Back when Google first launched Google+ what most users heard was that it was simply Google copying Facebook, and to some extent that appears to be a fair assessment. But, in all the noise about the posting to circles and all that, little notice was made of something called "Hangouts" in Google+ which might just be the nudge that kicks Google+ into a successful social media site. Mike Swift, of the San Jose Mercury News has written an article that has been syndicated all over the web, about the rise of Google Hangouts, and where it might be going. And Uberizmo after giving Hangouts a second look has some thoughts about it as well.

The big deal about Hangouts, which is basically video conferencing for the home crowd, is that users can write apps for it, just as they do for Smartphones. And that's what is driving the new publicity. Say you'd like to play cards with five of your buddies, but nobody wants to drive. All you and your buds have to do is fire up Google+ Hangouts, download an app that's been written for just that purpose, and just like that, you've got your card game. The app recreates cards onscreen, similar to Microsoft's ubiquitous Solitaire, for all to see, thus eliminating any chance of cheating. Players can see one another though, so bluffing is still the most important skill a player can have. Likewise, another developer created a simple drawing program that allows her mother to draw …

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A baby shower is an exciting time for an expectant mother. Family and friends gather to celebrate and help the mother prepare for the arrival of the baby. A growing trend is to plan a baby shower with an eco-friendly theme. It is a great way to keep the environment healthy for the future of the baby. Below is a list of ideas that will benefit in planning this themed baby shower.

Invite Baby Shower Guests Through Technology

Take advantage of technology and send invitations electronically. Websites such as Evite provide shower invitations which can be sent to guests via e-mail.

This is a great way to save paper and money on a postage stamp. Send actual invitations to guests who are not computer literate by using invitations printed on recyclable paper. Design the invitations so that guests will know that the shower has an organic theme.

Suggest Guests Purchase Organic Clothing or Toys

Recommend that the mother register for gifts that are natural and organic. Many brand name stores are starting to carry organic clothing and toys. Suggest to guests in the invitation that they wrap gifts using earth-friendly materials such as newspapers, paper bags, a baby blanket, towels or reuse old gift bags. When sending thank you cards after the shower, choose cards made from recycled material.

Choose an Eco-Friendly Atmosphere

If the shower is going to be outside, choose an eco-friendly location such as a garden or an aquarium. When decorating, use materials that are biodegradable and …

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The �social shaping' of technology is a concept asserting that technology – which can be defined as �all methods and means devised by humans in pursuit of their practical ends' (Chant & Goodman, 1999) – is to some extent influenced by social or cultural factors. In particular relation to building technology, this means that how and what people build is influenced to a greater or lesser extent by such factors as the way their society is organised or whether religion is important in their culture. Social shaping can be seen as attempting a synthesis between two opposing theories of historical change, technological determinism – which claims that technological innovations cause societal change – and social constructionism – which counters that change is not inevitable when technology develops; rather, the effect of a technological development depends on negotiating the best solution for all social groups involved.

Ancient Egyptian society was hierarchically organised under the rule of the Pharaohs, absolute monarchs who owned all land and controlled trade. They believed in the after-life and that it was important to ensure dead rulers' comfort in it. This focus led to technological progress in several areas. Mummification techniques were developed to preserve the bodies. The need to build funerary structures to house the dead and their possessions meant that the simplest form, mastabas (underground burial pits topped with a �bench' of mud bricks) evolved into complex and massive stone pyramids. These required innovations in quarrying and stonemasonry, as well as in human-powered transport to …

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I love to talk. I like to think I'm wise in certain areas. So do other people. However when asked for advice or when someone tries to strike up serious conversation, once I get talking, a ringtone shatters the flow of topic. It's not an important call. It's a data message with a dancing turd singing "My Heart Will Go on". Total I.Q. descent after that. The dancing turd must be seen and heard.

The forwarded text message telling the latest sexist joke takes priority over "What should I do about my alcoholism, or addiction to paint thinner?". We are too busy driving while texting or talking to care that we just cut off someone, and ticked them off royal. We're too busy listening to Mp3 players to hear the old lady down the street screaming, or to hear a car horn blowing to say "Get outta the way!".

I love the idea of this Apple iPad sweepstakes, it draws more people to this awesome site. You see, I don't have many things that drive me except for writing what needs to be said. Hubpages gives me the chance to do that. And no hubpages, I'm not trying to kiss your butt, haha. I digress.

Do we really need the iPad, and smart phones, and the pieces of equipment where we play first person shooters, check our e-mail, look at porn, and make calls all at the same time. When we should be working? Or fishing? Making love? Going out …

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Technology is all around us, with our phones, laptops and television. And not to mention all the video game systems there are. We use technology in our everyday lives which means that you spend a great deal of time on your phone and computer, and the time you are spending on those is time you are spending away from your partner.

As you know, technology has a way of being very addicting. You can spend hours on your laptop without even realizing it and you can talk on the phone to your friend for over an hour and a half and when you get off the phone you look at the time and ask yourself where that time just went. You can spend all day watching television and playing your video games. Where does your partner fit into all of this? Maybe when you’re away from one another, you text each other and call one another a few times throughout the day but that isn’t spending time together. Maybe you sit together and watch a TV show when you get home but are you really spending time together? No. You’re both just sitting in front of the TV, not talking, not communicating.

So now that you’ve thought about how much you use technology it’s probably easy to see that it can have an effect on your relationship. I’m sure you don’t want your relationship to be hurt by both of your constant uses of technology so it’s important that you …

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What if you could leave the cleaning job on a robot and finish other important household chores? It would help you in saving a lot of time and keeping your home clean all the time. This might sound like a scene from a Sci-Fi movie, but those robots are available now! Robot floor vacuums are real and these devices are quite effective, when it comes to cleaning the floor.

A robotic vacuum cleaner is a round-shaped device, which may look small but it cleans quite effectively. It is equipped with sensors, which you can program to vacuum clean rugs, wooden floor, and tiled floor.

Is it effective?

Robot floor vacuums are quite effective. You can choose a robotic vacuum cleaner in different sizes and with different features.  Consider it as a home appliance designed to tackle floor cleaning work. It operates pretty great because it can find and remove dirt and contaminants from your rugs or floor.

 

This vacuum cleaner does not require human intervention. You can turn it on and leave it on the floor. Soon, you will realize that your robot floor vacuums have cleaned the whole area. Now you just need to pick it and remove the collected dirt and pollutants out in a garbage can.

Why you should buy a robotic vacuum cleaner?

You might wonder that the regular vacuum cleaner also works great, then why to buy a robotic vacuum cleaner. The following reasons will show you why it is quite essential for every …

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When it comes to setting up and running a business there are many things that need to be considered, first and foremost there are the ideas, products, finances and intellectual property. There are also needs for premises from which to operate and a staffing structure to ensure that things run smoothly.

When the above are in place, business owners must make sure that there is a clear marketing and advertising strategy and that the logistics of day to day operations can be mapped out and executed.

One area that many businesses struggle with however is the area of translation and interpretation. This is essential if they are to take their business to foreign markets and expand internationally. Many companies decide to do this externally and outsource this work to language translation agency.

But why is this often forgotten part of business structure so important and why can neglecting it lead to problems further down the line?

The answer is simple. Many markets are saturated with products and services of a similar ilk, if you or your company have an idea that will translate globally then there has to be the scope for growth and the tools to implement an international strategy.

In a recent study by Forbes magazine looking at the most influential cities in the world in terms of influence and business, there are seven separate languages covering the top 10. This gives you an insight in just how difficult it can be to operate.

The world’s most influential …

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In the world of heavyweights such as Apple, Google, and Amazon, retaining quality staff is as easy as throwing as much money as is required or providing a range of benefits from homes, cars, and even trips to exotic destinations.

And while this works for companies with deep pockets, if you are running a medium sized enterprise then keeping quality staff isn’t that easy.

If you find yourself in this position, below are some great ways for you to retain quality staff without eating into your profits.

Extended Benefits

It’s likely that your company already provides your employees with a level of healthcare, however, does it extend to their partners? How about their children? Does it include dental?

While it may seem like a large addition, including this addition to your employee’s health benefits is not only a great way to retain staff but is also a tax-deductible one, meaning that while you will have to spend the money upfront you can use the incentive as a claimable deduction.

As you can imagine, a secure health insurance plan is an important part of life for your employees and they will appreciate the extra benefits and coverage.

Gifts

If you are looking to retain front-line staff then it can often become expensive because of the sheer volume of employees you have. To keep their important knowledge within your company, consider options like the Groupon Coupons page for Express which can allow you to take advantage of discounted prices while allowing …

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When it comes to business, it can be a draining experience, maintaining an air of professionalism and competence at all times. In other words, when it comes to business, it can be draining to be all business. “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” as they say. Therefore, it can be nice to have a way to boost your morale when at the office. After all, morale is directly tied to productivity, so being less concerned about work can and will make you work more and better. Here are some tips to help you bounce back from professional fatigue.

First and foremost, redecorate your office or desk. It may sound like a small touch, and it certainly is, but it can be a big help in helping you stay afloat in between the heavy lifting of business deals. For example, you can do something as small as adding a bobble head or a hula girl, or any number of baubles or trinkets. The kitschier the better, really. Something wacky will help you stay sane in the most serious atmosphere of all time. You could also consider getting a plant or two, real or fake, your choice, to spruce up your work environment in a relaxing way. If you have your own office, consider going as far as to replace your desk, Better Call Saul style.

Another way to make your business career more bearable is to simply relax after work. One way to unwind after work is …

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Electronics You Shouldn’t Travel Without

Taking a road trip with kids is no easy feat. They get antsy and restless pretty quickly, making your job of getting your family to their destination harder. Keeping children occupied on a road trip is easy if you stock up on tech gadgets the kids will love. Don’t know what to buy? Don’t fret, I’ve picked out the top 10 tech gadgets that you can’t travel without during a road trip with kids.

Top 10 Tech Gadgets to Take on a Road Trip with Kids

1. Leapster 2

Leapster 2, a handheld video game system made by Leap Frog, is an essential tech gadget for a road trip with kids. You can buy games with all the kids favorite cartoon characters to keep them occupied. But that’s not the best part. All the games for Leapster 2 are educational, making learning fun for your child. Leapster 2 is perfect for long car rides. This is guaranteed to be a favorite with your child, so bring extra batteries.

2. Tag Reading System

A child needs some good books to read for a long road trip. The Tag Reading System, also made by Leap Frog, is specially designed books that respond to the Tag pen. The Tag pen will read the book to your child, or assist them with reading by helping with specific words. All your child has to do is touch the pen to the word. This interactive reading system also has mini-games built in that …

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