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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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Would this come to Chromebooks that's support Google Play?
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I'm such a sucker for gadgets. Already have an Xbox One S and Amazon Fire TV connected to my 4K set but made the mistake of wandering around in Best Buy today. Going to try the new Nvidia Shield. All of our TV content is through PlayStation VUE, Amazon and Netflix so the gaming will be a bonus. Maybe enough that I end up selling the other two boxes! 
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+Kevin Tofel Sounds like a good idea. I have an extra Google Wi-Fi sitting around and I am considering hard-wiring my Shield with it to see if I can get better performance out of GeForce Now. My 4K streaming is already flawless. By the way, The Grand Tour in 4K might be the most visually stunning content I have ever watched.
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So.... anyone pre-ordering a Nintendo Switch?

I've had console games from back in the days of the Atari 2600, Magnavox Odyssey2, Intellivision and Colecovision - now it's Xbox (have had them since Microsoft launched the original) and yet the Switch is intriguing mainly because it's both a home console (yes, less powerful than the current ones from Sony/MSFT) and also portable, although battery life looks to be potential challenge. Up to six hours (which sounds OK) but only 3-ish for some games such as the new Zelda title. Surprisingly, Nintendo is getting a version of Skyrim....
Get the gaming system that lets you play the games you want, wherever you are, however you like. This bundle includes the Nintendo Switch console and Nintendo Switch dock in black, and left and right Joy-Con controllers in a contrasting gray. It also includes all the extras you need to get started.
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I ordered one. I was thinking about a PSVR system but wasn't sure how much I'd use it. This was less, portable, and has Mario and Zelda. Happy to see standards like USB-C and micro SD on board too. 
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Just in time for the NRF show next week in NYC: How retailers can benefit from going Chrome. :) 
Learn how Chrome can boost retail foot traffic and improve the customer experience while also cutting costs thanks to secure sharing of devices by employees.
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First full month with the new #ChevyVolt. Goal is for 90% or more of all miles driven on electric. So far, so good! 
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hey everyone
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This is a pretty neat story about what I think is the most underrated use of Chrome OS devices: centrally managed digital signage. Big boost in engagement for the Statue of Liberty website! :)
Combining low-cost, easy to manage Chrome signage with a photo contest, the official Statue of Liberty site experienced a 270 percent traffic spike.
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Pretty cool. I built similar system (as POC) on Raspberry Pi. 
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Playing with perspective

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Perspective huh... 😊
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Neat form factors for retailers. 
 
AOPEN , a company that makes Chrome OS based digital signage solutions has announced two new devices. One of them is a Chromebase that is almost a Chrome OS tablet. Chromebase Mini Chromebases are all-in-one computers powered by Chrome OS. Usually they…
AOPEN , a company that makes Chrome OS based digital signage solutions has announced two new devices. One of them is a Chromebase that is almost a Chrome OS tablet. Chromebase Mini Chromebases are all-in-one computers powered by Chrome OS. Usually they come with a large monitor and an external keyboard plus mouse set. Chromebase …
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New MobileTechRoundup podcast with +Matthew Miller: CES summary, HTC U phones, Garmin watches, the iPhone at 10, and new Bluetooth headphones. Enjoy!

http://traffic.libsyn.com/motr/MoTR_388.mp3
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You guys are killing me. I just got those backbeat BT headphones from amazon the other day. Could have saved $20 from Costco. I suppose I could return and re-buy, but ugh.
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I use the Files App Quick View feature on a daily basis to quickly get more information on downloaded files and I'm quite happy to notice that more metadata are now available in the latest Chrome OS Dev update:

- genre, track and duration, album, year recorded
- device setting including model, F number, exposure time, focal length and ISO,
- geography (latitude and the longitude where the image was taken)

For info, you can start Quick View by selecting a file and press the <Space> key.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/2581133002
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Super informative to help understand why there aren't any Snapdragon-based Chromebooks. Also highlights how smart it was for Apple to get into the mobile chip design business, something I'd love to see Google do. 
 
One difficulty is Qualcomm's reluctance to open-source and upstream the various drivers that make up Linux support for the embedded devices. If Qualcomm starts demonstrating ongoing support for their devices in the upstream Linux kernel, then Google (or a Chromebook OEM) won't have to bear the engineering risk that an emergency update can't be prepared quickly with the most recent kernel.

Qualcomm seems more comfortable with the business model of Android (which does not explicitly promise a stream of updates for the life of the device)
Chrome OS has always been an OS that utilizes multiple SoC’s by multiple manufacturers with various configurations. Amongst those processors, there are a few names missing, though.
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+Lateef Alabi-Oki AMD is only around $10B. If they wanted something, that would be a much smaller bite. But I think, if they're going to buy a chipmaker, they'll be looking for something with competitive server chips so they can bring their cloud costs down. Right now, all the big public clouds are at the mercy of Intel. If google could run much of their SAAS on cheaper hardware (including electricity, cooling etc), then they could undercut their competitors. On PAAS or IAAS nimble clients, that can compile their software for different hardware, could then run cheaper against their competition.
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New MoTR podcast with +Matthew Miller! This week: Matt's thoughts on the Pixel XL (he finally bought one!), my Super Mario Run tips for replayability, Google WiFi, Ticwatch 2 and T-Mobile's DIGITS.

http://traffic.libsyn.com/motr/MoTR_387.mp3
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+Jung Yi Hung that would explain it. Thanks!
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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
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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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    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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    Mobile tech writer & podcaster, 2008 - 2015
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