Sep
26
2016

Can you guess how badly Marvel wanted Benedict Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strang…

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Can you guess how badly Marvel wanted Benedict Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange?

Let's put it this way, the movie would probably already be out if they'd decided to go with someone else, that's how badly, and I'm sure they've made the right choice!

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Sep
24
2016

[Highland Games] Cycling racing

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Highland games also have a lot of more traditional kinds of competitions such as running and cycling. However cycling in this pictured event was done on a track traced on grass, which isn't necessarily the easiest medium to cycle on for a race.

[Highland Games] Cycling racing

Highland games also have a lot of more traditional kinds of competitions such as running and cycling. However cycling in this pictured event was done on a track traced on grass, which isn’t necessarily the easiest medium to cycle on for a race.

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Sep
23
2016

Not ready to fall

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It's that time of year again, my least favourite time of year, Autumn is upon us with its colder and shorter days, its dying plants and hibernating animals, its fireworks days and spiced lattes.

And obviously the store now sells mince pies (best before 30 November…). Hope you all have a splendid weekend!

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Not ready to fall

It’s that time of year again, my least favourite time of year, Autumn is upon us with its colder and shorter days, its dying plants and hibernating animals, its fireworks days and spiced lattes.

And obviously the store now sells mince pies (best before 30 November…). Hope you all have a splendid weekend!

For +FloralFriday curated by +Eustace James, +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson and +Tamara Pruessner

#floralfriday

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Sep
23
2016

Quick Review of Google Allo

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Allo is now available to download in Scotland so I gave it a quick spin.

The setup is very similar to Duo in the sense that when you first start it it asks for your phone number then asks you to take a selfie and enter your name. There is no indication that it has connected to my Google account yet it seems to be able to access my contacts and my emails, and if you look under settings it says it has connected to my Google account.

Since the easiest way to test it is to chat with the Assistant, I did just that. What's disappointing at first is that it essentially works much the same as Google Now in terms of the way you can interact with it. What it means is there are certain key questions that it recognises and will respond in a more "natural" manner but if the phrasing or the subject goes beyond what it knows you'll just get "Here are some answers from the web".

The attached screenshot also tests multi-lingual support. As you can see, programming languages don't seem to be its thing, French it's just learning, Finnish isn't even recognised. The AI certainly looks like it has much to learn still, which is an odd thing to realise when you've had a Google account for over 12 years.

In terms of real people it sees 15 of my contacts I can chat with, whereas Duo has all my contacts as "invite". Reading previous reviews and analysis I suspect this just means these people have supported Android devices you can message to without them needing to have the app installed. I may test what this means in practice later tonight.

I can see why it would make sense for it to support SMS, though this isn't a deal-breaker for me as I actually prefer to use the default messaging app for that having found flaws with integrating it with hangouts that I wasn't happy with.

Overall it's a nifty little app, but if I am to believe its marketing its best features rely on the gimmicky emojis and the resizable text. Would I replace hangouts with it? Probably not, but it is fun to play with their bot / assistant, shame you can't change its name.

Quick Review of Google Allo

Allo is now available to download in Scotland so I gave it a quick spin.

The setup is very similar to Duo in the sense that when you first start it it asks for your phone number then asks you to take a selfie and enter your name. There is no indication that it has connected to my Google account yet it seems to be able to access my contacts and my emails, and if you look under settings it says it has connected to my

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Sep
21
2016

#wordlessonwednesday

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