How to freely and properly store your photos in Google Drive

It has been quite a time since Google allowed us to store our photos in Google Photos for free. They recently increased the size of the photos that can be stored for free to 16 Mega Pixels. When they announced that, I decided to back up all my photos to Google Photos.

The best thing about uploading photos to Google Photos is that you actually get two ways to manage your photos; and I really like that. When you upload photos to Google Photos, you can add those uploaded photos in to “Albums” — In which you can store up to 2,000 photos. There’s no limit to the amount of Albums that can be created. — and look at the photos at your leisure. But that’s not the coolest trick Google got up their sleeve. All the photos that are uploaded to Google Photos will appear in your Google Drive account! You get to view your photos as files in Google Drive and you can do anything with them. And those photos do not consume your Google Drive space (As long as they are below 16 MPs.)! It’s really like uploading your photos directly to Google Drive for backing up; only that Google do not count their file size against your Google Drive space quota. How cool is that?! Continue reading “How to freely and properly store your photos in Google Drive”

I Said Goodbye to AnyDO for Google Inbox

I have been using AnyDO since more than a year to plan my tasks. I infact wrote an article in TechDome encouraging others to start using it.

Recently, AnyDO introduced a paid plan for their service — with which I am totally cool. I don’t care about paid plans, as long as the free option is enough for me and they don’t force me to upgrade to the paid plan. Unfortunately that is exactly what AnyDO team did. Continue reading “I Said Goodbye to AnyDO for Google Inbox”

[Rant] “I won’t use Google Hangouts, until it adds an invisible mode!” – Me

I am not using Google Hangouts because it doesn’t have an “Invisible Mode”. What did you do about it?

Yeah, you read the title correct. Yeah yeah, I am a huge fan of Google and I have made fun of people who uses alternatives for Google’s products and services, like when someone uses Bing instead of Google Search, or Yahoo! Mail instead of GMail – the list goes on and on. But ever since the replacement of GTalk with Google Hangouts, I have stopped using it.

Why? I am glad that you asked. Well, here is the thing. I really like to be online in Google Hangouts, but the biggest problem is people come to talk… err… chat with me in it! You are always more than welcome to pass me “Instant Messages” in it, but if you wish to have long chit chats with me, I am not your guy. You see, I am not that talky and when I am online, I am always doing something productive – like scrolling through 9gag, and umm… well… you know what I mean.

I am sure I am not the only one who has done this. Back in the day, when we had GTalk, I was always in “Invisible Mode”. My friends knew I do that. So if anyone wanted to contact me, they could’ve just sent a message and see whether I’d respond. If I did, I was online, if I didn’t, I was either offline or didn’t want to talk to them. But it isn’t possible to hide the fact that you’re online in Hangouts.

Have you faced this trouble with Google Hangouts? What did you do about it?

Image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/mapleveins/5446464200/in/photostream/ .

A Hybrid System for Android Device Manufacturing – Google Motorola Should Do It

In the world of Android, there are many devices for us to choose from. Google develops the core OS and then various device manufacturers take that, modify that to fit their various phones and tablets, (and phablets), and then release it to the market, leaving customers with large number of choices. Having a huge and diverse market like this causes competition within these manufacturers and that’s always so good for consumers and Android eco system.

But there may be some Android lovers who appreciates Apple‘s way of doing it – single choice from one company which does it all.

Obviously that method can’t be implemented with Android, and it never should be, and it never would be.

What I envision is a hybrid system. Continue reading “A Hybrid System for Android Device Manufacturing – Google Motorola Should Do It”

Google Doodle for Sri Lankan Independence Day and “Oh, only Sri Lankans can see it. :(“

Google have made a doodle for Sri Lankan Independence Day, which is a good thing. But seems like some of the Sri Lankans I saw in several social networks are disappointed about the fact that the doodle is limited to only Sri Lanka. Continue reading “Google Doodle for Sri Lankan Independence Day and “Oh, only Sri Lankans can see it. :(“”

Must do’s for new Androids

Thambaru, who is a friend of mine recently bought an Android phone and asked me what should be the first things he do with it in order to prepare the phone for his use. So, I thought why shouldn’t I write a blogpost on that topic, so I can share my experience of Android. The phone I am currently using is my first Android, so this post would be in a newbie’s point of view, which I think, will make this post more relevant to people who really has the need of a resource like this. Continue reading “Must do’s for new Androids”

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