Photobucket app helps nab alleged phone thief

For some humans in the world, it seems that stealing someone else's phone is on their bucket list.

For one alleged thief, taking someone else's phone put him on that person's Photobucket list. Which led to him being arrested.

The way PC World tells it, 26-year-old Korey Heess, from Salinas, Calif., has a goatee, an earring, and an alleged penchant for taking pictures of himself.

Having allegedly stolen a woman's phone, the suspect snapped himself in full repose. Interestingly (but not for him, perhaps), the owner had equipped her phone with a Photobucket app that automatically … Read more

Photo hosting for traditionalists

Photobucket, which is owned by News Corp, is one of many Internet image-hosting and photo-sharing sites, many of which offer both free and pay versions. Its direct competitors include sites such as Flickr, Picasa, and Snapfish, and it operates in much the same way as these sites. Photobucket lets you upload, organize, tag, share, edit, and print digital photos. In addition, the service now allows users to upload video clips, which can be edited with an integrated video remixing tool designed by Adobe.

The site provides an array of services that any photography novice, intermediate user, or professional photographer could … Read more

Mobile payment service Zong expands to subscriptions

Mobile payment start-up Zong is extending its product to include subscription-based services, the company announced Tuesday.

Gaming site OMGPOP and News Corp.-owned photo-sharing site Photobucket have signed on as launch partners.

So here's what this means: instead of entering credit card billing information, subscribers to OMGPOP and Photobucket can bill their subscriptions directly to their phone bills by entering their cell phone numbers and then responding to a confirmation code. Previously, the Zong service could only be used for one-at-a-time micropayments rather than subscription-based services.

With Zong's new development, which is currently available only on U.S. … Read more

A Weekend With the Camera

Back from my mini-trip down to Southern California for the weekend and I certainly made heavy use of my phone while down there. One of the main ways was as my surrogate camera. I made the conscious decision to leave behind my Canon for this trip and see what it would be like to rely solely on the Palm Pre for any photo opportunities.

I have to say, that it performed admirably at this task. One thing I did run into was that I started getting tired of lightly smudging my screen with my fingers having to press the touch … Read more

Photo tag 'face-off' proves vanity reigns supreme

I recently went on a nice, long vacation, and the first thing I did when I got back was to upload some of the best 200 or so photos I had taken.

As an experiment, I uploaded many of the same shots to two services--Flickr and Facebook. Both let users tag photos, so I wanted to see which ones would get tagged first, and not by me.

The winner? Facebook.

Just an hour or two after having uploaded to both services, all of my 88 shots on Facebook had been tagged. The most amazing part is that very few of them were tagged by me. Right after my upload, I tagged a handful of them, which in turn alerted those users to view the shots. From there, they (not me) went on to tag some more of my photos, continuing the cycle.

Flickr, on the other hand, was a different story. I uploaded close to 200 photos to the service. There were still the same shots of the same people, but there were also additional shots of landscapes or nature. Of those shots, only a handful were tagged, and only by one user--my colleague Stephen Shankland, whom I had pestered to look at my artistic capturing of sand castles. His tags weren't even of people; instead, he added descriptive keywords about the photos.

Now, to be fair, I have far more friends on Facebook than I do on Flickr--more than eight times the number to be exact. But in terms of photo usage, my Flickr activity far outweighs what I do on Facebook. I've only created 37 albums on Facebook which contain a total of 532 photos. On Flickr, I have 101 photo sets (Flickr's nickname for albums) which total 3,438 photos. More importantly, anyone on Flickr can see the photos I've uploaded, not just people I've put on a friends list.

In terms of use, the sites are quite different, too. Facebook may have gotten into the photo arena a little later than Flickr, but it's quickly outpaced it. The company says it's getting 900 million photos uploaded each month from its more than 200 million users, whereas Flickr's official numbers put that number somewhere around 90 million uploads from some 40 million registered users. Just keep in mind those 200 million Facebook users are probably not using the site specifically for photo hosting like they are on Flickr.

A tale of two tags

So why are Flickr users so hesitant to tag other people's photos? There are many reasons, but the biggest is that the two tagging systems are just plain… Read more

Webware 100 winner: Photobucket

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Photobucket is a photo sharing and hosting site owned by News Corp. In addition to photo hosting, Photobucket lets its users upload video clips, which can be edited with an integrated video remixing tool designed by Adobe. Users also can make their own profiles and portfolios to share with others.

The service hosts more than 7 billion user photos and is one of the most-trafficked photo services on the Internet. This past year Photobucket launched a new version of its mobile site, revamped its sharing tools, and overhauled its album organization features.

You can now post pics to Twitter from Picnik

Picnik has a new and simple way of distributing photos you've just edited in your browser. Using application programming interfaces from Photobucket's TwitGoo photo-hosting service and Twitter, it lets you compose a tweet that includes a link to the photo right inside of the editor.

To do this you simply link up your Twitter account once, and Picnik saves your credentials for future use. It also lets you take a shot you've edited in Picnik and quickly make it either your Twitter profile picture, or background. In either case it's skipping the step of you having … Read more

Webware Radar: Photobucket teams with T-Mobile

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Photo-sharing site Photobucket announced Thursday that it has inked a deal with T-Mobile that makes it a provider of a mobile photo service for T-Mobile customers. According to the company, users will be able to send photos directly from their mobile phone to their Photobucket album, their PC hard drive, or any e-mail address. To use the app, customers will need to download it onto their BlackBerry Curve, Pearl, or any one of three Windows Mobile devices. The app is available in a free 21-day trial. Once that period … Read more

Photobucket boosts sharing features, mobile site

Photobucket has enhanced the way its users can publish photos and videos from its site to others, an activity its users use to post to more than 2.4 million different sites a day. Users now have the option to first resize a photo, then post it to 15 different social networks and blogging tools without leaving the sharing page. Authorizations to each site are now made in a pop-up window that is powered by Gigya.

Along with the sharing update, user slide shows have been tweaked to automatically update when new content is added to the source album. Previously, … Read more

TinyPic now does great-looking HD video

A few weeks ago quietly launched support for HD video uploads. I gave it a spin earlier Thursday and the results look great. It supports files up to 200MB in size, which I'm told will get bumped up to 500MB starting next week.

The service's main appeal is that you can quickly upload and share these videos with friends, all without having to register. You can also upload an unlimited number of videos, however each one can only be up to five minutes long in length if it's in HD. SD videos, like most taken … Read more