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Mike Elgan

The world's only lovable technology journalist.

I Live On Google+!
http://google.me/+MikeElgan

After 10 years of blogging with conventional blogging sites and services, I abandoned that approach a year ago and started blogging on Google+. Why? Because Google+ is by far the best blogging platform. As Tim O'Reily said, it's like Tumblr 2.0, but more social. 
I also cancelled my account with a leading photo-sharing and management site, and now use Google+ for that exclusively. 
I've replaced more than half my email communication with Google+ communication. If you don't know me, the only way to reach me is via Google+. 
I use Google+ to automatically publish my email newsletter!
I use Google+ instead of Skype to communicate with my family while I'm living abroad. 
I use Google+ to write first drafts of my stories, to crowdsource, to take polls, to get feedback and to drive traffic to the articles I write. It has dramatically improved my work as a writer. 
I even use Google+ for social networking!
Although I


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About 9 weeks ago Jet replaces windows with a massive, real-time video screens.

Spike Aerospace is building the first supersonic private jet. When its S-512 is ready for sale in 2018, it won't have windows. Instead, the plane will have massive HD screens showing live feeds from tiny cameras built into the outside. 

The goal is an "unbroken panoramic view" of what's outside the airplane.

Its not just about aesthetics. The absence of windows means that the normal engineer work-arounds needed to build windows into planes won't be necessary. 

I want one. 

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2014/02/supersonic-jet-video-windows/?cid=co18787614









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About 13 weeks ago The problem with Facebook. 

You'll never look at Facebook the same again after watching this video.

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About 4 weeks ago Why Android Wear will rule the smartwatch!

The announcement of Android Wear, and smartwatches from LG and Motorola, was greeted by the public as: “Oh, look — a new kind of gadget!”

But the wearable revolution in general and Google’s Android Wear initiative in particular, is barely even about gadgets.

The smartwatch revolution is about three things: devices, smartphone apps and cloud services.

You’ll note, however, that these are listed in order from least to most important. Here’s why Google’s total dominance of the third aspect of the smartwatch revolution will make them unbeatable: 

http://www.cultofandroid.com/55386/android-wear-will-rule-smartwatch/

#AndroidWear  











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About 13 weeks ago What I learned on the way to 3 million Google+ circles.

I crossed the 3-million Google+ circles line this morning. http://goo.gl/mdil3m

It’s weird and thrilling to have so many “followers,” and to be sandwiched in circle counts between Paris Hilton, who has a couple hundred thousand more circles than I do, and Rihanna, who will probably catch up to me and pass me at some point in the future. (One of the great things about Google+ is that the geeks hold their own against entertainers in popularity.)

But mostly, it’s been an eye-opening adventure for me. Here’s what I learned along the way. 

http://www.cultofandroid.com/50078/learned-way-3-million-google-circles/

#GooglePlus









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About 7 weeks ago How Google Hangouts could rule the world.

A dark cloud hangs over the future of mobile communication: the spectre of Facebook controlling it all.

It’s not likely, actually. But Facebook’s intention to purchase WhatsApp for $16 billion or $19 billion dollars (depending on whether you factor in the stock-based bonuses for WhatsApp employees) involved some scary-big numbers.

The biggest of these numbers happens when you add Facebook’s current user count plus WhatsApp’s projected user count (how many users Facebook believes the service will have if current growth rates continue). The number is: 2.3 billion users.

Of course, the number is pure B.S.

WhatsApp’s current growth probably won’t continue. Facebook’s current numbers are padded with duplicate users, fake users and non-active users. And there’s always going to be big overlap between WhatsApp and Facebook users — a dude who uses both is still just one dude.

Still, when I ponder the number of p
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About 4 weeks ago Mind blowing: This California tree is 3,200 years old!

This Sierra Nevada giant sequoia is called the President. It's 247 feet tall and the trunk is 27 feet wide. Here's another mind-blowing fact: The tree is still growing fast, adding one cubic meter of wood per year.

Here comes the video!

http://youtu.be/vNCH6uhB_Bs

http://themindunleashed.org/2014/03/3200-year-old-tree-massive-never-captured-single-image-now.html

#giantsequoia  









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About 8 weeks ago Google phone project could transform smartphones.

Google got out of the phone business and into the phone technology business. http://goo.gl/4T5LZW

Google's Project Tango phone has Kinect-like sensors for mapping 3D spaces.

This can be used for augmented reality with more reality, vision for the blind, real-world mobile video games and more.

Here are the details behind Google's Project Tango:

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9246499/Google_phone_project_could_transform_smartphones?taxonomyId=75

#ProjectTango   #Google  











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About 10 weeks ago Wow. That was fast.

There's already a t-shirt!

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About 2 weeks ago LOL!!! #captainamerica #marvel #epicfail
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About 5 weeks ago Am I a Glasshole? Or are you a self-absorbed, irrational luddite?

Here's my open letter to people who oppose the wearing of Google Glass in public: http://goo.gl/CdYKDj

http://www.cultofandroid.com/54761/glasshole-self-absorbed-irrational-luddite

#googleglass