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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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Google Photos High Quality might not be near-identical to original

Google Photos High Quality might not be near-identical to original

When Google launched its Google Photos cloud storage, not to be confused with the app of the same name, it was hailed as the ultimate way to save space on your phone and preserve your digital memories almost forever. It came with a rather generous offer of nearly unlimited photo storage space, provided they uploaded only in High Quality. Nothing lasts forever, as they say, and it seems that Google is revising its earlier statements in favor of taking up more space towards a Google One subscription.

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Google Photos update adds a usable video editor at last

Google Photos update adds a usable video editor at last

Today Google revealed they'd be adding a video editor to their Google Photos app, at long last. The Google Photos app for Android will add "granular adjustment" abilities for videos in the very near future. Per Google Photos Product Manager Zachary Senzer, "Today we're adding even more editing capabilities to Google Photos so you can easily fine-tune your memories - no expertise needed."

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Nickelback made an ad for Google and it’s surprisingly amusing

Nickelback made an ad for Google and it’s surprisingly amusing

Nickelback, the Canadian rock band that gets its fair share of criticism, is the subject of a new Google Photos advertisement...and it's actually pretty amusing, all things considered. The band created a parody of its own song Photograph, remixing the music video with shots of Google Photos and a couple of self-deprecating jokes.

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Google Photos’ new Memories hope AI edits will convince you to stay

Google Photos’ new Memories hope AI edits will convince you to stay

Google Photos is tapping AI for a new Memories update, adding new Cinematic photos along with fresh collage designs and more. As with existing AI-powered editing and personalization in Google Photos, the new features will do things like add movement, backgrounds, and other customizations to pictures uploaded to the service.

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Your old Google account may be deleted if it’s too full or inactive

Your old Google account may be deleted if it’s too full or inactive

This week Google sent notifications to users about policy changes that'd be going into effect in the year 2021. These changes affect users of all Google services, including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, and the rest. If you're the sort of person who works with a Google One membership, you've got little or nothing to worry about. If you've been using Google services for a long time and never thought to delete an old email, you're going to need to pay attention.

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Do we depend too much on “free” big tech services?

Do we depend too much on “free” big tech services?

In the tech services world year it became clear that the free ride is over. We're talking about everything from email to music streaming, photos to files. That which seemed too good to be true was indeed too good to be free. Now is the point at which you'll do well to consider which services you cannot do without, and which services you should end - before they start burning a hole in your pocket.

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A huge Google Photos change is coming – and you may have to pay

A huge Google Photos change is coming – and you may have to pay

Google Photos is changing how photos and videos count toward your Google account storage, and it's unlikely to come as welcome news for fans of the service. Until now, Google Photos has allowed free, unlimited uploads of "High Quality" compressed images in the cloud; from June 1, 2021, that's changing.

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Google Photos premium features may expand with paid editing tools

Google Photos premium features may expand with paid editing tools

It seems Google Photos will get new editing features in an upcoming version, but they may be locked behind a paywall, at least based on reports from some users. The company has been slowly adding premium features to its Photos app, the most recent being a premium subscription feature for getting monthly photo prints.

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Google Photos adds premium print subscription with monthly deliveries

Google Photos adds premium print subscription with monthly deliveries

Google has launched a monthly premium photo print subscription service for its Google Photos users, enabling anyone who is interested to automatically receive high-quality physical prints every month. This new service, which Google calls its premium print series, is priced at $6.99/month and includes 10 prints shipped monthly to customers.

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