Friday, February 7, 2014

iCloud and Auto-Uploads (Extra details)

In case you haven't seen my latest video, you can watch it here: 


I just want to provide a little additional detail for those interested about this idea. First of all, it would work equally well on Android with Google+ Photos as it does with iCloud on iOS. 

Also, for those of you who don't know anything about networks or photo stream, and who will note that it actually isn't much of a drag at all for me to upload that photo to several networks as I did in the video, in that it seems quick, note that I am on Wifi in the video, and that means that anything I upload goes about 5 times faster than it would if I was on a data network, and that usage caps on home internet are much higher than they are on cellular networks.

In addition, this example only used one photo, whereas if you were taking photos at an event, you could want to upload an album of any number of pictures, each of which can be 1-2 MB. Multiply that by 10-20 in one go, as I have done frequently, and you will see that uploading all of those photos 3 times, and then a 4th time to post any photos to another network (such as Twitter or Instagram) will start to seriously slow down your phone and will use a lot of data. 

With the changes I suggest in the video, you will alleviate a lot of network congestion on cellular networks, and corporations whose servers store your photos can use their networks to quickly and efficiently save copies of your photos without requiring you to upload them separately to each service.

I'll be back next week with more on cell phones and mobile technology, so subscribe to my YouTube channel here and add me on G+ at +Rob Attrell for more interesting videos.