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First pic with Honor 8 using selective aperture function after taking the photo. Me like. :)
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Honor 8 arrives today. Looking forward to trying this $399 phone more than the recent $750+ devices for some reason. 
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Kevin, looking forward to your review. I've been on the fence to purchase the Honor 8 for two reasons. First, I want the Blue color, but Honor does not have it on their website due to the Best Buy exclusive and second, I want to use the $50 registration code I received from Honor. 
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The Highline....
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New MoTR podcast with +Matthew Miller where you find out why I'm literally a hot, sweaty mess during this show, along with more Galaxy Note 7 / Honor 8 thoughts, Android 7 impressions (and a key tip!), the new Polar M600 Android Wear watch on the way, and upcoming potential devices from the IFA show.

Audio: http://traffic.libsyn.com/motr/MoTR_379.mp3

Notes: http://mobiletechroundup.com/2016/08/mobiletechroundup-379-android-7-nougat-polar-m600-and-more-galaxy-note-7/
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Perfect podcast to listen to while I go to Walmart. 
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Installed a new Wink Relay review unit to discuss on next week's IoT Podcast. Took 20 minutes to install; think it runs Android based on the app optimization screen after boot. All of my Wink shortcuts automatically appear but I don't (yet) see a way to set a temperature widget for the AC. I have an Ecobee3 so it might not be possible.
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+Jim Dantin we use the Echo for voice control of lights often. Beats using the phone in many cases. 
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This is weird considering that chrome apps will be discontinued (except in chrome os).
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Not a bad addition / option for PS Vue subscribers. 
Are you ready for some football? We are! Starting today, NFL Network will launch nationwide on PlayStation Vue, so you can access NFL coverage 24/7 using PlayStation Vue’s unique streaming features. Also starting today, users who subscribe to a PlayStation Vue plan that includes NFL Network can also subscribe to NFL RedZone.
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Cool. I will have to give it a try then. I suppose if I cancel the Sling thing I have and never use (kind of forgot about that!!) it wouldn't really be all that much money.
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Does your app have personal content? Help your users find it directly from the Google app for Android, even when they’re offline.

We’ve opened up early access to our updated Android API for Firebase App Indexing, with new functionality to index personal content from your app.

Content from your app can then appear for relevant queries in the Google app on Android in the new “In Apps” tab, or as an autocomplete suggestion: http://goo.gl/fk1STx

Searching personal results happens entirely on users’ phones, so they can search even when not connected to WiFi or cellular network.

We’re starting with an initial set of apps, and will continue expanding over the coming months. If you’re interested in early access, let us know at http://g.co/appindexing/personal.
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Great feature. Looking forward to integration with Keep.
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Casting is now native to Chrome. Sweet! 
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Not for everyone or every task, but for many.
 
HP Chromebook 13. (Credit: Hewlett-Packard.) Hewlett-Packard’s Chromebook 13 is the best reason yet to consider an alternative to Mac and Windows. Here’s the short version of my review: HP's Chromebook can be your only laptop. That's coming from a skeptic who has never strayed from the Windows PC and Mac paradigm (heretofore). But [...]
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Ordered.

Polar says it will ship by 8/31. 
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+Meelis Väljamäe I agree about Polar. My opinion is that they launch Wear in order to have other developers and apps which can attract more users.. eg plain Polar w watchface is ugly but with Wear you can have thousands.. people will care about this
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Data is now better protected from the moment you power up with the new always on VPN feature: goo.gl/3WTCse
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OpenVPN?
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Contributing Writer at ZDNet & independent podcaster
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  • Google
    2016 - present
  • ZDNet
    Contributing Writer, 2015 - 2016
    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.
  • GigaOm
    Mobile tech writer & podcaster, 2008 - 2015
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  • Aetna
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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
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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  • Temple University
  • Penn State University
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