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Many don’t understand why they should be concerned about surveillance if they have nothing to hide. It’s even less clear in the world of 'oblique' surveillance, given that apologists will always frame our use of information-gathering services like a mobile phone plan or Gmail as a choice. if everyone’s every action were being monitored, and everyone technically violates some obscure law at some time, then punishment becomes purely selective.
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Another +1 for Google. "Don't be evil" indeed!
Google just announced that as of today, Gmail is more secure than ever before. And the company isn't hiding the fact that it's actively trying to stop the government from spying on your email...
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I do not assume that my personal life choices are so fundamental that other people are less human or will live less fulfilled lives because they don't make the same ones....
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"I prefer full access to The Everything whenever I want it..."

Yep! It's really a shame most of the intelligent people don't want kids. 
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I just sent this feedback to Google regarding their keyboard for KitKat. Has anyone noticed this too, and maybe found a fix or a workaround?

I love the new Google keyboard in Android 4.4! I finally moved away from Swype because it was so sluggish. The word suggestion and auto correction functions in Swype have become unusably bad. The Google keyboard is much snappier and has some nice features. However, I think there are a few things missing that would make the Google keyboard even better.

1. Keyboard-like shortcuts

Shortcuts to select all, copy, paste, etc. are not as user friendly as they could be. We can tap and hold the screen to select text, then use the select all, cut, copy, and paste icons. But I really like Swype's PC keyboard-like shortcuts. Gliding from the Swype key to the A key selects all text; Swype+X cuts text; Swype+V pastes text, and so on. It's a bit quicker than the "click and hold" method with the Google keyboard.

2. Quicker capitalization and punctuation

With Swype, you can glide from the first letter in a word (or even a letter mid-word) to the area above the keyboard as a way of telling it you want just that letter capitalized, then come back down to the keyboard and continue gliding to finish out the word.

You can also glide from letters mid-word to punctuation, such as an apostrophe. With Google's keyboard I have to glide through "i-t-s" and hope Google knows if I want it's or its (granted, Google is pretty good at getting it right). Google's method of gliding from the numbers key to punctuation is a clever idea, but Swype is faster at this (when it's not being a turtle and lagging behind input), because I don't have to stop gliding to add punctuation.

3. Quicker deletion

With Swype, holding down the backspace key will delete entire words. It makes deleting several words or a sentence or two very quick when I am too lazy to highlight text and delete it all at once.

4. Keyboard themes

At least on my Nexus 5 with "vanilla Android," the look of the stock Google keyboard is a bit boring. The only options are white or blue, and that only changes the color of the glide trail and weird prediction text. The keyboard makes my phone's screen look like an old monochrome computer monitor (OK so that's an exaggeration). Swype has about a dozen theme options, if not more.

Can we get a few more color/theme options?

5. No "number pad mode" like Swype.

In Swype, holding the numbers key for a second brings up a computer keyboard-style number pad with large number keys. It comes in handy when entering a long string of numbers, or when working on a Google Drive spreadsheet.

6. The word suggestion bar does not always appear. For example, when entering a URL or search terms in the Chrome address bar, or responding to messages in the eBay app, the word suggestion bar does not appear. I have to manually correct text in these instances. It would be nice if the bar appeared for any text entry, no matter which app I am in. Swype's suggestion bar appears in every case.

7. Auto capitalization doesn't work with two spaces after a period. Swype automatically capitalizes the first letter in a sentence whether there is one space or two. With the Google keyboard, I have to manually go back and capitalize the first letter in every sentence of there are two spaces after the period. It's a small gripe, but my English teachers growing up drilled the "two spaces after a period" rule.

These are pretty minor complaints. Maybe I'm just too used to the way Swype does things. But for me, these improvements would make the Google keyboard easily the best keyboard ever. Thank you, Google, for everything you do.
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Yes, I tried SwiftKey probably a year ago. At that time, it didn't have gesture typing like Swype and the Google keyboard do. I was very impressed with the correction and word suggestion, but I am too used to swiping/gesture typing.

Edit: looks like SwiftKey does have gesture typing. Too many mixed reviews from Nexus 5 owners though... Think I'll pass.
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Ever since I got a machine polisher, I've been addicted to auto detailing. If any of my local friends ever want a shiny car again, let me know. We can work something out.

This is intended only for friends and friends of friends. I'm not looking to start a detailing business. I'll gladly detail your car for much less than you would pay a detail shop.

Any takers?
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Oh, and I don't work on shitty, dented up, old Camrys.  Hahaha!
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Good guy Google strikes again.
Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops. Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, ...
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Congratulations on your new iPhone! Also, whatever the opposite of congratulations is, because there's a good chance you might have been tricked into buying that thing.
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High Stick Vodka - Contest Entry: http://youtu.be/UqXYZRi4B2c
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Study Finds Earth Located In Lamest Part Of Unive…: http://youtu.be/fAij6ztC_tk
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Tell that to the “Masters of the Universes“
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This indeed! I must pass this along.
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The list is done.  Let me know what you think.

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flag : miscategorized prohibited spam best of. Driving Rules for OC/LA. Rules to be followed while driving in Los Angeles County or Orange County Based on my observations of drivers in this area. Othe...
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Sounds about right, +Justin Barrett.  Unfortunately it's not much of a joke; it's more of a reality.
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This is my favorite Thai restaurant. The food is excellent and the price is great. I can't fathom why this place isn't packed every time I go in. My favorites are pad prik pao with beef and green curry fried rice with chicken. The Thai iced tea is very good. Careful with the spice level, from 3 (almost no spice) to 10 (fire breath). I've had 6's that were hotter than 8's. Depends on who's cooking I suppose.
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Excellent roast, cappuccino, and mocha. Buy some beans if you like the coffee (you will).
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Before I came here, I thought there's no way this place could live up to the hype. A donut's a donut, right? No! Voodoo absolutely delivered! It's been a while, so I don't remember exactly what we had. We each had several and they were all excellent.
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Excellent croissants, breakfast sandwiches, coffee and mocha. Friendly service. Will be back next time I'm in Portland.
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