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New Google+ boss confirms Photos, Streams split

New Google+ boss confirms Photos, Streams split

Google really has some trouble putting Google+ in its proper place, or at least helping the public understand what it's all about. The much maligned social network, if you still could call it that, has weathered problem after problem but now it seems that the status quo isn't going to last anymore. Brad Horowitz, who will be standing at the helm of Google+, has just confirmed speculation that the service will soon be split up into a more photo-centric product called Photos and the traditional social feed called Streams.

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Bevy lets you create a private network for sharing pics, videos

Bevy lets you create a private network for sharing pics, videos

Your family is probably spread out over a city, or state — possibly even a country, or continents. Sharing pics is easy via mediums like Facebook, but those avenues don’t lend themselves to private sharing in a straightforward way. There might even be some who aren’t comfortable uploading pics to a source they don’t own and control, which is where Bevy comes into play. Via an app and dedicated storage container, you and your family (or friends, or colleagues) can share pictures privately.

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Imgur rolls out ‘Topics’ to help you find photos faster

Imgur rolls out ‘Topics’ to help you find photos faster

Imgur has made some changes lately, with the most exciting being their move away from a tiered Pro offering to a completely ad-based experience, wherein all Pro services were offered up for free. The service is still a firehose, though, with popularity and tagging being your best bets for finding what you want. To better help you navigate Imgur, there is now a new feature called ‘Topics’, which could lead you to the pics you want to find quickly.

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Nutshell from Prezi may be your new favorite iOS photo app

Nutshell from Prezi may be your new favorite iOS photo app

Your pictures should tell a story, or at least that’s how Prezi feels. the company best known for making a visually stunning Powerpoint alternative now has their own photography app for iOS, which stitches your photos together along with custom graphics and text to tell a mini story. The aim is events and gatherings, where you can quickly cobble together moments, and share them as a tiny video representation of your day (or night). The app is currently available on the App Store, and is free to download and use.

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Affinity Photo takes on Photoshop, currently in beta for OS X

Affinity Photo takes on Photoshop, currently in beta for OS X

If you want to edit photos like a pro, the term ‘Photoshop’ has become as synonymous with doing so as ‘Google’ is to searching the Internet for stuff. A new editor is on the horizon, though, and it’s pretty special. Affinity Photo is currently in beta, but packs a ton of Photoshop-y tools that pros and amateurs alike will find useful. It’s the same team behind another very useful Photoshop tool, Affinity Designer, and packs just as much punch for photo editing as Designer did for things like vector art.

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Imgur drops ‘Pro’ subscription service, gives tools to all users

Imgur drops ‘Pro’ subscription service, gives tools to all users

A recently announced GIF making tool was pretty neat; handy if you’ve ever wanted to get a looping snippet from publicly available YouTube or Vimeo video (or any other publicly hosted video, really). While Imgur could have stopped there and still found favor with users, they’ve instead gone ahead and made everything free to use. The paid tier to Imgur, Imgur Pro, is going away, and all the goodies in the Pro version will be wrapped up in Imgur proper.

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Google buys offline photo-sharing app Odysee

Google buys offline photo-sharing app Odysee

Detractors of Google’s social layer, Google+, can agree that its one redeeming quality is photo storage and sharing, where Google has done an incredibly good job of making sure your media looks good, and is easily accessible. To that point, Google has acquired Odysee, an iOS and Android app that has some interesting features for private photo sharing. The team at Odysee, in announcing the acquisition, also say they’re joining the Google+ team.

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Selfies, flash contributed to plane crash, says NTSB

Selfies, flash contributed to plane crash, says NTSB

Using your phone while on a plane? Great idea if you’re a passenger. If you’re actually flying the plane, or otherwise near the person piloting the aircraft, it’s a potentially devastating choice. The National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) has released their findings on a crash that occurred in May of last year, and are blaming selfies and the use of flash for bringing the aircraft down. According to their report, the pilot experienced spacial disorientation as a result of being distracted while flying.

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OneDrive steps up its Photos game ahead of Windows 10 launch

OneDrive steps up its Photos game ahead of Windows 10 launch

One of the highlights of Windows 10 paraded last week was the focus on Photos, not only on desktops and tablets but also on phones as well. Part of that "unified experience" is in the consistency of the apps. The other part of that is in the cloud. Microsoft's cloud, that is. The latter is now falling into place with an update to Microsoft's OneDrive storage solution, across all supported platforms, that offers a better way to experience your photos while you wait for Windows 10.

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New iOS app WhiteAlbum sends photos you’ve taken, but never seen

New iOS app WhiteAlbum sends photos you’ve taken, but never seen

Point, click, swipe, approve, and possibly repeat; that’s smartphone photography in a nutshell. You snap a picture, make sure it’s good enough, then move along unless you want to re-take it. It’s instant gratification, and oddly satisfying. Perhaps equally as satisfying is not knowing if your shot was good or not. We got a glimpse of that with the Polaroid Cube and HTC Re, where you shots weren’t immediately viewable. Taking that idea one step further is an app called WhiteAlbum, where you only see your shots once they’ve been mailed to you.

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