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Gov hates it when things swing both ways.

> Same with Android apps on the Chromebook.

Yeah, but they are handy if you want to put together a does-everything device.  Ex: Peripheral devices in the smarthome world lean heavily on phone apps.  By putting phone apps in the Chromebook's start column, I have central command console with a keyboard

Web Development / Re: Chrome apps to be phased out this year.
« on: January 17, 2020, 06:46:29 PM »
>browser/extension experience was better

From the article I read, it seems everyone else thought the same.  The C Apps just weren't getting any traction.

That painful, but at least it was only $172 painful.

Louise once lost her Samsung Note in a cab in Hanoi.  I spent a couple of hours back in the hotel trying to shut down any services that I thought might be vulnerable. What a PITA that was.

‘Lackluster’ Holiday Sales Cast a Pall Over U.S. Retail Sector - Bloomberg

Costco: "Despite technical glitches over Thanksgiving, which experts estimated to have cost Costco as much as $11 million in online sales, the warehouse chain reported a 9% increase in same-store sales during the most recent holiday season."

Costco sales prove Amazon-proof as Target, Macy's struggle - Business Insider

Hardware & Technology / Re: Monitoring People in a house
« on: January 15, 2020, 08:05:20 PM »
Rupert, did you see this Hubitat release?

Remote Wellness Check

Hardware & Technology / Re: Hubitat
« on: January 15, 2020, 06:20:39 PM »
When I got into smarthome stuff it was to replace a couple of hard-wired timeclock circuits (water heater timer) with an easier to manage UI.  Then maybe add a few light switches for security & convenience.  It's gone a bit beyond that;

Curbside mailbox announcer (200 ft from house)
Magnetic field vehicle announcer (100 ft from house)
Garage door opener voice or phone control (overrides existing standard manufacturer controls)
Schedule and launch 2 old Roomba 520s via IR
Repeat reminders via TTS (managing repeat reminders on ALexa is a PITA)

Water Cooler / Re: PFAS
« on: January 14, 2020, 11:53:24 PM »

Hardware & Technology / This is not an anti-tech movement
« on: January 14, 2020, 09:28:49 PM »
For tech-weary Midwest farmers, 40-year-old tractors now a hot commodity

"Every time you open an app like Grindr, advertisement networks get your GPS location, device identifiers and even the fact that you use a gay dating app.

"This is an insane violation of users' EU privacy rights."

The companies under investigation are:

Twitter's MoPub
ATT's AppNexus


Water Cooler / Re: What bankruptcy looks like in Google Trends
« on: January 12, 2020, 02:40:09 PM »
UK: Department store Beales warns of collapse risk

One of Britain's oldest department stores.

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