007
  • BBC
    Head of FM&T, A&Mi, 2007 - 2009
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Great place: friendly staff, family-friendly with kids toys, and a nice and varied menu.
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Well designed independent coffee shop, named after an old real-estate business that once occupied the same premises. Great coffee, attentive staff, free WiFi and iPads for all. Very highly recommended.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Splendid place, and is the highlight of any train to London
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Whenever I visit this pub, I am deeply disappointed that it is not my local. Splendid place.
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Great and ever-changing choice of ales, and fun railway stuff on the walls. Usually shows sport on the TVs, but normally silently. A nice and homely place to stop for a pint.
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
Amazingly good: very tasty steak, and the burger was excellent too. Lovely atmosphere and good team. Very enjoyable evening.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Amazing views from the room. Rooms comfortable and ultra-modern. WiFi free, and no silly passwords. Plentiful breakfast. Shame it's in the middle of nowhere, but the metro will take you to where you want to be.
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