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Report: Flickr re-redesign will drop ugly purple toolbar

A Flickr redesign expected in coming weeks will eliminate the purple menu bar across Yahoo's photo-sharing site, according to a report by Recode's Kara Swisher.

Yahoo has been involved in a years-long redesign effort for Flickr, a formerly dominant photo-sharing site that was slow to adapt to the arrival of smartphone photography and photo-sharing tools like Instagram. The redesign so far has brought a continuous-scrolling wallpaper of images to many parts of the site, put more emphasis on Flickr community aspects like following and sharing, and given pages for photos a black background. Unlike rivals such as 500px, … Read more

Yahoo to require Yahoo ID; no more Facebook or Google logins

Yahoo has begun the gradual phase-out of letting people access certain services with their Facebook or Google logins. Now, to sign into all services, users will need a Yahoo ID.

The first service to stop allowing other login credentials was Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'Em up; and soon services like Flickr and Fantasy Sports will also require a Yahoo ID.

"Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience, which includes our sign-in process for Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick'Em," a Yahoo spokesperson told CNET. "This new process, which now asks users to sign in with a … Read more

This app gives your Android background an amazing look

Muzei Live Wallpaper is a free app from developer Roman Nurik. His name may sound familiar, as he is also the developer of the popular DashClock widget.

Taking the same approach that he took with DashClock, Nurik has made Muzei Live Wallpaper free and open to developers to integrate with various services.

After installing Muzei, you'll have the option to select a service from which the app will pull random images. The default option is featured art, updated once a day. You can also select a photo album on your device, and increase the frequency of your wallpaper changing, … Read more

After Yahoo's Mail outage, Flickr crashed too

On the heels of Yahoo's multiday e-mail service outage, another one of the company's big properties was experiencing partial outages on Thursday.

Some users reported that photo-hosting site Flickr was down this morning, though the site has just gotten back up and running. It was always working for me, but according to Down For Everyone Or Just Me?, the site indeed was having troubles. Reports have indicated that the outage appears to have started around 8 a.m. PT.

In a statement to CNET, Yahoo apologized for the outage. "We are aware that Flickr is currently unavailable … Read more

Yahoo to roll out printed Flickr photo books

Flickr is adding a one-click photo book feature for its users, Yahoo's photo-sharing site announced Tuesday.

Users need only to click the book icon on any of their sets, according to Flickr, and the site will automatically generate a photo book. Flickr is promising that the bound books are laid out to optimally showcase a photographer's work.

That includes simple layouts, placement of one photo per page, and tools that will "analyze, crop, position, and rearrange your photos to look their best," the Flickr blog reads. Users can also go in manually and make tweaks, delete … Read more

Tiny Speck releases entire Glitch art archives into public domain

Once upon a time, a beautiful game called Glitch delved into the minds of ancient giants. It enthralled the small but passionate number of players who took the time to explore its deep, artistic stories.

Glitch was developed by Tiny Speck, a San Francisco startup led by Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield. At its peak, 150,000 players enjoyed the game, not least because its developers had invested immense amounts of time in its complex and imaginative art.

Iin 2009, CNET reported exclusively on the creation of Glitch, which in the end didn't make it as a commercial enterprise. In … Read more

Galaxy Round smartphone rocks -- on tables

CNET Update rolls with the trends:

In this episode of Update:

- See the new tricks Samsung programmed into the first smartphone with a curved screen, the Galaxy Round. Before you roll your eyes at this rolling smartphone, prepare to see LG come out with a similar curved smartphone, the G Flex. LG is also working on bendable batteries.

- Expect new iPads and the Mac Pro to be announced in a few weeks, likely on October 22.

- Tune into television shows with a new "See It" button on Twitter, but only for Comcast Xfinity users.

- … Read more

Flickr iOS 7 app can now auto upload your photos

Flicker users will find two new enhancements in the latest version of the iOS app.

Released on Wednesday, Flickr 2.3 for iOS offers one new feature for all iOS users. Using the image editor, you can tell the app to automatically straighten a photo you've snapped. Don't like the angle the app has chosen? You can modify it manually through an adjustment tool.

Those of you running iOS 7 also can flip a switch so your photos are uploaded automatically to your Flickr account. Turn on the Auto Upload option in the Settings screen, and every photo … Read more

Photo-sharing site Flickr experiences outage

Photo-sharing site Flickr was down Tuesday night, preventing the site's users from uploading and browsing images.

It wasn't immediately clear how long the site had been offline or what the cause was, but the Yahoo-owned site's home page was replaced by a message saying it was aware of the problem and was working to resolve the issue.

CNET has contacted Flickr for more information and will update this report when we learn more.

In celebration of Yahoo Mail's 16th birthday, the Web portal on Tuesday unveiled a host of new e-mail features, including a new desktop … Read more

Yahoo: Miss Flickr during the outage? Try Tumblr!

Trying to make lemons out of lemonade during an eight-hour Flickr outage, Yahoo tried to rally its fans to engage on Twitter and Tumblr instead.

The photo-sharing site planned an outage from 9 p.m. PT Thursday to about 5 a.m. PT Friday, publishing its traditional "bad panda" outage notice. In the meantime, Yahoo fired up the WhileFlickrIsDown Tumblr and the #WhileFlickrIsDown hashtag on Twitter.

"Check out http://whileflickrisdown.tumblr.com/ and let us know what you are doing #WhileFlickrIsDown," Flickr tweeted, pointing to a form to submit entries for the Tumblr blog.

Why the … Read more