Posts Tagged ‘google’

Google Patent Changes Camera Settings Based on Local Weather

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Google takes photos pretty seriously. In addition to schmoozing the photography community earlier this week by releasing the entire Nik collection of plugins for only $150, the company also promised to make the cameras in their phones “insanely great.” And a recent patent shows one of the ways Google may go about doing that. Read more…

Google Takes Street View Cars to Nuclear Ghost Town in Japan

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Due to the tragic Great East Japan Earthquake and the tsunami and nuclear disaster that it caused, the 21,000 residents of Namie-machi, Fukushima, Japan had to evacuate their homes. Even now, a little over two years later, the residual radiation makes it impossible for those former residents to return to the homes and businesses they were forced to abandon.

Still, many would like to see what has become of their town in the intervening years, and so Google teamed up Namie-machi mayor Tamotsu Baba to make that wish come true. As of yesterday, the displaced residents of Namie-machi (along with the rest of us) can tour the entire nuclear ghost town digitally. Read more…

Google+ Mobile App Gets Retro Filters Thanks to Snapseed Acquisition

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Retro filters are still doing their steady march toward becoming ubiquitous across camera and photo-sharing mobile apps. Today, Google announced a new update to its iPhone and Android Google+ apps that adds these filters for people who want to make their photographs look “retro.”
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Google Selling Complete Nik Plugin Suite for Only $150

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When Google acquired Nik Software back in September, the photographic community took it as a sign that the internet giant was focusing more intently on our passion. But last week, when Google announced it would be pulling support for the desktop version of Nik’s popular mobile editor Snapseed, the same people wondered if this spelled the end of the rest of Nik’s well-respected suite of plugins.

Fortunately, the opposite is the case. Google may have pulled their support for the desktop version of Snapseed, but the remaining offerings from Nik are not only still available, they will be sold in a record-low-priced bundle. Read more…

Google+ Quietly Rolls Out a Photos-Only Filter for Search Results

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Facebook announced its photos-only news feed filter earlier this month (alongside a major News Feed revamp) at a major press event surrounded by much fanfare. Now, Google has followed suit with its Google+ social network — albeit much, much more quietly.

The service unveiled a new photos-only feed today, but instead of holding a major press event about it, it was outed by Google engineer Dave Cohen through his Google+ page.
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Share Full-Res Photos Through Google+ Using Google Drive

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Many photographers are uncomfortable sharing their work at higher resolutions online, preferring instead to share smaller (and perhaps watermarked) photographs. If that doesn’t describe you, then you might be happy to know that you can now share full-resolution photographs with your followers, friends, and family on Google+.
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Google Hangouts Goes the Way of the Photobooth with New Capture Feature

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If you often find yourself taking screenshots of your friends and family while in Google Hangouts video chats, the company will soon be releasing a new featured designed just for you. It’s called the Hangouts Capture app, and it lets you easily snap and save funny moments with others as they happen on your screen.
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Google Street View Now Offers a Glimpse from Atop the World’s Tallest Peaks

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Many of us don’t get out as much as we should, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to, and Google understands that. That’s why the company continues to add amazing destinations to its Street View repertoire; because not everybody has the time or money to visit the Grand Canyon, or go see historical sites in the arctic.

Their most recent addition to street view, however, goes further than that. Because, while some people may not be able to afford a trip to Arizona, only a handful could survive a hike up the world’s tallest mountains — and that’s where Google is taking us next. Read more…

Rumor Suggests Google Nexus 5 to Sport a Nikon-Branded Camera Module

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According to a recent tip received by Phone Arena, Nikon may be getting more serious about the smartphone game. The tip references Google’s upcoming Nexus 5 which, according to the site’s source, will feature a Nikon branded “triple camera sensor” as its key selling point. Read more…

Google Killing Off Snapseed for Desktop as Part of “Spring Cleaning”

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Google announced a new “spring cleaning” initiative yesterday through which some of the company’s not-as-popular apps and services will be terminated to allow attention and resources to be focused on the heavily used ones. The notice that sparked the most hoopla was the death notice for Google Reader, but another photography-related one was also included in the notice: Snapseed.

In what may be a sign of sad times to come for Nik Software fans, Google is saying that it will be abandoning Nik’s Snapseed for Desktop photo editing app.
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