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Football Confusion?

With the Super Bowl coming up, a lot of people are excited for the big game, and a lot more people are confused about the game of American Football.

If you find yourself in the latter category, or if you're looking for a well done and funny animated short, check this video out!
For Liberals, Ladies & Limeys. Directed, written and animated by myself, kindly voiced by the great guys over at Adventures in Design podcast (aidpodcast.com...
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No Video Game Link in Sandy Hook

Guns don't kill people. Video games don't kill people. People kill people. Mentally unfit people kill a lot more people. You're barking up the wrong tree, #NRA . 
A report published today on last year's Sandy Hook massacre, in which a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., has detailed the killer's relationship with games. The report...
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"They are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!"

As an #iPhone  user, please feel free to get me the latest high-end phone from Samsung, Motorola, and/or the Nexus 5. Make sure it's unopened and with a gift receipt. I'll be sure to have a merry Christmas with that!
 
Eric’s Guide: Converting to Android from iPhone

Many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android.  The latest high-end phones from Samsung (Galaxy S4), Motorola (Verizon Droid Ultra) and the Nexus 5 (for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) have better screens, are faster, and have a much more intuitive interface.  They are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!

Here are the steps I recommend to make this switch.  Like the people who moved from PCs to Macs and never switched back, you will switch from iPhone to Android and never switch back as everything will be in the cloud, backed up, and there are so many choices for you.  80% of the world, in the latest surveys, agrees on Android.

1. Set up the Android phone
a) Power on, connect to WiFi, login with your personal Gmail account, and download in the Google Play Store all the applications you normally use (for example, Instagram).
b) Make sure the software on the Android phone is updated to the latest version (i.e. 4.3 or 4.4). You should get a notification if there are software updates.
c) If you are using AT&T, download the Visual Voicemail app from the Play Store.
d) You can add additional Gmail accounts now or later.

At this point, you should see all your Gmail, and be able to use any apps and they should work well.  Be sure to verify this.

2. Update your iPhone or iPad
a) Power on, connect to WiFi, make sure your Gmail is logged in, and upgrade all of the iPhone software to the latest iPhone software release (typically iOS 7+).
b) Check that you are using iCloud to back up contacts.  Go to iCloud (in Settings) and enable that for contacts (“on”).  If not using iCloud, go ahead and sign up for it.  (The latest Mavericks requires the use of iCloud for Mac users if you want to transfer contacts.)
c) For your personal Gmail account, in Settings/Mail, turn on sync for contacts.  In the latest iOS, this should sync your Gmail contacts and iPhone contacts.
d) In Settings/Messages, turn “off” iMessage, as that messenger is an iPhone-to-iPhone messenger and if its on your iPhone friends texts won’t make it to Android.  Your iPhone will still use SMS messaging to reach your friends if you use the iPhone after this change.
e) Make sure your iPhone is fully synced to the Mac iTunes.  Your photos and music should all be backed up on your Mac when this is done. Go ahead and verify that on the Mac and the iPhone.

At this point you should see all your Gmail, have your apps, and have your contacts in the Android phone.  If the contacts are not in the Android phone, manually download the contacts as follows on your Mac:
a) Go to apple.com/icloud, login with your Apple ID, and click on contacts
b) In the lower-left corner, click on the wheel, and “select all” the contacts and “export” the vCard into a vCard file (in Downloads).
c) In a browser, go to gmail.com, click on the Mail button and select “Contacts”.  You should see a list of your Gmail contacts.  Import the vCard file into Gmail/contacts using the “Import contacts” command and it should have manually added your contacts.  Delete any duplicates or use the “More / Find & merge duplicates” function.

At this point you have your Gmail, apps and contacts on the new phone.  Also verify this.

3. On your Mac, connect your music to Google:
Download Google Music Manager onto the Mac, and run it.  Music Manager will upload your iTunes music to the cloud.  The standard version is free and handles most iTunes libraries.  You will need to sign up for Google Wallet and give your credit card information, but it’s free.  Be sure the music is going to your personal Gmail account above. See https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/1075570

With the above complete, you should have your Gmail, apps, contacts, and music all moved over.  Verify this on the Android phone :-)

4. Take the SIM out of the iPhone and insert it into Android.  You may need an adapter (from nano-SIM to micro-SIM), but then reboot the Android and you are all set !  For texting either use the Messenger app in earlier releases or the “Hangouts” app in Android 4.4.

Comments and additions welcome ! Eric

PS. Photos on your iPhone
If you have pictures on your iPhone, you will have to first copy them over to the Mac and then sync the iPhone with iTunes.  See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4083   

It’s probably easiest to backup your iPhone photos to the Mac, but not copy the old photos to the Android phone.  New photos you take on the Android phone will automatically be backed up to your photos in the Gmail account (iAuto-Upload is normally enabled) so no action is required.  If the old photos are important, send them to Gmail and download into the Android phone or upload them to Google+.

PPS.  Some general advice

Be sure to use Chrome, not Safari; its safer and better in so many ways.  And it’s free.
https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/

Be sure to use two-factor authentication for your Gmail and Google accounts.  Makes it very hard for someone to break into your Gmail.  Also free.
https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/180744?hl=en
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You're Better Than This Crap, Google

I'm sure the positives are worth the growing pains and the new learning curve, but no way are they worth the shoddy execution #Google  and #YouTube  made. 

Leaving your whole Google account open to shutdown due to only one point of failure without any sort of immediate recourse is ridiculous. 

Google, you've been operating on the internet for over five years. You know any system the trolls can abuse, they will do so without hesitation. Having a problem like this one is putting up a giant banner reading, "COME ONE TROLL, COME ALL!"
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Not Gonna Happen

"Oh no, it seems like you are blocking Google's ads. These ads pay for Google products that people use every day. It's easy to deactivate ad blocking just for Google. And it won't change your ad blocking settings or other settings"

From http://googlesystem.blogspot.com.es/2013/11/google-adblock-exception.html


#google   #adblock   #southpark   #nope   
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 After a year of privacy violations.  I'd rather kick G+ to the curb than view their tracking ads.  G+ is a Facebook clone, without the content.

G+ Fanboys, too fanatical, ressembling  Church of Scientology / Branch Davidians religious sect.  Nuttier as squirrel sh*t.
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If you needed a prime example on how broken the  #YouTube  monetization system is, here it is. 
My name is Brent ‘Brentonator’ McAhren and I'm part of the No More room in Hell team. I've come here in what has become a dead end struggle to get our...
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Ten Sets Eleven Straight

From #DoctorWho   #DayoftheDoctor  
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* #Android  is Open...*

...just as long as you go through #Google .  
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You Are Drunk, Microsoft

Seriously, #microsoft , I want to see the customer research that says people will actually buy this crap. #Google  has a store that sells logo-plastered wearables and drinkables, but you know what they don't sell in that store?

Lame insults that don't improve the quality or awareness of their own product.
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Top Men

You remember at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark how Indy was trying to find out who was working on the Ark of the Covenant, and the Major simply said, "Top...men."

I'm guessing that's the reaction #Google is giving people asking for fixes to #YouTube
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