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I think this sorta needs to happen. China is too big for Google to cede it to iOS / AOSP.
Google may get its Play Store for Android devices opened up for business in China but it will have to work with the Chinese government to make that happen. It's worth it for Google.
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+Jason Colby​ don't be evil does not go hand in hand competing with apple, amazon Facebook or Microsoft even if you forget about Chinese tech giants..
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Somebody (Google, maybe?) should just buy IFTTT at this point...
Want to shoot a text of your location, set your Nest thermostat or generate a phone call to yourself to avoid a meeting? One tap of the DO Button on Android Wear makes it happen.
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+John Blossom Or Sage TV...
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Outstanding August from the solar panels! Hope the weather continues to cooperate in September 
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I'm jealous, my panels only produced about 1.4 MWh about 30 km North of you.
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Nice changes.... have to test the memory and battery life claims....
Google has taken user feedback about Chrome becoming a sluggish memory-hog: The latest release speeds up browsing and is more aggressive at memory management.
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And, for some reason, they took away the "Enable App Launcher on Linux" flag. I noticed that after I borked my Chrome last night. Ah well.
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This week's podcast guest: Alex Hawkinson, CEO and founder of SmartThings #PerfectTiming  
This week has a bunch of updates on old favorites for the smart home with a third generation thermostat from Nest and a new home hub from SmartThings. We start the show with Kevin and I discussing ...
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Oh, and this is available too. Ordered for review purposes. :) Would really like to get my hands on the new Sport model with integrated GPS but you can't get one just yet.
More customization options and a pair of sizes, plus two-day battery life are all part of the Moto 360 refresh. Exercise enthusiasts can opt for the GPS-enabled Sport edition.
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Intetesting, but l think that outside the US, this is pretty much a wasted effort, by ingnoring mobile payments. At this point, any next generation watch, needs NFC and/or stand alone connectivity to keep up with where we are headed.
Braclets with mobile payments like Wena (that could attach to anolouge watches) and the full stand alone functions of the upcoming SW4 are likely to better fit those who want more.
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Solar FTW!
 
Marketwatch on Going Solar: Renting or Buying

Over a year ago, we entered a PPA (power purchase agreement) with +Sunrun and added solar panels to our house, with an expectation we'd save about $60,000 in the 20 year contract. We've already saved more than $4,000, and brought our monthly bills down from about $300 a month to less than $20. This month's bill is $16.16 for a standard home with kids who use electricity constantly.

If you're interested in Sunrun, check them out: http://tinyurl.com/gosunrun or ask me anything you like. Our savings details are here: https://goo.gl/wrkdfx
As solar panels prices continue to fall and solar power becomes more widely available, more U.S. homeowners may wonder whether to buy or lease their systems.
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+Cristian Teodoridis Well, it certainly depends on a number of variables. Kevin Tofel uses it in not-so-sunny Pennsylvania with great effect. Our home has electric heat in Connecticut, so I am going to make the cutover at some point soon, and I expect great savings - and less variability due to fuel prices.
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Good look at the Miix 700 keyboard. Completely agree with Steve's thoughts here based on my own brief hands on.
 
Is the Lenovo Miix 700 keyboard better than the Type Cover? I did a test... (video)
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+Randy Arrowood the only concern I really have at this point is performance between the new Core M chip inside there vs. the Core i5/i7 in SP3, although I suspect MSFT will offer a Core M version in SP4.
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Soon! #MotoX
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Pretty sure I'm going to get one but want to go feel it in Best Buy before I order. Compared to the X1 this is a huge boost in size. Want to feel it before I commit.
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I'll be taking a deeper dive into Android Auto soon but for now, here are thoughts on Apple's CarPlay in my new 2016 VW Golf R.
Here come the 2016 model year cars along with Apple's CarPlay integration. The overall experience is much nicer for iPhone owners than any car-maker's system.
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Ahhh. Well, best laid plans, +Kevin Tofel . A VW looks best with a little snow on it anyway. 
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That's because of his hippy beard...
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Break out the wallet! :)
You can now order your own Moto X Pure Edition: An unlocked phone with flagship features that works on nearly any carrier and starts at $399.
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Got my order in. Excited.
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    Kevin C. Tofel offers news and views on various mobile platforms, apps and services, helping you understand and choose the right tools for your tasks on phones, tablets, wearables and other devices.
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I'm a contributing writer at ZDNet where I help people understand smartphones, tablets and the mobile web.
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Kevin C. Tofel has written and podcasted about the mobile industry and wearable devices since 2003 when he left his 15 year I.T. career to write. His work has appeared on various websites and in print, including PC World and The New York Times, and he has spoken to TV audiences on Fox Business and NBC News. When not testing the latest gadget or software, Kevin is typically reading, running or taking computer science and programming classes at his local community college. Kevin is a self-proclaimed fanboy of using whatever tools, devices or software are best suited for the task at hand, regardless of the platform or brand.

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Was a 2 minute half-miler in HS track, ran 3 marathons in the 1990's and once ran at least a mile every day for 425 consecutive days.
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