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A good read here, especially if you are interested in the Moto G. When will +Motorola Mobility​ bring out a current tablet, or have I missed that beast?
 
A detailed tour of my first two days with the new Moto G. Hell of a device right here, folks.
Android on a budget just keeps getting better. A detailed tour of two days with Motorola's latest affordable device.
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When you get hold of the latest +Google Maps​ for Android update, go checkout the new timeline feature. It's basically a location history of where you have been each day (a similar feature was available previously but its name alludes me). It's awesome. One bit of magic I have found though is it even integrates your photos in to the timeline of where you have visited.

Absolutely love it!

Via +Thomas Tenkely
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They did do this before though a couple of years back
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Infinite change from +Google​​ strikes again. This time Google+ photos gets shut down, but Google Photo's takes over (Yes there is more difference than just the +).

In the mean time Picasa Web Albums gets resurrected to handle the photos shared in Google Hangouts.

All I have to say about all of this is, what on earth is going on! When will you get photos right and stick with it?
 
Goodbye Google+ Photos, hello +Google Photos!

In May, we launched Google Photos as the home for all your photos and videos. With Google Photos you can store unlimited high quality photos and videos for free, find photos fast, and see them organized by what matters to you. Plus, you can bring moments to life and share anywhere with anyone.

In an effort to ensure everyone has the best photos experience we can deliver, on August 1st we’ll start to shut down Google+ Photos -- initially on Android, and soon thereafter on the Web and iOS.

If you’re still using Google+ Photos, now is a great time to make the switch. You may have seen a prompt in Google+ Photos on Android with a link to download the new Google Photos. Don’t worry, all your photos and videos will still be saved and available after you switch to the new, stand-alone Google Photos app. With the new app you’ll still be able to backup, edit, and share your photos and videos, with unlimited storage, automatic organization, and more.

Download the new Google Photos today for uninterrupted access to all your photos, videos and albums.  If you don’t update to the new Google Photos, Google+ Photos on Android will soon stop working, but your photos and videos will still remain safely stored and available via http://photos.google.com or for export using Google Takeout.

Get the Google Photos app for Android https://goo.gl/BajWpo
Learn more about these changes: https://support.google.com/plus/answer/6262471
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Google photos still doesn't let you set album covers.
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With +Tesla Motors​ announcement of their new "ludicrous speed" option which enables the car to go from 0-60mph in 2.8seconds, I'm curious to know how fast that is compared to a modern F1 car?

How about it +Sauber F1 Team​. Fancy sharing that little stat here. Or maybe set up a race with +Tesla Motors​ and share the video ;)
Tesla CEO Elon Musk just announced the most Tesla thing ever: a "Ludicrous Speed" upgrade for the top-of-the-line P85D Model S electric sedan that improves 0-60 time by 10 percent — it's down to...
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It's things like this that make me love +Google Docs
 
Disable downloading, printing and copying when you only want to share your document with a select group of folks.  Just head to sharing settings in Docs, Sheets or Slides! #googledocs
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Will be using this feature at work
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F1 fans, here is another +YouTube​ 360 degree viewing experience of a ride in a formula one car. This time with +Jenson Button ​in his +McLaren​. Can't wait to watch this with my +Google Cardboard
 
Immerse yourself in a 360 lap of Silverstone as JB takes on Kevin and Stoffel in the ultimate petrol-powered head to head, courtesy of Esso. ‪#‎FuelYourSenses‬

On a PC? Watch here: https://youtu.be/n4pbSI3kOsg 
On your mobile? Download the YouTube app and visit Esso UK.
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Google+ back tracks. Is it the right move though?
 
Everything in its right place
When we launched Google+, we set out to help people discover, share and connect across Google like they do in real life. While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink. So over the next few months, we’re going to be making some important changes. Here’s more about what you can expect:

http://googleblog.blogspot.ie/2015/07/everything-in-its-right-place.html
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As soon as I signed up to gmail I had a Google account. From then I discovered web history, Calendar, Google Docs and eventually Android. That was when I got hooked. Everything was synced across devices.

Later on I found the Google Profile which was pointless until Google Buzz came along. And that developed in to Google+ and the single sign in which tried to merge everything so information could be shared across services. I don't think this will ever change now. All that will change is you won't be required to fill in a profile anymore, just set up an account.


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So Google+ Photos isn't being killed entirely? Or is it? I don't know! This just confused me even more.
 
I wanted to clarify a couple of points regarding yesterday’s announcement (https://goo.gl/TL0l6j) and provide some additional context:

1. The great photo and video sharing service that’s part of Google+ is unaffected. You can continue to post photos and videos, and your followers will be able to comment and +1 as before. No change.

2. All of the photos, videos, and albums you have already shared on Google+, including their posts, comments, and +1s are also unaffected. An easy way to find these is to visit the Photos tab of your Profile page.

3. The private photo management component of Google+, which includes backup, editing, creations, private album management (album management for shared content is still available on Google+), and sharing to other apps, is being replaced by Google Photos.

I sincerely appreciate for many of you #3 is still a hard pill to swallow. And I promise we don’t take decisions like this one lightly. The reality is that maintaining both Google+ Photos (the private photo management component of Google+) and Google Photos poses several challenges. Most notably, it is confusing to users why we have two offerings that virtually do the same thing, and it means our team needs to divide its focus rather than working on building a single, great user experience. 

We are working very hard to bring all the best features of Google+ Photos to Google Photos, and this focus will allow us to deliver even more features at a much faster pace.
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It'll show up in Google Photos, under the photos from posts album.
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I must try this later
 
Introducing the Google Drive plug-in for Microsoft Office (for Windows). This new plug-in lets you open files from Drive, edit them, and save back to Drive without leaving Office.

Learn more on the Drive blog:
http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2015/07/google-drive-plug-in-for-office.html
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A can of worms you would be roped into helping fix being the evangelist of the cloud ;)

I'm sure you're aware businesses the world over host their own mail, but they also deploy UPS' to keep servers up in power cuts and employ IT personnel to keep the servers running.

You could of course rent a dedicated server in a data centre to run your mail, giving you cloud-like connectivity and resilience whilst maintaining private infrastructure. If that's a concern for the boss.

There are ways and means of providing access to files remotely. I do it from my home server.
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This is an interesting gesture from the FIA. Number 17 is no longer available for any new driver that joins F1 in the future. It will be forever associated with Jules Bianchi in his honer.

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This piece of news will send shivers down many F1 fans spines. Although Bianchi wasnt at the front of the grid, and probably didn't have the largest of fan bases compared with some, following the accident the whole F1 community warmed to him. For this was a man who was living his dream racing in the pinnacle series of Motorsport. He has now passed away as a result of following his passion.

For many fans, like myself, this is the first death of an F1 driver that they would have seen. We all know about Senna, but for us younger fans, we actually knew Bianchi.

A little background

Sadly, a unique series of events occurred which led to Bianchi coming off the circuit in the wet and colliding with a recovery vehicle which was recovering an already stricken F1 car. His head struck the recovery vehicle which put Biachi in a coma for the past 9 months and has now led to his passing. In my opinion nobody could have predicted this. This was a case of serious bad luck imo. Not one single factor played an important role in this. Having said that, now that this has occurred it should never happen again. A flaw has been found in the safety of F1 and it is for the higher powers that be to put in place more bullet proof procedures.

#forzajules
Watch archive footage of Jules Bianchi racing at Silverstone as his family issue an emotional statement following his death in hospital
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+Mark Gillespie​ I never knew his funeral was televised.

I'm sure this is going to make current F1 drivers reconsider there options. The likes of Massa, Raikkonen, Button, all of which are still young but have spent many years in the sport already, may now be wondering "is it worth it anymore" especially as some of those have children now.
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F1 fans, here is another​​ 360 degree viewing experience of a ride in a formula one car on YouTube. This time with +Jenson Button​ ​in his +McLaren​​.
 
Immerse yourself in a 360 lap of Silverstone as JB takes on Kevin and Stoffel in the ultimate petrol-powered head to head, courtesy of Esso. ‪#‎FuelYourSenses‬

On a PC? Watch here: https://youtu.be/n4pbSI3kOsg 
On your mobile? Download the YouTube app and visit Esso UK.
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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.

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