Originally Posted November 12th, 2011
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I want to give you an update on this secret I mailed to you 14 years ago. My daughter is now 15 years old. We are close now, but for awhile I wasn’t sure we would be. When she turned 13 I was fortunate enough to be able to quit my job. Being at home and available for her has strengthened our bond. She will come home from school or from being out with friends and talk to me for 45 minutes straight. I cherish every minute of conversation with her. Instead of hiding away in her room, she wants to hang out with me and her dad just watching tv. These might be simple everyday interactions but I never had them with my mother. I am so proud of her and love her with every ounce of my being.
I think we have broken the cycle.
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The Pixel 4 arrived on the market as one of the most leaked, most talked about smartphones of 2019. This year, Google seems like it is really trying to find something unique to offer, with new features like the Google-developed "Motion Sense" radar gesture system, face unlock, a 90Hz display, the next-gen Google Assistant, and a new astrophotography mode.
At the prices Google is asking, though, the Pixel 4 is hard to recommend. The company saddled the phone with an ultra-premium price tag, but the Pixel 4 can't compete with ultra-premium phones. The phone falls down on a lot of the basics, like battery life, storage speed, design, and more. The new additions like face unlock and Motion Sense just don't work well. It seems like Google just cut too many corners this year.
The strongest feature of the Pixel line—the camera—hasn't really gotten better, either. The camera sensor is the same as last year, and the big new software feature, astrophotography mode, is also available on older Pixel devices and the much cheaper Pixel 3a.
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