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Hangouts questions...

When using Hangouts on mobile, and I later see the chat in my browser pop-up, the images in the mobile hangout are not visible in the browser - just links to them are there instead.  Is it possible to show images?

Also, is there an Hangouts community that isn't a pick-up joint? :-)

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Potentially replace your 2048px (~4MP) photos with the now-free "high quality" (~16MP) versions
There may be a way...

Disclaimer I don't know if anyone's had a go at this, so I apologise if a better way has already been identified. I've been testing if this is possible using any typical approaches to uploading photos. This is just some rudimentary experimentation and I can't say if this will actually work for you. However, I have had a little success and would be interested if this works for anyone else.

So then, I succeeded in automatically replacing an image by using the Picasa desktop software (d/l from picasa.google.com). In Picasa, there seems to be two options with regard to uploading Google+ Photos . Those two options are (1) within the application, or (2) using the uploader, which runs separate to the main application.

Forget about the uploader. You will need to use the Picasa software. Within Picasa (I tested on an old Win XP virtual machine), you'll need to sign in to Google and set up the Google+ upload/auto-backup folder. For me, that was: C:\Documents and Settings\Steve\My Documents\My Pictures\Google+ Auto Backup.

Once that was done, any images dropped into that folder would show up within Picasa's window. Then, I right clicked on an image and selected "Upload to Google+ Photos". I chose "Original Image" from the quality drop-down, and then uploaded. (I had already visited Tools > Options > Google+ Photos > Default upload size and selected Original Size there too).

NOTE - your original image must be 16MP or less (I think you can get away with 16.1MP, as some camera's CCDs are of that resolution, and I think Google has allowed for that). If it's higher, expect it to hit your storage quota.

Now, before I tested this, I was browsing this image with others from the same date (2 Jan 2015) in photos.google.com. Before the upload, this image was 2048 pixels wide (~3MP). After the upload via Picasa, this image was its full 12.8MP. More importantly, this was not a duplicate of the original; it replaced it. And it didn't seem to hit my storage quota either.

Since that success, I tried another using the same method. It didn't work, and instead created an additional image, its thumbnail sitting alongside the 2048px version in Photos.

Another way I didn't succeed was trying to upload via photos.google.com. In this instance, my higher-res picture didn't make an appearance at all in Photos. It would appear that Google may not be too interested in letting us archive our gigabytes upon gigabytes of older photos, possibly due to their lower sharing potential (i.e. you're unlikely to share as many 7 year old photos as you would modern day ones).

So, I don't know if this was lucky, or is a bug, a "hack" (in a non-harmful way), or what, but if you are inclined to archive all your original images to Photos, this method may be worth trying.

The picture, in case you're interested, is my German Shepherd x Bulldog "rescue", +Big Squishy Christie No prizes for guessing why she has that pitiful expression... :-)
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Sigh.  I've been trying to replicate this, and have totally failed - to the stage where I'm wondering if what I said happened, really happened.  With all of Google's expertise in image recognition, it would be an amazing gift if replacing our low-res pics with HQ ones were a reality, but sadly I don't think there's a turnkey solution to this.
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For my iOS friends... 😀
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Google IO 2015 App - Great Mantra

Awesomeness abounds in Google's "be nice" terms of use message, when you first open the #googleio2015  app.  Recognising neurodiversity is so important for social inclusion, and having experienced a number of tech meet-ups, I'm very glad to see this kind of message coming from the stable, before the horse is out.
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Forbes summary article on S6 bloatware

...which is convincing enough for me to rule out another Samsung phone as my next choice. I expect I'll go Nexus or Moto.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/03/28/samsung-galaxy-s6-galaxy-s6-edges-bloatware/2/

#bloatware #samsung #galaxys6 #backroomdeals
Samsung is mis-selling a crucial aspect of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge...
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+Niall Porr - I get that, and I'm that way inclined too.  I love my S4, but I run so much on it that it's just starting to show its limits.   The pity of the S6 is that, because of this software bundling, your choice of software to install is reduced because your available storage is reduced.  If you wanted to install app "X" and wanted/needed it so bad you'd be willing to sacrifice a bundled app.... you're outta luck.

 I'd forgo expandable storage if I had a choice over the fixed storage usage, but the S6 offers no improvement in that regard.  What with the whole Knox warranty bit issue, you really have no choice at all - you risk blowing the eFuse by rooting, to allow you to remove those apps.

Shame - it's a lovely phone by the looks of it, otherwise.
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Art Garfunkel ;is still bitter about the way Simon & Garfunkel split in 1971, describing his erstwhile partner Paul Simon as an "idiot" and a "jerk" for ending the group and lamenting that Simon had become a "monster.
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Poppy in bloom

Growing older, I tend to pay more attention to the surrounding flora and fauna than I used to.  It deserves the attention too; the world is so rich with beauty.

#summeruk
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Scary surf, not for the masses!
 
The biggest swell in decades hit Puerto Escondido at the beginning of May. The death-defying wipeouts that followed were humbling, to say the least.

Week In Review: http://srfer.co/SL7GmH
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Google I/O is material -izing...
Google Developers originally shared to I/O:
 
Get ready for even more material design

Google I/O 2015 kicks off tomorrow, and we’ve got an exciting lineup of design-focused content to experience both in-person and online. This year, we’re focusing on the ways we’re making it easier than ever to design and develop in material—with added assets and resources, backwards compatibility, and continuous updates to our design guidelines. We’re also celebrating some of the inspiring ways designers and developers have started to bring material design to life in their own products. Tune in at 4PM PDT on Thursday, May 28, to hear Matias Duarte’s “Material Now” session (goo.gl/gVZiIi), to get a complete overview, and keep a look out for more updates.

#io15   #materialdesign  
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Last night I watched Ex Machina and I can honestly say it's one of the finest sci-fi films I've seen for quite a while, thought provoking and extremely tense. A very well made movie.
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Periscope arrives on Android

Now wouldn't it be nice if the +Google+ app/"Streams" supported the same thing?  Come on Google, that would be a rather lovely announcement during  #googleio2015  ...

#livestreaming  
 
ICYMI two months after its debut in the Apple store, live streaming app Periscope is now available on Android http://bbc.in/1euBh2g
Twitter's live video streaming app Periscope is being launched on Google's Android platform, exactly two months after its debut in the Apple store.
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If you feel the need to keep your eye on the clock...
 
I love the Big Ben Twitter account...such insight and deep thoughts
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Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6 Edge Hide Samsung's Broken Promise
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Chrome Remote Desktop - App Android su Google Play
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Accedi in sicurezza ai tuoi computer dal tuo dispositivo Android.• Su ogni tuo computer puoi configurare l'accesso remoto utilizzando l'app

Barclays Pingit – Android Apps on Google Play
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Barclays Pingit: the easy, fast and secure way to send and receive money for free* using a mobile number whether you bank with Barclays or n

Google Talkback - Apl Android di Google Play
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TalkBack adalah Layanan Aksesibilitas yang membantu pengguna tuna netra dan pengguna dengan gangguan penglihatan agar dapat berinteraksi den

Twitter - Aplicaciones Android en Google Play
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Twitter es una aplicación gratuita que permite que te conectes con personas, expresarte, y descubrir más sobre todo lo que te gusta.• Recibe

Samsung WatchON™ (On TV) – Android Apps on Google Play
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WatchON, made smarter by Peel, turns your smartphone into a remote control. This remote revolutionizes your home entertainment experience by

Maps - Apl Android di Google Play
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Aplikasi Google Maps yang dirancang baru untuk ponsel dan tablet Android membuat navigasi dunia Anda lebih cepat dan lebih mudah. Temukan te

Google Play Music - Aplicaciones Android en Google Play
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La aplicación Google Play Music te permite escuchar tu colección de música estés donde estés. Toda tu música se almacena online, por lo que

Google Drive – Android Apps on Google Play
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Get started with Google Drive for free and have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. All your files in Driv

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Gmail is built on the idea that email can be more intuitive, efficient, and useful. And maybe even fun. Get your email instantly via push no

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Flipboard is your personal magazine. Used by millions of people everyday, it’s a single place to keep up on the news, follow topics you care

eBay - Google Play'de Android Uygulamaları
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At eBay we work hard every day to build a world-class online shopping experience on Android. The eBay app is packed full of features that ma

Dropbox - Programu za Android kwenye Google Play
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Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any fi

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Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Simply use a smartphone, tablet, or laptop to c

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Google Authenticator generates 2-step verification codes on your phone.Enable 2-step verification to protect your account from hijacking by

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Keeping up with friends is faster than ever.• See what friends are up to • Share updates, photos and videos • Get notified when friends like

Generally good. Store kept clean, lighting is good, music not annoying, temperature pleasant. Range of styles and brands is good. Only let-down was there was no-one attending the changing rooms, so I was hesitant to just "go in" and try items without permission/oversight. Other than that, no problem at all.
Public - in the last week
reviewed in the last week
Friendly staff, convenient location, lots of seating and good range of products only let down by tables left too long before being cleaned. Otherwise, not bad.
Public - in the last week
reviewed in the last week
The Emporium is Fleet's most central pub and caters to a wide variety of customers, day and night. Its location can make it popular in the evening, but during the daytime it can be quite a bit quieter, and offers a reasonable escape from the hustle and bustle of the high street. While buying lunch there, we found the service to be polite and prompt, and the food offers good value - being both reasonably priced and tasty. The menu options are varied, offering plenty of choice. Marked down due to lack of attention in the toilets, where a reported absence of toilet roll in the ladies' could have made for an unpleasant surprise to somebody!
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Public - in the last week
reviewed in the last week
A solid local pub, if a little football-y for some tastes. The Plough serves a fantastic menu and portions are generous. The staff are friendly and the overall cleanliness is good. It suffers a bit like many older pubs in the area from having ancient toilet facilities that desperately need an overhaul. Beer & wine prices can also be a bit on the high side, but pubs struggle to make enough money as it is, so this can be overlooked when considering its other qualities, and the fact that it's a very community-focused venue means it is popular, well-liked to many and "home" to some. Very enjoyable.
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Public - a week ago
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Despite the coffee machine having temporarily "klunked out" on the morning of our visit, we were otherwise happy with the experience. CB2 does a good cooked breakfast, if a wee bit more expensive than one might hope, and we always got service with smile. The lack of coffee was supplemented with free orange juice too, so we didn't feel at all put out. Adoring the walls is lots of literature of local clubs and events, some of which CB2 hosts. It was refreshing to experience a cafe/restaurant with some culture and a firm place within its own community.
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Public - in the last week
reviewed in the last week
If you have an event to celebrate and are looking for a venue that's a bit different, try this. We recently accompanied some friends to celebrate a birthday, and enjoyed very competitive prices on a reasonable range of drinks, clean facilities and - most importantly - skittles! Although the price to hire the venue may make some people baulk, this can be "worked around" by signing up for membership, which instantly entitles the member to a significant discount - and includes bar staff. Capacity and parking are very good, staff are friendly, facilities (music, screen, bar, toilets, etc) are all good and overall value is worth taking advantage of. Go on - book up a fun evening!
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Public - a week ago
reviewed a week ago
I hate to mark-down any business, but sadly I feel the quality of some food at Speedy is lacking a little. Crispy Chilli Beef, for example, is pointless - it seems to simply be deep-fried gelatin covered in goo. Crispy duck, too, seems a little too often accompanied by flappy cuts of skin. But some staples are still good: Szechuan, Kung Po and Hong Kong-style Chicken all still rock; chow mein is generally still good and various other bits (spring rolls, won ton soup, etc) still cut it. I hope the quality improves again soon. ORIGINAL REVIEW (c. 2013) Great food, friendly staff and most importantly... speedy! *Note* I used to rate Speedy as Excellent, but now only rate as Very Good because of their choice to use GM produce. This is a personal preference (not to eat GM food) and doesn't reflect an otherwise excellent experience.
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Public - a week ago
reviewed a week ago