Google Photos and Duo App Updates Coming For Users in Low Connectivity Areas

Google announced a couple of notable updates for its Duo and Photos apps yesterday at the company's São Paulo event, where it pitched the features as ideal solutions for users in Brazil who live in low connectivity areas.

Google Photos received two new features to make photo backup and sharing easier when using the app in locations with poor network coverage.


Photos now backs up images in a lightweight preview quality that Google says "still looks great on a smartphone" and can be easily shared over poor connections. When a good Wi-Fi connection does become available, the backed up photos are automatically replaced with high quality versions.
We’re also making it easier to share many photos at once even on low connectivity. Never mind if you're at the beach or hiking in the mountains, with Google Photos you can now share pictures quickly even with a spotty connection by sending first in low resolution so friends and family can view them right away. They'll later update in higher resolution when connectivity permits.
Video calling app Duo gained an audio-only calling feature that users can switch to when an internet connection is poor. The features for both apps are available in Brazil from today, and Google says it will be rolling them out to users around the world in the coming days.

Yesterday, Google also announced a new feature for Maps that lets users share their real-time locations with friends and family.


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New Apple Video Celebrates Brazilian Carnival Festivities Using iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode

On its Brazilian YouTube channel, Apple today posted a new video celebrating Carnival festivities in the country, which typically run throughout February and into March each year (via blogdoiphone). Apple is said to have made the video to highlight "the diversity, variety and freedom of expression of Carnival," as well as a way to continue its "Shot on iPhone" campaign, which has recently focused on explaining the advantages of Portrait Mode.


The video includes a collection of over 500 photographs taken with an iPhone 7 Plus and its Portrait Mode feature, and is edited to give the still images a sense of stop-motion animation. The song used in the video -- by artists BaianaSystem and Yzalú -- is also available exclusively on Apple Music. [Direct Link]

The Brazilian video follows a collection of ads that Apple has created to share the advantages of Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, which blurs the background of a photo so that the person or object in the foreground stands out. Just yesterday, two Portrait Mode videos were published on the company's YouTube channel in order to detail the differences between a normal photo and one taken in Portrait Mode.

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This cartoon is the most touching tribute to the soccer players killed in plane crash

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The Chapecoense soccer club has paid a moving Facebook tribute to victims of a plane crash near Medellin, Colombia that killed most of its players.

Only six of the 77 people on board the charted aircraft survived, three of them soccer players. 

The Brazilian team was flying to Colombia for one of the biggest matches in its history, the final of the Copa Sudamericana. 

Coming from a small city of less than 200,000 inhabitants, Chapecoense had become an unlikely success story in Brazilian football, rising from the 4th division to Brazil’s Serie A in 2014. 

An illustration posted by the Chapecoense club on its official Facebook page shows the players lined up in heaven as God hands each of them a halo.  Read more…

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