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Google Photos backup settings change has users up in arms

Google Photos backup settings change has users up in arms

At Google I/O late last month, the tech giant boasted how its artificial intelligence and machine learning advancements permeates a good number of its apps and services. One of those was Google Photos, which took no small amount of the applause at the keynote. Some, however, might now want to revoke that applause. Google showed how smart Google Photos is and it is now practically saying it is now smarter than its users by removing the option to backup and sync photos only when the phone is plugged in.

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Google Photos suggests to archive photos of receipts, docs

Google Photos suggests to archive photos of receipts, docs

While people love taking photos with their smartphones, not everything we capture would probably fit in what many would consider “photographs”. Thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones, it has never been easier to capture anything and everything, which means you eventually accumulate cruft in your photo albums. Thankfully, Google Photos, with some intelligent help from Google Assistant, can now suggests which of your photos you may want to archive and which ones to keep on your phone for quick access.

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Google Photo Books can now be designed and ordered on iOS & Android

Google Photo Books can now be designed and ordered on iOS & Android

Google Photos was one of the big tentpole features to be highlighted at the company's I/O 2017 keynote last week, and Photo Books were one of the neat new additions to the service. It basically allows users to browse their photo collections and select images to be added to a physical picture album that will be printed and mailed to their door. Now Google has updated their mobile Photos apps, so you can create your photo albums right from an iOS or Android device.

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Google brings family sharing to YouTube TV, Calendar, Keep, Photos

Google brings family sharing to YouTube TV, Calendar, Keep, Photos

As they say, sharing is caring. But when you're running a family, sharing is really the only way to stay sane and keep on top of things. In this highly digital and mobile age, family members amass tons of information and are themselves bombarded with data. Corralling all these into one place accessible to each and every member of the family is sometimes more work than it's worth. Thankfully, Google has introduced new sharing features to its apps and services, making YouTube TV, Google Calendar, Google Keep, and Google Photos a family affair as well as a personal one.

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Google Photos’ new AI sharing may be creepy, but count me in

Google Photos’ new AI sharing may be creepy, but count me in

At a Google I/O where the Google Assistant held center stage, it was a service I'm already deeply committed to, Google Photos, which arguably made best mainstream use of the growing AI. Like Google's most successful products, the integration between the Assistant and the cloud photo service ignored technological showboating in favor of just plain useful features that address real sharing hassles users experience every day. Indeed, as nudges to sharing goes, it's hard to see how Google Photos could now make it any easier without bypassing the human user altogether.

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Everything from the Google I/O 2017 opening keynote

Everything from the Google I/O 2017 opening keynote

Google's keynote presentation for I/O 2017 has come and gone, and in the span of about two hours, Google covered a lot of stuff. The keynote today included announcements for services like Android, Google Photos, and Google Assistant, but it also had its share of new reveals as well. If you weren't around for the keynote, then have a look at our refresher here for everything you missed.

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Automatic Sharing update to Google Photos couldn’t possibly end badly

Automatic Sharing update to Google Photos couldn’t possibly end badly

Google Photos is about to give you a big nudge in the right direction when it comes to Photo sharing. Google Photos recognizes the faces that appear in the photos we upload automatically. When Google Photos recognizes these faces, in the near future, it'll start to recommend that we send these photos to the people in the photos that it's recognized.

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Google Home Netflix, Photos integration gets official

Google Home Netflix, Photos integration gets official

A couple days back we talked a bit about reports that some Google Home users were seeing some new features turn up, but those new features weren't officially announced. The new features include integration for controlling Netflix and Google Photos using your voice. Google has now made the announcement official that Netflix support is here for Google Home.

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Google Home Netflix, Photos support appears for some users

Google Home Netflix, Photos support appears for some users

When Amazon Echo first launched, very few knew what to make of the canister smart speaker of the future. Eventually, however, it bloomed and soon became the buzzword of smart home hubs. That same pattern might be repeated with the Google Home, which is only now starting to become rather interesting. Although it hasn’t been officially acknowledged yet, some Google Home owners have reported that they’re starting to see Netflix and Google Photos in a new Videos and Photos section for Google Assistant.

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The best photo scanner app is now Google’s PhotoScan

The best photo scanner app is now Google’s PhotoScan

An update to the Google Photos app collection has suddenly made Google the master at capturing long-lost memories in vintage photos. Google's newest app in this collection of photo-friendly apps is PhotoScan, an app that's set for action on both Android and iOS. This app allows users to "scan" their photos with their smartphone in a way which allows the device's processor to edit out curves, bends, glossy reflections, and other oddities.

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Google Photos now shares with anyone, creates themed movies

Google Photos now shares with anyone, creates themed movies

Most people prefer to use their smartphones, even if less capable, over cameras to take pictures because of two reasons primarily. One, smartphones are almost always readily available and always with you. Second is because it’s a lot easier to share them directly off your phone than through a camera. The latest Google Photos update has made that even a lot easier, maybe even lazier. Now you can share with people more directly rather than wasting time trying to juggle sharing with apps.

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Google Photos on iOS brings Motion Stills magic to Live Photos

Google Photos on iOS brings Motion Stills magic to Live Photos

Last June, Google introduced the (strangely) iOS-only Motion Stills app that brought some stability to the otherwise mostly shaky Live Photos feature on Apple’s platform. While it did create some fascinating GIFs, it had one major flaw. It was a different, somewhat obscure app that users had to first know about before they could install. Google has now addressed that issue, ironically killing Motion Stills in the process. Yes, Google Photos has been updated to bake that feature into the app itself. Presuming, of course, you also have it installed in the first place.

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