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8 New Features Of Google Photos You Should Know

8 New Features Of Google Photos You Should Know

Google Photos now offers some new and extremly helpful features. Get to know them here.

1. A Whole New Level of Organization

The layout and streamlined view that you get with Google Photos is extremely handy, as it sorts your pictures by the months you took them. The days of searching tirelessly through your massive amount of photos is over!

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View of Google Photos

    2. Auto Backup for Photos and Videos

    You can now download this app on all of your mobile devices and also your computer. It’s possible to set up an auto backup program which photos automatically back up to, thus saving your precious mobile storage space.

    Google Photos Automatically Backs Up Your Photos

      3. Find Photos By What’s Actually In Them

      The new searchable function that Google created allows you to search for photos by what’s actually in them. The science behind Google search is well established, and while this new feature may see some slight bugs and issues at first, image recognition will only continue to improve. As always the standards of Google are pronounced and held in high regard.

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      Google Photos Search

        4. Add Movement to Your Life

        A new feature of Google Photos allows you to snap a few photos in succession and create an animated GIF. I personally enjoy the app Phhhoto for this reason, but now this feature is integrated into the most smoothly running photo organizing app ever.

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        Gif from Google Photos

          5. Interactive Timeline

          Who doesn’t love a good animated timeline? Especially when the timeline features all of your favorite photo and video memories. You can look back at those events in succession, and relive your past with this feature.

          Google Photos Timeline

            6. Panorama-Mania

            The revamped panorama feature allows you to effortlessly combine multiple images into amazing auto-stitched panoramic photos. Get a detailed shot of everyone at a party, or capture that amazing once in a lifetime mountain top view as it’s happening without the stress of perfectly setting up a panoramic photo.

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            Pano image in Google Photos

              7. No More Storage Restrictions

              Google Photos now allows you to upload literally as much content as you want, for free! The new feature lets you choose to upload and compress your images and does so in an exceptionally user friendly manner.

              No storage limitations with Google Photos

                8. Beautifully Easy Google Photos Image Editor

                The new look and feel of the Google Photos image editing software is incredible. It allows side by side comparisons of your editing efforts so you can see what it looks like compared to the untouched photo.

                Image Editor in Google Photos

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                  19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                  19 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                  Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                  There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                  This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day:

                  1. Todoist

                    Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                    Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                    If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                    Download: Todoist

                    2. 1Password

                      You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                      1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                      You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                      Download: 1Password

                      3. Bear

                        Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                        It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

                        Download: Bear

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                        4. Hazel

                          Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                          For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                          Download: noodlesoft

                          5. Alfred

                            Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                            For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                            It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                            Download: Alfred

                            6. TextExpander

                              TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                              For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                              An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                              Download: TextExpander

                              7. Backblaze

                                If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                Download: Backblaze

                                8. Keyboard Maestro

                                  Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                  Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                  9. Snagit

                                    There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                    Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                    10. Bartender

                                      Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                      If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                      Download: Bartender

                                      11. Otter

                                      Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                      Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                      Download: Otter

                                      12. Flux

                                        Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                        Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

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                                        Download: Flux

                                        13. PDFpen

                                        If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                        PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                        Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                        14. OmniFocus

                                          OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                          It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                          A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                          Download: OmniFocus

                                          15. Franz

                                            It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                            Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                            Download: Franz

                                            16. MindNode

                                              If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                              The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                              Download: MindNode

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                                              17. Focus

                                                The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

                                                This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                Download: Focus

                                                18. CleanMyMac

                                                  Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                  Download: CleanMyMac

                                                  19. Grammarly

                                                    A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                    This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                    A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                    Download: Grammarly

                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                    These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                    Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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