New Photo Editing/Enhancement Tools In Google+


Google+ has just rolled out new tools to edit and enhance your photos. Check out the new features below and watch the video to get introduced to the updated photo editor.

  • Tune Image - Adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, shadows, and warmth levels
  • Selective Adjust - Tune parts of your photo without altering others with control points
  • Details - Enhance the fine details and improve the sharpness
  • Crop & Rotate - Resize, trim, rotate, straighten, and change the aspect ratio
  • Center Focus - Draw attention to the subject of your photo by blurring the surrounding area
  • Drama - Add style with a custom effect specifically tailored to your photos
  • Frames - Select a border for you photograph
  • Tilt-Shift - Simulate depth of field by creating a narrow in-focus area
  • Vintage films - Make any photo look vintage
  • Retrolux - Go retro with light leaks, scratches, film styles, and more

Give the new tools a try and let us know what you think. (Note: Chrome is required to use these new tools on the web.)





SARAH Makes Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests Easy


SARAH FOIA Request Service
SARAH was built by Hicham Oudghiri at TechCrunch Disrupt's 2013 Hackathon. SARAH eases the process of requesting data that United States federal government agencies have collected about you as allowed by the Freedom of Information Act.

It is your right to make FOIA requests, but the government doesn't have to make the process easy. Each agency defines how the request must be received and what information has to be supplied. With SARAH you only complete one web form to request data from over 20 federal agencies (listed below). The service then mails letters with your information included to the proper address.

Will you be requesting your information? Let us know in the comments below.


Google AdSense Android App Now Available


Google AdSense now has an Android app!

As you know, AdSense is Google's publisher advertising platform for content creators to monetize their website by displaying contextual ads to their audience from Google AdWords and other ad networks.

The new app allows fast and easy access to data from your AdSense account. Information can be viewed by your selected time period (today, yesterday, last 7 days, this month, last 30 days, or last month) and for each account in use on your Android device. The screens available are:
  • Earnings Overview
  • Top Sites
  • Top URL Channels
  • Top Custom Channels
  • Top Ad Units
  • Payment Alerts
  • Settings
Check out the screenshots and let us know your thoughts about the app in the comments below. It works great and is a good first version to gain quick insight into your ad performance, but is not nearly as robust as the website. Hopefully future updates will expand the functionality. Install Google AdSense for Android from Google Play to give it a try.