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PTJ 99: Bluetooth Audio, Flickr Tips, and Tons of Google News

El Kaiser reviews Logitech’s $40 Bluetooth Audio Adapter. The device allows you to play audio from smartphone or tablet through your home stereo or powered speakers.


Of course he (not so) secretly pines for the $250 rBlink wireless DAC from Arcam which promises superior sound quality and rock solid Bluetooth pairing to mobile devices.


If you use Flicker and are looking to reorder your snapshots J.D. shares a Hopefully Helpful Hint that will show you how.

Lots of Google news this week as the Big G kicked off its annual I/O developers conference in San Francisco by announcing a new version of Android. Google takes another swing at the living room with Android TV and releases a new software update to the Chromecast streaming dongle.  Their recent acquisition Nest, maker of Internet-connected smart-home thermostats and fire alarms, has opened its platform to outside developers and buys security firm Dropcam. The search and advertising behemoth experiments with its own domain registration service.

In other news, Yahoo releases a replacement app launcher for Android.  Dating sites get hit on hard by phishing scam; Cloud storage prices drop; both houses of Congress hold hearings about proposed merger between AT&T and DirecTV; the Supreme Court rules against Aereo, a service that allows subscribers to view live and time-shifted streams of over-the-air television on Internet-connected devices, in th the Internet company’s battle with broadcast networks; and finally Google, the Girl Scouts, the MIT Media Lab, TechCrunch, the National Center for Women & Technology and others launch the “Made with Code” website.


(Hopefully) Helpful Hint: Change the Past

Ever done a mass-photo upload into a Flickr album and found the pictures to be out of order — or out of the order you want them to be in? Maybe you uploaded the photos on different days from different devices, or the date setting was wrong on your camera. If this has happened to you, fear not. You can take control and get those pictures arranged just the way you want them:

  1. Log into your Flickr account on the Web, click on Albums and open the album you want to fix.


  1. In the row of buttons at the top of the window, click Edit (shown above). This whips you onto Flickr’s Organizer screen (shown below), which displays all the pictures in the album as little thumbnail images.


  1. At the top of the Organizer window, click the menu triangle next to Arrange (shown below). Here, you can choose from a few automatic options, like ordering the pictures in chronological or reverse chronological order. But what if the date in the actual photo file is wrong ? It’s time to change time.


  1. Double-click on the photo you want to adjust. In the box that pops up, click Dates. Enter the new date and time in the “Date taken” field. If you want to go through the album photo by photo, click the “Next item” button in the bottom-right corner to advance. You can also turn on the checkbox next to “Go to next item when you save?” to bounce ahead automatically.


And if you want to put the photos in a specific order, you can change the times to a chronological sequence here and then select the appropriate the “Arrange by date” option in the menu. While you’ve got it open, the Organizer window is also useful for batch work, like geotagging a bunch of pictures at once by dragging them into a map, adding tags, or automatically time-shifting groups of dates.


Once you get these pesky tasks out of the way, you can go out and shoot more photos to eventually organize.