IT’S A MARSHMALLOW WORLD

Less than five percent of Android phone owners have the new “Marshmallow” operating system. A third have the previous version, Lollipop. the rest are so far back the operating systems were written on stone tablets.

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OUR NEW PHONE

Sometimes we pay attention to our own column. Right after we wrote about Google’s “Project Fi” phone service, we ditched our T-Mobile service and signed up. It was, as they say, a moment of epiphany.

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20 MOVIE SCENES BEFORE-AND-AFTER SPECIAL EFFECTS

“20 Movie Scenes Before-And-After Special Effects.” shows you what it’s like to be an actor in Hollywood. You sit stroking a lumpy stuffed toy but the movie viewer watching ‘Game of Thrones” sees a dragon. When we watched a port with ships coming in for “Boardwalk Empire” it’s really just a bunch of people milling around in front of a blank wall of green paper. Saves a lot on building stage sets.

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GOOGLE’S FREE MUSIC LAB

Musiclab.chromeexperiments.com is Google’s new music lab. Click on a picture, click again to add stuff to the picture and create your own music. We especially liked the rhythm section where we watched monkeys play kettle drums and triangles according to the rhythms we chose. Color it cute.

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GOOGLE MAPS ADDS UBER

Google Maps is adding Uber taxi info to its maps for Android phones. You should be able to see it in the next few weeks. You’ll be able to see how many Uber cabs are nearby and what their fares are. We were hoping that the much vaunted app, “TextBer,” would let you hail an Uber cab with just a text message instead of an app, but it never got off the ground, even after reams of free publicity.

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PAINTERS USING COREL PAINTER

 PainterArtist.com/masters has links to a marvelous group of artists who use the “Corel Painter” program to create their art. Some of them have tutorials.

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6 ILLUSTRATIONS THAT SHOW WHAT IT’S LIKE IN AN INTROVERT’S HEAD

“6 Illustrations That Show What It’s Like in an Introvert’s Head.” Introverts can be great socially, but they need down time. Extroverts need people around all the time. (Bill Clinton used to ask people to hang around while he did crossword puzzles.)  

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MONEY GEEK

MoneyGeek.com has free financial guides and tools, including a cost of living calculator, and a mortgage refinance calculator, among others.

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MAKING MUSIC WITH 2000 BALL BEARINGS

The “Wintergatan Marble Machine” is a remarkable music-making machine, reminiscent of the great “Animusic” videos. It was created by Swedish musician Martin Molin and includes a kick drum, bass, vibraphone, guitar and over 2000 falling ball bearings, powered by a hand-crank, an incredibly intricate wooden device.

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THIS SEARCH ENGINE PLANTS TREES

Most of us use Google to search on the web. But if you use Ecosia.org, you’ll help plant trees all over the world. They say every search you do plants another tree.

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