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New Top Gear is fine. It's not amazing, it's not terrible, it's fine. Matt LeBlanc is actually kind of entertaining, Chris Evans is... bearable, and the formula still basically works.

It wasn't a good episode, but it's their first one ever, it was never going to be good. They had ludicrous, impossible expectations to live up to. The test will be if the new cast really integrate and find their voices - that's the beginning and end of what made old Top Gear great, and everything else was gravy.

For now, I'm cautiously optimistic. I think it can work. It's possible they'll never quite gel and it'll just end up being mediocre for seasons on end until it gets a mercy killing, but I'm fine fast-forwarding through the lame bits until that happens (the Z06 vs Viper ACR segment being one such cringey snooze-fest last night).
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It was good, but some things they should try and doing different. Like introducing the Stig felt a bit too uncomfortable and also when they finished the review the cars there wasn't any feedback to add to the film that was shown.

I do think there should be a bit more interaction between Chris and Matt in the studio, but it was good and wasn't as bad as people think.
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This is impressive. But it shouldn't be. This is just how long smartphones should last in the first place. Total time off charger is 33 hours.
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+Caleb Williams​​ I agree wholeheartedly. I think 1080 is more than adequate for my use on a phone. I used to think the same thing about "my TV looks fine at 1080, so ..." but then I realized that isn't a fair comparison. We usually watch our TV's from 8-15' , were 1080 is more than adequate pixel density for human vision. We view our phones from 1-4', and with VR, inches from our eyes. This requires higher pixel density.

Additionally, English writing is easy to read but other language characters are much more detailed and require greater resolutions to accurately discern each tiny mark or line. Instead of manufacturers having to juggle multiple panels for different regions, they just put the same panel in all of them. The higher resolution being the obvious choice for said reasons. 
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God I love the NSX. Such a timeless design.
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I never expected the XJ220 to be another person's favourite car.
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Both really ugly yes lol
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Called it. It sounds like an incoherent, uninteresting mess, like most video game films.

I look forward to renting it on Amazon a month from now, sitting down with a few beers, and mocking it relentlessly.
Some people had hoped, after months of hype and the pedigree of director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code), that Warcraft might break the long and storied Curse Of Bad Video Game Movies. I have some sad news for those people. Maybe video game adaptations were just never meant to be.
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I'm not holding my breath for the Tetris trilogy either. 
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Any burning technical or product questions you'd like answered if I run into the right person at I/O? Dump them here!
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Messaging...wtf? Allo features look great but can you roll either hangouts or messaging into it. I can't convince my friends & family to install another messaging app. If not combine them will hangouts at least be able to send messages to people on allo users. Making the transition easier.
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I got a fair bit of crap for calling Xiaomi's MIUI one of the most "abhorrent bastardizations" of Android currently shipping in my Mi Max article, so allow me to give just one example of this.

What I would call a "bastardization" is anything that messes with core Android functionality and user flow basically just to do it. Case in point: notifications.

In Android, since all but time eternal, notifications have been highly persistent and, more recently, highly actionable. And that's part of what I love about Android. Many Chinese OEMs, though, took an Apple-like approach and have hidden notifications as far in the UI as possible and made them extremely difficult to act on. Meanwhile, Samsung is the one getting crap for "messing" with Android when, in fact, Samsung sticks fairly close to stock Android paradigms for something like notifications, while MIUI all but ignores them.

Say I get an email at my personal email address. This is what I call a high priority notification: something that is personal to me, not a super common notification (I use tabbed / sorted inbox, only personal emails that reach my primary inbox "ping" me), and that I'm going to act on.

In TouchWiz, the following happens by default:
-My notification sounder rings
-Notification light flashes
-Notification card appears on lock screen, with one-finger pull-down for notification actions.
-Notification icon appears in status bar
-In notification bar, default notification actions for Inbox are displayed (done, reply), as well as contact's photo if one is available.
-When not displayed, notification actions are accessible via one-finger pull-down.

In MIUI, the default behavior is:
-Notification sounds
-Light flashes
-Notification card does not appear on lock screen at all (must be enabled on a PER APP BASIS WHAT)
-Notification icon does not appear in status bar (must be enabled in settings, and then you get ugly iOS-style black square background icons in your status bar)
-Notification card in notification area has no actions exposed. No contact photo - just another ugly iOS bordered background icon.
-Notification actions must be exposed via 2-finger pull-down.

This is changing shit just to change it, and often in a way that creates subpar UX or breaks app features (like Inbox's notification contact photos). The complete disconnect between Xiaomi's interpretation of Android and even Samsung's - who get endless complaints for "messing" with Android - is staggering. And simply because MIUI's behavior can be changed to be more like stock Android's compared to the default is not an excuse - having to go in to every app I want to be able to display lockscreen notifications is utterly fucking absurd.

Xiaomi's memory optimizations, task killing (which, by the way, the Mi Max will not let you keep more than 4 apps in memory at a time even with all memory and power saving features disabled), aggressive sync management, and ridiculous nesting of key settings deep in the UI or in odd or unreachable places - I STILL can't find the app notification access area, even though it's there since the Wear app has an intent that maps to it so that Wear notifications work - is all just mind-boggling.

I like Xiaomi's phones for what they are - commodities with stupid-long battery life - but holy christ this software is awful. Like, indefensibly bad.
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+Michael Webber​ people are use to things even though there is something better. It is human nature. You learn the quirks of a system and because one does not know better they get used to it.

Thats why UX design is hard. On one side you want to introduce the best way to do things but you also got to consider people expectations and what they are use to and are you able do something different that end user will find useful or just plain annoying because of past experiences and the way you have already cultured your users.

Samsung has got a lot better. Their main issue for me is that apps they pre-install on their devices. Apart from that for a UX point of view things are good because ever since touch wiz was introduced back when Donut was introduced, OEMs had to do a lot of the hard work, and Samsung was one of the better UX out there. They are in a position they cannot change it too much too quickly because it will make it confusing for existing users.

+Artyom Sivtsov​ yes it got nothing to do with battery management. It is all about the size and size matter. Killing apps I find stupid because when you need to launch the app again you need to go to the storage, get what ever you need and load it back into memory. That takes a lot more juice to do then the system just going to RAM and loading the app. Linux systems likes to use RAM and keep it full. Removing it I think is worse for battery.

I do hope Google really takes battery seriously in the next Nexus. Yes doze is good but who cares if my phone last 3 days on standby. I want to use my phone with 6-10 hours of screen on time without needing to charge it. 
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Public rail transit? In my Los Angeles? It's more likely than you think.

The Expo line extension officially connects Santa Monica to Downtown Los Angeles. First train in Santa Monica in 60 years.

Granted, it is currently causing a massive traffic jam because the signals are bugged and everyone is having a collective aneurysm in their vehicles. Oh well, a few bugs to work out.
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I've used NYC, DC, and LA mass transit. DC (10 years ago) was doing it right. They've fallen off from what I've seen on the news. But, the federal testing that this 7 miles is going to produce was a nightmare for the people living (read poorer than the people living on the north side of the 10) could stand. 12 months of sirens going off @ 3a.am. I've used the metro from CC to DT before... it's not bad, except for people trying to sell you stuff. The Culver City and Santa Monica bus connections work well for me now. Although, I'd like to consider options all over LA. /endrant
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My latest desktop background, if anyone wants it. Taken at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
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+David Ruddock I don't trust people with middle names.
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Wow, sour grapes, anyone? I'm as annoyed by bad journalism as anybody, but someone woke up just wanting to hate-fuck the entire under-age-30 internet this morning, apparently.
So my name is Dylan. I'm nineteen and I spent a year in junior college where I majored in... um... I forgot. LOL It had something to do with writing (I t...
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Hilarious!! I mean, how insulting!
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Granted, it's their first go at it, and this publication clearly wants it to be bad, but that's not encouraging. Guess we'll find out in four days.
IT SEEMS audience members were less than impressed with new Top Gear hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc as they filmed the first episode of the revamped series – with many reportedly walking out.
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I have high hopes for this on the basis that it has Chris Harris, the outstanding cinematography still seems to be there and the early shots with Matt LeBlanc look great. I've never been a huge fan of Evans but he is a car nut and generally shown himself to be a great presenter.

It sounds like they overran by a lot when filming from that article, I would think at least a few people attending had other places to be at a certain time hence 'walking out'.

As for the shouting at the audience, who knows without context what that means, he might have been trying to gee people up and it wasn't taken that way by some audience members.

I wonder what sort of stories would've come out of old TG if the papers had been digging.
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The Xiaomi Mi Max is big. Like, really big.
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Still smaller than Z Ultra :P
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Good free breakfast, nice room, good rate during this time of year. No complaints. WiFi is reasonably quick, too.
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Nice interior, exerior is a bit dated. Here for a conference event. Ballroom seemed fine.
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Went for a brief business meeting. Meeting room was nice. Not much else to say.
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It's a World Market. It's decent. Layout is typical.
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Picked up a meeting pass. Hotel looks OK. Bit dated, and the theme (space) is kitchy.
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WiFi is crazy slow and there are lots of regular laptop squatters camped out there. Coffee is good, though.
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Great ramen and tsukemen, solid prices, cool Tokyo back alley vibe in a deceptively bland strip mall. Very limited seating and very tight inside. Not good for big parties. Waits can be long on popular nights.
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