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Who the $#@! is Mike Elgan? 

I write and talk and interview on the subjects technology and innovation. I anchor TWiT's daily Tech News Today netcast ( 

My opinion columns appear all over the place, most frequently Computerworld, PC World, InfoWorld, MacWorld, CIO Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, eWeek, Baseline and elsewhere. 

I don't do "access journalism." I am not in the industry, I'm not an investor or entrepreneur, but instead an independent, disinterested observer with strong opinions. (I have nothing against access journalism, it's just not what I do.)

My Thoughts on Google+:

After 10 years of blogging with conventional blogging sites and services, I abandoned that approach a year ago and started blogging on Google+. Why? Because Google+ is by far the best blogging platform. As Tim O'Reily said, it's like Tumblr 2.0, but more social. 

I also cancelled my account with a leading photo-sharing and management site, and now use Google+ for that exclusively. 

I've replaced more than half my email communication with Google+ communication.

I use Google+ to write first drafts of my stories, to crowdsource, to take polls, to get feedback and to drive traffic to the articles I write. It has dramatically improved my work as a writer. 

I even use Google+ for social networking!

Although I'm most active on Google+, you can also follow me here: 

And you can download my top 200 most popular posts as an eBook by clicking here.

I'm ranked #1 on the Google Plus Score list, which is based on user engagement.

I'm the #7 Most Recommended Person to Follow on Google+ (as voted by users). 

I'm one of Mashable's top nine Google+ Power Users.

I'm also a "Curator" on the Google Currents app!! (Please install the free app and "Add" me!)

I've also created and moderate these Google+ communities.

Here's how I do Google+: 

In the meantime, please CIRCLE ME! I'd love to interact with you here on Google+. 
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I'm a digital nomad. I live everywhere.
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Our waffle frolic

We had a waffle frolic today at my sister's house. I attached my phone to a door pointed at the waffle table and took this fast-motion video using Hyperlapse.

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Yum! Love home made waffles 😋
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The Google Assistant logo in Allo reminds me of the Wonder Bread logo

I wonder how many ways Google Assistant helps build strong bodies.

#GoogleAllo #GoogleAssistant #WonderBread
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+Ruud van der Pol , so does Whatsapp by the way. I would recomend you to use BBM, since it operates using BB Pin and doesn't correlate with any phone number. You can still have your privacy and do the chat
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Apple's App Store has a fake Google Allo app called Alo

It even uses the same color scheme, and a speech bubble. 
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It's the same one you will find on iOS
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Chinese billionaire gives his dog eight iPhone 7s
Wang Sicong, the 28-year-old son of China's richest billionaire, apparently bought eight new iPhones for his Alaskan Malamute, Coco. The dog already owns two gold Apple Watches. 
The dog has a blog, which is called "Wang Coco Is a Bitch"
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using  that  money on some starving kids or give it as a donation to some charity will be good bt people we are different can l have one cause l don't have a better
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Apple's iMessage finally grows up

(Read my column: )

Apple is finally taking on Snapchat, WeChat and Slack.

Wait, what?

When iOS 10 appeared on Tuesday, it featured a long list of enhancements. The biggest news is the transformation of Apple's messaging service, iMessage, into a full-fledged, modern messaging platform.

As with so many things, Apple is an exception to industry norms. The new iMessage will become far more than just another messaging service. It changes everything.

Here's how:

#imessage #iphone #ios10 #apple

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Why doesn't Apple release iMessages on Android? They released Apple Music. If it's so good it would stand the test of multi platform.
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An iMessage app called GrammarSnob lets you correct people

The new iMessage, which was updated at the same time as the new iOS 10, along with the Messages app, enables you to drag and drop stickers anywhere in the conversation. So an iMessage sticker app called GrammarSnob lets you drop cross outs, line outs and other negating markup, along with common things that people get wrong.

The result is that you can take an annoying red pencil to your conversations.
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+Hillwood Lam what does "can you even English" mean? 
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Why you want Google's Allo

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Should you get Google's Allo? The answer is: Yes!

As a messaging app, Google's new Allo isn't great. Specifically, it's functionally indistinguishable from any number of apps that have been around for years.

But there's one reason why you should want to use Allo every day: artificial intelligence:

#GoogleAllo #Allo
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+Julio Lagara I want this to become mainstream so, so much. They have a lot of work to do.

My concern is threefold:

1. Confidence Needed

To succeed, Google needs to act decisively and confidently. They can make this awesome. As much as the base has raged, it's because they just want something that works - and hopefully rocks.

2. Confidence Flagging

Google's performance (in messaging) so far cannot have filled them with confidence. Desperation, maybe. Maybe that's enough.

3. Boldness required (they are notoriously tepid)

Google is crazy smart, but it feels like it lacks heart. It hasn't made bold moves(*). It gives up early - on purpose (fail fast).

Algorithm inspired calculations - including the Android-Oracle debacle. Odds. Risks. Analysis. Heart They are tepid.

Tepid is what got them here. Will the right people make the right decisions to move decisively?

I hope so.

(*) Google Plus was bold, and I am very grateful to them for the attempt.
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Children's computer kit runs Amazon's Alexa!

Full disclosure: My son, +Kevin Elgan, recently joined the awesome San Francisco-based startup Piper, which makes an amazing $299 computer kit for kids.

The kit uses Minecraft to teach kids how to build the computer itself, then use the computer they built to learn about electronics and programming.

Piper is fun, but not a toy. It's a real computer (based on Raspberry Pi). My son last night put Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant on a Piper computer.

Check out the video!


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Who's using Google Allo?

Google's new Allo messaging app, which is sorta kinda like Apple's iMessage (except cross platform, with Smart Replies and the Google Assistant), officially started rolling out today.

Who's using it already?
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How can Google and other messengers not include SMS? Not everyone I communicate with will want another app. They use their default text app. 
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Fanny pack phone holder is the worst accessory ever
The Handee Holder is a fanny pack with a telescoping phone holder, so you can watch and use your phone hands-free. 
Do I have to spell out why this is horrible? OK: 
1. It's a bulky, complicated wearable contraption that does nothing but hold your phone. 
2. It's a fucking fanny pack.
3. It looks like you've got an erection with a phone attached to it.
Please don't fund this!
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First selfie with the iPhone 7

Left to right my nephew +Ben Wagner , me, my photobombing daughter in law, +Nadia Elgan and my son, +Kevin Elgan.

(Taken with Kevin's iPhone 7.)
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samsung galaxy S 7 is a better phone
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Why no bots in the new iOS 10 iMessage? Did Apple ban them?

Just checking.

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Luma Fitness cost us $232 per class. Here's why. My wife and I signed up for a year at Luma fitness at the beginning of last year. Luma Fitness limits the number of students per class. You have to sign up. If the class is full, you can't take that class. And the classes are usually full. You can see this for yourself. For example, when I wrote this review on Saturday morning, you can see from my screenshot that every Sunday class that takes place at the gym is already full. (The only available classes are a trail running class -- we already trail run every day and don't need to pay a gym for that -- and a second class that's way above our fitness level.) We work during the day, and want to work out after work. Those classes are the most unavailable, especially the ones at our fitness level. We're very busy, and often had a hard time making time for the gym. But when we did find the time, we found that Luma Fitness classes were already full. Because of that, we were able to attend only 10 classes for the year. We paid them $2,148 and used their gym 10 times. The nightmare continued. Our membership ended at the end of January. You have to give 30 days notice in writing to terminate the membership, which we did on January 6. Yet they're charging us for the full month of February. We called and argued with them about it, but they were horrible and nasty and insisted that we pay the full month, rather than honor their own contract of 30 days notice. They KNOW we won't be using their gym for the month of February. They KNOW we paid them thousands of dollars without using their service much. But they are just taking our $179 for the month anyway. I guess the $2,148 we paid for 10 classes wasn't enough, so they took more. So now our grand total is $2,327 for 10 classes. Instead of going to Luma Fitness, just flush $20 bills down the toilet twice a week. You'll save money, and you'll get more exercise.
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Shirley rules!
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Everything we tried at this restaurant was incredible. What a gem.
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OK, I'm going to say something VERY controversial here. But it's my opinion that Pizzateca has the world's best pizza. As the author of the book _American Pie_ says, the world's best pizza is usually the one you grew up with. However, I have eaten at Bianco's Pizzeria in Phoenix, all the highest rated pizza places in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere, and this is the best I've had. Most of the best places in America nail the toppings but fail on crust. They tend to use yeast-based leavening, which can only get you so far. Pizzateca, on the other hand, is doing something magical with the crust that involves 3 days of fermentation, according to the owner. Specifically, Pizzateca's muchroom and garlic pizza is truly mind-blowing. Please, do NOT fail to eat at this tiny joint if you're anywhere near Madrid, Spain.
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This is a really good restaurant. The food is very flavorful without being fatty and heavy. Great service.
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Awesome location and great coffee completely ruined by freezing room temperature and mind-bogglingly slow Internet connect (it took me three minutes to load this page before I could write a review).
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Best place for breakfast in the State of California. I'm not kidding. This place rocks. It's mostly a French cafe, but with Moroccan and Mexican influences. The food is as good as food gets, and the owner is an awesome guy, too. Do NOT leave L.A. without eating here. You're welcome.
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