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The attractions of Snapchat are essentially intellectual.
In creating the conditions for a spontaneous “now you see me, now you don’t” aspect to your life, it allows for a greater and more nuanced level of excitement to permeate human relationships.
Recently, however, there have been concerns that the topless, bottomless, or merely hapless shots sent by Snapchat users might not truly disappear.
They remain stored in the nether regions of your phone, able to be retrieved by a nosy policeman, parent, or pupil of the average high school.
The company claims that, technically speaking, it can remove the .nomedia files to which Snapchat photos are converted.
It claims to have done this by a mere tweaking of its app.
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Now that you and all of your friends can start tagging people in Instagram shots, it’s only inevitable that you’ll get tagged in a photo you don’t like. Here’s how to hide and de-tag those photos.
In an effort to bring the people in photos out to the forefront, Instagram has added a new feature called “Photos of You,” which adds image tagging so that you can tag your friends in photos that you take through the service. It’s a lot Facebook‘s own tagging system, which isn’t too surprising, since Facebook own the photo-sharing service.
When you upload a photo to Instagram, you’re now able to tag the people that are in the photo, and Instagram says its as easy as adding hashtags. Plus, only you can add people to your photos, which we’re guessing means that other people won’t even be able to request permission to add themselves in a photo like Facebook does.
However, you can only tag people that also have an Instagram account, so it’s definitely a bit limited on who you can tag, especially since you can’t tag Facebook friends, but the service gives you the ability to tag previously-uploaded images to give your collection a bit of uniformity at least.
As for the “Photos of You” section, this is where you can view all photos on Instagram that you’re tagged in, and it appears as a dedicated section on your Instagram profile. For privacy’s sake, Instagram allows you to approve each photo you’re tagged in so that you have control over what shows up in that section. The update is available now on both iOS and Android.
[via Android Community]
Instagram “Photos of You” update adds Facebook-like image tagging is written by Craig Lloyd & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Remember those “eye gestures” spotted in Google Glass code? Developer Mike DiGiovanni, who just released the “Bulletproof” lockscreen for Glass, has already used them to develop an app to snap photos on the Explorer Edition of the AR eyewear called “Winky.” When activated and calibrated, a simple wink of the eye allows you to capture a still of whatever you’re looking at, rather than using a voice command or tapping the side of the glasses as normally required, which DiGiovanni says “takes you out of the moment.” He released the app purely as Android source code to protect users’ personal info, so if you’re interested, you’ll need to compile and run it as an APK — assuming you’re lucky enough to have a pair of the specs, of course.
Source: Mike DiGiovanni (Google+)
Ever since its official introduction two years ago, MightyText has seemed to expand its laundry list of features on an annual basis. Today is no exception, as the company is now adding “iCloud-like” syncing to its web app. As a refresher, MightyText acts as a client that syncs information between your computer and your Android device, giving you the ability to read and send SMS / MMS, look at your contacts, view your call logs and more from any browser. Now, photos and videos — along with an indicator and notifications regarding your phone’s battery life — are getting thrown into the mix as well. You can auto-upload (over WiFi and data, though you can opt out of the latter) your multimedia as you capture them, and once it arrives on the web app, it’s easily downloadable or shareable, depending on what you want to do.
While the feature is in beta, there’s also no limit to how much storage space you use up, and there’s no auto-delete function after any amount of time, so feel free to upload to your heart’s content. The only setback is that the images are compressed to ease the burden on your bandwidth (and data plan), so you’ll want to seek out other services if you need the full enchiladas. MightyText’s official statement on the new features is below the break, as is a link to check out their web app.
It is no secret that smartphones like Apple’s iPhone are getting better and better at taking some really good pictures. With sales of compact cameras dropping by as much as 30 percent in 2011, entry-level snapshot cameras manufacturers have tried to stand out by adding features smartphones don’t have: cameras with better lenses like Canon’s S110 with its extremely fast f/2.0 aperture for low light situations, and the SX280 with its 20x optical zoom for far away shots.
But Canon, for one, also sees the advantage of pairing up with the iPhone. It has an app called CameraWindow that allows devices to wirelessly access photos directly on the point-and-shoot camera. This year Canon started including the feature that enables similar apps to be used by its higher-end cameras; previously it was all low-end devices. I had a chance on a recent holiday to try out the CameraWindow app on the just-updated S110. Here’s what I was able to do with my iPhone 5.
Access camera photos on your phone
The way it works is simple: both the camera and your iPhone join the same Wi-Fi network. (If a Wi-Fi network is not available, the Canon PowerShot camera will create a local Wi-Fi network that can be used solely for the purpose of reviewing and transferring photos.) You start off by pairing the iPhone and the camera together. Upon the initial connection there are a few steps to complete, but the Camera will remember the nickname of the iPhone it paired with to make future connections fast and easy.
Once the connection is established, you can either review the photos from your camera or from the iPhone. When you see a photo you like, you can transfer it from the camera to the Photo Library on the iPhone. As soon as the photos are on your iPhone, you can then use any number of applications to modify and share. I was able to use iPhoto on my iPhone 5 to create a great gallery that documented our trip, and was also able to share the images in my iCloud Photo Stream.
Update location information remotely
Another interesting feature of CameraWindow is its ability to record your GPS location when taking pictures. You set up the app to record your location information to a log while you take photos with your Canon PowerShot camera. When you are finished, you pair up your camera with your iPhone and elect to add the location information to the photos you just took. The photos on the camera are then updated with the latitude and longitude information. No need to transfer the photo to your iPhone first in order to perform this operation. The photos stay on the camera making the whole process quick and easy.
Canon’s CameraWindow works with iPads and Android devices as well. The functionality provided in an app like CameraWindow is a great way to extend the capabilities of my point-and-shoot camera. It’s a handy way to get photos off of the camera when in the field and quickly edit and share them with family and friends, as well as update the information of each photo while it is still on the camera.
While some have already written off the era of the compact point-and-shoot camera entirely, I still feel that there is a need for a better optics and saving the original RAW image file when it comes to taking truly great photos. Looking beyond the compact market, Canon has also been introducing this smart app strategy into their DSLR lineup. So it all just depends on how much you are willing to spend on the ability to take better photos. With Canon pairing with smartphones like the iPhone 5 using their CameraWindow app, it’s a good way to have the best of both worlds.
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There are some 240 billion photos taking up precious space on Facebook’s servers, with another 350 million photos uploaded every day. Facebook has discovered that not all of these photos get looked at anymore. Many older photos and albums lay dormant because they get pushed aside by newer photos and albums. In order to handle all of these photos, Facebook is planning to launch a data facility specifically for storing older photos on the social network.
In total, Facebook is preparing to launch three new “cold storage” facilities at its data centers in Prineville, Oregon, in which the first one will open sometime this fall. However, unlike regular servers that are always powered on and ready to go, these servers will purposely be put on standby in order to open up their regular servers to more important tasks.
Essentially, these standby servers will be on in a way, but they won’t be fully operated unless there’s a request. For instance, if a user wants to look at some old photos on Facebook, the standby server that has these older photos stored on will wake up and operate until the user is no longer looking at those photos.
According to Facebook, 82% of its traffic goes toward just 8% of its photos. The company also says that its cold storage servers will have eight times the capacity of their traditional servers, and will be five times more energy efficient. Facebook’s Oregon datacenters used up approximately 71 million kilowatts of power in just nine month’s time, but they say that the cold storage facilities are expected to cost much less than normal servers.
[via The Oregonian]
Facebook planning “cold storage” data facility for old photos is written by Craig Lloyd & originally posted on SlashGear.
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