Google Picasa Scares the S#%t Out of Me

At the moment of writing this, Google Chrome is all the hype around the net. Though, at the same day that Google Chrome launched, Google also launched a new version of their popular Picasa and PicasaWebAlbums. Which is considered as one of the top destination for image uploading on the Internet. I don’t believe that the launch of this two services together happened by a chance. Google knew that all the hype will be around the new Google browser. No one seems to mention anything thoughtful regarding the new face recognition that they launched.

First, I would like to introduce you to the new service. When you login to your Picasa web account. You get an option at the right bar of the screen to perform name tagging. Which at first seems to be harmless. We all know the face tagging done on Facebook. In which you personally recognize your friends and tag them with a name, thus, an algorithm isn’t used to scan additional pictures.

Google Picasa is different. When selecting the name tag option, you receive a message stating that you have to wait for about half an hour until all your pictures are processed. Once processed, you will be able to view all your loved ones grouped together in a beautiful way which only Google can provide. So slick and simple.

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So what scares me… You’re asking? Well, Google’s main business model is through advertising. Google controls most of the Internet advertising market, it’s their main business and frankly they perform it unexceptionally. In addition, Google is also trying to infiltrate the old-school media TV and Newspapers. (You can read more about it here and here).

Did you ever stop and think what will happen if Google will find a way to show us ads on our daily routine. On our way to work, while shopping or just hanging out with friends at a local bar.

I think that the day which Google will shows us ads on the streets is closer than we think. Now, that they are able to recognize our faces. All they need is a camera to recognize us on the street. Oh, guess what!? They already have it!

What will happen when Google will have all the information about us? Isn’t that too much power for one company?

When Gmail started reading our mail and showing us relevant ads. There was a big privacy fuss around the issue. Now, when it comes to recognizing us in person, it seems as if no one is raising up these issues.

At first, Tagging yourself on Picasa seems harmless, but think about what will happen ten years from today. Privacy won’t exist when stepping out of your home.

I am a big Google fanboy. I even believe that I will try their new tagging option because I am way too curious. I also believe in Google’s moto – “Don’t be evil”. Though, we have to raise these issues before it is too late. We should have control over our privacy.

Am I just being paranoid or is this our future?

See The Difference You Can Make – Earth Hour

Earth Hour At 8PM on March 29, 24 cities around the world will turn off their lights. What began as one city (Sydney, Australia) taking a stand against global warming caught the attention of the world. This act has been created in order to take a stand against the greatest threat our planet has ever faced. Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming. Wherever you look around – Planet Earth is slowing down so if you can’t change the world change yourself! Earth Hour.

Here at AllMyFaves we try to support each week new initiatives for good causes. We are taking this opportunity to round up a few of the causes that we featured on our Weekly Faves. This way you can take a stand and see how can you make a difference.

Stuff StuffHave you ever wondered where does our stuff come from and where does it go and will it end one day or will we always be able to produce more and more …. Stuff is a 20 minutes video that takes you through the underside of our production and consumption patterns. Stuff has been executed unexceptionable. The animation is simple, the narration is clear, the plot of the story holds you fascinated and above all it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever. It seems that except for recycling and maybe walking instead of taking the car, we as individuals don’t have an impact on the world – WRONG !!!! Watch the video and you will discover many ways you can help the environment, for example – Shop Less – Yes, you heard me, it sounds odd however it really does have an impact. Are you a facebook member – Join the Stop Global Warming cause. Please watch the vid, you won’t regret it.

Carbonrally Carbonrally – Are you passionate about reducing carbon emissions? The issue seems just too big for any single person to make a meaningful difference – MISTAKE. 672 Rallyers have reduced CO2 emissions by over 13.0 tons so far! That’s equal to turning off the electricity of 10 homes for about 1 month! Join the Carbonrally community, help reduce global warming. You can make a difference.

riverwired RiverWired – RiverWired scours the world and the web for the best writers, bloggers, photographers, videographers and filmmakers. After filtering the content it is divided into six easy-to-navigate categories. All this in order to help you live a little greener – and have a lot of fun.

life must go on Life must go onThis is a blog which is written by 2 friends. One lives in Sajaia refugee camp in Gaza and the other lives in Sderot, a small town near Gaza on the Israeli side. There is ongoing violence between Israel and Gaza which has intensified greatly since October 2000. Many have been killed and many have been injured. The media coverage on both sides has been extremely biased. The blog is written by 2 real people living and communicating on both sides of the border.

viropop VIROPOP – Well, you could think of it as a salad. It’s green, sure, but also cool, fresh, crisp and tasty. Full of surprises. Above all it is good for you. I will simplify it, VIROPOP strives to making you greener but in a fun way. Maker sure you check their ZapRoot – ZapRoot is a quick weekly zap of usable news that goes straight to the root of some of the most intriguing environmental issues. I was astonished discovering that Biofuel cars are probably worse (for the environment) than cars running on oil.

dailygreen The Daily Green – The Daily Green is a great green website for regular people. It emphasizes the importance of being Green but it isn’t dramatic and that is exactly what the people need in order to be more green. Mahatma Gandhi said “Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.” The Daily Green comes with a lot of love, showing us how to be greener by useful tips, organic food recipes and cool articles – Will Brad Pitt Become a Green Movie Star Mayor? Lets try and be a bit greener with a smile, before enforcement will be required.

ConsolesClash of the Consoles – Game consoles contain toxic chemicals and can contribute to the massive growth of electronic waste that’s often dumped, causing widespread environmental pollution and health problems. The game consoles manufacturers can help the environment by taking the following steps: 1. Clean up their products by eliminating hazardous substances. 2. Takeback and recycle their products responsibly once they become obsolete. So which console do you own? Write your console manufacturer a letter – Dear Mr Satoru Iwata (Nintendo), Dear Mr Ballmer (Microsoft), Dear Sig. Stringer (Sony). You can make a change!

Free Rice FreeRice – A great vocabulary quiz-game. Play it and realize how many you’ve forgotten since you left school. Also, for each right answer, give grains of rice to end world hunger. Great Game. Great Cause.

breast cancer The Breast Cancer Site – Just click here and then click the pink box, thats it. Your clicks will help provide free mammograms for women in need. Do you want to know more? well it has been reviewed fully on our blog. Donating has never been easier. Do the right thing. Click!

razoo RazooTheThe once wrote a song called Lonely Planet, the song lyrics talk about you, me and how we can change the world and I am quoting. “If you can’t change the world change yourself, And if you can’t change yourself …Then change the world” Razoo is all about changing the world. Go ahead. Change the world.

Do The Green Thing Do The Green Thing – Who said that being green should be a hassle, make it fun. Being green isn’t something new, numerous sites and many articles all talk about the importance of being green. So whats new? Nothing, except for the fact that “Green Thing” is a community that makes it easy and enjoyable being a bit greener but with a smile. Try it. Be Green. Be Nice.

The Power of Thinking – Top 10 Sites for January 14

JamendoJamendo – Don’t you like the combination of Free, Legal and Unlimited – Sounds unrealistic when you talk about downloading music. Jamendo takes us into the depths of a new era. Music is Love – Just download!

TraineoTraineo – It is said that each success story is supported with high motivation – this is exactly what Traineo provides – Success by Motivation. Set your weight and fitness goals and choose up to 4 motivators. You and the motivators will receive reports showing your progress. I am sure you won’t want to face your hubby and explain why you gained 3lb instead of loosing 3lb :-). My personal fitness advice – WALK !!

BigThinkBig Think – The Internet is an amazing medium. Though, sometimes it seems as if everything on the internet is about stupid people doing stupid stuff. Big Think is on track to change it all by harnessing the power of thinking. The site allows users to debate stories of the day and questions put forward by experts in a given subject. Members can also submit “ideas” to the site to be critiqued and rated. Subjects discussed differ from science and technology on to faith and beliefs. Big Think aims to be a central location for all thinking minds. How do you think the bible should be interpreted?

FirebrandFirebrand – As I see it, TV commercials can be divided in to two kinds. 95% of them are a big nuisance and should be neglected by zapping to other channels or visiting the toilet. The remaining 5 % are worth dying for. Firebrand has taken the mission to provide us with the later. Watch the best TV commercials (in TV quality) arranged by companies and packed in a great interface. My fave commercial is the Sony Balls. Let me know what is yours?

ShelfariShelfari – Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are. This ancient saying is also true when it comes to book choices – Tell me which books you are reading and I will introduce you to more books you might like. With Shelfari you can create your own virtual book shelf and start discovering new books and new friends. Have a great book search discovery.

Wall StripWall Strip – Well you won’t find strippers here but you will find the new Wall Strip girl – Julia Alexandra. Wall Strip is a financial blog which focuses on stocks. So what’s new? Instead of bringing you the facts in the usual boring format, they do it with a smile or as described on the site – Wall Strip is a place where Stock culture meets Pop culture. Make sure to be tuned, as a new stock will be discussed everyday. So what will it be for you- Apple or Google or maybe Cramer ??

TiinkerTiinker – Tiinker is an intelligent news aggregator that learns what kind of articles you like and adapts to show you the most interesting stories from all over the web. The adaptation process is executed unexceptionably, just thumbs up or down the articles you have read and Tiinker will adapt to you reading habits.

JogglesJoggels – Just hold the camera lens up to your face and shake your head as fast as you can. Don’t forget to relax all face muscles. Press the button and there you are, your new Joggel is ready. Now upload it and see what other people think of it, maybe you will make it to the Joggel Hall of Fame. Still don’t get it? watch the vid – How to Joggel.

Buddy Free Your BuddyInside your Messenger lives a guy named Buddy. A green faced icon. Buddy entered our lives as part of Microsoft’s marketing campaign promoting Microsoft Mobile. Your goal is to free him. Confused ?! Check our full review including a detailed walk through.

Bubbles 2 Bubbles 2You’re a bubble. Catch other bubbles to grow bigger and gain points. Avoid spiky things or you’ll DIE. Catch weird looking bubbles for bonus points. Warning !!! This game is very addicting, If you have too much tasks on your hand – don’t even think of it.

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Free Your Buddy Walkthrough

Inside your Messenger lives a guy named Buddy. A green faced icon. Buddy entered our lives as part of Microsoft’s marketing campaign promoting Microsoft Mobile.

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For the campaign, Microsoft launched a cute little quest game called Free Your Buddy. The objective is to free Buddy from within your desktop on to a “brighter” future. (Personally, I feel a little chained with my mobile).

Buddy’s fate is all in your hands. You are able to send buddy to different missions within his small room, in hope that they will set him free. Interaction with Buddy is done by typing orders into messenger like interface. Move your mouse over the objects on screen to know what orders you can give to Buddy.

Unfortunately, Buddy isn’t that smart. Getting him to understand you can take a while. Therefore, we came to your help with a quick Free Your Buddy Walkthrough.

So, first of all, give it a try, don’t give up!

If you do, come back here to unveil a piece of the puzzle. Free Your Buddy.

Trust me, it’s much more enjoyable when you do it yourself. I enjoyed it, let me know if you did as well.

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Seriously, don’t press it!
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Donate a mammogram, It will only cost you a click! – The Breast Cancer Site

breastBreast cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2007, 178,480 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,460 die. One woman in eight either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In addition, 2,030 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die this year.

So how can you help? How can you make a difference?

Your click on the “Click Here to Give – it’s FREE” button helps fund free mammograms for women in need — low-income, inner-city and minority women whose awareness of breast cancer and opportunity for help is often limited. Your click is paid for by site sponsors, and mammogram funding is provided to clinics throughout the U.S. through the efforts of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Be nice. Visit the Breast Cancer Site.

Once there you may choose to click on some more causes in order to donate: Animal rescue, Rainforest, Hunger, Literacy and Child health.

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” – doof.com

Doof Logo Gaming and social networks are both hugely time consuming when it comes to the web. doof.com takes both of these concepts and puts them together. doof is a new social playground in which everyone can play casual flash based games while socializing with friends and sharing their thoughts and experiences.

Everyone at doof has their own profile, avatar, guestbook, blog, photo-album, instant messenger, statistics and a friends list. Stand out from the crowd by customizing your doof world and expressing yourself for the whole community to see.

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doof gives you the familiar desktop experience with a beautiful Flash based UI. The design is very intuitive and there are a lot of designing options to choose from. As you can see above i chose the relaxing view of the ocean. You can upload any picture you want or just select one from the default gallery. Themes are also available to select. You can also share your creation with the world using the ‘Publish doofSpace’ feature.

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Games – Time to get addicted

Everyone loves games, and doof surely has plenty of that (44 as of this moment). The games are categorized by the typical game genres. Classics such as Asteroids and Space Invaders, puzzles, action, sports, shooting, racing and much more. Some of them are really quite addictive (Try not to kill yourself while base jumping on “Elite Base Jumper”).

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While browsing the games you will come across a few familiar faces. You can find makeovers of populars like Bejeweled, Same, Zuma and Pong. My personal favorites are: Golden Arrow, Gem Swap, Hammer Throw and Cascade.

The thing that makes doof such a great experience for me is the game window. You get much more then just playing the game. On this window you can view a few basic stats about yourself, see a progress curve of your gaming, how you position compare on the global ranking and medals that you have won. This fact really makes you want to soak in the skills and grab all the medals.

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As well as just playing a quick game you can join a tournament. Tournaments cost you doof credits. You receive 10 credits when you sign up, these credits can be earned by winning or by buying more credits with PayPal or Credit Card transaction. On tournament modes you bet your hard earned credits based on the skills you have against another opponent in the same game. The winner is the opponent with most of the points.

doof credits have high addicting potential. As of now, you can only buy gifts for your friends (beer, blow-up dolls, diamond rings) but as doof develops expect to see many more features to use with the credits you earn.

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Socializing

Except for the basic ‘wall writing’ we are all familiar from with from our favorite social network, doof enables you as well to IM with your friends, send them mail, share doofSpaces, send gifts and even integrate your Facebook photo albums.

A nice touch which i found to be quite lovely is the news tracker. Choose your news provider and see the headlines scroll at the bottom of the screen.

doof surely looks to be a great promise in the world of social gaming. If you are a flash game enthusiast head on over and sign up. Keep in mind that doof is still in it’s early stages and even at this stage they’re definitely worthy of your time. Enjoy. (If you win a few credits, send over a beer 😉 ).

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Deal Alert: FREE Kingston 1GB USB Flash Drive (Free Shipping)

Here is a great deal that I wanted to share with you dedicated readers. (If you are not yet one of our dedicated readers make sure to subscribe to our RSS feed)

One of my favorite newsletter is the one from Buy.com. You can truly find some amazing deals on it.

Only recently I bought myself a Kingston 2GB DataTraveler USB 2.0 Flash Drive for only $16.95 (with Google checkout it comes down to $6.95). Today, my girlfriend asked me to buy her one as well. So I made my way back to Buy.com. While browsing around the site I came across an even better deal.

Kingston 1GB Data Traveler USB 2.0 Flash Drive for only $10.00 (again, with Google checkout it comes down to $00.00!). At this point you are probably asking yourself “where’s the catch?”. Well, there is no catch, shipping is free (available only in the US), Gmail account you probably already have (and if not, it takes only 2 min to sign up). The only thing that I had to pay was a tax fee of $0.72. That’s it.

Decide quick because on the product page it says that there are very few left in stock. You can never have to much memory.

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Weekly Faves – September 17

There are so many good sites out there, our goal is to bring you the best sites in each category. The most popular Faveline is our Weekly Faves line. The Weekly Faves is an eclectic mixture of the best upcoming sites.

The logos are great and provide easy access to your favorite sites, but sometimes a few words describing a site can make a difference between giving a site a chance and not giving a chance. So give them a chance, after all they are here for you.

Zoom And Go logo Zoom and Go – Meet other travelers or help others that are about to travel, the help provided is supplied in the form of reviews,vidoes, or pictures by other travelers. All info has been humanly observed by the editors of the site, so no spam for you.
Be a travel reporter and earn money, Zoom and Go will pay for any videos, pictures and hotel reviews that is accepted to the site, they even pay you just to sign up as a member.

Yuxt Yuxt – A social video bookmarking, It is the easiest way to bookmark, organize into collections, share and watch video from numerous sites, very simple and intuitive to use.

Squidwho logo SquidWho – Type in the name of someone famous(writer, musician, movie star, business person or politician), SquidWho willl show you the single best fanpage.

Dylan logo Dylan – A new Bob Dylan greatest song compilation is out in stores. Enjoy this cool own Dylan video editing site.

Ifood logo iFoods.tv – A new and hip way of interacting with other food lovers worldwide. Not only do you get to upload your own videos, develop your profile and prove your culinary genius to everyone but you also have the option of learning a few things from professionally produced video cooking tutorials that have been developed by two top class chefs.

myfamily logo MyFamily – Create a private family website to share photos and stories. Surely is a great way to connect with your family.

bloxorz logo Bloxorz – An addicting mind game. Just play it, you’ll love it.

Picli Picli – Share your photos and creative work online. Users can vote on every photo and most popular are continuously promoted to showcase gallery.

Lonely Planet TV LonelyPlanet.tv – Travel via video! Check out someone’s video travel diary from their safari in Kenya. See the view of Paris from the ascent of the Eiffel Tower. Wherever folks like to travel and bring along their video cameras, chances are you can find it here!

purevideo logo PureVideo – One video search. Results from all video sites. The google of video search.

Got any new Faves? leave a comment.

Are you artistic or logic – Maybe both…

Look at the dancer below. What do you see? Is she turning clockwise or counter-clockwise? You just can’t help but love these optical illusions.

Dancer

If you see her turning clockwise (right) then your left side of the brain is doing most of the work, which means you are more of a logic/analyzing person.

If you see the dancer turning counter-clockwise (left) then your right side of the brain is in charge, this means you are the artistic/intuition person.

You control the way the dancer turns. Try looking at this with a few more people and see how everyone sees it different.

Top 50 Sites for Kids – The Amusement Park of the Web

top100 Kids are a blessing and needless to say they deserve only the best. Though, when it comes to the internet, searching for a good site for them could be quite a burden. This is where we step in for your help. We’ve rounded up 150+ sites that will provide the children with hours of endless entertainment.

Keep on reading to learn about the best sites. For the kids we provided an easy logo interface on our kids section (which includes the full list of over 150 sites). Enjoy.

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MineSweeper: The Movie

“Why are you really here?”
“I want to make this land safe!”
“Why are you here, soldier?!”
“I’m here because I’m bored.”
“And don’t you ever forget that.”