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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Review: Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution

Dogfight: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution by Fred Vogelstein My rating: 3 of 5 stars Not a bad book.  Having just finished "The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone" which only deals with the development of the iPhone, this book was both shorter and covered both Apple and Google.  As such, I think this book plays a bit
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The New Google Glass

I am trying to catch up to Google I/O 2022 announcements in small drips today.  I came across this reboot of Google Glass which seems pretty interesting.  Yes, there are privacy issues (similar, or greater than Google Home), but this is an interesting concept.  Would love to see more AR futures.
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2020 Travel in Review

While most 2020 travel was from home to the supermarket and back, there was a brief period before the lockdown where we could move around.  Here's my New England roaming last year 😜
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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!Well, this one is going to be odd!  We had our first snow yesterday, it's cold out there, the coronavirus is still looming, and Salem is closed for Halloween.  I guess it's going to be quiet today...Google's doodle this year is pretty fun.  You play a browser game as a little black cat who tries to rid the land of ghosts, only to inadvertently cast them off to sea. So,
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COVID travels

Every month Google sends me a note indicating what data it has collected about my comings and goings. I guess Google also likes to remind me that I don't go very far these days due to the COVID emergency 😜. Considering that I usually walk this distance (and that I didn't have a car in May), this ain't bad at all.
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Year in Review: Google reviews

I guess last year I decided to leave some reviews for various venues using Google's "leave review" functionality.  I guess it was a combination of free time and prompts of my phone to leave reviews (seems like I am quite susceptible to such behavioral suggestion...at least for a few weeks) :p
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MIcrosoft Surface Duo

It seems like the idea behind the folding screen device isn't dead yet. Last week microsoft announced a few new devices, including a folding android-based device (which they claim is not a phone, but it is most clearly a phone).  It reminds me a lot of the knowledge navigator concept that Apple put together all those years ago (you know, when Apple was sort of out there and tried new things). 
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Screen Cleaner by Google Files

This April Fool's joke is from Google proper.  While it's intended as humor...I could see self-cleaning glass in our future!
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Google Tulip & Google Wind

This year's Google April Fool's joke...or at least one of them, is Google Tulip: using AI to translate plant communication to allow for human-plant communication.  It was pretty funny ;-).  While watching this yesterday, I also came across Google Wind from a couple of years ago, also from the same Google Netherlands team.  The Netherlands team seems to have quite a lot of fun making
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Hummus API

I must have watched this one at least 5 times already - pretty funny!  Need a Gyro API soon ;-) Yes, this is another April Fool's joke.
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