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A new phone from the father of Android

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New phone from the engineer that created & sold the Android OS to Google in 2005 for 50M. Safe to say it's probably valued at a little more than that now (biggest acquisition bang for the buck ever?). Interestingly enough he was an engineer at an Apple spin-off before he created it (let the conspiracy theories from iPhone fans begin :)).

Read more here on Wired








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Senate Votes to Let ISPs Sell Your Data Without Consent

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Important ruling that everyone should be aware of this. Get a personal VPN subscription. It's cheap and will help you protect your privacy.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/senate-votes-let-isps-sell-your-data-without-consent-n737921
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Visual Studio 2017 Launches

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Microsoft just released Visual Studio 2017. I like that they made it more modular and let you decide what components to install which will make for a lower memory footprint and faster development. Older versions could gobble up tons of ram especially if you had add-ons like Resharper installed.

The three people in the world still using VS to build apps using Visual Basic will be happy to know it's still supported!


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Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass

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Tesla's battery storage is ready to power the grid and I can't even get 4 full hrs out of my phone battery.

BTW Tesla would make a very interesting presidential (or at least Secretary of Energy) candidate.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-30/tesla-s-battery-revolution-just-reached-critical-mass

Southern California Edison/Tesla battery-storage power plant
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Chrome 56 Almost Shipped With A Feature That Could 'Break The Web'

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Google is trying to add a feature to Chrome that gives a background tab a resource (bandwidth, etc) budget. This seems like a good idea especially when you consider Google and Microsoft are competing on how much battery life their browsers consume. The problem is many sites today are no longer static and read only like a newspaper. They're full blown web apps with live updates, notifications, chat widgets, etc. Imagine a stock trading application, or even worse, your live fantasy football draft not updating in time!

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/01/chrome-56-almost-shipped-with-a-feature-that-could-break-the-web/
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Android Instant Apps - Blurring the lines between mobile web & native apps

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Instant Apps, a new feature in Android 7 will blur the lines between mobile web & native apps. It will let users seamlessly jump into a companies native app (even if it wasn't installed) and allow you to say check out and then remove that app. This will be a great way to give you customers a rich native experience even if they didn't have your mobile app.

http://bgr.com/2017/01/24/instant-apps-ios-android-google/


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CNN - America's Best Job: Mobile App Developer

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Mobile App Developer is CNN's #1 job and yet it's still hard to find enough of them. I think I speak for all developers when I say giving it an "A" for low stress is not the case. It's a demanding, fast paced role that requires you to really think about how you're going to solve the problem... but that's also what drives devs. The satisfaction of solving those problems.

http://money.cnn.com/gallery/pf/2017/01/05/best-jobs-2017/index.html
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