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Kevin Tofel
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I work for Google helping people and businesses understand the power of mobile technology. I also podcast weekly about mobile devices and th
I work for Google helping people and businesses understand the power of mobile technology. I also podcast weekly about mobile devices and th

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Small update on my early Samsung Chromebook Plus. I wasn't sure if you could rest your hand on the screen when drawing or taking notes.

You can! :)

This is just a simple test using Keep, which is set as the default app to launch when you pull out the stylus. There's also a link to the Play Store, pointing out other stylus apps.

There's some very slight lag with stylus input but it's not terrible IMO. Almost to be expected with an EMR pen and a $449 device. I suspect it the experience will improve. And there is an option in Keep to create text from your written notes, which would then (I believe) make them searchable.
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Got one or more Nest Cams? You can view them from a Shield TV with the latest software update. Nice!
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Samsung Chromebook Plus in da house! Snagged the last unit at my local Best Buy this afternoon. Charging to full now so haven't used it yet other than to run an Octane benchmark using Incognito Mode.

Scored 9945. I'm used to my Core i7 HP Chromebook 13 with an Octane score around 30,000 so there's surely a performance compromise; not sure how much yet in real world usage.

But this has a touchscreen, stylus, tablet mode and Android apps out of the box so it might be a reasonable compromise. 
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What is this? Can it be? A Saturday night MobileTechRoundup podcast with +Matthew Miller?

IT IS!!!! (Because Kevin has a Sunday track meet to run against other old guys)

This week:
Google announces LG Watches and Android Wear 2.0
Strava and RunKeeper get standalone AW 2.0 apps!
LG continues to tease the LG G6
Nougat rolling out for Honor 8
Google Assistant on Pixel gains some smart home smarts
$1000 iPhone? May have wireless charging, OLED display
Samsung Chromebook Pro/Plus reviews are out

Enjoy!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/motr/MoTR_390.mp3
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First long drive with the 2017 Volt I bought on 11/25/16. Round trip to a NJ track meet. Very happy with the mileage performance.

Still had 3 miles of battery range and used less than 2.5 gallons for the highway driving. Now have 1275 miles on the car, still on the first tank of gas and have about 175 miles of gasoline range left. 
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New MobileTechRoundup podcast with +Matthew Miller: We both debated over buying the same used phone from a seller during the show in between conversations on the next Galaxy Phone, the iOS 10.3 beta that "finds" lost AirPods, new wireless earbuds and some hands on thoughts of the Nvidia Shield TV. Enjoy!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/motr/MoTR_389.mp3
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A pair of new Chromebooks with support for a digital stylus, Android apps, USB-C and Adobe Creative Cloud apps. Sweet! 

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Speak up! :) 
Google has exciting plans for the maker community. Raspberry Pi fans are the best makers around, and it’s your ideas that will give the tech titan direction: fill in their survey and make sure you have your say to get the tools you need.

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With simplicity, users win. Love it.....
Google Play Services 10.2 has started to roll out [1] and it's introducing a pretty nifty new feature: Instant tethering. Basically it works like that: If - say - your tablet has no data connection and you also have a phone connected to the same Google account, it can automatically offer to use the data connection of the phone - zero setup necessary, just a confirmation (well after the initial setup, obviously, you have to agree to use that feature)

[1] https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google-inc/google-play-services/google-play-services-10-2-91-release/
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Playing with perspective

#PixelXL 
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