Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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.)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

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.