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Google Photos Announced, Includes Free Unlimited Photo & Video Backup

Today during Google I/O, Google announced the long awaited Photos app. This announcement got one of the biggest round of applause at the keynote due to the fact that Google will save full resolution images up to 16mp and Full HD video for free! The app will use Google’s search algorithms to allow you to search for images like you would on Google and also keep your images organized. Their new app, “Google Photos”, will be available on Android, iOS, and PC later today.

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Every second of every day, people around the world are capturing their memories through photos and videos. Humankind has already taken trillions of photos and will take another trillion this year alone.

But the more moments we capture, the more challenging it becomes to relive those memories. Photos and videos become littered across mobile devices, old computers, hard drives and online services (which are constantly running out of space). It’s almost impossible to find that one photo right at the moment you need it, and sharing a bunch of photos at once is frustrating, often requiring special apps and logins.

We wanted to do better. So today we’re introducing Google Photos—a new, standalone product that gives you a home for all your photos and videos, helps you organize and bring your moments to life, and lets you share and save what matters.

A home for all your photos and videos

Google Photos gives you a single, private place to keep a lifetime of memories, and access them from any device. They’re automatically backed up and synced, so you can have peace of mind that your photos are safe, available across all your devices.

And when we say a lifetime of memories, we really mean it. With Google Photos, you can now backup and store unlimited, high-quality photos and videos, for free. We maintain the original resolution up to 16MP for photos, and 1080p high-definition for videos, and store compressed versions of the photos and videos in beautiful, print-quality resolution. For all the storage details, visit our help center.

Organize and bring your moments to life

Google Photos automatically organizes your memories by the people, places, and things that matter. You don’t have to tag or label any of them, and you don’t need to laboriously create albums. When you want to find a particular shot, with a simple search you can instantly find any photo—whether it’s your dog, your daughter’s birthday party, or your favorite beach in Santa Barbara. And all of this auto-grouping is private, for your eyes only.

The app can also help you quickly enhance photos and combine them in new ways to help you relive your life’s moments. In one tap, get instant adjustments tuned to the photo’s color, lighting, and subject to make each photo look its best. Press the “+” button to create your own collages, animations, movies with soundtracks, and more.

If you swipe to the left, you’ll open the Assistant view, where we’ll suggest new things made with your photos and videos, such as a collage or a story based on a recent trip you took. After previewing the creation, you can choose to keep, edit, or discard it.

Easily share and save what matters

With Google Photos, you have the choice to share your photos and videos however you want across any service you choose, from Hangouts to Twitter to WhatsApp. But even then, it’s still remarkably difficult to share a lot of photos just with friends and family and keep the ones shared with you—it usually involves a lot of downloading and re-uploading across a number of different services. We wanted to make sharing much simpler and more reliable.

You can now take any set of photos and videos, or any album, and simply create a link to share hundreds of photos at once. The recipient can see what you shared without a special app or login, then immediately save the high-quality images to their own library with a single tap. So now it’s easier to hang on to the photos you care about even if you weren’t the one holding the camera.

If you want to give Google Photos a whirl, it will be available later today across Android, iOS and the web. With this launch we’ve made a lot of progress towards eliminating many of the frustrations involved in storing, editing and sharing your memories. But we have a lot more in store—so as you keep snapping photos and capturing videos, we’ll keep working on making them even easier to store, share and bring to life.

Source: Google Blog

Amazon Introduces the Dash Button for Prime Members

Amazon has just introduced the Amazon Dash Button, a physical button you can press to instantly order a product from Amazon. Running low on Coffee Beans? Click the button. Running low on cereal? Click the other button! Definitely an interesting idea that could come in handy in a number of scenarios. Check out the video below to see how it works:

https://youtu.be/NMacTuHPWFI


How It Works:

Dash Button is simple to set up. Use the Amazon app on your smartphone to easily connect to your home Wi-Fi network and select the product you want to reorder with Dash Button. Once connected, a single press automatically places your order. Amazon sends an order alert to your phone, so it’s easy to cancel if you change your mind. Unless you elect otherwise, Dash Button responds only to your first press until your order is delivered.

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The button is free for Amazon Prime Members and are available for a bunch of popular brands (selection here). It‘s currently available by invitation only which you can sign up for at the link below.

Source: Amazon

Lenovo Under Fire for Selling Computers with Pre-Installed Superfish Malware

 

Lenovo, a trusted brand having bought IBM’s personal computer line, is now under attack for its use of Superfish on its computers. Superfish was identified by multiple anti-virus software as a potentially unwanted program, and as it turns out, there’s a good reason for it.

SuperfishWhat Superfish does on Lenovo computers is essentially watch users online to detect what they are looking at. By doing so, it can place ads with the lowest price on items related to what the user is looking at on websites. The issue, though, is that it is watching EVERYTHING you do online. That means, personal messaging, videos, emails, and yes, even bank accounts. If it just knew a URL and scanned that way, there’d be no problem, but this one actually visually monitor what’s happening on your particular computer.

Superfish said that sessions are not recorded or re-targeted, meaning every session is new, and old ones are cleared. Also, Lenovo has stated they meant no harm in installing the software and that the only reason it was done was to enhance the user experience. Lenovo, did, however, act fast, and is now NOT installing the software on computers being sold from now on, and the servers on Superfish’s end has been blocked from receiving information from these devices, meaning the “malware” should be disabled.

In addition, Lenovo created a guide to show people if the application is on their device and how to get rid of it if you don’t want it.

Of course, companies screw things up all of the time, and this certainly was a big one, but it’s good that Lenovo is helping users get rid of it and being proactive by disabling the program. They likely learned their lesson in this one.

Oculus Announces Virtual Reality Cinema Project

Oculus Rift VR Films

This week, Oculus announced Story Studio which will be producing story-driven VR experiences that provide a whole new level of of immersion. Story Studio is debuting its first short film ‘Lost’ this week at Sundance called ‘Lost’. Lost is directed by the creative director of Story Studio, Saschka Unseld, who also directed Pixar’s ‘The Blue Umbrella’. Check out the video below for a full overview of what Oculus and Story Studio are working on!

 

 

Source: Oculus Blog

Photos of What Appear to be a 12-inch MacBook Surface Online

The folks over at iFanr have posted numerous photos of what appear to be the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air. Apple has allegedly been working on a new MacBook for some time which mixes the features of the MacBook Air and the MacBook Retina into one. The laptop will most likely sport a retina display, over 10 hours of battery life, and a small footprint.

There is still no word on how legitimate the photos are, one of the only odd things I noticed is that the lid doesn’t have the glowing Apple logo and instead it has one like that of an iPad. Apple might have also decided to remove the glowing logo to improve battery life and to keep the computer as slim as possible. Check out the gallery for yourself below!

Source: iFanr

$179 3D Printer Hits over Half a Million in Three Days on Kickstarter

Tiko Printing

Personal 3D printers are notorious for doing well on Kickstarter, starting with the infamous Printrbot back in 2011, which gained over $830,000 in pledge money. Ever since then, more and more printers have come out, bringing the price lower and lower, and they’d gotten all the way down below $500, but now a new one is trying to beat them all. The Tiko is a $179 fully-featured 3D printer. Yes, you read that right. $179. Less than your mid- to high-end 2D printer and much cooler. So, how does it compare to the others?

Tiko EnclosedTo start, the most obvious difference about this printer has to be the design. With all of the electronics hidden behind a wall, average consumers are much less wary of buying this 3D printer. The only other printer I’ve seen with a design like it is the Pirate3D’s Buccaneer, though backers still haven’t received their printers and not much activity appears to be going on… Anyway, back to the Tiko. The Tiko sports a 4.9in diameter circular base with a height that is also 4.9 inches, so you won’t be printing giant models on this printer, but that’s not what this printer was made for anyway, and this size is still very good for a printer this inexpensive. The printer has a triangular prism shape, and all the user is able to see is the print being created. Not even the material roll is seen as it is hidden in the top part of the printer.

Tiko Layer Height

Printed with 200 micron layer height

In terms of performance, it’s looking pretty impressive, with a unibody design creating much easier and more accurate calibration (which is done automatically). Almost all other designs use multiple independent pieces, which creates more discrepancies between the printer parts, and less accurate prints. And, the printer also has an impressive layer height of just 50 microns; half the height of the industry standard, which is 100 microns. Another great feature is the enclosed design, which means less strong smells, a warm environment, which should keep parts from warping, and more safety, especially if there are nearby pets or kids. Oh, and going with the safe idea, the team made sure that if the printer was moved from the base, it would would automatically stop printing.

Tiko WirelessAs for ease-of-use, this printer looks like it will be one of the easiest to use. Features that enhance the end-user ease-of-use include Wi-Fi connectivity, a flexible base to easily remove parts and automatic calibration.

It all seems to good to be true, but I’m really hopeful about this printer, as it looks like the team is well into their project, and the prototype looks like a finished product. Check it out on Kickstarter for more details!

Apple Announces the New “MacBook”, Will Retail for $1,299 and Come in Colors

Apple has announced the MacBook that many have been looking forward to. This new MacBook is thinner than the MacBook Air, it is 2 pounds, 13.1 mm thin, has a pressure sensing trackpad, a new keyboard and only weighs 2 pounds.

New MacBook Keyboard

This is Apple’s first “All metal MacBook”, it features a new USB-C port that uses the same port for HDMI and a host of other connection types. Battery life? You’ll be able to get 9 hours of web browsing and 10 hours of video playbac. The device will retail at a starting price of $1,299 so it’s definitely being marketed as a high end MacBook. It will come in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold.

Own a Chromecast? Google is Giving You $6 in Play Store Credit

If you own a Chromecast then this news will surely brighten up your day! Google is giving all Chromecast owners $6 to spend in the Play Store, the credit can be used on movies, music, games or anything else in the store. All you have to do is head over to  the Chromecast offers page from your Chrome browser and share your Chromecast device ID with Google. If you’re concerned with giving your Chromecast ID to Google then here is the reason for why they need it:

In order to check for available offers, we require you to share your device’s serial number with Google.

We use the serial number to provide your device with offers that may be relevant to you. If you check for additional offers in the future, you will be asked again to provide your device’s serial number.

For more information about Chromecast’s collection and use of data, please visit the Chrome Privacy Notice.

Chromecast free $6 creditIf you haven’t redeemed any past offers then you can go back after redeeming the $6 credit and redeem any others that you would like. I have three Chromecast’s and was able to redeem the $6 credit three times so make sure you repeat the process for each Chromecast you own!

Source: Chromecast Offers

People Reacting to the Tesla P85D’s Insane Mode

The latest Tesla Motors vehicle, the $120k Tesla P85D, is able to use its 691 Horsepower to go from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. This vehicle easily reaches 1g of lateral acceleration which means that you will be blown away by its acceleration especially if you’ve never experienced anything close to that before.

 

High end sport cars can accomplish the same feeling but internal combustion models have to rev up to get the torque and horsepower levels up while on electric vehicles you don’t have to wait. Check out the video above of people reacting to the P85D’s insanely fast acceleration and the video below of the vehicles announcement from a few months back!

More Info: Tesla Motors

Check Out Microsoft’s HoloLens in Action

Earlier today, Microsoft announced a headset that allows the wearer to augment their world with information, apps, and even games. Microsoft posted a few videos of the HoloLens on YouTube which show off Microsoft’s vision for this project.

 

After watching the Introduction and Possibilities video of the HoloLens, it is obvious that this is an incredibly ambitious product and we are probably years away from getting a product that works well enough to be in homes but I am definitely looking forward to see how Microsoft further develops this platform!

 

Source: Microsoft (YouTube)