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Wanna work for Ars?
We're hiring! Come be my partner in crime! =D

Edit: NYC is a requirement because 1) You'd probably be frequently doing stuff at Ars headquarters (One World Trade Center), and 2) NYC is where all the product launches are. 
We're expanding the reviews team, and if you love tech in the city, we need you!
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true that, sorry! i didn't know if you AP guys liked that freedom to be able to live wherever you wanted in the country. But yeah, I think I'd miss my coworkers if I had a totally online job that involved me only seeing them rarely.
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The Googliest Podcast
I meant to say this when I posted the Android Auto review (it's here if you didn't read it yet http://trib.al/ojVPtKA ), but thanks to +Chet Haase and +Tor Norbye for doing the awesome "Android Developers Backstage" podcast. http://androidbackstage.blogspot.com/

It's Googlers interviewing other Googlers about Android. A lot of info in the review came from the Android Auto episode with +Gabriel Peal (also thanks!). A really great resource.
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There were no ground rules when I went on. But that doesn't make for good FUD to spread so I WAS CENSORED DRING MY INTERVIEW CONSPIRACY CONSPIRACY CONSPIRACY DRIVE GOOGLE+ ENGAGEMENT. You're welcome +Jake Weisz​.
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Here's yesterday's TWiG episode with +Kevin Tofel +Leo Laporte and meeeee. It was fun!
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+Ron Amadeo The marketing mumbo jumbo is definitely strong on this one ;) I wish Google would just be open about such things, it's not like they have a whole lot to hide here... The baseband is closed software anyways (which is bad enough in itself)
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Why you need comments
I swear The Verge turned off comments because they were tired of getting yelled at for screwing up posts like this.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/22/9013455/sony-android-concept-xperia-z3-software-preview

"The goal, says Sony, is to develop new software "from the ground up," meaning no Google Play Services or superfluous apps, just the core Google communications software and Sony's stack of custom apps like Camera, Music, and Xperia Lounge."

The second half of this sentence contradicts the first. You can't have Google apps without Google Play Services—they wouldn't work. Also releasing Android without Google Play Services would be in violation of the "anti-fragmentation clause" in their MADA contract and Google would pull their Google Play license.  

They don't even link to the actual Sony blog post so people can get the correct information. (it's here: http://blogs.sonymobile.com/2015/07/22/launching-sonys-concept-for-android-initiative-in-sweden/ )

IF The Verge had comments turned on, this post would be getting ripped to shreds. Now they can misinform people in peace. 
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iVerge just hires any hipster with a Macbook to write their poorly written and unprofessional articles for them. They are the Fox News of tech journalism.
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Custom place names in Google Maps

YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!
THEY DID IT. They finally did it. CUSTOM PLACE NAMES. 

Pick a spot on the map, type in a name, name shows up on map.

No doubt years of research hundreds of millions of dollars have gone into this incredible technology. What a time to be alive!  =D

For now this is Android-only but PLEASE +ME IF you have the new timeline on desktop. I want to know if 1) you can add custom place names there also and 2) if custom names added on Android show up on the desktop map once you have the new timeline. For me (old location history) they do not.
The new "Timeline" feature contains a convoluted way to name points on the map.
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太好了,终于可以自己定义了!
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Android M II: The Previewening
YES the home screen will respect auto rotate now. And you don't need a crazy hack for battery percentage. Lots of good stuff. 
There's a new app drawer, a horizontal home screen, and lots of status bar options.
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STOOOOKED about being about to remove nonsense like the NFC logo and upcoming Alarm from the status bar. I wonder if it will allow Verizon customers to hide the 4G LTE icon.
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Some hidden stuff in Android Auto.
The Android Auto app hides a plethora of and find hidden interfaces and car sensors.
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Great spot on TNT! Curious to see how it all comes together. You're so adorables! Hope you get that self-driving car! ^.*
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8500 words about Android Auto

I got to spend a week with an Android Auto car!

I'm really proud of this one. It's got in-depth information about how Android Auto works and where the software lives. Direct-capture screenshots instead of crappy camera images of an LCD, and specs and information about the stock Hyundai infotainment system.

Would you believe Hyundai shipped a car that runs Gingerbread in 2015?
The occasional frustration still beats the very low bar set by car manufacturers.
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I'll be on This Week In Google with +Leo Laporte and +Kevin Tofel today. 4:00pm Eastern / 1:00pm Pacific / 20:00 UTC 

https://twit.tv/live
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Hell to the YES!
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Much easier way to make a custom place name in Google Maps

You know that whole article I wrote on Ars Technica about how to make a custom place name in Google Maps through the timeline? Screw that. Just press on the map so a place card comes up, hit the overflow button, and press "edit name." You'll jump right to the text field!

Thanks to +Zach Maier for pointing this out. (He works on Google Maps though and that's totally cheating.) =D
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+Zach Maier getting the option of "edit name" now on all places. Maybe a restart did the trick. Thanks for the update. Can anybody help:
(1) how to find a place saved in "My Maps". It is neither appearing in the search results in My Maps app nor the Google Maps app (layer is of course turned on).
(2) how to transfer the places saved in a map created in "My Maps" to Google Maps as a dropped pin and the same nickname?
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If you're wondering about this Google Beacon stuff I wrote like a million words about it. 
Google's cross-platform standard combines the best of iBeacon and The Physical Web.
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Google will come up with some way to be spam-proof for Eddystone - yet they will have the date.
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Android M: Inspired by Android 0.5?
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+Ritish Oemraw Given all the predictive stuff Google is willing to do with Google Now, the sky's the limit for how complicated it could be. We really have no idea how complicated it actually is, though. 
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