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Tom Newman
Dream Job: Professional Golf Course Tester
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This is an email I sent to TWIT after completing their annual survey:

Dear TWIT team,

I wanted to provide some additional feedback on the state of TWIT and there wasn't room in your annual survey.

First let me explain that I've recently changed my commute from 1 hr to 5 mins so this has given me less time to listen as I did previously. However, when I do have the occasional long drive and listen, I'm more disappointed in the coverage.

On This Week in Google you've really lost all focus on Google issues. I know you now say it's a show about everything, but I want detailed coverage of Google to be a priority. The change log that Gina used to provide was always one of the highlights of the show. Succinct and to the point, it summarized all the changes. No more do you have such focus. I really prefer information about Google, Chrome, Android and the social issues about technology. I don't care so much about ovens. If you want to create a show about "This Week in Everything" do that. But keep TWIG focused first on GOOGLE and the social impact of technology, and second on the peripheral items, not the opposite.

On All About Android I feel you are missing coverage as well. Maybe I missed it, but where was the coverage of the latest changes to Google Voice? What is going on with Android Auto and why can't I use Waze? When can I get Android Apps on my brand of Chromebook or Chromebox? I seem to have missed coverage all of these issues.

I'm also disappointed by the abandonment of your Google+ involvement. At times it seems TWIG doesn't even care about engagement. I couldn't even find a show email address on your web page.

Don't get me wrong, I love the hosts, especially Jeff, Jason and Ron, and the quality of the production, but feel like something has gone missing recently. I hope you can get the technology focused mojo back.

A long time listener & concerned fan,

Tom

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The Refugee Crisis

There are many things going on in the world right now, and sometimes we have to pick and choose where to put our concern and support. But if this is an issue you want to do something about, here's an informative place to start, with links to large and small organizations that are providing help. 

h/t +Trey Pitsenberger for bringing this to my attention. I wanted to share it directly from the blog. 

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Looking forward to a +Jeff Jarvis​ response/rant on this. 
It's non-binding, but it gives the EU a strong political mandate against a perceived monopoly

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Goodbye Grumpy

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My "almost" hole in one. 

132 yds, 7 iron
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This is outrageous. Outrageously funny that is... 

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Arena Apps

Surprised that +Gina Trapani didn't mention +Todo.txt as an app on her phone.

How about this for an app - Android Arena Analytics. It would provide a count of how many apps you have that were in the arena and who recommended them. Fans could then post their numbers. 

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All from Zooper Widget. 
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Go Gamecocks! 
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