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Less than 5 hours on battery and it was almost dead. Hardly even used it. I feel like the battery life on this thing is getting worse and worse. Meanwhile, my wife's iPhone just keeps going strong all day...
Also this is actually an S4, sorry. 
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It seems good to me, it can compete with newer phone. 😕
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Hey, +Jeri Ryan you're in this!
 
‘Hall of Heroes’, Illustrations of 80 Famous Female Characters From Films and Television
Scott Park, the Toronto-based illustrator about whose work we've written in the past, recently unveiled "Hall of Heroes," (larger) his latest creation that depicts, in Park's words, "80 of the most...
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+Joel Baltrus please show this to your wife, but warn her that it may hurt to laugh.
 
My new favorite gif: ))
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Brilliant!!
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A few weeks ago, #Google  made a really big - and long-awaited - update to the #Hangouts  app. Namely, #GoogleVoice  integration was finally included. Also, the new Hangouts Dialer app was introduced, allowing Hangouts to finally make voice calls. This is a huge step forward for the Google Voice world. Many of us "power" GV users have been waiting a long time to see any updates to the GV app.

The updated Hangouts app has the following abilities now...
• Send/Receive phone calls made to/from your Google Voice number.
• Send/Receive SMS messages made to/from both your Google Voice number AND your native carrier phone number.
• Send/Receive MMS messages, but in a unique way that is still not as good as normal MMS messages work via the native messing app.

So, after this update came out, I quickly jumped in. I installed the updated Hangouts app and the new Dialer app. I opted in to integrate my Google Voice messages into the Hangouts app. And I started using the Hangouts Dialer to make calls with my GV number. I grew accustomed to the new way of doing things, and saw no need to keep the old forsaken GV app, and uninstalled it from my phone.

That's when I noticed a couple of odd occurrences.
1. Whenever I received calls to my GV number, the call would ring to both the Hangouts app AND the native phone, at the same time. Two notifications happening at the same time. This never, ever happened with the old Google Voice app.
2. Whenever I was on a GV call using the Hangouts app, the call would get dropped if my data connection dropped or changed. This would happen if I started the call while connected to WiFi, but then walked out of range and the phone kicked over to Mobile Data connection. The call would drop as soon as the WiFi signal was lost. This never, ever happened with the old Google Voice app.

So what was going on? I was so excited about the new fancy Hangouts thing, but it was getting frustrating dealing with the duplicate ringer notifications, and the calls dropping was infuriating, especially if I happened to be in a spot where the WiFi signal was present, but weak, so it would keep toggling on/off sporadically as I moved around. I could be really proactive when making calls, by turning off the WiFi and only using the Mobile Data. But if I received a call while using WiFi, I couldn't do that.

Finally, I figured out what was happening...
It turns out that the Hangouts Dialer makes all of its calls as VOIP over a data connection - either WiFi or Mobile Data - but it will not (in fact, it CAN NOT) make calls without a data connection. It does not use the phone's carrier signal for calls. The old Google Voice app, as cantankerous and left-to-rot as it seemed, did use the phone's carrier. This is a huge difference in the two apps. This explains why my calls never dropped when I was using the old GV app. It didn't matter whether my data connection was present or not, because it was simply forwarding the call through my native carrier as a true "voice" call, and not as a VOIP call.

Unfortunately, this is not something that Google has been very clear about...at all. I'm not trying to insinuate that that this was purposeful deception, but just that they have not made it obvious that Hangouts is totally reliant on a data connection, and therefore calls will drop if that connection is lost. The big headline is "HANGOUTS NOW HANDLES GOOGLE VOICE CALLING!!!" but the fine print is that it's VOIP and not true "Voice" calling.

Regarding the double call notifications...
Because the Hangouts app receives calls as a data packet, it does not even use the carrier. Therefore, you no longer need to have GV forward calls to your phone's native number. But you probably did have it doing that when you were using the old GV app. So it is simultaneously sending the call over data to the Hangouts app AND it is also forwarding the call to your phone.
The simple fix for this is to go to the Google Voice web page (yeah, on the internet, not in the app), and in the Settings area, un-check the box next to your phone so that calls will no longer be forwarded to that number. The call will still be sent via data to the Hangouts app, so it will still ring there.

So, here's all the stuff I had to do to get my system back to the way I liked it.

To send/receive GV SMS messages in the Hangouts app:
• In the Hangouts app, go to Settings > your account > Google Voice > Messages - Show SMS & voicemail in Hangouts, and check this box.

You can also make Hangouts send/receive your carrier SMS messages if you want to. That's found in Settings > SMS.

To send/receive GV calls using the native carrier and NOT the data connection:
• In the Hangouts app, go to Settings > your account > Google Voice > Incoming Phone Calls, and un-check this box.
• In the Google Voice app, go to Settings > Making Calls, and choose how you want calls to be made - either by the native number, your GV number, or to ask you every time.
I still sometimes use my native number to call certain contacts, so I opted to have it prompt me every time a call is made.
• In the Google Voice web page settings, make sure that the box next to your phone is checked so that calls are forwarded to your phone, since you won't be receiving them thru the Hangouts app.

Now, when you want to make a call using your GV number, but not be dependent on a data connection, you can. The beauty of this setup is that you can still choose to use the data connection if you want to, and simply use the Hangouts Dialer to make the call.

I think if they were to update Hangouts to have the option of using the carrier signal instead of a data connection, that would be a really great step in the right direction.

#WiFi   #MobileData   #Carrier   #Google   #Voice   #GoogleVoice   #Hangouts   #GoogleHangouts   #HangoutsDialer   #droppedcalls
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Too fast, and too messy. Could have been really cool, but it just comes across as hurried and sloppy, to me. What do YOU think?
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Shake, rattle, and peel.
Peeling hard-boiled eggs can be nightmare if you don't cook them right or try to pick off the shell piece by tiny piece. A quick shake in a partially water-filled glass can do the deed cleanly in a matter of seconds.
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Awesome. If only I had a use for this...and also better lick-playing chops...and the money to buy it...and the time to play with it...
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I think Russel Brand could teach a Master Class in "Word Sneak." He absolutely crushed it, especially compared to Jimmy.
 
Jimmy and Russell Brand face off in one of our wildest games of Word Sneak yet!

WATCH: Word Sneak with Russell Brand
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Now that's what I call hustle.
 
Throwback Thursday: James O'Connor with sublime try-saving tackle

It's #ThrowbackThursday  and Australia v Ireland in Rugby World Cup 2011. 

Tommy Bowe latches onto a loose pass from Quade Cooper and streaks away for what looks like a certain try, only to be thwarted by a darting run from James O'Connor. Thrilling stuff.

#Rugby   #Wallabies  
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I have a few different profiles set up based on my location (work, home, etc.) using Wifi Near state. They have been working really well for a year or so, but in the past few days I've noticed that they don't seem to be triggering much of the time (but sometimes they work just fine). I've checked to make sure they're on, and I've manually triggered them to make sure they still work, and both are good. I just don't know why they're not triggering automatically like they were.
Any help?

One of my profiles is:
AT HOME:
State: WiFi Near
Enter Task: Profile Home
Exit Task: Profile Data

"Profile Home" task does this (plus some other unimportant stuff):
• Set WiFi = ON
• Set Mobile Data = OFF
• Set Ringer Volume = 5
• Flash "HOME Profile Engaged"

When I leave the house, it should automatically set the profile back to "Data", which sets WiFi OFF, Mobile Data ON, etc.

Like I said, these have been working well for a while now, and just recently they've begun to be less reliable. Could it be a bug in a recent update?
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+Marco Janssen I'll have to give that a shot!
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Yes, THE Montana Fox...
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I love Jesus, my wife, my son, and music. I also love trying new things, especially foods. And yes, I love Technology...
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• I play several different musical instruments. None of them to any spectacular degree of excellence, but still... • I haven't read a single word of any of the Harry Potter books. • I was named after Joe Montana, and would love to meet him one day.
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Computer Analyst (nerd) Mon-Fri, Worship Leader 24x7
My wife an I were on our honeymoon, and asked some of the locals what some of the best places were to have a nice dinner. One girl told us The Bull Shed was the best place in town, and we should definitely go there. When we asked how to get there, her instructions ended with the phrase "you can't miss it." Well, after missing it several times, we finally found the place tucked back where no out-of-towners will easily find it. We were a little puzzled even from the parking lot. This is the fancy restaurant the girl had raved about? Well, ok. So we went inside, and were further unimpressed. It was dark and woody, but not in a cozy or romantic way. More like the way I think of my grandparents' den. After being seated next to a window near the ocean (this might have been a nice view, except it was after dark and a bit rainy, so nothing to see - not their fault, of course), our waiter arrived. He was an interesting fellow, to put it politely. Something was just a bit off somehow, but we couldn't tell exactly what. After getting our drink and food orders, he disappeared, and we sat there sort of laughing under our breath at this "fancy, romantic restaurant". Our starter salads came, and he disappeared again. The salads were, um, not good. It was like someone had lazily chopped some iceberg lettuce, tossed a couple of carrot shreds and some sort of weird dressing on it, and said "Voila!". Not impressive, whatsoever, but hey, it's a starter salad. I hope my steak is as good as I've heard it would be. So we wait, and wait...and wait. No sign of our server. I mean NO SIGN. We didn't even see him at other tables, or do anything, anywhere. Eventually, another server came over, and proceeded to ask us what our orders had been, with no explanation of why she was asking or anything. We asked what happened to our other server (not that we were missing him or anything), and her response was very awkward. "Oh, Mitch (or whatever his name was)? He's...he had to...um, he's not here anymore." ...Okay... So after giving her the same orders we had already given him, and waiting again for our food, we finally got it. Let me just sum this part of the experience up by saying it was lackluster at best. I have had fancier meals at Sizzler. But surely, after the whole whatever-it-was-that-happened-to-our-other-server thing happened, and having to wait not once but twice for our meals, they would apologize, or maybe even comp our meal or something? Nope. Full price charged. Not a shining moment in our honeymoon experience. But hey, who knows? It's been a couple of years since then. You may love it. Our experience, though, was that the last two letters in Bull Shed were typos. :P Oh, and I don't have any way of knowing, but I always had a feeling something bad happened to Mitch, like he was abducted right in the middle of his shift because of some gambling debts or something. I don't know. Maybe he just got sick and had to go home.
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Try to get a bone-in filet if they have it. Krazy good!
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We ordered several items to share with some friends. EVERY last one of them was great! I loved the ceviche. The people working in the shop were very friendly and helpful, too. Loved our first time here, and we'll definitely go again. And again.
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Expensive, but GOOD! Ribs appetizer was ridiculously tasty!
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