Google’s new photo sharing and storage service to come next week

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Next week, the split between Google+ and features involving photographs is expected to be complete. Bloomberg reports that Google will likely use I/O 2015 as a launch pad for a photo sharing and storage service. Users will be able to share photos to other services while storing them underneath Google’s name.

The move could be in response to competition, such as Facebook owning Instagram, moving ahead in the mobile photography space.

Are you interested in what Google has coming with photos? Let us know in the comments if you are already locked in with another service for sharing and storing photos.

Source: Bloomberg

Tweets now appear in Google Search results on mobile

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Results when using Google Search are going to look a little different starting today. Google has worked with Twitter to bring tweets to the search engine’s results on mobile devices. Most searches will have tweets appear organically, but users can force them to appear by attaching “twitter” to entries. Tweets come from both official accounts and users discussing the searched topic.

Google plans to bring support to desktop and additional languages over time.

Source: Google

Coalition of tech companies, others urge Obama to reject encrypted data backdoors

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Leading tech companies like Apple and Google, along with a host of cryptologists and other advisors, have penned a letter to President Obama urging him to protect privacy rights from attempts by law enforcement agencies to create backdoors to encrypted phone data. The move is in response to several months of statements from officials like FBI Director James Comey who have criticized tech companies for building encryption into their devices possibly at the expense of public safety. Against that fear, the letter notes that “strong encryption is the cornerstone of the modern information economy’s security.” Read more

Google partners with the University of Washington to make stunning timelapses from public photos

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Millions of images are uploaded to photo-sharing websites every day, but many go unseen by members of the public as it’s only those with a larger following that gain attention.

However, Google teamed up with the University of Washington to develop a fully automated way to make use of these unseen pictures by creating time-lapse videos of popular tourist landmarks using shots from Flickr, Picasa and other sites.

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Job listing suggests Google may be developing several Glass products

google-glassGoogle’s Glass project never really took off, but that doesn’t mean the company is abandoning it. According to a recent job listing for the company, it looks like they’re expanding the scope of Google Glass to include “smart eyewear and other related products,” with listing open for several different positions.

Of course, everyone knows Google is the type of company that toy around with tons of different ideas and products, some of which never actually see the light of day. We do know that Google is still working on a newer version of Glass that will hopefully go over a little better with consumers, but there’s no telling when that will actually hit the market. Read more