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Glad I'm not the only one that views Facebook as nothing more than a big laboratory
 
Deeper Issues Behind Facebook's Most Recent Privacy Debacle

If you've been following news around the revelation of what may be Facebook's biggest ever privacy breach (and goodness knows, there are plenty to choose from!), then I urge you to read this blog post: http://vacuousminx.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/facebooks-indefensible-unscholarly-research/

(If you're not familiar, in brief, it has been revealed that in 2009 Facebook deliberately manipulated "positive" vs "negative" content in the news feeds of around 600,000 users in cooperation with an independent academic research project.)

The linked post provides a well-reasoned and informed view into the deeper story behind this story. Yes, Facebook may well be very culpable in this case, but there are even more troubling implications for the academic world. 

My wife is a scientist. I've heard her speak often about some of the major ethical issues in the scientific world. One of the foremost of those is the issue of human-subject research.

We have all heard the horror stories from the past of horrendous things done to unwilling or unaware persons as part of scientific studies. In more recent times very strict rules have been defined in most of the developed world to prevent such abuses. Chief among those rules is the idea of consent. 

At issue in the current case is the possibility that academic researchers used Facebook's Terms of Service, to which every user agrees at signup, as a shield to get around the established rules. 

Read the post to get informed on these issues, and let me know what you think: http://vacuousminx.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/facebooks-indefensible-unscholarly-research/
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The Ultimate Hipster Move - Hate Austin before everybody else hates Austin
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After buying the current Nexus 7 tablet and a 2014 +Honda, I feel like I'm one step early on the real sweet spot here. Oh well
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The new Amazon phone is DOA - forked OS = no developers = no apps. This is what killed Palm in the end.
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Updating to Android 4.4.3

With the update to Android 4.4.3 now rolling out, we can expect many people to be asking about updating their Nexus 5 (or any nexus device) to the latest version of Android. In anticipation of this, I’ve written this simple FAQ for everyone to read before the community is overrun with redundant questions about the update process.

How can I update to the latest version of Android?
The easiest way is to wait for the push. When you receive it, you will be given a notification, and all you need to do is tap it and follow through. The problem with this is that you might need to wait a while before actually receiving it, as Google rolls-out updates in stages.

But I don’t want to wait! I want to update now!
You can do so using one of two methods, depending on your recovery.
Stock recovery - You will need to update your Nexus manually using adb. Read here to learn how: http://bit.ly/Q8bcKi
Custom recovery - If you have TWRP or CWM as your custom recovery, all you need to do is get the OTA zip into your phone, boot into recovery, and flash it like you do a custom ROM or custom kernel. That’s all there is to it.

Should I do anything before flashing the OTA?
As with all geeky hacking stuff , you should always have a nandroid backup ready in case things go wrong. So do that before doing anything else. 

Will I lose root if I flash the OTA?
Yes. You will need to re-root once you have updated.

Will I lose my data?
You shouldn’t. Flashing the OTA won’t erase your data, but if something goes wrong, you might need to wipe your device and start again. Hence the need to do a backup like mentioned earlier.

And my custom kernel?
You will need to flash the stock kernel before flashing the OTA. Once you have flashed the OTA you can flash your custom kernel again. 

Can I flash the OTA if I use Xposed Framework?
Yes, but first you will need to disable the Xposed Framework. You can do this either by opening the Xposed app, going into “Framework” and tapping the “Uninstall” button. Alternatively, you can boot into recovery, and flash the “Xposed-Disabler-Recovery” zip. Once Xposed has been disabled, you can flash the OTA, and re-enable Xposed (after regaining root access). Just to be clear, you need to disable the Xposed Framework via the app itself, not uninstall the app completely.

I’m using a custom ROM. Can I flash the OTA?
Yes, but first you will need to revert back to stock KitKat 4.4.2. Including the kernel. Flash the factory image to return to stock, and proceed to 4.4.3 using any of the methods above.

When will my custom ROM be updated to 4.4.3?
Custom ROMs are kinda like OEM skins when it comes to updates (though not as bad). Once AOSP is out, you will need to wait for the dev of your custom ROM of choice to update the ROM to the latest version of Android.

I’m using ART. Can I update or will I have to revert back to Dalvik first?
You can update even if you are in ART. You will automatically be reverted back to Dalvik. Thanks for the info +André Duarte

That should cover it. If you need any further clarification, please leave a comment in this post instead of writing a new post. We would like to keep the community as clutter-free as possible, especially during this update roll-out period.

Further reading: http://forum.xda-developers.com/google-nexus-5/general/info-nexus-5-ota-help-desk-t2523217
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Testing the new Android L keyboard. Looks pretty good so far
 
Here is the Android L keyboard, available to everyone with Android 4.0 and above! :)
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It looks too minimalistic, but I guess when people now only communicate in acronyms, there's no need for punctuation!
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Google I/O 2014 in under nine minutes: http://youtu.be/EgeMgjplANY
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I may just sell my Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 for this one device...
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It would be fun to visit a different place each year for a week or so! 
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