Google to shut down Google+ Photos

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Google is shutting down its legacy Google+ Photos app in favor of its newer photos app, Google Photos, starting the first of August. The company mentions that it will initially shut down its Android service, followed by web and iOS.

Users using Google+ Photos will be prompted to download the new Google Photos app. All photos and videos backed up using Google+ Photos will be available via the new app. Users that don’t want to switch to the new app can instead export all their data using Google Takeout. The new app offers users unlimited photo and video storage, limited to 16MP images or 1080p videos.

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Paytm will now offer industrial supplies

PaytmAlibaba backed Paytm will offer various industrial supplies on its platform including  hand tools, power tools, safety and security equipment, test & measurement apparatuses, machines, lab supplies, abrasives etc. Paytm claims that the initiative will help SMEs get in touch with different suppliers for different needs.

As of now the store is live on Paytm under the industrial supplies tab. The company mentions it will expand the product range further to cater to other businesses as well. Previously, Paytm had launched the “Go Big” platform that offers services like content writing, online marketing, imaging and cataloguing to its merchants. The company had also tied up with various financing companies to offer working capital loans to merchants.

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Online crowdfunded travel platform Trevolta to shut down

trevoltaOnline crowdfunded travel platform Trevolta will shut down by 31st of August this year. The platform let users plan their travel and blog about their journeys. Readers could then contribute towards the author’s trip, while the website kept 6% of the cut.

According to the company, it was unable to find a solution to meet its costs and hence will shut down permanently. The platform will close the ability to create trips by the 20th of July, and suspend contributions and donations by the 17th of August, before being completely shut down by the end of the month. Other websites competing in this space include Indiegogo, GoFundMe, TravelStarter and HoneyFund.

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Ditto TV launches a new social feature

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Update: Zee informed us that the social feature is only a temporary promotion and will end by the third week of August.

Zee’s over-the-top platform Ditto TV will launch a new social feature called #TVBuddy, that will let viewers connect with other viewers who have similar TV viewing habits, reports IndianTelevision. While the feature is yet to go live, the company implies users will be able to watch the same content across time zones through smartphones, tablets and laptops, as long as they are ‘#TVBuddy’ with each other.

The feature will be available through the Ditto TV app, and both the ‘buddies’ will need to install it. The app also offers other features such as ‘Catch Up’ that lets users pause and resume the content they are watching. As of now, the app claims to offer content from over 150 live TV channels across 150 countries.