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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.

Level 4 Parking is now open at the Mall of the Emirates!

I have hated going to the Mall of the Emirates by car in the last months thoughout the construction. Parking was annoying to me and I spend ages just looking for parking and driving behind others around.  These times seem to be over now with as Mall of the Emirates  is enhancing visitors’ experience by now offering additional 1, 300 parking spaces on level 4, as part of its strategic redevelopment, Evolution 2015. Now featuring a total of 7,200 parking spaces, Mall of the Emirates’ visitors can drive up to the new parking deck with roof-top shade protection and direct shopping access to the mall.

Additionally, works on the ground floor parking area are now complete with upper levels fully available to along with the a new taxi rank allowing forty additional taxis  located at Welcome Court 4, representing a total of eighty taxis places.

UAE among Top 20 Expat destinations!

Internations has recently revealed the latest Expat Insider showing the most popular Expat Destinations in the World. Compared to last year, not much has changed at the top. Ecuador is still a favorite among expats in many respects, occupying first place in our country ranking. Mexico climbed from a good third place in 2014 to an even better second place this year. Malta, on the other hand, only entered the country ranking in 2015 and already holds third place. Luxembourg, the second country on the podium in 2014, only comes in fifth this year.

Looking at the Middle Eastern Countries Bahrain comes in before the UAE, here is the breakdown:

Place Country
17 Bahrain
19 United Arab Emirates
24 Oman
54 Qatar
61 Saudi Arabia
64 Kuwait

Interesting as well to see is that Kuwait is holding the lantern in this list not only for the Middle Eastern countries, but as well overall!  Having lived in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia I would disagree that Kuwait is worse, but I had been there many years ago, times might have changed..

Not in the above list seen Germany comes in 16 after my home country Poland which is on 15th place.  Interesting as well is that the Philippines are on 18 topping out of Bahrain all Middle Eastern Countries.

Check out the full graphic below:

Top Expat Destinations 2015 - infographic

Check out the full article on Internations here (LINK).

Axiom lets you now PreOrder the New Blackberry Passport in Silver

Fancy the BlackBerry Passport in Silver ? Axiom got you covered here. From now on you can pre order the new Silver version. It is coming in at 1999AED which is a really fair price.

BlackBerry Passport

The BlackBerry Passport uses a 4.5inch display with a 1440×1440 pixel resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974 quad-core chip. Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM,  Snapdragon 800. The Passport runs with the BB 10.3 operating system. Its powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM. The Passport  packs a large 3450mAh battery life, so usage times is a standout feature.

The Passport in Silver color will be available from 31.08.15.

Canon launches the EOS 750D, 760D and M3 in the UAE

Canon Middle East has today unveils two impressive DSLRs in its EOS 750D_tcm60-1238054entry-level EOS line-up – the EOS 760D and EOS 750D – designed to help those with a creative eye reach the next level in their photography. The EOS 750D is the ideal DSLR if you’re looking to capture stunning images and Full HD movies of special memories, with the assurance of automatic shooting modes – while the EOS 760D gives enthusiast photographers more creative freedom and manual controls to instinctively create impactful photography.

As well they released the Canon EOS M3 (check out our review). A powerful Compact System Camera created for enthusiast photographers who demand premium performance. Fusing Canon’s EOS M3_tcm60-1238361unrivalled image quality and DSLR-levels of control in a compact body, the EOS M3 offers the ability to capture the world around you in exceptional detail. At the heart of the EOS M3 is Canon’s first 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and its most advanced image processor, DIGIC 6, delivering premium quality stills and Full HD Movies. Combined with super-fast AF performance, thanks to a new Hybrid CMOS AF III and 49-point AF System, this camera gives you the freedom to capture the beauty of movement. As an advanced photographer you’ll find everything you need at your fingertips, with intuitive DSLR-like dials and control, as well as the flexibility to change your lens, all shrunk down into a compact, ergonomic body to take with you wherever you go.

EOS 760D Key features:

  • Discover the next level of photography with this powerful DSLR
  • Shoot beautiful, cinematic movies as easily as stills
  • Control every aspect of the camera as you shoot
  • Connect and share your photos and movies easily via Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Express your creativity to its fullest with advanced controls and shooting modes

EOS 750D Key features:

  • Take your pictures to the next level with EOS 750D
  • Effortlessly capture stunning detail in any situation
  • Record cinematic movies as easily as you shoot stills
  • Easily connect and share your images with the world

EOS M3 Key features:

  • Performance and creativity, in an EOS you can take everywhere
  • Be spontaneous. Enjoy fast, responsive focusing
  • Take control of your photography and watch your creativity grow
  • Be as imaginative with movies as you are with photos
  • Remote camera control and image sharing via Wi-Fi

Microsoft Xbox One is coming with 1TB, releasing June 16!

At least almost. The June 16 release is for the US only. When it will reach the UAE is still open. I got the 500GB version and so far I got enough space left on the disk, but a 1TB version can never be bad, can it?

After havin already been leaked on Amazon last week, Microsoft has confirmed it will begin selling a version of the Xbox One console with a 1TB hard drive starting on June 16 for $399 in the US.

Microsoft says that the 1TB version will come with the revamped Xbox One Wireless Controller with its new 3.5mm stereo headset jack. People who buy the console in the US and other select markets will also be able to get the game Halo: The Master Chief Collection for free.

Are you in the market for a new console? leave your thoughts in the comments!

Check out below an official video on the 1TB Xbox:

Gourmet Burger Kitchen introduces the new Allergen menu!

If you are suffering from food allergies or dislikes you can now enjoy GBK’s delicious burgers carefree, with the launch of the brand’s new allergen menu.

One of the first allergen menus to be physically offered in-restaurant, the new menu caters for vegetarian and pescetarian customers; those allergic to dairy, nuts, wheat, eggs, soya, gluten; and more specific or unusual allergies such as mustard, sesame, celery and crustaceans such as lobsters and crabs. Not much left on the menu you think? Check the allergen menu below and you will be surprised!

“The UAE boasts a wealth of good restaurants and eating out has become part of the emirate’s culture,” said Darryl Bearer, General Manager of Food Quest.

“However, people with allergies may encounter problems when eating out and restaurants in the UAE seem to be one step behind their European counterparts in catering to those with food intolerances.”

“Our new allergen menu displays clearly and simply, using symbols, the menu items which contain a host of potential allergens meaning our customers can feast on our delicious GBK burgers totally carefree.”

To learn more about the new GBK allergen menu and to find your nearest restaurant, visit www.foodquest.ae/?restaurants/gbk

In Cinemas soon: Poltergeist

poltergeist_Who would hat thought that? The 1980’s classic POLTERGEIST is coming back in a new form.

Produced by legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man,” Evil Dead,” “The Grudge”) and directed by Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) who directs from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire. In addition to Raimi, the producers are Rob Tapert, p.g.a. (“Evil Dead”) and Roy Lee, p.g.a. (“The Departed”). The film is executive produced by J.R. Young (“The Grudge 3”), Audrey Chon (“Changeling”), John Powers Middleton (“The LEGO® Movie”), and Becki Cross Trujillo (“Snitch”).

POLTERGEIST stars Sam Rockwell (“Moon”), Rosemarie DeWitt (“Rachel Getting Married”), Jared Harris (“Mad Men”) and Jane Adams (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”).

The Plot in short:  Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.

I really liked the original and I am looking forward to see what the Team around Sam Raimi has made out of it.  The Movie will be releasing in UAE Cinemas on May 21!

You can watch the Trailer below:

New BBM Stickers now in the BBM Shop

Once again just in time for the weekend a few new sets of Stickers have popped up in the BBM Shop.

New this time are:

Tiniez: “Shelly, Pipa, Nicki, Lia, and Molly are to have some fun with your messages.”

Boo the Dog: by Buddy Boo Inc, is simply the cutest dog in the world, and he can add a bit of cuteness to your BBMs.

Piggies: This cute little piggy, by Quirky Girl, went wee wee wee wee, all over your BBM.

Galinha Pintadinha: “South America’s most famous chicken Galina Pintadinha will make your messages spEGG-tacular!”

Easter Holly: Easter Holly, by Swyft Media, is about a girl named Holly who got a part-time job as a mall Easter bunny.

All Sticker sets contain of twenty Stickers for 7.29AED.

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