Google Just Solved Our Massive “Photos Headache” With Unlimited, Simple Storage


Google Just Solved Our Massive “Photos Headache” With Unlimited, Simple Storage

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Congratulations, Internet user! By the end of this article, there’s a strong chance you’ll migrate your precious photos (and not so precious ones) to the new Google Photos application (web and mobile) in order to easily (and finally) store, organize, and manage your photos and videos.

Every. Single. One.

That’s right, Google Photos is out in the wild, and it offers you unlimited storage for the photos and videos across the array of services and devices you’ve probably lost track of. And better yet, it is completely separate from Google+. If you’re already logged into your Google account (assuming you have one), just visit to get started.

One of the most interesting features built into Google Photos is the search functionality. Let’s say after spending an afternoon migrating all of your photos from Dropbox, Flickr, Tumblr, and yes, your device’s camera roll too, that you want to re-live your best friend’s birthday party on the golf course. Search for the term “golf” and you’ll instantly see your photos and videos from the day on the course. For the post-match celebration, search “bar” and yes, you guessed it, all your photos from bars and pubs will appear. Pretty neat, huh?

Some other sweet features include:

  • Location-based photos
  • Interactive timelines
  • Panorama shots stitched together by multiple photos
  • Animated GIFs using sequential photos
  • Native filters and easy editing tools
  • Sharing via social channels

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FTC Goes After AT&T for Unlimited Data ‘Bait and Switch’


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Data throttling is a fairly common practice in the mobile Internet market. Despite the claims of ‘unlimited’ data, most companies provide data at the highest speeds, and then speed is reduced once a certain amount of data is used. A case brought against AT&T by the FTC could change all that.

A press release from the FTC notes that AT&T has been throttling customers since 2011, and this program is very widespread. “The throttling program has been severe, often resulting in speed reductions of 80 to 90 percent for affected users. Thus far, according to the FTC, AT&T has throttled at least 3.5 million unique customers a total of more than 25 million times.”

The throttling itself is egregious considering that these plans were supposed to be ‘unlimited,’ which was a big selling point of the plans in the first place. According to the release, members of the public contacted AT&T and referred to the plans as a “bait and switch,” while others sent messages to AT&T containing the definition of ‘unlimited.’

AT&T has responded to press coverage about this suit:

We informed all unlimited data-plan customers via bill notices and a national press release that resulted in nearly 2,000 news stories, well before the program was implemented. This program has affected only about 3% of our customers, and before any customer is affected, they are also notified by text message.

Customers allege that they were never told about this program, which is also part of the FTC’s suit. However, the crux of the issue is the idea of unlimited data.

“AT&T promised its customers ‘unlimited’ data, and in many instances, it has failed to deliver on that promise,” FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez said via Twitter. “The issue here is simple: ‘unlimited’ means unlimited.”

If AT&T loses in court, it could have wide ranging impacts for the mobile communications industry. Data throttling is a standard part of the business and a roundly despised practice. Data consumption is ever increasing, and punishing high-use customers is cheaper than upgrading infrastructure to meet demand.

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