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Nexus 6P and the Google Store Review

I want to openly congratulate Google and Huawei for the Nexus 6P. A great looking phone, perfect size and design, great performance, no bloatware... pure Android. I am really enjoying it. It goes head to head with the Apple 6s Plus at a considerable lower price. There is also something to be said about the Google Store experience. I need to openly claim I had one of the best customer service experiences in a long time, period. So I have to take a moment to thank the Google Store's Service department for their astute handling of my Nexus 6P order. More about that below.

Why I love my new Surface Pro 3

After looking at tablets, hybrids and laptops for a while and having settled on an i7 Sony Vaio laptop that I plug in as my workstation, I finally found what I’ve been looking for and it is called the Surface Pro 3.

And although my laptop is awesome, touch screen, 16 inch display, the works, it’s just too big to pack up and go, power strip and all. Who wants a briefcase these days?

Excerpts from Microsoft's new CEO to employees on first day

Great letter of Satya Nadella to all Microsoft employees. Here are some excerpts and highlights:
Why am I here: "...to change the world through technology that empowers people to do amazing things."

The next decade: "[..] computing will become even more ubiquitous and intelligence will become ambient. The coevolution of software and new hardware form factors will intermediate and digitize [..] by an ever-growing network of connected devices [including] intelligence from machine learning. This is a software-powered world."

Google & Motorola to 'supercharge the Android ecosystem'

Google will pay cash to acquire Motorola Mobility for a total of about $12.5 billion dollars. This bold move intends to drive innovation for the Android Platform, an open source environment for mobile and online, and most importantly it aims to fill the gap left by the nearly obsolete cable entertainment services. The acquisition plans to build new and innovative programs and devices for the home market to create a seamless experience to engage users in creative ways and bring about a conversion between home and mobile devices.

Android started 6 years ago through the vision of Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Google, to align standards across the internet and mobile under a single Open Source platform: Android. According to Larry Page, "since November 2007, more than 150 Million Android devices have been activated worldwide through a network of 39 manufacturers 231 carriers in 123 countries. 550,000 [new] devices are lit up [activated] every day."

Paypal: digital currency accepted everywhere in US by 2015

Blogs have called it the end of the wallet but many people don't believe this is achievable by 2015. We will just have to wait and see. Personally I believe that digital currency will only gain relevance in the years to come and as we explore the topic by means of technology, scales might shift to different ways of measuring value and spending habits.

Mobile certainly pays a part here. According to the latest 2010 numbers released by CTIA, the US has over 300M Wireless Subscriber Connections and with a population of over 307M people ('09) you can bet that nearly everyone in the country has a mobile phone! And with smartphone penetration reaching 50% coupled with services like PayPass, PayPal, Google Wallet and others, digital currency will become a reality faster than most of us think.

Google Wallet: Mobile will revolutionize the way you shop

Update: PayPal files lawsuit to protect trade secrets: A reason worth fighting for. Read more on the PayPal blog here: http://bit.ly/jrSW90 - According to .Net Magazine Google estimates that by 2014, over 150 million devices will be NFC ('Near Field Communication') capable. Read more about the lawsuit here: http://bit.ly/l1HMpY
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Google Authenticator: additional security for your Google accounts using your mobile

We had known about this for a while and are very excited about it finally being rolled out in the next few days.

Let's make sure we understand how to set it up before turning it on. But after that our Google devices/applications will be safer from hacking. It will be worth it for those of us who use Google Applications on a regular basis. You are only required to do verification once and password authentication check every 30 days if you so choose.

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