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This kick starter looks quite cool. Essentially its a device to help generate a custom weather forecast for a specific area rather in much finer granular detail than that currently available. Whats not to like.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/441602794/wezr-the-industrys-most-precise-weather-tracker

I came across it whilst reading this review of it : https://wetestkites.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/pre-review-the-wezr-sensor-a-device-for-a-better-wind-forecast/#more-554
WEZR Corporation is raising funds for WEZR - The Industry's Most Precise Weather Tracker on Kickstarter! Connect the WEZR sensor to get with real time, up to date and ultra local weather forecast on your smartphone.
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Short film review time:

John Wick. 4/10
Keanu Reeves plays ex mafia hitman John Wick. The mafia break into his house and kill his dog. Cue action.

Unfortunately even the well choreographed action scenes cant rescue the one dimensional plot. Worth a watch if you are bored but if you have the option watch Last Man Standing or Fist full of dollars as they are better versions of this film.
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This month on Kraaft It LIVE! we issued a challenge to the Kraafters Kommunity to "alter something"
I happened to stumble upon this video tonight and thought of all my kraafty friends who do something everyday with what most people throw away or even take a single item meant for some other original idea and turns it into a WHOLE NEW something.

I do hope you are considering this month's challenge and even if it means building a night stand out of peanut butter jars, you will be sure to share it with us and tag it with #KSDNov  
#crafts   #creatvity   #creativegenius  
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Starting day 3 of living with an Android phone (Nexus 4) instead of my usual nokia lumia. I don't think its been helped that our phone line (and hence broadband) has been down but its been an interesting trip so far. 

Summary:
- The keyboard. The best thing about Android by a mile. I remember thinking how much nicer the WP keyboard was when I moved from IOS. This is the same type of thing. Its somehow more accurate and quicker to react. 
- The camera. Bit of a dissapointment but I am moving from a mega camera to last years tech so its to be expected. Stock camera app is fine - if a little unintuitive. the Better camera app makes things a lot better. 
- Apps. Pluses and minuses here. Yes , there are lots of them. But you have to install about 10 and then work out which ones work. Can see why Microsoft execs are upbeat about things if only they could persuade the big companies to write for all 3 platforms. The easy way to discover apps is just to look at the Nokia recommended list. This removes all the fart apps and means that everything will have been through at least 2 sets of device testing before you look at it. 
- Social media. Retrograde step here for me at the moment. With the exception of the google plus app, nothing seems to be so well featured. The stock WP8 app amalgamates all the details together so well into a quick and easy to read stream, haven't found anything yet that works quite as well. I'm guessing that the manufacturers put something on with their enhanced products (Sense etc).
- Dialler. I'm not as keen on the stock android dialler. Its probably just what I'm used to though so Im not going to let this put me off.
- Maps. I miss nokia maps. I love having OSM maps instead. 
- Weather. Haven't found a weather app I'm happy with on either platform yet. The android ones do look a little more polished though.
- Tasker. This is brilliant! If I could take one thing back it would almost be this (the keyboard would win but this runs it close).

I'm going to stick with it for another 4 weeks whilst I adapt and make my mind up then.
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So a couple of months ago the +1 feature was changed. Being a little slow on the uptake and the type of person who would probably spam my feed as I tend to 'award' pluses for respect rather than want to necessarily share with people (I tend to use the share link for that) I was interested in finding out how to mute this feature.

Turns out the setting menus have changed since the helpful posts telling you how to do this. Anyone have any ideas how I can mute myself?
 
How to Hide Your +1's 

If you're really not into this new +1 thing, and are paranoid that someone will see that you are +1ing Hello Kitty images (you know who you are) here is how you can easily make sure nobody can see your +1s. 

Step 1: Go to your Settings tab in the left sidebar.

Step 2: Scroll down to the Apps and activities section and click the Manage apps and activities button.

Step 3: Click the Google tab at the top.

Step 4: Under the Visible to column click the Edit link.

Step 5: Click the drop down menu and select Only you from the list.

Step 6: Return to +1ing all the things you don't want people to know you like. 

This should completely solve your fear of being found out for your Hello Kitty +1ing obsession (or any other completely valid reasons you don't want people to see what you +1). 

Personally, I think this new +1 behavior is a great thing and if you don't believe me, you should read my follow up post to this:

Everything You Need To Know About The New +1 On Google+ - http://dustn.tv/google-plus-one

Was this helpful to you? Do you have any more questions about the new Google+ +1 feature? 

#googleplustips   #googleplushelp  
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Just to prove that windsurfing and kitesurfing aren't the only videos I watch. This is pretty awesome.
 
WOW.  Easily the most original flatlander bike tricks I've seen.

Original Bike Tricks from Tim Knoll
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Living with my Microsoft Band notes:

Battery life:
Suprisingly good! Managed 2 hours less than 4 days from a single charge. Will easily go for a weekend without needing a charge. Note I didn't do any workouts during that 4 day period and that would affect the battery life. However, on an earlier test, a days use including 2.5 hours of GPS tracking left me with 50% battery. Not to shabby.

Heart Rate and steps:
Yep. This seems to work.

Notifications:
This is the reason I chose the band over some of the competition. It works pretty nicely. As will have been noted elsewhere, it would be nice if reading the notifications on the band cancelled them on your phone - but its a multi platform device so you can't expect it to be flawless yet.

Keyboard: 
Works surprisingly well. Good for a couple of word reply but a bit of a chore for anything more. As to be expected really.

Calorie counter:
The only disappointing thing at the moment. I remember testing out a band a while back and it seemed more accurate/feasible. An example, 2 days ago I lazed around the house with a cold, did 0.5 mile of steps and burned 1950 kcal. Yesterday I walked 6 miles and did 2100 kcal. Either it is now a lot more accurate or it underestimates when not in workout mode. Either is possible.

Overall:
Currently a happy camper. I'm slightly limited in choice due to my preferred phone platform but I don't feel like I'm missing out at the moment.
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Fab, that's really helpful thank you!
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As a windows phone user I have generally been delighted with the operating system and the way that it does things. Each time I have tried moving to Android and looked at IOS I have always come back after being unable to replicate some of the basic features of WP. 

Its a frustrating time right now though as gradually all of the features I really wanted are being removed and the functionality merged to be just like everything else. Want a nice simple to use pivot architecture you can operate with your gloves on, sorry we are moving to the menu based architecture like Android. Want to avoid the Facebook smell that is their app, sorry we are just going to re-skin their app and leave you with the mess that is the Facebook timeline.

It used to be worth the lack of interoperability to stick with windows phone but as all the bits I really liked start to get removed I'm starting to wonder.....  
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Had a chance to test my new bicycle light and it gets a big thumbs up. I took a gamble on a Busch and Muller Ixon IQ Premium and I think its probably the best commuter light I have heard about.

Pros:
-Excellent beam pattern.
-Bright enough to see the road by
-Light positioned onto the road not into the eyes of oncoming traffic
-Reasonably priced. (not as cheap as the chinese copies, cheaper than most MTB lights)
- German K marked so actually legal for use as a sole front light in the UK (unlike most alternatives). 
-Choice of good mounts including fork crown mount.

Cons:
-AA (although rechargeable) batteries. Would prefer 18650 cells
-Proprietary charger. Would prefer usb

So if you are looking for a new light. Check this one out.
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After a little longer with life using Android, I thought I should probably jot a few experiences down in case anyone else was thinking of swapping from WP and wondered at the differences. In a bid to avoid thus looking like a gigantic whinge, I'm going to try and add some structure to this post.

The good:
- Google apps. The photos app is superb. It has everything I want and is simple and intuitive to use. Chrome is superb. MS raised their game with a new version of IE for WP8 but it isn't in the same league as chrome.
- battery life has surprised me. I'm getting close to 3 days out of a second hand nexus 4 with WiFi and location enabled. Sure I'm not making a lot of phone calls but I'm browsing my usual social networks and taking the occasional photo.
- GPS seems to be good. I'm only comparing to a galaxy s2 but its noticeably faster to get a position.
- camera start up time. Its noticeably faster to start the camera than on my Nokia - even without a dedicated hardware button.

The frustrating:
- chrome! its good but why do I have different products for both mobile and tablet. On the mobile app there is a brilliant swipe gesture to kill tabs. Its a tiny little cross in the tablet and I am forever creating new blank tabs instead of closing tabs. Not so bad but then why won't the mobile app display pages that open on the tablet version. Its barmy!
- No hardware camera shutter button.
- Possible choice. I've complained before about having too many apps that makes it difficult to find the best ones. I've had a similarly frustrating time with hardware. I bought a USB OTG cable. Downloaded a bunch of apps only to find its not a compatible cable. The day before I tried to plug my tablet into the USB port on the TV and use it like a hard disc. No joy. Not a problem I think, I can borrow an MHL cable. Nope. That only works for Samsung phones. I'm left feeling a little flat that the possibilities are very high but with a correspondingly high level of incompatibility which makes me ask myself - is this too much flexibility in a phone?
- The stock phone dialer. I just don't get on with this. I keep hanging up calls when I'm trying to take them. Who thought it was a good idea not to show you which direction you need to swipe before you have touched the screen and covered up the correct option with part of your hand? I know you would get used to it but it still needs fixing. Any recommendations for a better one?

Halfway score:
I like both the phone and the tablet I'm using but it's too early to tell if I'll stick with them. I started this experiment because I felt limited by WP8 and I felt I was missing out but I can't help feeling the same is true on android. It seems you buy your hardware based on your criteria and accept that other hardware will do loads of other stuff you'll just never get working yourself 
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Nexus 4s rock ;-) welcome to the club
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Hooray! A new Martyn Ashton road bike video - and this time he's invited Chris Akrig and Danny Mcaskill along for the ride.

Road Bike Party 2 - Martyn Ashton
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Crazy! But truly amazing.
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So I'm having a problem where my 'ALL' stream in G+ is only showing my posts. And not all of my posts at that. I can see all the posts in the streams individually and the settings in the circles have the 'show posts in home stream' option enabled. 

Any ideas? 
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