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Julio Ojeda-Zapata
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Attended Colegio Espíritu Santo in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico; St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lives in St. Paul, MN
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My Google Photos issue: It has only a tiny fraction of the Google+ photo-editing features.

This is alarming, to say the least.

As someone who is neither a photo-editing amateur nor an expert, I have relished Google+ picture editing as a powerful, flexible image-manipulation suite that lets me do amazing things with little effort.

Google Photos, though capable and thoughtfully designed, does not come close to matching these features.

I realize that the mobile app Snapseed is at my disposal with features roughly matching those on Google+. But it is incomprehensible to me that comparable capabilities would not remain available everywhere.

Apple Photos is roughly the same across all of Apple's Mac and iOS devices, and looks to get a lot more capable and powerful with third-party editing plug-ins on the Mac.

Google+ photo editing blows Apple Photos editing out of the water, but with Google Photos the reverse is true.

As a result, I'm rethinking my longtime policy of relying on Google as my default photo-storage and photo-editing service.

This is a difficult thing for me to contemplate since I typically prefer Google services over comparable offerings, but I'm not seeing that I have any choice.

I'm seriously bummed out, guys.
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Yep, I "treat my bestie like a spouse" ... because my wife is my best friend, hand's down.
Do you think your bestie is basically a spouse without the sex? Check out these clues that you've found your friendship soulmate!
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As a Puerto Rican, I've only been subjected to 4 and 12. (I think some of these are fake.)
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Clever, clever dog!
A clever dog named Rosie, desperate to retrieve her beloved tennis ball from the pool, finally figures out an ingenious method for accomplishing her goal without having to get her fur wet. Accordin...
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Big surprise: Microsoft stores (including Mall of America outlet) to hype Windows 10.
Windows 10 will begin its rollout to the general public on July 29, and Microsoft's 110-plus retail store locations in North America will help celebrate the launch on that date with a number of special events, giveaways and more. All of the stories will have some kind of Windows 10 launch event on that date, offering customers free refreshments, giveaways, and a chance to participate...
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Congratulations! You have just won a Fee copy of windows 10!
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This article is eye-opening because I thought makers of GPS units were basically screwed.
They have bigger screens and offer uninterrupted navigation, and some have forward-facing and backup cameras and other safety features.
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The WayRay Navion is the only device I've ever seen that makes me think I need a standalone GPS unit:
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Thanks, Seimone Augustus, for this lovely recounting of your love story.
When you’re your authentic self every single day, without shame — life sort of falls into place.
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Minnesota-based Best Buy will begin selling the Apple Watch in August.
One month after Apple Inc. started selling Apple Watch at its own stores, the company said it will bring the device to Best Buy stores in August.
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This "Electra Woman & Dyna Girl" reboot looks kind of fun in a 'Supergirl' vein. Nice.
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Thanks for the heads up! I loved EW&DG when I was a kid in the 70's!
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Target can scour your Instagram photos to help decorate your dorm (if you wantz).
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Tough call, but I'm with the restaurant here. I used to be Asshole Parent. I regret that.
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Reading some of the posts to the original NYT article, it seems to be a black vs white battle, with greys not an option. Should we expect young children to always behave according to the very complex and often in now way intuitive social mores? Hardly. I recall my son, a rather quiet, introverted child, asking me in good faith (within earshot of others) serious, pressing questions such as "Why is that lady so fat?".

But to the point: A "misbehaving" child at a diner is not a catastrophe, not even an issue, and one would hope that common ground could be found, such as: (1) if the girl screams "for the better part of an hour" the parents might consider the possibility that ignoring this situation will not contribute to its solution, and (2) the owner / manager / whoever might have the tact and sense to not address the child but rather try for an amicable solution with the parents.

PS and BTW: It's just a DINER for God's sake!
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MN-based Best Buy has Pebble Time watch, Target (also MN-based) will get next month.
If you're not a huge fan of platform-segregated accessories, you're probably also the kind of person that would go for a Pebble smartwatch over the likes of the Android-only Moto 360 or the iOS-onl...
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  • The St. Paul Pioneer Press
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  • Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Tech writer. Nerd. Boricua. Cover picture by Steve Borsch.

I’ve had a lifelong fascination with technology, and I’ve been a journalist all my life — starting with my cute little articles for my grade-school newspaper, “La Flama,” in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

So, in a way, I’m one of the luckiest persons alive: I work as a technology journalist.

Today, I cover consumer technology for for, a MediaNews Group and Digital First Media property, and its St. Paul Pioneer Press dead-tree counterpart.

I report on a wide range of tech topics, post often to my tech blog, and slap together tech videos from time to time (when I’m not in one).

I also write books on occasion.

My third, recently released book, The Mobile Writer, is aimed at those who want to be productive on mobile devices (such as iPads and Android tablets) but don’t know how to get started. The book is a tech-gear and how-to guide for those wanting to get real writing done on ultraportable computing gadgets, but confused about their many hardware and software options.

Buy The Mobile Writer  here.

I’m also the author of iPad Means Business and Twitter Means Business. A fourth, coffee-themed book is in the planning stages.

I’m active on TwitterGoogle+ and Facebook, among other social networks.

I make frequent appearances on local and national TV-news broadcasts, radio programs and technology podcasts. This blog has archived video or audio of most such media appearances.

I speak with some regularity about journalism, technology and social media (and how the three intersect). A number of such engagements are archived here in video or audio form.

I’m a nerd (in the sci-fi-fanatic and tech-enthusiast senses of the word). I love to merengue, make sushi and brew that perfect cup of café (watch me rave about my favorite coffeemaker).

A native of Quito, Ecuador, I spent most of my childhood in San Juan and wear the “boricua” badge with pride.

I live with my wife and son in St. Paul, Minn., where I sometimes grumble about the non-tropical climate but love to strap on a snowboard.

  • Colegio Espíritu Santo in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico; St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Tata (what my wife and son call me), Bombi (high-school nickname), Julio (pronounced "JULE-ee-oh" instead of the usual "HOO-lee-oh; nickname on my mother's side of the family), July (nickname on my father's side of the family)
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