New Photo Sync Feature on Facebook

Facebook seems to be taking baby steps into the world of cloud computing. Post the acquisition of Instagram, we know just how integral photos are to Facebook. The company announced a new feature on Friday through a blog post that lets users sync their smartphones’ image gallery with a private folder on their Facebook profiles. Users can then choose to post photos from this folder on to their albums they share with their friends.

Users can enable this feature on their devices by selecting the “Sync” option from the bottom of the “Photos” menu on Facebook’s mobile app. This will create a separate album called “Synced from Phone” on their profiles located at the top of their photos section. Users can select or delete images from this folder through their PCs or mobile devices.

Facebook is also being considerate about data limitations on cellular networks. When syncing on cellular networks, it will upload photos at a smaller size than that of a PC. Alternatively, users can choose to perform this sync only when connected on a WiFi network. Facebook has also mentioned that this feature will not work when your battery is low on power. Users can even choose to turn off this feature whenever they choose.

This photo syncing feature is only available on smartphones like Android phones and iPhones running iOS6, and will not work on feature phones. This new feature is similar to the one on Google+ that lets users upload all their images and then select the ones they wish to share. As of now, an early version of this feature is being rolled out.… Read the rest

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Google Wallet App Ventures into the Cloud

Google Wallet app is one aspect of digital paying technology that is poised to have a huge impact on the future. Google is now trying to lower the barrier and plans to enter the technology of mobile payment by trying to add or change some features of Google Wallet app.

Everyone loves the transition of paying in the easiest possible manner. Moving to Cloud, Google now tries to make things easy and rewarding for the customers.

With this transition, Google will store all information of users on its serves instead of storing a user’s key card data on their phone. The company believes that the feature will speed up the card authentication process and will attract more banks to adopt this payment system.

Another evolution involves the Google Wallet app now supporting Visa, Discover and American Express. This point should be important to those who have tried using Google Wallet only to realize that the system didn’t support their card of choice.

The updates by Google are the company’s latest effort to let Google Wallet sail through effortlessly. In a way, mass adoption is good for Google as the company knows that it’s really a difficult task to get mobile users interested in a mobile payment system that only supports a single credit card, as Google Wallet app did previously.

Security has been a major concern for Google Wallet since the beginning and Google is also trying hard to bridge the gap between openness and security.

The latest update offers many benefits to the users. They can now remotely disable the application in case they lose their phones or in case it goes into the wrong hands. While this is a prerequisite, Google users should be glad that Google thought of it soon.

One thing that the new additions do not change, however, is the limited selection of phones that this application supports. Robin Dua, product head, Google Wallet writes in a blog post that only six phones and one tablet are supported by Google’s mobile payment system. However, the popularity of this application will increase only when the number of users increases, which in turn will rise only with the number of phones that Google Wallet app supports.… Read the rest

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Google Drive: Bowled over by the Cloud

Yes, the cloud has been here for a while and by now we’ve established that it’s here to stay. With everyone jumping onto the cloud bandwagon, including Microsoft for professional cloud services and Apple’s iCloud, nobody thought the makers of the world’s largest selling smartphone OS, Google, would be left behind. Now, I know I tend to sound a bit partial to Androids, but it’s only because I’m such a huge fan of the way Google has revolutionized the world of technology… as we know it. Apple fans, I will not enter into an argument about Google’s innovative quotient here.

One of the newest cloud offerings in the market is Google Drive. Although newer to the cloud than already existing providers such as Dropbox, Box and iCloud, Google Drive will find many takers because of the sheer amount of connectivity it offers across all Google services including Gmail, Google+ and Google Docs. I personally love the convenience offered by Google Drive that lets me store all my writing at one central location, which I can access from absolutely anywhere without compromising on my data’s security.

My Google Drive account gives me 5GB of space absolutely free, which is way more than what I need to store my important documents and PDFs. As stated before, yes, I’m an Android lover and what’s really cool about Google Drive is that I have installed a program on my laptop, an app on my tablet and smartphone and no matter where I go, with whichever device I have in my hand, I have access to my writing whenever I want, wherever I am.

With Google Drive, I can start writing an article on my laptop and continue working on it on the move with the help of my tablet or even my phone, and it syncs real fast. This way, I have an updated version of the file through my Google Drive folder on all of my devices. And what if I’m someplace where I don’t have any of my devices with me? I can access Google Drive online using a web browser from anybody else’s system too, logging in with my Google ID and can finish working on my drafts even when I don’t have my own devices on me.

I love that I no longer need to carry around my work on a pen drive, connect it to numerous devices and keep transferring updated versions from it onto my laptop. Now, with Google Drive, whichever device I choose to work from, my data is synced across all my systems with the most updated version of my content and I can work with ease, wherever I go.

What’s even better is that I’ve got 5GB space in my Google Drive account, which means I can even store my music and photos on my account, giving me convenience even on the move. And the coolest part about Google Drive? My most precious data is stored at a secure location where I never have to worry about disk crashes anymore!

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