Posts Tagged ‘google’

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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Picasa Web Albums Now Being Directed to Google+ Albums

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In July 2011, we shared a report that Google was planning to rebrand Picasa as Google Photos later that year. Well, that didn’t happen, but it still looks like the Picasa brand name is on track to be sunsetted.

Google has begun redirecting the Picasa Web Albums URL to personal Google+ Photo Album pages.
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Attorney General Asks Social Networks in the UK to Delete Illegal Photos of Killers

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In February of 1993, 10-year-olds Jon Venables and Robert Thompson kidnapped and murdered two-year-old James Bulger. The two were eventually caught, and became the youngest convicted murderers in modern English history.

Their life sentences were cut short, however, when they were released in 2001 under the protection of new identities and a court order that prohibited the publication of any info that could reveal who they were. Now a full 12 years after their release, UK Attorney General Dominic Grieve is finally getting a chance to enforce that court order. Read more…

A Sneak Peek at the Google+ Photos App in the Chromebook Pixel

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When the new Google Chromebook Pixel was announced a week ago, one of the new apps announced alongside it was for managing photographs. Photography played a bit part in the laptop’s design: it has a 12.85-inch, 4.3 million pixel touchscreen (the highest pixel density of any laptop) that has a strange aspect ratio of 3:2 — the aspect ratio of classic 35mm film.
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French Ski Shop Makes Excellent Use of Google Maps’ Business Photos Feature

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You may or may not know this, but Google Maps offers a Business Photos feature through which the search giant allows “Google trusted photographers” to provide street view tours of business establishments. That way, you can browse the local camera shop’s selection before you ever actually go in.

But a small ski shop in France made headlines a couple of weeks ago by putting the feature to hilariously creative use. The store is Krakatoa in southern France, and when you tour their establishment, you’ll find some very interesting things are going on in that store. Read more…

Explore 75 Miles of Grand Canyon Trails and Roads With Google Street View

Back in October, Google took several Trekker Street View backpacks into the Grand Canyon to capture the majestic beauty of the national park for those who can’t actually go there. Several months have gone by since that point, but finally, the cubicle-bound and financially unable among us can now visit the Grand Canyon from the comfort of our own desktops. Read more…

Google Patent Shows Multiple LED Flash Units on Back of Smartphone

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The “flash units” found on the backs of smartphones may be getting more powerful, but the general idea has largely remained the same: use a powerful LED light that can illuminate a scene when you need a little extra light. The power output doesn’t really stack up to the flashes found on compact cameras, but Google has one solution for making the flash a bit brighter.

In a recently published patent, the company outlines the idea of placing multiple LED flashes on smartphones, perhaps in a ring around the camera unit.
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