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The modern day Santa's Letter

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The modern day Santa's Letter

Marques Brownlee originally shared:

Generation Z



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RRAM, 1TB on the size of a stamp, Crossbar to demonstrate it at IEDM :)

RRAM, 1TB on the size of a stamp, Crossbar to demonstrate it at IEDM :)

I remember in July that a company called Crossbar Inc found a breakthrough in RRAM offering 1TB of non-volatile memory on the footprint of a stamp. And they might be demonstrating a working prototype next week :)

Crossbar - Crossbar to Demonstrate Breakthrough Resistive RRAM Innovation at IEDM 2014

Crossbar to Demonstrate Breakthrough Resistive RRAM Innovation at IEDM 2014. December 08, 2014. Unveils Major Technical Milestone in the Development of Ultra-High Density Non-Volatile Memory Solutions. SANTA CLARA, CA – December 8, 2014 – Crossbar, Inc., a start-up company pioneering a new ...

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Apple and Google should allow developers to charge for upgrade

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Apple and Google should allow developers to charge for upgrade

Totally think they should allow developers to charge for upgrades. They got to help developers out for all the hard work they do.

Chris Lacy originally shared:

Action Launcher 3 will release soon. It will be a paid upgrade.

Here's how it will work:

1). On release day (TBC), the existing Action Launcher Play Store entry (com.actionlauncher.playstore) will be upgraded to the new app, Action Launcher 3.

2). Also on this day, I will re-release Action Launcher 2 as a new app in the Play Store (com.actionlauncher.holoedition.playstore). This app will be the exact same version of Action Launcher 2 as is currently in the Play Store today.

3). Action Launcher Pro will only work with Action Launcher 2. People who bought Action Launcher Pro previously can still use all the functionality they paid for. You just have to install a different app to access it.

I realize I risk putting a few people offside by the decision to charge (full…

Oh Lollipop, you are so buggy, sort it out +Android team

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Oh Lollipop, you are so buggy, sort it out +Android team

So this happened to my phone yesterday... you can see the icons and widgets on the launcher has gone transparent. Even the Google Now window to the left also went transparent. Think it is the Google Launcher causing the problem.

Also had the App Icons on the dock completely disappeared. Only a reboot of the device would sort it out both problems

Also as reported by many users, the device gets extremely slow. Again only a reboot sorts it out.

There is definitely a memory leak somewhere on the device and I suspect the kernel is not optimised... The sooner the kernel gets to the main branch of the Linux Kernel the better!!!

Also Lollipop has broken or disable features.

Lollipop - Unable to restart music via headphone remote button
https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=80765&q=lollipop&colspec=ID%20Type%20Status%20Owner%20Summary%20Stars&start=100

Lollipop breaks data toggle on Widgets
https://code.google.com/p/andro…

When you have been debugging for two hours and you realised you forgot to add a Service to the AndroidManifest...

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When you have been debugging for two hours and you realised you forgot to add a Service to the AndroidManifest..... #AndroidProgramming 



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Lollipop has broken toggle data via a widget

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Lollipop has broken toggle data via a widget

Looks like the new Lollipop update has broken the ability for an app to toggle data on and off. It looks like the app needs to be installed on the system partition, which is not something I am going to do as I do not want to root... :(

Fix this Google!!!!



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No wonder it smells so good :)

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No wonder it smells so good :)





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Thanks +E John Feig for this video on Android Wear data syncing

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Thanks +E John Feig for this video on Android Wear data syncing

I haven't got much time as I don't develop as part of my job and I am building a wear app where I need to start sending data from wear to the phone. This video gives a good overview of what needs to be implement.

I use an SQLite Database on my mobile app, and I need a similar structure on the wear device so I can keep track of a certain activity. I was always thinking if I insert or update things to the wear DB how I would keep that in sync and transfer the data back to the Mobile app.

But listening to this video I think I can get away from having a SQLite Database on wear and send a DataItem with what I need to the phone and use the DataMap.putDataMap(String key, DataMap value) method to define all the key value pairs needed to update/insert the data on the mobile phone.

Also I need to think how often I need to send data, maybe I will put an Alarm to ping every 30 minutes or something as it is not important to keep s…

This is what our world would look like with driverless cars

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This is what our world would look like with driverless cars



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Nuclear Fusion, Unlimited Power, YEAH!

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Nuclear Fusion, Unlimited Power, YEAH!



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Android L - Oreo?

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Android L - Oreo?

Nice one +Sundar Pichai. Looking forward to tomorrow's announcement!
Sundar Pichai originally shared:
Met some sweet new friends today. #NationalDessertDay#Android 




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Impression of the Android Wear Platform

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Had the Moto 360 for the past few days and it is a brilliant little device. There are lots of reviews out on the internet so it is pretty much pointless to write a review on it. This post is more about the Android Wear Platform and what things I want to see happening on both the hardware and software side to make it more of a mainstream product because currently in this form it is very much a beta piece of kit.

But before I talk about this, one thing I have notice is on my Moto 360 is that the time goes out of sync whenever it has been disconnected from its phone. It only happens when the two devices goes out of range and disconnects, not when you deliberately disconnect the device. It does eventually sync back up but this should not be happening on a watch which primarily purpose is to tell the time. This has got to be fixed.

Hardware

As said earlier this is not review of the Moto 360 so I won't go too much into this hardware as there are lots of reviews out there that will do a b…

Puts our exo planet hunting into perspective...

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Puts our exo planet hunting into perspective...

Samantha Renne originally shared:

Our Planet Hunting Neighborhood

It’s good to get a little perspective occasionally. All the exoplanets found in the last few years, all the super-Earth and planets in the habitable zone - they’re all located in this one small part of the Milky Way.



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Mike Elgan nailed it, Google+ is a social network for people who passionately share their interest

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+Mike Elgan nailed it, Google+ is a social network for people who passionately share their interest

I hardly use Facebook because I found it a bit annoying and seeing too many uninteresting topics on family and friends. Twitter I like for real time news, but Google+ I always seem to use but I just could not put my finger on why. I think Mike Elgan nailed it. You get to see articles which are carefully constructed and you see the effort put in by its creators which makes you come back for more. Mike Elgan articulate it brilliantly. A must read!
Mike Elgan originally shared:
Why Google+ is the place for passions

The single biggest controversy about social media, and one that has persisted for two or three years now without resolution, is whether Google+ is a dying wasteland of non-activity, or a hive of conversation and engagement.

It can't be both. So which is it? And why can't this fundamental question be answered?

I believe I have the key to the puzzle, and I'll attempt to sol…

Another late one at work, but good to know that my Moto 360 won't be out of juice 😁

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Another late one at work, but good to know that my Moto 360 won't be out of juice 😁



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Need to develop apps for Moto360? this is the first place to go to :)

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Need to develop apps for Moto360? this is the first place to go to :)

http://blog.timmattison.com/archives/2014/07/16/common-android-wear-tasks-for-developers/

Common Android Wear Tasks for Developers - Tim Mattison

Getting started with development on the Android Wear platform can be challenging. Here are my notes on how to get started quickly. Before you do …

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So... This came in the mail today #Moto360

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So... This came in the mail today#Moto360



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So... just order my Moto 360 :)

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Bash exploit looks pretty bad :(

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Want any Android app running on Chrome OS? This little hack is pretty handy

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Want any Android app running on Chrome OS? This little hack is pretty handy

With Chrome OS gaining some capabilities for running Android apps (4 to be precise) someone has hack the android app runtime on chrome which pretty much allows any APK to run :)

This to me signifies that the runtime is pretty much ready... however I would like Google to take another approach

Within the Manifest, you should define that the android app is able to run on Chrome OS. When that flag is set, all layouts should be defined in the layout-chrome resource. Within that you define how the application is presented (could even be in HTML, but might be quite hacky to be compatible with other layouts). This will allow better integration with Chrome and also force developers to think better when making apps, i.e. use freaking fragments!!!

http://www.omgchrome.com/new-hack-install-android-app-chromebook/

This Hack Lets You Run Any Android App on Your Chromebook
It's barely been a week since Google announced t…

Google Cardboard is awesome!!

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Google Cardboard is awesome!!

I paid £6 for this and man it is brilliant. It is slightly too small for my Nexus 5, however my old Nexus 4 fits nicely inside it.

To think that this VR is basically my phone is mind blowing... Now I understand that we do need more pixel in our phone... lets hope for over 1000PPI :P



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The no. 1 feature I would want for Chrome OS is local passwords to login

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The no. 1 feature I would want for Chrome OS is local passwords to login

With the recent leak of Gmail passwords to the web, the one thing I would love is the ability to set a different password that will only be tied to the Chrome OS device you are using.

At the moment I do use a very long password for Google which I memorise, but I also use a password management tool, lastpass to make sure I create very long and complicated passwords. The problem is for a Google account not everyone is like me and remembers a very long password because you need it to log into your Chrome OS device.

I would like when you first log on to a new Chrome OS device that it gives you the ability for that particular Chrome OS device to set a local OS password that only the device knows. Then the next time you log on, you can either use your Google password or the local password you have given to that device. This means I can continue to use LastPass and set really long passwords whenever I need to change my …

Google Voice in Hangout? Will UK users get a Google Voice Number?

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Google Voice in Hangout? Will UK users get a Google Voice Number?

Does anybody know if people outside of the USA will get a Google Voice number??? I hope that starts rolling out worldwide, and maybe perhaps the UK? Pretty please +Google 

Hangouts 2.3 Update Brings Remaining Google Voice Integration And A Big Visual Overhaul [APK Download]
We saw Google Voice integration go live last night, but it contained a number of issue which this update is expected to fix. Yet as exciting as this is, wh... by Bertel King, Jr. in Applications, Downloads, News
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This is how you travel light

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This is how you travel light


Scott Buehler originally shared:

High efficiency #packing. I see this being really useful on long-distance backpack #hiking. #gif





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Don't screw up +Motorola Mobility, +Lenovo!!! #Moto

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Don't screw up +Motorola Mobility, +Lenovo!!! #Moto .

+The Verge has a brilliant article on Motorola new product line up, and it struck me how much Motorola has change in 2 years since +Google took over them. Their design has got so much better and concentrated on hardware and leave the main bulk of the software with people who knows what they are doing.

You can see the amount of effort that has gone into designing their product range and it can only be done if people are given the freedom to do what they think is best instead of hitting numbers.

Lenovo, please do not screw it up, you have something special here!!!

http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/5/6110857/rounding-up-the-blood-sweat-and-tears-behind-moto-360

Rounding up: the blood, sweat, and tears behind Moto 360
I want a brown strap for the Moto 360, but there’s none available at launch. "Patience, grasshopper," Jim Wicks tells me, looking over a colorful sample book of leather swatches.

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Meet the iPhone 6

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Meet the iPhone 6

Want a sneak peek of the new iPhone???



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Rosberg hit Hamilton on Purpose :O

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If the price is to be believe, that will be like £200 in the UK :D #Moto360

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If the price is to be believe, that will be like £200 in the UK :D #Moto360 .
Android Police originally shared:
Nobody ever said Best Buy was good at keeping secrets.

Moto 360 Shows Up At Best Buy With Full Specs And $250 Price Tag, Listed As 'Coming Soon'
We owe many thanks to BestBuy for outing the details of several products a bit before their time. It seems the retailer is at it again with a posting of th... by Cody Toombs in Moto 360, News
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+Lindsey Stirling is amazing, awesome video again!

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+Lindsey Stirlingis amazing, awesome video again!



Master of Tides - Lindsey Stirling: http://youtu.be/RrutzRWXkKs





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The Premier League starts tomorrow. Come on #LFC !!

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The Premier League starts tomorrow. Come on#LFC!!


Copa90 originally shared:

The Premier League returns this weekend! Who are you backing?





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Wouldn't it be amazing if suddenly the whole tube/subway broke out into song...

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Wouldn't it be amazing if suddenly the whole tube/subway broke out into song...





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Beauty is from the inside

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Amazing defence in table tennis at #Glasgow2014 must watch

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Google Fibre in the UK? HELL YEAH!!!!

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Google Fibre in the UK? HELL YEAH!!!!

http://www.thedrum.com/news/2014/07/18/google-considers-bringing-ultra-fast-fibre-optic-network-britain

Google considers bringing ultra-fast fibre optic network to Britain

Google is said to be investigating ways of bringing its ultra-fast fibre optic network to British cities in the first international...

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What was missing at I/O? Non-Developers stuff!!!

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What was missing at I/O? Non-Developers stuff!!!

I have read a couple of these articles on what was missing at Google’s Developers Conference and most are saying Google+ was missing, Hangouts was missing and where are the Nexus Devices. It all lead to why they were missing? Are Google killing them off. Well, no they are not. It is because Google had nothing to announce for Developers

This years keynote differs a lot from other key notes. No one jumping out of planes and not many new devices apart from Cardboard. This is good and I hope that I/O continues as announcements for products should be kept separate.

This year was all about Android and creating a platform for Android. Android is no longer a Mobile OS, it is a platform to create things on. It feels to me, you build one app, do it well and it can be installed on your watch, your car and your TV. It is brilliant and makes sense. The keynotes told developers what they can do on their apps and how by making a few tweaks will make i…

Android apps on Chrome - finally

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Android apps on Chrome - finally

At last we have the ability to code once and deploy to the Chrome platform. This opens up so much possibility if they fully implement ART on chrome.

Not only would you have native client on chrome but you pretty much have the Java API as well making it so much more useful for developers to make apps.

Also finally watching the 2 and a half hour key note it seems that now android is a platform to build anything on. With material design plus fragments introduce in Ice Cream Sandwich you build the core of your app and then fit fragments around to best suit the device you are on. This is amazing stuff! 

Native Android apps are coming to Chrome OS

Google is working to bring Chrome OS and Android closer together, and that'll eventually mean having Android apps running right on a Chromebook. "We're in early days," Sundar Pichai, Google's...

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Hmm should I buy one??? #glasshole!

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This is like Bootstrap but for Android, iOS and the Web

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This is like Bootstrap but for Android, iOS and the Web

This is pretty interesting stuff. Making consistent UI/UX is essential and having something that will help you get started to plan for a consistent look and feel is brilliant.

Now my next wish is to have a common programming language for both Android and Chrome development... Just imagine having your apps powered by a common set of code for Android and Chrome... Lets get Davik/ART on Chrome :)

http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/06/11/exclusive-quantum-paper-and-googles-upcoming-effort-to-make-consistent-ui-simple/

Exclusive: Quantum Paper And Google's Upcoming Effort To Make Consistent UI Simple

There have been a lot of leaks and rumors leading up to Google I/O this year. From Gmail to your Android device's home screen, nothing has been spared. Thr... by Liam Spradlin in Design, Exclusives, Google, News

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I don't always code in Java...

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I don't always code in Java...

I think this pic is so funny :)



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Ready for the World Cup? #WorldCup2014

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Cancer resistant blind mole rate - can it help tackle cancer? #sciencesunday

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Cancer resistant blind mole rate - can it help tackle cancer?#sciencesunday

A very interesting read. Two animals after 40 years of study has never developed cancer and maybe understanding why could help us develop ways to tackle it.
Buddhini Samarasinghe originally shared:
The Cancer-resistant Blind Mole Rat: Clues from the Genome

Although the Naked Mole Rat and the Blind Mole Rat have similar sounding names, they are not close relatives. The two species diverged over 70 million years ago, and blind mole rats are more closely related to rats and mice than to naked mole rats. But both these species are resistant to cancer; in over 40 years of studying blind mole rats, not a single spontaneous tumour was recorded among thousands of captive animals. Intriguingly, the two animals have evolved this resistance independently. Studying the mechanisms for cancer resistance in these two animals can therefore provide a deeper understanding of how cancer arises at the cellular level. The recent pub…

Google, take note. Make Hangouts awesome!

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Google, take note. Make Hangouts awesome!

Google does have all the pieces to do this and they have got to get it right when they will undoubtedly announce something for Hangouts at I/O.

They have recently updated the app that syncs phone numbers on tablets (non cellular devices) so I am sure something is about to happen especially with 3rd party support ending for Google Voice.

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2014/06/hey-google-heres-how-you-win-messaging/

Hey Google, Here's How You Win Messaging

This week I saw a demo of the best messaging system yet. It had only one major flaw: it's trapped on an iPhone.

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#GreatScott - Back to the Future in London

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#GreatScott- Back to the Future in London

They are going to build Hill Valley in London... I have to see this!

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/attractions/secret-cinema-travels-back-to-the-future-9469325.html

Secret Cinema goes Back to the Future in London

Key scenes from Back to the Future will be recreated at a secret location in London this summer for epic screenings of the time travel movie.

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... best PhotoSphere ever!

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The best photosphere ever!

Marcus Dietrich originally shared:

... best PhotoSphere ever!



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Problems that a new iPhone 6 Resolution and Screen Size will cause

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Problems that a new iPhone 6 Resolution and Screen Size will cause

Just reading some articles (9to5 linked) on the latest rumoured iPhone 6. It is said to be 4.7 inches at least which is brilliant. Anyone who worry about a screen being "too big" will soon forget it any love the real estate it gives you as many have found out on the Android platform.

The problem is with the Apps. The way iOS apps are developed is that they are built with scale in mind. When the original iPhone was released it had a 4:3 resolution screen at 480x320. When the retina came out they doubled the resolution to 960x640 but they kept from a developer point of view a 480x320 resolution, hence the more detail display. Also the screen size stayed the same at 3.5 inches.

When iPhone 5 came out, they increase the height of the display to 1136 and made the screen a 16:9 resolution. What this done to the old pre iPhone 5 apps was it cause black bars at the top and bottom of the phone as the apps were made to th…

Solar Roadways is the new Concrete!

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Solar Roadways is the new Concrete!

The potential of this is huge! Not only would we solve the environmental and energy crises, but it also provides things that we might need later that we have not thought off. I like the fact that each panel will be connected together not only mean that the system can tell if a solar panel would need to be replaced but more importantly we could run high speed internet through it.

I love the idea that it can be heated therefore no need for ice on the streets and I like the way it can also display different light patterns for road lines but also for informational messages on what's ahead.

Obviously there are challenges ahead to get this mass produced. This looks super expensive to produce and scale, plus making sure the glass is durable and ideal for road tires is a big safety concerns. But this is all solvable and with enough investment and funding this is achievable. I do think a company like Google should buy them out as they need a lot of money…

YouTube to offer crowdfunding - Take on Patreon?

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YouTube to offer crowdfunding - Take on Patreon?

I think this is a big thing. Not every YouTuber would want to have adverts on their video because viewers like me hate it. Services like Patreon allows viewers to donate a small fee to help support the creator. It was just a matter of time YouTube will allowed this on their services, but I am not sure if they will match Patreon 5% fee...

This is a good move and it allows another way to help the creators.

This does not mean that Advertising is going to go away. I think advertising is good, but I would feel content producer would like to have more control, maybe to select companies they would like to advertise and maybe the exact videos they would like to show, which currently they cannot do. But it is good to see many ways of helping the creators!

YouTube will soon let you crowdfund projects directly on the site
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GIF I won't want to make that Lion angry

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GIF I won't want to make that Lion angry


Christian Verano originally shared:

Playing with the king of the jungle.









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Mario Cats

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If eBay wants user to change their passwords, a good start will be to actually say it on their website...

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If eBay wants user to change their passwords, a good start will be to actually say it on their website

Pretty much been report on all the news website that eBay has been hacked and they recommend all users to change their passwords but it would be good if they actually posted it on their front page!!!

Anyway, good to change your password, and use something like +LastPass  to generate long passwords and store them securely.

eBay makes users change passwords

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