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05 Apr 12 Android Atlas Weekly 92: Farewell, until 2020 (Podcast)

This marks the end of the Android Atlas Podcast

Justin, Jaymar, Antuan Stephen predict the future of the
Android Operating System all the way in the year 2020. All that and more on this week’s edition of Android Atlas Weekly

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Jaymar’s Predictions for 2020

Google Play Movies will be re-rebranded as YouTube
Android will be available as a standalone desktop OS, and it will come loaded with Chrome Browser (a la Windows IE). (This, of course, means that Chrome OS is dead)
Android@Home initiative will be in full swing: lights, appliances, security systems, etc. will be powered by Android
Android will become self-aware, at which point it will send an Austrian bodybuilder back in time to pre-emptively end any hope for a human rebellion. This bodybuilder will, of course, be wearing Android-powered sunglasses
Instagram will announce that it is coming to Android “very, very soon”

In the year 2020: by Justin

Motorola will cease to exist as a separate entity
iOS will just be a skin on top of Android
Zucchini Bread will be released for the Sonysung Nexus Quasar
GoogleTV will be 20x better than today, and still no one will be using it
Most Android phones will have Lytro cameras built in

Antuan Goodwin 2020

Singularity happens and we will be powered by Android… or civilization ends on Black Friday 2012 and we don’t have to worry about it.
Android custom skins (Sense UI, TouchWiz) grow out of control, morphing into offshoot branch OSes of themselves. OEMs build their own app stores and music markets to get around Google’s rules
Google attemps to tighten control over the look and feel of AOSP, there will some headbutting between OEMs and Google and the search giant will need to decide how “evil” it will be.
Google self driving
cars will evolve into an ad-supported Google Cab service. You’ll be able to call a robo cab with your Android phone and have it automatically come pick you up and take you to a location.
Someone finally builds an Android powered
iPhone killer… faced with defeat, Apple reverts to full time patent trolling.



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29 Nov 11 BLOG: Recover lost form data in Google Chrome

Quick note: I first wrote about Lazarus for Firefox. Now that I’m a full-time Chrome user, I felt obligated to update the post accordingly.

This happens to me with alarming (and annoying) regularity: After completing a lengthy Web form, I click Next or Save or whatever, and poof: my browser crashes, the server times out, or my Internet connection dies (thank you, Comcast)–in other words, all my hard work is gone.

As someone who blogs for living (a task that relies heavily on Web forms), this particular nightmare is not only annoying, it’s also a productivity-killer. But this can happen to anyone. Suppose, for example, you just typed a lengthy explanation of a computer problem into a tech-support form. You click Submit, only to see a Page Not Found error or the like. Talk about wanting to tear your hair out!

Fortunately, there’s a simple, effective “do over” in the form of Lazarus, a Chrome add-on that makes it easy to recover lost form data.

How does it work? Lazarus automatically (and securely, with a password if you prefer) saves every keystroke you enter into any Web form, blog tool, comment box, or what have you.

To bring back your data, just look for the little Lazarus symbol in the top-right corner of whatever box you were typing in. Click it, then choose the text you want to recover. Presto! It reappears like magic.

Although Chrome itself can restore text in the event of a browser or system crash, it won’t help you with accidental deletions, server timeouts, and the like. My advice: if you use Chrome, you must use Lazarus. I’ve relied on this add-on for years, starting in Firefox, and consider it an essential part of my Web life.



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