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Why and how following a Google+ Collection gives you only posts that you want to see

I see there is still a lot of confusion around following a Profile vs a Collection vs a Community on Google+. The key advantage to following just a Collection, is that you only see posts in your steam that relate to that topic that the Collection deals with eg. just cat photos, just tech news, just green technology, just yellow flowers, etc. A Collection is a place where just the owner posts on a particular topic. You cannot post there, but you can usually comment, reshare and respond on any posts.

Whereas following someone's Profile will show every single public post in your stream that the persons posts. This has little focus but you may interested in everything they post, or it could be a family member or friend where you want to see everything.

A Community is a shared area where the owner, as well as members of that Community, can make posts. It could be a public or private Community, depending on what the owner has set for it. Communities can have additional admins managing them, as well as filtered areas of interest. You can also switch notifications on/off (where you get alerted via an e-mail) or opt to have their posts show up, or not, in your stream.

But back to Collections.... the point is if someone posts a lot about various topics and not all of those topics interest you, but you do have a real interest in one or two topics that they post about, then go to their Profile on Google+ and check whether Collections show up.

You can follow the two screen shots below to see how you would unfollow their main Profile, and then just click on a Collection or two which interests you. Believe me this makes your Google+ experience far more relevant, pleasant and focussed.  You do NOT have to unfollow the main Profile, unless you only want to follow a Collection without seeing any public Profile posts.  If you unfollow a Collection or two, those specific Collections will no longer appear in your stream.

So there are two main scenarios now for Collection filtering:
1. Follow just a Collection - Public Profile is unfollowed, Collection to follow is followed (or more than one).
2. Follow all posts except a specific Collection - Public Profile is followed, only specific Collection is unfollowed (maybe it is a topic that you really don't want to see, or more than one could be selected to be unfollowed).

The advantage of option 2 above is that you will still see all general Public posts, and by default would see posts for any new Collections that the person creates. But for some people who are highly focussed, option 1 could still be their best bet where they only ever see the posts made in that Collection or two that they have selected. It certainly does give a lot of granular control to followers.

You can also get a good idea of the really interesting Collections that can be found on Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/collections/featured. Remember that Google+' s real niche lies around interests and hobbies. This is where excels. Although it can do plain social media too, many people may opt to use Facebook for family and friendship based socialising, and Twitter for breaking news. An example is that I post the same posts across Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Tumblr and whilst I get 100 +1's and say 50 comments on a post on Google+ I rarely get more than one or two Likes on Facebook or one or two reshares. 

I hope this short explanation will give you a more enjoyable and cleaner experience on Google+

#tutorial   #guide   #collections  
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How to Use Chromecast to Create a Dashboard on Your TV using Dashboard Cast

Wouldn’t it be nice if all of that information that you need in the morning would be in one place? What if you could get your news, weather, and calendar without switching between apps and devices? Use Google’s Chromecast and the Dashboard Cast app to display all this news on your television.

Things that could only be viewed on a phone or computer in the past can now be seen on a large screen thanks to Chromecast. The potential of the Chromecast is growing every day with the addition of new Chromecast-enabled apps. There are thousands of different apps for listening to music, viewing television shows and movies, playing games, sports and more.

One of the features available for your Chromecast turns your television screen into a personal dashboard. This dashboard utilizes the space on your screen to display information widgets that you choose and customize. There are options for calendars, weather forecasts, daily news, and a to-do list, just to name some. With Dashboard Cast enabled, turning on the television in the morning gets you all the up-to-date information you need.

See https://www.maketecheasier.com/chromecast-create-dashboard-tv/

#chromecast #dashboardcast
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People are switching from Facebook to WhatsApp (and other instant messengers) for news

With all the hot water Facebook has been in for the role of news on its platform, it looks like the social media giant is getting what it wanted.

A new study from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism found that the use of Facebook for news has declined. Instead, people are turning to messaging apps — most notably WhatsApp — to receive and share news.

The study's data come from surveys conducted by YouGov of representative sample populations in countries around the world.

Taking the place of news blasted out to entire social networks is one-to-one sharing or group messaging. News reading and sharing on WhatsApp in particular increased 4 percent from 2016 to 2018.

Of course Facebook also owns WhatsApp, but it is more about how news is received on any instant messenger app, than who actually owns it.

See https://mashable.com/2018/06/15/facebook-whatsapp-news-consumption/

#news #instantmessaging #facebook

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Introducing VR180 Creator for Mac and Linux desktops, simplifying the video editing process

VR180 cameras allow creators to shoot three-dimensional, immersive photos and videos using affordable cameras that are small enough to fit in your pocket.

And to make it even easier for you to create and edit high quality VR videos, we’re launching VR180 Creator on Mac and Linux. This desktop tool lets anyone edit VR180 footage with existing VR video tools.

VR180 Creator currently offers two features for VR videos. “Convert for Publishing” takes raw fisheye footage from VR180 cameras like the Lenovo Mirage Camera and converts it into a standardized equirect projection. This can be edited with the video editing software creators already use, like Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro. “Prepare for Publishing” re-injects the VR180 metadata after editing so that the footage is viewable on YouTube or Google Photos in 2D or VR.

See https://www.blog.google/products/google-vr/introducing-vr180-creator-simple-video-editing/

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How to Stream the World Cup 2018 Russia for Free, No Cable Subscription Needed

Sometimes cord-cutters may find a need to watch sport. For some reason (especially local sports) seems to be locked into regional TV/Cable subscription services. It's often the last bastion holding many back from ditching a TV/Cable service. But for international games the options are more varied...

See https://www.addictivetips.com/media-streaming/stream-world-cup-2018-no-cable/

#FIFA #worldcup #soccer
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Test Out Your Next Nail Polish Color With an Augmented Reality App (iOS/Android)

I suppose slowly but surely we'll start to see more uses for AR apps...

See https://lifehacker.com/test-out-your-next-nail-polish-color-with-an-augmented-1826777562
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The Internet LOLed at AirPods when they launched. Who’s laughing now?

No, it's not about AirPods at all, but rather about general early adoption of any new technology. Examples are given of the first motorcar and predictions that humans would not be able to breathe if they travelled so fast. I distinctly remember people saying only a few would be able to afford mobile phones when they first came out and were the size of a brick.

Psychological studies have shown the power that group dynamics can have on how we perceive the world. In 1935, Turkish-American social psychologist Muzafer Sherif ran an experiment to test his hypothesis that social factors would influence perception. To test his theory, individuals in a dark room were shown a small dot of light that appeared to move but actually remained still. When participants were asked how far the dot moved, the groups converged on their findings based on the “social norm” of their peers. In other words, he proved that when faced with the influence and pressure of in-group decision making, individuals aligned their answers with each other — even though the dot never moved. Commonplace lead to common sense.

See https://qz.com/1295361/the-internet-loled-at-airpods-when-they-launched-whos-laughing-now/

#earlyadopters #technology
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What Is Torrenting? What You Should Know if Using Torrents

Torrenting is a popular file sharing protocol based on peer-to-peer (P2P) technology. It allows vast numbers of users to connect and share content without having to rely on a single source for downloads. Torrents are so popular it’s estimated 3.35% of all internet traffic is handled by BitTorrent, bringing the total number of monthly users to over 250 million!

On the surface torrenting is simple and easy to use. There are a lot of moving parts to the torrenting experience, however. You don’t need to know the ins and outs of file sharing to make it work, but it’s nice to know what makes torrenting work so you can get the most out of your downloads.

One thing in addition to the useful info provided in this article is to remember that torrent downloads are usually pieced together from others who have downloaded the files previously, meaning that if you are on capped Internet you may not want to leave your Torrent application open. Whilst it will help others find and download the file, your computer will be serving (uploading) the file to others.

See https://www.addictivetips.com/vpn/what-is-torrenting/

#torrenting
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Not everyone knows there is a more cost-effective Trello Gold account for managing projects and organizing tasks

Trello is the easy, free, flexible, and visual way to manage your projects and organize anything, trusted by millions of people from all over the world. I use it quite a lot to keep numerous reminders and actions organized, and I recently discovered one of my technical colleagues was also using Trello - so we could now share a single board and keep track of what both of us are doing on an account. I also have all my Trello updates on the shared board pulling straight into a Slack channel.

The Gold option does not actually appear under the standard pricing options, and whilst the free service does most of what I need, I really wanted a few extra useful Power-Ups like due date, labels and checklists. It also adds customized backgrounds, emojis, 250MB attachment capability, etc. It's just good value for me to manage a small team.

Gold is either $5 pm or $45 per annum.

See https://trello.com/gold
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Side View is the Firefox Feature I’ve Been Waiting For

It’s called Side View and it’s an experimental feature available to try, from today, as part of the Firefox Test Pilot program. It's something I've been using quite a bit on Vivaldi browser so am happy to see it now in Firefox too.

Side View for Firefox does exactly what you’d expect it to: it lets you view a pair of web pages side-by-side, split-screen style, in the same tab, and in the same window.

Being able to see different web pages at the same time has clear advantages, as Mozilla point out:

“Ever wanted to watch YouTube videos while shopping, or keep up to date on Twitter while working on a spreadsheet? Side View lets you send websites and links to your Firefox sidebar to make multitasking easier than ever.”

See https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/06/firefox-side-view-split-screen-experiment

#firefox
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