Google Photos: A magical infinite backup solution for your images

I'm currently in the process of uploading 12 years of photos to Google's cloud. 
The results so far can be described as magical. The service organised my photos by people, location and even subjects (such as landscapes, fireworks, beaches, etc...).

The hourly surprise of automatically generated stories, collages and Gifs makes me return to the app more than once during the day, a wonderful example of how User experience design should be done.

In this article, Steven Levy interviews Google's Bradley Horowitz about Google Photos. The article includes some interesting details on how the technology behind it could be applied in the future.

Right now I'm using Google Photos as a powerful backup solution for iCloud Photo Library. Who know if in the near future I will stop using Apple's Photos service.

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The Secret History of the Apple Watch

An incredibly interesting article by David Pierce at Wired on the history of the Apple Watch and the design process at Apple.

Our phones have become invasive. But what if you could engineer a reverse state of being? What if you could make a device that you wouldn’t—couldn’t—use for hours at a time? What if you could create a device that could filter out all the bullshit and instead only serve you truly important information? You could change modern life. And so after three-plus decades of building devices that grab and hold our attention—the longer the better—Apple has decided that the way forward is to fight back. Apple, in large part, created our problem. And it thinks it can fix it with a square slab of metal and a Milanese loop strap.

Multitasking is a moral weakness

In this age of instant technology, we are bombarded with an overload of information and demands of our time. This is part of the reason GTD is so popular in the information world — it’s a system designed for quick decisions and for keeping all the demands of your life in order. But even if we are using GTD, sometimes we are so overwhelmed with things to do that our system begins to fall apart.

ZenHabits provides us a must-read: How NOT to Multi-task — a guide to working as simply as possible for your mental health.

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