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Yogesh Mandell
I once opened up a bag of M&M's, but I only ever found W's :_(
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 +Chris Messina fucks up again

+Chris Messina penned a takedown of Google+ on Hacker News, and the piece was re-posted on Medium ("Thoughts on Google+: I fucked up. So has Google.")

His post got people talking, because Chris used to work on Google+. (He also invented the hashtag.) 

In a nutshell, Chris's complaints about Google+ are tenfold. I thought I'd summarize his ten points, and offer my opinions and observations about each in a kind of open letter to Chris. 

Dear Chris:  

1.  Can't figure out what Google+ is for

Chris: What is the Internet for? What is paper for? What are TV, radio and books for? More to the point, why do you want someone to tell you what to do? Google+ is a brilliant blank canvas of communication for you to do anything you want with, from private one-on-one communication to blogging to novel writing to photo gallery publishing. And icing on the cake: The Google+ community is the best ever assembled online anywhere. 

2. Can't tell if Google is "worried" about Facebook, Snapchat, or Pinterest

Yes, but you can tell that Twitter is "worried" about Facebook. That's why they're ruining it. In an existential panic, Twitter is slowly turning itself into Facebook, with the intrusive ads, algorithmic filtering, insertion of content nobody asked for and all the rest. You can tell Facebook is "worried" about Snapchat. That's why they now shamelessly force you to install and use a separate Messaging app on mobile. Google doesn't have ads, and isn't "worried" about other social networks (being subsidised, essentially, by the rest of Google). That lack of "worry" is one of the reasons why Google isn't actively wrecking Google+. 

3. Google+ doesn't aggressively "control" your digital identity 

The skimmers who got a "gist" of your post and moved on, didn't seem to register that your perspective is mostly an industry-interested one, not a user-interested one. Long story short: Who cares if Google is "controlling" my identity? 

4. Google+ is "Facebook lite," something the world doesn't need

This is your biggest error in understanding. Google+ isn't "Facebook Lite." It's the opposite of Facebook. It's the cure for the Facebook disease. Yes: Facebook has a monopoly on everybody. But the site and service itself is shit. They ruin your pictures posted on your profile pic. They ruin your videos. Facebook is confusing to use. They lie to you in multiple ways. The interface is fugly, cluttered and confusing. They aggressively censor about 90 percent of the content from your newsfeed (by Zuckerberg's own admission). YOU CAN'T EVEN SEARCH THE CONTENT OF POSTS!! I could go on and on with everything rotten about Facebook, problems completely absent on Google+. 

5. Google+ should have improved social networking by 10x, but didn't

Yes, they did. : ) 

6. It doesn't sufficiently "motivate people to store more information with Google"

Again, this is an industry wish-list item. As a user, I don't care if I'm being motivated to store more information. Having said that, I literally store 100% of my information on Google (email, Drive, docs, Contacts, photos on G+). 

7. "Google+ is confused and adrift at sea"

The user experience is the opposite. It's un-confused, clear, reliable, fast, fun and free. 

8. Google+ isn't evolving, changing and getting new features fast enough 

That's like saying Mozart's opera has "too many notes." Who wants new features for the sake of new features? We all have things we'd like G+ to add. But mostly Google is doing far better than other social sites at avoiding bad new features, which is far more important. Facebook rapidly adds features, which almost always annoy users or flop completely. All social sites gain features at different rates. Twitter is just now adding comprehensive search, for example, which Facebook isn't even talking about.

9. Doesn't know what Google+ is better for than Facebook

It couldn't be more obvious, but Google+ is better than Facebook at literally everything. There's not a single thing featurewise that I can think of that's better on Facebook than it is on Google+. (Facebook has everybody, but that's not a feature. It's a catastrophic accident of history.) 

10. Unlike Pinterest, which "helps you express your aspirational self," Google "pigeonholes you into what you already are"

This makes zero sense. Google doesn't pigeonhole you in any conceivable way. There are no limits on content, media or addressing. The real names policy is gone. You can literally be and do anything you want on Google+. 

Google+ is by far the best site online to communicate privately. It doesn't get hacked. It almost never goes down. 

And Google+ is by far the best site to communicate publicly. Even without cultivating a community, a public Google+ post is a page on the Internet, but with the possibility of radical viral sharing. 

Guess what: I'll get more eyeballs and comments on this post than you did with your post on Hacker News and Medium combined -- neither of those sites, by the way, did you single out for irrelevance. And I didn't even invent the hashtag. All I did was do my post on Google+. 

In fact, Chris, your own post on Google+ linking to your story got far more comments than both your Hacker News and Medium posts combined: 

https://plus.google.com/+ChrisMessina/posts/Q4CoWABqLCH

Say what you want about Google+, Chris Messina. But G+ is just better -- far better -- than anything else out there, and still by far the best place in the world to share one's interests and ideas and spark conversations with smart, passionate people.

I thank you for helping to make Google+ possible. But you're wrong about Google+. 

https://medium.com/@chrismessina/thoughts-on-google-8883844a9ca4

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8673544

#Google
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I have a feeling this might be a lengthy post

(tl;dr, I need to access the Inbox by gmail app and need help)


So, I get an invite for the Inbox by gmail app, and realize it is useless for me because my device is running 4.0.4, and for some reason Goog has made my device incompatible with the inbox app, as it requires 4.1 or higher.

So then I figure I'll just run the app on my computer after ripping the apk, not sure how that works when it comes to google apps, but worth a shot.
However, I use a chromebook at the moment (C720p, the best device I've used yet) and can't seem to find any emulators that are able to run on Chrome OS, they are all designed for Windows and Mac devices. 

Then I recall that other android apps were able to run on chrome OS after select apps like evernote were available on the chrome store as well. 

After installing the ARchon runtime 1.0, and some tinkering, I can get 
apps like flappy bird and jetpack joyride to run, but not Inbox by Gmail
and installing the updated runtime (to 1.2) makes everything useless. But on my first launch of Inbox, it had displayed a message as to why it was not able run ( I can't recall the message, but it followed the android design), after that initial run, every later launch, which should run completely fresh, as well because I uninstalled and re-installed it, all I get is an image of the app and it doesn't load even after a bit of waiting.

This might seem like an issue for a Chrome or Chrome OS community, and I'll probably reshare this to a community of similar effect, but the main thing I'm looking to try is to run the Inbox android app somehow so I can activate my own invitation, and I'm hoping I won't have to root and flash a ROM, it's far down on my last resort list. 
If someone here can get this working for me I can spare an invite if you like, but don't just post an email address waiting for this to be over, I'll be deleting those comments (assuming there are any)

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Seems neat, love the Ubuntu option
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Would it be worth getting the z3 right now even though it has an 801?

Because supposedly the z4 will end the biyearly release schedule and be THE beast of 2015, with an 810 inside. I like my phones to be fairly future proof and be new or have some wow factor/special feature, but I also really need a new phone soon, should I wait or go for the z3 now?

(also, if I go for the z3 now and sell it when the z4 comes out, how would you sell it? what services would you use and what would you list it for?)

also, poll for easy responses
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Xperia z3 now
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Why not both?

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What's wrong with Apple and the potential for a light at the end of the tunnel.

I hate fanbois. Not just because of their nonsensical, hate filled ranting, but primarily because they damage the very brands they worship.

This applies to technology, politics, sports etc. By having the stupid "My <thing> right or wrong" attitude, you allow that thing to ignore you, abuse you, and rip you off.

In the case of Apple, the unwavering, drooling, fap filled support of everything the company poops out the door is killing the company.

The iPhone 6 release is a great example of that. Here's a company that darn well could create the best smartphone on the market and instead they create an $800 turd filled with two year old technology and put it in an ugly, bendable box marred by plastic scars. Apple fans, they're outright mocking you. It's like they're literally in the boardroom laughing their asses off joking about "Watch this, we'll charge them $800 for this piece of crap and they'll not only line up an buy it in droves, but when it comes out that it is a piece of crap they'll be the ones to defend it for us!".
And it's true. The few honest reviews you can find are filled with angry comments that usually start with "Listen idiot, I bought one and I love it!...."

Anyway, the light at the end of the tunnel is that a few Apple fans are starting to come around. +Scott Wilson has particularly impressed me with his attitude toward Apple. I wanted to share his response to my earlier post of +Adam Outler 's iPhone 6 video as well as share my reply to Scott.

A screengrab of Scott's post is below and it's referring to his reshare of this post of mine:  https://plus.google.com/106460272334827467471/posts/RQioeq9VfX7

Here is my reply comment to Scott's post.
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<Scott> Your candor and honesty is refreshing. But it's also important.
What iFans fail to realize is that by not viewing Apple and their products through unbiased eyes, they allow the company to be less than they should be and to produce products not worthy of their name and history.
Apple should be building the best smartphones on the market, especially for $800. But the truth is they do not. Why do Apple fans allow this?
Android fans will say stupid things about the competition, but the one reason I still respect them over Apple fans is that most of them will not tolerate mediocrity from their Android devices. When Google or an Android OEM makes a misstep, all hell breaks loose and neither Google nor the OEM have to guess what they did wrong. Just Google "Touchwiz" for proof.

For Apple fans wondering how Android went from a year late start to 85% global market share dominance, that is why. Because fans, users, developers, etc. constantly evaluated each new device and OS release. They praised where praiseworthy, but they yelled loud and clear about things they didn't like and what should have been done. And guess what? Those changes happened. Mostly.
Android 4.x is a perfect example of customer driven development. The majority of changes, improvements and feature additions came from public feedback and custom ROM development.
This is what Apple needs to become. They need to throw out the Jobsian attitude of doing things their way only and telling customers to take it or leave it and instead become customer driven with regards to features and service. But they also need to bring back Jobs' high standards of design and no compromise quality.
That's the Apple that not only Apple fans need, but that the market needs.

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Now let me be clear Apple fans.
I'm not trying to make you change teams. I just want you to demand more from your existing team!
Everyone, including the most hardcore Android fans, benefit from having an Apple that makes great, competitive, customer focused products. We need a real, tough competitor in the markets Apple plays in. Without that Apple, we all lose.

So dammit iFans, do your job and demand that Apple be the best Apple they can be! 

#Apple   #iPhone   #iPhone6   #iOS8   #Android   #bendgate  
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Samsung working their magic, Apple is getting buuurrned

Edit: not an actual Samsung advertisement, but it should be
+Samsung Mobile USA has a new advertisement targeting the Apple iPhone 6 bending issue. I like it! #bendgate 
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How it goes down every year:

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Something consumers should read before buying a smartwatch for fitness
Fitness trackers like the Apple Watch, Android Wear, and even the Fitbit and Fuelband promise to get you healthy with data. Here's why that only sometimes works:
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