Google+ pages will be shut down April 2nd 2019

In December 2018, Google announced their decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations. Google has thanked everyone for being part of Google+ and provided next steps, including how to download your photos and other content.

On April 2nd 2019, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and Google will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your content, just make sure to do so before April. Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.

The process of deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts, Google+ Pages, and Album Archive will take a few months, and content may remain through this time. For example, users may still see parts of their Google+ account via activity log and some consumer Google+ content may remain visible to G Suite users until consumer Google+ is deleted.

As early as February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events.

See the full FAQ for more details and updates leading up to the shutdown.

If you’re a Google+ Community owner or moderator, you may download and save your data for your Google+ Community. Starting early March 2019, additional data will be available for download, including author, body, and photos for every community post in a public community. Learn more

If you sign in to sites and apps using the Google+ Sign-in button, these buttons will stop working in the coming Googleeks but in some cases may be replaced by a Google Sign-in button. You’ll still be able to sign in with your Google Account wherever you see Google Sign-in buttons. Learn more

If you’ve used Google+ for comments on your own or other sites, this feature will be removed from Blogger by February 4th and other sites by March 7th. All your Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2, 2019. Learn more

If you’re a G Suite customer, Google+ for your G Suite account should remain active. Contact your G Suite administrator for more details. You can also expect a new look and new features soon. Learn more

If you’re a developer using Google+ APIs or Google+ Sign-in, click here to see how this will impact you.

From all of us on the Google+ team, thank you for making Google+ such a special place. Google are grateful for the talented group of artists, community builders, and thought leaders who made Google+ their home. It would not have been the same without your passion and dedication.

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The Future of Branding is Personal | Talaya Waller | TEDxPSU

Did you know the average employee has ten times the amount of followers as their company on social media? In a post-recession economy where innovation continues to disrupt the way we do business, corporations have turned to personal branding to help build consumer trust. In this engaging and insightful talk, personal branding expert Dr. Talaya Waller discusses the power that is unleashed when corporations and consumers alike develop brands that are authentic and personal. Dr. Waller is an award-winning marketing scholar and international speaker whose mission is to help leaders share their story, leverage their expertise and make a positive impact on society. As founder and CEO of Waller & Company, Dr. Waller works with executives, entrepreneurs, and public figures from a variety of industries in the U.S. and abroad to develop awareness and credibility for their brand. She is featured in publications such as Forbes, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Dr. Talaya Waller is an international personal branding consultant, speaker, and award-winning research scholar. Her consultancy helps thought-leaders build influence and credibility for their personal brand. Dr. Waller’s mission is to help people share their story, leverage expertise, and make a positive impact on society. She has a Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership and is presently researching personal branding. Dr. Waller has an online presence of over 35,000 followers and is published in Forbes, Fast Company, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Camera

Ring is one of the fastest growing home security providers owned by Amazon. The company Ring manufactures a range of home security products that incorporate outdoor motion based cameras and doorbells and one of the fastest growing products is the Ring Video Doorbell.

We have tested the Ring Video Doorbell 2 and also the Ring Cameras.Ring Door Bell 2 With Chime

Ring Doorbell 2

The technology and build quality of the Ring Doorbell 2 is impressive and once you open the box it is clear this is a serious piece of technology developed by geeks who love gadgets. This is definitely the next-level home security that as the world we live in changes, it gives us more control. Being a rechargeable battery device it can be installed by anyone and doesn’t need an electrician making it a great option for all.

The ring doorbell video allows you to view what is happening at home in a crystal-clear 1080p HD video. It then goes one step further than a normal CCTV camera device allowing you to hear and speak to visitors or intruders.

You can also get instant mobile alerts and which can allow you to answer someone ringing your doorbell from your smartphone, tablet and PC.

Ring Wifi Setup

The setup is simple and intuitive, however, if you hit an issue setting up wifi it is important to note that the Ring products only support 2.4Ghz wifi on channels 1 to 11.

Ring does not support 12 or 13 so this could be your issue if you cannot find your wifi network. You can normally change the wifi channel in the router to overcome this problem quickly and this can be a benefit if your neighbours are using the same channels as most wifi routers have a default channel configuration.

Once setup the APP is very easy to navigate and use, allowing configuration to provide a setup to ensure your home is safe and at the same time prevent false alarms.

Once setup and names it is easy to control the Ring Video Doorbell 2:-

Ring Video Doorbell 2

At any point if you can check the health of the device:-

Ring Video Doorbell 2 Device Health

You can change the wifi network used here following the simple instructions and we tested this out and found it very easy to carry out.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 Motion Settings

Adjusting the motion events is also very simple to operate and setup. If you live by a busy road you have specific setting tailored for this and you can also adjust how far the motion zone covers in a distance setting which means you can cover your property boundary only.

You can also determine how frequent the alerts are that going to be with control over when the motion should be monitored.

Ring Battery Spotlight Cam

The same simple setup and operation is continued across the range and the Ring Spotlights are great providing a HD security camera with spotlights. They also feature a 110-decibel siren alarm which can be triggered from the APP.

The features extend to motion-activated camera and floodlights, app-controlled camera, lights and siren and smart zoom with panning.

Ring Battery Spotlight Cam

The Ring Battery Spotlight Camera allows you to install two batteries which is great due to the larger power requirements. You can also purchase a hard-wired version.

Ring Battery Spotlight Camera wired

Depending upon your requirements both offer a great security addition to your home.

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