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Collections is Pinterest "but on steroids and packing tactical thermo nukes" There have been a great number of people using Collections for quite a while and I've found out to be a great way to slim down what's in my posts.

If you follow someone for a specific shared interests but find your stream full of things from them that you’re not all that fussed about Collections is a fantastic way of clearing out the stuff you care about from the stuff you don’t.

This will only work though if I have a Collection to put my posts in. If I don’t then I’ll still be sharing my ideas with everyone.

There are endless ways in which you can use Collections. If you have a specific hobby you can create a Collection of posts geared around that. If you a car restoration enthusiast you can share all you pictures from the beginning of your project to to finish and have somewhere for others to keep on top of your posts and those who aren’t all that keen still get.

The great things about Collections is you’re in full control over who sees them. Choose from Your Circles, Custom where you can share with a specific Circle that you have created and of course make them public for everyone to see and follow.

Google have put together a comprehensive guide on how to get going with Collections so you know exactly what to expect and how to make the most of Collections. Take a read of it here and feel free to share your Collections.

You'll need the version of Google+ which should have got your Android device a few days ago. Desktop users will have all the tools ready to go and iOS users will have to wait for an update. You could just grab a Nexus 6 and get straight in to the action.

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Introducing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic

Our happiest Google+ users are those who connect with others around shared interests and passions. So we set out to give people a place to express the things they love. Today, we’re announcing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic.

Every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into. Each collection can be shared publicly, privately, or with a custom set of people. Once you create your first collection, your profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow your collections.

Posts in collections you follow will appear in your Home stream, with a link to easily jump right into the collection so you can get to similar content from that author. Collections give you a great way to find more of the stuff you love from the people you follow.

Collections is available on Android and the web, and iOS is coming later. For Android users, make sure to update your Google+ app to get access to Collections.

For inspiration on interesting topics, check out our Featured Collections page here: g.co/collections

Create your collections today and share what you love.
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The BBC Proms celebrates its 120th year when it gets underway on July 17th. It runs right through until September 12th at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall with a total of 80 concerts.

The official BBC Proms app brings a host of features to help you keep up with all that's going. Included will be articles on featured composers and full listings for every concert including the ability to export each event to your calendar.

Prommers in the UK will have the chance to watch or listen to each concert after it has been broadcast which is slightly odd as you will be able to watch and listen live from the BBC iPlayer app.

As the app comes from the commercial arm of the BBC it'll cost you so for UK 'customers' you'll need to part with £2.99 which I'm sure when you're forced to pay for the Proms in the first place is somewhat a hard ask.

If you fancy going the app also allows you to purchase tickets but you'll probably be wanting to bypass the app and use the Proms website well in advance of July.



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Am I missing something or is it really that significant to post about how much money a networking makes or what particular handset manufacturing houses have done financially?

Just for fun.........

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App update - Messenger

Who still uses SMS? It could be considered old hat just like Morse Code. Apps like Hangouts, Facebook and Whatsapp have taken over the SMS arena leaving the poor little SMS with just a tiny bit of the room.

If you still use it though and in particular the Google Messenger app the latest update adds the ability to send a quick reply without having to open the app.

When you get a text a reply option will be available and you'll be able to bash out a quick reply and get back to whatever it was you were doing.

As I was posting this up I got a Hangout message that sadly doesn't have this feature. Messenger is the better looking app, couldn't we have the option for SMS and IM I'm there instead.

The update should be rolling out in a bit.

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Messengers a shit of a thing
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This isn't really an app but more a portal to all the info and news you could want on the up and coming election. If you don't already know who you're voting for pop your postcode or town/city in and a list of all candidates with a link to mews about them pops up.

Below that is news from the days events and with a 3 minute latency you'll be pretty well in the loop. Google will also put together some important info on who holds the balance of power in each constituency, some are going to be a tightly run affair.

I have come across some rather heated debates on Google+ with some passionate debates but also some very unpleasant people being quite rude.

The 'app' is available from Google Play via the below link.

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The LG G Watch Urbane is shipping to customers of Clove Technology today a good week before it is available from Google Play.

I've had both the LG G Watch and the Moto 360 and whilst they are both super devices the metal body and stitched leather strap on the Urbane give it a premium looks and feel plus it looks like a watch.

If you've already used an Android Wear device then everything is pretty much the same as what you'll be experiencing now but the way it's presented on a device that looks like a watch adds the feeling of something completely new.

There is no getting away from the fact that it is the LG Watch R in terms of internals, the Urbane is aimed at the more cosmopolitan customer as opposed to the sporty get out and about G Watch R.

At the moment Clove Technology have the Silver variant and you can pick it up for £259 + postage. Is it worth the outlay? Yes if you're after a watch that keeps you connected to your world with style.

You can pick it up from their website here - http://goo.gl/lAajju - where I'm told it has been flying out the door all day to customers far and wide.

#Android #AndroidWear #LGGWatchUrbane

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Now you can make a call direct from your snazzy new LG G Watch Urbane. You won't be able to talk to your Mum through the watch or hear her giving you a telling off, that still needs to be done via your phone.

You'll also be able to view favourites, look at recent call lists and tap on the dial pad to call someone. All very coll bit only if you have a LG G Watch Urbane which has annoyed quite a few people and their ratings on Google Play show you why.

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If there isn't an app you like that does what you want it to do then make one. That's what Tony Owen does.

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My latest app has just been released Running Calculator

I made the app as I couldn't find any good ones out there. Its a pretty simple app, use it to calculate Pace, Distance, and Time based on the other 2.

iOS version is currently in review.
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+John Wooduck Hunt​ Good coincidence only yesterday was looking through some like this. I have asked him to mod it and include speed as well.
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Some handy tips for making use of the Google App. Find a menu, name that tune with Shazam and more.

Anyone remember 'Bits and Pieces on BBC Radio 1 many many years ago?

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Tips and tricks you didn't know you could do with Google for on the go, at work and having fun.
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WHISK NEEDS YOUR VOTE TODAY!

We have thrown our hat into the ring for Richard Branson’s “Pitch to Rich” competition, which is shelling out £1m in startup funding. We’d be so grateful if you could spare 30 seconds to click on the link below and vote for Whisk.

http://www.virginmediabusiness.co.uk/pitch-to-rich/grow/whiskcom/
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Google have a few games on offer with prices starting from as little as 9p. Titles include Monument Valley that recently won awards at the BAFTA Games Awards.

They aren't the latest games but ideal if you want to top up your children's library of games without spending loads of dosh.

Take your pick here - http://goo.gl/9olybJ

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Google Now will be able to work together with more apps to bring you things like recommended playlists from the awesome +TuneIn​​ app. You'll get suggested stations and podcasts tailored specifically to your interests 

They join a host of other apps such as, +ESPNcricinfo​​​ , +eBay​​​, +Shazam​​​ and many many more who will serve up all the info you need with ultimate personal assistant Google Now.

For a full list of apps, all 70 of them head on over to this dedicated webpage from Google - http://goo.gl/v3aK3m

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Tune to the right station or podcast right when you need it with new Now cards from TuneIn! http://tun.in/6eki6

To get started, make sure you have the TuneIn Radio app downloaded and then just tap the Google app on Android to see your cards. 
TuneIn on the Google app: The right station, when you need it Great new stations and podcasts are added to TuneIn everyday. So many, in fact, it can be hard to decide what to listen to next!...
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Very rare that i use google now, got the weather on there and that's about it
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