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"The web cannot emulate native perfectly, and it never will. Native apps talk directly to the operating system, while web apps talk to the browser, which talks to the OS. Thus there’s an extra layer web apps have to pass, and that makes them slightly slower and coarser than native apps. This problem is unsolvable. Still, we web developers have spent the last six years in denial" and I was all like...
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+Jens Knutson I love the smart phones don't get me wrong. But the barrier to me installing an app, setting it up and using it is larger than me using a website-based service for a number of fairly well-known reasons. Do I have to list them?

Then there is the middle-man tax in the transaction: App Store and Google Play.

Then there is less-than-perfect UX in an app. There are services that I pay for that have a mobile app that I never use because their mobile experience blows. It strongly correlates to services that give me broad and deep amounts of data. The phone remains a shitty place to interact with that stuff mostly because of the size of the screen, but not always.

Prediction: Mobile applications that interact with each other and with broad-based services on the server side will continue to make more headway as time goes on. Mobile applications that are more vertically-oriented will not do as well in the long term. This bodes especially badly for Apple because their apps are much less collaborative with each other by design! and their back end services are not nearly as good as Google's. Apple engineering pays a strategy tax for broad-based back end services because they are not organized that way as a company.
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Ugh. We're getting 2 uncomfortably, yet unsatisfyingly large phones, while the options for Android apps on a screen big enough for work will be Chromebooks, or something infected by TouchWiz, Destroyer of All That Is Simple and Usable.

Maybe next we'll get ludicrous 2.5" Android Wear watches which make phone calls, yet will inexplicably still lack NFC for mobile payments (et al), and have horrible battery life... because they have huge screens and phone radios.

Meanwhile, the Apple Watch and the far more sensibly sized iPhones will sell like gangbusters. I hear the larger screen iPad Pro is coming this year, too... I wonder if Cyanogen has figured out how to install Android on Apple hardware yet?

#GoogleILoveYouButYoureBringingMeDown
 
Looking more likely we'll see two Nexus phones this year. 
The Nexus 6 was a break from the past for the Nexus program with its high price tag and massive size, but it was probably an emergency replacement after th... by Ryan Whitwam in Exclusives, Leaks, News, Nexus Devices, Rumors
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Still digging my N5 despite the middling to poor battery action. LG have built the best nexus to date imo
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Very fitting.

Obligatory easy joke: Also, smart move on the part of the art installation to use a Windows Phone device. They don't even need to keep it locked up and they're guaranteed no one will steal the phone!
"It's how people meat."
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The +SMBC Comics​​ creator, +Zach Weinersmith​​, is making $9k/month from +Patreon​​? As well he should be! I'm a little embarrassed it took me as long to sign up and support him on Patreon.


(Source: https://www.patreon.com/ZachWeinersmith?ty=c

And if, tragically, you don't know who or what I'm taking about: http://smbc-comics.com )
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Bay Games 12, the brothers behind Dwarf Fortress is closing in on $3k :) Patreon is a nice service for independent artists.
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I for one would love to see Google fail devices in CTS or something if they spam the logs incessantly like this.

It's like Samsung go out of their way to make it as annoying as possible to develop on their devices.
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Git, its fanboys, and especially git-rebase, can all eat flaming death.

(Yes, I still miss Mercurial.  Immutable history FTW.)
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+Ryan Vanasse​ Mozilla and a few other important projects use Hg, but it doesn't matter because nobody chooses Hg for new projects and no one is going to switch.

Only a catastrophic loss of confidence in git (e.g: git has a couple years in a row of incredibly dangerous security flaws), or the emergence of some other VCS that's (correctly or not) perceived as 10x better will change this now.
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Sometimes self-tracking means facing some harsh realizations. I looked at a month of data about the time I spent driving and realized that I'm distracted by my phone for WAY too much of it. 
I have a confession to make, and it’s not easy. I’ve been driving like a jerk. I just found out and I feel horrible about it. I don’t speed. I don’t tailgate. I don’t run red lights. At least, not ...
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I love +Amy Schumer​​'s barely contained grin in this shot, like she's just about to break character, but still manages not to bust up laughing about the goofy grillz she's just revealed.

Also, #fudgemachine . Heheh. #iamtwelve

(In case you have no idea WTF I'm talking about: https://goo.gl/PMhL36 )
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We now have that color lazer in AutoFugue </crosspromotion>
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My new favorite webcomic.

#hermit4lyfe


Source: http://deathbulge.com/comics/67
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That guy is doing it right!
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"This is not just a women's initiative. Men and women from across Google said: 'We want to do this. We want to create this incredible inclusive community and make sure everyone feels supported.'"
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Full time (and then some) Android hacker, homesick Pythonista, aspiring interaction designer, and irredeemable perfectionist.
Introduction

Required* reading: http://www.merlinmann.com/better

* Well, not "required" obviously, but theoretically you're reading this to find out about me -- here's something that'll tell you a _lot_ about me, if you're paying a little attention.  Otherwise, why are you reading this?  Go do something you love!

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  • Target Corporation
    Software Engineer, 2015 - present
  • Code42
    Software Engineer, 2010 - 2015
  • Target Corporation
    Software Engineer, 2009 - 2010
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Peak - Jogos para o Cérebro – Apps para Android no Google Play
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Peak é um aplicativo personalizado de auto-aperfeiçoamento criado especificamente para ajudar você a melhorar a suas habilidades de Memória,

Journey (Journal, Diary) - Android Apps on Google Play
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Capture life moments, from everyday thoughts to useful travel logs, Journey helps you to rediscover the joy of journal writing through the w

Wave - Android Apps on Google Play
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Wave is one of the best live wallpapers for Android. With the latest free update to version 3 the bar has again been raised. This is the thi

Fotos – Apps para Android no Google Play
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O Google Fotos é o local ideal para suas fotos e vídeos, organizado e pesquisável de acordo com as pessoas, os lugares e as coisas que impor

Desire - Music on Google Play
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Desire is an electronic music band from Montreal and Portland, Oregon. Their debut album, II, was released in June 2009 on the Italians Do I

StayFocusd
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StayFocusd increases your productivity by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites.

The Great Suspender
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Automatically suspends unused tabs to free up system resources

Once Upon A Time In Mexico - Movies &amp; TV on Google Play
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A drug lord who pretends to overthrow the Mexican government. A corrupt FBI agent (Johnny Depp) who at that time, demands retribution from h

Photo Editor by Aviary - Android Apps on Google Play
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"A one-stop shop for any photo editing need." -Mashable"A very comprehensive photo editor and pretty much everything you could ever want to

Chrome Remote Desktop – Apps para Android no Google Play
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Acesse com segurança seus computadores no seu dispositivo Android.• Em cada um dos seus computadores, configure o acesso remoto usando o apl

Hangouts
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Always stay connected with the new desktop app for Hangouts on ChromeOS and Windows.

Google Fonts Roboto
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Roboto has a dual nature. It has a mechanical skeleton and the forms are largely geometric. At the same time, the font features friendly and

Journey (Journal, Diary) – Android Apps on Google Play
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Capture life moments, from everyday thoughts to useful travel logs, Journey helps you to rediscover the joy of journal writing through the w

Particle - Android Apps on Google Play
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Get connected and start building your Internet of Things project right away with Particle, the companion app to the Photon, a tiny but power

Inbox by Gmail - Android Apps on Google Play
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Inbox by Gmail requires an invite. Email inbox@google.com to request one. Your email inbox should help you live and work better, but instead

Customer service is fine. Not great, but not awful like some other reviewers are claiming. Docking them a star for disabling NFC payments, though.
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If you're looking for the dullest sandwiches in town, your search is over: it doesn't get any more boring than Jimmy Johns. That said, every Jimmy Johns I've ever been in has been clean and reasonably comfortable, and the service has always been prompt and friendly.
Food: Poor - FairDecor: GoodService: Very Good
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reviewed a week ago
A whole lot of "meh". The selection is passable for their size. Prices aren't very good, though I've seen worse. Staff is competent and quick, and friendly enough, but service is rarely great. All around, the place is better than nothing, but it seems like the owners have decided to firmly rest on the advantage of their location and being the local "default" liquor store, instead of trying to do anything to make their shop a destination. If it's the only place within winter walking distance, like it is for me, it could be a lot worse. If you're driving, you probably want to go elsewhere.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Best donuts in town. As some have mentioned, the donuts tend to be a lot more cake-y and heavy than usual, but I think it really works. Besides the great variety of original and inventive flavors, the staff is quick and helpful, and the retro, glam girl atmosphere of the shop is really fun. They're more expensive than Dunkin Donuts or the crap you get from the gas station, but it's totally worth it.
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reviewed 2 months ago
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The staff has always been very friendly and quick, and it's a lot cleaner and better organized than most of the convenience stores in the area. It's a mostly unremarkable gas station/convenience store, and their selection of certain convenience items, like basic cleaning supplies or toiletries, is somewhat limited, but these are minor issues. As an urban convenience store, they serve their purpose well. Bonus: they accept Google Wallet & Apple Pay! How cool is that?
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
FAR preferred over the tiny screens at most AMC theaters. This place has much more comfortable seating, bigger screens, and all for the same price or less than similar sized competition.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Brilliant date spot. The first several rows of seats are all loveseats with tables next to them, where you can set your drink. I don't know of anywhere else in the Twin Cities where you can go to see a movie on a huge screen, while cuddled up with your sweetheart on a couch, holding a big, tasty margarita. If that's not a recipe for a great evening, I don't know what is.
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