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40+ Android Wear Voice Commands: http://youtu.be/WRRCkFDkxNs
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Advice on how to effectively use Google+ Pages to promote your business.
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My in-depth Android Wear review

What's Wear actually like to use in the real world -- and does it add enough value to your life to make it worth owning?

Those are the big questions I set out to answer while living with Wear for the past two weeks. I ended up reaching some pretty different conclusions than what I would have predicted after my first few days with the devices -- and that's precisely why I didn't want to rush this out.

My review is in two separate parts:

Part 1: The Android Wear experience
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9249576/Android_Wear_deep_dive_review_A_smart_start_to_smartwatch_software

Part 2: LG G Watch vs. Samsung Gear Live
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9249583/Samsung_Gear_Live_vs._LG_G_Watch_A_real_world_evaluation

Happy reading!
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It's not at all flashy, but LG's first entry for Android Wear ends up being a solid buy There's an argument to be made — and this isn't a hard one to make — that the watch isn't the most important part of Android Wear, Google's Android offshoot meant for the wearables space. Instead, it's the software – the simplified user interface running atop a full build of Android — that makes...
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An #AndroidWear Design Story
by +Roman Nurik and +Timothy Jordan

"A few weeks ago, Timothy and I were chatting about designing apps for wearables to validate some of the content we’re planning for Google I/O 2014…

…neither of us had really gone through the exercise of actually designing an app for Android Wear. So we set out to put our ideas in practice and see what designing for this new platform is like…"

Check out the blog post for the full story!

#AndroidDesign
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LG says that LG G Watch sales begin today in stores in over two dozen countries around the globe.
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This is the #1 missing ingredient for me. Works amazingly well on the G Watch.

Unfortunately, on the Gear Live, it's very unreliable and works maybe 20-30% of the time - the other times, the gesture just ends up dismissing, swiping down, or going to the watchface selector. The developer says he's on it, so I'm keeping the review at 5 stars.

I'd love a setting to be able to swipe from the right or left side of the watch, and if possible, remove the icon from the list of apps.
Android Wear does a lot of things well right now, but launching apps by touch is not one of them. If you don't want to shout at your wrist, you have to scr... by Ryan Whitwam in Android Wear, Applications, News, Smart Watches, Wearables
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Great tip, +Pocketnow Thanks!
 
“OK Google” is a pretty neat tool. It lets you search for virtually anything — as long as you’re on your homescreen. A recent update to Google Search unlocked that limitation and allowed users to enable OK Google everywhere, even on the lock screen!
Being able to search by saying OK Google is cool, but limited to the homescreen. Here's how to unlock OK Google everywhere.
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A lot of people are talking about a recent article posted by CNet which deals with the data left behind when performing a factory reset on an Android Phone.  Having used the forensic software listed in the article and recovering data myself, I don't have any doubts the article is very true.

If you are getting rid of an old Android phone, I suggest you first encrypt it, then wipe it.  That way any data recovered after the factory reset will be encrypted anyway.  

Here is a link to an article showing you how to encrypt data on an Android Phone - http://www.howtogeek.com/141953/how-to-encrypt-your-android-phone-and-why-you-might-want-to/ 

Here is the original CNet article - http://www.cnet.com/news/android-phone-wiping-fails-to-delete-personal-data/ 
Android includes a system encryption feature that encrypts all data – including application data, downloaded files, and everything else – on your phone or tablet. You’ll have to enter your PIN or password each time you turn on your phone
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Top Programming Languages

I always find these types of lists fascinating as the data used comes from various popular sources to help rank the Programming Languages based on popularity and though I love C# and use it every day, it doesn't rank very high but don't ever tell that to a die-hard Microsoft guy :-)
If you're interested in learning to code, for fun or financial gain, this interactive chart from IEEE Spectrum can help you pick the first (or next) language to learn.
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Eight of the top 10 CS departments in the U.S., and ~70% of the top 40, teach Python in introductory courses.
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At the risk of taking things entirely too seriously, I wrote this article in which I tried to convey my thoughts on preparing and giving public presentations. What was intended to be a few quick thoughts turned into a fairly long piece.
So if you care about presenting, or are just bored and want something long to read, please check it out.

https://medium.com/@chethaase/17233fa13aa5
Tips and thoughts on preparing and giving engaging presentations
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(full-time) software developer and (part-time) journalist
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  • 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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software developer and technology jounalist
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