Google posted an announcement a few days ago that Picasa will be closed down soon. Picasa is two things – a cloud service for storing photos online, and a desktop application for managing photos on your computer. Both of them will be shut down in the next few months. Google is committing all of its resources to Google Photos, the online photo service that duplicates much of what is in Picasa, and more importantly works perfectly on mobile devices, the focus of everyone’s efforts these days. […] continuedRead more
We are awash in photos. Our phones take better photos every year, and it’s so easy now to snap a dozen pictures where we would have taken one in the past, trying to get a picture with everyone’s eyes open. The selfies and landscapes, the pictures of food and loved ones and dogs and cats, all of them are accumulating in our Camera Roll and Pictures folders by the hundreds and thousands. […] continuedRead more
Google Photos is the free service introduced last week that gives you unlimited online storage space for your photos and makes them as easy to search as email or files. It has taken the world by storm, and for good reason: the data analysis transforms it into far more than just another photo app. […] continuedRead more
Google introduced a new standalone service today for organizing your photos on your phone and storing them online. Google is now offering arguably the best mobile app for photos on Android and iOS, along with unlimited storage of your photos online, all for free (although there’s an asterisk on the free part). […] continuedRead more
There are 1.3 million Android apps. I’m working on it but I haven’t tried all of them yet, and anyway, each of you will have favorites and essentials and frivolous time-wasters that suit you. I’ll describe a few of the apps that are on my phone, just in case it helps you find something new and useful. […] continuedRead more
Here are three cool wallpaper tricks for Windows 8 users with dual monitors.Set different pictures as wallpaper for each monitor
You can use two different pictures as wallpaper on your dual monitors. Like the best tips, this one is easy and not a soul knows about it.
• Right-click on the desktop and click on Personalize. […] continuedRead more
Free! Additional 15Gb of OneDrive storage! Limited time only! Expires soon! Operators are standing by!
Microsoft has been steadily improving OneDrive this year, dropping the price of online file storage and forcing Dropbox and Google to lower prices to match Microsoft. Now Microsoft is using the iPhone launch as an excuse to push a few more people into the OneDrive camp. […] continuedRead more
This week Microsoft announced huge increases in the amount of free online storage space with each OneDrive account, and sharply reduced prices again for additional space. Synced online file storage is turning into a basic component of our devices, something that we expect instead of a premium feature that we pay for. […] continuedRead more
Windows 8.1 can display a slide show of your photos on the lock screen. It’s a surprisingly fun distraction if you have an ever-expanding collection of photos.
The lock screen is the full-screen picture that comes up before you log in to Windows 8. Most of you see it briefly when the computer restarts or when you come back to the computer after the monitor has turned off. […] continuedRead more
As we head into the fall, the software publishers are lining up their annual updated versions of the core Windows programs for businesses. Here are some of the ones that have come up on my radar screen.
Previously: Walled Gardens, Part 1: Apple
Next: Walled Gardens, Part 3: Microsoft
Far more Android phones have been sold than iPhones. In fact, in the fourth quarter of 2011, while Apple was riding that tidal wave of iPhone 4S sales (with all the attendant publicity), consumers were quietly buying more than twice as many Android phones. […] continuedRead more
Most casual photos are taken with a smartphone now. There is something to be learned from a quick comparison of the process of getting photos from a phone to a computer on an iPhone and an Android phone.Read more
Many people instinctively protect their privacy. In their minds, it’s not anybody else’s business where they shop, who they visit, what they talk about, or what movies they watch.
The divide is getting wider between naturally private people and the rapidly growing number of people who simply do not have that instinct and are living their lives in public with no reluctance and little regret. […] continuedRead more
The new service announced by Apple for syncing photos among different devices is one of the most interesting parts of the iCloud package, both for what it does and for what it leaves out.
The idea is simple: each photo you take with your iPhone or iPad will automatically be sent online and then synced with your other Apple devices and your computers running iTunes. […] continuedRead more
Apple’s announcement of a collection of services sharing the name “iCloud” has generated endless articles about what it all means. I’ll talk about some of the details in the next few days but let’s step back and look at the bigger picture, because it encapsulates so many things that are happening right before your eyes. […] continuedRead more