Google Photos Removes Option to Backup Media Only While Charging

Google Photos Removes Option to Backup Media Only While Charging

HIGHLIGHTS
The option allowed devices to perform backup only while charging
Users still have the option to stop backup while on cellular data
The option is said to still show up for some people
Google Photos app for Android and iOS has quietly removed the feature that allowed devices to backup images and video files only while charging the device. Users could earlier choose this option to ensure that the backup of media files doesn’t end up draining their device’s battery life but it seems like the search giant has now removed the option without any explanation for why it did so.

While Google Photo users still have the option to switch off backup of media files while on cellular data, they can no longer add the constraint related to charging. As you might expect, this feature was extremely beneficial as it made sure that the backups were only performed when the device was in proximity to a power source and was not running short of juice.

As pointed out in a 9To5Google report, with the release of version 2.17 for Android and 2.18.0 on iOS, this option in the backup settings within the Google Photos app was removed.
The While charging only option is currently not visible with any of our devices, on both platforms, but 9To5Google says that there is a minority that can still see the option available. Interestingly, the option cannot be seen on company’s help page for Google Photos backup settings as well.

Notably, the option to switch off media backup while on roaming is still available within the Google Photos app. Users can always switch the cellular data option off and as Wi-Fi is usually available at either homes or offices, which usually have easily accessible power sources too, they will still be saved from battery drain. However, an extra option at your disposal is something nobody ever complains about – hope you’re listening Google.

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Shopify Announces Apple Pay as New Payment Option

Shopify Apple Pay Added as Payment Option

The release of the new iOS 10 was not the only announcement made at the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco recently. The tech giant said that Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile-payment service, will come to the Web this fall.

Shopify, a cloud-based, multichannel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses, is among the first companies to publicly state that it will offer the service as a payment option.

Shopify Apple Pay

“Currently, online shoppers encounter a lot of friction when trying to purchase items on a mobile device. Apple Pay can help provide consumers with seamless purchase experiences,” the Director of Engineering at Shopify Jason Normore said in a recent company release. “Shopify’s mission has always been to enable our merchants to offer their customers the best experience, and that’s why the announcement of Apple Pay coming to the Web is so exciting. Now more than 275,000 small and medium-sized businesses are laying the groundwork for a better shopping experience on iPhone, iPad and Mac.”

The ecommerce giant went on to say that more than 60 percent of all checkouts that are initiated on Shopify stores come from mobile but only 40 percent of the visitors actually complete a purchase.

Up until this point, consumers could only complete Apple Pay payments through a mobile app. Shopify, however, believes that the arrival of the service on the Web will mean merchants will now be able to provide a simplified checkout via Safari with Mac, iPhone or iPad, and this will increase the likelihood that more visitors will click the “buy” button.

In addition, developers will now be able to add Apple Pay functionality through the iMessage Apps SDK, meaning that small business owners will be able to customize iMessage conversations with shoppers that will allow in-message purchases.

This long-awaited option will no doubt compete against global companies such as PayPal and give both merchants and customers another option for making ecommerce transactions.

Image: Shopify

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VideoBlocks Gives Video Editors, Designers another Option

VideoBlocks' Stock Video Footage Gives Video Editors, Designers another Option

Usefulness
Functionality
Price

Summary


VideoBlocks is good resource for all things stock footage. Use it to access studio-quality videos, templates and backgrounds for your advertisements.

VideoBlocks is a stock video footage media company that allows you to pay an annual subscription for unlimited access to its catalog of audio clips, images and of course videos. You can as well consider it an ultimate resource for all stock footage. The platform gives you access to studio quality templates, backgrounds, videos and more – all in one place.

How it Works

VideoBlocks is a subscription service. Signing up is easy, just click the Sign Up Today button and you will be presented with a short form to fill. The website boasts over 115,000 high quality video clips, animations, and motion backgrounds. You can immediately start downloading whatever pleases you from their “unlimited library.” The unlimited library is easy to access. Just click on the infinity symbol on the upper left corner of the preview file.

VideoBlocks also offers you a chance to purchase content at discounted rates from third party contributors. While the content is available in their marketplace, 100 percent of the proceeds from the purchase go directly to the owner of the content.

VideoBlocks Enterprise

For businesses looking for unlimited downloads, VideoBlocks Enterprise might be the answer. This part of the businesses is seemingly crafted to offer businesses professional-quality, unlimited creative content. What’s even more interesting is that unlimited number of users can use the platform at the same time. You and your team can also seamlessly share progress via IP authentication and API access.

VideoBlocks also has an education dedicated area called VideoBlocks Education. This part of the platform offers colleges and universities with the digital resources that students need to meet the Association of College and Research Libraries’ 21st-century digital literacy standards. It also gives students and faculties a quick, easy and reliable way to assess, select and ethically incorporate creative photos and video content into their projects.

Pricing

A monthly subscription will set you back $79. They also offer a six month subscription of $89 and an annual subscription of $149. You can always confirm the plan you are under by clicking the Billing & Subscription account tab.

Conclusion

One thing that makes VideoBlocks really attractive is the fact that you can download unlimited photos and videos for no additional costs other than your subscription cost. They also have a really rich marketplace that you can procure additional content at a discounted price. This is generally a good platform for businesses that are looking for professional videos to use for their adverts.

Image: Video Blocks

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VideoBlocks Gives Video Editors, Designers another Option

VideoBlocks' Stock Video Footage Gives Video Editors, Designers another Option

Usefulness
Functionality
Price

Summary


VideoBlocks is good resource for all things stock footage. Use it to access studio-quality videos, templates and backgrounds for your advertisements.

VideoBlocks is a stock video footage media company that allows you to pay an annual subscription for unlimited access to its catalog of audio clips, images and of course videos. You can as well consider it an ultimate resource for all stock footage. The platform gives you access to studio quality templates, backgrounds, videos and more – all in one place.

How it Works

VideoBlocks is a subscription service. Signing up is easy, just click the Sign Up Today button and you will be presented with a short form to fill. The website boasts over 115,000 high quality video clips, animations, and motion backgrounds. You can immediately start downloading whatever pleases you from their “unlimited library.” The unlimited library is easy to access. Just click on the infinity symbol on the upper left corner of the preview file.

VideoBlocks also offers you a chance to purchase content at discounted rates from third party contributors. While the content is available in their marketplace, 100 percent of the proceeds from the purchase go directly to the owner of the content.

VideoBlocks Enterprise

For businesses looking for unlimited downloads, VideoBlocks Enterprise might be the answer. This part of the businesses is seemingly crafted to offer businesses professional-quality, unlimited creative content. What’s even more interesting is that unlimited number of users can use the platform at the same time. You and your team can also seamlessly share progress via IP authentication and API access.

VideoBlocks also has an education dedicated area called VideoBlocks Education. This part of the platform offers colleges and universities with the digital resources that students need to meet the Association of College and Research Libraries’ 21st-century digital literacy standards. It also gives students and faculties a quick, easy and reliable way to assess, select and ethically incorporate creative photos and video content into their projects.

Pricing

A monthly subscription will set you back $79. They also offer a six month subscription of $89 and an annual subscription of $149. You can always confirm the plan you are under by clicking the Billing & Subscription account tab.

Conclusion

One thing that makes VideoBlocks really attractive is the fact that you can download unlimited photos and videos for no additional costs other than your subscription cost. They also have a really rich marketplace that you can procure additional content at a discounted price. This is generally a good platform for businesses that are looking for professional videos to use for their adverts.

Image: Video Blocks

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