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A fun smackdown challenge shows a brief glimpse into the near future for most homes. I already (try to) use this method of communication first (via phone & Watch) and it successful at least 60% and it can only get better.

Thanks +Kevin Tofel
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+Robert Hamilton I tend to be a little Az-averse due to their forking of Android approach and have gone all in with Google on this. I am convinced the big G with all their resources will be first to crack this nut. On a walk yesterday, I did (almost) all of my communication by voice via Android Wear (LG G). Voice actions are most useful when out and about.

The other problem with Alexa is that you need a few in your home. I talk to my devices wherever I am - rather than where the device it.
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I am really excited about adopting this approach. Oh, wait...
 
"So...can you help me get my purse back? I really loved that purse." "Woman's love involves injustice and blindness against everything that she does not love... Woman is not yet capable of friendship: women are still cats and birds. Or at best cows..." Didn't get the joke?
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As Google are increasingly helpfully beginning to flag visited websites as insecure, perhaps they should start doing the same for silly anti-science content.

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In this bewildering world we have to decide what to believe and how to act on that. In principle that’s what science is for. “Science is not a body of facts,” says geophysicist Marcia McNutt, who once headed the U.S. Geological Survey and is now editor of Science, the prestigious journal. “Science is a method for deciding whether what we choose to believe has a basis in the laws of nature or not.” But that method doesn’t come naturally to most of us. And so we run into trouble, again and again.
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We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge--from climate change to vaccinations--faces furious opposition. Some even have doubts about the moon landing.
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+Dave Pearson​ Ha - I should have patented the idea. I hope at least a Chrome extension to come out of this.
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I've wanted to take this pic ever since I saw it on the cover of an OS Landranger map over a year ago. It's the view through the 37 supporting arches of the Ouse Valley viaduct near Haywards Heath which carries 110 trains a day on the London to Brighton Line.

It's massive! 1475 feet (450m) long and 96 feet (29m) high and was built in 1841 using 11 million bricks. Being underneath and looking down the length of it makes you realise what clever and fastidious sods the Victorians were.

#sooc #ousevalleyviaduct #engineering #architecture
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Ha - came across this great pic just a couple of days ago at a printers - love it
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+H&M Er, no. I did not mean horse - do you even sell horses? Never before has the Occam's Razor rule been so flouted.

To reproduce - visit hm.com and search for purse

#gohomehmyouaredrunk  
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+Max Madonia H&M? Horse and Mule?
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Seeds 2 Restaurant

Another great veggie restaurant in Totnes to while away a Saturday morning. The extra ingredient here is that it is an all you can eat affair but the rule is you must not waste anything so you have to finish your plate first. This encourages smaller platefuls, ironically..

Those that remember the days of the Cranks chain will feel very nostalgic here, with their wonderful array of healthy salads. Absolutely delicious and highly recommended.

http://www.totnespound.org/directory/seeds-2-totnes
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+Alvin Chin Apart from the Google Campus, of course ;-)
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Google has confirmed that a second generation Chromebook Pixel will go on sale 'soon'.
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I agree, +Mike McLoughlin. And maybe a fingerprint-proof keyboard and screen. :) 
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A powerful and almost poetic piece of writing demonstrating the importance in US of History education - of the warts and all.

Thanks +Jeff Powell 

Ping +Harvey Giles Turner , +Simon Bradley 
“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” ― Winston Churchill   Obama doesn’t love America. Not like you and me. "I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the pr...
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A nicely written history of the Nexus line from +Android Authority . It is surprising that Google hardware projects become so easily (and repeatedly) written off as failed experiments.  Add to this Chromebooks & Glass. Google usually get things right - eventually. For me, I can't imagine buying a phone without stock (or very near-stock) Android running.

http://www.androidauthority.com/history-nexus-smartphone-line-536352/
We take a look back at Google's Nexus line from the Nexus One through to the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
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If the words "no expandable storage" was mentioned once more I will scream.

If you do not get it is all in the cloud +Android Authority​ and connected through your Google Account and you do not need it all in your pocket.
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Such a cool film when I first saw it as a young teenager (with my 'gang'). Now - via Netflix - it looks patently ridiculous.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080120/
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Oh, but dang, at the time it was SO heavy! Odysseus comes to NYC...
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This feels like a game changer. Robots are not just already here but now now it is possible to feel sorry for them. It might trigger a movement :P

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At what point does a robot start to seem alive enough that kicking it -- even just to test its stability controls -- seems wrong? This latest device from Boston Dynamics is already pushing that edge for me. But if you click through, you'll find a video that has very little kicking, and instead a lot more of a small, agile robot wandering through a variety of environments. Unlike its larger cargo-oriented cousins, Spot is likely going to be useful for things like search-and-rescue and scouting.

Or possibly, just wandering around the office complex, because really, having a robot dog is kind of cool.

via +Simon Anderson.
We haven't seen much of Boston Dynamic's four-legged self-balancing Big Dog robot since it was last spotted hurling cinder blocks in a lab. And that's maybe because the company's robotic geniuses have been hard at work building a smaller more agile version called Spot that weighs just 160 pounds so it can safely operate both indoors and out.
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Some day there would be a law preventing cruelty to animal robots!
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