“Photos” In Google Navigation Bar Now Links To Google+ Photos, Not Picasa, If Signed-In

Google has replaced the destination URL of the "Photos" link within the Google navigation at the top of the page. Now when you click on "Photos," and if signed-in, Google will take you to Google+ Photos, instead of taking you to Picasa photos. When I click on photos, I am taken to my Google+ profile with photos from my circles and public photos. If you're signed-out, the link still points to Picasa Web Albums. Earlier this year, there was a rumor that Picasa would be renamed to Google Photos. Alex Chitu spotted this and noted you can still access Picasa at picasaweb.google.com. In J [...]

Don’t Search Google Photos For “Gmail” While At Work

warning-yellow-tape-featured An anonymous reader sent us a tip that searching for [gmail] using the Google "Photos" option will return a lot of pictures of women not fully dressed. I was able to replicate the problem images by going to Google, searching for [gmail], clicking on the "more" option and selecting "Photos," as you can see below: After you click photos, you are presented with many images of women that are not fully pornographic, but most likely not safe for work. Here is an uncensored image: The "Photos" option pulls back images from the Google Picasa photo sharing service, as opposed to the mo [...]

Google’s Blogger & Picasa To Get Renamed Soon: Report

google-g-logo Google is planning to rename two of its popular services soon: Blogger will become Google Blogs and Picasa will become Google Photos. That's according to Mashable, which says the changes are due in the next six weeks. Google's YouTube property will not be included in the company's rebranding efforts, but other products beyond Picasa and Blogger could be. We reached out to Google for more information, but the company told Search Engine Land it would not be commenting on the report. The last time Google rebranded one of its existing and established properties (i.e., not a new or recent [...]

Google Earth Shows Before & After Images Of Japan Earthquake And Tsunami

Google has captured a bunch of new satellite imagery that shows the devastation of the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. You can see those images in Picasa or on Google Earth with a KML file (Japan Earthquake and Tsunami). Separately Google has set up a "people finder" for those still missing in Japan. It also offers a "crisis response" page with news, emergency resources and updates. You can also donate there directly to the Japanese Red Cross. [...]

Privacy Issues Make Google Reconsider Product Strategy

Still smarting from the privacy furor over Buzz and then the inadvertent collection of personal data from WiFi networks by its Street View cars, the Financial Times reports that Google is reconsidering how and whether it should use facial recognition technology: Eric Schmidt, chief executive, said a series of public disputes over privacy issues had caused the management team to review its procedures and the launch of new technologies. According to Google executives, facial recognition is one of the key topics of internal debate . . . Facial recognition has the potential to be the next pri [...]

Picasa Gains Google AdWords Ads

Google Operating System reports Picasa is the latest Google property to be monetized with Google AdWords ads. If you conduct searches for pictures in Picasa's web albums, you will find the ads at the top of the image results. For example, a search on my iPhone shows ads for AT&T, Blackberry and ZapBangDone.com (an iPhone app seller). Here is a picture: We all know Google said they will be placing more ads in more places. So this is just the latest Google property to show ads. [...]

Google Finally Brings Picasa To The Mac

Google announced the now have Picasa for Mac available for download. Why now? Well, MacWorld 2009 is currently underway - so that is why they released it this week. What took so long for Google to bring Picasa to the Mac? I am not sure. Google had a Picasa Web Albums uploader and an iPhoto plugin for Mac users but never the application. The Wired Blog has a nice walk through the of many features available in Picasa. Below I will also embed a video demonstration of Picasa for Mac. As many of you know, I am a long time Mac user. I personally have been using iPhoto with Flick [...]

Yahoo Upgrades Flickr Mobile; Google Upgrades Picasa

Photo search took a couple steps forward today with announcements from both Yahoo and Google. The news from Yahoo is a mobile makeover of its Flickr photo sharing site, while Google announced a variety of improvements to its Picasa photo service. Here's a look at the two announcements: Flickr's "Mobile Makeover" With visits to Flickr's mobile site (m.flickr.com) up more than 50% in the past year, the mobile site now shares much of the same features and functionality that Flickr users are familiar with on the main site. The Yahoo announcement trumpets the new video playback capabili [...]

Google’s Picasa Adding Facial Recognition

Revamped Google Picasa site identifies photo faces by Stephen Shankland reports Google's adding facial recognition technology to Picasa. Picasa users will be able to label their photos with names. Google will then start to automatically suggest other photos that look similar to the ones you already named. Mike Horowitz, Google's Picasa product manager told News.com: Once you've started naming people, we'll start suggesting names for you based on similarity. The process of naming people is really addictive and tremendously fun. Google's Picasa 3.0 beta will have this feature and it is exp [...]

Google Selling Extra Storage For Gmail, Picasa & More; Microsoft Launches Own SkyDrive Solution

The Google Blog announced they are allowing users to pay for additional storage for Gmail and Picasa. Currently Google gives you 1GB of free space for Picasa and 2.8GB of free space for Gmail. You can now buy additional space, and Google hopes to expand this service to their other services, such as Google Docs & Spreadsheets. The current plans are: 6GB for $20.00 per year, 25GB for $75.00 per year, 100GB $250.00 per year, and 250 GB $500.00 per year. You can purchase the additional storage over here, and you can check your current storage usage at this page. Google Blogoscoped has screen [...]

Google’s Picasa Add Photo Search & Other Features

The Google blog announced that Picasa, Google's photo sharing application, now enables you to search photos. You can search your own or your friends' public albums captions, album titles, and album descriptions. Picasa also added the ability to print your pictures with Shutterfly or PhotoWorks and a feature to enable you to upload your videos for easy sharing in Picasa. [...]

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