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Comment Re:Googles days as the golden child for nerds is o (Score 1) 91

I think we saw that in action today. I guess Google Now has been rebranded, adjusted, integrated, and redesigned into Google Assistant?

I believe they announced Assistant back in May at I/O 2016. It seems like a rebrand with additional functionality tacked on.

Comment Re:Popular for the moment (Score 1) 174

I've played Ingress since early beta phase, and have seen many people leave, and then many more come. For instance, in beta there were only 8 player levels. People got to 8, realized there was no real endgame beyond that, and left. And then Niantic added levels up to 16, added missions, First Saturdays, events, lots of new game concepts, and so on, and years later it's still really active. In the earlier days Niantic was really underfunded and was slow to market for new features.

Comment the phone reports it (Score 2, Informative) 228

Are they just going to have a few hardcoded presets(phone, tablet, TV?) that use the same architectural foundation? Will it be a single 'windowing' mechanism that follows certain layout rules that result in different effects based on screen size and DPI?

Android has been doing this for a while, choosing at runtime which resources to serve up based on DPI. The source tree of an Android app has 3 'drawable' directories under res/ (drawable-ldpi, drawable-mdpi, and drawable-hdpi) and it picks the best one for each situation.

Comment G+ games (Score 3, Interesting) 154

Games on G+ can also reward you for spamming/recruiting your friends. Angry Birds on G+ for example will keep levels locked until you and your friends have a cumulative total of stars to unlock them, so naturally you want to get more people playing. Another game lets you ask for hearts to continue gameplay and equally you can donate hearts. The difference here though is people in your circles will not see all this game stuff unless they are also in their games stream.

Comment public posts (Score 1) 154

I don't know anyone who makes public posts. That's kind of the entire point, which you appear to have missed

There are many I've found who use G+ as they use Twitter, IOW all public posts, like a broadcasting station/soapbox. I find what you say to be generally true of most other users though (including myself). I post daily but you wouldn't know it from my profile.

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