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Week in Review - June 27, 2015: Google+, Blogger, AdSense and more

This week Google added new settings to the notification bell, Blogger now requires private blog readers to have a Google account, AdSense will start displaying invalid activity deductions, and Hangouts for Android reaches a billion downloads. Microsoft offers Office for Android phones, and Facebook messenger no longer requires a Facebook account. And rainbows are everywhere!

Week in Review - June 20, 2015: Summer solstice edition

Happy Summer Solstice and Father's Day both! This week there are tips for managing your photos, getting paid through AdSense, Google+ collections, YouTube creators and more!

Week in Review - June 13, 2015: Tips for YouTube Creators, Photographers, Bloggers and more

This week's big announcement: YouTube Gaming with better live streaming for gamers will launch this summer. We've also got tips and information for YouTube Creators and users of Google Photos, Google+, Hangouts, Blogger, AdSense, and more.

Image: Un dimanche après-midi à l'Île de la Grande Jatte, by Georges Seurat
(Long ago, before Call of Duty live streams, people had to find ways to entertain themselves on sunny Sunday afternoons)

Find your videos: Google Photos, Picasa Web Albums, Google Drive (and YouTube)

If you've been uploading your videos to Google Photos, Google+ Photos or Google Drive, you may be wondering how you can find them, short of scrolling through your entire list of uploads. Fortunately there are shortcuts to see all your video uploads together.

Update July 2015: Google+ Photos will be retired July 29th. Picasa Web Albums no longer redirect searches to Google+

How to find your video uploads:
Google PhotosInstructions: desktop computerInstructions: mobile appShortcut to videos: photos.google.com/search/_tv_Google+ PhotosInstructions: desktopInstructions: mobile appShortcut to videos: plus.google.com/photos/search/%23VideosPicasa Web AlbumsInstructions: desktop[no mobile app]Google DriveInstructions: desktopInstructions: mobile appDesktop shortcut link: drive.google.com/drive/search?q=type:videoYouTubeInstructions: desktopInstructions: mobile appDesktop shortcut link: www.youtube.com/my_videos

Week in Review - June 6, 2015: Your photos and videos at Google, Google+ removed from Google navigation bar

This week photos and videos at Google got a closer look, including the new Google Photos, and uploads to YouTube, Maps, Blogger and Hangouts. Meanwhile Google+ was removed from the Google navigation bar, joining YouTube, Maps and Calendar and other Google products in the app launcher.  And there are tips and updates to improve your productivity and keep your account secure. Read on!

How to find your shared Hangout photo albums

Update July 2016: Picasa Web Albums will be retired August 1st. You can find your Hangout photo albums in the new Google Album Archive (get.google.com/albumarchive). (Learn more)

Update July 2015: Google+ Photos will be retired July 29th. You can find your Hangout photo albums in Picasa Web Albums (picasaweb.google.com).

Update November 2015: links to Google+ Photos now redirect to Google Photos (photos.google.com). There is no way to access Hangouts albums in Google Photos.

When you share a photo in a Google Hangout chat or take a photo in a video call it is added to a shared photo album that is visible to you and anyone else in the Hangout.

Hangouts photos are not displayed in the new Google Photos (photos.google.com). However you can find your Hangouts albums in Google+ Photo albums or Picasa Web Albums the Google Album Archive (get.google.com/albumarchive).Find shared Hangouts albums in Google+ Photo albumsin your own Google+ Photo albumsin someone else's Google+ Photo albumsFin…

Blogger blogs and Google Photos: Adding images to your blog

The new Google Photos offers unlimited free uploads of "High Quality" images of up to 16MP. You can add images from Google Photos to your Blogger blog posts, but they may use some of your Google Account's storage.
How to insert an image into a Blogger blog postUpload an image from your computer to your blog postInsert an image auto-backed up to Google PhotosInsert From my phone(may use storage)Insert From a URL  (will not use storage)Insert From Picasa Web Albumsany images your Google, Google+ or Picasa Web AlbumsHaving trouble?
You must be signed into Blogger with the same email you use to sign in to Google Photos or Picasa Web Albums It may also be necessary to enable your browser to accept 3rd party cookies.Extensions may interfere with inserting images, especially those like AdBlock, NoScript or Ghostery
Read on for detailed instructions and information about inserting images in your Blogger blog posts.

Find your Blogger blog images

Update July 2016: Picasa Web Albums will be retired August 1st. You can find your Hangout photo albums in the new Google Album Archive (get.google.com/albumarchive). (Learn more)

Note: Google+ Photos will be retired starting July 29, 2015. You will still be able to find your Blogger albums in Picasa Web Albums after that date (as of 11/19/15 Google+ Photos links redirect to Google Photos).

Picasa Web Album note: albums currently only display up to 1000 images, but can hold up to 2000 images. If you post a lot of images to your blog, they may not all be visible. Don't panic! They are still there. 

Do you know where your Blogger blog's image albums are stored? You can find them in your Google+ Photos orPicasa Web Albums, Google Album Archive (get.google.com/albumarchive), but not your Google Photos.
You probably won't ever need to access your blog's images, but knowing where they are will help you ensure you won't inadvertently delete them. 
The images for your blog ar…