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My only issue with Google photos (Picasa, Google+, etc.) is that they leverage them (MY photos) so annoyingly to promote and force Google+ on people.  If they would allow me to use tagging privately, for all my photos that I choose to keep to myself, without it mandating that it then uses my personal contact info to notify that person, give them access to that photo and any others in the same album, and push them to joining Google+...then, I'd be cool with it.  I want to tag my private photos so that I can find all the pics of someone without having to share all of those photos.  I want to be able to share a photo with someone without it sharing the whole folder, giving them the ability to share the whole folder, and hitting up all those people its shared with with prompts to tag more of my photos and to join Google+.  I just simply want to share only what I want to share with only those I want to share it with, and with no strings attached that makes it obnoxious for them when I do.

 

I had chosen Google Picasa for all my photos a while back, and really loved it, but now they've ruined Picasa to try to force people to Google+, and it just highlights for me that we are not Google customer but their product...and I didn't really feel that reality in the past.  And I like Google+ (yes, better than Facebook), but I may close that part of my Google  account to try to get away from this, or I may just move my photos.  As I've researched again, I've found Dropbox as the standout with regard to storing and sharing photos without a downside other than cost.

 

I *love* my Google services and am a power user and huge supporter of Google and their services, but I take issue with that one area of over doing the pushing of Google+ and going too far to exploit my photos to do it.  And, this is a change from when I initially entrusted my photos to Google and paid money to buy additional storage for them.  These great new features related to photos really leave me torn...because I want them!  But I'm still not sure I will keep my photos with Google for the reasons I already covered.  Again, apart from that, I'm am so loving what Google is dishing out!

 

1 year, 2 months ago on Google Photos Updated With Many New Features, Including Improving Photos With Auto Awesome

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I use doubleTwist as my primary music app on my phone, though I have the Google Play Music app as well. I have my entire music library in both iTunes and in the cloud in my Google Play Music, but I manage my playlists in iTunes. I sync iTunes with a couple iPods and doubleTwist, which wirelessly syncs my entire music library to my phone's memory card...including ALL of my playlists, so I've got it all locally on my phone. (New additions to my iTunes do get uploaded by the Google Music Manager, but it doesn't get the smart playlists and some other particulars.) Regardless, I really like the combo approach, which works very well for me, and I really enjoy doubleTwist.

1 year, 2 months ago on Top 4 Reader Recommendations: Music Players

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I think the size is...fine...and I'd certainly be thrilled to see a microSD card slot in a Nexus device. (That's been a deal breaker thing for me in the past.) But why in the world would a Nexus device run Touchwiz?!! That doesn't make sense.

1 year, 3 months ago on Samsung And Google Could Announce A New 11" Nexus Tablet At Google I/O, How Much Bigger Does A Tablet Need To Be?

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 @Haloruler64 Thank you!  You make great points too!  :-)

1 year, 4 months ago on Samsung Says It Isn't About The Materials But The Experience

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I'm not crazy about correlating materials and build quality as if they are equivalent attributes, as this article seems to do.  My Galaxy S III has excellent build quality in my assessment, even though it uses plastic.  You acknowledge that but yet say that Samsung considers user experience more important than build quality when it was about materials not build quality.  Just a minor point, and I only make it because I think it's important not to confuse the two.  I have used metal body phones that absolutely did not have the build quality and "fit and finish" of my Galaxy S III.  And of course, being objective, there are pros and cons to both metal and plastic...and of those, some are practical and some are preference.  Part of metal feeling more "solid" is a matter of weight and how it conducts temperature, as well as the texture.  The heavier, metal phones I've had have seems to sustain more damage with drops that plastic phones...which may seem ironic, but there are reason for that, namely weight and the ability of plastic to give just a little.

 

Just some thoughts and reactions.  It's an interesting topic for sure.  Thank you for the article!  :-)

1 year, 4 months ago on Samsung Says It Isn't About The Materials But The Experience

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