Back Up Your Flickr With Bulkr

Just a few weeks ago, we talked about a photographer whose photos Flickr accidentally deleted. There were more than 4000 original pictures on the account that was wiped out. Thankfully, the owner had copies of these images on his computer. What about you, though? Do you have copies of every Flickr photo on your hard drive? Many people don’t – and that could be disastrous one day.

We all know what a pain it is to save pictures found on Flickr – especially if there’s a heck of a lot of them inside of a particular set. Using Bulkr makes it a snap. Back up your photos with ONE click – or download any albums you choose (as long as you have permission!) in any of four different sizes.

Other features of this excellent program include:

  • Write title, tags, description, geotag to EXIF(XMP)
  • Preview images before download
  • Auto resume download if connection breaks
  • Download creative commons photos – up to 500 at a go from Flickr search, your photostream, others’ photostreams, your favorites, any Flickr group and explored photos.

Try it out for free, and grab the pro version while it’s on sale. Normal price for Bulkr Pro is $30.00 – you can get it right now for only $24.99 on the official website. Don’t take a chance on losing all of your memories – back them up the easy way.

Yahoo! Removing Video Content

Well. Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz sure wasn’t kidding when she announced in her layoff letter that the company is changing much of their focus. I received an email today “politely” informing me that the struggling online service is going to nix their video content – ALL of their video content. They’re kindly offering me a tool to use to download and save my videos. Thankfully, I’ve also uploaded this same content to much more reliable and stable sites. I don’t have to worry about it. That’s not true for everyone, though.

In the succinct email, it was stated that Yahoo! “will be removing all general user-generated content upload capability and user-uploaded video from Yahoo! Video. As a result, your videos, user profiles, ratings, favorites, and playlists will no longer be available after March 14, 2011. User video content from Yahoo! Video that remains embedded on third party sites will no longer be playable after March 14, 2011.”

Some users have a lot of content on that network… and nowhere else. Sure, they can download their videos and save them. Can they download their ratings, comments and profiles? Of course they cannot. Those things are simply going to be gone.

The good news is that you can take the time to upload that same content to Flickr. The popular photo site now allows video uploads, along with your pictures. However, you can only upload clips of 90 seconds or less, they have to be content you created yourself, and they have to meet some pretty strict requirements as far as “appropriate” levels go. Think of these as “long photos.”

What are your thoughts? Do you even use Yahoo! at all these days? Will you bother to download any videos you may have on their sites?

Create a Flickr Photo Map on Your Apple Device

The Flickr Photo Map will drop photos onto your map instantly as you zoom and pan to your location. You can explore the world like you never have before. Check out your photos from anywhere on Earth. Scan through the sands of the deserts or hop across the various islands found in the Caribbean.

The app is simple to use. You can search through photos by Tag, Flickr Username, Text Description or Place. View your current location to see pictures others have taken nearby, or zoom to the country you’ve always wanted to visit. You’ll be able to imagine yourself relaxing at the places you wish you could be in. Pinch and scroll your way across any continent… any state… any city or remote location.

The Flickr Photo Map is optimized for the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. Once you buy it, it will work on all of your devices. The photo stream is refreshed constantly, the moment you check out somewhere new. You can choose between road view, satellite view and hybrid! Checking out new locations has never been this much fun.

Apple TV Moves to Rental Model, Drops Price to $99

Apple TV

DISCLAIMER: I thought the first Apple TV was relatively useless.

Today, Apple announced significant changes to Apple TV at the press event held in San Francisco (which, by the way, was streamed LIVE for the world to watch). The new Apple TV, available by the beginning of October, comes in at 1/4 the size of the original. It’s smaller than a sandwich. You can use a Tupperware container as your carrying case now – provided you’ve cleaned it first.

But there are tastier details to sink your teeth into!

There’s no media to keep track of anymore (through klutzy synching processes and whatnot) – everything will stream live into the tiny slice of digital heaven through either a network cable or WiFi (802.11n). As someone who hates storing media, this change is most welcomed. There’s a reason I use and love both Pandora and Rhapsody for my music, and why I’ve taken to Hulu for available TV show viewing. And on that note…

Once you’ve set up your new Apple TV, you’ll be able to “choose from the largest online selection of HD movies to rent, including first run movies for just $4.99, and the largest online selection of HD TV show episodes to rent from ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for just 99 cents.” That’s quite a competitive price for legally-attainable media in conjunction with a convenient interface and service. Not sure I’ll take advantage of this part of the Apple TV, though; I’m not into à la carte media consumption.

Netflix subscribers (like myself) have access to the entire streaming library of Netflix videos. If the video is in your instant queue, you’re just a few clicks away from watching it with Apple TV. You can also view streaming media from YouTube and Flickr – plus watch your favorite podcasts (like a certain someone’s) and access streaming media and images on the computers in your home.

Job(s) well done.

Oh, did I remember to tell you that the price of this sophomore effort has also been cut by 66%! That brings the Apple TV price point to US$99 – a great impulse buy for gadget geeks and mediaphiles. I’ll buy one, pick up a few extra HDMI and power cables, then tote a single unit around the house with me.

While I never considered purchasing the original Apple TV (not once), I can’t wait for this to ship (available in about four weeks to consumers in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany and Australia).

Am I alone with being impressed?