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Just snagged a Huawei Watch for $255 on eBay: Tune in to this week's podcast to hear why:
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Wishing I had a more modern Android Wear watch - you can download / install the Android Wear 2.0 preview to a pair of watches now. 
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I have the Huawatch but concerned about whether I can live with the bugs or not...
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Short but good look at Android apps on Chromebooks. Integrations between file systems and sharing looks sweet. Can't wait to use it! :)
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+Jason Peltz, presumably that rumored Skylake Chrome device that has a "tablet" mode.
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Getting ready!
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Soon enough we'll see if +Leo Laporte ​is correct - Android N = Nut Roll
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For the data driven crowd: Google BigQuery can read info from Sheets as tables or write query output. Slick!
Google BigQuery now integrates with Google Drive. Save query results to Sheets, query files from Drive and edit data in Sheets for querying in BigQuery.
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This week on the MobileTechRoundup podcast +Matthew Miller and I recap all of the big news from Google I/O 2016 including Android apps on Chromebooks, Android Wear 2.0, Android VR, Allo, Duo and more. Plus Matt buys a device while recording the show. #Drink  


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Nice job on the great I/O wrap up on this week's podcast. On the topic of a MS Surface like 2-in-1 to make the most of Android apps coming to Chrome OS, Google already launched it. The pixel C is ideal for the purpose. We know it originally was planned to have chrome OS. How about the possibility they would surprise us by making a switch of the OS from Android to Chrome?
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For those interested in the technical details of how Android apps will run on Chromebooks, the official I/O session recording is live. If you just want to see the official demo, that starts around the 20 minute mark. To say I'm psyched about this is an understatement. :)
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+Joe Marini c'mon, you don't need to hold out on me going forward. 😉
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And they say "it's just a browser..." ;)
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While IDC doesn't typically break out...sales, IDC analyst Linn Huang confirmed the milestone. ... "Chrome OS [shipments] overtook Mac OS in the US...for the first time in 1Q16."

Dell, HP, and Lenovo sold nearly 2 million Chromebooks in Q1. [This] will undoubtedly unnerve Microsoft. ... Chromebooks are well positioned to challenge Microsoft's dominance of the low-cost laptop market.
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Got Cardboard? :)
VR you ready? Watch the #io16 keynote live on +YouTube 360 this Wed 10AM PT.
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Going to have to bust open my StarWars Cardboard I guess. ;-)
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New iOT podcast with Stacey Higginbotham: smart tools to monitor (and reduce) energy consumption even when devices are off, thoughts on OpenWeave and more. Enjoy!
Since a quarter of residential energy use is consumed by gadgets that are “off”, Kevin and I discuss how to measure and cut back on that power consumption with a few connected devices. …
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+Kevin Tofel +Jonathan Berry a big thanks to the both of you for the helpful info.
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Hit the Samsung Experience in NYC today and as a recent cord cutter, the Galaxy View now looks more interesting. Didn't order one though, since PlayStation VUE isn't yet supported on Android. 
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+Tshaka Armstrong agreed. I won't pay $549 for it. But the Amazon Warehouse has it for $424 and there are some used ones on eBay with a Buy It Now price around $380. 
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Contributing Writer at ZDNet & independent podcaster
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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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I work for Google helping people and businesses understand the power of mobile technology. I also podcast weekly about mobile devices and the IoT world.

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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