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Google+ Photos spinoff tipped to be ready for I/O 2015

Google+ Photos spinoff tipped to be ready for I/O 2015

No matter how you look at it, no matter how Google wants to spin it, things aren't looking good for Google+. The tech giant's attempt to take a bite out of Facebook is slowly but surely getting dismantled, with the Photos part now said to be ready to break out on its own as early as late May, in time for Google's annual developers conference. Officially, it's a way for the social platform to slim down and focus on what it does best. Unofficially, it is also a sign of a lack of vision, direction, and confidence.

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Rhino Slider & Motion review; a must-have movement in photography

Rhino Slider & Motion review; a must-have movement in photography

I have a confession: I love House of Cards. Part of the reason for my obsession is the opening sequence (and probably Kevin Spacey’s oddly passable/terrible accent). The time-lapse, gently rolling through various points of Washington D.C., is just magical. I’ve always wanted to do something like that, but it seemed like an investment beyond the scope of what I was willing to spend (HoC uses a RED Camera!). Rhino isn’t asking much of me, though. Motion pairs a slider with a simple motor for fine-tuned live motion time-lapse, and — spoiler alert — it’s awesome.

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Android photography favorite Camera51 hits iOS

Android photography favorite Camera51 hits iOS

Recently, Carousel launched an educational series dedicated to helping you snap better photos with your smartphone. By offering up a few simple primers on best practices, you’ll (hopefully) end up with a better jumping-off point before you edit your photos. To help with that knowledge, Camera51 has landed on iOS after a long, successful run on Android. The app helps you do things like frame a shot, and can even tell you if peripheral items on-screen will interfere with framing boundaries.

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Flickr redesign brings new look, powerful new features

Flickr redesign brings new look, powerful new features

Flickr, Yahoo’s photo storage app and service, is reborn. Not only just rebranded or given a facelift, Flickr is downright new. And exciting. On all fronts — the web, mobile, and desktop — Flickr has a slew of new features, and a new look that may have it competing with popular photo-dump social sites like Instagram. With a full terabyte of storage, and features like bulk upload, better organization and snappier photo sharing, Flickr might be worth a second look if you’re not currently using it.

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Pixelmator update brings new repair tool, Force Touch support

Pixelmator update brings new repair tool, Force Touch support

If you don’t want a full Photoshop client for your Mac, Pixelmator is as good as it gets. The app does a solid job of bringing you the core of what Photoshop does, and has just been updated to bring you the best of what a Mac has to offer. With the update, those with Force Touch trackpads will notice touch sensitivity now plays a big role. Additionally, a new repair tool — two years in the making — is now available.

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CameraBag 2 review; simple, powerful photo editing on your Mac

CameraBag 2 review; simple, powerful photo editing on your Mac

Editing photos has become really simple, at least when it comes to mobile devices. With apps like VSCO Cam and Enlight dotting the landscape of mobile, you might wonder why you’d even take your photos to the desktop. The answer, more often than not, is power; your desktop apps typically have more (and better) editing tools, and better hardware to lean on. Should you sacrifice ease of use for power, though? Nope. CameraBag 2 doesn’t ask you to, either.

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Instagram update brings three new filters, emoji in hashtags

Instagram update brings three new filters, emoji in hashtags

Just in time for Spring, Instagram is announcing three new filters “inspired by weekend adventures outdoors”. Lark, Reyes, and Juno offer Instragrammers the chance to enhance photos for use with the social medium in new ways, while still capturing a distinct style that makes Instagram attractive. These three join the Color and Fade tools introduced last month, and the five new filers Instagram launched in December: Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, and Perpetua. In addition to the new filters, Instagram is also letting users add emoji to hashtags.

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Garmin intros VIRB X, VIRB XE for action shots anywhere you go

Garmin intros VIRB X, VIRB XE for action shots anywhere you go

GoPro is not the only company that wants to let you capture footage from anywhere in the world. Garmin is also involved in the action camera segment, and today announces updates to their VIRB lineup. The VIRB X and VIRB XE cameras bring HD video and pixel-dense still image capture in a small form factor. They’re also waterproof to 50 meters, and have a “variety of built-in sensors” like GPS, an accelerometer, and gyroscope. The lineup starts at $299.99.

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Snapseed update brings it up-to-date with other photo editors

Snapseed update brings it up-to-date with other photo editors

When Google bought Snapseed, the assumption was that they’s simply shutter the app and roll those features into Google+ Photos. Google instead let the app languish, largely untouched, while updating Google+ Photos several times. Today, Snapseed gets its first major update since 2012, when Google purchased the team behind it, Nik Software. With version 2.0, Snapseed gets a few standard photo editing features like lens blur and a non-destructive editing feature that copies edits to new images. The changes affect both Android and iOS, too.

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iTunes update brings better support for Photos

iTunes update brings better support for Photos

In our preview of Photos for OS X, the line “Photos has two advantages there out of the gate, and it's both faster and easier to use than the software it replaces” was (and is) telling. Photos is just plain better than iPhoto in so many ways, and Apple is keen to take advantage of it quickly. Now that the new software is out for both OS X and iOS, Apple is also updating iTunes to aide with syncing photos in Photos across all your devices.

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