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Baris Bicer
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I'm mostly a PC Gamer but XB1 is practically half PC anyway.
The Xbox One + Grand Theft Auto V Giveaway - Make The Best Of The Cold Winter Months With An Xbox One And An Amazing Game
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I just tried this on my phone, which is disconnected. Called my house, then my mom. Both times it worked. :O
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Google+ app updated! It looks great, adopting the same UI language as Google Now. The best part? We're getting close to Google IO, which means we'll finally get an explanation for the UI changes. (Updated with better image)

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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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Get More Done With The Brand New Nexus 6 Phone & Nexus 9 Tablet
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Just flashed Lollipop to my Nexus 7 2012. I'm now addicted to material design. BRING ME YOUR MATERIAL APPS SO I MAY CONSUME THEM.
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Real or Rendered? Which car is a pixel fantasy conjured with Iray and a Quadro K6000? Check tomorrow for the answer! http://bit.ly/iraybenders
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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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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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Gamer, computer geek and astronomy buff. Also, I make commentated game videos, aka Let's Plays.
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I love games, astronomy, computers, and anything that beeps, has lights on it, does something cool, or makes coffee.
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