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Tonight my wife +Elisabeth Norris pointed out something she noticed about the Moto X that I hadn't realized – it automatically switches audio to the frontside speaker when you lay it face up on a flat surface.

Try it out... hold the phone in your hand and start playing some music or a video.  Then just set the phone on the table.  If you get up close to the phone you can clearly hear it switch from the back speaker to the front.  I knew the Moto X was using the accelerometer for the active display, but I hadn't realized that it does the same with the speaker.

Is this unique to the Moto X or do other Android phones do this as well?  I've never noticed it and have certainly never heard it talked about before.  Am I the only one who missed this?

update: thanks to +Greg Santiago's comments below, I'm now not entirely sure if this is really happening or just my ears playing tricks on me.
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+Greg Santiago I think you're right.  That would also explain why the back speaker is off-center (which I've always kinda wondered about)
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This week I built a new docset for Dash (http://kapeli.com/dash) that provides offline searchable access to all published RFCs.: https://willnorris.com/2014/03/rfcs-for-dash-app

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Whenever I'm looking up docs, I typically end up using my Nex7 to do it so I don't disrupt my flow on the laptop. I just keep the Nex7 next to the laptop.
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Very cool.. +Andrew Nacin notes that wordpress.org will soon be switching to serve traffic over SSL only.  I suspect this was done in order to use SPDY, but I'll take whatever I can get in terms of getting more of the web encrypted.
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Another really great IndieWebCamp, in San Francisco for the first time this year.  Lots of great people there, and lots of progress made on folks' personal sites, mine included.
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haha... weird that G+ mobile app didn't attach the URL.  post updated.
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I've had mixed feelings about the Jetpack plugin for WordPress for a long time... it provides some great functionality, but in a way I have a lot of problems with.  So just before the holidays, I built a self-hosted image proxy in Go to replace Jetpack's Photon service, and so far it's been working really well.
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Excellent work Will. I'll be checking this out shortly.
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well played, +Atlassian.  

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kinda stupid
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Tricksy +TravelClick.  Now why do I have the sneaking suspicion that I'm going to have to do this all over again next month?
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My reading list from 2013.  Most impactful would probably be Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller.  Speaker for the Dead would be a very close third.
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Yeah I think your bro, sat next to me in home room, if he had a pony tail,
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Elisabeth had about a 4 month headstart on me in working with +daniella dayoub, but I've been well on my way to a much healthier me as well.  Working with a trainer and nutritionist has been one of the best moves we've made in a long time, for many of the same reasons +Joseph Smarr talks about here: http://josephsmarr.com/2012/01/21/personal-trainer/
 
In the spirit of new life (2014 theme word), I wanted to share about my health journey. The decisions I have made in the last year have been a driving force behind giving me the new life I am currently living and am continuing to pursue this year. It's a journey that taught me that I am worth it.
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OMG! Tear-jerker!!!

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Definitely the best Mexican food on the coastside.
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This office seems to consistently be far less busy than others on the peninsula. The two or three times I've been there, I've also found the people to be far friendlier than what I'm used to... maybe because it's not as busy and stressful? I don't know. Definitely the best DMV office in the area, in my opinion.
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