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Google Photos Memories widget incoming: You can never escape

Google Photos Memories widget incoming: You can never escape

Google Photos has a feature in which the system intelligently gathers and surfaces sets of photos called "Memories." Users are notified that Google Photos created a "Memory" for them - usually a gallery of images - that they'll then be encouraged to look through and interact with. This smart system allows Google Photos to remain active in the minds and on the screens of users even when the user isn't usually taking the time to sort through, look at, download, or share their photos in the Google Photos system.

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Synology DSM 7.0 update wants to be your Google Photos replacement

Synology DSM 7.0 update wants to be your Google Photos replacement

A huge portion of computing in the past years has focused on the "cloud", but there have been new movements recently to bring computing back down to Earth, so to speak. Just as microcomputers marked the decentralization of computing away from mainframes, hybrid and edge computing are now bringing some of the responsibility back to on-premise devices, such as IoT appliances and NAS. To keep up with the trends, Synology is pushing a big version 7.0 update to its DiskStation Manager OS, introducing features that not only adapt to the complex needs of users and businesses but also set up Synology NAS devices to become makeshift Google Photos replacements.

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Google Photos free unlimited storage has ended: What you need to know

Google Photos free unlimited storage has ended: What you need to know

Google Photos no longer offers free, unlimited photo and video uploads, with the controversial change to how backup counts against your account storage coming into effect today. Until now, Google had allowed an unlimited amount of photos and videos to be saved to Google Photos - at "High Quality" - without that taking up space in your free or paid storage.

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The best Google Photos alternatives you may already be paying for

The best Google Photos alternatives you may already be paying for

The big Google Photos change is almost upon us, and if you've been enjoying free, unlimited uploads since the cloud storage service launched then you're about to get an unpleasant surprise. Switching to a paid model will help keep Photos around, Google argues, but the good news is that there's a decent chance you could already be paying for an alternative.

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Gmail can now save photo attachments to Google Photos directly

Gmail can now save photo attachments to Google Photos directly

There are many ways to share photos these days and most use social media for that purpose. Of course, those are mostly public by default and harder to control, and some resort to just sharing links to their online photo storage in private. Still, others go old-school and send photos by email. That can be a hassle for recipients if they end up having to upload images to Google Photos anyway but, fortunately, Google has finally heard the cries of Gmail users or at least some of them.

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This new tool could save you paying for Google Photos for a while

This new tool could save you paying for Google Photos for a while

Google Photos is adding a new tool to weed out blurry pictures, forgotten screenshots, and oversized videos, as the cloud photo service prepares to axe its free unlimited uploads option. Having cemented itself in the digital lives of many with its promise of limitless cloud storage, as of June 1, 2021, that all changes.

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Google Photos interpolation and Eternal Sunshine features incoming

Google Photos interpolation and Eternal Sunshine features incoming

This week Google revealed that they'd be automatically incorporating interpolation to Google Photos. With this feature, a series of photos that appears to be captured one after the other will be automatically offered to the user as a video. Google suggested that they will "user neural networks" to bring these photos together in a brand new way.

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Google Photos to end free unlimited uploads: What it means to you

Google Photos to end free unlimited uploads: What it means to you

Google Photos has brought a whole new dimension to treasuring cherished memories ever since it first burst into the scene in 2015. Right from that time, the photo sharing and cloud storage service has been popular for its free unlimited storage. Users have enjoyed this feature all these years, saving the most important moments with utter piece of mind - not having to worry about storage space running out on their device.

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Google Photos makes documents easy to find – so you can delete them

Google Photos makes documents easy to find – so you can delete them

A Google Photos update this week added a Documents tab to assist in the process of finding documents in one's photo collection. This might not seem all that important if you believe you've never used your smartphone or smart device camera to "scan" a document before. Why would you? As some users are finding out, they've captured far more personal, private, or otherwise important information via casual smartphone snap than they initially believed.

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Google Lens OCR lands on the desktop via Google Photos

Google Lens OCR lands on the desktop via Google Photos

Google Lens has long been a handy tool that demonstrates the strength of Google's various computer vision and AI capabilities. It has, however, mostly been limited to its smartphone incarnation where it admittedly has the most opportunities to be used. Google Lens, however, also has some features that can be useful even when not used in real-time, like when looking at images already stored on your computer. Thankfully, Google is slowly bringing those features to the desktop via Google Photos on a desktop web browser.

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Apple’s new transfer service moves iCloud images to Google Photos

Apple’s new transfer service moves iCloud images to Google Photos

Apple is making it easier for iCloud users to transfer their images and videos to Google Photos. The ability is made possible using a newly launched Apple service for iCloud users, one similar to the transfer option Facebook offers for shuttling content to a Google account. Images transferred to Google Photos will remain available in the user's iCloud account.

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Google Recorder now lets you upload and search like Google Photos

Google Recorder now lets you upload and search like Google Photos

Google Recorder got a bump this week with a web interface for search. This means the Google Recorder system is an audio recording and playing interface with a cloud-based storage system. This makes it effectively the same as Google Photos. At the moment, the official Google Recorder app is only supposed to work on Google Pixel smartphones.

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