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Pitch we got this morning: "Turn Your Smartphone Into A Virtual Makeup Tester." <GRATUITOUS IMAGE OF PRETTY PERSON>

The only thing I could think of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gId2HsHvSgs
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+Akshay Jsd not available in my country. Oh well lol
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A Packard at the mechanic I frequent. Hulking beast of a car. 
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Getting prepped for Android Auto? XD
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And this is why we can't have nice things.
A drone stopped one aircraft from delivering 5,000 gallons of retardant to the fire. The blaze in San Bernardino County has charred 33 square miles since June 17.
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While it is a bit draconian, there are two things worth pointing out here, I think.

First, Apple doesn't allow swastikas in games (or any marketing materials / app iconography) on the App Store, either. Their ruling on this is at least consistent. They consider the Confederate flag a hate speech symbol just as they consider the swastika one. It's their store, and this is a fair application of Apple's interpretation of hate speech / iconography.

Second, while this is annoying, it's not unfixable for developers. Because, give me a break, redoing the flag to something like the Confederate Bonnie Blue or the original Confederate Stars & Bars (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flags_of_the_Confederate_States_of_America ) is not burdensome nor is it going to "destroy" the market for American Civil War-themed games. You are not going to "lose immersion" or severely damage "historical accuracy" by changing a stupid flag. This is a pathetic argument.

That said, the action was severe and should have been announced ahead of time to developers instead of just pulling apps. That was not cool.

In the end, Apple is a publisher, not a government. They have no duty to protect anyone's speech, and if they find that speech distasteful, they can decline to publish it.

And trust me, I would not be at all surprised if we see hateful or subtly racist / bigoted uses of the confederate flag get banned from the Play Store, either.
[appicon]If you've been watching the news recently, you'll know of the huge debate in the U.S over the role of the Confederate flag in contemporary America. Many see it as a reminder of the many pre-Civil War injustices while others see it simply as a way to honor the soldiers who died fo
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+joseph limandri - Interesting bit of info that surfaced today.

I never was very interested in civil war history so this is rather new to me.

At the end of the day, I still agree with the recent decisions made concerning the confederate battle standard.

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I'm writing Android Police's first car review.

It feels slightly weird to be doing this. But I am also very curious to see if anyone actually, you know, reads it. (The reason we're doing this is basically because Android Auto is now a thing.)
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Can't wait.
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Driving a Hyundai Sonata Eco to experience Android Auto for a week. So far, with the Galaxy S6 Edge, the Auto experience has been pretty solid - no major glitches and aside from Spotify acting up a bit, pretty reliable. Phone even gains net charge while doing nav and streaming audio - though I found that varies based on the phone (eg, ZenFone 2 lost charge pretty rapidly on Auto).

What I've been most impressed by so far isn't Auto at all, but the car. The Sonata Eco has a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with HEAPS of torque and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that snaps into gear much more quickly and crisply than the standard auto. The gearing is also super short, so you row through them fast.

It's a mid-size sedan weighing 3,300lbs that's supposed to be about "economy," yet does 0-60 in sub-7 seconds despite only having 178BHP and 195lb-ft. It's kind of hilarious to drive in sport mode - I didn't think a Sonata could be so lively.

It's a completely different personality from the base 2.4L, which really hates to rev (and gets kind of lackluster gas mileage around town). If you're thinking about a Sonata and want Android Auto, by the way, the Eco with tech package is only $750 more than the 2.4L Sport with the tech package. You don't get the big rims or the sport exterior trim pieces, but who cares? It's only way more fun to drive.
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Glad you're liking the Eco. I agree. Pretty fun to drive. 
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The best (worst) thing about this campaign isn't just that the product is incredibly dumb, short-sighted, and almost certainly illegal here in California (AFAIK, you cannot have any projected light off the rear of your car unless it is a red-lens tail/brake light, a license plate frame light, or an amber or red blinker), but that their $10,000 perk is so legitimately awful:

Pledge $10,000
VIP Southern California Experience

We'll put you up in a hotel for three nights and take you to Disneyland, Universal Studios, and the San Diego Zoo!

And the best part: you also get your very own MotorMood :)

So they'll put you in two hotels and maybe pay for cab fare to three amusement parks and also for your tickets (for one)? That's what, maybe a value of $1500? $2000 if the hotel is kind of nice? And somebody already bought one. I'm guessing, just guessing, that person has a stake in the company or its success in some shape or form.

(edit: double-checked on the vehicle code, and yes, this thing is definitely illegal.)
MotorMood, LLC is raising funds for MotorMood: A better way to say thanks on the road on Kickstarter! Say thanks to other drivers at night using a remote controlled light-up happy face // Just $19
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GOOD.
THIS morning, on the anniversary of two previous rulings expanding gay rights, and on the eve of gay-pride weekend in New York and San Francisco, America's Supreme...
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I love threads like this, makes it really separates the nutballs
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The Ford GT honestly looks more interesting from the back.

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If you have questions about Android Auto I can answer them or whatever (to the best of my ability). I've now logged about 400 miles with Auto in the last week.
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+David Ruddock Did Hyundai mention which GPS chip Android Auto uses? The one on the phone or the one in the car?

How about the lower end model they're planning to sell with no navigation but bigger screen to accommodate Android Auto and Car Play? Will it have a GPS chip built in?
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The first episode of True Detective season 2 may be the worst hour of television I've watched willingly in 2015. Probably not even going to watch next week's. Amazing what a turn the show took by switching directors. 

To elaborate without spoiling, exactly none of the main characters connect with the audience at all. They're completely barren of realistic human traits or nuance. They are written so badly, so obviously and so painfully self-aware that it's almost like watching a gritty soap opera.
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Omg that was terrible to sit through!
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Food is extraordinarily overseasoned. Some of it is pretty good, but generally it's all just way too in-your-face with the sauces and such, even for Thai food. Decent bar when it's not crowded, but when the techno and fog machine start, count me out.
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OK bar on the weekends, bartenders pour light and are hard to alert. Food is unique to the Sacramento area, and you can get some authentic Eastern European cuisine, but it'll cost you, and the service is unbelievably slow. Live band in laderhausen, enough said.
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Food was decent, service was even slower than Little Prague. Pricing is beyond the quality of food you're getting. Will not return.
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Best bar in Davis, hands down. Live music half of the year 3-4 nights a week, friendly bar staff, and reasonable prices. Whenever I visit NorCal I will always make a trip to Sophia's. Good Thai food, too, not gourmet but it's definitely tasty.
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