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So I have had mine for a week now, and absolutely love it.
Huge beautiful screen, fantastic front facing speakers, and OMG the battery life, I'm so in love.
Good followup review.๏ปฟ

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Wow that does look the goods, but wow at the price tag, it had better be super high quality for the price ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๏ปฟ

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I am a coach at a little athletics club here in Australian, I wish I could get across to my kids what you have just talked about, because they are so young they all have basic or outright bad techniques, but they always complain about doing drills and standing throws, all they ever want to do are runnups or spins, but I guess that's what you get when you work with little kids, but it is awesome to see them develop into great throwers as they age though ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ anyway I have watched a heap of your videos and find them all to be well done, keep up the great work, cheers ๐Ÿป ๏ปฟ
So I have a new nexus 5, and I have a little problem, I had a nexus 4 before, and never had any problems charging it at full speed (ac charging) with my various chargers (car charger, external battery, etc) but now with the nexus 5 it only does usb (slow charging) for everything except the wall socket.
Does anybody have any idea why this would be??? I have tried various cables, and they all work fine with the nexus 4, but with the nexus 5 all I get is usb charging (and that sux)
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Exciting time for me today :-) ๏ปฟ
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A great video, worth a watch for any Android users :)
I love the way it can now reference previous questions when the current question is asked, that is very cool, and more natural, good work Goggle :)
Really cool video with 50 voice commands for Google Now :)๏ปฟ
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MKBHD Shirt all the way to Perth, Western Australia
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That's awesome work damo ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๏ปฟ

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Australia - through the Eyes of a Visiting American

Sometimes it is good to be reminded of the good things, not just the negatives: ย 

There's a lot to admire about Australia, especially if you're a visiting American, says David Mason.

More often than you might expect, Australian friends patiently listening to me enthuse about their country have said, ''We need outsiders like you to remind us what we have.''

So here it is - a small presumptuous list of what one foreigner admires in Oz.

1. Health care.

I know the controversies, but basic national health care is a gift.

In America, medical expenses are a leading cause of bankruptcy.

The drug companies dominate politics and advertising.

Obama is being crucified for taking halting baby steps towards sanity.

You can't turn on the telly without hours of drug advertisements - something I have never yet seen here.

And your emphasis on prevention - making cigarettes less accessible, for one - is a model.

2. Food.

Yes, we have great food in America too, especially in the big cities.

But your bread is less sweet, your lamb is cheaper, and your supermarket vegetables and fruits are fresher than ours.

Too often in my country an apple is a ball of pulp as big as your face.

The dainty Pink Lady apples of Oz are the juiciest I've had.

And don't get me started on coffee.

In American small towns it tastes like water flavoured with burnt dirt, but the smallest shop in the smallest town in Oz can make a first-rate latte.

I love your ubiquitous bakeries, your hot-cross buns. Shall I go on?

3. Language.


How do you do it?

The rhyming slang and Aboriginal place names like magic spells.

Words that seem vaguely English yet also resemble an argot from another planet.

I love the way institutional names get turned into diminutives - Vinnie's and Salvos - and absolutely nothing's sacred.

Everything's an opportunity for word games and everyone's a nickname.

Lingo makes the world go round.

It's the spontaneous wit of the people that tickles me most.

Late one night at a barbie my new mate Suds remarked, ''Nothing's the same since 24-7.'' Amen.

4. Free-to-air TV.

In Oz, you buy a TV, plug it in and watch some of the best programming I've ever seen - uncensored.

In America, you can't get diddly-squat without paying a cable or satellite company heavy fees.

In Oz a few channels make it hard to choose.

In America, you've got 400 channels and nothing to watch.

5. Small shops.

Outside the big cities in America corporations have nearly erased them.

Identical malls with identical restaurants serving inferior food.

Except for geography, it's hard to tell one American town from another.

The ''take-away'' culture here is wonderful.

Human encounters are real - stirring happens, stories get told.

The curries are to die for. And you don't have to tip!

6. Free camping.

We used to have this too, and I guess it's still free when you backpack miles away from the roads.

But I love the fact that in Oz everyone owns the shore and in many places you can pull up a camper van and stare at the sea for weeks.

I love the ''primitive'' and independent campgrounds, the life out of doors.

The few idiots who leave their stubbies and rubbish behind in these pristine places ought to be transported in chains.

7. Religion.

In America, it's everywhere - especially where it's not supposed to be, like politics.

I imagine you have your Pharisees too, making a big public show of devotion, but I have yet to meet one here.

8. Roads.

Peak hour aside, I've found travel on your roads pure heaven.

My country's ''freeways'' are crowded, crumbling, insanely knotted with looping overpasses - it's like racing homicidal maniacs on fraying spaghetti.

I've taken the Hume without stress, and I love the Princes Highway when it's two lanes.

Ninety minutes south of Batemans Bay I was sorry to see one billboard for a McDonald's.

It's blocking a lovely paddock view. Someone should remove it.

9. Real multiculturalism.

I know there are tensions, just like anywhere else, but I love the distinctiveness of your communities and the way you publicly acknowledge the Aboriginal past.

Recently, too, I spent quality time with Melbourne Greeks, and was gratified both by their devotion to their own great language and culture and their openness to an Afghan lunch.

10. Fewer guns.

You had Port Arthur in 1996 and got real in response.

America replicates such massacres several times a year and nothing changes


Our religion of individual rights makes the good of the community an impossible dream.

Instead of mateship we have ''It's mine and nobody else's''.

We talk a great game about freedom, but too often live in fear.

There's more to say - your kaleidoscopic birds, your perfumed bush in springtime, your vast beaches.

These are just a few blessings that make Australia a rarity.

Of course, it's not paradise - nowhere is - but I love it here.

No need to wave flags like Americans and add to the world's windiness.

Just value what you have and don't give it away.

David Mason is a US writer and professor, and poet laureate of Colorado.๏ปฟ
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LOVE THIS!! Great way to serve salad at an outdoor partyโ€”no bugs! These jars are cheap at Target and Walmart. Put them in a tray full of ice to keep em cool.๏ปฟ
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We rented the two bedroom, two bathroom fully self-contained apartment for two weeks for our visit to the Gold Coast. The apartment was fantastic, plenty of room for the four of us, and having two bathrooms and toilets in the apartment was really handy. The kitchen was fully equipped so we could cook anything we wanted and with the BBQ in the pool area for use also, all out meals were easily sorted. The foxtel on the TV kept the kids occupied when some downtime was required. There is a half sized tennis court that is heaps of fun for the kids and big kids alike, the huge pool and spa are a stand out features. The pool was nice and warm and is deep enough in the middle for the kids to have some great fun. The apartments are centrally located near the main parts of surfers paradise, easily walk to all things you could possibly need or want, food, entertainment, the beach, mini golf, everything. There is a Coles and Woolworths 30 seconds drive away, for stocking up all the things you need to make your holiday far more affordable. It's right next to the bus lines, however we had a hire car so didn't use that service. Our car was safely locked away in the underground car park when not in use. And with a car all the theme parks are only a 15/20min drive from the apartment, Sea World, is only 5 Min drive away. And just about everything else you can walk to ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ The apartments also have permanent residents living there with a strict no part policy enforced, so there are no wild parties running into the night keeping the kids awake. We found the apartments to be fantastic value for money and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a centrally located base to have an incredible gold coast holiday from. We will be coming back for sure ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘
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