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Is your web site ready for Google's Mobilegeddon?

Google is changing its search algorithm tomorrow to favor mobile friendly sites. The change is being called Mobilegeddon because sites that are not sufficiently optimized for viewing on a smartphone will be knocked down the rankings in Google search results. The research firm Portent said that 10,000 websites out of the top 25,000 sites failed Google's mobile-ready test, including the Department of Homeland Security. 

Is YOUR site ready?

https://youtu.be/5F0JAHKNSqE?t=14m54s

#mobilegeddon
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All that responsive design finally gets algorithm credit. :D
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Android Wear gets an awesome update!

Google's wearable platform now supports WiFi, new gestures and more. Check this out: 

https://youtu.be/5F0JAHKNSqE?t=3m49s

#AndroidWear  
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Any updates are welcome but that wrist flicking gesture looks asinine.
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Finally: An online radio station that plays only retro video game music!

Listen: http://rw.rainwave.cc/
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Retro game: music, story line, and programming.... has all the quality that is missing from modern projects. Remember when the bar for processing power and other technology limits were very low but you still had to make a fun and engaging game? How the amount of effort that you had to put into overcoming these obstacles gave you time to fully evolve the concept even to the point where it might have done something revolutionary for it's time? Then technology got fast enough for developers to do things half-as_.... i mean half hazard and quality assurance sold out to the profit margin, licensing, and copyright squatting (on under-developed garbage). 

At first glance for the picture I thought.... ut-ohh mario discovered how to procure his own mushrooms, looks like he might be on that star dust as well... Super Mario Brothers Rehab.... comming soon. Just a joke.
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TNT fan Barry Campbell watching Tech News Today in a North Korean bowling alley!

Join the club. Subscribe now: http://twit.tv/tnt

#TechNewsToday   #HowIWatchTNT  
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+Andrew Lyons The "western" media gets N.K. mostly right. This is the only bowling alley in the country, I'm pretty sure, and it was created and is open for propaganda purposes as part of the phony showcase destinations in the capital. He's watching TNT because he downloaded it in advance -- no public WiFi in N.K.
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The Screen Savers show is back!

If you're a fan of the ultra popular show The Screen Savers (which ended a decade go) you're in luck! Leo is bringing it back!! (And THIS time, I get to be on it!) 

The New Screen Savers starts May 2. 

Check it out: 

http://inside.twit.tv/blog/2015/4/19/the-new-screen-savers-to-launch-may-2nd.html

http://deadline.com/2015/04/leo-laporte-the-new-screensavers-launched-1201412682/

#TheNewScreenSavers  
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And another thing about that "Google+ is dead" guy...

I mentioned the ironic hilarity of another non-user of Google+ stepping into the trap of proclaiming Google+ "dead," which tends to result in getting overwhelmed with disagreement from said "dead" community. 

Specifically, Steve Denning, writing on Forbes, trots out a list of 5 reasons why Google+ died (http://goo.gl/gKhLOc ).

His first reason is "Misstep #1: Spamming Grandma for cash."

Although he doesn't attribute his subtitle to me, he's quoting me from an article I wrote in April of 2011 slamming Google for getting social networking wrong again: 

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2507173/web-apps/larry-page-s-first-blunder.html

He does attribute another quote from that article as being written by "ComputerWorld." 

This article appeared a few months before any of us even knew Google+ was coming, yet he references it as an example of why Google+ failed. He'll no doubt respond by saying the internal incentive for Google+ employees continued into the Google+ era. 

Yes, the incentive program was dumb, but inconsequential. I doubt it had any effect, positive or negative, on Google's place in the social networking world. 

In any case, I find it disingenuous for him to quote without proper attribution about Google+'s "failure" a guy who believes that it's succeeding.

Regardless of the hate campaign by the non-users and the echo-chamber tech journalists, Google+ has succeeded in the sense that Google created the greatest social anything ever, and it's still better than Facebook, Twitter or any other social network. 

No, it's not as heavily used as Facebook. It also doesn't suck like Facebook.

What's YOUR definition of success? 

Anyway, feel free to leave a comment for Steve Denning here: 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2015/04/17/five-reasons-why-google-died/

#Google+

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I love google plus. People are nice here and have interesting things to share.
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amazing!!!!! :)
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Should Google have bought Tesla 2 years ago?

An excerpt from Ashlee Vance's upcoming book, "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future" says Elon Musk got close to selling Tesla to Google in 2013 when Tesla was on the brink of bankruptcy. 

Should Tesla have sold it? Should Google have bought it? 

https://youtu.be/5F0JAHKNSqE?t=1m35s

http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062301239/elon-musk

#tesla  
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Duh but apparently Leon had some internal growth to occur
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Apple publishes YouTube video about how eco-friendly they are.

Are you buying this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5WYvFOMtAA
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This video is too positive of a view for Apple, to be believable, and they are so secretive there is no way to verify what they say; we just have to take their word for it.

This message is meaningless.
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Inside Apple's future iPhone camera.

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/6cTQQm )

Because camera superiority is often a major reason why people buy a company's highest-end phones, the industry is in a quandary: How can they dramatically improve what are already great phones, even as smartphones are getting thinner and thinner?

Apple this week revealed its direction: multi-aperture computational imaging. That's photography mumbo jumbo that means using more than one camera combined with software that creates a picture from the resulting data.

Check out how amazing smartphone photography is about to become: 

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2910463/inside-apples-future-iphone-camera.html

#Apple #iPhone #LinX  
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Great article
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Here comes TWiT's LIVE 10th Anniversary Special: http://live.twit.tv

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Thank you for the + Mike
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Author makes the mistake of proclaiming Google+ 'dead'; gets hammered by legions of passionate Google+ users!

(Join the fun and comment here: http://goo.gl/gKhLOc )

Steve Denning make the mistake of publicly proclaiming Google+ dead in an article on Forbes. As with all such proclaimers, he's a non-user. (No frequent user of Google+ could ever make such a claim.) 

If you'd like to join the fun, and tell him if you think Google+ is alive or dead, go here and click on the black "Comment On This Story" bar: 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2015/04/17/five-reasons-why-google-died/

#Google+
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Here is the G+ post where people are discussing with +Stephen Denning in his G+ post: http://goo.gl/Qlec41
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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 (http://twit.tv/show/tech-news-today). 


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. 

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http://google.me/+MikeElgan

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!

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

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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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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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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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This is a really good restaurant. The food is very flavorful without being fatty and heavy. Great service.
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Awesome. Simply awesome.
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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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