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Google’s new Photos app offers unlimited storage – sort of

Just moments ago, on the stage at Google’s annual I/O conference, Google unveiled Google Photos, the long-anticipated separation of the company’s photo platform from its Google+ social network.

Google Photos is an ambitious project from the search tech giant; an attempt to bring together all of your photographs in one place, whether you’ve...

Report says Google will likely separate its photo services from Google+ later this month

 
 

Bloomberg News has reported that Google is looking to definitively split its Google+ Photos service from the stagnant social networking site.

This isn’t exactly old news, as rumors of this separation have long been tossed around in the industry, but Bloomberg’s latest unveilings do provide a few more details.

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Massive Snapseed 2.0 update includes non-destructive editing, new tools and more

 
 

Google has released a major 2.0 update to its popular mobile photo editing app Snapseed. The update includes a collection of new tools, a non-destructive workflow, additional filters and copy/paste function for easily duplicating custom looks.

One of the new tools included in Snapseed 2.0 is the ability to selectively...

What’s in a picture? Google algorithms attempt to describe real-world photos in plain English


 
 

It's the holy grail of image databases, and it looks like Google might be getting closer to making a breakthrough. For years now, researchers have attempted to tackle the thorny task of creating an algorithm that can identify (and then describe) the contents of a photograph without user intervention. It's one of...

Google Street View takes to the desert in Abu Dhabi


 
 

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen -- the perfect Hump Day story to celebrate getting past the middle of your work week! If you've ever wondered what it's like to roam the desert like Lawrence of Arabia, now you can get the experience -- without the stifling heat -- from the comfort of your desk, thanks to Google's...

Here’s why the next Android version is going to be awesome for photographers

Back in June, we reported about Google's upcoming new version of its Android mobile operating system, which will bring some serious improvements for photographers. Besides RAW image capture, the new system -- thus far codenamed 'L' -- will also allow for manual control of settings such as shutter speed and ISO, faster burst rates in continuous...

Android camera to get a major boost including raw shooting, manual control and more

 
 

Last week, Google previewed an upcoming release of the Android operating system at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. Tentatively named Android L, and scheduled to arrive at retail in late 2014, the new mobile OS is already available as a developer preview for the Google Nexus 5 and 2013-variant of the Nexus 7.

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It’s Snapseed Desktop in all but name—Google Plus gets selective, non-destructive editing


 
 

A year ago, tech giant Google took flag for discontinuing Nik Software's Snapseed Desktop app on the Mac and Windows platforms, just six months after it acquired the company. Now, Snapseed Desktop is back -- in a manner of speaking.

An update to Google+ Photos sees Snapseed-like selective editing appearing on the...

Google Plus for iOS gets Snapseed on steroids, complete with non-destructive photo editing


 
 

Three months after a similar update for Android devices, Google has today shown Apple fans some love with a new release of its Google+ social networking app for iOS devices.

As with the Android update, the new version incorporates technology derived from Snapseed, the Nik Software app that became a Google...

Google Camera app for Android adds slightly dubious, Lytro-like refocusing, depth-of-field effects

 
 

Do you have a Google Android smartphone or tablet running Android 4.4+ KitKat or higher, or are you willing to root and install a third-party ROM to get it? If so, you can also have the company's just released Google Camera app, which overhauls the user interface yet again, and adds a new, Lytro-like post-capture...

Google applies for patent on contact lens with built-in camera

 
 

Disappointed that you missed your chance to buy Google Glass during yesterday’s limited-time sale? Or just bummed out that the future of mobile photography might lie in a face computer that makes anyone look like a doofus? Good news: Google is already working on a way to stick a camera right on your eyeball.

The US...

More Google Project Tango specs revealed, including 4 cameras

 
 

You may never have to use measuring tape again. More details have emerged about Google’s Project Tango, a 3D mapping tool in the body of a smartphone, including some interesting imaging modules.

Project Tango is designed to create an accurate 3D map of any environment, using just cameras and gyroscopes built into a...

Google Drive chops prices by 80 percent, now an even cheaper alternative to Dropbox for photographers

 
 

More backup is never a bad thing, and one of the best-known cloud services just became a much more affordable place to stash a giant photo archive.

Google Drive chopped prices for its monthly storage plans today. It’s now $1.99 per month for 100GB of space, down from $4.99. The 1TB plan is only $9.99 per month, slashed...

Photoshop guru John Nack departs Adobe for Google+ Photos team


 
 

Long-time Adobe manager and Photoshop guru John Nack threw something of a curve ball today, announcing that he's leaving the company with which he's spent the last decade and a half. One of the best-known names at Adobe -- in part thanks to his extremely popular blog, John Nack on Adobe -- he's now in his last week...

Ricoh and Google team up to put Ricoh Theta panoramas on Google Maps

 
 

Ricoh's $400 Theta is an innovative gadget that allows you to capture 360° spherical panoramas with just a single click of a button. Now Ricoh has teamed up with Google to allow you to actually do something with those panoramas—put them up on Google Maps and Google+.

This new feature comes through Ricoh making its...

Google now lets you image search by license

 
 

The widespread use of Creative Commons has meant that for those looking to use images online, there are plenty of photographs that are freely available, as long as you attribute their source. The only question then is: how do you find them? Luckily, search giant Google has just made it a little easier, adding the option...

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2: Android-powered camera gets turbocharged

 
 

Back in 2012, Samsung brought all of its smartphone expertise to bear in creating the Galaxy Camera: an Android-based, standalone camera. Now, with the follow-up Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 the company hones its offering, retaining the basic feature set -- including the same 16-megapixel, backside-illuminated CMOS image...

Have you shot at one of the most photographed places in the world?

 
 

Sightsmap is a global heatmap showing the most popular places that people have uploaded images to Google's Panoramio website. While obviously not tracking every photo ever taken, it's a huge sample, and one that manages to paint the globe to show off the corners of the world that have the most images snapped.

As you...

Ambarella, Google cooperate on wearable cameras


 
 

Just in case Google's work on Glass, its wearable multimedia glasses project, doesn't have privacy advocates reacting with sufficient alarm, it's now come to light that the company is involved in another wearable computing device. This time, it's a camera aimed specifically at Google's Helpouts service, which...

This stop motion short was shot entirely on Google Glass

 
 

When it was announced earlier this year that it's possible to snap a picture with Google Glass merely by blinking, the story would raise concerns about privacy issues (in addition to those that had been raised before by the mere announcement of Google Glass). Despite the fact that the social implications (and possible...