Image credit: The Daily Beast
Image credit: The Daily Beast

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (The Adobo Chronicles® ) –  Thousands upon thousands of netizen fans are expected to attend the funeral services for Google+ this Sunday.

The funeral, to be held at the Mountain View main campus of Google, was announced after the tech giant decided to kill what it thought would be its answer to the ever-popular social media network Facebook . Years after its launching, Google+,  with 300 Million users, never came close to Facebook’s 1.44 Billion.

“When we launched Google+, we set out to help people discover, share and connect across Google like they do in real life. While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink,”  said Bradley Horowitz, Google’s Vice President for Streams, Photos and Sharing.

“People have told us that accessing all of their Google stuff with one account makes life a whole lot easier. But we’ve also heard that it doesn’t make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use,” Horowitz added.

One of the fans most devastated by the passing of Google+ is John Kiriyama, president of the California state chapter of Google+ Fan Club. “I have no words to express my feelings about this shocking development, he said, “but it was good while it lasted. See you in another lifetime.”

Our condolences to all who were left behind by Google+.  From hereon, it will be referred to as Google Cross on its tombstone marker.


imageSILICON VALLEY, California (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – It is the greatest nightmare for any parent: to lose a child in a crowded amusement park or, heaven forbid, to a kidnapper.

Suggestions  to implant microchips in children, like they do for pets, have been met with great resistance and moral objections. For now, parents can be at ease knowing that the Amber Alert system is in place nationwide. The Amber Alert instantly sends electronic text messages to highway marquees, smart phones and the media whenever there is a report of a child who has been abducted or is missing.

But finally, a start-up Silicon Valley  firm has announced that a new smart phone technology to track missing children will soon hit the market.

It is called a  “Where’s my Baby?” It improves on Apple’s app called “Where’s my iPhone?” and operates on the same principle of letting you use your mobile phone or other smart device to find your missing child.

The new technology comes in a pair: a smart phone (or an app sold independently) that, with the push of a button, will send a signal to the location where your missing child is;  and a toy wrist watch worn by the child that will set off an alarm and display the child’s location on your smart phone.

The two devices connect wirelessly through bluetooth technology.

Parents and child advocates are applauding this new technology and are calling it the most fool-proof device ever invented to locate missing children.

Well, fool-proof for as a long as parents don’t lose their smart phones.

It is estimated that about 4.5 Million smart phones are lost or stolen each year in the United States. On the other hand, some 800,000 cases of missing children are reported yearly.


Binay this year, left, and last year
Binay this year, left, and last year

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – What a difference a year makes.

Last year, Senator Nancy Binay was judged the worst dressed on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) red carpet, wearing what looked like a Korean-style dress turned into an air balloon.

This year, Binay bounced back from last year’s embarrassment and impressed fashionistas with her purplish blue terno designed by the same artist that made her gown in 2014.

Hands down, this year’s worst gown award went to  Senator Loren Legarda who, like last year, went for the indigenous, native look.

Her 2015 stunner consisted of what seemed to be  black leotards she would wear in her yoga class, accented by a colorful native-woven fabric and locally-made pendant and handbag.  She even wore a Marikina-made pair of shoes to focus attention on the need to patronize products that are ‘sariling atin’ (made in the Philippines).

and the award goes to... Senator Loren Legarda
and the award goes to… Senator Loren Legarda

Many observers have wondered what in the world has become of the former television news anchor who regaled viewers on the boob tube with such high fashion and professional bearing.

But one thing is for sure: her ‘gown’ didn’t cost her a penny.  And maybe, that’s good.


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