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Now Google Photos can back-up Live Photos on your iPhone

Now Google Photos can back-up Live Photos on your iPhone

Google Photos for iOS has been updated with Live Photos support, allowing the Harry Potter-esque moving images to be backed-up into Google's cloud. The new functionality, added today in the latest release of the iPhone and iPad app, means that iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus owners capturing Live Photos won't lose the video data if they rely on Google for their online storage.

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Google is killing Picasa to focus on Google Photos

Google is killing Picasa to focus on Google Photos

Remember Picasa? Google finally has too, but it's decided to call time on the photo software. Picasa is getting the axe, the company has confirmed today, in favor of the newer Google Photos service that was itself spun out from Google+.

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Google Photos update turns it into a social network

Google Photos update turns it into a social network

No, Google didn't just turn Google Photos into Google+. Instead, they've updated the app to include Shared Albums, meaning you will be able to upload photos to an album that all of your contacts can see. Public sharing is slightly different, as is posting to Facebook. This update allows friends and family - whomever you've added - to access a unique folder in your library. Others can share folders of theirs with you, too.

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Google Photos update brings Photo Sphere viewing to the web

Google Photos update brings Photo Sphere viewing to the web

Google Photos has been updated to bring Photo Sphere viewing in the web. Fire up your regular desktop browser and you’ll be able to view your uploaded photo spheres using Google Photos, no mobile device necessary, though a mobile web browser and the Android app can also be used. If you don’t have your own uploaded spheres, you can also view existing ones via Street View.

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Google Photos is deleting your files… in a good way!

Google Photos is deleting your files… in a good way!

Android users of Google Photos will soon see an option to "Free Up Space", this feature then deleting files after upload on their device. Google Photos is an app that connects to Google Photos on the web, acting as a storage space for images and movies for Google users. This system works for Android and iOS as well as all desktop computers via a web browser. Google's latest update will allow users to free up space on their smart devices by deleting photos and videos automatically.

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Google AboutMe is your info placard for the public

Google AboutMe is your info placard for the public

Google appears to have torn another feature from Google+ with "Google AboutMe," a public place for your "About" information. Here you'll place your personal contact info, work contact info, Education and Work History, Places you live and have lived, Gender, Birthday, Occupation, and a list of sites where you contribute content or participate in social networks. At this time, it would appear that this system is not entirely separate from Google+ (it still has the Google Plus-centric "Circles"), but as with Google Photos, it certainly could be.

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Google gets a whole lot smarter (and more open) with TensorFlow

Google gets a whole lot smarter (and more open) with TensorFlow

Machine Learning is a big scary term for something that can be explained very simply. When you see someone you've seen several times before, you recognize them. In the same way, Google's computers recognize photos of your face because they all look similar. Google's machines are able to learn - that's just one piece of the puzzle. Google has announced a system called TensorFlow, a machine learning system that Google will be using soon (in place of their old system being used today), and they'll be making it open source, too.

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Google Photos Update v1.8 lets you Hide People

Google Photos Update v1.8 lets you Hide People

Ever wanted to hide the people you don't want to see in your photo collection? Now Google appears to have listened to your plea. Inside the latest version of Google Photos for Android devices, users are able to "hide a person from appearing under People." This same feature stops "events with that person" from appearing under "Rediscover this day" cards in your Photos Assistant. This update may not yet have been pushed to the Google Play app store when you read this article, but you can download it via APK right this minute.

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Google Photos tops 100 million monthly users just 5 months after launch

Google Photos tops 100 million monthly users just 5 months after launch

Google Photos, the new cloud-based photo storage service that was spun off from the Google+ social network, celebrated a big milestone this week: hitting 100 million monthly active users. This comes only 5 months after the service debuted, seeing apps for the web, iOS, and Android released back in May. The spin-off from Google+ was widely praised, as it made the service simpler to use without the social sharing aspect, as well as combining features from Dropbox and Apple's iCloud service.

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Google Photos update: v1.6 brings Chromecast, Labels, WhatsApp support

Google Photos update: v1.6 brings Chromecast, Labels, WhatsApp support

This morning Google released a new version of Google Photos for your Android device, complete with a new set of features. The main feature - the main reason for the update at this time - was Chromecast integration. Today you're about to open Google Photos and share your images via the web to your Chromecast device. Or your Android TV device, as they all have Chromecast abilities as well. This in addition to the newest support for custom person labeling - not to mention Gif sharing to new venues - makes this one of the smallest, yet most significant, updates to the app yet.

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Google Photos update brings three much-needed features

Google Photos update brings three much-needed features

Google has updated their Google Photos app for Android devices this afternoon to version 1.3. This app now works with several feature updates, including the ability to move around photos in albums - changing their order, that is. You can also now sign in as a Google+ Page, a must-have feature for those users with businesses represented on the social network. This version of Google Photos also lets you begin to edit video - not much, but a little. You'll be able to trim video, for starters.

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Google+ Photos is over: export while you can

Google+ Photos is over: export while you can

This afternoon Google made the official move to shut down Google+ Photos once and for all. This move comes soon after the opening of the doors to Google Photos+, effectively moving the addition sign from one place to the other in the name, but making a relatively big move of their Photos business in the process. For people still using Google+ Photos with the social network, there's a period of time where you'll be able to switch over the photos and videos you've got stored with the service to the new environment. Google has not yet set a deadline for movement.

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