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Android: Google has released an update to its Google+ app, and it brings support for casting your stream to your Chromecast. If you like the idea of lying back on the sofa while your Google+ updates roll by on the big screen, now you can.

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If being required to use your real name has stopped you from signing up for a Google+ account, you now have an opportunity to reconsider: Google has apologised and dropped all real-name requirements from the social networking service.

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If you want to keep using Gmail and rest of Google's tools, but want to ditch Google+, AddictiveTips shows the simple steps for removing the social network functions from your Google account.

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Even if you don't use Google+ for its social aspects, you might want to use the service for its stellar photo capabilities alone. From unlimited photos storage to automatic enhancements and robust photo editing tools, here are the things you can do with your photos on Google+ that you might be missing out on.

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Google has tweaked Gmail so that anyone who can find you on Google+ can send you an email, even if they don't have your email address. If you don't fancy being spammed by the wider Google+ community, there's a setting to switch the option off.

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If you haven't noticed, Google is making a serious play to make sure everyone signs up for and uses Google+. Whether it's to comment on YouTube, post photos, or even share a Google Map or driving directions with someone else, you need to go through Google+. Not all is lost, though! Let's look at where you can escape the clutches of Google+, and where you have no choice but to submit.

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Another day, another checkbox that affects your online privacy. This time it's Google and its ad endorsements, which could see your image being bandied about Google's various services, giving your smiling approval to something you gave a +1 to or left a review for.

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Google doesn't make it easy to crosspost from other networks to Google+, but that's OK -- turn it around and use Google+ as the feed for your other social networks instead! Here's how to funnel all of your Google+ posts (or just the posts you want) over to Facebook or Twitter using IFTTT.