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Noughat (or Nougat, I suppose)

Finally, many days after Google announced the arrival of Android 7.0, named Nougat (sodding Muricans), my Pixel C has updated to build number NRD90M. Exciting times indeed.  Why so, you may or may not ask?

Well, the standout feature of the latest version of the world dominating open source mobile OS, is the ability to split-screen apps.  It’s been done before, of course, by Apple and also Samsung, on their tablets running customised versions of Android.  But now, finally, it’s available on the official, vanilla release.


So what?  Well, being a bit of a technophile, I was unable to resist purchasing the Pixel C, the first Android tablet designed and built from scratch by Google, featuring a full(ish) keyboard, USB Type-C charger and ‘multi-angle display functionality’.  Now, if you care to search for reviews of said device, you’ll find that opinions vary greatly.  Many proclaimed it ‘the finest Android tablet available’ while others declared it unfit for purpose.  Both camps made their judgements with reservations, with the main thrust of the arguments that the Pixel C failed to live up to Google’s claims of a ‘productivity’ device.  Sure, it had a great screen, the requisite apps to allow work on the move and a great(ish) keyboard that connects to the tablet delightfully and is rather pleasant to type on (albeit missing several keys due to space constraints). However, if you intend using a device as your daily, specifically for work purposes, it’s inevitable that the inability to view two apps concurrently, e.g., Chrome for research alongside Word, will cause frustration.  Many felt (and I agree) that the device shouldn’t have been released without multiscreen support.  Will all the reviews bemoaning its absence now be updated?  One thinks not.  Ultimately, we’re left with an almost year old device that finally has the software to allow it to fulfil its purpose.  I’d still but one though, it looks gorgeous, performance is smooth as you like and it now, finally, supports split-screen! Happy days;-)

5th Jun 2016 – Jack Black

On the day of Novak Djokovic finally completing his career grand slam after an occasionally hard-fought battle with Brit, Andy Murray, Google trends once again suggests, perhaps, surprising internet searches by us Brits. Or, looking at it differently, highlights how easily certain news (or a hoax) can sway us.

Today’s most searched term on Google, in the UK, is Jack Black, with a modest 200,000+ searches.  Having been offline for most of the day and having not seen or heard the news on the radio, I was unlikely to search for Jack black myself, as I was unaware of his apparent death (just 2 days after the death of the truly newsworthy Muhammad Ali).

Long story short, his TenaciousD band’s twitter account appears to have been hacked:

Jack Black alive
Official TenaciousD account confirms prank

“Jack Black feared dead” headlines quickly became “Jack Black is ALIVE!”.  It’s obviously sad when anyone passes away (especially at such a young age) but I’m not sure he’s a star who warrants such fervour.  Certainly, if I had heard the news earlier, I’m certain it wouldn’t have influenced my searches today!.

 

Hopefully order will be restored later (Google trends updated hourly) as people seek to read about how “brave” Andy Murray succumbed to the mighty Djokovic but, for now, the UK seems most interested in a man who hasn’t died.