For Google users, the auto sync of photos and videos with Google Drive and Google Photos was not ideal. The search engine addressed this feedback and made some changes. Google Drive and Photos will not automatically sync photos and videos starting July 10 according to a blog post Wednesday. Previously, users who had images or videos on either Drive or Photos would see them show up in the other, which caused some confusion among users. "We've heard that many of you would like more granular control when copying photos and videos from Drive into Photos," Dan Schlosser, product manager of Google Drive, and Jason Gupta, product manager of Google Photos, said in the post. In July, Google Photos users will see an "Upload from Drive" option that will let them move over photos and videos from Google Drive to their Photo account. Those who want to auto sync items to both accounts can still do so on Windows or macOS with Google's Backup and Sync app. Photos and videos in both accounts will … [Read more...] about Google to remove syncing between Google Drive and Google Photos
Google has temporarily disabled Google Photo sharing to Android TVs while it investigates a privacy bug.The issue, discovered by Twitter user Prashanth, let hundreds of users' accounts be visible to other users, Android Police reported on Monday. On Tuesday Google confirmed it had shut down the feature while it looked into the problem. "We take our users' privacy extremely seriously," a Google spokesperson said in an email. "While we investigate this bug, we have disabled the ability to remotely cast via the Google Assistant or view photos from Google Photos on Android TV devices."Prashanth said he tried to access linked accounts on his Vu Android TV through the Google Home app. Another Twitter user, Aarjith Nandakumar, replicated the problem for the iFFalcon Android TV. Vu and iFFalcon weren't immediately available for comment.When Prashanth contacted Google Support on Twitter, he was told to contact the TV manufacturer.Until the bug is fixed, you won't be able to … [Read more...] about Google Photos sharing to Android TVs shut down over privacy bug
We’re turning the lens around for this week’s Tech 911. Lifehacker Managing Editor Virginia Smith posed a question in our internal Slack channel that cuts wide and deep: “It’s safe to delete photos from my iPhone, right?” The answer is a bit more complicated than you might think—and can have disastrous consequences if you get it wrong. Do you have a tech question keeping you up at night? Tired of troubleshooting your Windows or Mac? Looking for advice on apps, browser extensions, or utilities you can use to accomplish a particular task? Let us know! Tell us in the comments below or email [email protected] It’s incredibly safe to delete photos from your iPhone. If your iPhone’s space is filling up, if you don’t like the composition of a shot, or if you’ve offloaded your photos to another service or storage device, delete away. Your smartphone won’t mind. Of course, by “safe,” you’re actually … [Read more...] about Why Did iCloud Delete All of My Photos?
In a world of increasingly complex tech, wireless chargers are refreshingly simple devices. Just take your phone, drop it on a pad or stand, and walk away. That’s it. And now that wireless charging is basically a standard feature for most flagship handsets, it’s quickly becoming the preferred way to keep your phone’s battery topped up. But what if your wireless charger could do more than just excite electrons without the need for wires or cables? Well, that’s exactly what Google is trying to do with the new Pixel Stand. To start, Google took a 10-watt wireless charging stand (which is a bit faster than most wireless chargers) and then it did what Google does best: programmed in a bunch of neat software tricks. And the result? When docked, the Pixel Stand transforms a Pixel 3 into a mini smart speaker plus Home Hub, with the potential to be even more in the future. Unlike like other wireless chargers, the Pixel Stand is smart (or at least smarter), so not only … [Read more...] about Google’s Pixel Stand Is a Smarter Breed of Wireless Charger
Google has had a lawsuit in Illinois over its facial-recognition software thrown out, with a judge dismissing the case on the grounds that the plaintiff in the case did not suffer “concrete injuries,” Bloomberg reported on Saturday. The ruling puts to rest one of three lawsuits against major tech companies for alleged violations of the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), with the Verge noting that cases against Facebook and Snapchat are still pending. Individuals in Illinois who believe their rights under BIPA, the nation’s strongest biometrics privacy law, have been violated can sue for damages. Bloomberg wrote that plaintiffs in this case alleged that Google violated BIPA by collecting facial recognition data without express user consent, specifically by extracting millions of “face templates” from images uploaded to the cloud-based Google Photos service. The plaintiffs further alleged that Google scanned the faces of people who had … [Read more...] about Google Has Lawsuit in Illinois Over Facial Recognition Scanning in Google Photos Dismissed