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+Google Cast #FEATUREREQUEST. I would REALLY like to be able to select photos for Backdrop BY DATE vs. Album. For example have Backdrop cycle through all my photos from 2015 & 2016 I think this would make Backdrop/Chromecast INFINITELY more usable as a picture frame. Especially in a world where we amass this huge archive of things and have so few ways to surface it.
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This is pretty cool the new "Awarness API" from +Google mashes up multiple sources of information and data to allow apps to react to it. Many examples in the article but one of the things I would love to see and would be possible since one of the data sources is Weather is Weather based reminders in +Inbox by Gmail. "OK Google Remind me to go for a walk outside next time it is warm and sunny." Welcome to the future.

http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/19/android-apps-can-now-react-to-your-environment/
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Musings on Google I/O 2016 Keynote

An interesting Google IO. Not really any consumer facing announcements available today. I wonder if Google didn't release GBoard for Android because the new messaging service has similar functionality and they want to iterate the new Assistant framework/service first. The real question is what's the future of Hangouts with Allo and Duo. As they mature and given rumors of Google's desire for a messaging reboot it feels likely that Hangouts days are numbered or its functionality will be subsumed. Time will tell I guess.

Home could be interesting in time. Integration with Chromecast is a good idea. Other than that no real news on the Android aide and the expected VR announcements. Google creating reference designs and relying on partners for hardware. Wonder if we'll see a Nexus VR in time.

I'm also kinda bummed no new watch hardware. Android bumps to 2.0 but I didn't see anything to major in the announced stuff at least solid updates. Guess I'll be looking to another Huawei watch price break if I decide to get another watch.

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Good luck Captain Archer! Seriously dude second from the left is a dead ringer for Scott Bacula!
 
How do you explore an asteroid…without ever leaving Earth? Four crew members are living and working inside our Human Research Exploration Analog (HERA) for 30 days to simulate a deep-space mission. Details: http://nasa.tumblr.com/post/144250239259/exploring-an-asteroid-without-leaving-earth
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YES PLEASE!!! :)
 
Over a million Android apps on your Chromebook.
If you have a good memory you might just be able to recall ARC apps, Google's (rather muted) initiative to get Android apps running on Chrome OS¹. The ARC
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Someone put a mannequin on a drone and trolled the internet is what these stories should say.
 
As long as it's real, that is.
A new video from Zapata Racing — the company that makes those the water- and jet ski-powered Flyboards we got to ride last summer — shows founder Franky Zapata zooming back and forth over a small...
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Because there will basically never be a phone as good as the HTC One M7. It's pretty much that simple.
 
HTC will announce the HTC 10 tomorrow, but we're getting the feeling that few of you care. Why is that? Why is it that none of you care about HTC anymore?

#android #htc #htc10

http://drd.life/1StWuFQ
We’re on the eve of HTC announcing their next phone, a phone we all expect to be called the HTC 10, at least according to this leaked promo video. We have seen leaked imagery, leaked press renders, leaked specs, and shared the wallpapers from the device within the past month or so, because HTC isn’t …
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Some really good observations. The more I hear about how this is all going to work ala Chromebooks running Android Apps the more I think it is pretty close to the environment I've always wanted. A real Desktop-Esque browser plus all the apps I love on my phone w/a mouse/keyboard form factor. Is it fall yet?!
 
My thoughts on why Google Play coming to Chromebooks has all but killed the tablet.

#android #chromebook #chromeos #tablets #apps #io16

http://drd.life/1NCd6Qn
If you are at all considering an Android tablet purchase at the moment, feel free to stop. I say that because in a couple of weeks, Android apps and the Google Play store will arrive on select Chromebooks. By the end of the year, those same apps will arrive on dozens and dozens of additional …
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Well this is a buried lead!! Also something I'd hoped they would do for quite a while!
 
Android Auto for everyone!
At its I/O conference today, Google announced that Android Auto is going to be available to a lot more people this year. How? You're not going to need a car or third-party head unit that supports...
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Watch +Google troll the entire +Android user base! It's as if a millions of voices cried out...!

http://www.droid-life.com/2016/05/12/not-cool-google-googles-gboard-awesome-new-keyboard-ios-may-come-android/
 
Game changer.
Google has today announced a new keyboard for iOS devices that directly integrates search functions. Called Gboard, the keyboard features a button on the upper left that lets you perform web...
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It's #PasswordDay and honestly Google makes two factor about as easy as it can be so if you haven't done this the I don't even know.
 
It's a little bit of an extra hassle, but enabling two-step authentication on your Google account dramatically improves your security.
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Google being gratuitously awesome as usual! 😀
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Self-described geek. Future Mars Retiree.
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I'm a passionate outside observer and fan of all things spaceflight, NASA, and Mars exploration. An avid user of Google services, Android tinkerer, and all around technology enthusiast and geek in general. In addition I'm always on the hunt for good scifi in all mediums which when I find it is a semi-regular series of posts. 

(Any opinions, outspoken and passionate as they can be from time to time, are my own.)

"If everyone always agrees w/you, probably not saying anything that’s going to make a difference."
Bragging rights
Shuttle Launches: STS132 (First final flight of Atlantis), STS135 (Second, and real, final flight of Atlantis and the Shuttle program), MAVEN2Mars Atlas V Launch Cape Canaveral, FL, ORION EFT-1 DELTAIV Heavy Cape Canaveral, FL