How to manage which folders are automatically backed up to Google’s Photos app cloud storage

google photo backupOne of the best features of Google+ is the streamlined photo backup service that’s baked right into the social media app. Once it’s turned on, it keeps all of the photos on your device backed up to cloud storage on your Google account so you can easily access the photos and never have to worry about losing them in case something happens to your phone or tablet.

The backup service is great, but sometimes you may not want Google backing up every photo on your device, especially the stuff in your downloads or screenshot folder. Fortunately, there’s a way to control exactly which folders do and don’t get backed up, even if it’s not completely obvious to find. 
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Pictures of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 leak online

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The Galaxy Mega 2 will be hitting shelves soon enough, and now we have some photos to get an idea of what the device will look like.

The phone, which will have a  5.98-inch display (720 x 1280 pixels), is powered by a 64-bit capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, Android 4.4 KitKat, a 5MP front shooter, a 13MP rear camera with flash, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, and microSD card support.


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Pictures of Galaxy Alpha alongside iPhone 5s leak online

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Oh boy, Samsung’s really asking for it here.

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Alpha has some more leaked photos, this time alongside an iPhone 5s. We previously thought the new device looked a bit familiar, and now it’s pretty obvious where Samsung took its design cues from.

Of course they’re not exactly alike — the Alpha is 7.6mm thin (thinner than the iPhone),  features a removable, 1,850mAh battery, an Exynos 5 Octa chipset with four Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores, 32GB internal memory and a Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution. The phone also has a 12MP camera with LED flash and ships with Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

Hit the break for the photos of the device alongside the iPhone 5s.


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Photos of Sony’s Xperia Z3 leak on Digi-Wo and Weibo

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Photos of what are probably Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z3 flagship have leaked on Chinese sites Digi-Wo and Weibo, with the Chinese model number of the device, L55t.

Rumored specs include a Qualcomm 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, and Adreno 330 GPU. Based on the pictures in the gallery after the break, it will also ship with Android 4.4.4 KitKat.


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Google+ Photos introduces new World Cup face paint after-effects

 

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The knockout phase of the World Cup is here, and Google+ will be helping us celebrate.

The platform has introduced a new Auto Awesome feature which lets users upload pictures of their faces, and have country-colored face paint automatically applied to the picture. All you have to do is add the hashtag “#PaintUSA” (or any other country) to a photo when you share it, and the effects will be added after a few minutes.

The feature works with up to four people in the picture, so grab some buds and start uploading!

Source: Google+ Photos

 

Got a Chromebook? Got pics? Good news. Auto-sync to Google+ is now live

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If you’re a Chromebook user with lots of pictures to store, don’t fret.

When you connect your phone/tablet, camera or storage card to your Chromebook, your photos will now be automatically stored to Google+ Photos. Of course the photos will be set to private, so don’t worry about “my eyes only” pics getting out for “other eyes.”


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