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Martin Omander
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If you like contemporary sci-fi that feels like Twilight Zone updated for our times, then you'll love this book. I am enjoying it immensely right now.

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When cleaning out the home office, I found 20 USB chargers. So I let them fight it out, planning to keep the units which charge the fastest. I used the app Ampere which measures charging current. Result:

1. Chargers branded Samsung, Jawbone and Google are the best.
2. Chargers branded HTC and Asus are so-so.
3. Chargers from LG and unbranded ones were the worst. 
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So, who is the manufacturer of the Google branded ones I wonder?
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To all friends in the US: 2016 just got started over here in Europe. If current trends continue, it will be a year of cold, dark, champagne and pyrotechnics. Beware! 
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It's like 70 here on the east coast. This means the rest of your outlook is suspect. 
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After arriving yesterday at my house in Sweden, I applied the #konmari  method to clean out half my clothes and 63% of my 653 books. Just came back from dumping the items that didn't spark joy at the recycling station. Feels good!

For those of you keeping score at home: Turns out I had 1,228 books between the house in California and the one in Sweden. Now I'm down to 587 books that spark joy; a reduction of 52%.
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+Robert Killingsworth​ yeah, some of the best books I have read are from library sales too. 
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Cleaned out 230 (40%) of my books. Feels good!
#tidyingup #kondo
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Martin, you have inspired me to cull down my books. :) BTW - I see Ticket To Ride in the pic - - you have excellent taste in board games! 
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Holiday season in San Francisco, by the Ferry Building. 
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Wow !
Iooks awesome !
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Effie Barak speaks about building an Android TV app for #Udemy at GDG Silicon Valley.

#gdgsv   #gdg   #androidtv  
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Reporting from Sweden: Everything isn't bigger in the US. 
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There are some US/Canadian makers who have surpassed European makers-- they are just hard to find outside of specialty shops. Rogue, Patric, Soma, Dandelion, etc...
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New Year's Eve is cooold in Sweden. Happy New Year! 
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Happy new year!!
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I found this fascinating.
Rich Clarkson’s photo of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then named Lew Alcindor, in the 1968 NCAA Men’s National Basketball Final Four semifinal game in Los Angeles
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There has got to be a proof for climate change somewhere nestled in these pictures. An absence of cigarettes in the arena vs. a culture of smoking. 
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#tidyingup books, per Marie Kondo's method. I have 575 books in Mountain View, CA. Probably same number in house in Sweden. Now let the sorting begin! 
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+DINESH GANESAN​ you are right! It's such a thrill to pass the bookshelf now that I know every single volume in it has special meaning to me. 
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#gdgsv  talk tonight about Android TV! Nice write-up of the entire talk, in case you didn't make it.
 
I want my (Android) TV back

Effie Barak, a mobile Android Developer for Udemy, doesn’t think it’s easy to make an app for Google’s latest iteration of Android on the TV, she knows. Her early version of Udemy’s Android TV application was on display, and to show off the ease of development she all but wrote it on stage. Even better was her starting point with a fresh model out-of-the-box running Marshmallow (Android 6.0), as it showed that developers don’t need to download external libraries, though they can be helpful depending on what you want to develop.

Starting with the basics, Effie showed the libraries given to start with. These include the big three of Recycler, LeanBack and Appcompat, with either Picasso or Glide rounding out the four. There are differences between the two, but it comes down to preference more than compatibility. All support libraries must be the same across the distribution, so if there is someone using something ancient, you’ll either have to go through and bring everyone up to code or write down to that minimum version. For implementing SQL, SQLCipher must be 3.3.3-1 or higher, as there’s a bug in Marshmallow that only shows up in the Android TV verison.

Getting more in depth, Effie showed that the main page is made up of three BrowseFragments from LeanBack. First, ArrayObjectAdapter controls the whole window, including what’s on the side list. The ListRowPresenter covers the item of the side list and its associated row. Finally ImageCardView controls the item itself and will be found later. Getting into the details panel, DetailsOverviewRowPresenter is used as the overall details page. It’s old, but a lot of developers are using it. There is a new one, however, but it features a new UI that you’ll have to work with. Inside the details page you will find the PlaybackOverviewRowPresenter covers the actual detail item, the details splash screen shown after selecting an item. The ClassPresenterSelector covers the whole details page, however, and ListRowPresenter controls the list underneath.

With the lack of a touchscreen, other than second screen implementation through a paired android phone, Android TV falls back on LeanBack controls for user input. Chief among these is the Voice Search, something most Android users will feel quite comfortable using. Developing for it is just as simple as using LeanBack on any Android device, with SearchActivity controlling any use of the feature.

If you are ready to start developing, or just want to get your feet wet with Android TV, check out Github.com/googlesamples/androidtv-LeanBack and download the auto-generated template to start. For more in-depth work, check out developer.android.com/training/tv/index.html. Working with physical devices is easy as, just like any other Android device, you can plug it into your computer through USB, or, after setting it up through USB, develop over Wifi.
And as Effie Barak said, the market is very young, it’s brand new and interesting, and it’s worth putting time and effort there to grow that market.

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We picked up an Nvidia Shield TV recently, so hopefully I'll be able to lead an Android TV dev session in the next few months. It's way more compelling when you have your hands and eyes on the actual hardware experience!
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