Tip: take this extra step after deleting items in Photos for iOS and OS X

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

A lot of people make a common mistake, believing they have freed up storage space on their device after deleting a bunch of photos and videos in the Photos app.

In reality, deleting a photo or video doesn’t immediately free up storage space. That’s because Photos on iOS and OS X tucks all deleted items under a special album for 30 days.

This is for your convenience, so you can undelete items if you change your mind later on. In short, items aren’t immediately removed from your device upon choosing Delete in Photos.

In this brief tutorial, we’re going to lay out a few extra steps you should take in order to get rid of deleted items in Photos forever and really gain some additional storage lost to unwanted photos and videos. Read More


New space-saving features coming soon to Google Photos for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

If your iPhone is constantly running out of free storage space—and your Camera roll is packed to the gills—you’ll be delighted to know that Google is rolling out new space-saving features to the Google Photos app.

Google Photos for iOS will soon bring out a brand new “Free up space” option in settings and will keep track of your phone’s storage space for you and tell you when backed up photos should be removed from your device. Read More


Tumblr for iOS update turns your photo bursts and videos into animated GIFs

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2015

Yahoo-owned blogging service Tumblr is pushing an update to its iPhone, iPod touch and iPad application in the App Store today, and it brings with it a headline new feature: a tool which helps turn your photo bursts and videos into animated GIFs that can be easily shared on the service, as first reported by The Verge.

This removes much of the friction that comes with having to do the conversion yourself. The update is being rolled out as we speak so you might not see it just yet. Read More


Facebook’s facial recognition coming to Messenger

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 9, 2015

Facebook’s facial recognition technology, used on the site to offer suggestions for photo tags, is coming to the company’s Messenger mobile software, Re/code reported Monday.

With facial recognition, Messenger will run an analysis of the photos in your iPhone’s Camera roll that you haven’t uploaded yet. When it recognizes a face of a Facebook friend on a photo, you’ll get a notification to send them the image through Messenger, a cool feature if you snap a bunch of photos at parties that you routinely forget to send later to the attendees. Read More


Google acquires iPhone app-maker Fly Labs for its Photos team

By Cody Lee on Nov 6, 2015

Fly Labs, the maker of popular photo and video editing apps for iOS, announced on Friday that it’s been acquired by Google. The company’s software library includes apps like Clips, Tempo, Crop, and Fly, which made Apple’s ‘Best of the App Store’ list in 2014.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but we do know that the folks at Fly Labs will be joining the Google Photos team and plan on pulling their apps from the App Store in 3 months. As a peace offering, they have made all of their apps free with no IAPs until then. Read More


Review: reclaim iPhone storage lost to Live Photos with this free app

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 27, 2015

Live Photos, one of the hallmark features of the new iPhone, is prominently featured in Apple’s commercials and even jailbreakers can get it on older devices via a recently released jailbreak tweak.

The only problem with Live Photos is that they take up about two times the space of normal images. While iOS’s Photos app lets you turn a Live Photo into a still photo with a few taps, the process quickly becomes cumbersome when processing multiple Live Photos.

Besides, the method doesn’t really remove anything as you can revert back anytime.

A new iPhone app called Lean from developer Tiny Whale, available for free in the App Store, automates the process of cleaning up one or more unwanted Live Photos, so you end up with their normal representation which helps save storage space on your iPhone. Read More


How to direct connect an iPhone to an iPad to share photos and videos

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 17, 2015

Today I learned that it’s possible to directly connect an iPhone to an iPad via a Lightning cable. To create a dual-sided Lightning cable, just take a regular Lightning cable and connect the USB end to a Lightning to USB Camera adapter. This, in essence, creates a Lightning to Lightning cable that can be used to directly connect an iPhone to an iPad.

This setup is a novelty to do just because you can. In practice, I find that it actually adds little value in terms of transmission speed. Still, it’s cool that it can be done, which is why I thought I’d share with you.

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New in iOS 9: scrub through your photos quickly

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2015

On the surface, the refined Photos app in iOS 9 hasn’t changed much from the previous release. But scratch a little deeper and you’ll discover a few gems that might not be readily apparent but will leave you wondering how you lived without them.

For example, images taken with your iPhone’s front-facing camera automatically go into a new ‘Selfies’ album.

Similarly, screenshots taken by simultaneously pressing the power and Home buttons get saved into a new ‘Screenshots’ album. Today, I want to talk about another new feature in iOS 9’s Photos app: quick photo-scrubbing. Read More


How to select multiple images in the Photos app in one quick swipe

By Cody Lee on Oct 7, 2015

If you’ve updated your device to iOS 9, you’ve gained the ability to quickly select multiple images in the Photos app (or perhaps I should say re-gained). This will help you quickly select multiple images in Photos with a simple swiping gesture, so you don’t have to spend time tapping each one individually.

Obviously, this won’t save you a ton of time when you’re working with just one or two images, but if you’re trying to move or delete many pictures, it can significantly cut down on your required efforts. You may already know about this little trick, but for those that don’t, here’s a quick tutorial for you. Read More


Google Photos gains people labeling and animation sharing to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 2, 2015

As promised, the Internet giant Google today pushed an update to its Photos for iPhone and iPad app in the App Store. Bumped to version 1.4, the software has gained some of the features Google promised to enable before the end of this year. For starters, you can now label people in photos and merge face groups so they’re easier to search. Read More


How to share Live Photos

By Sébastien Page on Oct 1, 2015

Apple won’t describe them as such, but Live Photos are just short video files, and like any files, they can quickly be shared with friends and family. But unlike video files, Live Photos need to be shared in very specific ways in order to preserve the live aspect of the photo.

For instance, if you email a Live Photo to someone, the file will be stripped of the video component and will be attached and sent as a jpeg. So how do you send a Live Photo while making sure the “live” part of the photo remains? Read More


How to stop Photos from automatically launching when plugging your iPhone

By Sébastien Page on Sep 30, 2015

Since I updated to Mac OS X El Capitan, the Photos app has decided to automatically launch every time I plug my iPhone in my computer for charging. This is kind of an annoying behavior which I’ve quickly taken care of in the past for iPhotos and iTunes. Here we go again, this time with Photos.

My first instinct was to go to Photos preferences panel, but nothing helpful could be found there. Then the obvious hit me. Read More


Chromecast support, people labeling and shared albums coming to Google Photos

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2015

In addition to a pair of new Nexus smartphones and an upcoming $14.99 Google Play Music family tier, the search giant dedicated a few minutes of stage time at its media even this morning to the mobile Photos app, which launched on iOS and Android in May 2015.

An upcoming update to Google Photos, the company said, will add a few missing features to the software, like people labelling, Chromecasting, album collaboration and more. Read More


How to snap stills while capturing video on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2015

The ability to take a still photo while shooting video has been available on iPhones since the iPhone 5.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus take this further thanks to the super-fast A9 microchip with its much-improved image signal processor. On these devices, you can take clearer eight-megapixel snaps during full 4K video capture (2,160-by-3,840 pixel resolution) at 30 FPS, without skipping a beat. Read More


iOS 9 allows access to photos and contacts on a passcode locked iPhone – here’s how to prevent it

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 20, 2015

If you have an iPhone running iOS 9, you should be aware that it may be possible to access your photos and contacts on a locked device, even with a passcode and/or Touch ID enabled. I’ve always ignored reports on this sort of security flaw, because they always seem to pop up with every iOS iteration, and almost always require a user to jump through what seems like a million hoops.

But for some reason—call it boredom, or call it poor judgement—I got curious, and decided to try this out for myself. As it turns out, it’s not that hard to do, and it certainly seems like a security flaw in iOS to me.

I debated on whether to post this, because obviously it’s going to bring attention to a security flaw that might let people access information that they shouldn’t be accessing.

For starters, please don’t get bent out of shape over this. This does not expose any other contents of your iPhone outside of Contacts and Photos. People still can’t unlock your device, read your messages, watch videos, etc. This only allows users to view your contacts, and look at your photos (not videos) through a limited interface. Photos cannot be forwarded or shared from your iPhone.

My hope is that a). this informs users that a passcode or Touch ID security isn’t necessarily enough to keep unwanted eyes off your photos and contacts, and b). Apple will see this and provide a fix. c). show you how to prevent the issue.

The thing is, this information is already out there, and the people who will use it for the bad probably already know about it. Consider this post an attempt to educate those who do not know about this iOS 9 security hiccup. Hopefully, it’ll allow users to make smarter decisions about their iPhone’s security.
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New in iOS 9: a more detailed upload indicator in stock Photos app

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 20, 2015

Apple’s streamlined Photos app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad has not gained major new features in iOS 9, unlike Photos for Mac whose upcoming OS X El Capitan release contains several new features that didn’t make it into the inaugural version of Photos for OS X last fall.

But there’s one tiny refinement in iOS 9’s Photos app that I think will delight people like myself who rely on iCloud to keep their photos and videos synchronized across their devices: a more detailed upload progress indicator. Read More


PhotoDismiss8: add swipe-to-dismiss functionality to the Photos app in iOS 8

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 4, 2015

iOS 9 introduces a whole host of new subtle characteristics to the OS, such as swipe-to-dismiss functionality for photo previews in the Camera app. Today, a developer has released a new tweak that brings a similar swipe-to-dismiss gesture to the stock Photos app in iOS 8.

Simply entitled PhotoDismiss8, this tweak is now available for download via developer Andrew Wiik’s beta repo. To find out how to add Wiik’s beta repo and try PhotoDismiss8 for yourself, read on. Read More


Google Photos for iOS gains photo reordering, selective backup, better sharing and more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 3, 2015

Less than two weeks following a refresh that brought out a Timehop-like feature for rediscovering your photos from the past, Google Photos for the iPhone and iPad on Thursday received another noteworthy update.

The new Google Photos 1.3 for iOS introduces four distinct improvements to your photo-management workflow, like the ability to reorder photos in your library and another one letting you selectively back up individual photos and videos. Read More


How to post photos and videos in landscape or portrait mode on Instagram

By Sébastien Page on Aug 27, 2015

Earlier today, Instagram announced a big change to the way your feed will look like soon by finally allowing users to upload content in landscape or portrait orientation. Up until now, only square images or videos could be uploaded, although there were apps offering a workaround for that, making Instagram a very standardized experience for most.

Now that the company has updated the app to allow for different orientations, we are going to show you how to publish photos or videos in landscape or portrait mode on Instagram. Read More


Google Photos gains Timehop-like blasts from the past, new sharing options and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2015

Google’s standalone Photos application for the iPhone and iPad today received an update in the App Store, bringing a few new sharing options and other enhancements to your on the go photo-management experience.

Google Photos 1.2 for iOS, a free download in the App Store, will also show you photos and videos from the past so you can take a brief walk down memory lane, a new feature provided in the form of cards in the Assistant view. Read More

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