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Your Halloween inspiration

Witch hat cupcakeIn 10 days from now, you’ll have to be ready for the rise of little monsters. No, Lady Gaga is not coming to your place, but the your young neighbors will be on their cookies hunt for the night of Halloween.

Halloween is a good time for a good feast, party or just hanging up with friends and mocking scary monsters. So you may want to decorate your place like the Addams Family house, prepare the scariest dishes ever, get the best costume.

To find some inspiration and organize my ideas, I find Pinterest to be the best place. I can gather the images I found on the web, share them and look at what other have found.

Let me share with you the trends I found this year.

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Snapseed, from iOs to Android

This year, Google acquired Nik Software. Nik Software is lately renown on iOs for their awesome photo editing app, Snapseed. Needless to say that every photographer expected to see this app coming on Android devices. This Thursday, Google updated the iOs app and of course, released Snapseed on Google Play. I will not have an extended review in this blog post, if I wanted so, I would have posted this on my photography blog. If you don’t know Snapseed, there are other great reviews on the web. Actually, there is far more interesting about this app. As everybody see that Google try to challenge Instagram, there is a lot to learn from the evolution of this app, should it be from the user or the developer point of view.

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Google+ quick start guide

Even if all of those tips are already available trough the the web, I made this little Google+ quick-start for those who haven’t noticed all those interesting features. Feel free to add yours in the comments if I have missed some.

Text formatting.

In the text editor, you can use a wiki-style text formatting. Use the specific characters before and after the text on which you want to apply the effect as described:

  • *bold* : set the text in bold.
  • -striked out- : strikeout the text.
  • _underlined_ : underlines the text.

Type a “+” then start typing the name of an user, Google+ will start proposing you some names. +userName will be a link to the user profile and the post will be sent to him.

Usage of circles

Circles are the main feature of Google+, and their functionality has already been documented. They offer you a way to target your post audience. So of course, a contact can be associated to different circles.

But remember that your relations on Google+ does not have to be mutual, like in Facebook. contact usage is closer to Twitter, so you can add anyone you want to your circles so you can follow their public posts. Of course, the best practice would be to have dedicated circles for those people. One of the default circle, “Following“, is made in that purpose, even if you’ll find yourself create more specific ones.


On the left, the list of circles allows you to filter the posts you’ll display. Stream will display all the posts.

If you love Vi, you will love this feature : j and k keys allows you no navigate to the following or previous post.

You have certainly noticed that the black Google Bar is always displayed. Simply click on it to jump at the top of your stream.

And do not forget…

Everything I didn’t documented here… Feel free to share your best tips.

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