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Thomas Walton
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OMG these guys have got it going on!

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"But the most vital aspect of this efficiency is that trains run on time, all the time. This is not just a point of pride. It is a necessity, given the huge number of people that have to be moved. Transfers are timed to the split second, and the slightest delay has the butterfly effect of delaying connections. The Shinkansen is no exception, as exemplified by the “angels”: teams of pink-attired women who descend on a train as soon as it arrives at its terminal and in five minutes leave it spotless for the return trip."

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This is Google at its best: disrupting a sector by improving quality and reach. It's not just about being free. Google photos, Docs, Chromecast and Gmail have all done the same. 
Crazy that people used to pay monthly for turn by turn directions. My team and I thought that was nuts. 

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I can see how this would reduce customer confusion, but on balance I prefer Chrome OS. It was a beautiful idea to have a web only experience and liberating to not have to worry about viruses and apps and updates. I see Chromecast in very much the same way - an elegant and interesting solution. I hope Google has got something in mind that they can exert more control over than Android in its current form. 

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No doubt about it, Dropbox is a great tool, but I almost never have cause to use it now. It's a shame that Google didn't acquire the excellent Mailbox. 

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This is super interesting: word frequency, Zipf's law and the 80:20 rule. 
+Vsauce was always a 'must watch' channel on YouTube. Since moving into long form videos (20+ mins on Zipf) Michael is pushing the bar higher still.

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I love the design of the Robin and the specs look good, if the engineers build and optimise properly (and it looks like that's exactly the intention). However, the cloud storage doesn't interest me at all. I already keep all my stuff in the cloud so the last thing I want is for Nextbit's syncing to interact badly with, say, Google Photos and introduce a problem I don't currently have. Looking forward to reading reviews. 
Snapdragon 808, 32GB, 13MP camera & more for $349. Easy to calculate this is a good value: http://buff.ly/1Ld1rnw
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Love this: the +Nebia atomising showerhead uses 70% less water by increasing the surface area of droplets. A great example of how the future will involve lots more passive technologies as we find more elegant ways of exploiting the physical properties of our environment. My personal favourite example of this over the past couple of years is the AeroPress - I can't go back to the wasteful old fashioned way of making coffee :) 

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+Joshua Topolsky's interview with Ex Machina writer/director Alex Garland is very engaging. I particularly liked Garland's insights into isolation and the way we use other people as reference points for our own behaviour (and how quickly we can become disconnected from reality when we're alone).

By the way, any fans of The Vergecast in the Topolsky days should subscribe to his new podcast Tomorrow. Highly recommended.
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