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JR Raphael
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Writer. At large. Android Intelligence + Computerworld, Fast Company, and other pleasurable publications. I am not -- I repeat, NOT -- an amphibian.
Writer. At large. Android Intelligence + Computerworld, Fast Company, and other pleasurable publications. I am not -- I repeat, NOT -- an amphibian.

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Well, it's official: Google+ is going away.

This makes me very sad. Even with all the ups and downs over the years, G+ has remained a vibrant and thriving community where I've connected with countless interesting people -- people who are as passionate about gadgets, systems, and other geekery as I am and who love discussing and debating those things in respectful and intelligent ways. As I'm sure I don't have to tell you, that kind of community is incredibly rare and difficult to find.

I can't say I'm entirely surprised Google is pulling the plug at this point, all considered, but I'm still extremely disappointed. But, alas. Here we are.

G+ isn't set to sunset until next August, so we have some time. And I'll stick around for now, as long as other folks are still here. Looking forward, though, the absolute best way to keep up with me, stay connected to what I'm doing, and stay in touch is via my weekly newsletter: https://www.androidintel.net

I'm also on Twitter, if you'd like to connect there as well: http://twitter.com/jrraphael

This has been a wonderful experience, and that's 100% because of all of you. Thank you for creating such a lively, fun, and thoughtful community within these virtual walls. I will really, truly miss it.
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1. Forget everything else you've ever read about Android security.

2. Go through this level-headed checklist once a year, and you will be in tip-top shape.
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A friendly reminder: Google's Smart Lock system can seriously simplify your security — but first, you have to figure out everything it can do.

And there's a lot more to it than most folks realize:
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The 5G hype is thick in the air right now, and it's only gonna get worse. Time for a much-needed reality check:
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Fair warning, gang: Google is "accelerating the sunset" of Google+ from August 2019 to April 2019.

That's a lovely way to say "We know we've already disappointed you, but here, let us twist the knife a little further" — isn't it?

Just as a reminder, the absolute best way to stay in touch and stay connected to what I'm doing moving forward is via my weekly newsletter: https://androidintel.net

I'm also on Twitter, if you'd like to connect there as well: http://twitter.com/jrraphael

A happy sunset to you.
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In this week's Android Intelligence newsletter...

➜ Check it out: https://androidintel.net/120718
➜ Subscribe: https://androidintel.net
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A little somethin'-somethin' for all the current Fi users out there: a collection of easily forgotten Fi features that are well worth embracing.

Take a few minutes to look this over and make sure you're taking advantage of everything Fi has to offer:
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Google's Fi service can be an awesome cost-saver and a huge step up from the standard carrier experience — but it isn't gonna make sense for everyone.

So much to know, so much to consider. Questions, meet answers:
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In this week's Android Intelligence newsletter...

➜ Check it out: https://androidintel.net/113018
➜ Subscribe: https://androidintel.net
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Thinking about getting one of Google's convertible Chromebooks? I've personally used the Pixelbook for a year and have lived with the Pixel Slate for the past week. Here are a few things you (you, you) oughta know:
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