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Beware of using third party email as your prime email account

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There is a thread at webproworld.com about someone who was using a Yahoo email account as their primary email. Suddenly they found that the account was deleted. The problem was that the account contained their whole life. Apparently, they had not saved the emails.

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A deadman’s switch for google. – Allow someone access if you no longer check into google.

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Google can be a significant portion of someone’s life. If a person dies or becomes disabled, the information in their account might be lost forever. It is possible to set google so that it will allow access for selected individuals if you stop checking into your account.

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Want to know what that pic is?? search by uploading an image.

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Here is an incredible google trick.. you can search by image.

Suppose you see an image online and wonder what the pic is about?  Here is one way you might find out. (this is also useful for dating sites where you can, in many cases, spot a fake profile pic)

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Google trends – Compare what people are searching for..

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Google has a neat tool available called Google Trends.  You can put in a search term or terms and it will show you the historical trends for searches for that term. It will also highlight news articles pertaining to that term and when they appeared.

You can also put in multiple terms to compare seperated by commas.

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Google is now showing 360 degree street level views.

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Google is now showing 360 degree street level views. It’s great from the perspective of showing people exactly how a particular location looks. However, the problem is that it is showing individual recognizable people. I’m not sure how Google is able to do this. I’m not an attorney so I don’t know the exact laws. However, most things I read indicate that you need to have a model release any time you publish a photograph of a recognizable person or persons.

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