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Because someone here was so nice to me, I'll throw it back: I've got a +OnePlus  invite for whomever wants it. First come, first serve (within reason: I can contact you, etc.)
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If it's still available, and current, I'll take it +Kevin Purdy​. Cheers! 
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It's good to get a rough idea of your steps, your exercise, your daily routines. But a Bluetooth device lightly resting on your wrist (or a phone in your pocket) cannot really count calories. Because not even scientists are really good at counting calories.
You knew that calorie counts were estimated. Just not 1903-pencil-chart-and-fire estimated.
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+Mike Starr: Not very good.
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Smartphone screens: soon to beat sand, but still vulnerable to gravity

It's easy to forget, in the realm of always-improving phones, that physics and science have some fairly hard limits. Want to make something thin, radio-transparent, touch-sensitive, oil-resistant, light, bright, scratch-resistant, and fracture-proof? We honestly have 7 of those 8 things nailed down, but it's really hard to get the 8th included. Gravity, man. And loose jeans pockets.
Phones are getting harder, but not necessarily tougher. What that means, exactly, explained here.
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+IFTTT on #android (sorry for the optimizing!) is very, very cool, and the automation options deep. I grabbed a whole bunch of ideas and recipes and jammed them into a post.
I have dug deep through IFTTT's shared recipes and other nerdy parts of the web to return with the most useful Android-ready setups.
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On my tablet the app quickly crashed once and from then on kept crashing every time I started it :-(
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What, exactly, is Google getting out of #ingress? The Niantic team has an official answer (or two), and the rest of the web has its theories.
Official answer 1: Nothing! Official answer 2: Geo-map games! People's answers: more than you can imagine.
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+Mike Starr I don't follow.
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Having your own data—your photos, files, music, and movies—backed up locally is very smart. Being able to stream your media through Plex to any screen is very cool. And building your own hardware can be a really fun experience, or blast from the past.

That's why I've helped smart dude +lee allen launch an ebook/community project: the moxibox. It's a RAID/ZFS storage box you make yourself, with seriously experienced and tested guidance. Help Lee get moxibox off the ground for very little.
The moxibox is the ultimate home file & media server that you build yourself from off-the-shelf computer components
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I'm seriously thinking of pledging the 100$...
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/me puts on sheepish mask

If anyone has any +OnePlus invites burning a hole in their pocket ... well, I'd appreciate a nod. I pre-ordered but canceled earlier this week, thinking I could fix the problems with my current phone. And, like voodoo medicine, it felt like I'd fixed them the day after I canceled. But now? Now I kind of want back in :-\
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+Randy Strye Used! Successfully! Thank you very kindly. Fortunate timing. I hope your account gets some kind of star/green flag for that ;)
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The best Android battery improvement I've ever seen is a simple brightness app

If you can tell your phone exactly how bright you need it in the dark, the daylight, and other situations, you can save a lot of battery life. A lot.
A little utility that adjusts your phone's brightness to your own eyes and preferences. And, man, does it work well.
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+Silvana Ruiz you should definitely check this out
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Make your printer a Google Cloud Print printer

It's about $150, which is no small shakes. But the xPrintServer might be far less than the cost of a brand-new printer. And it makes it possible for you and others to print to almost any semi-modern USB or wireless printer. I wrote up a semi-review of this little bit of hardware at +ITworld.
The Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Edition can turn many, many wireless and USB printers into Cloud-Print-ready printers.
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Man, NFC tags are cheap fun

For about $10 (with Prime shipping), I got myself 11 waterproof NFC tags that work with my HTC One. Less than a week later, and I've got them on my bike, in my car, on my bed-side table (oh, grow up), and on the coat rack at CoworkBuffalo. What made me want to get them was the power of Trigger, a do-this-when-this app that's a bit easier to grok then Tasker.

Check out some of my nerdy little uses at ITworld.
Make your phone do convenient, geek-approved things when tapped on NFC tags: in your car, on your bike, by your bed. It's really cheap fun.
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Great advice. I particularly love your solution to temporarily shut off wi-fi to solve the "tenuous driveway connection."  I'm trying to replicate it, but I can only find options to shut wi-fi down -- or to toggle -- but not to shut off for only 1 or 2 minutes.  Is that option in Trigger? Tasker?  Agent?  Many thanks!
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Chrome Remote Desktop now in Google Play for Android. Sweet!
Securely access your computers from your Android device.• On each of your c...
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The big missing part is remote to a Chromebook. I have given my parents a chromebook as it is simple but can not provide remote support to help them at the moment, unless I use some 3rd party tools.
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Odd motivation to add to my personal blog. But thank you, large media entity that wants free content!
Image via Wikimedia. I woke up this morning to an email from a writer at an international newspaper, who had seen a post of recurring viral popularity of mine from August 2012. Said paper had a column that featured guests, and "... we wanted to invite you to tell us in 150 words the best way to ...
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Nice piece. I still haven't been able to give up the overnight charge, but I do have "do not disturb" on until after I return from the morning dog walk. 
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  • Freelance Writer
    2011 - present
    Writing for: Fortune, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, The Magazine, ITworld, Men's Journal, Buffalo Spree, Block Club, and more.
  • Lifehacker.com
    Contributing Editor, 2007 - 2011
  • The Buffalo News
    Temp Reporter (a.k.a. Hardcore Intern), 2003 - 2004
  • The Sandusky Register
    Cops & Courts Reporter, 2004 - 2005
  • Greater Niagara Newspapers
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  • Founding organizer for TEDxBuffalo
  • Co-founder of CoworkBuffalo
  • Primary cook for my household
  • Author of the outdated books The Complete Android Guide and Google+: The Missing Manual
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Hawkeye Vol. 2: Little Hits
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Collects Hawkeye #6-11. Artist David Aja returns to the most critically acclaimed comic of 2012, as ace archer Clint Barton faces the digita

Greenbot
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All about Android

SkipLock (Trial)
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Tired of entering your password all the time? SkipLock lets you skip past the lock screen when you're connected to a designated wifi or blue

Breaking Bad Theme - played with meth lab equipment.
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Get a free month of Netflix! http://netflix.com/andrewhuang I don't know anything about making meth but a little Googling let me know that i

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• Post anything, from anywhere. • Share photos, gifs, video, music, quotes, chats, links, and text. Find and follow the things you love, and

12 cool Pebble watch apps and tricks
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The Kickstarter wonder-watch didn't have a lot of capabilities when it first launched. But then came the developers.

The Humble Bundle with Android 6 (pay what you want and help charity)
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Pay whatever you want to get Aquaria, Fractal: Make Blooms Not War, Organ Trail: Director's Cut, and Stealth Bastard Deluxe -- all while sup

2cloud
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Tap. Share. Anywhere.

DashClock Widget
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DashClock is a replacement lock screen clock widget for Android 4.2+. It also exposes additional status items called extensions. The widget

TEDxBuffalo 2011
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More than a dozen speakers and performers took the stage on Oct. 11, 2011 at the Montante Cultural Center in Buffalo, NY, with the goal of s

In Pod Form
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Podcast by Kevin Purdy & Phil Dzikiy about things important and sundry.

TEDxBuffalo
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The annual conference in Buffalo, NY, dedicated to introducing great ideas and thinkers to one another.

The Complete Android Guide
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You've got your phone booted up. Now learn how to really use it. Put the world's best-selling and most up-to-date how-to guide for Android i

El Baile Alemán
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Upon the American arrival of El Baile Alem n, the first record from Se or Coconut y su Conjunto, listeners were forced to contemplate the no

Google+: The Missing Manual
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If you want to gain more control over your social networking activities with Google+, this jargon-free guide helps you quickly master the in

I've heard up-and-down on the service, but the menu's creative, the pizzas good, and the tagliatelle with pork belly? I'd ride through a dark alley full of broken glass to get at it again.
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Never been blown away, but it's really solid Indian food, usually buffet-style.
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Beer selection is pretty amazing for what you're probably expecting. Good burgers, decent fries.
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