48-hour giveaway: ACDSee Pro 6

Editor's Note: 4:40 p.m. PST 9/3/2014 UPDATE: Unfortunately we are unable to continue this promotion due to a fault in the ACDSee license key dispersal system. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will continue to secure more fruitful giveaways in the future. Sorry about that folks.

2:50 p.m. PST 9/3/2014 - Due to an overwhelming response, ACDSee's registration site is experiencing difficulties. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause with registrations and request your patience while we aim to resolve this issue.

Looking for a … Read more

Google's Picasa software backs up photos from PCs to Google+

Google wants Google+ to be the home for all your photos, and it's just begun a new effort to get them there.

The new step involves an update to its earlier-era Picasa photo software, which lets OS X and Windows users edit photos and upload them to Google's Picasa Web Albums site. The update includes a utility called Google+ Auto Backup that copies photos from people's PCs to Google's newer Google+ photo service.

The software arrived offers to back up photos from various pictures folders and from cameras or memory cards connected to the computer. People … Read more

The next Google+ assimilations

From Google Buzz to Google Wave, a certain Mountain View-based search giant has a long history of scuttling products that failed to get off the ground. But the recent demise of Google Reader shows how that company isn't beyond killing even those things that have a relatively small but engaged user base.

Not only had Google Reader, like Digg, suffered from general declining interest at the hands of social-media networks such as the all-powerful Facebook and Twitter, but Google itself sought to get in on that force of disruption with Google+, its Facebook/Twitter/Skype mashup. Google+ is critically … Read more

The 404 1,248: Where we take a staycation in the dead zone (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Electrosensitive community moving to a secluded town in Green Bank, Va.

- Facebook fixes comment threads for Pages and public figure.

- A promising 'Home' for the Facebook obsessed.

- Five ways to get more out of Facebook Home.

- Prepare a digital will for your Google accounts.

- Roger Ebert's Twitter lives on.

- Microsoft exec reportedly leaves job following testy Xbox tweets.… Read more

Google now redirects Picasa Web Albums to Google+ Photos

Google is once again trying hard to convince users of Picasa Web Albums to jump over to Google+ Photos.

The URL http://picasaweb.google.com no longer brings you to Picasa Web Albums but instead redirects you to Google+ Photos. As described by the Google Operating System Blog, which is unaffiliated with Google, you have to enter the URL https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/myphotos?noredirect=1 to sneak back into Picasa Web Albums.

You only need to enter that URL once, though. After you use it the first time, Google sets a cookie that turns off the redirection. So … Read more

Download your Picasa albums to your Android device with Picasa Downloader

Google's Picasa makes it easy to store, share, and edit your photos and other images. While it's great to be able to access your Picasa images on the go, you probably don't want to store all your albums on your smartphone. Picasa Downloader by Andrei Markovits is a free app that makes it quick and easy to download your Picasa albums so that you can access them offline or when you need them. Even large albums download quickly -- depending on your connection speed, that is! With a 4G or Wi-Fi signal, your Picasa albums download so … Read more

Google's 'spring cleaning' hits features in search, news

Fall may have started, but Google's year-old "spring cleaning" is still ongoing. 

That's the euphemism Google uses for products that it no longer plans to support. 

Most of the changes announced today are minor, but a handful are of note to a wide swath of users: 

Storage in Picasa and Drive will be consolidated so that free users have a combined 5GB across both services. And if you pay, you won't get the 5GB in addition to the amount you paid for. (In other words: pay for 100GB of storage, and 100GB … Read more

The 404 1,116: Where we keep up the good work (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Microsoft squares off with new logo.

- Scientists discover that music memories are stored in a different part of the brain than the rest.

- Buzzfeed interviews a Google employee whose job required vetting thousands of terrible images a day.

Bathroom break video: Ghostbusters theme on eight floppy drives.

Video voice mail: Matt from Colorado Springs deserves a trucker hat.

Episode 1,116 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video  

Google search gets even more personal

Google is making search even more personal--mostly by making it even easier to scan for information and photos in Google+ and Picasa.

If I want to find out more information, for example, about Miranda July's quirky new film "The Future," I can go to Google.com and see the usual Web results. But with Google's new "Search plus Your World" feature, I can also see "personal results" that will show me what people I know have said about it. If anyone in my Google+ circles has posted on the topic, their contributions … Read more

How to create a photo gift CD with Picasa

Ever wish you could share albums of photos with less-than-tech-savvy friends and family?

Google Picasa offers a great way to show off a collection of photos with its slideshow option. This will be especially handy for those holiday moments coming up when picture-taking is at a yearlong high.

To begin, you need to have Picasa installed, as well as at least one album or collection of photos you'd like to make into a gift CD/DVD. If you plan on including a slideshow option on the disc, you should also make sure the pictures are … Read more