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Olly Benson
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Hello London #nhstform trainees!

+Gmail Contacts rant: I discover as I do my Christmas cards that Google Contacts now has "enhanced" its search, so that rather than showing you contact names from your list of contacts (eg the people you know and manually added) it will show you names of people who have Google+ accounts, whether you know them or not.  So, for example, when I try to find my aunt, who does not have a Google+ account, instead I get a list of people in the US who share her name. Please tell me there is a way to turn off this "enhancement"...
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Today's Google doesn't know it's arse-from-elbow. I have a Google Chromebook.  I have a Google Chromecast.  I can cast my Chrome window from my Chromebook to my Chromecast.  I have some pictures that I uploaded from an external camera via my Chromebook into my Google+ Photos (impressed how seamless this was).  I then went to show these pictures to family on the Chromecast.  Got to the Chrome page where the pictures are, and instead of showing them on the Chromecast, it comes up with a nice message telling me how with Google+ I can view images through my Chromecast.  Thanks; that's what I was trying to do.  'Select an image to view'.  I click on an individual image on my Chromebook.  Same message.  Absolutely no way to cast my Google+ images from my Chromebook as far as I can see.
It works well from my Android Nexus 5 phone thou.
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Just got a shiny (well matt black) new Dell Chromebook. Any ideas how to switch 2-step authentication on for it? Asked me for it on initial login and now doesn't require it. Seems bizarre that Google is pushing people to use it and yet doesn't seem to allow you to even make use of it on their own OS. One for James Cridland (Media UK) 
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This is definitely worth the 25 minutes it took to read it. So much so I've posted it on Google+
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The odometer on our plane was a little out...
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Trip to the NBA at The o2. Saw some basketball (New York Mets vs Atlanta Hawks) and also Paul McCartney.
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Basketball at the o2 - January 2014
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Can someone explain the rationale for this?  Here is a link to a BBC.com story that I saw promoted on LinkedIn.  If I click on it in the UK, however, I get a page that explains that this page is not available in the UK, because it is run by BBC Worldwide and funded through advertising not the licence fee.
That might be so, but there is plenty of BBC Worldwide content that is available to me in the UK, funded by advertising rather than the licence fee: BBC Good Food, Top Gear website etc.  At the bottom of these pages it clearly explains that this is ad-funded rather than licence fee material.
Why not do the same for this BBC.com material rather than hide it altogether?  Seems a waste of some great content...
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The only A&E department I've ever been a patient in, and one I spent two days filming in for TheSite.org. Fascinating article...
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