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Siamak Masnavi
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(full-time) software developer and (part-time) journalist
  • University of British Columbia (Canada)
    Computer Science, 1982 - 1986
  • Port Moody Senior Secondary
    1984 - 1986
  • Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London (United Kingdom)
    Computer Science, 1986 - 1992


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Google Photos is Gmail for your images and +Google+  is pretty much alive & kicking says +Bradley Horowitz VP of Streams, Photos & Sharing at Google.
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An excellent idea: Give school kids stand-up desks

I use one now. On all of my shows or segments (video or radio) I am standing at my desk. I have a bar stool for times when I am tired. There is a period of adjustment but if you have to be at a computer for hours a day, standing is better than sitting.

(You don't need a fancy, expensive set-up. Just get some bed risers and stick them under your desk legs. You'll have a stand-up desk for less than $10. Get a bar stool for when you're breaking into it or just feeling lazy.)
4th graders and some 1st graders at an elementary school in San Rafael are using standing desks and it seems to be helping the students to maintain focus and dissipate excess energy.
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Use this, pass this on and share it with someone who may be new to Google Plus who could use this info. 

#GooglePlusTips   #GooglePlus  
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Worth watching if you have any interest in Xiaomi.

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I'm sad, but yeah, Google Now on Tap isn't happening until M release, according to Google. Bummer, I was really excited to play with it. 
Among all the interesting tweaks to Android M, the new Google Now on Tap feature has the potential to be the most revolutionary. We won't know for sure unt... by Ryan Whitwam in Android "M", News
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Sony Xperia Z3 Comes of Age

It's my third try with the Z3. There just seemed to be something missing before. Something not-quite-right. Couldn't put my finger on it, but now I've realised what the missing ingredient is. Lollipop! Yes - the device is transformed with the Lollipop look and feel, the redesigned icon-set, the even-closer-to-Vanilla Android experience and UI.

Don't get me wrong - the Sony software is all still there, as are the invitations to Come Play with Sony. To buy your media via their stores and services rather than Google's. But they're so easily dismissed, shuffled aside and ditched for the experienced user who doesn't want to see them now. Even the upwards-swipe to get to Google Now no longer has Sony's 'What's New' force-added.

More of the (few) installed-at-factory apps are completely removable now - whereas before, some had to be Force Closed and Disabled instead to get rid. But it seems like Sony have, at last, embraced Google and Android and realised how they can actually enhance the user experience by getting onboard with the core principles, much like Motorola did.

Unlike Motorola though (apart from Nexus 6), the Z3 has some serious hardware benefits. 3GB of RAM makes sure that nothing ever lags. You might think that the Snapdragon 801 processor leaves it behind in 2015, but it really doesn't. Across the UI, it's like lightning. MicroSD Card and Nano-SIM keep it bang up to date and the speakers - WOW! Has the upgrade to Lollipop done something to them? With the Sony enhancements in Settings for sound turned on, I swear it's louder and better quality than my HTC One (M8) - and that's a new benchmark if I'm not wrong and don't have wonky hearing.

The build quality is lovely. Metals and glass all round - serious quality and lovely to use and hold. And a hardware shutter-release into the bargain! Battery life I'm finding to be superb, with the 3100mAh Lith-Pol and plumping for Adaptive. Regular readers and listeners will know that I have a love affair with Qi chargers which is only surpassed by my relationship with Nexus! So, flappy-flap Sony waterproofing flaps far too much of an annoyance, I went to find a magnetic dock which actually works properly and well and found one. Previously I'd used the Official Sony one and it's always been rubbish! This Kosee one from Amazon - - is superb. Case on or off, there's a floating 'platform' that moves back and forward depending on what thickness is present based on case. I guess there will be a limit, but for my Cruzerlite Bugdroid it works like a treat. I ordered a second!

As regular listeners of +PhonesShow Chat with myself and +Steve Litchfield will know, it's Steve who checks out the cameras as my expectations are low and I have a DSLR if I want to take serious photos. Steve holds out for ultimate convergence, so it seems that the Sony camera experience is not good enough (yet). My photos are almost all heading for Google Photos/G+ so I don't really care - it's well good enough for that!

With the Google Now Launcher and Google Keyboard installed, it's not very far off the lovely Vanilla experience of my Nexus devices. Of course, it's not quite as small as the Nexus 5. It has speaker-space top and bottom and a 5.2" screen, so it is taller, but much like the HTC One series, this feels like a good payoff. It's not too big. It's not 5.5" and above, in which bracket devices do suddenly feel like they're not phones.

So - who needs a Z4? Based on this experience with Lollipop onboard, I can't see how they could improve it (except perhaps Qi charging!). Lollipop has transformed this experience for this user and plugged the gap which I couldn't quite nail. I hope Z3Compact users get the same leg-up.
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The second-generation Chromebook Pixel is launching in the UK this month and will be available on April 21. Prices start from £799 for the Intel Core i5 version. What's more is Currys PC World is partnering up with Google to offer the new laptops, which will also be available online on the Google Store. As noted above, pricing for the entry model will set you back by £799, while...
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Android apps on EVERYTHING
That the (Android) App Runtime for Chrome now supports Google Play Services is a HUGE deal. Soon the sales pitch will be "write an Android app and it will run on Windows, Mac, and Linux, too!"—it will be a universal runtime.

I screwed around with ARC a bit and found out it's based on Android 4.4 (and Dalvik) I also tried some stupid stuff like running Nova Launcher on it. =P 

I imagine at some point the Chrome Web Store dies, is replaced by the Play Store, and Android apps just run on everything, automatically. For now though, baby steps.

And wow, I've been writing about this "Native Client as a universal runtime" stuff for 3 years now. It's going to happen at some point! Play Services is a big step forward.
"App Runtime for Chrome" takes a big step toward making Android a universal binary.
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Saw a post (now deleted) about a watch that was rated for 30M being acceptable for swimming. Presumably because the author assumed that 30M meant the depth you can swim with it at? Or that because it was rated for 30M surely you can swim with it. The watch in question, the new Pebble, is rated at 30M or 3ATM.

Stop. Right now. This is where you get to learn about water resistance ratings.

10 Meters, 33 Feet, 1 ATM
A watch with this resistance level is protected against accidental exposure to water; for example, splashes, perspiration or accidental immersion. It should not be exposed to any water pressure.

30 Meters, 100 Feet, 3 ATM
This level will easily withstand splashes or brief immersion in water, or getting caught in the rain. However, it is not sufficiently resistant for swimming or bathing.

50 Meters, 165 Feet, 5 ATM
A watch with this level of resistance is wearable around household sinks, while playing sports and while swimming in shallow water. Do not wear it while bathing, snorkeling or scuba diving.

100 Meters, 330 Feet, 10 ATM
This level of water resistance will allow a watch to be worn around household sinks, while playing sports and while swimming, poolside diving or snorkeling. Do not wear it while scuba diving

150 Meters, 500 Feet, 15 ATM
A watch with this resistance level is wearable around household sinks, while playing sports and while swimming or poolside diving. It is also suitable for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Just because a watch is rated for 30 meters, that doesn't mean you get to go swimming with it. Not in 1 meter, not in 30 meters. This is based off of standing water pressure. The second you start moving your hand around you're generating more pressure. You'd be surprised the amount of pressure your body is capable of generating under water by moving.

30M, or 3ATM, is not a sufficient rating for swimming. Period. Most phones are 1ATM, this watch is 3ATM, you need 5ATM to go swimming. It's a standard, there's no room for "but the company said" or "but what if". If it's rated 3ATM, it's not rated to withstand swimming. If you go swimming with a watch rated at 3ATM and you damage it you have no one to blame but yourself. This watch is rated to withstand splashes of water, rain, possibly a shower. 

Keep this in mind when buying anything you plan to wear in the ocean or anything else that's not more of a standing water than a pool: Oceans and such generate a lot of pressure on their own simply because the water is moving. Being rated to swim in shallow waters doesn't mean you can take this out in a rough ocean current.

When in doubt google the ATM rating the watch has and make an informed decision.
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