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Aaron Gingrich
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Just flying by the seat of my pants.
Just flying by the seat of my pants.

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Could not agree more.

That may be the first time I've agreed with +David Ruddock this decade...
Apple's "cheap" iPhone Xr just ate Google's lunch.
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Finally caved and bought a smartwatch:

First try was a Misfit Vapor, which was (for my tastes) obnoxiously thick, though the case diameter (42mm) was good and it looked nice. It took about 10 minutes of wearing it to decide it was just way too thick, and needed to go back.

Second try was a Fossil Q Venture, since it's also 42mm. But it turns out 18mm wrist bands - especially those that taper off - are a bit feminine. I didn't even need to take the tags off to decide it was going back.

Third try is (was?) a Zenwatch 3. I've had my eye on one since it was released, but I had a feeling 45mm would be too large (it is, a bit) and I suspected the buttons would feel mildly obnoxious on my wrist and look a bit silly (they do and they do). Battery life is also pathetic - I'm at 13 hours off the charger right now and currently at 3% battery life. I hardly even used it today - I probably spent maybe 15 minutes actually playing on it. It's also noticeably janky about 90% of the time I interact with it in any capacity.

Ideally, I'd like a watch that fits my wrist (~41-44mm case diameter and ~20mm strap width), and looks appropriate even if I'm wearing a suit. It also needs to last a full ~17 hour day without any battery anxiety. And it has to be 11.5mm thick or less. Bonus points if it has a heart rate sensor and/or can be used at the gym. I don't think an Android Wear watch exists that fits my criteria, yet.

You know what does fit, though? An Apple Watch.

It's like the early days of Android all over again.
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8-bit gaming at its finest! So genuine, you have to blow on the games (sometimes). Bring back the memories with this original NES and 9 games for $100. HMU
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Anyone have any experience with Galaxy S8 screen protectors? I normally don't use screen protectors, but this thing picks up scratches like nobody's business. I purchased one via Amazon that was very well-rated, but turns out the positive ratings were spam.

Specifically looking for one that doesn't have lines on the sides of the screen. Anyone have ideas?
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I learned a lot from this analysis of the characteristics of high-performing CEOs, and how boards often go wrong in what they select for (charisma, education, singular past success.) In one sense, it is nothing new, but it offers great opportunities for self-reflection to anyone in a leadership position. Keys: decisiveness (better to be wrong and fix it than to dither), engaging employees around a shared vision, proactive adaptation (and anticipation of) changing conditions, and reliability (or more properly, consistency).
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Why are we posting this pic of Saturn on #EarthDay? See that bright dot? That’s our home planet as seen by the Cassini spacecraft! Take a closer look: http://go.nasa.gov/2oA29Tt
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Saturn's moon Enceladus & Jupiter's moon Europa identified as #OceanWorlds with "some of the ingredients needed for a habitable environment." Learn more: http://go.nasa.gov/2orCDkB
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Ok, I'll admit it... I laughed.
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I'm unbelievably excited to say that I'm joining Google's Design Relations team 😁✏️
http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/03/20/saying-goodbye-android-police-hello-google/

Today, I'm leaving Android Police. And while I'll definitely miss hanging out in Slack with the awesome writers, editors, and producers of AP (yes, even +Artem Russakovskii 😸), I'm so excited to see what's ahead of me at Google.

As I wrote in the post, this does mean that I'll also be transitioning away from some of my freelance projects like Nova Launcher. Working with Kevin and Cliff has been absolutely amazing, and I've learned a ton about the platform during my time with Nova. So if you're a UIUXer reading this who's interested in helping out with Nova, drop us a line: https://goo.gl/forms/8rcvRtvvfCvSIKhv2

You'll still see me on G+ and Twitter, and I plan to continue (and ramp up) recording for Design Notes and live streaming design on Twitch & YouTube.

If you've followed me for long enough, you know that this move has been a long-term goal of mine for a while so I can't wait to get started and help even more partners have success through design on Android.


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