Amazon has launched Virtual Try-On Shoes, a new feature that lets you try footwear remotely and see how it looks on you. Using augmented reality, you can virtually try on shoes without even leaving your home. You can also check out how T-shirts and glasses look on you, and all you need is your phone’s camera and Amazon’s shopping app.
“It’s Amazon’s playground and they do seem to win a lot of the time…” says John Oliver in a light-hearted look at the international giant marketplace. But Oliver places further scrutiny on the fact that Amazon appears to be creating its own knock-off designs of products already being sold on its marketplace.
“Amazon isn’t just a marketplace, or indeed a shipping company,” says Oliver. “It’s also started coming up with its own products now.” Oliver gives the example of a camera bag that is uncannily similar to Peak Design‘s own version.
When last we met, I pointed out the perils of using Apple’s iCloud Photos for photo backup for one simple reason: if you delete an image off your iPhone, Apple will in turn also delete it from iCloud*.
This time I’d like to go over the best alternative photo backup options for you in more detail, because like it or not, in today’s world, just like paying for food, shelter and taxes, if you snap photos on your smartphone or camera, you will be paying for online storage. And paying more in the coming years as well, as you snap more images.
There’s no such thing as free backup anymore.
If you’ve been thinking of buying a Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM lens, you may want to wait a while if Amazon is your platform of choice. The lens is currently ridiculously overpriced after Amazon tried to fix the initial mistake. They “fixed” it twice, so the lens now retails at $5,000, which is nearly two times its regular price.
Amazon has kicked off its Prime Day deals on time this year and as usual, there are quite a lot of them. Despite the name, the event goes on for two days and we’ll be listing the best deals we find here.
Not all of these deals have gone live just yet (it’s still early), and some will disappear as they sell out. We’ll keep updating the list as we find more, so keep checking back regularly. Have you spotted any we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments!
A couple of photographers from Alamosa, Colorado recently bought the most expensive empty boxes ever. The couple ordered a brand new Sony Alpha A1 from Amazon, paid over $7,000 and waited two months for the package to arrive. And when it finally did – there was nothing but empty camera boxes.
Last November, Google announced that its free unlimited photo backup was going to end and it would all fall under the free shared 15GB get you with Google’s other services, like Gmail and Google Drive. Now, it’s almost upon us, with the service set to shut down on June 1st. You can, of course, upgrade to Google One (although there’s no “Unlimited” package), but what are your alternatives?
Well, none of the alternatives are really free, either. Not for unlimited storage, anyway. But with Google shifting over to a paid-only option with minimal free storage, the advantage they once had is now gone. Here we take a look at a few of the competing services for you to check out and see which best fits your needs.
The whole cloud backup thing has been a hot topic for a while now as various services have been simultaneously killing off unlimited storage while others have been bringing it back and trying to outdo each other to win over your business. Amazon Photos is one such service that offers unlimited space as long as you have a prime account – including your raw photos. But it seems it’s not backing up everything – even if you think that it is.
Reddit user /u/somebodytoshove posted to /r/photography noting that the auto-save feature of the Amazon Photos iOS app has not been uploading the .raf files from his Fuji mirrorless camera. It thinks it has, and it looks like it has, but when you look at the uploaded files, they actually contain only the jpg preview.
Google Photos has been one of the best photo hosting cloud services out there, offering storage for an unlimited number of your photos absolutely free – as long as you didn’t mind a slight hit in image quality. But that is coming to an end and Google is abandoning its free tier. You still get your free 15GB (shared across all Google services, like Gmail, etc), but if you want any more than that, you’ll have to pay now.
It was a sweet ride while it lasted, and there aren’t really any great free alternatives out there now. But now that you do have to pay, what are the other top paid alternatives out there? Let’s take a look at five of them.