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Kevin Tofel
Ex-Google, ZDNet and Gigaom. Still playing with mobile devices and working with IoT.
Ex-Google, ZDNet and Gigaom. Still playing with mobile devices and working with IoT.


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New MoTR podcast with +Matthew Miller:

- Thanks to our Patreon supporters (
- BlackBerry Motion debuts: Solid specs for around $450
- Pixel 2 orders ship this week: Watch for reviews soon
- Huawei Mate 10 and other devices to be announced this week
- Have you tried Microsoft Edge on iOS or Android?
- Cortana for iOS / Android has smart home controls
- Kevin wants wireless earbuds for AW3 but AirPods won’t do
- Apple killed the 3.5mm headphone jack. But didn’t they standardize it to begin with?
- LG V30 retail unit in hand, much battery than the pre-production model
- Matt bought an Amazon Kindle Oasis

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Nearly a year w/Chevy #Volt and have 5k miles, only gassed up 3 times. Thinking of trading in other car (Equinox) for a used all-electric.

I’m clearly not driving as much as the average American since I’m at home all day every day. And my wife now works just 4 miles from the house. If we kept the Volt we could take either long or short trips thanks to the gas generator in the car. And an all electric could easily handle my trips around town (or her daily commute)

Amazing how off-lease, used electric cars are SO inexpensive to purchase. Have found plenty of 2014 & 2015 Nissan LEAF models, for example that are in the $10k to $12 range. Most with less than 30,000 miles. Other options too such as another Volt, the rare Fiat 500e, a few SparkEVs, etc....

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Awesome project!
The BrailleBox is a low-cost, open-source, dynamic Braille reader that's based on Android Things and displays online news stories at the push of a button.

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This week's #Iot Podcast: Blending w/Bluetooth, Google Home Mini faux pas & the new August lock & doorbell reviewed.

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This x 100.
Yes, Google's brain is bigger and sexier than Apple's offering.

And I'm glad Apple devotes notice.

You just cannot compete with Google's massive compute power.

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On the off chance that you didn’t already see this. ;)

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Sure, Cortana smart home from a PC is nice, but the always on phone is where it's at.

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MoTR podcast folks: +Matthew Miller and I took your advice & set up a Patreon page to support the show. Ad-free + a tier for extras!

We’ll still have the free show (that may have ads in the future) the same way as always, of course.

Either way, thanks for all of your support since 2006! :)
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