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July 7, 2015 • Rants and Raves

Project Fi Invites Stretch to 12 Weeks (or More) for Some

If you apply for Project Fi as I did (back in April) you can check the status of your invitation on their site here.  Unfortunately in my case, it looks as if I won’t be receiving an invitation any time soon as my status shows “Expect your invite in 12 or more weeks”.

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July 6, 2015 • Reviews

SaneBox: A Cure Worse Than the Disease?

I’ve been testing an email management tool from SaneBox for part of the past week. Although a portion of this duplicates functionality present in the Gmail Default Inbox, I found some good parts to the service, particularly the SaneTomorrow and SaneBlackHole. However there are enough hidden “gotchas” that I won’t be subscribing. Here are my observations about the SaneBox …

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June 23, 2015 • News

Windows 10: The Official Operating System of Hendrick Motorsports

Microsoft has announced a multi-year agreement with NASCAR and Hendrick Motorsports.  Under the agreement Microsoft becomes an official Technology Partner of NASCAR and major technology partner of Hendrick Motorsports. Both NASCAR and Hendricks Motorsports will adopt Windows 10 and Microsoft Azure cloud computing “to deliver technology solutions to help improve performance on and off the track”.

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June 9, 2015 • News

Otterbox Strada Line of Protective Leather Cases for iPhone and Galaxy S6

Otterbox is now offering Strada, a line of stylish protective leather cases for iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6. The new cases feature a slightly more stylish look with a leather flip cover while still retaining drop protection. Both cases include a single card slot for  driver license or debit card. Easy-on and easy-off fit is …

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May 19, 2015 • News

Google to Again Feature Twitter Live Feed in Some Searches

Don’t look now but frenemies Google and Twitter just said that starting today “U.S. users searching in English will see relevant Tweets in their search results within the Google app (iOS and Android) and mobile web“.  First announced back in February 2015, this deal appears to finally be getting underway. Look for results on mobile right away then desktop.

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May 11, 2015 • News, Rants and Raves

Lolli-Flop 5.02 Bricked My Over-Priced Nexus 9

Friday I received notification that Android 5.02 was available for my Nexus 9.  I accepted the update and left it on the charger in my office before leaving for the weekend. Upon my return Monday morning, I found that update 5.02 has apparently bricked my Nexus 9, leaving it in perpetual reboot sequence, and it doesn’t …

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April 27, 2015 • News

Facebook Introduces Video Calling for Messenger

Facebook today introduces one-tap video calls within Messenger.  This comes hot on the heels of Messenger money transfer, Messenger for Business, and Messenger platform announcements. It’s rather easy to see that Facebook views instant messaging as an important social networking tool. They’ve circled the wagons to be sure that competitors won’t be able to pick off appreciable numbers …

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April 27, 2015 • News

T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 Now Receiving Android Lollipop Update

T-Mobile said that the Android update known as Lollipop would be coming this week to their Galaxy Note 4 and they weren’t lying. Multiple people (including me) are now receiving the latest Android update.  If you’re using a Note 4 on T-Mobile a quick check of available updates should start the process (about a 1 GB …

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April 24, 2015 • News

Google’s Nexus 7 Discontinued

If you’re in the market for a 7″ Android tablet which spontaneously powers down – I’ve got bad news. Google’s Nexus 7 Android tablet is now listed as ‘not available’ on their store. The Nexus 7 was first released July 2012 and subsequently updated July 2013 to a 2013 model.  The device’s primary feature was the pure …

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March 31, 2015 • News

Todoist for iOS Gets an Update

Todoist for iOS today received an update which, among other things, enhances the task management application so it now understand dates within your typed tasks, adds  themes (no more default red color!),  allows for  drag and dropping of tasks and more.

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March 30, 2015 • Gear Bits

Gmail (Finally) Gets One Inbox

Will miracles never cease? Google just announced  their Gmail client now offers a universal inbox experience. Finally! Now instead of flipping between multiple accounts in the native Gmail app, you can click “All Inboxes” and view email from all your Gmail and non-Gmail accounts.

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March 30, 2015 • News

Google Photos (Finally) Arrives in Google Drive

Google today announced the ability to view and manage photos and videos in both Google+ and Google Drive. Previously you were limited to managing photos and videos within Google+. While this new feature is not yet live everywhere Google’s help page details that if you delete a photo/video in Google Drive it will also be removed …

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March 27, 2015 • Reviews

Slice Ceramic Box Cutters = Fewer Sliced Fingers

The folks at Slice sent us an assortment of their ceramic bladed cutting tools. Their main products come as Box Cutters or Pen Cutters  in either auto-retractable or 3-position styles. The difference between the styles is you either lock the blade to one of three lengths or use finger pressure to hold the blade out to whatever length …

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March 27, 2015 • News

Slack Got Hacked

Current multi-billion dollar valuation  media darling of the month – Slack – just announced  “unauthorized access to a Slack database storing user profile information”. In other words, Slack was hacked. According to a post, a small number of accounts showed suspicious activity and those users were notified. In response to the hack, Slack has created a …

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March 23, 2015 • Gear Bits

Apple Analyst Valuation Tops One Trillion – Yes, That’s with a “T”!

Apple today become the first company to earn a $1T (Trillion!) valuation from Wall Street. Cantor Fitzgerald put a price target on Apple shares that value the iPhone maker at more than $1T. Most of this is due to the company strengthening its position in China and preparing to introduce a watch.

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March 13, 2015 • News

Latest in Cellular Price Wars: Sprint Offers to Pay Off Your ETF and Phone Loan!

It  seemed that cellular phone price wars had started to ease; then along comes Sprint, who today announced they will not only pay your early termination fee (ETF), but they will also pick up the remaining balance on your phone installment plan!

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March 11, 2015 • Gear Bits

Das Keyboard 4 Professional for MAC up for Pre-Order: $ 175

If you’re in love with the clicky keyboard AND you are a Mac user – take note. Das Keyboard is  taking pre-orders for their Mac specific clicky sturdy keyboard. Until now DAS only made keyboards with Windows layouts. Pricing is $175 and delivery  starts the beginning of April 2015.

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February 16, 2015 • Reviews

Can a Fart Pill Make Your Farts Smell Like Chocolate?

If there were a pill that, when digested, would instantly turn  obnoxious body emissions into sweet-smelling chocolate – you’d probably want to take it wouldn’t you? Or at least feed it to the family dog or maybe slip it into a relative’s mashed potatoes during Thanksgiving dinner.

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February 10, 2015 • Gear Bits

Sling TV – An Interesting Glimpse at Where Online Viewing Is Headed

Sling TV is a $20 streaming video service presently viewable on Roku, iOS, Android, Mac, or PC.  Sling TV provides mostly live viewing of:  ESPN, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, and others. For many people it may be just the service that allows them to cut their cable cord for good.

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January 30, 2015 • Editorials, Rants and Raves

Verizon Account Sign-In #Fail

Dear Verizon: Why exactly have I chosen a password for your site, when upon login from a new computer you’re still going to ask me about some obtuse reference I probably have not jotted down and which may have multiple answers? In many cases, answers to these dumb challenge questions are easily found by looking …

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January 21, 2015 • News

WhatsApp Web Arrives – Sans Group Message Capabilities

WhatsApp have just introduced the ability to connect your phone to a web browser and both receive and send WhatsApp messages via your browser. The first step is to update your WhatsApp messaging application on your phone. Then on the web use a Chrome Browser to navigate to https://web.whatsapp.com.

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