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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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Picattoo turns Instagram photos into temporary tattoos

Picattoo turns Instagram photos into temporary tattoos

Sometimes, you see something on Instagram, and it becomes an obsession. For some, they never want to take their eyes off what they’re seeing. A quick glance down leaves them feeling empty inside if Instagram isn’t displayed on-screen. For those Instaddicts, INK361 is here to help. With Picattoo, you can turn your favorite Instagram picture into a temporary tattoo. That’s right, rather than searching for hamburgers on Instagram when you’re hungry, you can just get a tattoo of the one you fell for three weeks ago.

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Beastgrip Pro hands-on: your phone needs this

Beastgrip Pro hands-on: your phone needs this

“Phoneographers”. That’s who Beastgrip is for, according to their website. It’s clever, and oddly endearing for people like me who like taking photos with their phone, but sometimes want to take it a step further. After reviewing the original Beastgrip, I was pretty excited to get word of the Beastgrip Pro, the iterative progression from the original. Still in its beta stage, we caught up with the man behind Beastgrip while he hoofed through CES. What we found was another reason to get excited about smartphone photography.

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VSCO snaps up photo print house Artifact Uprising

VSCO snaps up photo print house Artifact Uprising

VSCO, the photography app that is turning into so much more, has acquired Artifact Uprising, which makes physical books and prints of your digital photos. It’s not yet clear just how the two would merge in a digital sense (or even if they really are), but the deal rounds out a nice niche for VSCO. Though we’ve ditched film by and large, many photographers still enjoy prints of their work. The two companies have worked together before, with VSCO calling the merger “obvious”.

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Polaroid, Blipfoto team up for one-a-day photo sharing platform

Polaroid, Blipfoto team up for one-a-day photo sharing platform

Perhaps drawing inspiration from their Cube, Polaroid is again going small. This time, they’re teaming up with Blipfoto to bring you a photo sharing community. the joint venture is a sort of re-introduction of both companies as they attempt to make themselves relevant in our mobile world. The Blipfoto community, like Polaroid, is nothing new, but in need of a refreshed image. The share-once-a-day forum will bring a re-hashed look for mobile, where Blipfoto is available on both Android and iOS (and the web).

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Kodak bringing new Android-powered devices to CES

Kodak bringing new Android-powered devices to CES

Kodak is coming to CES, but not as you might expect. The company will likely be talking up a new photographic endeavor, but it won’t be film. This year, Kodak is set to unveil a lineup of Android-powered mobile devices which offer “best in class image management software and features”. These smartphones and tablets are going to be photo-centric, offering a specific image capturing and management features. If your thing is mobile photography, Kodak is lining up their stars just for you.

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Facebook ‘Stickered’ app lets you overlay stickers onto your photos

Facebook ‘Stickered’ app lets you overlay stickers onto your photos

Int heir ongoing attempt to dominate your home screen, Facebook is announcing another app today. An accompaniment to Messenger, Stickered is a new app that lets you plaster stickers all over your photos before sending them along to friends via Messenger. Facebook Messenger is also getting some festive new tweaks in time for the holidays, with a “festive frame” for New Year’s Eve pics as well as snow-globe chat heads. Messenger will also get a holiday inspired sticker pack in addition to it’s new app.

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