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That moment u prepare for a run & have:
- Garmin HR monitor on ur chest
- Fitbit One on ur sports bra
- G Watch R on ur left wrist
- Backbeat Fit on ur ears
- Amiigo & Garmin Vivoactive on ur right wrist
- Amiigo clip on ur shoes
No such thing as too many gadgets!
... Or is there?
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bonsoir je espere que vous  allez bien
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I just realized that I have mentioned Chuck, Happy Endings, Downton Abbey, and Archer in Android Police posts so far.
Let it be known that we watch stuff other than GoT and know more characters than Hodor, even if +Artem Russakovskii​ would like you to think otherwise
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YAY, not GoT!
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Challenge Unlocked: Have my face all over AndroidPolice's homepage :)
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Rita i realise I'm the only person with a 2014 Moto X in Lebanon... I'm also a fan of AP, if you need to review or check something on this moto for your work, i would be more than happy to help.
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I'm trying to do roundups more frequently on AP. This is one of them, and it's cool.
 
Some cool apps there if you love listening to your tunes
A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you a selection of lesser known music players for locally stored media that had some special powers and functions. How... by Rita El Khoury in Applications, News, Roundups, Videos
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Still laughing at "catslock" and "pussyssion"
 
I cat tell you how much fun I had writing this post :')
You're not alone. We all feel the catrocious weight of our daily grind, from early meowning until late evening, and by the time the clock st... by Rita El Khoury in Android Wear, Applications, News
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ithappened.gif ! While I was sound asleep too.
 
Get your itshappening gifs ready!
Okay, so this isn't the GTKA post you've been expecting - that one's still in progress. This post, Getting to Know Android Police, will introduce you... by Liam Spradlin in News
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#G4Landed* G4 Launch in Istanbul - Part 1 - Quick thoughts*

There's little doubt that LG has a lot to ride on the success of its 2015 flagship. Following up after the positive feedback that the G2 and G3 garnered in previous years wasn't meant to be easy, especially when you look at the current landscape of the mobile market. 

When the G3 launched in 2014, it mainly had the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5S to compete against, the first being an iterative design and device in all aspects, and the second catering to a different clientele altogether (and still carrying the disadvantage of its smaller screen). In 2015, the G4 is launching in a very different market. Samsung surprised everyone - even itself, it seems - with a significantly improved Galaxy S6 (processor, storage, design, build quality, Android skin), and Apple went big, literally, with its iPhone 6 and 6Plus.

So when the competition is leaping forward, you have to do the same to keep your competitive edge, otherwise, even if you started ahead in the first place, you risk losing ground, getting caught, or worse yet, being left behind.

In the camera, the G4 manages to one-up the G3. In the display and battery life, it fixes the G3's issues. In the MicroSD and removable battery, by not changing anything, LG gets the bragging rights for what has now become a differentiating feature. And in the processor, LG is carrying the weight of Qualcomm's failure to produce a competitive high-end processor for this generation of high-end devices.

The G4, in my personal opinion, is LG's iterative revision of the G3. It's the equivalent of the "S" year for Apple. It takes a design and an execution that are tested and approved, and tries to slightly improve where it can. It's a recipe that already worked that is being used for the second time. But companies need these "break" years because there isn't enough time to develop an entirely new device and experience every 12 months. Besides, the novelties introduced need that extra year to be mature enough.

As badly needed as this iteration is, it's hard for hardcore Android users like us to be excited or impressed by what is essentially the second version of the same phone. But there are still upsides, and there are still cool little things here and there that manage to surprise us.

In the next few posts, I will share my personal hands-on impressions with the G4, a few photos taken by the device, and will compare it to the G3 side-by-side.
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Good analysis. I'm looking forward to seeing how the G4 stacks against the S6.
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Downloading this version of Gmail through this version of the Play Store counts as breaking the time-space continuum, right?
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The Lollipop Do Not Disturb (no Silent mode) conundrum and how I solved it.

The problem

I'm used to having my phone completely silent, no vibrations, and my Android Wear watch vibrates to all notifications (aside from a few exceptions I removed through the Wear companion app). That's what works best when I'm at the pharmacy: my patients aren't disturbed by the noises and only I can tell if I've received something new and if I should tend to it immediately. When my G3 got updated to Lollipop, that simply wasn't possible anymore:

1. If I set my phone to Do Not Disturb, I would stop receiving notifications on my phone but also on my watch. I wouldn't be able to set alarms, and given that I set my sound profile once and forget about it (I don't want to disable and enable modes every night for eg), I'd end up missing a lot of stuff. Setting up app exceptions and Priorities is simply a no-go, because I frequently install and uninstall apps so I'd definitely forget to add the new ones to their relevant lists.

2. Setting the phone to Sound and using the Wear companion app to "mute connected phone" didn't work like it used to on KitKat. The phone wasn't muted, and all calls and notifications played loudly. If Google fixes this to really work, I'd use this setup in a heartbeat. But for now, I can't.

3. If I set my phone to Vibrate Only, which is a pseudo silent mode, and lowered the vibration levels to zero, I'd achieve 90% of my goal. No notification or phone call sound, alarms still work, watch vibrates for everything, etc. Except for two things. One, the fugly as ass vibrate icon in the top bar shows up all the time. Two, if I mistakenly raise the volume on my phone, it will ring the next time I receive anything (which might be the middle of the night) despite setting the watch to "mute connected phone." I was using this setting until a few too many mistaken volume raises started annoying me to tears.

The solution:

As stupidly simple as it was, I grabbed a silent ringtone mp3 file. Google it, you'll find many. I put it in the Ringtones and Notifications storage of my G3, set them up as the default notification and ringtone sounds in my G3's Settings. I kept the phone's volume regular, and completely lowered the vibration levels, and didn't change anything else.

Result: my phone doesn't play any sound, my watch gets all the notifications, no annoying icons on the phone's top bar or on the watch, no mistaken presses could change any of that, alarms still ring, and everything is peachy.

All of this to solve a problem that shouldn't exist in the first place. Silent mode, we've had it for decades dammit Google! ARGHHHHHHH.
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+Jens Knutson I've heard many people mention that it doesn't. Not sure what the hold up is there.
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I just read "stoke their excitement" as "stroke their excitement" and started wondering if I was on AndroidPolice or some other kind of site...
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Updating my running music playlist "Go Go Go." Can't wait to test it out tomorrow :)
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+Rita El Khoury​ thank you for the insight. These are the points that I have to take into account.
I think play music will suit me best.

Offline option is a major requirement for me too. 
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Pharmacist by profession, Geek by Passion. Panacea Pharmacy owner and manager. Android Police editor.
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  • AndroidPolice
    Editor, 2014 - present
  • Panacea Pharmacy
    Owner, Managing Pharmacist, 2011 - present
  • AndroidBeat.com
    Editor, 2014 - 2014
  • FoneArena
    Editor, International Correspondent, 2008 - 2012
  • Android.AppStorm
    Editor, 2011 - 2013
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Beirut, Lebanon
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Beirut, Lebanon - Paris, France
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Pharmacist, Amateur Writer & Poet, Online Journalist, Tech Enthusiast
Introduction
I’m a graduated pharmacist with a Masters in Genetics and Biotechnology from Paris 7 University, currently established in Lebanon where I’ve opened my own pharmacy: Panacea Pharmacy.

My other occupations range from writing poetry and literature, to goofing around, watching movies, inventing fast-and-delicious recipes, and constantly listening to music.

I have always been enthusiastic about technologies, and am known in my surroundings as the go-to tech support person. I joined the mobile scene in 2006 when I started my first blog as Dotsisx, a nickname I was and still am known by in the Symbian scene. In December 2007, I joined Symbian-Guru and was an Editor until July 2010 when it was closed. I have also contributed to FoneArena, co-founded MobileRnR, and was the editor of Android.AppStorm for 16 months.
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Once interviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Can solve a Rubik's Cube. Knows how to drive with both feet. Fluent in three languages, and once tried to learn Japanese.
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  • Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon
    PharmD, 2003 - 2008
  • Paris Diderot, Paris, France
    Masters In Research, 2008 - 2009
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Their chicken satay was awesome, the sorbet was light and delicious, and the entire interactive table experience has to be tried. Stumbled on this via Google Maps, don't regret coming in.
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