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Hitting the big 3-0 this weekend. Thought I'd take one more selfie from my 20s and post it. I don't look much different than I did when I was 20...But I won't be saying that when I'm 40 lol.
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+scott colbert what where the other two? 🙂
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I'm beginning to think that smartphones are more interesting than ever before. I think the people covering it are getting more and more boring.

Think about it, aside from the basics like performance, battery, display, camera, and design, how many reviewers do you know that spend an appreciable amount of time on the stuff that makes smartphones different, unusual, or unique? The software and hardware features.

They mention unique features, obviously, but it's usually a side note and I've watched many reviews that omit features altogether. Not gonna call out names because that's not cool, but let's face it, smartphone coverage is getting a little boring and the industry is taking the hit for it.

Seriously, go watch all the main reviewers do the LG V20 and see how long they spend on features like the second display, the headphone amp (not the quad dac, the actual amp that supports headphones up to 300ohms+). How many of them even mention hdmi out support via Slimport? Not many. Do you know how hard it is to find hdmi out on phones these days? Watching reviews, you'd never know that the V20 has a dedicated headphone amp along with its dac while the Axon 7 does not have a headphone amp, and thus can't power headphones as well as the V20. That's kinda interesting, but nobody talked about it. Lame.

Nah, the smartphone market is full of nuance, fun features, new ideas, and other fun stuff. The idea that the entire industry can be boiled down to the basics while the unique stuff is left neglected or ignored entirely points to a problem with the people covering that tech, not the tech itself.

I'll bet money that the tech reviewers that make the biggest splash this year are the ones that look at a phone and do videos on how it's different instead of another 10 minute lecture on how the same 5 metrics stack up against every other device. 
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+Lee Keels and...so you're the benchmark and authority on what makes something boring? A representative of everyone everywhere? You think it's boring, and thus it must be boring?

Must be a tough job being so important.

Or, more likely, you just have a boring use case and can't appreciate this new tech floating around. Tango is freaking cool, I don't care if you like it or not.
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Sometimes I like to make little games out of tedious or unpleasant activities.

Today, I have a load of laundry in the washer with about 30 minutes left. I've also been on hold with my health insurance provider for 20 minutes.

It's a race. Does the washer get done first, or do I get on the phone with a CSR? Cast your votes! 
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Does Joe make hindy games?
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I complain about this a lot but I don't really know if I'm in the majority or the minority here. So let's do a poll. Which would you rather have on Google+?

1. A purely chronological time line that puts the most recent posts first.

2. An algorithmic time line where Google tries to guess what you care about (this is its current form).

3. A chronological time line with infrequent suggested posts every now and then (clearly marked) based on what Google thinks you like (what I want).

4. Algorithmic time line with a most recents option (Facebook does this now).

Submit your votes! I like 3 the best because I can see what people are up to, but there is still a few posts dotting the landscape from a few hours previous that I may have missed. Twitter does this now (at least the app does) with its "you may have missed" feature which I really enjoy. I don't like its current form because it doesn't give me an accurate idea of what everyone's up to or talking about. I also miss the chance to talk about stuff with my peers because it frequently doesn't show me that content at all. I'd rather pick what I get to see, not have it dictated to me. 
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I agree, the algorithms don't seem to cater to people's individual interests very much. Maybe Google can work on that...
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So several months ago, my Shield Tablet stopped registering its battery percentage. Battery still charged and everything still worked, but it was stuck on 0% all the time.

All of a sudden, battery percentage came back. Wtf has this happened to anyone? 
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I can't say I have, but battery life has tanked over the past year with very light usage. 
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I have decided to go to war against lettuce on Twitter. Boredom and late night tweeting are both great things.

By the way, lettuce isn't real food, it's not a substitute for bread, and it had no appreciable nutritional value.

Seriously, why do people eat that horrendous garbage? 
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You're monsters, all of you! ALL OF YOU I SAY! #usespinachorsomethingdamn
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Today I did a thing. Anything you want to know about Google Play / Apple App Store numbers from 2016, here's your link to get it :)

My favorite part:
Additionally, we can see that while Google Play and the App Store are popular and trusted, they represent less than half of the total mobile revenue stream

:D enjoy!

It's 2017 and that means we can finally look back and see how the mobile apps and games market did in 2016. There were some big changes. Check it out!
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The 174th episode of the Android Apps Weekly show is live! This week had a lot of fun stuff :)

Article - https://goo.gl/F4YST4
Video - linked below

I hope everyone enjoys it! Give it a +1 or share...you know if you want to. As usual, it's totally optional :)
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I've always considered Buzzfeed a source of fake news. A reliable one too. I voted for Hillary, but if I had only read Buzzfeed during the campaign, I might have voted for Trump. That's how little I trust them.

I honestly thought they would screw up bad enough that even other liberal media outlets are calling BS a lot sooner than today.

For those not in the know, Buzzfeed published a totally unverifiable set of documents that allege all kinds of horrible things about Donald Trump. They claim it was from some anonymous person in the intelligence business, but it could've been an elaborate 4chan prank for all they knew. They ran it anyway, since hating Trump gets page views, and now they're getting called on it. Even by other far left publications.

Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith responded by saying that publishing that kind of crap is the responsibility of journalists in 2017. Except it's not. Our responsibility is to tell people what really happened so they could make informed decisions. Posting fake news to bash prominent figures is, among other things, freaking illegal.

Buzzfeed isn't real journalism. They never have been. They have been fanning the flames of hatred for years, using things like racial and gender tensions as well as political drama to bait people into page views. The idea that some people take this site seriously is beyond me. It's trash of the highest order. Whenever someone describes the SOP of a fake news site, I always wonder how no one ever equates Buzzfeed to that.

I'm sure they'll recover from this because their followers and loyal readers are the literal worst... But I kinda hope they don't. Buzzfeed is the worst thing on the Internet and that includes 4chan. At least 4chan is funny sometimes. 
So the website BuzzFeed decided to publish a series of memos that have been floating around for months alleging all kinds of terrible things about Donald Trump. Some of those terrible allegations h…
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I wanna know when people started thinking BuzzFeed was a real news website. Because then we can definitively chronicle that as one of the worst times in world history

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Episode 173 of Android Apps Weekly is live! This week it's all about Mega Man, ADW Launcher 2, and some other fun stuff. :)

Article - https://goo.gl/ym6UvU
Video - linked below

Feel free to +1 or share if you want to! Or not, your call :) I just hope you enjoy the video!
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Lol yep, that sounds about right.

I have it set up how I want, okay?

Hahahahaha.

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Just a ferret running around for a minute. He very much enjoys his exercise time. 
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Hello everyone, I'm Joe Hindy and I am a professional blogger.

I am currently the Android Authority App Guy (apps editor) as well as a member of our stellar YouTube team and weekly podcast. You're probably here because you know me from that. If not, welcome!

My interests vary greatly and include pretty much everything except sitting in traffic. And sometimes, if there's something good on the radio, even sitting in traffic isn't so bad.

My current Android devices include the HTC One M9, the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, the LG G Watch, and the Nexus 5. I also own the Xbox One and 360, a Nintendo 3DS, and a Sony PSP. I'm also a Fitbit owner. 

I have been a blogger since late 2011. I started on YouTube in 2013. I have a lot left to learn in both areas and all maturely presented feedback is welcome. 

Dat hair tho...
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XDA-Developers Portal Writer (2011-2013), Android Authority apps editor and YouTube host (2012-present), expert root user (2010-current), former U.S. Army (2007-2011), someone once paid me to play music on stage (once), I have been publicly acknowledged by at least 3 famous people.
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I came here because it was very close to my house and had a reasonably okay rating (3.7 is apparently pretty high for mechanics in this area). The work I had done was a thermostat replacement, coolant flush, and maintenance work done on my rear drum brakes (I drive a 2005 Chevy Equinox), which were messed up and squeaking badly. The coolant flush was likely an upsell, but I was okay with it. Can't go wrong with fresh, clean coolant in the middle of the winter. The total cost came to $480 and the work took approximately 24 hours from when I dropped it off to when I picked it up. I did some price checking before coming here and the dealership where I bought the car wanted to charge me about that much for just the thermostat replacement ($650 altogether for brakes repair, coolant flush, and thermostat replacement), so $480 doesn't seem unreasonable to me. I'm sure I could've gotten it cheaper, but then I'm dealing with mechanics in the 2.5 and lower rating, which I wasn't willing to risk. The people there were friendly enough, explained the work performed, parts used, and answered all of my questions. According to my receipt, I wasn't overcharged for parts or the coolant as far as I could tell and they put a 12-month warranty (no charge) on their work in case my thermostat or brakes go crazy again. I could've brought my own parts, but they explicitly stated that they don't do warranty repairs on parts they don't provide. So be it. The only thing of note is the guy running the counter got a bit defensive. I think he thought I was scanning the receipt for issues to complain about and was bracing himself for an unpleasant encounter. I was just being curious. He was back to joking when he figured that out lol. It's definitely not the cheapest place, but their work seems to be good. They're cheaper than dealerships by a decent margin, but tend to be a bit pricier than some other places I called. Mechanics are a weird business, so it's not something I put a lot of thought into. Virtually every mechanic around this area has these "THE MECHANIC RIPPED ME OFF" reviews with stories of deception, drugs, violence, or some other stuff (that, strangely enough, never seems to get reported to the cops) and whether or not they're telling the truth or just starting drama is anyone's guess. I'm not here to defend or condemn anyway, just share my personal experience. Overall positive experience, no complaints really. The check engine light is off, my car's thermostat is functioning, and my back drum breaks don't squeak. That's what I paid them to do and assuming the car remains that way for a reasonable amount of time, I'll leave my review at 5 stars.
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I waited 2 months to do this review because I wanted to make sure my bugs were completely gone. We originally contacted Bug Bakers just prior to Labor Day weekend (in case Google doesn't show it, this review is being posted in November) when we found an infestation. Our infestation wasn't big and we only ever saw a couple dozen of them. However, it wasn't my first rodeo with these horrid things so my roommates and I decided that an expedient solution was better than waiting until it got horrible. The company contacted me back the same day I sent the email. So far so good. Scheduled a walk through. We had cleaned the day prior so there weren't any visible bed bugs, but I had pictures of where they were prior to my cleaning. They scheduled the appointment a week later (the week after labor day). It's actually a fairly stressful process and there is a lot of stuff that you have to do. My advice is do it. All of it. There were a few things I missed going into the morning of and they allowed me to finish them up instead of scheduling a new day. They were nice about it, but it was fairly clear that they were busy folks so don't be dumb like me and miss stuff. Their process is thorough. I guess a certain temperature is recommended for a certain amount of time. They got it 20F hotter than recommended and left it there 4 hours longer than the minimum. That made me happy. The house took forever to cool down afterward, but going up to my bedroom to open the windows had me sweating inside of 10 seconds. I can't imagine any living creature surviving in that kind of hell for long. The treatment took almost all day. When I got home, they went over the post treatment checklist briefly which we completed. My house was a freaking oven. That night, we found several dozen dead bed bugs on the bedroom floors in all our various rooms. It has been 2 months and aside from the swath of dead ones we found in the wake of the treatment, we haven't seen any since. No bites, no nests in the corners of the bed. Nothing. We're much more careful because the treatment isn't cheap (they do work with you a bit. For instance, our basement was not in need of treatment so they were able to skip that to help lower the price) so we don't have this happen again. They are highly recommended. Good, hard working people who know their business and do it promptly and correctly. They'll rush you a little if you don't get the pre treatment checklist done, but let's face it, I should've had it done before they got there =) No bed bugs = no complaints. 5 stats. PS, all of our electronics and such ended up okay. We suffered no damage except for a picture frame we forgot to take down (it was glued, and glue melts). Seriously, do the checklist lol.
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reviewed a month ago
This Chipotle has definitely seen its ups and downs. As of a year ago, it was solid, but as of 2 months ago, the staff seems to be in need of attention. I usually order online and my food is only ready at the appropriate time about 50% of the time. Of my last 4 orders, 2 took an exorbitant amount of time to make, and 1 was completely wrong. Thankfully, they don't mess up the food very often so it still tastes good. Going through the line should get you set up, but ordering online is a bit of a crapshoot. It's good when the order is right though.
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
I bought a used 2005 Chevy Equinox from here. The salesman was nice enough. As per the norm, it's a higher than average sales situation but they will listen to you if you're insistent. The car was clean and seemed alright. It developed a problem with the AC which they fixed for free when I paid to have it inspected. There are so issues they probably could've taken care of before selling the car which is irritating. If you're coming here, be extremely picky if you're buying used. Their new car selection is good and their service department is fantastic, if wildly expensive. I'm not saying I wouldn't come back here, because I probably will, but they could be doing a little better. They do little car shoes every now and then (ask for flyers with the dates from the people inside) that are cheesy but fun if you like old Chevy cars. Anyway, good little atmosphere, just be weary of the used cars and go on a through test drive.
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reviewed 4 months ago
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The food is good and the atmosphere is low key and calm. Not a great spot if you want excitement, but a good bite to eat and calm place to do it? Perfect.
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reviewed a month ago
I've been coming here for a few years now and have no real complaints. The food is decent for the price and it's usually promptly available. Never had a bad experience here. Sure it's not the highest quality stuff, but you don't get dinner at PF Chang's for 2 with egg rolls and Crab rangoon for $20 either lol. It's a decent value, the food tastes fine, and it's worth checking it out.
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reviewed 3 months ago
I come to this place to grab food about 2 or 3 times a month. Staff is usually very friendly and my food is made well enough (it's a chain pizza place, not expecting anything amazing). No complaints really, just be prepared for some longer wait times during busy days. Particularly Friday and Saturday evenings and sometimes on Sundays during football games.
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reviewed 4 months ago