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I really could have used that DocuSign add-on two months ago when buying/selling a house. Glad to see it's here now though!
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Fuck that, gimme add-ons for Chrome on Android!! 😁
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Well, this looks useful.
A new shiny Material Design overview mode is now enabled by default in the latest Chrome OS Dev update:
- See all your opened windows by pressing the []|| shortcut key (aka F5)
- Search by window name
- Use the left and right arrows keys to move thumbnail focus across your displays


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I hope hot corners make it eventually too. That's a huge part of my workflow on both mac and linux.
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Now I wish I wasn't the only one in my family using an Android phone. ;)
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Ironically, the reason I got an Apps domain was so I could manage the family's accounts.
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My ears are getting old. I only picked the uncompressed WAV file 3 out of 6 times using decent Denon over the ear headphones.
A hi-def test for your ears (and your audio equipment): Listen to these songs and see if you can tell the difference between an MP3 and an uncompressed audio file.
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What a poor selection of songs, of course all those songs will sound the same at 16kbs or wave.

Do it with some complex music like spongle(nothing last.. but nothing is lost, or entheogenic(beyond zero). Me anything lower than 320kbs is a wast of space. "Flac" only
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Starts at $299, which is attractive and (unsurprisingly) has a heavy focus on device and data security. Not what I'd call flagship specs but solid for a large chunk of the potential market.
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I would consider this if it had Google Fi support. I realize they did not choose to include radios for Sprint prolly to save $1 or so in cost.
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No spam calls for you, COME BACK ONE YEAR!


Spam callers be gone! Today, we’re beginning to update your Google Phone app with spam protection on #Nexus and #AndroidOne devices to warn you about potential spam callers and give you the ability to block and report these numbers. If you already have Caller ID turned on, spam protection will be available on your phone once your app updates to the latest version. Learn more:
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I have been getting a lot of spam calls that "originate" from my area code. Wonder if this will help. 
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New IoT Podcast with a great guest this week: Charlie Kindel, director of Alexa Smart Home at Amazon. Enjoy!
The Amazon Echo is the gateway drug to the smart home for many folks. They start with Alexa and move to shopping for connected lights or outlets. So we brought Charlie Kindel, director of Alexa Sma…
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Does anyone else find it cool that the Director of Alexa has the last name Kindel?
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Using (or planning to use) Android in the workplace? Here's the first in a series of best practices to keep work data safe on both corporate owned and BYOD Android phones.
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US only but a nice little discount on either a Chromecast or Chromecast Audio device.
Go from 😑 to 😀 with $5 off #Chromecast and #ChromecastAudio.

*Only in the U.S. Promo valid 7/25-7/30.
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Yup; Fi is great for travelers that want to keep/use their own number. Would love to see more phones gain support...
I've been paying exorbitant phone, text, and data fees when traveling internationally, and I've long dreamed of a day when I could simply use my smart phone outside the U.S. with no fear of these extra charges. Thanks to Project Fi, that day has arrived.
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Hi +Kevin Tofel​ I'm planning a six month jaunt to Asia next year. I've been looking at a single device like a Chromebook with Android apps and using Skype with a US number for everything. I would not need always on phone service. Have you looked at prices comparing services like hangouts or Skype? I don't want to carry two devices when for my use case one will work. Thoughts?
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Got questions about the sweet security improvements in Android Nougat? Register for next month's Hangout On Air to get your answers. :)
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+Ron K Jeffries there's a link in the post to sign up.
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Doom on a 4k TV running on a Raspberry Pi. Wheeeee!!! #OldMeetsNew
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+Kevin Tofel you should give a try to the new doom in 4k, it's pretty dope ;) 
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    2016 - present
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    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.
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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

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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