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Given my history of using #Kerbal parts in ways they were exactly not meant to be used, this happened. Made in @KerbalSpaceP version 0.23.5.
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Speculation: An app that opens up links as floating bubbles on top of the currently open app. Hopefully I'm wrong and the app is 100x more awesome than I expected it to be. Excited!
 
I'm of the opinion that today's most popular mobile web browsers largely fail to address the needs, constraints and realities of a modern mobile user. For my money, to this point mobile browsers are derivatives of their desktop apps, and we have yet to see a mobile web browser designed solely and specifically with mobile devices in mind.

Let me highlight a few common examples of where I feel current mobile devices offer a sub-par experience.

Consider the common case where you’re using Google Now or Twitter and you see 2 or more links you’d like to load. On a desktop you might middle click both links and open each in a new tab, but this isn’t possible on a mobile device. Instead you have to click one of the links, wait for a browser app to load, wait for the page to load, read it, rely on not getting distracted by a notification or another app, go back to the app, click the 2nd link, and repeat.

I think this is a bad user experience, and can be handled better on a mobile device.

How about when you want to view an Instagram link in Twitter? Currently after clicking the link, you are transferred to your default browser, wait for the t.co link to resolve and redirect, and then finally the Instagram app loads. I increasingly find myself not even bothering to click on Instagram links so as to spare myself this cumbersome process.

I think this is a bad user experience, and can be handled better on a mobile device.

How about the increasingly common use case where you come across a link you know you don’t have time to read now, but want to quickly add it to Pocket to read later? Currently you have to load the link in a default browser, click into a menu, click share and then select Add to Pocket. You already know you don’t have time for this link right now, so having to switch apps and spend ~5+ seconds to defer reading an article for later is a waste of time. 

I think this is a bad user experience, and can be handled better on a mobile device.

Often times content on a web page would be better handled by an app. A classic example here is YouTube videos. For whatever reason, I find playing embedded YouTube videos in a browser finicky, and loading the videos in the YouTube app more difficult than it needs to be.

I think this is a bad user experience, and can be handled better on a mobile device.

Last but not least, I feel very strongly that absolutely any time spent staring at my screen waiting for a link to redirect and a web page to load is precious seconds of my session that could be better spent doing something more productive with my device. Content needs to load, and this loading does take time. But there’s no reason the entire screen of my mobile device should be occupied by while said content is loading.

I think this is a bad user experience, and can be handled better on a mobile device.

My next app is called Link Bubble, and my goal with it was to create a mobile browser designed specifically with mobile devices and their constraints in mind. I’m thrilled with how the app has turned out. In fact, I’ll go further than that and say I’m more proud of Link Bubble than anything I’ve done in my career. It has changed not just the way I browse, but interact with my mobile devices.

Link Bubble will be available exclusively on Google Play tomorrow.
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Dead Trigger 2 gets dangerously close to this line of having a bad microtransaction system. The difference there being you unlock most of the non-vanity items with in-game money. It's still a grind, and it has multihour-long build times, but that game isn't designed to play for hours on end, and it didn't have a legacy to uphold/destroy. Dungeon Keeper 1 and 2 were designed for prolonged play, and they did have a very powerful legacy, and I think that's why people are so pissed about this newer version, a mere joke of a mobile game.
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Are you guys just doing everything in your power to take away focus from the videos we want to watch in favor of videos that we don't? This is actually going to be a disaster for both content creators and fans alike. Expect channel advertising to skyrocket. Honestly the last thing everybody needs is for the comments section to deteriorate even further.
Helping you connect with your fans is extremely important for you and for us. This includes replacing little-used features with better ones. Currently video responses have a click-through rate of .0004% -- in other words, onl...
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We have less than 40 hours to raise $4850 so I can bring my #soyuzadventure  to #classrooms  everywhere! Time is running out. I need your help now!

Please join my crew now! #stem   #space   #mars  
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Even if you're not a gamer in the slightest, you need to watch the Dota 2 documentary Free To Play. Nothing in this documentary will justify the countless hours most people (including me) spend playing games. However, it shows how the gaming community is evolving and growing, from its existence as niche child's toy to multi-million-dollar sport.

I still don't have a good excuse for sinking hundreds of hours a week into games like Borderlands 2 and Kerbal Space Program. Okay, I do, but that's not the point. The point is, I hope people will stop treating games like a waste of time and something that people will grow out of. It's a hobby, but can also be a passion.

In short, encourage your children/sons and daughters to moderate their game habits. Don't try to eliminate it altogether. It's srs bznz now. :P
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I've finally found my Google+ Nirvana. People, prepare for a mass purging. 
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Hello everyone. This is my first post for a while, and it will likely be my last, as you see, Google+ is not for me.

Why is Google+ not for me?

     Google+ is unlike any other social networking site on the planet. It's bright, it's lively, it promotes the sharing of content much more than Twitter or Facebook does, and it allows you to share ideas instead of useless guff like "I went to Starbucks and got a Mocha Frap. So good!"

     *However*, this poses a few problems. People post content, yes, but posts feel disconnected from the people they are sharing with. This is the problem I have with Facebook as well. Posts consist of blocks of content with replies beneath it. In an attempt to make it feel more like a social setting--a forum, of sorts--instead of a list of mindless thoughts, Google and Facebook have managed to make it feel like my words are less relevant than the post I'm replying to.

     I feel like I'm in a crowd staring up at a statue, mumbling something about how "nice it looks," and occasionally whoever happens to hear me leans over and mumbles something along the same lines. It doesn't feel like a conversation. I cannot connect with anyone. It feels more like I need to present something meaningful rather than attempt to hold a real conversation through something relatively meaningless.

     Google+ tries to distance itself from Facebook by letting us discover new content, like Twitter does. I don't have to follow family members on Google+ to enjoy it. And it organizes feedback in a way that's easy to find and easier to read. And again, this poses a problem, which brings me to the reason that sparked this whole post: the way Google attempts to get us to use Google+ by completely changing the way YouTube comments work.

Why doesn't this work with YouTube comments?

     Yes, feedback and posts are organized and easier to read here, but I already have an established presence on other social media sites, which came before Google+. And one of those sites, Twitter, fits better into the "YouTube comments" role than Google+ does. Sure, content on YouTube is condensed when compared to Google+, but again, you run into the problem that most replies seem to just be about the main post, which itself is a comment to the video.

     So now you have replies within replies, options to exclude your posts from being replied to, and then you can post them to Google+ if you want to, where it's likely you didn't want to do that anyway. It feels disconnected. Nothing comes together. And content on Google+ especially feels like it was tossed all over the place. It's an overload of senses, and while content is organized and exploration of new topics is encouraged, I don't feel compelled to participate in anything. I don't like it.
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Some wicked cloud shapes from just the other day. I imagine they would look better if uploaded here.
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If you're one of those people who worry at absolutely every turn about your privacy despite the fact they throw their personal information willy-nilly anyway, then you're going to enjoy finding out how vulnerable you are. Oh wait.
Clueful for Android is a FREE product that shows you how installed apps use...
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Gamer, computer geek and astronomy buff. Also, I make commentated game videos, aka Let's Plays.
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