Digital photography is every second a part of us. With a camera in our backpack or the camera on our phone, we are able to take pictures every time we want to do that. And with social media, pictures can be so easily shared with the beloved ones. However, managing the pictures into categories and separate albums with different names and so on can become frustrating and really annoying. Especially for me. I take too many pictures and in the end, I put all of them in one folder and that’s it. Some tools such as iCloud, Dropbox, Google Photos, Flickr can become really useful in these situations.
With every new iOS version, Apple always changes its mind about how iCloud should handle managing the photos. At this moment, iCloud has the Photo Library (all of your pictures) or the old Photo Stream (your recent pictures). This new service gives 5GB storage for your photos for only $9.99 per month. If you use only Apple hardware, it’s even better, especially if you are ready to pay for more storage. Otherwise, iCloud works with Windows too by letting you download all of your pictures on your laptop or computer. However, this tool only supports the Photo Stream, the one with your recent pictures. The iCloud web portal can become really useful in these situations. It helps you download,view and upload pictures from computers that are not made by Apple.
Google Photos wants only one thing, and that thing is to have the best Photos service. If you compare it with iCloud, you will realize that it is a bit straightforward if you choose to work with Windows, Mac, Android or iOS hardware (for every single one of them there is a proper app). Google Photos is ready to store all of your photos for free, but you have to think about some re-sizing too. How does it work? Actually pretty simple, as always how we expected from Google. All of your uploaded photos will have a 16 megapixel resolution and all of your videos will go down to 1080p. Don’t worry, there will be plenty enough for other users. The web interface is pretty competent but if you want to upload your digital photos from your Windows or Mac, there are desktop apps too.
Before Apple and Google, Dropbox was the third-party app that made our photo upload look pretty easy so we shouldn’t forget about this awesome app. Even though it has been overtaken, it still does a great job on uploading digital photos from any device. However, you only get 2GB of free space in the cloud.
Once upon a time, Flickr used to be the first app to use for uploading pictures by any photography enthusiast. It still is one of the best online portals which keeps your digital photos and show off all your pictures in public. With Flickr, you are able to manage your own digital photos in any way you want. You can split them in albums, favorites, groups and many more. Flickr has a new feature, called Camera Roll feature. Thanks to this “magic” view tool, you are able to identify what it is in every picture you’ve taken so you can sort them accordingly. A little bit like Google Photos, right?
There you go, some solutions for those photography enthusiasts who have too many pictures and don’t know how to properly manage them. there are several other apps for organizing digital photos, but I believe that these apps known better and useful as well.
Mobile apps from Threads make profile switching easy
Twitter rival, Threads, owned by Meta, now allows account switching without logging out.
This Thursday, the social networking app announced that users can swap accounts on its mobile apps by long pressing the bottom right profile icon. Tap “Add profile” after the long press to add a profile.
Users can easily switch between work and personal profiles. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri did not say if the profile-switching feature allowed you to add a limit of accounts.
On the same day as Facebook allowed multiple personal profiles on Blue, the text-based social networking app announced its profile feature.
Threads keeps adding features three months after its launch. It began testing full-text search in New Zealand and Australia late last month. The company launched global search this month.
Threads’ competitors ship features in a competitive social media landscape. Mastodon released version 4.2 this week with improved profile and post search, automatic quick action suggestions in the search box, a new web interface with thread indicators and article previews, and a Privacy and Reach settings tab.
Elon Musk said X will collect ‘a tiny monthly payment’ for its service
X owner Elon Musk suggested today that Twitter may no longer be free. Musk said the business was “moving to a small monthly payment” for the X system in a live-streamed meeting with Netanyahu on Monday. He suggested such a tweak to address platform bots.
Musk said, “It’s the only way I can think of to combat vast armies of bots.” According to him, bots have a high effective cost due to their low cost (a tenth of a penny), even though they require a few dollars. Each bot creator needed a new payment method to make another bot.
Musk said the new subscription price would be a “small amount of money.”
Musk also announced that X now has 550 million monthly users and 100 to 200 million daily postings. Musk’s stats may include automated accounts, either good bots like news feeds or malicious bots like spammers.
This figure couldn’t be compared to Twitter’s pre-Musk user base, which was computed using mDAU, Twitter’s own metric. This earlier statistic identified Twitter users who may be monetized by adverts. Twitter reported 229 million mDAUs in Q1 2022.
Musk did not specify when he would charge for X. Since Musk took over the network last year, it has been pushing users to subscribe to X Premium (formerly Twitter Blue). This $8 per month or $84 per year subscription service lets you modify posts, reduce the ad load, prioritize search and conversation rankings, make lengthier posts, and more.
X doesn’t divulge its paying subscribers, but independent research shows X Premium doesn’t attract most customers. X Premium has 827,615 subscribers, according to one estimate.
Musk has considered charging everyone for X. In fact, Platformer claimed last year that Musk was considering a Twitter paywall.
Though hate speech on X came up, Musk and Netanyahu discussed AI technologies and regulation today. Musk called himself “against antisemitism” and “anything that promotes hate and conflict.” Musk threatened to sue the Anti-Defamation League, which has accused Musk and X of antisemitism, in his latest fight.
X launches government ID account verification
For paid users, X, formerly Twitter, has implemented government ID-based account verification to prevent impersonation and provide “prioritized support.”
Social media partner Au10tix provides identity verification solutions from Israel. The ID verification pop-up says the Au10tix can store this data for 30 days.
X’s verification support page says ID verification is available in “numerous countries,” but not in the EU, EEA, or UK. The region’s strict data protection laws likely explain this.
ID-based verification seems unnecessary and rarely beneficial. The company may age-gate content based on ID age.
“X currently focuses on account authentication to prevent impersonation and may explore additional measures, such as ensuring users have access to age-appropriate content and protecting against spam and malicious accounts, to maintain platform integrity and healthy conversations,” it said.
Users who pass the verification badge will receive a government ID verification note. Only clicking the blue checkmark on the profile page shows it. The company said ID-verified users will get “prioritized support from X Services,” but this is unclear.
The company allowed paid users to hide checkmarks from their profiles last month.
X plans to speed up checkmark reviews if users verify their IDs. Plus, they can frequently change their names, usernames, and profile photos without losing the checkmark.
Only paid users can use ID-based verification. Ironically, X promotes impersonation and spam reduction but doesn’t offer verification tools to all users.
Twitter discontinued legacy verification and removed account checkmarks in April. However, the company reinstated the top account checkmark after much chaos.
“This will additionally help us tie, for those that choose, an account to a real person by processing their government-issued ID,” X told Bloomberg. “This will also help X fight impersonation attempts and secure the platform.”
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