Best ways to organize your digital photos: iCloud, Dropbox, Google Photos
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.
Google appeared as a car manufacturer
Google has recently used CES as a platform to present its philosophy of “Better Together,” the notion that all devices should get along with one another. Typically, this entails making announcements regarding new Cast compatibility and features like Fast Pair. The business revealed that it is collaborating with Spotify to incorporate the Connect streaming capability into the Android UI at CES 2023. Additionally, it showed a sneak peek at an audio handoff tool that would recommend various devices to shift your music to based on your preferences and location.
However, CES is a significant vehicle event, and Google also sells items for cars. Additionally, it said today that the Polestar 3 would receive its higher-resolution maps, and it debuted the most recent Android Auto user interface for the first time since it was revealed at I/O 2022.
Two vehicles, a Volvo EX90 with Google preinstalled and a BMW i7 with the new Android Auto experience, were at the Google stand in the trailer lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center. We had never seen the Volvo before, and we’ll be posting a separate hands-on on that experience shortly. The new Android Auto is the main topic of this article and video.
The redesigned interface will support larger screen sizes and have a split screen layout, as we discovered at I/O. Google has eliminated the status bar and inserted a row of shortcut keys below it, along with some indication icons in a small area to the top left. When we were in the car, the Spotify app was located on the left panel, and we could access a list of suggested playlists by swiping in from the right side.
Alerts that you won’t have time to respond to while driving are likewise stored in this left pane. For instance, you can swipe right on a notification to move it to the dock, where it will wait until you’re ready to deal with it.
Check out the video up top for more of our experience with the updated Android Auto in the BMW i7! And be sure to pay attention this week as there will be a ton of news at CES 2023.
Apple Mini-LED Display Supplier Reports Decreasing Demand As Rumors Suggest a Switch to OLED in the Next Few Years
One of Apple’s top mini-LED suppliers claims that while the company plans to switch to OLED displays for its iPad and MacBook line in the upcoming years, demand for displays in consumer products is declining while demand for mini-LED in other applications is increasing.
According to a recent report from DigiTimes, the demand for mini-LED displays for consumer electronics devices is declining, but it is anticipated that demand for mini-LED displays for dashboards and vehicle displays will increase in 2023. Epistar, which has been supplying mini-LED displays to Apple for some time, is one company that has made this claim.
The creation of particular kinds of OLED screens that Apple intends to utilize in next iPad Pro models, according to a report published last week, is now Samsung’s top priority. The first iPad Pro with an OLED panel, which Apple is rumored to introduce in 2024, has prompted mini-LED vendors to consider alternate applications for their screens, according to DigiTimes.
In 2024, Apple is also expected to release a 13-inch MacBook Air with an OLED display in addition to an OLED iPad Pro. According to reputable display analyst Ross Young, Apple is exploring adopting an OLED panel in a planned update to the iPhone SE but is torn between employing an LCD or OLED display.
Apple Provides 10 Practical iPhone Tricks
In an effort to assist customers get the most out of their devices and teach new iPhone users some features and tips they may not have previously known about, Apple recently provided ten helpful tips and techniques for iPhone users.
Apple revealed ten tips and techniques for the new features in iOS 16 in a video on its Apple Support channel, including the ability to choose and lift subjects out of images and the newly revamped and customisable Lock Screen. As people get used to their new iPhones, the short film, which is barely six minutes long, was posted on Christmas Day.
- If you tap and hold on a subject inside of a photo in the Photos app on iOS 16, you can lift the subject from the photo and place it into another app.
- The new Lock Screen on iOS 16 allows users to customize different elements, including the color and style of the time and date, add widgets, and more.
- Within Settings -> Wi-Fi, you can select a saved Wi-Fi access point to discover and copy and paste its password.
- If you often write the same thing time and time again, such as your email or address, you can create a text replacement within Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Text Replacement.
- If you’re running low on battery or want to save some battery life when you won’t have access to a charger, you can add the Low Power Mode toggle to Control Center for easy access. Head into Settings -> Control Center and add it to the list of Included Controls.
- If you want to share or move multiple photos into another app, simply tap and hold on a photo, move it away, and proceed to tap on the other photos. You’ll then be able to drag and drop all of the photos into other apps or places in iOS.
- If you want to quickly open the camera, tap and hold on the Camera shortcut in the bottom right-hand corner of your iPhone’s Lock Screen.
- With iOS 15 and later, you can now use Live Text to automatically translate text in the camera app or inside of a photo. In the camera app, point the camera to some text and tap on the Live Text that appears in the right-hand corner, then select translate in the options shown. This can also work for photos already taken in the Photos app.
- Using the Notes app, you can easily scan a piece of paper and create a digital copy of it. The Notes app will automatically properly crop and edit the image so the document appears legible with no glare.
- If you’re curious about what your first photo is in your photo library, you can easily discover it with one tap. In the Photos app, simply tap on the top edge of your iPhone to jump to the first photo in any specific library, album, or search result.
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