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Oh, Yeah!

Android 7 Nougat?!? 😁

#android #nougat
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Forget Pokemon Go!

Just do the old fashioned way of catching a Pokemon! ;)

#Pokemon   #PokemonGo  
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Please +1 it to get +Google 's attention! :)

#Google #API #Nova #Launcher #GoogleNow
 
On the Google Now Launcher API

There’s been a lot of discussion about this so I wanted to acknowledge it.
We’d love to have Google Now as a page in Nova Launcher. Unfortunately that’s not practical (at least not yet).
Google added an API to allow device manufactures to include Google Now in their launchers, but currently the Google app limits clients to just system apps (the launcher that comes preinstalled on your device) and potentially it’s legally licensed just to Sony.

What about the patriksletmo’s github repository?
This is simply decompiled code from the Sony Launcher. It’s not legal for anyone to distribute and it still only works for system apps. It does not change anything.

What about root?
Technically, in theory, it’d be possible for a cleanly rewritten implementation of the API to be used by a third party launchers like Nova Launcher, if root was used to install the launcher as a system app. But this is not a good idea.
1) It might bother Google. The limit in the API is intentionally done, bypassing that restriction might cause some issues on their end, and make them less interested in working with third party launchers at all.
2) Google could easily break it at any time, either intentionally or accidentally. The API is likely still in development, they might make breaking change and notify Sony but not anyone unofficially using the API. They also easily could block third party launchers in other ways if they decided the system app check was no longer sufficient.
3) It’d break other things. Installing another app as a system app breaks OTA updates, breaks Android Pay and breaks uninstalling. Additionally, most users, even root users, don’t know the implications of installing an app as a system app and don’t know how to do it. +Cliff Wade would be overrun with support requests.

What about the future?
That’s the glimmer of hope. I can’t think of any long term reason why Google would not want third party launchers to include Google Now, and if they’re supporting the API for OEMs anyway they likely will open it up. Hopefully this is a test run, and they release support for third party launchers in the future, without any root shenanigans. Unfortunately things like this don’t always move quickly and it could easily be another year or two before we’d see such a thing.

What can we do?
Plus one this post if you want Google to open the API up for Nova Launcher to use. I’ll send them a link so they can see the interest and hopefully that encourage them to prioritize opening up the API.

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Yay! I caught my first Pokemon!

I gotta catch 'em all! ;)
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That was my first too :) takes me back to my childhood 
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Even with Android Wear, I still love my mechanical watches. It's something I hope to pass on to my kids. :)
 
Good article, highlights what I shoot for, ESPECIALLY SIGN # 2!!!! Too many have gone into debates about this but it's just facts! ;)

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2009/12/23/5-signs-of-a-quality-watch/
In the market for a new watch? Here are 5 signs to look for to make sure you get a quality one.
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Oh the sweet sound of tick tock tick tock ;)
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The Main Concourse in New York Penn Station.

Testing out my new old lens - the Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm f/2.

Thank you, +Juha Kannisto​ for the recommendation! :)


#lightroom #nyc #rokkor #40mm
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YES, PLEASE!
Why have one sexy model eating a burger when you can have three? Carl’s Jr.’s most recent ad campaign features lots of burgers, bacon, and babes. The fast food chain’s newest item is the Bacon 3-Way Burger. The only thing that sells better than bacon is sex, but the restaurant took that to another level with their Three-Way “Fantasy.”
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OMG!

LMAO!

You need to watch this!

Strong Language Alert!
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The NHL need to use the 3-2-1 point system because teams can't just coast to Overtime.

I would love to see this happen!

#NHL   #Hockey  
The NHL's recent rule change to 3-on-3 overtime has brought excitement and reduced the amount of shootouts, but doesn't entirely solve the problem at hand.
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I haven't used my GoPro in awhile, so I decided to use it last night with my Ninebot One! ;)

#Ninebot #NinebotOne #E+ #EUC #Unicycle #GoPro #Hero4
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Come and get it! :)



#Nexus #Google #FactoryImages
 
Security updates for July, fresh from the grill.
The Factory images and OTA ZIPs for July 2016 are now available for the full line of supported Nexus hardware (still waiting for the Pixel C). They're a li... by Cody Toombs in Device Updates, Marshmallow 6.0, News, Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 9, Nexus Devices, Nexus Player, Pixel C
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This is my local Target which is great because it's the place we go to for items we need in the house. From Milk to Star Wars items, they have good selection of items to purchase. They recently added a Starbucks a few months ago, so their food choices are better now than they were before. The people are pretty friendly and helpful which is always a good thing. :)
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The Chinese Combinations are inexpensive and delicious! Been going to this place for many years and it's a typical looking Chinese food fast food place, but the food is pretty good!
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
The local H Mart here in Edison, New Jersey has it all for all your Asian grocery shopping needs! On certain days, H-Mart offers free samples to many food items. Lot's of good things to try. The Food court is great because there's a lot of choices you can pick from. Only negative thing I can say for this place, is that because there are so many people coming into the store that parking is such a pain! Weekdays aren't that bad but good luck finding parking on the weekends. Enjoy! ;)
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
The place is clean and large enough for family dinners. Staff is friendly especially when you order out and they offer you some hot tea while you wait, so definitely try out the hot tea while you wait - it's delicious and good for you. ;) They have many types of Pho choices which is great because that's one thing you think of when you want Vietnamese food, right? The rice vermicelli with either grilled beef or port is another good option when you're here. They also have a variety of Bubble teas, so that's a must if you're into it. ;) The reason why I'm giving them 4 stars is because although the food is delicious, it's pricey. I'm basing this on ordering Vietnamese food from other restaurants. I guess they can charge a premium because they're the only Vietnamese restaurant in the area. Nonetheless, I would still recommend this place if you're looking for some Vietnamese food.
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Public - 8 months ago
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