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Why not join the ChromeOS Beta party? You get to try out these cool new features. Although, personally, I enjoy the Dev channel for even more cutting-edge action :-)
 
As you know, I'm running Chrome OS on Dev Channel every day and this might scares some of you who want to switch. Don't worry though, if you’re a tech-savvy explorer, craving new features and willing to take a little risk, you should try out the Chrome OS Beta Channel and get the latest features sooner. On the Beta Channel you can test, send feedback to the chrome team, and help shape the future of Chrome OS.

Here's one new feature rolling next week among many on the latest Beta Channel: the Chrome Launcher 2.0.

This new launcher is the best way to start new activities on Chrome OS, like performing a Google search or launching apps.  It's fast, simple, and helps you get things done. Search has been enhanced to help you find what you are looking for faster, apps you most often use right have been put at your fingertips, and the power of Google Now has been brought to your Chromebook.

Have a look at https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/chromebook-central/discuss-chrome-os/beta/dH45keXOy5Q to see all the other cool features in the Chrome OS Beta Channel.
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+Mike McLoughlin I haven't yet, but I was on my chromebook for less than 10 minutes total yesterday. I'll check tonight when I get home. 
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This is cool. A recent top-10 bassist list from +Paul Arrowsmith got me thinking. Perhaps the best bassists are those that remain unnoticed but are really the stars of the show? Here Deon Estus plays some seriously groovy bass in a session with George Michael that probably goes largely unnoticed by his fan-base. It really seems he has turned up to a different party and just wanted to do his own thing. and did it in a way that offers less as much, much more.

I gave up trying to pick it out by ear and found this great +Songsterr site which shows it exactly how it is done. Thanks guys!

http://www.songsterr.com/a/wsa/george-michael-freedom-90-bass-tab-s36397t0
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+Mike McLoughlin​ bass players, the backbone of any band... I will check this out later, when the boss isn't on my shoulder. 
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This cool addition to Android Lollipop via 5.1+ should hopefully reduce future theft numbers as it becomes pointless without the owner's credentials.  
 
You can set up your device to prevent other people from using it if it's been reset to factory settings without your permission. For example, if your device is lost, stolen, or wiped, only someone with your Google account or screen lock information can use the device.

If your device is running Android 5.1 or higher, the options listed on the support page show you what is possible. 

(This information applies only to devices running Android 5.1 or higher that came preinstalled with Android 5.0 or higher, such as Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.)

h/t +Mike McLoughlin 
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+Redwan Huq Ha! - Yes good point :-)
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One of the most surprising things about a recent visit to San Francisco was to see the enormous number of people sleeping rough. The climate there makes it a less miserable course of action for the homeless compared with the UK but it was still saddening. However, the Catholic Church seems not to share the same compassion.
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The excuses of the Catholic Church are pathetic. Some of the commentators are bizarre. They're arguments are basically:

It's okay to do this because they're ungrateful. We (Christians)  do so much for them and they won't do as they're told.

I often criticise the bigotry of the religious but I also have some friend who are religious.  I cannot think of any that would think this was okay.
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What a neat idea.
 
"Larry Page said to me, 'make sure you crash at least five of those test versions.' What he meant was... if you're not breaking your experimental equipment, at least some of the time, you could be learning faster. And I know he's right." — Astro Teller, GoogleX

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Google plans to fly an 84-foot wind turbine next month, according to Google X's Astro Teller, who spoke at SXSW today. Google's wind turbines don't look like the ones you might see along the...
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Google is learning how not to set over-high and over-public expectations of their experiments. The Sergey Brin era of over-selling ideas is over...
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The new Chromebook Pixel has landed

These specs are simply astounding. I particularly love the "Up to 12 hours battery life"

#fanboyclearly   #pixel2   #chromebookpixel  

https://store.google.com/product/chromebook_pixel_2015
Shop at the Google Store for Android phones and tablets, Chromebooks, Android Wear, Chromecast, Nest, plus a selection of accessories.
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+David Farrell that makes all the difference.
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Having twin daughters myself makes the thought of them having to live apart a little painful. (Something in my eye...)

This is the true story of twin sisters from China, found as babies in a box in 2003 and adopted by two separate sets of parents - one from California, the other from a Norwegian village.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b053pxdt/twin-sisters-a-world-apart
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Thanks +Jason T. Smith :-)
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A film from Argentina about bad decisions and their consequences.- and how easy it is for apparently small things to spiral out of control.

There are stories here that contain some quite unforgettable scenes ranging from road rage to a wedding nightmare. A lesson for us all, I think.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3011894/

H/T +Lynn McCarthy 
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+Mike McLoughlin Yeah, that. We're not all Duck Dynasty folks :-)
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Due to a recent Chromecast offer I decided to re-watch the clever chiller Babadook and it was even better second time around.

Films that start out as successful plays as this one has can often feel claustrophobic and that is certainly used to its fullest effect here. The protagonists are terribly trapped by painful events that happened years previously but which 'haunt' them daily. Or particularly at night.

The direction is spot on and ensures the everyday appears potentially sinister. Wonderful stuff.
 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2321549/
Directed by Jennifer Kent. With Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney. A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her ...
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It was already on my list after Mark Kermode's review, but it's gone up after your post. 
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Edit - This is not recommended as apparently it does not offer sufficient protection.
 
I learned something new today. You can utilise used strips of exposed film as perfect #eclipse  viewers. One of the benefits of working at an Art College. Should be used shiny side out, though.
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Guys - eye test done and all is ok, fortunately. I didn't go just for this but it gave me a little incentive :P
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An excellent guide written by +Vilmar Simson and +Scott Peachey - colleagues in the *Nexus Product Forum* (http://goo.gl/Z5Gm7q). Please pop over there if you need any help with your Nexus device.

Thanks +Paul Wilcox 
 
In January +Scott Peachey  and I made a guide explaining how Interruptions worked on +Android 5.0 because there was so much confusion about this new system. 

With the update to 5.1 we've updated the guide to reflect the changes that were made. 
We also improved the guide as it contained some minor errors we did not noticed.

Android engineer +Adam Powell said the following in another post regarding the Interruptions system.

There will probably be more info added. 5.1 already makes this clearer than in the initial release and things like, "until next alarm" reflect the ongoing refinement.

A big part of this is that a great many people use alarms for recurring reminders, not for waking up. Things like pills that need to be taken within an hour or so of the same time every day, or a weekly reminder to put the trash out. Then life happens; even though you've accounted for the thing it reminds you to do in advance you go to a theater, a funeral, a special session for a class or an important meeting where it's really important that your phone not suddenly start making loud noises. If it does it can have the same level of social consequences as oversleeping.

Hopefully you will enjoy this guide and give us feedback.

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Interruption/priority mode explainedAndroid OS “Interruptions” guide (Written by Scott Peachy and Vilmar Simson) With the release of Android 5.0 Google introduced a new system that replaced the way we used to silence our devices. If you like a general overview of this please visit the Help Center article. (With the release of Androi
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This is a great write up, helpful too as I haven't had time to play with it.

I especially like that alarms are respected, by their very nature of if it's an alarm: I obviously want to be interrupted or would disable the alarm itself.

Likewise that it should be a lot more consistent and usable than Samsung's "Blocking Mode" feature.
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Anyone else noticed their Google security check bonus has arrived?
https://www.google.com/settings/storage
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Can't ever go wrong with extra storage! I'm glad to have it even if I don't need it right now. Plus, it's permanent!
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