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I believe this could be a first! A +Google+​ Hangout with an F1 driver, and that driver is +Lewis C D Hamilton
 
Join us at 11.40am UK time tomorrow (Monday 29th June) for our exclusive Google Hangout with Lewis Hamilton powered by PETRONAS. You'll be able to watch it live here http://youtu.be/3VC0StAYHi0
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If you want anything done properly, do it yourself

It would seem even hiring professionals like +Hammonds Furniture​​ (Kitchens) may not be the solution you think it is either. So if you are capable, save yourself the hassle and money by carrying out the design, project management, and installation all yourself.

Yes +Hammonds Furniture​​, so far your kitchen design and installation service has fallen far short of acceptable let alone impressive. At the moment it is near laughable, yet sadly we are at the point of no return as my kitchen is half removed yet only now are the installers figuring out what work is required.

From the outset, the design was incorrect with wall cupboards shown at different heights, cupboards with dead spaces instead of proper corner units, and a sink that doesn't fit inside it's carcass. These are just a select few mistakes, but I let them pass as we still had the survey stage to iron things out, so I paid the deposit and agreed that ALL works are to be carried out by them, even the tiling.

So the project manager attended site and surveyed the design. Yep it didn't fit in to the kitchen it was designed for. Excellent. So I redesigned parts of the kitchen myself and told them what solutions were required. Happy days I thought, so I paid the final payment for the materials. But now I wish I hadn't. Even though I signed paperwork with the agreed amendments, I've never received a copy of the final drawings.

Next the installers carry out a pre visit. He's all happy so the works commences the following week. That brings us to Wednesday of this week. Half my kitchen gets removed, and the walls and ceilings scheduled to be plastered the following day. When I query who is taking care of the electrics before plastering is done I get blank stares. This is when I knew things were going to become a disaster. And I was right.

It has taken 3 days for the penny to drop that my appliances need electricity to work in their new locations among other issues such as plumbing. And now the installer wants to discuss additional costs.

So this is where I'm at. It has taken three professionals three visits to not work out what is required to install a kitchen. Yet it took one man (me) to realise that all three haven't got a clue.

Sadly though, due to how +Hammonds Furniture​​ get paid, the only people at risk are the customer and the installers who sub contract to Hammonds but get paid directly by the customer.

And where is the project manager whilst all this is going on? Do let me know if you find him as I currently he is missing in action on this project!

Who knows how this could end. Probably with me carrying out the installation myself.
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I would love for +Tesla Motors to purchase this now redundant vehicle manufacturing plant from +Ford Motor Company  and return it to its former glory. 

How about it +Elon Musk , it's right next door to Southampton Airport too, so you could just fly in, do your business and get on your way.
THERE are hopes a deal could be struck to sell off Southampton’s former Ford Transit plant site by the end of next month.
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Yet another amazing product under research from Google X
 
Our hands are fast and precise instruments, but so far, we haven’t been able to capture their sensitivity and accuracy in user interfaces. However, there’s a natural vocabulary of hand movements we’ve learned from using familiar tools like smartphones, and Project Soli aims to use these motions to control other devices. For example, your hand could become a virtual dial to control volume on a speaker, or a virtual touchpad to browse a map on a smartwatch screen.

To make our hands self-contained interface controls, the team needed a sensor that could capture submillimeter motions of overlapping fingers in 3D space. Radar fits all these requirements, but the necessary equipment was just a little…big.

So the Project Soli team created a gesture radar small enough to fit in a wearable device. It’s a new category of interaction sensor, running at 60GHz; one that can capture motions of your fingers at resolutions and speeds that haven’t been possible before—up to 10,000 frames per second. To get there, the team had to reinterpret traditional radar, which bounces a signal from an object and provides a single return ping. From a hardware and computation perspective, this would have been challenging to recreate on a small scale. So to capture the complexity of hand movements at close range, Soli illuminates the whole hand with a broad radar beam, and estimates the hand configuration by analyzing changes in the returned signal over time.

The team built the first prototype, a 5x5mm piece of silicon, in just 10 months. They’re working on finalizing the development board (prototype) and software API for release to developers later this year. Watch Ivan Poupyrev, Technical Project Lead, talk about the project at I/O here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpbWQbkl8_g&feature=youtu.be&t=10m15s

You can reach out to the team at projectsoli@google.com if you’d like to get involved. Watch the video to meet the team and learn more.  #ATAP #ProjectSoli 
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Just when you think contactless payments was awesome, along came Google Wallet and Apple Pay so that you could pay with your phone. Well how about not having to use anything to pay?

This is amazing if it can work 100% accurately, and scary at the same time if you ask me!

Via +Thomas Tenkely​​
 
Did you request your Hands Free invite (San Francisco now, other areas later)?

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Introducing Hands Free payments, from Google.
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I have no idea +Gerwin Sturm​. I'm assuming facial recognition might be involved
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What is this witch craft +Lee Jarratt​​??? When I click on a person in the suggested persons card in the G+ Android app, I see a very material design people (contact) page for that person.

It's not the regular profile page, or the contact layout in the people app. It's something so much better. Have you seen this before?
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I wasn't aware of this. Would love to go again. But it would need to be warmer this time!
 
Fantastic that the Race Of Champions is coming to London!! 
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Great news for +Google for Work​. Seeing the British Tax Office migrate to Google Apps will certainly make other business look up and take notice.

Hopefully I can persuade mine to follow suit in the near future. What I would be interested in is finding out if Google carry out free on site visits to demonstrate what the product can do for a business.
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You can only hope they would +Mike Crumpler​ :)

Indeed it does +Riël Notermans​. Just because I show one reason doesn't mean I don't have others.
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For those that may have seen my previous post re auto backup of photos (an io2015 request), see below clarification on how the Google Photos backup feature effects your images and storage quota.

Long and short of it is:

High Qualify always compresses your photos but doesn't use your storage quota

Original Quality doesn't touch your photos but will always use your storage quota

So if you want your photos preserved in their original format forever, do not use the high quality setting, but then be prepared to have to buy extra storage capacity at some point.

For me, I'm happy to have photos taken on my phone compressed because they aren't that great quality in the first place. But for the serious stuff taken on a DSLR, I don't want them to be irreversibly touched in any way shape or form. Hopefully it is possible to do both!
 
+Mike Crumpler asked about difference between backing up high quality photos and original quality photos in the new Google Photos app.

Here's some insights straight from the team!

If you choose High Quality, photos >16MP will be resized to 16MP, and we also do some compression to save space. If your photo is smaller than 16MP, we won't reduce the size but yes the photo may be compressed as well.

If you choose Original, your photo is not touched in any way, and will consume quota regardless of size.

Hope that helps!

Cheers,
+Justine Rivero 
Community Manager, Project Fi (and previously Google+!)
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I use flickr for DSLR storage. My camera has WiFi and sends them straight there, raw and jpg. Yahoo give me 1tb for free...
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This sounds awesome. The next time I turn my chromebook on I'll be activating it. Or I could do it in 8 seconds time I guess ;)

Via +Jonathan Seyghal​. Thanks to +Craig Tumblison
 
One of the cool new Chrome OS feature is auto correction for physical keyboards.

This feature is rolling out now with Chrome OS version 43. The gist is that it will automatically correct misspellings as you type, without the need to go back and right-click to use traditional spell check. It appears to be disabled by default, however. If you're the type of person that wants to opt in and give it a spin, I have the full instructions up on Medium.

https://medium.com/@craigtumblison/how-to-enable-physical-keyboard-auto-correction-on-your-chromebook-4c6de5d99d3d

Please feel free to send feedback to the developers using Alt+Shift+I after you have had a chance to use it.

#ChromeOS   #AutoCorrection  
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I've probably unfollowed you, but don't take it personal, blame the collections feature instead

Last night I decided to have a huge spring clean and remove many people from my circles. Not because I've fallen out with anyone or lost interest in +Google+​. It is because I began to feel things could be better for me here on +Google+​. I've accumulated too much noise over time.

I've been on G+ since the beginning of time and circled many people over the years with similar interests. When Collections came out though, one of my thoughts was "If I was to start over, would I do things differently? Would I only circle friends and family, and then only follow collections instead of interesting individuals". And I've decided Yes, that is exactly what I would do! So this is me effectively starting over.

Besides family, other than those that I feel I have formed a kinda friendship with, I have uncircled pretty much everyone. The only ones that remain are brand pages, blogs and some very interesting bloggers ie +Marques Brownlee​ (you techies will love his reviews). I've even left communities.

My plan now is to start over. As collections appear in my stream I will follow the ones that interest me. Hopefully doing all this will keep my entire stream on topic and relevant to my interests, making +Google+​ an even more engaging place for me to hang out from time to time.

Wish me luck.

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+George Koklas Quite honestly, I'm not going too. They are going to come to me over time. Well, that is the plan.

I have great faith that the people I still have circled will share some interesting things from interesting collections ans as they pop up, I will check them out. 

But you are correct, other than featured collections, you won't find a search feature.
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Really +Virgin Media ???

+Google Chrome  Browser isn't supported with your TV Anywhere Service? It's only the most used browser in the world!
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Microsoft

Windows XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8 / 8.1
IE7 or higher
Firefox 3 or higher
Adobe Flash Player Flash 11.4 or higher

Apple

OS X 10.5 or higher
Firefox 3 or higher
Safari 5 or higher
Adobe Flash Player 11.4 or higher

NOTE: Google Chrome is not currently supported on Windows or OS X
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I couldn't even tell you if that is the latest version? I haven't used it since forever.
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If you are looking at my profile you better know me already :-)

And for those that don't, then follow me on Google+ and you'll soon understand my love for Formula 1 (F1) and everything Google (See links below)

My number one passion has to be my wife who, for anyone that knows her, is an inspiration. And lets not forget our gorgeous son.

Be sure to engage on my posts, and you never know, I may even circle you back. I do ask however, if you get to be part of my limited posts, anything I discuss about my private life, is to be kept private. Feel free to bring up anything about my life on other limited posts, but on public posts, please keep anything you have learned about me out of the comments. Many thanks, and I look forward to engaging with you all.

Favourite Quote:

"Many hands make light work"

Looking for an Electrical Sub-contractor in Hampshire: 

Feel free to contact me using the links on this profile. 
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