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Google's Hangouts for Android has nagged me twice to use it for SMS messages. The second time I relented in order to give it a try. I shouldn't have bothered.

For some reason Hangouts shows G+ conversations before SMS ones. So I get a text this morning and its somewhere down the list below a conversation I had with a person once over 4 years ago. Conversations should be sorted by default from most recent to least recent. Better yet, messages from different networks should be on separate tabs, or there should be a filter (like with GMail) to only show stuff from one origin.

So I've reverted back to Messages. If 4.4 forces me to use Hangouts, I think I will be using a 3rd party app until they fix it.
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More spam - apparently I can earn myself 100 5* reviews of my android app for $135, or 1000 5* reviews for $950. And I'm sure there won't be any negative consequences for doing this at all.

Meanwhile another spammer offers to "optimize" my website (which is just a placeholder) and offer a FREE AUDIT and signs off by saying "PS I: I am not spamming. I have studied your website and believe I can help with your business promotion." Yeah right.
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Now that BlackBerry have given up on Playbook I wish they would have the decency to provide a root key so users can flash it if they want.
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A cheap of deck of cards had this insert to assure me they're "obviously larruping". #engrish  
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I went to a Chinese restaurant last night and ordered some tofu as a starter. Tofu is extremely bland but it was fried up so it had a bit of bite and the sweet chilli sauce, sesame seeds, shredded veg that went with it made it really palatable. Might choose it more often from now on.
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I have no idea why Google canned iGoogle but so far I'm enjoying my time in My Yahoo instead. There are some glitches such as the crappier search function and temperamental RSS feeds, but nothing which stop me from calling My Yahoo my homepage for the time being.
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Another day and I get another spam promoting some dubious Android Advertising SDK. Up to the plate today is Widdit which suggests I "engage" with users by foisting some horrible lock screen app onto their device. I am promised BIG MONEY for doing this.

I'll engage my users all right - they'll pour hate all over my app and uninstall it for inflicting this crap on their device.
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Gameloft have released a game called Minion Rush to tie in with Despicable Me 2. It's similar to Temple Run but skinned for a kids film. It looks cute and is a fairly charming game that kids would like to play.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftDMHM

What's not so cute is the in-game content such as costumes which retails as follows:

Mom - 1950 tokens
Ninja - 2800 tokens
Dad - 7000 tokens
Magician - 7000 tokens

So how much does it cost in real money to buy a costume with tokens? Well the "best" value deal - a bank vault of tokens costs £34.99 for 7500 tokens. So those 7000 token costumes cost nearly £33 in real money.

Perhaps Gameloft thought Despicable Me was a concept they had to encapsulate into the payment system. Whatever the reason, this is the most disgusting exploitation I've seen in any game especially one aimed at kids.
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My nomination for the most frustrating useless AV software ever goes to Trend Micro OfficeScan. This useless lump of crap drags file IO to its knees.

The status dialog proudly tells me it's scanned near 2,000,000 files in the last week and found no infections. A smarter AV suite would be telling me all the files it didn't scan because there was no reason to scan them i.e. if the file wasn't copied to my machine from a browser or email, or via a network share or USB / removable drive and there was no other reason to stay alert it should loosen up a bit. Implement some threat alert level and adapt.

Too bad it's a corporate thing. Oh how I hate it.
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Looking forward to what Google have to say about their gaming platform. Android has been pretty woeful in that department. It would be nice to have a single sign on for games that stores all achievements, trophies, facilitates match making and other features. It has the potential to be much better than the rag tag collection of 3rd party offerings with strings attached that Android makes do with at present.
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