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Select Google Software Now Available In Syria

Select Google Software Now Available In Syria

By Zach Walton May 23, 2012 | 2 Comments

Did you know that U.S. sanctions also applies to software downloads? Generally, a country uses economic sanctions to prevent food and much needed supplies from reaching a rival country to coerce them into cooperation. The sanctions can also apply to …

Google Creates Big Picasa Storage Loophole

“It’s just a little bit; it doesn’t matter” is a common thought.  People say it to themselves all the time before purchasing or eating something.  And now Google’s said it with respect to Picasa storage space, giving members a lot …

Google Cloud Picker Feature Discovered Prematurely
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It has been revealed that Google is testing something called "Google Cloud Picker". It’s apparently not something we’re supposed to know about yet. 

According to those who spotted it, it appeared when they tried to insert files and images into Google Sites and Blogger. A screenshot is now making the rounds, showing that it is tied to Picasa, Maps, Google Docs, and YouTube. 

Share Private Picasa Web Albums Privately with Buzz Followers

Google Buzz now lets you share private Picasa Web Albums privately. When you create a private album, the people you choose to share with will see a notification in Google Buzz.

Google Shows Off New Face Movies Feature in Latest Picasa Release
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Google launched a new version of Picasa today. It comes with several new features, but a cool facial recognition feature for slideshows is sure to get the most attention, and is certainly the one Google is putting front and center. It’s called "Face Movies".

Google Integrates Picnik with Picasa Web Albums
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Today, Google started integrating some features from Picnik (acquired earlier this year) into Picasa Web Albums. The features allow users to edit photos.

Picasa Web Albums users using English, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Vietnamese versions will be able to use Picnik photo editing.

Add a Background Photo to Google’s Home Page
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It looks like Google is trying to attract some of the Bing users who use the search engine for the background images on its homepage. Google has now introduced the ability to personalize your Google home page with a photo of your choosing.

Facebook Photo Tagging Goes Web-wide
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Face.com, the developers of the facial recognition technology behind Facebook apps like Photo Tagger and Photo Finder announced that it is opening up its API, which will allow developers to take advantage of this technology anywhere on the web. We had a chat with Face.com founder Gil Hirsch, who talked about the technology, the API, Facebook’s Open Graph, and what kind of apps we can expect to see around this API.

Google Improves Picasa Sharing Options
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Google’s photo-sharing site got a fair degree more social this afternoon.  Now, users should find the process of sharing their pictures to be simpler, although Google’s choice of products to feature is perhaps a little on the odd side.

Google Ups Limit On Picasa Albums

To some people, 1,000 photo albums sounds like a lot; a handful each for pets, cars, significant others, and vacations would about cover it.  But serious photographers take lots of pictures, and for the sake of not stifling them, Google’s raised the per-Picasa-account limit on albums to a whopping 10,000.

Google Integrates Panoramio, Picasa

Google Earth, Google Maps, and regular Google search results may sport some more geographically relevant photos in the future.  Today, Google announced that it’s linked Panoramio and Picasa in order to make it easier for people to share pictures.

Panoramio is the geolocation-centric photo-sharing site that Google acquired in 2007.  Picasa is the more traditional photo-sharing site Google’s owned since 2004.  Bringing them together makes sense, even if it’s not the timeliest move Google’s ever made.

Looking at Different Functionalities of Google Buzz

This day will go down in history as the day of Google Buzz. After Google’s press event (which we live-blogged and discussed here) Google put up several posts explaining more about the "buzzworthy" new product.

Gmail and Picasa Storage Can Be Used for Any File
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Google recently announced that it was launching a new feature for Google Docs, which would allow users to upload and store any kind of file. What may not have been clear, however, is that this new storage from Google isn’t limited to just Google Docs.

The company is saying that Gmail and Picasa storage can also be used. Google Docs Product Marketing Manager Peter Harbison writes:

Google Makes the Cloud Cheaper

Gmail used to offer a gigabyte of storage to new users, but now it offers at least seven gigs. Picasa comes with a gig. Sometimes that’s not enough. While Google has offered the ability to pay for additional storage, the company has now reduced the prices for it.

Google Sites Gets New Image, Feed, and Template Features
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Google has made it easier to insert Picasa Web Albums photos into Google Sites. They have added a photo option to the "insert menu."

In addition, users can upload photos directly to Picasa Web Albums from within Google Sites, using the "upload photo" tab in the insert dialog. It should be noted, however, that Google Apps users will not see the options, because Picasa Web Albums is not available in Google Apps.

New Picasa Lets You Use Name Tags
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Google has released a new version of its photo editing software, Picasa, for both Mac and PC. The most noteworthy new feature is the addition of name tags, which lets users organize photos based on who’s in them. This uses the same technology that powers a similar feature on Picasa Web Albums.

Google Taps Photos on its Own Picasa for Street View
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A while back, Google began including user photos in Google Maps that could be viewed while a user navigated through street view. These photos were drawn from Panoramio.

Google has now decided to add Picasa photos into the mix. This makes perfect sense, considering Google owns Picasa.