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More power efficient and an LTE radio? Sounds good to me because there are times when I want to leave the phone behind: Running, for example.
Meet the heart of your next wearable device: the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. It supports all the features the next generation of wearable devices will need—including better connectivity, low power usage, and longer battery life. And it’s
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You know that new feature in IOS that reduces the blue light backlighting / screen temperature? You can get that on Android with this free app. There are others as well. 
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+Jason Gregory I use a filter app myself on Android and it isn't perfect. System integration is always better for this sort of thing, since it gives more flexibility for getting a better outcome, and isn't reliant on bypassing system security or using strict APIs. The problem with Android apps (such as Screen Filter and Night Mode) is that they don't cover the navigation keys, so if you have a device like the LG G4 you still have a patch of screen that's bright, since these apps work by putting a transparent window over the screen, but are restricted when it comes to covering the navigation keys. If Google integrated a filter it would actually modify the system colours themselves, so not only would you have less risk of erratic battery drain but the UI would be a lot clearer.

I would liken this to tethering - you could get apps that enabled tethering on Android years ago, but they were never as reliable as the baked-in feature, once that arrived on the platform.

Not wanting to partake in some OS rivalry rant; was just making a point that in this instance a system feature is an advantage over an app. 
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Taking a picture of casting while casting is sort of mind blowing. ;)
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+Kevin Tofel you have created a singularity sir!
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Bad USB-C cable. Bad.
 
Here's my last #USB   #TypeC  review for a little while.
tl;dr: DANGER. PELIGRO. BAD CABLE. PLEASE DO NOT BUY THIS.

Surjtech's A-to-C cable seriously damaged a Pixel 2 laptop and two USB PD analyzers.

#USBC  
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Yikes, expensive cable!
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Interesting POV.
What really matters is screens, not devices.
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Finally tried the Cardboard camera app with a simple view of our kitchen which we remodeled last year. Turned out quite nice and I foresee some interesting uses for this as I'm traveling more this year. 
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You have to "download" the picture, then open the cardboard photo app, and it'll be in there for 3D viewing.
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Rain and warmer weather after snow makes a dreamy scene. #Nexus5X
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WANT!!!! Google Now mirror....
When I couldn’t buy a smart mirror and made one instead
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And now... Wraith Babes special edition.
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This isn't just good for T-Mobile and its customers; it's good for Project Fi accounts too.
OpenSignal takes a deep dive into the mobile speed and coverage of the Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint
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The coverage area sucks! Look at Iowa.. I don't live there but have driven though.. Absolutely nothing! 
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Samsung device owners have an ad-block app first made popular by iOS. Pretty nice although I'm not currently using a Samsung phone.
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BOOM!
 
THE VERGE HAS BEEN HACKED
What if buying a computer that does much less actually lets you do so much more?
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My bad. I did get confused. Thanks for straightening me out.
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Good article for would-be programmers. Of course, some will argue in favor of other languages (and that's OK) but I'm general agreement with this post. 
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+Stanislav Tarnovsky once upon a time, Pascal was also likely a marketable skill set.

There doesn't seem to be quite so much software written in it anymore, at least not in the open source world. Delphi at least used to be quite a big business as I understand it but I'd question whether or not anyone has good reasons for starting new important things in that, rather than maintaining existing stuff. But Pascal dialects aren't my area of expertise, so I'm an outside observer there, thus damned if I know.

While I don't think education needs languages that are widely used in business, it's probably a desirable trait. Over here, it seems like a degree and about as many years experience is key to not getting one's resume auto ignored.
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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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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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