Monthly Archives: September 2015

Demo: Collaborative albums & more in Google Photos

Fifty billion photos & videos backed up since the product launched in May; yeah, that’ll happen when you say “free & unlimited.” 🙂 

Here’s a concise demo of how Photos will help you pool photos with friends & family, let people sign up for email updates, label people, and display your images via Chromecast. (Oh, and I really hope that “Dutch Thunder on the beach in Cancun” become a thing.)

If the video below doesn’t start at the correct point, jump right to 39:17.


Let’s hang out tonight at Google with nonprofits

Sorry for the short notice, but if you’re around Mountain View tonight and, like me, are seeking ways to make more social impact with your life, come check out this event:

The Board Match offers a unique opportunity for Bay Area residents to become stronger leaders by serving on the boards of directors of local nonprofit organizations. Board service is for everyone, whether you’re just starting out, a mid-career professional, or a seasoned philanthropist, there is a nonprofit that will value your talents. Nonprofit board service offers young and mid-career professionals opportunities to become organizational and community leaders, with benefits for their own professional growth, as well as an entrée into philanthropy and civic stewardship that inspires others and can become a pattern for life. It offers seasoned professionals approaching retirement a vital next step in a lifelong career, the opportunity to put well-honed skills to use, build new networks, and foster the growth of other leaders.

Come find me if you can make it!

Coming soon to Google Photos: Collaborative albums & more

Want to pool your kid photos with your partner so that your parents can always stay up to date? Or search for a person by name, or share your photos on a big screen via Chromecast? It’s all rolling out—some now, some coming soon—across Android, iOS, and web.

Per the team’s post:

People Labeling

Label the people in your photos by what you call them, name or nickname.

This week in the U.S. you’ll be able to label the people in your photos however you want – Mom can be “Mom”, “Juliana”, or “Cat Lady” – whatever you choose. These labels are completely private to you and are not associated with a Google account or profile. Once people in your photos are labeled, you can make advanced searches to find photos of people with things, places or people, such as “Mom at the beach” or “Juliana and Marco in Hawaii.”

People labeling is rolling out in the U.S. this week on Android and is coming soon to iOS and the web.

Shared Albums

Gather all your photos and videos from friends and family in one spot, and know as soon as new moments are added.

We’re introducing shared albums later this year – a new, easy way to pool photos and videos with whomever you want, and get updates when new moments are added. There’s no setup involved, and you can use shared albums on any device – Android, iOS, Mac, Windows and Chrome OS.

I’ve been testing these features for a while & think you’ll really like ‘em.

Every generation of iPhone camera compared

As groundbreaking as its capture experience (and mere existence!) was, the 2-megapixel cam in the original iPhone was, we can now admit, really godawful; hence the heavy, pancake-makeup approach of the image filters of the day. I remember training myself to compensate for the profound shutter lag as if I was Luke Skywalker donning a blast helmet. It wasn’t, “Hey kid, look at me [press shutter],” but rather, “Hey kid, [press shutter] look at me.”

But progress has been swift & amazing, and I can instantly visually carbon-date pics of my kids by the quality of the phone-captured shots. Now photographer Lisa Bettany has produced beautiful interactive side-by-side comparisons of every generation of iPhone camera. Talk about night-and-day differences (to say nothing of burst mode, HDR, going from zero video to optically stabilized 4k, and more).

As for the future, let’s hope that next year we’re raving about 3D depth sensing enabling SLR-like background separation. Staying tuned…


Check out Daqri, an augmented reality headset for work

Sidestepping the privacy & fashion concerns that have bedeviled systems like Google Glass, Daqri targets industrial applications. The Verge writes,

Daqri is an augmented reality (AR) company based out of Los Angeles. It has developed an AR headset and the software which powers it. Technicians wearing its unit out in the field can see additional information, get step-by-step instructions, and easily relay what they are seeing to a support team connected remotely to their headset.

Here it is in action: