17 August 2013

A YouTube Experiment Removes Ads



YouTube's experiments add new features or tweak the interface. Here's an experiment that does something unexpected: it removes the ads. After changing your cookie, you'll no longer see ads on the homepage, in search results, next to YouTube videos.



This screenshot shows an ad at the top of my YouTube homepage:






When enabling this experiment, the ad disappears:






This also works for the in-stream video ads and the Homepage Roadblock ads. It's not clear why YouTube added this experiment. Maybe they want to see how people use the site if there are no ads.



How to enable the experiment? If you use Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer 8+:



1. open youtube.com in a new tab



2. load your browser's developer console:



* Chrome or Opera 15+ - press Ctrl+Shift+J for Windows/Linux/ChromeOS or Command-Option-J for Mac



* Firefox - press Ctrl+Shift+K for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-K for Mac



* Opera 12 - press Ctrl+Shift+I for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-I for Mac, then click "Console"



* Safari - check this article



* Internet Explorer - press F12 and select the "Console" tab.



3. paste the following code which changes a YouTube cookie:



document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=oKckVSqvaGw; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();



4. press Enter and close the console.



To go back to the regular interface, use the same instructions, but replace the code from step 3 with this one:



document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();



Obviously, there are many ways to hide or remove ads, so if you want to do that, there are better options than relying on an experiment that might no longer work at some point.



{ via Techno-Net }

Google Tests Desktop Sub-sitelinks



A few months ago, Google's mobile search site tested sub-sitelinks. "The links shown below some of Google's search results, called sitelinks, are meant to help users navigate your site. Our systems analyze the link structure of your site to find shortcuts that will save users time and allow them to quickly find the information they're looking for," explains Google. The expandable sub-sitelinks go deeper and send users to some popular subsections of a site.



The same sub-sitelinks are now tested by Google's desktop search interface. Sub-sitelinks are only displayed for navigational results. The experiment makes the top result a lot more prominent and shows snippets and arrows next to the regular sitelinks. The homepage title is bigger and Google uses the card layout.






Click the arrows to see the sub-sitelinks.






Here's a video:






To try this experiment, install a cookie manager extension like "Edit This Cookie" for Chrome, go to google.com and change the value of the NID cookie to:



67=bmHw1iFJSvWl2_5KKxRfyyqHcge-1Ki-6j033efhbbojYKHEFKmAUPx-XYe2dHQi0a8mu_CqdbVH5ir0J4ZNKv7QXl_uftc7XY7Mx5UXge1RRKNpmH6Q-q9v-gfYfsbZ






If you use "Edit This Cookie", don't forget to click "Submit changes". Delete the NID cookie to opt-out from the experiment.



{ via Techno-Net }

YouTube Tests New Music Cards



YouTube experiments with a new format for the music artist box. Now it looks more like the Google Knowledge Graph card, it has more pictures, more songs, a list of related artists and a list of albums. Click an album and you'll start a playlist with all the songs from the album. Click a song and you can listen to all the other songs from the artist's playlist. Who needs Google Play Music All Access when you have YouTube?






Here's the existing layout:






There's also a new YouTube Mix interface that looks more like Google Music's radio feature. It's still a playlist, but it no longer shows numbers, there's an "up next" section, a "next video" button and the end of the list has a fading effect which suggests that there are other songs, but they're not yet displayed.












How to enable the experiment? If you use Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer 8+:



1. open youtube.com in a new tab



2. load your browser's developer console:



* Chrome or Opera 15+ - press Ctrl+Shift+J for Windows/Linux/ChromeOS or Command-Option-J for Mac



* Firefox - press Ctrl+Shift+K for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-K for Mac



* Opera 12 - press Ctrl+Shift+I for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-I for Mac, then click "Console"



* Safari - check this article



* Internet Explorer - press F12 and select the "Console" tab.



3. paste the following code which changes a YouTube cookie:



document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=CvMBBZAh_fw; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();



4. press Enter and close the console.



To go back to the regular interface, use the same instructions, but replace the code from step 3 with this one:



document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();



{ Thanks, Yu-Hsuan Lin. }

3 Secret Ways To Use Hashtags You’ve Never Tried Before



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Six years after Chris Messina first introduced the hashtag, it’s taken over the Internet and is used in Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Flickr and other places. The basic purpose of a hashtag, of course, is to find a list of all posts about a certain topic. We have already told you why hashtags are key to reaching a wider audience and how to use hashtags effectively on Twitter. You can also use services such as Tagboard to search hashtags across social networks. So I thought, why not take it out of the Web services that already integrate it, and apply...


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Faster Spell Checking in Google Docs



Now it's easier to check the spelling of a Google Docs document or a Google Slides presentation. Just click the Tools menu, select Spelling and review each spelling suggestion. You can click "change", "change all", "ignore" or "add to dictionary". After performing an action, Google locates the next spelling mistake, so you don't have to manually find it.






Until now, you had to right-click each spelling mistake and select one of the options. Google Docs flags the mistakes with red underlines, so you can still fix them manually.



"The updated spell check lets you check the spelling of your entire document or presentation at once, instead of having to resolve misspellings individually," explains Google.





8 Legal Uses For BitTorrent: You’d Be Surprised



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To many people, BitTorrent is synonymous with piracy. This isn’t true — BitTorrent is certainly used for piracy, but it’s also used for many legal things. If we banned BitTorrent tomorrow and removed it from the Internet, many organizations, businesses, and content creators would have to scramble to replace it. Like HTTP, which your browser uses to communicate with websites, BitTorrent is just a protocol. You could use your browser to download pirated content, just as you could use a BitTorrent client to download pirated content, but that isn’t the only possible use. Sure, let’s face it — BitTorrent is...


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Google Drive's Desktop Shortcuts



Google Drive has a new promotional message that suggests users to install the desktop Drive app and "access your Drive from a folder on your computer."






After installing the app in Windows, you'll get 4 desktop shortcuts for Google Drive and 3 of its web apps (Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides). Google's mostly silent installer doesn't ask if you want these shortcuts. I think it's impolite to clutter people's desktops with 4 shortcuts without even asking if it's OK.






The same shortcuts are also added to the start menu / screen:






The shortcuts for Docs/Sheets/Slides let you create new documents/spreadsheets/presentations from your browser. Chrome users can already install apps and add shortcuts to the new tab page or the app launcher. Sure, you can easily delete the shortcuts, but you shouldn't have to do that.

5 Message Boards To Chat With Fellow iOS Gamers



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For some people, gaming on iOS is just a casual pastime. They jump in, play some Candy Crush or whatever the latest craze is, and move on with their day. This is fine, as the device is suited perfectly to such a method of play – many of the games are aimed at casual players. But there are also some hardcore games out there, and plenty of gamers who enjoy playing them. For hardcore iOS gamers, connecting with others can be quite enjoyable. That’s where message boards come into play. They are a great place to find like-minded iOS gamers...


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16 August 2013

9 Ways to Customise the New Tab Page in Chrome



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Chrome’s new tab page is serviceable, but a bit boring. Whether you’re looking for a nice background for your new tab page or want to easily create your own visual bookmarks, add custom widgets, and view live information such as the weather or updates from your social networks, we’ve got a list of ways to make Chrome’s new tab page your own. Unfortunately, many new tab page replacements don’t have the useful “Recently closed” and “Other devices” options that appear at the bottom of Chrome’s default new tab page, allowing you to reopen closed tabs and open tabs from other...


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YouTube's AJAX Interface, Live in Chrome



YouTube's AJAX interface seems to be publicly available, at least for Chrome users. Back in May, I noticed a red progress bar at the top of YouTube's pages when loading a new video: YouTube experimented with the HTML5 history.pushState to change the browser URL without reloading the page. Then YouTube's engineers detailed their plan to make YouTube pages load faster. In the new interface, the video player and the JavaScript/CSS files are only loaded once, so when you click a new link, YouTube only loads the HTML page and the video. This happens almost instantly.






For some reason, the AJAX interface currently launched by YouTube only works when you click a related video or when you load a playlist. It doesn't work yet for the homepage and search results.

How To Disable Startup Programs In Windows 8.1



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There are a couple of reasons why you would want to stop some programs from loading with Windows. Maybe Windows is booting very slowly and you want speed up the boot by disabling unnecessary startup programs; or maybe a recently installed application is automatically starting with Windows and showing annoying popups every time you turn [...]

Popular game Dots arrives on Android and Kindle Fire



Dots, a very-popular and highly addictive game for iPhone and iPad devices is now also released for Android Smartphone and Kindle Fire.


Betaworks-the company behind Dots launched today morning this simple connecting app and now it is available in Google Play and Amazon Appstore.


dots


Dots iOS version has been downloaded 5 million times and almost 1 billion games played since its launch.


In Dots game, you have to connect as many same-colored dots as you can in 60 seconds. With the released of Android version, Betaworks also released a new untimed mode called Movers.



For the first time in Dots, an un-timed, moves based mode is available; kick back and take your time while planning strategic moves.



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Become A More Organized And Productive Leader With Wrike



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Taking on new roles and responsibilities is very often a part of life. As you get older, there will be situations where you need to manage projects, people, and overall goals of an organization, or maybe even a company. Life can get pretty crazy, unless you learn real fast how to get organized and get serious about setting up a long-term vision, and then putting together plans to get there quickly. Whether you’re heading up a single project at work, or you’re managing a small company, either role requires extreme organization and planning. This isn’t always possible with just a...


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5 Awesome Reasons To Use Google Forms



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If you’ve ever tried to make an online survey, you’ve probably tried a few tools here and there. You’ve no doubt enjoyed some features of one product, and some of another, while being frustrated at the limitations you’ve come across. Survey tools we’ve tried and loved at MakeUseOf include PollDaddy, SurveyMonkey, Survey Legend, SIS, and MicroPoll: They all have their benefits and shortfalls. You may have already heard of Google’s Form feature, but not given it a try yet. Today I plan to convince you to give it a go. As a previous worshipper of SurveyMonkey and PollDaddy, I am...


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15 August 2013

3 Ways You Can Preserve Your Online Presence While In Jail



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Prisons are by no means fun places. The world in which you live narrows down to just a few small acres of barbed wire and concrete. You’re isolated from those you love. Phone calls are expensive, short and monitored by those in control. There’s also no internet. Horrible. I’ve never been to prison myself, but entrepreneur and blogger Alvin Tan found himself behind bars. He recently managed to offend the religious sensibilities of the conservative Muslim country of Malaysia by posting a photo of himself and his girlfriend tucking into a pork dish on Facebook, which he captioned with “Happy...


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Going Back To School? Save Money On A New Computer With 7 Secret Tips



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Computer prices drop in September. But even in a land of plenty, getting the best deals requires a strategy and planning. I approach seasonal sales using a seven-part multi-spectrum approach: Alerts on price drops. Browser extensions. Aggressive price matching. Rebates and rebate tracking. Coupon stacking. Discounted gift card stacking. IFTTT’s recipe database. All of these methods will save you money. But together, these will save more than any would individually. So, let’s look into them one-by-one. Alerts on Price Drops Getting the latest alerts on sales takes work. Hunting for a specific item can mean refreshing a page several times...


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Bite The Entrepreneurial Bug By Taking 7 Free Online Courses On How To Start A Business



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In any 21st century job, the work is hard and the hours are long. Thankfully, there’s a secret mantra revealed to the truly courageous – if you are not in a perfect job; create one for yourself. That’s where you stop swimming with the current and dare to go against it. Without a life jacket. From the cubicle cave you get to dunk yourself in the choppy waters of entrepreneurship. The work is hard and the hours are long. The reward – being the master of your own destiny. A couple of years back; I mentioned ten websites where you...


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TimeWarp Redirects Distractions, Keeping You Focused [Chrome]



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Automatically teleport yourself to a productive site every time you try to visit a site you know you shouldn’t. TimeWarp may be simple, but it’s effective at reminding you to stop procrastinating – sometimes so subtly you’ll forget you even wanted a distraction. “I’m going to get this done,” you tell yourself, and that was the first lie. “I just want to look at Facebook for five minutes,” you tell yourself, and that was the second. Scrolling through the feeds you notice that someone is wrong about a political issue – and is wrong. “Well, I need to respond to...


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TimeWarp Redirects Distractions, Keeping You Focused [Chrome]



timewarp

Automatically teleport yourself to a productive site every time you try to visit a site you know you shouldn’t. TimeWarp may be simple, but it’s effective at reminding you to stop procrastinating – sometimes so subtly you’ll forget you even wanted a distraction. “I’m going to get this done,” you tell yourself, and that was the first lie. “I just want to look at Facebook for five minutes,” you tell yourself, and that was the second. Scrolling through the feeds you notice that someone is wrong about a political issue – and is wrong. “Well, I need to respond to...


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Linux Archive Managers Compared: Ark vs. File Roller



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Whenever you download any large files or collection of files, they will more than likely be contained in archive files. These archive files can be in various different formats, including .zip, .tar, and .bz2. The default archive managers for Linux, File Roller and Ark, are great programs that can read and edit these kinds of files, but are they identical? Archive managers may seem pretty simple at first glance, but they could potentially offer a lot more than you think. I compared these two based on their interface, ease of use, functionality, and the amount of supported archive types. Ark...


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4 of the Best Personal Wikis to Keep You Organized



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Organization is a big buzz word these days, especially because there’s so much going on at any given time what with our smartphones, our tablets, our laptops, computers, and everything else. It can be difficult to stay focused, to keep all of your ducks in line, and to make sure you don’t forget any important tasks or appointments. Most people tackle this problem through gratuitous use of note-taking apps and to-do lists, but I submit to you a different solution: the personal wiki. After Wikipedia took the world by storm, the concept of the wiki has been applied to many...


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4 of the Best Personal Wikis to Keep You Organized



organizer

Organization is a big buzz word these days, especially because there’s so much going on at any given time what with our smartphones, our tablets, our laptops, computers, and everything else. It can be difficult to stay focused, to keep all of your ducks in line, and to make sure you don’t forget any important tasks or appointments. Most people tackle this problem through gratuitous use of note-taking apps and to-do lists, but I submit to you a different solution: the personal wiki. After Wikipedia took the world by storm, the concept of the wiki has been applied to many...


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4 of the Best Personal Wikis to Keep You Organized



organizer

Organization is a big buzz word these days, especially because there’s so much going on at any given time what with our smartphones, our tablets, our laptops, computers, and everything else. It can be difficult to stay focused, to keep all of your ducks in line, and to make sure you don’t forget any important tasks or appointments. Most people tackle this problem through gratuitous use of note-taking apps and to-do lists, but I submit to you a different solution: the personal wiki. After Wikipedia took the world by storm, the concept of the wiki has been applied to many...


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How To Create Macrium Reflect Bootable Rescue CD/USB



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In one of our previous posts, we showed you how to easily install Macrium Reflect Free edition in your Windows. After installing Reflect, it’s always a good idea to create the rescue media so that you can backup and restore from a bootable media. You can use the rescue media to restore your drive images [...]

Personalize Google Search Results With Information From Gmail, Google Calendar or Google Plus [Updates]



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In an effort to give us instant answers, Google Search is rolling out a feature that allows it to tap into your Gmail, Google Calendar, or Google Plus account. This feature is best illustrated with an example. Let’s say you are trying to find out when a package will arrive. Earlier, you would need to dig up the tracking number from your inbox and then process the query. The Google Search update will now help you save time because it does the digging for you when you query it with a — “When will my package arrive?” Google Search connects...


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Automate Your Hard Drive Organization With UltraDefrag



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Defragging is one of those things – like doing the dishes or picking up the clothes off the floor – that you know you should get around to doing, but for some reason it’s so very difficult to find the time to do. There’s no doubt that it’s important. Tina explained why defragging is still important in her review of three useful defrag tools. Yet, still it’s one of those things that’s so easy to keep procrastinating about. Why is that? The truth is that defragging just isn’t part of the regular scheduled “cleaning” for most users, even many of...


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YouTube's New Playlist Player



YouTube has a new interface for embedded playlists. Most people only embed videos, but you can also embed playlists.



The updated player has 2 buttons that show the playlist videos overlaid on top of the currently playing video. You can only scroll using the player's scrollbar, there's no support for keyboard shortcuts or mouse wheels. Click one of the videos from the list and the player still displays the list: you need to click one of the 2 playlist buttons to hide the list.



The playlist player has a "play all" button (don't click, it's just a screenshot).









Here's a YouTube playlist that shows how to use the new Google Maps:






{ Thanks, Michel. }

7 Tips To Get A Great Deal Selling Your Unused Domain Name



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Domain Name buying and selling is one of those things that many people don’t even realize is an activity that goes on, yet there are a surprising number of entrepreneurs out there that are making a tidy profit from domains within that online marketplace. All you have to do is browse the list of top 100 domain name sales on DN Journal to realize just how much money is at stake here. Domain names can sell for anything from a few hundred dollars, to tens of thousands of dollars in some cases. There are even sales in the hundreds of...


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Varies With Device



This post varies with device. It can't be displayed because there are so many devices and each one is different.



This paragraph varies with device. It's just a placeholder for a paragraph that should have revealed a lot of useful information. Unfortunately there are so many devices and they have different characteristics, so it's hard to write a paragraph that encompasses their complexity.



This screenshot varies with device. It should show some important information about the Google+ app for Android, but it doesn't because there are multiple Google+ APKs and each one is different.






On a more serious note, there are many Google Play apps that show the uninformative "varies with device". The size of the app varies with device, the current version varies with device and so is the required Android version. That's because Google Play allows developers to upload multiple APKs for the same app:



Multiple APK support is a feature on Google Play that allows you to publish different APKs for your application that are each targeted to different device configurations. Each APK is a complete and independent version of your application, but they share the same application listing on Google Play and must share the same package name and be signed with the same release key. Android applications usually run on most compatible devices with a single APK, by supplying alternative resources for different configurations (for example, different layouts for different screen sizes) and the Android system selects the appropriate resources for the device at runtime. In a few cases, however, a single APK is unable to support all device configurations, because alternative resources make the APK file too big (greater than 50MB) or other technical challenges prevent a single APK from working on all devices.



Even though Google doesn't encourage developers to use this feature, most Google apps use it: Google+, Google Chrome, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Search, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Translate.



Since Google knows which devices are associated with your Google account, it could show a drop-down that lets you select one of your devices and show the appropriate information. For example, you have a Nexus 7 running Android 4.3 and a Galaxy S3 running Android 4.1. Select one of the devices and replace "varies with device" with something more useful.

Google+ Maps Current Locations



Here's a cool Google+ feature: mouse over the "currently in" location at the top of a Google+ profile that uses location sharing and something magic will happen: the cover photo will be replaced by a static map that shows that location.



Here's an example of Google+ profile where you can try this feature.









The latest version of the Google+ app for Android added a few new features, including better location sharing. "Starting today you can share your pinpoint or city-level location with others (if you want), and you can do so on a circle-by-circle basis. For example: you can share your pinpoint location with family, and your city-level location with co-workers. You can also use circles to filter who appears on your Locations map."



{ spotted by Jérôme Flipo }

How To Broadcast Live With A Green Screen



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I’ve already showed you the basics of green screen videography with pre-recorded footage in iMovie or Premiere, so you could superimpose yourself onto any video or background. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could use this green screen effect for a live broadcast – like on Google Hangouts, or Skype? “Yes indeed it would be, James” – is the answer you’re looking for there, and you’re in luck because I’ve been having a go at doing that very same thing. Read on to join the cool kids club as we play with live green screen broadcasting on Mac or Windows....


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View Google Drive Photos in Google+



Google Drive is supposed to be the service that stores all your files and lets you access them from any device. It's supposed to be, but it's not. There are other Google services that are better suited for storing some of your files: Google+ Photos for storing photos, YouTube for sharing videos, Google Play Music for uploading music.



If you happen to store photos and videos in Google Drive, you can now add them to Google+ Photos. Just visit this page and click "Show Drive photos in Google+".






Click the "albums" section and you'll see some albums with a Google Drive icon: they're from Google Drive. For some reason, Google+ displayed only a few of my Google Drive photos and videos, not all of them.









"If you store photos in your Google Drive, you can also choose to view each folder as an album in Google+. Only you will be able to see them in your library until you choose to share them. If you have Auto Awesome or Auto Enhance turned on, then those features will be applied to your photo album but your original drive files will remain intact. After you enable the feature, folders containing JPG, GIF, WebP, RAW or video files will be viewable from your Google+ photo library and each Drive folder will become a different album marked with the Google Drive icon. Only you will be able to see them in your library until you choose to share them." explains Google.



To enable or disable this feature, you can go to the Google+ settings page, find the Photos section and check or uncheck "Show Drive photos in your photo library". To remove a Drive album from Google, open the album in Google, click the drop-down next to "Share" and then click "remove album" (the album will only be removed from Google+, not from Google Drive).






There are many limitations: "This feature is not available for Google Apps accounts. Screenshots, icons, thumbnails, and other images may not be viewable using this feature. You cannot tag, +1, edit, or comment on Drive photos. To enable these features, share the photo first. Sharing a photo will create and post a copy of the photo - your original Drive photo will remain intact and your circles will not gain access to your Drive."



I don't think that the new feature is a good idea. Why not store all your photos in Google Drive and use Google+ Photos as an application that can manage photos and display them in interesting ways? This way, you would no longer have to deal with the old Picasa Web limitations (1000 photos/album, limited sharing, no sub-albums) and you could access all your photos in both Google Drive and Google+ Photos.