How to Manage All Those Photos Taking Up Space On Your iPhone

Taking Up Space On Your iPhone

With 2018 on the way out, you’re probably going through your photos, looking for the best snapshots and videos from years past. Well, trying to.

Once you get past all the blurry photos and packs of burst shots taking up space, you’ll have to find where the photos from two years ago went. Didn’t you have a new phone then? Did you back those up? All of them? If you’re like me, you’ve got more than a few pictures you’d consider disposable, and would love to keep the ones you still have from years past so they’re not little more than lost memories. Also, all the cropped and annotated screenshot jokes just have to go. They’re all taking up space both in your iPhone and your mind. You want to bring all those photos, all that clutter, into the New Year? Of course not.

You can use iCloud Photo Library to store every image and video you take in the cloud, accessible on all of Apple’s devices or through iCloud’s site if you’re on a computer. Unfortunately, Apple only offers 5GB of free iCloud storage, meaning a fun summer can quickly fill up your allotted amount. You can upgrade your storage space easily, starting at 50GB of storage for a buck a month. All your photos and videos will be stored in their full resolution, too.

If you want some breathing room on your iPhone, you can enable photo optimizing in your iCloud’s settings page and keep smaller versions of the images on your device, potentially freeing up dozens of gigabytes of storage.

Or Use Your Own Cloud Storage
If you’re a Mac and iOS user exclusively, iCloud Photo Library’s syncing across devices and deep integration with Apple’s own Photos app makes it a logical choice when it comes to photo storage.

Don’t want to rely on Apple or iCloud to manage your images? Bounce around between different operating systems and devices? Already pay for another cloud service like Dropbox or Google One (formerly Google Drive)? You can store your iPhone’s images elsewhere pretty easily, and benefit from features not found in Apple’s offering, features like the ability to search for particular objects and people in your images.

Taking Up Space On Your iPhone

Ditch the duplicates

The images and videos you’d rather never see again may be taking up the most space on your device. That means extra photos, videos, or selfies are taking up valuable digital real estate on your device when they can be dealt with either manually or using an app.

The manual method for deleting all of it involves using the Photos app to separate your content by category. In your iPhone’s Photos app, scroll to the bottom of the Albums section to see your media categorized by type. You can pick through selfies, portrait mode photos, screenshots, and GIFs, among other options. As someone with a few hundred screenshots, mostly for comedic purposes, it’s safe to say you also probably have plenty of images you can safely ditch. Select your category, hit the Select option, pick your candidates (or hit Select All), and delete them.

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Facebook Keeps Missing Chances to Come Clean About User Data

Facebook Keeps Missing

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Nine months after a scandal erupted over Facebook Inc.’s open borders of user information, those borders are in the news again.

The New York Times reported late Tuesday that after Facebook tightened rules in 2015 to limit the account information that could be hooked into outside companies’ apps and websites, the social network made many exceptions and some previously made special deals continued until recently.

Those arrangements allowed companies such as Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Netflix to have a sometimes unsettling level of access to Facebook users’ information. The Facebook data pipeline included, the Times said, Netflix and Spotify being able to read people’s private Facebook messages and letting Amazon obtain Facebook users’ names and contact information through their online friends.

Facebook’s explanation is that the flow of information between its user repositories and the company’s partners did require the consent of Facebook account holders, and that agreements with more than 150 companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo and Apple obliged those partners to comply with Facebook privacy requirements and weren’t abused.

My bigger issue with Facebook is it has missed repeated opportunities to come clean about the scope and breadth of its information pipelines with outside companies.

After the March revelations about how Cambridge Analytica appeared to take advantage of loose Facebook rules to gather information on people’s Facebook friends without their overt approval, we were somewhat comforted by the idea that this was a vestige of Facebook past. Facebook changed policies after 2014, and there would never be a repeat of this Wild West with Facebook user information.

Since then, though, there have been dribs and drabs of reporting from news outlets that even after Facebook tightened its rules about the account information outside companies could harness, Facebook made many exceptions or let old agreements continue long after they stopped being useful. Maybe those special deals were fine to make, met the smell test of consent from Facebook users, and complied with Facebook’s 2011 agreement with the U.S. government to never again share user information without people’s explicit permission. Maybe.

Facebook Keeps Missing

Even if all that were true, why didn’t Facebook do a full accounting after March of all its partnership arrangements that hooked outside companies into Facebook data? That’s my real complaint here. Facebook cannot seem to clean up its own mess.

After the Cambridge Analytica revelations, Facebook should have peered into all the dusty corners of its closet and dragged out all of the skeletons. It had an opening to detail all the companies that had special arrangements for account information for purposes such as recommending Netflix movies that I liked to my contacts on Facebook Messenger. There’s no evidence that Netflix used its ability to peek into people’s private messages, but it sounds creepy, and Facebook whiffed on its chance to identify any open data pipelines, plug up the ones that weren’t absolutely necessary, and make a full accounting to the public and Congress.

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Russians Tried to Use Instagram and Pokemon Go to Influence the Election, Senate Report Finds

Use Instagram and Pokemon

(WASHINGTON) — A report compiled by private researchers and expected to be released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee says that “active and ongoing” Russian interference operations still exist on social media platforms, and that the Russian operation discovered after the 2016 presidential election was much broader than once thought.

The report was compiled by the cybersecurity firm New Knowledge with data provided by the Senate committee from major tech companies Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet, the parent company of Google. Along with another report expected to be released by the panel, it is the first comprehensive analysis of the Russian interference on social media beyond what the companies themselves have said.

The report says that there are still some live accounts tied to the original Internet Research Agency, which was named in an indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller in February for an expansive social media campaign intended to influence the 2016 presidential election. Some of these accounts have a presence on smaller platforms as the major companies have tried to clean up after the Russian activity was discovered.

The report says that none of the companies turned over complete data sets to Congress and some of them “may have misrepresented or evaded” in testimony about the interference by either intentionally or unintentionally downplaying the scope of the problem.

One major takeaway of the study is the breadth of Russian interference that appeared on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook and was not as frequently mentioned when its parent company testified on Capitol Hill. The study says that as attention was focused on Facebook and Twitter in 2017, the Russians shifted much of their activity to Instagram.

The study says that there were 187 million engagements with users on Instagram, while there were 77 million on Facebook.

“Instagram was a significant front in the IRA’s influence operation, something that Facebook executives appear to have avoided mentioning in Congressional testimony,” the researchers wrote. They added that “our assessment is that Instagram is likely to be a key battleground on an ongoing basis.”

Other findings in the study:

    • Russian activity on Twitter was less organized around themes like race or partisanship but more driven by local and current events and made use of occasional pop culture references;

Use Instagram and Pokemon

  • Facebook posts linked to the IRA “reveal a nuanced and deep knowledge of American culture, media, and influencers in each community the IRA targeted.” Certain memes appeared on pages targeted to younger people but not older people. “The IRA was fluent in American trolling culture,” the researchers say;
  • Establishment figures of either party, especially Clinton, were universally panned. Even a tag targeted to feminists criticized Clinton and promoted her primary opponent Bernie Sanders;
  • Several posts promoted the Russian agenda in Syria and Syrian President Bashar Assad;
  • During the week of the presidential election, posts on right-leaning sites connected to the IRA aimed to generate anger and suspicion and hinted at voter fraud, while posts on sites targeted to African-Americans largely ignored mentions of the election until the last minute.
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