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Google Hub.
I posted earlier that Google+ should have been a hub. Obviously it's too late to change what Google+ is.

However, it is not too late for Google to create a Google Hub.

Of course this would require Google+ to be relegated to just another sharing service in the Googleverse. As it is, our Google profile is the Google+ profile. This has to change.

So what is Google Hub?

With so many sharing services on Google, there needs to be a hub to tie them all together. On our Google Hub, we would see a stream of postings that we subscribe to. I don't mean the posting bypeoples we follow but their different blogs, channels, Web albums and others that we subscribe to individually. Not the wholesale posts of any particular individuals.

The Google Hub stream should include postings that we would be interested in even though we haven't subscribed to them yet.

There are many things that should be moved out of Google+.

Videos should definitely be restricted to YouTube. Photos belong on Picasa. Location sharing and local business clearly belong on Map, this is obvious. Long writings surely belong on Blogger.

Google should revive the Google Me idea. This would be our new Google profile. On our Google Me page, we'd have the usual bio and intro as well as links to our various sharing platforms on Google. I just love the name. Google Me to find out about me. Remember, we wouldn't follow someone but subscribe to their different blogs, channels, albums, etc individually.

We can share from the various sharing platforms and whatever we post end up in Google Hub for our subscribers to find. Conversely, we can share directly from Google Hub and the postings will automatically be transferred to the appropriate sharing services, videos to YouTube, long writings to Blogger, photos to Picasa and so on.

I just think that there's too much emphasis on social networking. Google Hub would be the antithesis of that. If you still want to social network, then Google+ would still be there. Google Hub would be a more systematic way of sharing.

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The origin of the Stockhoclm Syndrome.
One of the hostages speaks candidly about the event. It was the psychological evaluation of the hostages which led to the "discovery" of this phenomenon. 
In August 1973 Kristin Enmark and three colleagues were taken hostage during a bank siege in Stockholm, Sweden. Kristin came to trust one of the kidnappers more than the police, the condition later named the 'Stockholm Syndrome'. Dina Newman spoke to Kristin about her story. (Photo: The hostages photographed as the police opened the bank vault door. Kristin Enmark is in the middle. (Credit: AFP/ EGAN-Polisen) Show more / Show less
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Accounts on Google.
For most of us, using Google services means having a Google account and that's all we need to know.

However, it is actually more complicated than that. There are in fact 2 types of accounts on Google, each with its own utility.

Account types.
When you open the account switcher on most Google websites, you will see a list of accounts you own and manage. Open the account switcher by clicking your profile photo on the top right of the screen. Any account with an email address under it is a Google account. Any account with "Google+ page" under it is a page.

So you can have Google accounts and you can have pages. So what's the difference?

Your Google account is your primary account. It is your default account. Your Google account is also connected to you personally. So everything you do on this account is supposed to be at "personal" level.

A page can be described as a "lesser" Google account. A page must be created by a Google account, meaning the creator must have a Google account. The owner can also invite other Google account holders to manage the page, transfer ownership of the page to another Google account and of course delete it.

Create pages at Google My Business.

http://business.google.com/manage/#/pages

Don't worry about the business moniker, it doesn't mean anything most of the time.

Pages are also called Brand accounts. You can see the brand accounts you own and manage here:

http://myaccount.google.com/brandaccounts

Account identity.
Every account must have an identity. Google accounts and pages have their identities set on Google About Me.

http://aboutme.google.com

This is the home of these accounts on Google.

The identity of a Google account us that of a person, with a name, , date of birth, work and education and so on. This is where I think Google's decision to drop the real name policy was a mistake. A person should have a "real" name.

A page on the other hand, can have any identity. A page may represent a business, a band, a sports team, your house or your cat.

At the time of writing, a page is actually a Google+ page. This is in the process of being changed. Pages will be removed from Google+ very shortly. In fact, they'll just need to drop the "Google+" from "Google+page".

The identity of an account is very important. This is because the name and profile photo of that account on Google About Me is carried through to wherever that account goes on Google. So the name of an account becomes the name of its YouTube channel fur example.

Accessible services.
Each account can access a set of Google services independent of other a counts even if they are owned by the same person. There is in fact no mixing between accounts at all. This is of course for security reason and so that you can use each account for a different purpose.

With your Google account, you can access Google My Business. This is where you manage your pages. Here, you can view your page's Insights which shows you the view counts on your pages complete with graphs.

Each account is also limited to one Youtube channel and one Google+ profile. However, each account can have multiple Blogger blogs.

By default, a page has access to only Google+ and YouTube, plus a limited access to Google Photos . If the owner of the page has set up a password for the page however, it can now access almost all Google services close to being like a Google account.

Set up a password for your page.
Find the page here,

http://business.google.com/manage/#/pages

Click Manage page under the page in question.
On the left menu, click Settings,
Under Third party tools, click Set up a password.

If a Google account has a YouTube channel, the owner can move that channel to a page they own and vice versa. In fact, the owner of pages can move a YouTube channel from one page to another.

Conclusion.
So why does Google use this rather complicated structure for their user's accounts. Isn't a simple Google account good enough?

A Google account is good enough for most people. Businesses and organizations and others clearly need more than that. So I think Google has provided a nicely customizable account system for its users.
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Thanks Dave ☺. It's a repost because I made substantial edit to the original post. 
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Cruiseships are becoming holiday destinations on their own right!

Like everything else, the market is moving to the east, especially China. 
China is a huge new market for the cruise industry. Philip Dodd cruises across the South China Sea to find out how the Chinese have taken to life on board ship. Boarding in Shanghai Philip meets the passengers and crew who will sail the coast of China down to Hong Kong. The Chinese want different things from a cruise from Westerners – they don’t want to sit in the sun. What they do want though is more of a sense of community on board. Ships are n...
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So the Chrome browser for Android is now a proxy browser, interesting.

Undoubtedly this is to speed it up even more, for data saving and in order to provide the full desktop browsing experience which is crucial if you're using the Chrome browser for Android on a Chromebook.

For comparison, the Opera browser for Android has been a proxy browser for a long time. 

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I'd prefer to use Chrome, Amir, but for the issue of font size. I solved the problem with Google search by making UC the default browser, and then going into browser, and specifying 'Internet.' It seems like cancelling UC, doesn't it, but it worked! Chrome simply won't alter no matter what I try, and I've been working on it for 2 years! 😂 
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Yep, the end of Google + is imminent.!

This ghost town needs to go. Personally, , I'm spending ten times more time on Youtube than here. I think they will just merge Google+ into Youtube. Not surprising since there are ten times more users over there. At least nobody will be forced to use Youtube which was the biggest mistake with Google+. 
YouTube is a destination for hosted video, but may soon become a social network via an internal project named Backstage that lets users post to their page.
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The origin of the Stockhoclm Syndrome.
One of the hostages speaks candidly about the event. It was the psychological evaluation of the hostages which led to the "discovery" of this phenomenon. 
In August 1973 Kristin Enmark and three colleagues were taken hostage during a bank siege in Stockholm, Sweden. Kristin came to trust one of the kidnappers more than the police, the condition later named the 'Stockholm Syndrome'. Dina Newman spoke to Kristin about her story. (Photo: The hostages photographed as the police opened the bank vault door. Kristin Enmark is in the middle. (Credit: AFP/ EGAN-Polisen) Show more / Show less
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Deus Ex Go.
Continuing from the excellent Hitman Go and Lara Croft Go, Square Enix Montreal has produced another winner!

Like the other Go's, this game is also a turn-based, movement-driven puzzler. Just like those, this one also nicely simulates the atmosphere of the original game with melee attacks, stealth action and hacking.

The Game is very well designed, with very good sound effects and music. The controls are perfect for the touch screen using swipes and taps. The puzzles are not too hard but they're not too easy either.

At about $5 and just 160MB, I highly recommend it! 
FROM THE MAKERS OF AWARD-WINNING HITMAN GO AND LARA CROFT GO COMES A NEW ST...
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Deus Ex Go.
Continuing from the excellent Hitman Go and Lara Croft Go, Square Enix Montreal has produced another winner!

Like the other Go's, this game is also a turn-based, movement-driven puzzler. Just like those, this one also nicely simulates the atmosphere of the original game with melee attacks ,, stealth actionand hacking.

The Game is very well designed, with very good sound effects and music. The controls are perfect for the touch screen using swipes and taps. The puzzles are not too hard but they're not too easy either.

At about $5 and just 160MB, I highly recommend it! 
FROM THE MAKERS OF AWARD-WINNING HITMAN GO AND LARA CROFT GO COMES A NEW ST...
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Only Los Angeles (1984) and Barcelona (1992)have made real profits by staging the Games.

The IOC always demands more and more extravagant games driving up the cost which us why fewer and fewer cities want to host it. 
The Olympic Games has a problem. In recent years the number of cities entering bids to host either the Winter or Summer Olympics has dropped dramatically. For the 2004 Summer Olympics, 12 cities bid. For the 2024 summer Games, there are only four cities running. The 2022 Winter Olympics bidding cycle saw just two cities compete - winners Beijing, China and Almaty, Kazakhstan - after the other five cities that expressed an interest pulled out due ...
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A new kernel for the future. It will be open source but let's face it, Google will be in full control of it. 
Google is building a new OS that's not just an update to Android or Chrome OS. It would be the first time Google has created an OS not reliant on Linux.
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Just think, you and I have just six degrees of separation between us at the most.
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Mohandas Gandhi.

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"The Handmaid's Tale"  by  Margaret Atwood.

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I think LOST is the greatest TV show ever.

Movies
My favorite movie is  Alien the first one.

Favorite movie line
"There's a monster in your chest...", I never got tied of that.

Star trek vs Star wars
Star trek gives us what I think is a true vision of the future. Star wars is rubbish. Take away the lasers and space ships and  you're left with a medieval story of magic and sworcery and what about those stupid prequels?

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I love 1980's pop music (stop laughing ). But  my favorite song of all time is Bob Dylan's "Like a rolling stone".

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I like watching sport but not a fanatic.
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