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So this looks -- or rather sounds -- like a nice surprise on the #ZenFone2: apparently it supports high res audio playback. I'm using a third party app with this DSD format song. Hmm.... 
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In hindsight, I think Google Now On Tap may be the biggest news out of Google I/O from yesterday. It will certainly impact how we use devices in the future; in a good way IMO.
Summary:Google's new Now On Tap feature, coming with Android M, shows a future where you don't hunt through home screens and menus to find an app. The right apps come to you.
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+Broc Seib Kudos for connecting the IoT dots: imagine walking into a house that knows that you're ready for some soothing music on your speakers and lights down low...
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Gotta change with the situation if you want people to use your apps, services and software happily. Good moves, Google!
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+Kevin Tofel​​​ I think Offline Google Maps getting turn-by-turn directions, is very useful. Certainly Google has fallen well short of Garmin, in providing a fully functional offline - satnav - type experience on a smartphone. The Garmin pedestrian mode on Sony SW2 here:

https://plus.google.com/106572558218158908970/posts/LDDesKuz25Y

is another example of why I'm happy to pay for good Offline navigation.
Still it's good to see that Google has removed the blinkers for a moment, acknowledging that not everyone wants or indeed need's to be online, all the time.




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Unlike many of the first-gen Apple Watch apps, I'm very impressed with this. Todoist took its time to get it right.
The Apple Watch version of task management app Todoist is well designed and easy to use, helping to keep you focused on getting things done at home or at work.
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Todoist has been killing it with updates lately. Their new Material Design Android app is awesome too.
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Very welcome but looooooong overdue IMO.
Summary:Siri and iOS haven't yet been able to contend with the full range of contextual notifications Google Now provides. That's likely to change in a way that protects user privacy.
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The word Proactive is only slightly less obnoxious than the word Synergy. Hard to believe anyone would choose it for a flagship feature name. 
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Small bit of personal news to share. Starting today at 1pm ET, I'll be the co-host of Tech News Today every Wednesday; at least on a trial basis. If the network and viewers approve, I'll stay on each week. MOAR VIDEO!!!! ;)
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Ummmm. Yeeeaaa. We're gonna need you to come in on Wednesday.

Also, I need you at I/O tomorrow. 
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Overall, I'm generally impressed in my first pass with this device. I'll be diving deeper in a full review in the coming days, of course. Drop me any specific questions here and I"ll try to address them.
Summary:How good can a $299 off-contract Android phone be? Better than expected based on an early look at the Asus ZenFone 2.
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Brillo? Check.
Personal software assistants? Check.
Fun times with +Stacey Higginbotham? Double check.

Enjoy this week's IoT Podcast! :)
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Your wingwoman returns!
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Well that's either really bad or really wrong. (Or both!) #ZenFone2
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Was it just me or did Google FLY through the Android M stuff? Wow!
Summary:On Thursday, Google quickly sped through all of the improvements and changes in its next mobile software iteration. Here's rundown of what's new for Android.
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I actually rolled back the Sony Z3 Compact 🔙 to Kit Kat 4.4.4 from Lollipop 5.0.2 because L doesn't play nice with BT devices. (same issue on my Nexus 7)
Perhaps by the time M is released, l might then give L another try, assuming all L bugs will then have been squashed...😉 
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Google needs to take advantage of Apple Pay's momentum. Android Pay should be front and center at today's I/O keynote -- and moving forward --  to raise awareness.
Summary:Apple Pay has helped raise consumer awareness of mobile payments, but Google can't rely on that if it launches Android Pay as expected.
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+Kevin Tofel​ Not to be snarky, but l really appreciate all the good work a couple of our AU banks, have done with mobile payments.

Literally everywhere l shop, my banks NFC payment method works, often surprising the cashiers who typically comment: that is so cool more so when l present the watch face to the loyalty card reader on there counters... Have been doing this for over 12 months, never needing to carry a wallet, cards or cash.
That said, many here are unaware of how well this works, let alone the struggle 3rd parties like Google & Apple have in the US, to match what some of us here take for granted.
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App-oholics probably won't see anything new here but these are among my favorite productivity apps for Android at the moment.
Summary: Struggling to get things done? Grab some or all of these Android apps for your phone or tablet to get a useful productivity boost.
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I've downgraded to Keep. It's simple. My calendar is full of stuff I do not need on my phone.
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Introduction

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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