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I try to keep most of my Cloud computing to a single provider (Google) in order to consolidate and organize my usage. I'm lucky to work for a company that leverages Google Drive, but for those who see value in Box: now you can connect Box to the Files app on Chrome OS.

It's exactly like mounting a drive on any Linux desktop.

With extensions like https://plus.google.com/+StevenMautone/posts/NFRBYY6pkLD +François Beaufort's Cloud Storage Chrome OS App, Chrome OS truly achieves what I expect from a Cloud-based operating system. You are not truly working in the Cloud.

(P.S. I'd really like to see a +Cloud9 extension that lets you connect your IDE to your Chromebook!)
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Chrome OS Opens to New Cloud Providers

Fans of Google's Chrome OS have very little to complain about the platform: Chrome is fast, secure, intuitive, and most Chrome devices are extremely affordable.

They're also heavily focused on Google's Cloud, a fact resulting in no small frustration at times for users, who find themselves unable to use competing services like Skype.

One area where Chrome OS has been especially Google-Centric is in the 1st Class Integration of Google Drive into the native Files app.  While users of Windows and Mac have long had many cloud providers to choose from with 1st Class Integration into the file system once installed, Chrome has been friendly only to Google Drive (with other cloud providers available only through the browser).

Until now.  Box now joins Google Drive in offering full integration with the Chrome Files app, and no doubt others will follow.  This will help make Chrome a more appealing option for more users, and preempt any questions of anticompetitive behavior should Chome devices take over the market some day as Windows one did.

#Chromebook   #ChromeOS   #Chromebit  
Summary:Google made another enterprise play with Chrome OS today, announcing that Box now natively integrates with Chrome OS devices.
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Just found +David Amerland​'s Sunday Read... looking forward to next week's thoughts!
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Strangers…

We usually think of ourselves as highly intelligent, complex, motivated, biomachines that have free will and represent the apex of an age-long evolutionary process. Yet in reality, instead of a purpose-built, no-expense-spared project we are the biological equivalent of a tendering process that favours the lowest bidder who’s fit-for-purpose. (not unlike in fact the way NASA builds rockets: http://goo.gl/xSvAI9 except we can’t re-tender if a disastrous compromise has been made somewhere). 

So, we end up becoming discrete bio-units, each locked up inside a body that contains a brain. Our behaviour guided by mental modelling that requires the creation of ‘bubbles’ or safe zones which would allow us the breathing space required to function properly. We form tight communities guided by creed, ideology, language or ethnicity (or a combination of all these). We labour under the illusion that we are independent, self-sufficient yet, in our every step, from birth to death, we rely on others for our most basic needs.

Even within highly stylized constructs, like airports, where the transitional nature of the situation frequently justifies our complete withdrawal into ourselves, we create a complex, hierarchical, highly visible, social construct (the airport and the society that makes it possible) that is designed to not only get complete strangers travelling across the globe, to their destination, safely, but also reassure them that things work, that the system is functioning and that people are doing what they are supposed to even if there is no personal connection between them and us.

The question why we form communities has many answers (http://goo.gl/tC5fpN) and they all make sense in terms of survival. What is less readily available to understand is why do we then also make connections so easily with total strangers with whom we have little in common except perhaps an interest in something? 

The answer there lies both in instincts (of which we have quite a few, albeit well-hidden ones): http://goo.gl/HkJvTl and design. We form communities (even ones that are framed by very narrow boundaries) driven by four fundamental psychological needs: http://goo.gl/LljW4r and then, perversely, and mostly subconsciously, we mirror the fact that our existence is the result of a whole lot of ‘random processes’ and events working together, and we run our complex, energy-intensive, societal constructs on trust: http://goo.gl/BJ7l98

We require trust to actually make anything work in a communal sense: http://goo.gl/cPTnNX. When trust is so key to our survival it is unlikely that we do not already have developed highly complex cognitive schemas for actually dealing with it. It is only now that we begin to realise the processes that constantly go on behind our eyes which allow us to determine whether we are ‘OK’ with something or not: http://goo.gl/JRT0r8

There is a paradox at work here that needs to be unpacked a little further. While we have truly complex, cognitive processes that allow us to calculate trust these are little more than a cognitive framework within which we process experiences which then allow us to formulate mental constructs. Put more simply, there is inherent programming in us, but it will be shaped by our experiences which will then guide our expectations. Both the latter and the former will be determined by our behaviour. It is this latter path that allows the manifestation of ‘free will’ and determination, hope, vision and planning to manifest themselves. 

While we all carry more or less the same cognitive schemas inside our brains the output of their processes  are determined by our willingness to take chances, experience other cultures and people, be ‘brave’ and talk to ‘strangers’, be willing to be vulnerable, to enter situations where the outcome is uncertain in the hope that they will prove beneficial. 

In earlier ages, this led to continents being discovered, countries being opened up, passages across the world being found. It’s a drive that has not disappeared even though much of the world has been mapped: http://goo.gl/DY5B30. The cost of doing it offline has always been high, both in terms of personal and communal stakes. The cost of doing it online is, as expected, significantly lower but nevertheless fraught with the same complex issues of risk, reward and achievement. 

We join communities. Start conversations, take part in threads, ‘meet up’ with people in video calls, HOAs (in G+) and with people we met online in the real world and none of it is ‘easy’: http://goo.gl/CtH5z5. Yet the focus on negative outcomes is a symptom of neuroticism: http://goo.gl/A3CWRF. The inability to get past the negative (which we frequently, and inevitably, we also encounter online under the label of ‘healthy’ scepticism) is evidence of cognitive schemas on overdrive, and cognitive processes coming unbalanced. 

Whether we like it or not. Whether we realise it or not. The world is changing. From global games like Ingress (http://goo.gl/FCQra6) which Google’s Niantic Labs initiated as an experiment, to more catalytic events like conferences that allow people from very different backgrounds, nationalities and levels of experience to congregate and meet (http://goo.gl/4jZpnB and http://goo.gl/ZI19ok) the boundaries are shifting, the mapping continues, the age of Exploration: http://goo.gl/kmckO (itself driven by commercial intent as trade routes were being sought), is still on. 

We are not real strangers, it would appear, just friends that have yet to meet, to paraphrase a quote attributed to W. B. Yeats: http://goo.gl/hNriI1. I am not sure quite how accurate the attribution is as I could find no huge corroborating evidence but my looking did lead me to Edgar Guest: http://goo.gl/nh8DrC whose 1919 poem The Unknown Friends from his collection The Path to Home (http://goo.gl/ygEDCA) really ought to be our anthem: 

We cannot count our friends, nor say
How many praise us day by day.
Each one of us has friends that he
Has yet to meet and really know,
Who guard him, wheresoe'er they be,
From harm and slander's cruel blow.
They help to light our path with cheer,
Although they pass as strangers here.

These friends, unseen, unheard, unknown,
Our lasting gratitude should own.
They serve us in a thousand ways
Where we perhaps should friendless be;
They tell our worth and speak our praise
And for their service ask no fee;
They choose to be our friends, although
We have not learned to call them so.

We cannot guess how large the debt
We owe to friends we have not met.
We only know, from day to day,
That we discover here and there
How one has tried to smooth our way,
And ease our heavy load of care,
Then passed along and left behind
His friendly gift for us to find.

And that’s the perfect note to end this week’s Sunday Read on. I hope you have the coffee brewing and the donuts, croissants, cookies and chocolate cake coming. We will all need sugar and coffee to help us with our explorations today. Have a great Sunday wherever you are. 
 
#davidamerlandsundayread  
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KEEKER: A HomePod Android computer (running Lollipop!)

More tech that's going on my 2015 wish list, the HomePod/KEEKER is the Android we've all dreamed of since meeting R2D2 on the big screen. This home computer definitely resembles the robots we'd expect to see in any random Disney sci fi movie... Star Wars, Wally, Echo, or even the classics like Batteries Not Included.

Incredible, HD (720p), 1000 lumen, 40"+ projection display. 360° surround sound (plus Bluetooth extensibility). Panoramic and 3D cameras for video chat or for developers to use similarly to Google's Project Tango! 1 terabyte of storage. Wireless charging. Just $3000 USD retail (I actually expected this to cost closer to 5k).

Expected to ship in October/November of this year (2015), you can pre-order by paying the full price now ($2990) or by putting $500 down now and committing to pay the balance when you're shipment is ready.

Final thought: I want to see a wearable like this! Give me a projection and gesture-based Android that I can wear!!!

#want #2015techbudget
Introducing the HomePod: smart projection, amazing sound, 360° camera that moves at home to bring entertainment, decoration, safety anywhere
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I already got the update! This is really awesome. Very nice implementation... definitely makes Wear a lot more productive for me!
 
Google Keep gets full-fledged Android Wear support

Google has announced today that its Keep note-taking app has now received full Android Wear support, letting you view your checklists, photos, and notes straight from your wrist…
Google has announced today that its Keep note-taking app has now received full Android Wear support, letting you view your checklists, photos, and notes straight from your wrist... At the grocery s...
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An update on Webmaster Tools

We've made the new Search Analytics report available to a random sample of our users .

Some of you might notice that they now have access to it in their Google Webmaster Tools account, under Search Traffic in the left navigational menu. If you're among the new testers, I hope you'll enjoy using the report. Let us know what you think in the comments,

PS: The new report currently has less than 90 days of data, but it will catch up in the next few days
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Can a small child build a computer and learn to code on it? Well, probably, but it depends on a few things. First, ease of building; a DIY computer aimed at children should be easy to put together. Second, attention span; if the computer doesn't react as expected, then all interest might be lost. Third,…
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Ubiquitous computing requires Cloud connectivity!

We've recently seen an explosion of hardware that makes computing much more ubiquitous in our lives (I love the word ubiquitous), but it's really the Cloud support that makes everything run so smoothly. Otherwise we'd just have a bunch of devices that we have to manage.

Searching Google Maps on your laptop and sending the directions to your phone is a great example of how the Cloud can act as the middle-man that we need in our over-connected lives!    :)
 
Every minute after you clock out of the office counts. Next time you run errands after work, push directions from your computer to your Android phone and have them ready in hand as you head out the door
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+Mark Layton I remember that too... I think it was a little different though. Previously it was a button "Send to device." This is a Google Now command.
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Joey saying "hello" to our new friend. #joeyapproves  
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Something fishy here, cant put my finger on it... but..
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Aaaahhhh! 2015 tech budget is exploding!

+Nike​ MAG sneakers with Powerlaces ✓
Project Fi Nexus 6 and canceled Verizon contract ✓
+Google Glass​ 2 ✓

What else do I need this year?
 
Really interesting #GoogleGlass  patent that aligns pretty well with whispers I've heard form some sources. 
Google is hard at work designing the next hardware iteration of Glass, but not many details have surfaced regarding what the next generation be capable of nor what it will look like. Patents are de...
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+Nik Schubert​ I like the Vive, but I'm not that into VR. I'll give those both a strong maybe. ;)
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#want

But +Google​, will you also buy me out of my Verizon contract? Pleeeeeeeeaaaase?
 
Google's announces new Project Fi mobile service, coming to Nexus 6 first, starts at $50/month for 3 GB of data

  Google has just announced Project Fi, it’s much-rumored MVNO and the company’s attempt at introducing a new way to get better cellular service at a better price…
  Google has just announced Project Fi, it's much-rumored MVNO and the company's attempt at introducing a new way to get better cellular service at a better price... Google says the first devi...
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Haha. I'll remember from now on, +Steven Mautone​!
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Education
  • University of Notre Dame
    BBA in Management Information Systems
  • Indiana University South Bend
    MS in Management of Information Technology
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The web is a journey... not a destination.
Introduction
I love web content management systems and site builders!

Check out my personal blog at extremis.com.

I've launched web projects on nearly every platform/stack imaginable: corporate sites with massive, multilingual content systems, social blogs, financial sales pages, ecommerce stores... and, of course, websites on all the different site builders and hosts. But like my father used to tell me: it's about the journey, not the destination. My current focus is on driving traffic through digital advertising at Dealer.com.

I think the future is about wearable devices and ubiquitous computing:
    - Web / Cloud Computing
        invertedWeb.com
    - Wearable / Mobile Technology
        GoogleGlassFans.com
        LivingThruGlass.com

    - The Internet of Things
    - Robotics

I started a few Google+ Communities:
    Google Web Starter Kit
    Ubiquitous computing
    Android Wear
    Android TV
    Android Auto

I'm obsessed with: Q.bo, Google Glass, META, Moto360, Myo, Fin, Dash, Lumo Lift, ZBoard, Automatic, SmartThings, the Ubi, Nest, Bionic Power, SolePower, and K-Tor.
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The Daily Show: 'Glass Half Empty' episode. Member of the winning 'Dart Hacking' team at the first Google Glass hackathon: BreakingGlass #BrGl #GlassFrogger
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Technology Evangelist
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    Product Owner, present
  • inverted Web
    present
  • Viosk.com
    Product Advisor
  • Wix.com
    The Wix App Market
  • Esurance
    esurance.com
  • Royal Caribbean International
    royalcaribbean.com
  • Showtime Networks
    sho.com
  • British Broadcasting Corporation
    bbcamerica.com
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