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+Tristan Fillmore I remember this killing your computer in the 90s...
The largest known prime number is discovered by a computer at a university in Missouri in the US.
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Yet killing a computer with it now seems much less tragic than it did back when...
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I'm contemplating integrating the 'nearby' API to allow using Eddystone beacons as triggers for where you use wifi, instead of towers.

Of course, figuring out the UI would be the killer part of it, and making it make sense from that regard, but it might solve some problems for people who:

a) want higher precision than cell towers
b) are willing to buy a beacon

and I suppose

c) don't want to use GPS

I'm still hesitant to roll the gps geofencing in since it would take a lot more power, and is a lot less reliable once wifi is turned off and background scanning isn't available. Ha.
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Yes, it would require BT to be on.
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Had some sad times with the nexus 6, battery started bloating up so much it popped the screen off the front and back of the case off the back.

Google is shipping a new one under warranty, but not too thrilled at the instructions to "just wrap it in plastic" and ship it back in the same box.  Several attempts to convince the tech support people this maybe wasn't the best idea fell flat, so I guess I'll just order one of these off Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Teenitor-Fireproof-Explosionproof-Battery-Storage/dp/B00Z8WG11W/) and ship it in that.  Google tech support is convinced it's a "dry cell device" and so long as the battery "isn't leaking fluid" it's fine....  Sigh.

(And yeah, I know the ground-shipping only restrictions on lithium in the US and all that, I'm more concerned about the already damaged device.)
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Yikes
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Just pushed a beta of R66

This includes the new UI, including the start of an alerts system on insecure configurations (background scanning, etc, with future alerts for open networks and wpa with no certs in the works), the addition of some new functionality (pause and add a network instead of racing the timeout).

The general goal has been the simplification of the UI and user interaction while still preserving the functionality and the information.  Hopefully some aspects of behavior are a lot clearer now.

Also fixed some weirdo bugs that have been lurking (opening learned networks broke the service binding in the UI for a while) and other quirks.

This is pushed into git under the 'material' branch.  Anyone who is interested in doing translations, I have updated the TRANSLATIONS file to indicate what's been deleted and the new strings that have been added; there's a lot changed in this version since the UI was re-done, but in the future it should be much smaller changesets to the strings file.  In general I tried to reduce the quantity of text and the number of variations, and I got rid of the giant readme html file I don't think anyone actually really read.

Please test and let me know how it works - so much has changed that some bugs easily could have crept in.  I've been running it on my devices for the past week or so as I wrapped up the final changes, but having it out in the wild will be the real test.

It should show up via beta on play soon.
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R68 uploaded to beta; solves an empty notification, incorrect 'wifi is off' on main screen, forgetting a location when it can't find one is now fixed, missing forget button fixed, wonky string fixed, and fixed a problem where sometimes a tower change didn't trigger a wifi reconfigure.

Getting closer to getting all the weirdness worked out...
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New release (skipped beta since the fix was small) - Fixes a crash on Jellybean (Thanks to Mladen Pejaković), and Serbian and Japanese translations (Thanks to Mladen Pejaković and Naofumi F respectively).

Jellybean crash was just an API mismatch in the alarm scheduler, fortunately.
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Another beta - this one makes location management standard (removed pref for it and just turn it on all the time) because there are basically no situations in which it's NOT better to have that turned on.

Also introduces 'aggressive tower check', which is on by default.  This wakes up once every 60 seconds and looks at what the current tower is - it seems like a number of devices don't send tower state broadcasts when the screen is off, so this should be a reasonable compromise.

There shouldn't be any noticeable battery drain from doing so (one wakeup a minute with minimal work being done is pretty mild) but I'll be keeping an eye on test devices to make sure.
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R76 beta processing in the play store.

Does a more aggressive permissions check to make sure that we didn't lose permissions in the background (before an alarm fires, for instance), and fixes a UI loop if the permissions management system has decided we have to show the user an explanation for permissions.

Both of these are android 6 only issues.
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Shouldn't need to. I haven't had a problem on my 6 device.

The aggressive doze stuff that breaks so many background apps shouldn't kick in unless the device is stationary, by my understanding, so it doesn't give us any grief. 
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R70 in beta.  Fixes last known bugs, adds translations, disables broken translations, disables backup until the selective backup stuff is done.

If there are no issues w/ this over the next day or two this will become the next release.
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Good question.  I'll see if the betterpickers library has an option for it.
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Curious what peoples opinions are on android m auto backups...

Personally, I'm tempted to exclude SWM from them entirely - the database is in such constant flux with the age-out code that having to re-learn on a new device doesn't seem like a big deal, and I'd rather not export tower location history off-device.

Anyone got a compelling argument FOR enabling auto-backups once M becomes a thing?
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In R70 it's set to block all backups, I'll look at implementing optional backup in the future.
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And R69 beta - Allows minimizing the "background scan always on" alert
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Oh, and yes - I know about the bug where the minimized and full-size background scanning alerts can appear; it's fixed in git but haven't done a release just yet with it.
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A little preview of the re-done UI... Still some quirks to work out, unfortunately, but getting closer to being beta ready.
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The color of the switch could be quite irritating. Gray on blue 😯😞 Why not change color : white =active, gray=off?
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Just threw up R54 beta.

This makes some changes to how time ranges are calculated (might fix some issues with some localizations), and it switches all the timer events to rtc wakeup alerts instead of scheduled alarms.

In theory, this will help devices which didn't like completing all the config of the interfaces during a normal wakeup.  It's been working pretty consistently on my test devices so far with the rtc wakeups. 
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The report is helpful, but again - can you make an adb logcat of it?  Google is doing some weird formatting.

The most recent report google has is still for r54 (at the same section I put the attempted fix in, so I can tell that it's not using R55), not sure if it is still pending in their system or what.
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