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Google+ privacy over email

It’s has now become easier for people using Gmail and Google+ to connect over email. The Google product manager David Nachum wrote in a blog post, “As an extension of some earlier improvements that keep Gmail contacts automatically up to date using Google+, Gmail will suggest your Google+ connections as recipients when you are composing a new email.”

If you have both Google+ and Gmail address then the users will be able to send messages right into your inbox, even if you have never gave them your email address. It is letting anyone on Google+ send messages to your inbox, even though you don’t have them in your circle. The default will be limited as a user may have thousands of followers. So, only the one in your circles can contact you by default.This new option in the Gmail settings allows users to receive emails from anyone on Google+ meaning from no one on G+, from those already in their Circles (similar to ‘friends’), or from extended circles (similar to ‘friends of friends’).

The settings for How to Control who can Contact you is available. For this,

  • Login to Gmail
  • On General tab, there is an option for Email via Google+
  • Click the option as per your preference from Anyone on Google+, Extended Circles, Circles and No one.
  • Click Save Changes

Google is concerned with respecting the privacy of a small subset of its users. High profile users are more likely targets to receive unwanted messages and keeping this in mind, Google has only allowed the strangers to email only once as they will not be able to contact you if you do not reply them. Spamming would not be possible.

Also, this feature as announced on the official Gmail blog, will not give your actual email address to strangers. It only provides with suggestions including people in their Google+ networkwhen a Gmail user begins typing in the address box. Your email will be safe and not exposed unless you make a reply to that email message.

Google says, the idea is to make it easier to contact friends and other contacts when you’ve forgotten, or never got, their e-mail address.Regardless of how easy they want the system emailing to be, this cannot be left without criticisms as some Gmail users has complained and reported that this has opened the door to spam and unwanted solicitations in personal email inboxes, which are considered private.

To cover up this criticism to an extent, Google has come up with this feature as well – if someone who is not in your Google+ circles uses the service to email you, the email will be available in Social tab in Gmail and not in your Primary tab, if the tab setting is enabled in your email settings. This could just be another reason to enable those tabs if you haven’t done it yet.

Even though this service has the potential to be convenient without being invasive, it’s likely to annoy and confuse a lot of Gmail users. And to those who barely even know what Google Plus is, they would not understand what exactly is Google’s asking them. Criticisms are onboard; but will the people appreciate this change?

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Google’s Smart contact lenses for diabetes patients!

It has been found that among 19 people, one has diabetes. Diabetes has been a serious issue for many people around the globe, especially to those who are poor and cannot access enough resources to check their glucose level regularly and don’t have diabetes medicine. Their life is at risk.

Diabetes patients have to be very careful while eating and regularly have to prick their fingers in order to check sugar levels, which is very disruptive and painful. Though automated glucose meters are going to be used by many diabetes patients, it can still create discomfort and other problems. There are other ways of reliably testing blood sugar levels and one of them is your tears but collecting tears is more difficult than pricking your fingers so that was not an option until you have a smart contact lenses.

Yes, you heard it right! Google is on a project that makes use of a wearable device, smart contact lens that detects the glucose levels via the wearer’s tears and alerts them when the level dips or rises that can be transmitted instantly to a nearby display — your smartphone, smartwatch, or head-mounted display (Google Glass). Future versions of the smart lens might even have a built-in LED that lights up if your glucose level crosses above or below a given threshold. This is obviously much easier and convenient than regularly pricking your finger.

Google’s Smart contact lenses The project co-founder Brian Otis and Babak Parviz wrote “It’s still early days for this technology, but we’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype. We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease,” in a blog post.

The prototype contact lens houses a sensor between two layers of lenses that measures the glucose levels in tears. While it might sound incredibly advanced, the technology in Google’s smart contact lens isn’t that wild. There’s a tiny whole in the lens that lets tear fluid seep over the glucose monitor to get regular readings. The lens consist of a tiny antenna, capacitor and controller which helps to move the information gathered from the lens to a device such as handheld monitor where the data can be read and analysed. It will draw its power from that device and communicate with it using a wireless technology known as RFID. At the moment, the company said, it can get a level reading once every second.



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