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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 visual area of the brain of blind people really is rewired to do other things. It shows how plastic the brain is. 
A study of 17 people who have been blind since birth found that areas of the brain usually devoted to visual information become active when a blind person is solving math problems.
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I had to use the Conversion App that I have on my phone. That's almost $15!
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That's the mark of incompetence, callousness and disrespect. 
It's inevitable that Samsung's mass Galaxy Note 7 recall is going to cost the company a notable sum, but industry analysts are now expecting that the total bill could reach around $1 billion in order to fix the mess.Despite the relatively low number of affected devices, Samsung has issued a total recall on the estimated 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 handset that has shipped out to consumers in the last two weeks. Estimates from Credit Suisse Group AG...
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No mate. Look at the screen. It looks like abstract art. Samsung is selling art now. Don't be a Philistine.
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I'm glad that I have not been duped into buying anymore Samsung phones. 
Following days of heavy rumors, Samsung has moved in to quell fears about the safety of the Note 7. The company assured that only a very small number of devices pose a risk and announced a worldwide recall program, “out of an abundance of caution.” While some have praised Samsung for acting decisively in the interest of customers, not everyone is happy with the way the Note 7 recall program is being conducted. Consumer Reports, a respected ...
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Well I still have a Note 5 but I'm definitely trading it in for the ZTE Axon 7 which is just half the price.
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Click the Waffle button at the top of most Google websites to quickly switch to other sites. The sites in the grid are only those the account you're currently using can access. 
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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 or 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 "Brand account" under its name is a brand account.

So you can have Google accounts and you can have brand accounts. 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 brand account can be described as a "lesser" Google account. A brand account 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 brand account , transfer ownership of the brand account to another Google account and of course delete it.

Create a brand account here,

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

This will also create a Google+ profile for the account.

Or here,

https://www.youtube.com/channel_switcher

This will create a YouTube channel as well as a Google+ profile for the account.

Account identity.
An account must have an identity. Google accounts and brand accounts have their identities set at 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 brand account on the other hand, can have any identity. A brand account may represent a business, a band, a sports team, your house or your cat.

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 the brand account manager.

https://myaccount.google.com/brandaccounts

From here, you can change the info on your brand account, invite managers or another owner and delete the account.

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

Set up a password for your brand account:
Find the brand account here,

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

Click "Manage page" under the Brand account 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 brand account they own and vice versa. In fact, the owner of multiple brand accounts can move a YouTube channel from one brand account 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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I remember seeing a similar post, that you had done several weeks ago.
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The visual area of the brain of blind people really is rewired to do other things. It shows how plastic the brain is. 
A study of 17 people who have been blind since birth found that areas of the brain usually devoted to visual information become active when a blind person is solving math problems.
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Why do we cheat over and over again? It turns out that we suffer from "Unethical amnesia".

We tend to forget the bad things we have done resulting in our repeating them. We suppress these memories probably because they are painful.

http://www.npr.org/2016/09/07/492926621/social-science-researchers-explore-unethical-amnesia
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Why do we cheat over and over again? It turns out that we suffer from "Unethical amnesia".

We tend to forget the bad things we have done resulting in our repeating them. We suppress these memories probably because they are painful.

http://www.npr.org/2016/09/07/492926621/social-science-researchers-explore-unethical-amnesia
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This is amazing! Clearly it will be better suited for Chromebooks not Android devices.

Last week, CodeWeavers announced that after three years of development, a preview version of CrossOver for Android would be released. Why was I so excited?... by Corbin Davenport in Editorials
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Physical keyboard is so last century. Most people who use some kind of computing device have never touched a physical keyboard. 
Lenovo says it plans to launch a new Chromebook without a physical keyboard, replacing it with a touch-sensitive touch panel instead.
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It was, but I read so many negative things about it, and it wasn't as if you could download it on a separate partition, or onto a DVD disk.
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Just think, you and I have just six degrees of separation between us at the most.
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Be humble.

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Left of center.

Greatest leader
Mohandas Gandhi.

Favorite novel
"The Handmaid's Tale"  by  Margaret Atwood.

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I think LOST is the greatest TV show ever.

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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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I know why the giant statue collapsed leaving behind just the foot.
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