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Still waiting to see what might come from this. 
Now that 3,000 Project Tango development kits have found their way to U.S. buyers, Google is ready to bring the 3-D motion-sensing slate to other regions around the world.
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Looks nicer than the original but all the changes are external so current Passport owners likely need not apply.
BlackBerry's square-screened phone gets an update to make it more durable, easier to hold and nicer to look at. Early buyers can nab free cases and charging stands.
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Some additional camera shots indoors and out show how the 2015 Moto G camera performs. 
How good can the camera on a $189 phone actually be? Pretty good if that phone is the 2015 Moto, which uses the same 13 megapixel image sensor from the more expensive Nexus 6.
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Really like this stylized photo that Google Photos made of the falls at Bushkill, PA. I took the original with the new Moto G and posted it yesterday; it already looked pretty good but this is nice.
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Can't wait to read it. Thanks +Kevin Tofel​
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A highly recommended update if you like the originals. Now with microsuede and a foam Lunarlon removable insole. #AllStar #OldSchoolMeetsNewSchool 
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Can't wait to pick up a pair! It's a winning combination 
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Some Nvidia Shield tablets could pose a fire hazard and will be replaced free of charge. Here's how to tell if your device has the problem battery.
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I was having a good discussion on Twitter that I spurred with this comment: "Calling Windows 10 Cloudbooks "Chromebook Killers" is like calling a VW Bus a "Rally Car Killer"."

Most of the convo responses were around price; people buy Chromebooks solely because they're cheap. Perhaps, but that's only part of the equation. Another response was around Windows 10 being easier to centrally manage in schools; that's simply not true. 

I suggested it's a combination of price and simplicity. What do you think -- especially if you do use a Chromebook: Why did you get one and why do you keep using it (or why do you no longer use it)?
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I got mine because I was intrigued by the price. I continue using it because it's not just simple, it's smooth. I am still amazed that I paid under $200 for my C720 (refurbished, not including the SSD upgrade) and it runs so amazingly and consistently well. A few updates have gotten it even faster than it was when I bought it.
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I thought this was a good idea in 2009, when I said so on record. Now it makes even more sense to me.
What would Apple phone service bring to the company? More revenues from the iPhone cash cow along with less control from carriers.
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+Kevin Tofel Google is already doing it. It would take some power away from the carriers. They would just be the backbone. I think it's a good idea. More options.
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I wonder if I can tinker with this and turn a Raspberry Pi into a low-cost "Echo". Hmmmm......
After being confined to the Amazon Echo, Alexa has been set free thanks to a developer preview for Alexa Voice Services. Where will she land next?
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/sub. +Kevin Tofel​​ this may be the reason for me to dive into Raspberry Pie.
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A few more pics from the Moto G showing the manual focus (far and near).

Is this the best camera you can get in a phone? No.

Is this the best camera I've seen in a $189 phone? Heck, yes!!!
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Nice family day at Bushkill Falls, PA. All pics taken with the new Moto G using default settings. 
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I was raised not too far from there.  I hope you made it down to Jim Thorpe, PA as well to take in the sights there.  Bushkill Falls is amazing though.
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Fourth different error after at least 15 attempts to troubleshoot Windows 10 installs on the HP Stream 13. #GivingUp 
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Nope, not a permission issue. I ran once as an administrator and later reset all registry permissions. No dice. 
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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'm a contributing writer at ZDNet where I help people understand smartphones, tablets and the mobile web.
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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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