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I would have thought it would be as simple as, I don't know, not programing them to do anything that would be dumb. If there is no switch to switch on or off in the programing, it won't happen.
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I just got the initial formatting copy of The Crooked City back and was testing it in Google Play Books. This is what the app does when you reach the last page, which for some reason I found quite amusing. Because yes, Google. I did finish (writing) the book. 
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I love Elixir 2 widgets so much. It's one of the first things I install on any device. 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bartat.android.elixir.widget
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+Ryan Whitwam What icons are you using on those?
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So, I find myself strangely taken with the Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner. Yeah, it's not perfect, of course. I wish it was more like the iPhone implementation where you could just touch the button rather than swipe, but it's still neat. 

I've found that by angling your finger a few times while teaching the device your print, it gets better at off-axis detection. So you still have to swipe more or less straight down, but the finger tip doesn't have to be aligned perfectly. I find I get the print to read nine time out of ten, which is probably a little better than the success rate I have with inputting my pattern correctly. 

It's not a make or break feature, but kind of fun to play with. 
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Yes, but it's so hard to use one handed! Especially for me and my tiny hands. I like the iPhone 5S's implementation way better; just hold it there and wait.
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And so it begins. 
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+Ryan Whitwam Ah, right. The end all of that. Of course, I'm VZW, so that option is still unavailable to me as far as they are concerned. Alas, I await the Note4 or whatever LG throws at us this year after I/O because I'm sure Hell will freeze over before VZW supports another Sony phone anytime soon (they don't even list them as a brand on the site now). 
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The jury is still out on the +OnePlus One being a good phone or a mess. I'm somewhat encouraged by what I've seen so far -- seems much better than the last +Cyanogen Inc. phone. However, OnePlus continues to have the most boneheaded marketing I've ever seen. HTC's Robert Downey Jr. ads were revelatory breakthroughs in the art of advertising compared to what OnePlus is up to.

The latest twist is that 100 lucky winners of the "Smash the Past" contest will get to buy a OnePlus One for just $1 in exchange for smashing their current phones. Yeah, just go ahead and break that expensive piece of technology instead of doing something useful with it. Sweet.

I cringe every time I see a drop test video, and this may actually be worse. It's just so wasteful to destroy a phone, even if you don't want it anymore. Charities will happily accept used phones and put them to use or recycle. There are also people who need reliable communication, but can't afford it, and here we are smashing smartphones to get other smartphones. It's fucking ridiculous.

No doubt most of the winners are going to so thoroughly annihilate their phones that they won't even be usable for parts. They're just going to be thrown away instead of being recycled. Yay for nonrenewable resources. Yeah, it's only 100 phones, but it's a shitty example to set.

It would have been an immeasurably better idea to have the winners donate their old phones to charity. They could have called it "Pass On the Past." See? Even the name is better. But no, OnePlus is all super-aggressive (Never Settle!) and allowing another OEM's phone to survive would count as settling. They still have a day to realize how wasteful and stupid this is. Fingers crossed they do.

Edit: I should point out my opinions on this do not necessary represent those of my employers.

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Completely agree, makes more business sense to donate or even sale and give proceeds to charity, would have been incrementally more profitable in the long haul.
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This is nonsense. I have never trusted this company would launch a phone in a timely manner, and now I'm feeling even more convinced. Invites to buy a phone? Give me a break. Yeah, let me go beg on a forum for an invite so I can buy a phone.

At least people are calling them out for this bunk. 
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The outrageous part of this is that they insist to people who want to buy their product that this is easier or better than just ordering it.
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This is a complete non sequitur. Just holy shit that's an adorable chipmunk. 

Or optional subtitle: Arg, I forgot to file my taxes. 
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We rescued a Chipmunk and kept him as a pet for a few weeks until he recovered. He was super cute.
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Galaxy S5 sunset with HDR. 
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You can keep the phone, I'd rather have that view lol.
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  • Android Police
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Freelance tech/science writer and lover of all things electronic. Android expert of sorts. Skeptic. Lover of the em dash and defender of the Oxford comma. I currently write for ExtremeTech, Android Police, Geek.com, Tested.com, and PCMag's AppScout.
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