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New feature in Google maps: notifications pestering the user to add photos to businesses. No thanks.
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Hello
This is Bryant from EaseUS Software Company. Our company runs Data Recovery Software, Partition Management, and Todo BackUp Soft etc.
I write this in hope that you can cooperate with us.
We're recently looking for the following Marketing now .
1:Infographic
2:Sponsored Review
3:Video
4:giveaway
5: Banner ADs
6: Forum Highlight Post
And it occurred to me that you might be interested in.
How does it sound to you?
Look forward to your reply.
If you think this mail is irrelevant to you, I would suggest you to forward this mail to relevant manager. They will surely like my business proposal.
How does it sound to you?
Look forward to your reply.
Bryant
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Anyone here still using Google Now? 

I use it mainly for the "stories to read" card. Google Now was just redesigned and the "more stories" link on this card appears to have been removed. Based on the lack of relevant search results about this redesign, I think I'm the only one who noticed/cared.
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+Minori MATSUDA We're in Kansai; we're not supposed to ever care about anything else.
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Phone broke. Expected replacement to be the same, 2-year old model. Got a nice surprise.
If you tend to be careless with your android phone, or if you are like me and prefer to customize the OS – that is, void the warranty – then it is a very good idea to invest in the replacement delivery service offered by your carrier. This is contrary to the typical advice you may have heard ...
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Leftover bits on the IIJ family plan carry over, I have 16G left for this month...
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I was quite surprised when I got an area mail notification on my Nexus 6 that I bought through the Google Play Store. 
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My Nexus 5, also from the Google Play store, was the only one in my office to sound off the alert, but I'm in Kansai, so didn't feel anything.
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Docomo needs to get it's act together and clearly disclose what bands are supported. Right now information is contradictory, subject to interpretation, and way too much of a fucking pain in the ass to extract from their i-mode inspired shitty website.
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I'm sorry, it still doesn't make me want that surfboard. Too big and too expensive.

Does it have the one feature I want? Wireless charging / 置くだけ充電 

THe 0 on my phone fell off. So it's starting to become really hard to use after 8 years!
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The "Samsung" Galaxy S6 Edge is unlockable under the new guidelines when bought from KDDI but under the old from docomo.
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Actually wrote a blog post.
Rakuten announced a global roaming SIM in combination with Cubic Telcom. The idea is that you buy the SIM in Japan, and it just works when you land (in 190 countries). Having a SIM active immediately can be very convenient, especially if you are somewhere you don't speak the language well, ...
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Would be nice to know about validity of the sim, as well as what the units are on the post paid data prices 
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That thing when you install a package while tethering and macports begins updating EVERYTHING, burning through a gigabyte before you realize WTF it's doing. Be gone from my system.

Homebrew  >>>>>>> macports
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Ouch.
Windows 10 has an option not to do that on metered connections, which you can set for your wifi ^^!
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This really all goes back to JCI for creating the market and forcing docomo into transparent MVNO contracts (though many MVNOs still prefer closed-doors deals with DCM because they get better terms that way).
Man, have we ever came a long way. (It only took five years.) U-Next Inc. announced (PDF) they have installed SIM card vending machines at all three Narita Airport terminals. These are stocked with prepaid SIMs using their "U-mobile" data service. The SIM cards will go on sale from September ...
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+SBS (You know all this already, so this post is just info for other followers.)

I've benefited from the SIM card "battles". I purchased an OCN mobile one 050+ card on sale back in late April, 2014. I use it in the 1st gen Moto G (2013) purchased in The States. It is 3G only.

I chose the 50MB/day plan, which costs ¥972/month. The daily limit kept getting increased, and is now 110MB/day with 1-day rollover of unused data.

The VoIP service, which cost an additional ¥324/month, was free for a few months, followed by a 1/2 price campaign. This service is now free.

Aside from rare occasions, such as needing to call Japan Post for a re-delivery, and not being able to call 0120 "free call" numbers, I don't miss/need not having a "real" phone.
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Yay! Google has broken Maps again.

Hopefully this is an easily fixable backend issue.
About two years ago, both the mobile and desktop versions of Google Maps were gutted, with many of the best features removed and replaced with a pretty UI (and not much else). Since then, functionality has slowly been added back to the point where it is close to being as good an app as it ...
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This is why I always cross-check any route with Hyperdia.
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Sometimes good 'ol USB mass storage is just the easiest way to do things. I do miss it.
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I have that phone! Runs like shit now, unfortunately. Can't even really stream music any more without stutters.
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This doesn't make sense (the graph and text).

This is also why I don't allow automatic updates.
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Yup, on a screenshot you can make out the vertical blue line, but you can't see it at all on the phone.
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