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Gina Trapani
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ThinkUp co-founder, Host of This Week in Google and All About Android, Todo.txt creator, founding/former editor of Lifehacker
ThinkUp co-founder, Host of This Week in Google and All About Android, Todo.txt creator, founding/former editor of Lifehacker

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Hi friends! I haven't spent a lot of time on Google+ lately because I am not as cool as you. But I wanted to let you know:

In a couple of hours I'm doing an AMA on ProductHunt, where you can ask me anything (in text, no live video this time. Text is nice and safe, right?). I've committed to an entire hour of dedicated question-answering, so please come hit me up! You should ask me about Makerbase, ThinkUp, Todo.txt, Udacity's Android Nanodegree (I'm in the midst of doing it now), standing desks, Ronda Rousey, the Nexus 5X, co-hosting podcasts, blogging, publishing books based on blogs, open source, writing Java-like PHP, women and being LGBTQ in tech, my favorite Android apps, and yeah, sure, why not, life hacks.

Stop on by!

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Hi friends! I've been working on Makerbase a bit lately and we have several new features to announce today:

* A personalized activity feed. We start from your Twitter friends and you can build from there. Follow (& unfollow) projects & makers to get updates on who's working on what.
* Whose work makes you go 😍? Look 'em up on Makerbase, tap on "Inspirations" & tell 'em. I want to see more Android apps in the mix!
* Get an email when anyone updates your info. Sign in & set your email address to do so. (Yes, we hate spam too.)
* Unlike Wikipedia, Makerbase actively encourages people to write their own info. Tell everyone what you made in your own words. Or, give your coworker the credit they deserve.
* Finally: it's much clearer if a maker added themselves to Makerbase or someone else did. Tap "Flag" to feature or report a maker.

We think Makerbase can be more than a reference site. Our main goal is to inspire people to start new projects, to help them find other collaborators. What would help motivate you to start something new?

https://makerba.se/?gt

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Hi friends - this Thursday October 22nd at 11am PT/2pm ET I will be chatting live on ProductHunt. Meet me there and ask me anything. Hope to see you.

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Power Button FlashLight/Torch
Bitcoin Wallet by Coinbase
42%
Ridiculous Fishing
39%
Power Button FlashLight/Torch
19%
Bitcoin Wallet by Coinbase

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My second-to-last Android Arena: You Should Vote on the best app here. I won't tell you which one is mine, only that it is the best. (Though the other two are great too.)
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Haystack TV News
TwoDots
31%
Lightbot - Programming Puzzles
37%
Haystack TV News
33%
TwoDots

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Many thanks to the awesome +Anjo Cerdeña for the illustration I loved so much I made it my new avatar!
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+Ron Richards and I are in a dead heat in +All About Android's app arena! Help break the tie and vote on your favorite app below.
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DeviantArt
Action Launcher 3
Quick
24%
Crossy Road
22%
DeviantArt
33%
Action Launcher 3
21%
Quick

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AZ Screen Recorder
System Monitor
SimpliFit
39%
QuickPic
23%
AZ Screen Recorder
25%
System Monitor
13%
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Good work, G+ team.
For many people, gender identity is more complex than just "male" or "female."  Starting today, I'm proud to announce that Google+ will support an infinite number of ways to express gender identity, by giving you the option to customize the way your gender is represented on your profile. 

Previously, we provided options for “Male,” “Female,” and “Other,” to encompass both those who don't fit into the traditional gender labels and those who don't want to declare their gender to the world at large. Now, the gender field on your profile will contain four entries, “Male,” “Female,” “Decline to state,” and “Custom.”  When “Custom” is selected, a freeform text field and a pronoun field will appear. You can still limit who can see your gender, just like you can now. We’ll be rolling this feature out for all users over the next few days.

Many thanks to the people and groups who gave us advice on the best ways to do this. Your input has been really valuable to us, and we hope you like the result!
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