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Fourth different error after at least 15 attempts to troubleshoot Windows 10 installs on the HP Stream 13. #GivingUp 
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+Kevin Tofel HP Stream - isn't that the worst of both worlds? The downside of Windows with the downside of underpowered hardware :) I thought about buying the HP Stream a while back myself, but ended up getting its cousin, the HP Chromebook 12, and I love it.  BTW, no issues updating my Dell laptop, I was pleasantly surprised!
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It's probably a combination of things but I think HomeKit is a thorn in the new Apple TV's side.
New content deals and an SDK for Apple TV apps might be holding up a device refresh. Or perhaps it's that the HomeKit gateway serves little purpose at the moment.
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The issue is that homekit is closed system Apple never does anything unless it fills their pockets with money. Hence the proprietary security chip need for homekit devices and/or the devices from approved suppliers (which they will take a slice of the profits for).
There seems to be very little uptake from device manufactures so it may be apple is having to rethink its strategy.
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Not a bad way to combat slowing Windows Phone sales although I suspect only a limited number of Xiaomi device owners will take the plunge.
If you can't beat 'em, just get them to switch their software. Offering a Windows 10 build to Android handset owners is a smart strategy given Microsoft's waning phone sales.
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When the HTC M8 came out on Windows Phone I already had the same phone running Android.  How aweseome would it be for me to put a supported/official Windows Phone install and remove Android to try it out?  To be able to then either stick with Android or continue on Windows Phone.
Hey you want an OS on that device... Which OS would you like
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In this week's TNT, I wonder out loud how the FCC will prevent my drone from interfering with Amazon's future delivery service #GameOfDrones   #AmazonPrimeCrash  
 
Twitter shares plunged 10% this morning in reaction to the company's earnings call, German privacy watchdog has ordered Facebook to allow users to use pseudonyms, Intel and Micron introduce 3D Xpoint memory chips, Amazon propses Flight Rules for drones, and more...
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Everything you might want to know about the new Moto X Style Pure Edition in one place from various perspectives. 
 
A collection of articles about the Moto X Style:

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By bmcgaugh | bmcgaugh created a magazine on Flipboard. “Moto X Style on Flipboard” is available with thousands of other magazines and all the news you care about. Download Flipboard for free and search for “bmcgaugh”.
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Sheesh, Moto overload... Lol
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Awesome news and I'd say that even if it wasn't from my favorite NFL team. Kudos to Dr. Jen Welter!
Arians says NFL's first female coach "the type of person I was looking for.” 
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I love the idea that you need to have played a sport to coach it, and that mini-golf/golf is somehow a reasonable comparison.

I know when I want a game analysed, I'm always going for the former player because they've all got mad skills in that area, right? Every former player has an awesome understanding of the game, clearly. #clearly  

But yeah, you can see how CRAZY they are to take a chance like this, given every male coach ever has always been a perfect choice, so that makes this a huge risk.

#speakingasaformersportsjournalist  
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Some Nvidia Shield tablets could pose a fire hazard and will be replaced free of charge. Here's how to tell if your device has the problem battery.
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New short shifter for the Fiat 500c Abarth already arrived! Time for a little mechanical surgery. #CrossingFingers 
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The picture looks like R2D2 interfacing with a piece of empire tech :)
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Personal request: If you can all stop using the Internet for just a few minutes, this Windows 10 download will go much faster and then you can go about your business as normal. Thanks in advance. ;)
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Wasn't me, been off the interwebby more than usual of late, hope your upgrade went well!
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Well this explains a bunch. Nicely done +JR Raphael 
 
Paging the elephant in the room...

Finally, some answers.
Motorola finally explains what went wrong with the Moto X's latest Android upgrade -- and what it's doing now to prevent a repeat performance.
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I want to know if the phones that remove the carrier from the upgrade equation will have LTE. It seems that carriers still get to say who gets to use their LTE network. 
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Since it's Windows 10 day: Good points here. You can always opt-out of Wi-Fi Sense.
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Yeah, looked up how to do that as soon as I found out it existed while I was running the TP. Also declined to activate Cortana. That chick just creeps me out.
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This would make a lot of iPhone & iPad owners happy. But I'm not so thrilled that uses the Rezence standard over Qi.
With metal cases and backs, Apple's iOS devices don't play nicely with wireless chargers. Enter Qualcomm: Its WiPower tech now works through metal to recharge batteries.
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Most output 1amp or less of power,really not worth it!
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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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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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