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Google shutting down Google+ , anyone cares?

So Google has announced yesterday that it will shut down Google+ for good. That happens now after discovering that private user information may have been made public. The review revealed that a bug in the software allowed apps access to profile fields that were not marked as public, though Google said that there is no evidence that any profile data was misused. While the data exposure was minimal, and was reportedly limited to names, email addresses, occupation, gender, and age, Google said that the low adoption rate of Google+ also played a factor in the tech giant’s decisions to discontinue the service.

First I thought wow, then short after: So what, who is actually using it? I don´t use it since it startet and probably will not miss it.

Here is the statement of Google:

Finding 1: There are significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ product that meets consumers’ expectations.
Action 1: We are shutting down Google+ for consumers. Over the years we’ve received feedback that people want to better understand how to control the data they choose to share with apps on Google+. So as part of Project Strobe, one of our first priorities was to closely review all the APIs associated with Google+. This review crystallized what we’ve known for a while: that while our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps. The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds. Our review showed that our Google+ APIs, and the associated controls for consumers, are challenging to develop and maintain. Underlining this, as part of our Project Strobe audit, we discovered a bug in one of the Google+ People APIs:

  • Users can grant access to their Profile data, and the public Profile information of their friends, to Google+ apps, via the API.
  • The bug meant that apps also had access to Profile fields that were shared with the user, but not marked as public.
  • This data is limited to static, optional Google+ Profile fields including name, email address, occupation, gender and age. (See the full list on our developer site.) It does not include any other data you may have posted or connected to Google+ or any other service, like Google+ posts, messages, Google account data, phone numbers or G Suite content.
  • We discovered and immediately patched this bug in March 2018. We believe it occurred after launch as a result of the API’s interaction with a subsequent Google+ code change.
  • We made Google+ with privacy in mind and therefore keep this API’s log data for only two weeks. That means we cannot confirm which users were impacted by this bug. However, we ran a detailed analysis over the two weeks prior to patching the bug, and from that analysis, the Profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected. Our analysis showed that up to 438 applications may have used this API.
  • We found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug, or abusing the API, and we found no evidence that any Profile data was misused.

Every year, we send millions of notifications to users about privacy and security bugs and issues. Whenever user data may have been affected, we go beyond our legal requirements and apply several criteria focused on our users in determining whether to provide notice. Our Privacy & Data Protection Office reviewed this issue, looking at the type of data involved, whether we could accurately identify the users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse, and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take in response. None of these thresholds were met in this instance. The review did highlight the significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers’ expectations. Given these challenges and the very low usage of the consumer version of Google+, we decided to sunset the consumer version of Google+. To give people a full opportunity to transition, we will implement this wind-down over a 10-month period, slated for completion by the end of next August. Over the coming months, we will provide consumers with additional information, including ways they can download and migrate their data. At the same time, we have many enterprise customers who are finding great value in using Google+ within their companies. Our review showed that Google+ is better suited as an enterprise product where co-workers can engage in internal discussions on a secure corporate social network. Enterprise customers can set common access rules, and use central controls, for their entire organization. We’ve decided to focus on our enterprise efforts and will be launching new features purpose-built for businesses. We will share more information in the coming days.

And the Exclusive Invites for Movie Premiere of “The Man Who Knew Infinity” are going to…

THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY POSTER finalGulf Film and The Acme Blog had given 10 lucky readers the chance to win double invites to the exclusive Premiere screening of the upcoming Drama Movie The Man Who Knew Infinity directed by Matt Brown and starring Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones and Devika Bhise.

The Premiere screening will take place on Monday, May 2 (tomorrow), at 8.00pm at the  Novo Cinemas at Festival City Mall Dubai.

The right answer on the asked question  in  which 2015 Movie Release did Dev Patel star as Sonny Kapoor was of course the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2.

And The Winners are:

  • Shrishti Garg
  • Shiny Sajan
  • Swetha Kunjaparambil
  • Grace Guanco
  • Surbhi Agarwal
  • Bennett Cindy
  • Nadine El Sheik Ali
  • Mari Rosaleo
  • Zou Jaballah
  • Adel Mansour  

You all should have an email now in your inbox from us with the details how it works!

Congratulations again , and enjoy the Movie!

Here again the Plot in short: Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy.

“The Man Who Knew Infinity” will be Releasing in UAE Cinemas on May 7, 2016.

Check out the Trailer below:

Win 10×2 Exclusive Invites to the Movie Premiere of “The Man Who Knew Infinity”

THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY POSTER finalIt´s been some time but here we are back with a  great Movie competition which is courtesy of our friends down at Gulf Film. This time around we got 10 Exclusive double invites to the Premiere screening of the upcoming Drama Movie The Man Who Knew Infinity directed by Matt Brown and starring Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones and Devika Bhise.

The Premiere screening will take place on Monday, May 2 , at 8.00pm at the  Novo Cinemas at Festival City Mall Dubai.

The Plot in short:  Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy.

And this is how you can win:

To win you only have to leave the answer on the following question in the comments:

In  which 2015 Movie Release did Dev Patel star as Sonny Kapoor ?

  1. Chappie
  2. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2
  3. Slumdog Millionaire

Those who answered the question on Facebook , please, send via PM the following info:

  1. Your full name
  2. E-mail

The end of the competition will be the evening of the 1st of May. “The Man Who Knew Infinity” will be Releasing in UAE Cinemas on May 7, 2016.

Check out the Trailer below:

Chaps launches flagship stores in Dubai

Chaps - MenChaps showcased its Spring 2016 collection at its new flagship store in Ibn Battuta Mall, highlighting key fashion items for men, women and boys. The event introduced Chaps to the UAE market, signalling an exciting addition to Liwa Trading Enterprises’ growing retail portfolio.

New to the Market:
Liwa Trading announced the launch of Chaps—a timeless American sportswear brand— with the opening of two flagship stores in the UAE for Spring 2016. Offering a complete lifestyle collection for the family, Chaps represents fashion that is casual, confident, spirited and fresh. Chaps is available in the Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai, and the Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi, with more stores scheduled to open in the coming years.
Launched in 1978, Chaps was created to be more than a just label, and quickly established itself as a lifestyle that evoked an iconic American sensibility. Special details provide each garment with a unique twist. Popular Chaps designs include the perfect-fitting shirt in smart stripes or checks, along with classic, flattering pants. The signature Chaps polo shirt is also an important part of the brand, drawing on a sporty heritage. Splashes of vibrant color easily combine with the rest of the collection. The Chaps design philosophy is communicated through versatile collections with a spirited confidence that can be worn season after season, celebrating timeless and accessible style.

Chaps - BoysAbout the Spring 2016 Collection:
Spring blooms with fresh fashion and statement looks in the new season range from Chaps. From a graduation party to a barbeque with friends, celebrate the warming weather in style.
Spring captures the spirit of American denim for women with cool blues, crisp whites and playful pops of red. Stripe and plaid knit shirts top off white or blue denim for a playful weekend look, while a denim shirtdress is the style staple for the season.
Inspired by the laid-back attitude of Key West, the Menswear Spring collection ushers in easy style in a palette of indigo blues and soft brights. Knits are must-have layering pieces for the season, such as a French rib quarter-zip sweater pulled over a graphic T-shirt or a buffalo check button-down—great for date night or brunch in the city. Always smart and sophisticated in a custom fit; the premium cotton dress shirts are suited for a busy lifestyle, outfitting a stylish professional on the move at the office or at a festive party with friends.
Spring break has never looked cuter with made-for-play polos, versatile shirts and bright check and stripe button-downs for boys. These wardrobe staples can be mixed and matched on any day and topped off with a stripe belt for a fun finishing touch.

These are the 10 largest airports in the world!

It’s just a stereotype that Americans are travel muffles. They do travel, but just prefer it in their own country. This shows the list of the ten largest airports in the world: Four of them are in the US. If one counts however only international passengers, the Dubai Airport is at the forefront, followed by London and Hong Kong, as the current Worldwide Airport Traffic Report of Airports Council International (ACI) shows the determined passenger numbers totaling 1144 airports worldwide for 2015.

All airports in the top ten recorded 2015 growth. Total passenger numbers rose year on year by 6.1 percent. And the trend is very likely to continue in the coming years. Many airports face this with new terminals being build.

10. Dallas/Fort Worth

The home base and hub of American Airlines serve as the other three US airports in the top ten, especially air travel within the country. Last year, 64.07 million passengers were handled here. That amounted to 0.9 percent more than the year before.


9. Paris Charles-de-Gaulle

The “concrete-Camembert” has become a bit old, but he still has the taste of the future, although many travelers called the Airport “confusing”. Since 1974, start the French and all who fly with Air France, the futuristic Terminal 1 of the airport Charles de Gaulle. Meanwhile, the terminal was renovated with its satellites and greatly expanded the airport. Nearly 65.77 million passengers got here, 2015, from or

8. Hongkong

With a growth of 8.2 percent and now 68.28 million passengers the airport of Hong Kong is one of the most important in Asia. Cathay Pacific flies from here to more than 50 airports around the world. Overall, the Airport is served by some 100 airlines which drive 190 goals, including 50 in the Chinese mainland.hongkong

7. Los Angeles

The hub of California is probably the most sung airport in the world. Many of the nearly 74,940,000 passengers buzzing probably still  “L.A. International Airport “, the catchy tune of country singer Susan Raye from the 1970s on the approach.

6. London Heathrow

While London Heathrow with around 73.4 million passengers handled , landed last year in third place, it fell this year despite 2.2 percent more passengers – in numbers: around 74.99 – to sixth place only.

5. Tokio Haneda

The according to Official Airline Guide (OAG) most punctual major airport in the world ranking in terms of passenger figures on rank 5. Around 75.32 million passengers were handled according to ACI 2015 here. And up to the Summer Olympics 2020, capacity is expected to increase significantly.

4. Chicago

The O’Hare Airport, named after a pilot in World War II, is the gateway to the US Midwest. Above all,  United Airlines uses it as a hub. In 2015 it landed and took off and landed here around 76.95 million passengers.

3. Dubai

Many passengers flying to East and Southeast Asia, to India or Australia, stopover in Dubai. The Airport recorded 10.7 percent more passengers  in 2015 compared to last year and ended up with about 78,01 passengers in third place. In international passenger comparison the airport landed , as well as in the previous year, on the first

2. Beijing

In 1978 the international capital airport in Beijing carrie just over 1 million passengers, in 2012 there were already nearly 82 million, and in 2014 the airport already came to 86.1 million travelers. A big push brought the Terminal 3 designed by star architect Norman Foster, which doubled the number of passengers before the Olympic Games of 2008. In the current ranking Beijing airport managed with a volume of nearly 89.94 million passengers to hit on the 2nd place.

1. Atlanta International Airport

The world’s largest hub lays in Atlanta – and that for the 18th time in a row. Around 101 490 000 (!) Passengers started or ended in 2015 to the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in the US state of Georgia. Thus, the airport has for the first time cracked the 100 million mark.

This Car Legends Posters made of Metal are really cool…

I lately came across these really cool Car Legends Posters made out of Metal.  For me I would love to have the most of these 19 different Posters. But on a price tag of 39$ each that is not getting really cheap.

Gallery quality print on thick 45cm / 32cm metal plate. Each Displate print verified by the Production Master. Signature and hologram added to the back of each plate for added authenticity & collectors value.A magnetic mounting system is included as well.

Below are all available Posters. Which one would you choose? I would go for Frank, Bandit, Memphis and Marty. Or as a series the Fast and Furious guys.  [LINK]

Akamai presents the latest Global Average Internet Connection Speeds

The latest quarterly Global Average Connection Speed Report by Akamdai is out, and it shows a quarterly global increase of 8,6% to 5,6Mbps.  South Korea remains in the Top Spot of the list with the highest speeds followed by Sweden and Norway.  The US comes in on 14th and Germany on position 22 with an average speed of 12.9Mbps.


The UAE reaches with 6.9 Mbps the 55th spot on the list while Brazil is down on 88th position.  The Philippines even make it to position 107 ony with an average speed of 3.2Mbps.

So if you choose the place of living based on the internet speed, than the UAE is not the best place to be, specially if you compare how much you pay for this pretty bad service. South Korea really seems an option here.

If you are interested in the Full list you should check out Akamai´s website here: [LINK]

Skytrax Awards: The Worlds 10 Best Airports

Every year the British consulting company Skytrax honors, as part of the “World Airport Awards”, the best airports of the planet. The base is a satisfaction survey of passengers around the world. Around 13.25 million customers from 106 countries participated in the survey. One German Airport as well as one Middle Eastern Airport  landed in the top ten.

The “World Airport Awards”, awarded annually since 1999, honor the best airports in the world. For 550 airports were scrutinized and evaluated according to 39 different criteria including: cleanliness washrooms and toilets, accessibility and friendliness of the staff on site. As Skytrax writes on his website, between June 2015 and February 2016, about 13.25 million questionnaires were evaluated for which passengers had filled from 106 countries.

Winners in this as in the past three years is the Changi Airport in Singapore. The decisive factors were for, among other things, the high number of leisure facilities. A glance at the website of the airport shows the number of offers: So, passengers waiting for their flight, relax, for example in a pool on the roof terrace in a Balinese style, go for a walk in a garden or watch a movie.

It is striking that the ranking compared to last year is unchanged. And so there have again made it into the top ten and the airport in Munich and the Airport Zurich. Munich scored among others with excellent medical care by various medical specialists, airport hairdressers or sleeping cabins for tired passengers. It is also noteworthy that there have managed three Japanese airports in the top ten of the rankings.

And here are the Top 10:

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