Google Photos: If you have a large collection of pictures and videos this one would be of interest to you. Google’s new photo service allows users to upload and backup unlimited, photos and videos for free.
Sounds too good to be true? It kind of is.
Google’s photo service does set a “high-quality” limit of 16 megapixels (MP) for uploaded pictures, while videos are capped at Full High Definition (1080p) – enough for most images and videos taken with mobile devices, and point-and-click cameras.
If you happen to have pictures over 16 MP and videos at 4K, and do not want the quality downgraded, you can opt for a paid service. Additional storage charges are same as that for Google Drive – $9.99/month for 1 TB – and includes 15 GB of free storage available to all Google users.
Virus Total: If you have been burned by downloading a file, or a URL that you should not have, you should take a look at this service, offered by Virus Total, a Google subsidiary.
It is a free online service that lets you scan a file or a link to a website (URL) before you open it. Virus Total works as an aggregator of results of scans conducted by multiple reputed antivirus engines, URL analysis tools and website scanners. The premise is that hackers who target multiple recipients through “phishing” and “social engineering” emails have already been noticed and classified as “bad” by one of the participating scanners.
Virus Total is a free service for non-commercial users.
Shown above is an example of a phishing email that I received and the result of the scan that I did through Virus Total.
I recommend that you check it out.
Twitshot: If you are a Twitter user, this is a very handy tool to know. Social Media pundits will tell you that tweets with images get 18% more clicks, 89% more favourites and 150% more retweets! However, finding the right image and going through the process of attaching it to the tweet involves multiple steps. When you are time-constrained, this is an issue. Twitshot comes to the rescue by simply extracting images associated with the links within your tweet, in one simple step. Similar to the Twitter interface, Twitshot has an integration with Buffer which lets you schedule tweets.
Try it, you‘ll like it.
So what is your favourite digital media tool?