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It’s been teased and hinted for a while, but Android Instant Apps is finally rolling out to many Android devices.

Sometimes you click on a link that would prefer to open up inside of its native app (think Instagram), but you don’t have that app installed…well everyone hurts from that.
You see a poor(er) version of the page via the web, and the app developer loses out on some of their functionality.

But with Instant Apps, Google is making it easier on everyone. Your phone will download little pieces of the app in the background, just enough to make the page visible as it would be within the app itself, and it’ll give you full use as if you had the app.

This is also extremely useful for people running phones with very little space (16GB phones with no SD cards, for example), allowing them to use these apps, without tying up space on their phones.

Ideas of apps you can use like this?

  • Citymapper – Quickly look up where you need to get to, without downloading the maps?
  • NY Times Crosswords – Had a good puzzle and want to share it with someone who might like it? Do the puzzle without the app!
  • Weather Channel
  • Vimeo
  • Ticketmaster
  • Jet
  • Zillow/Realtor – For when you’re looking for your dream house on a random Tuesday…

The one question I have with all this: What does it do to data downloads and those not on unlimited plans?

Regardless, the idea is simple enough, and one of the cooler features to come to phones in recent years, and what I think will be the future of how apps run.

Here is more from Google.

We’ve seen them all individually, but it is finally time for them to come together.

The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen (Charlie Cox), the Smart@$$ detective (Krysten Ritter), the righteous ex-con (Mike Colter), and the kid with the glowing fist (Finn Jones). Daredevil (and Season 2), Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.

While the past shows have been 13-episodes per season, sometimes for the better or worse of the show, this season was the perfect amount with only eight episodes. Eight episodes mean there’s more action, more stories, less fluff, and less filler. But still enough time to keep a little lightness mixed in.

The war with The Hand has fully come to NY and it’s up to our four “heroes” to come together, as “The Defenders” and destroy them.
Elektra is back, and with death inside of her is fiercer than ever, fighting alongside Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver), Madam Gao, Murakami, and Bakuto.
Meanwhile, all our favorite sidekicks are back as well, from Colleen to Froggy, Stick to Malcolm, and Claire (Rosario Dawson) to Misty Knight.

Nothing is off-limits in this show. Hand cutting, brains exploding, and all out fight scenes.

If you grab me again, I’ll punch you so hard, you’ll see. – Jessica Jones to Daredevil

They may be working towards a common goal, but nothing says that they have to like each other. But the first time they all fight together is one of the great fight scenes that Marvel has put into these shows (think: Hallway Scene or the Staircase), and Jessica Jones has moments where she brings out her inner Indiana Jones (think: bringing a gun to a knife fight).

But despite everything this show has going for it, it’s Iron Fist/Danny Rand and the characters of his world (Bakuto) that drag the show down. Just like in its standalone season, the lines from them are flat, and they bring everything to a screeching halt. And while the fight scenes in Iron Fist were not good, they have picked up a bit for this season.

With that all being said, the show will pull together an 8 out of 10.

Moana and Trolls, two of the hotter children’s movies of the last year, have both come to Netflix, which made for some good summer watching as I wait for my Fall TV Shows to come back.

Moana. The story of a Polynesian island that is slowly dying off due to a demigod that stole the heart of the sea, in hopes of having the power of creation…or something like that.
Honestly, the storyline was a little odd, but the characters were enjoyable. From Moana herself (Auli’i Cravalho) to the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), the movie is filled with song and humor, although I fail to see a song in there as catchy as 2013’s Let It Go.

Trolls. The troll dolls of youth coming to life in a movie, where they are singing/dancing/hugging and enjoying life, until the evil Bergens discover that by eating them they can get joy themselves.
Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake star in this one, where through their voices they hope to stop the Bergens and convince them that they can experience joy without harming others.

While Moana made double at the box office, I enjoyed Trolls more, with the lead song of Can’t Stop The Feeling making my Top Songs of 2016.

Both movies get an 8 out of 10.

CNN ran an article recently on how to travel if you are young and broke. And while it was written by a fellow millennial, I think that this is a bad list, and unreasonable for most young people, especially if they don’t have tons of money (which is who it’s geared for).

Here are some examples:

  • “Sign up for a credit card with travel rewards” — When I was “younger and poorer” I didn’t have a credit card at all. Not because I didn’t want one, but because I had no credit since I was young and not having “tons of money”.
  • “Some credit cards, like the new Citi Prestige” — Dear young poorer people, don’t go out and get credit cards that have $450 annual fees. There are tens of Credit Cards with pretty good benefits, that won’t cost you a penny.
  • “Be flexible……travel on weekdays” — Most of these younger poorer people are in college or working their butts off so they can have “tons of money”. In both of those cases they can’t just take weekdays off to travel. Sure you may save money doing it, but it’s unfeasible.

My advice for traveling when you are “young and broke”? Get a few friends, take a car (either one of your own, or from Hertz with the discounts) and go on a road trip. Split the costs, use Priceline for last second hotel deals wherever the road takes you and hit up the free museums and sites that can be found wherever you go!

And if you need help planning a trip that’s a little cheaper, ask people who have been there which places are worth visiting and which aren’t worth the money…or find a friend who loves planning trips to map things out for you! (Hint: My inbox is open.)

Netflix’ newest show, Atypical, is about an autistic child, Sam (played by Keir Gilchrist), just trying to survive his senior year of high school, with the challenges of dating and life.

The people to help him through it all?

  • His father (Michael Rapaport), who has never had much of a connection with his son, but with girls coming into the picture, that may just change
  • Mis mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) has always been closest to Sam, but is now struggling with her own rocky relationship and losing track of him
  • Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine), Sam’s younger sister, and the fastest runner in the school, has her own social problems, but that won’t stop her from protecting Sam at all costs and guiding him through his troubles.
  • Julia (Amy Okuda), Sam’s therapist and the lady he crushes on the most
  • Zahid (Nik Dodani), the smooth talking ladies man who works with Sam at an appliance store, will be his wingman ’til the end of Earth and back

Dude, nobodies normal. -Zahid

Casey reminds me of a friendlier version of Unbreakable‘s Xanthippe, and Rapaport is a surprisingly sweet and charming-self. Meanwhile, Sam’s levels of taking everything seriously makes the show funnier and more enjoyable.

I hadn’t known anything about this show ahead of time but found it to be a great binge, and it gets an 8.5 out of 10.

One of the things I like about Android over iOS is that it is fluid and things can change from device to device. But that doesn’t mean I want everything different.

But I like my Google Apps…like Photos, Calendar, Keep, Gmail. And I don’t want to use other companies apps like Evernote or Gallery or Exchange.

But until now Google Contacts has only been available on an actual Google phone (think Pixel or Nexus). This week that all changed. Google has released “Contacts” on the app store.

Now, why do you need it? You don’t. But why should you get it?

For starters it provides a very clean interface for your contacts, mirroring the web version, and it also provides suggestions, such as:

  • Merges
  • Backup/Restore
  • Suggestions (from your emails and wherever else it pulls up the information)
  • Recent Unadded numbers

As always I highly recommend a cloud backup, such as Google and not your carrier, for all your stuff, and this will help push you through to safe backups and an easy transfer if you have to get a new device.

Ozark, with Jason Bateman starring and producing, is out now on Netflix, and it’s the best show to come out on streaming (so far) this summer. What seems at first like Bloodline redone, takes a turn for the better.

Marty Byrde (Bateman) is a money launderer for a Mexican cartel, but when his business steals from them he needs to find a way to make the money back in a hurry, or he and his family are going to head for the acid bucket.

The solution? Move to the Ozarks and start laundering money with a fresh crowd of people as the summer crowd visits the lake.

The show is innovative in its delivery, as each episode starts with the ‘O’ logo of “Ozark” filling it with little symbols spelling out ‘zark’, which foreshadow everything coming up in the episode.

From hillbilly neighbors to rundown hotels, and dive bars to Bobcats, the beautiful shores of the Ozarks.

Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) brings out a real bad@$$ side to her character, reminding me at times of Abby Donovan (Paula Malcomson) of Ray Donovan.

This show is like crack, or more like heroin, and it’s so good that it’ll leave you wanting more. It also has its really dark scenes, from people getting hit by a garbage truck, to soaking body parts in acid, and heads exploding and dripping down the wall.

The one wasted episode was the flashback of Episode 8, where while providing good backstory doesn’t do much towards progressing the total storyline.

Gets a 9 out of 10, and should be added to your summer binge list.

Kesha’s newest album, her first in five years, titled Rainbow was released today.

The album wastes no time launching straight into an Intro of how she’s not going to let people bring her down.

Been too mean for too long
And I’m so sick of crying, yeah
Darling, what’s it for?
I could fight forever, oh
But life’s too short

It is all a strong response to her haters and those who have risen up against her in recent years. But it isn’t an album of anger or actual hate, but rather comes across as one of frustration.

A long album, based on other recent releases, the title song Rainbow serves as a bridge in the middle, from the strong and powerful to the lighter sounding songs on the back end.

Trust me, I know life is scary
But just put those colors on
Come and play along with me tonight
You gotta learn to let go, put the past behind you
Trust me, I know, the ghosts will try to find you

Kesha also covers Dolly Parton’s 1980 song Old Flames Can’t Hold A Candle To You, which was written by Kesha’s mother, Pebe Sebert, and features Dolly herself.

This album is absolute fire, her lyrics and vocals showing off her true talent, and with a little help from the sounds of Eagles of Death Metal and the fabulous Dap-Kings Horns, any awards for “Comeback Artist of the Year” will surely have Kesha in contention.

The album hit #1 on the charts within hours of release.

This album gets a 9 out of 10.

Sunday I went out to Yankee Stadium and sat in the Legends section for a thrilling match between Hudson River rivals of NYCFC and the Red Bulls from New Jersey.

The match was a full out fight, with both teams trading goals and the lead, before FC Captain David Villa finished off his first MLS Hat-trick for a 3-2 win.

The stadium, with 30,000+ fans, was loud from start to finish, and a little boost from USWNT Legend Carli Lloyd started the smoke up before the match. But the place is never louder than when Villa’s name is announced after a goal.

The Captain with the hat trick!!! #NYCFC #Villa

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It was a great experience watching the players come out for practice, giving them encouragement ahead of the match, and a special thanks to Maxi Moralez and Kwame Awuah for stopping by after the game and signing our gear!

It’s ten years later, and as promised the Junior Counselors are back for a reunion at 9:30AM sharp. Everyone is pretty much the same, except for Ben, who’s had a nose-job that has changed his appearance from Bradley Cooper to Adam Scott.

Camp Firewood hasn’t changed much either over the years, as there are still stories about Willie S**ts His Pants, and some of the returning cast haven’t grown up a bit, still acting as teenagers and immature children.

Walla Walla Who

Michael Showalter continues his multitasking as Coop and now former President Reagan, as he works with Michael Ian Black’s President Bush (Sr.), all while keeping an eye on the up-and-coming Arizona Senator who plays saxophone.

Having a film is like having a baby.

They are also very self-aware, referencing episode numbers within the show, and like the original, they play on the times, with references to Blockbuster, Circuit City and B. Dalton Books.

“Just like you Gene.”
“Who’s Eugene?”

The show is star studded, including Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Alyssa Milano, Joe Lo Truglio, Chris Pine, and David Hyde Pierce.

It was funny and and enjoyable, and the show may miss the mark from the original series, but still gets a 7.5 out of 10, but let’s stop now and not push this series any further.

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