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Google Photos may be free — but there's still a cost

Google Photos storage won't cost money, but you should know what you're signing up for.

Updated on 5/29 10AM ET to add information from Steven Levy's excellent interview with Google Vice President of Streams, Photos, and Sharing  Bradley Horowitz, and to add information about Google's high-quality photo pricing tiers.

For more on Google Photos, check out Android Central's comprehensive coverage

Google announced its new Photos service at I/O today: It looks a lot like iCloud Photo Library, but with even more perks. Automatic slideshow movies! Insta-GIFs from burst photos! Interactive stories! You can automatically search for faces, places, and things without tagging! It syncs with iOS and the web! And, oh yeah — unlimited* (if your photos are 16MB or less) storage for free. What could be better?

Well, to start, it's important to know what "free" might actually cost you, and whether you're okay with that tradeoff.

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How we work on our Macs, iPhones, and iPads

Here's how the iMore team uses their Apple products for daily productivity.

Though we all use Apple's Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in our day-to-day work lives, that routine varies from person to person. We got the iMore team (and bonus guest, iMore contributor Rich Stevens)together for this week's editors' roundtable to talk productivity and workspaces: what we like to use, how we like to use it, and how we've built it.

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Quebec police call Apple Watch 'hand-held phone', ticket man for changing music while driving

We've recently passed new legislation here in Quebec that makes it a ticketable offense to use an iPhone, or any handheld phone, while driving.

You can't even pull over and use one. You have to be parked in a legitimate space. The problem here, though, is that the Apple watch isn't a handheld phone. Technology is once again misaligned with the law.

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Latest 10.10.4 beta excises troublesome discoveryd code, but why?

Apple has rolled back networking code in the latest Yosemite beta to technology used since Jaguar.

On Tuesday Apple released a new beta version of OS X Yosemite. The new 10.10.4 release, build 14E26a, went into the hands of developers and Mac users who are signed up for Apple's AppleSeed public testing program. And it makes an important change to OS X's underlying network technology that may yield improvements for those of us who have been suffering a host of problems for the past several months.

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Why we're still talking (and writing) about the Apple Watch

I can't help but keep coming back to the Watch: There are problems to solve, challenges to face. Why not write about them?

I've seen a number of complaints lately while browsing Twitter — and even iMore's own forums — about the sheer volume of Apple Watch coverage undertaken by this site and others. Though we've done these kinds of massive rollouts before for the iPad, and the iPhone before it, only a few million people have a Watch in their hands right now. Others have little to any desire to try one on, let alone own one.

So why do we keep talking and writing about this tiny auxiliary device when so few have it in their possession? Why is it so interesting?

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The advent and evolution of Apple's digital hub

Like many people, the iPhone has replaced many consumer electronics in my home.

I no longer own a point-and-shoot camera, camcorder, voice recorder or dedicated music player. My iPhone is all of those items — plus more — in one, sleek, powerful and pocketable device.

In 2001, of course, the iPhone wasn't a thing yet, and many people had a whole shelf full of various dedicated devices. That year, Steve Jobs introduced the "Digital Hub" strategy, a cohesive plan to take all of those devices and make them more useful through the power of software.

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Having problems with a sluggish iPhone or iPad? Don't be afraid to reset!

If you're struggling with an iPhone or iPad that isn't working right, restoring it as new can be just what the device ordered!

I've had a third-generation iPad — the first Retina Display-equipped model — since it was released. I've never upgraded, not even to the new iPad Air or iPad Air 2 because the iPad 3 has always done what I wanted it to do.

Or at least it used to. When I first updated to iOS 8, it killed my iPad. Made it a doorstop. The iPad became sluggish and unresponsive. It became almost impossible to type on it; launching apps became excruciatingly slow, and I'd occasionally get spontaneous restarts too. I was afraid it wasn't going to be useful anymore. I've recently resurrected it and done a clean install with iOS 8, and I'm quite happy with the results.

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Should OS X 10.11 be Apple's last Mac operating system?

Microsoft says Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows. Should OS X 10.11 be the last version of OS X?

Microsoft's Jerry Nixon raised eyebrows at the company's Ignite conference recently. He said that Windows 10 "is the last version of Windows.". Microsoft may be on to something, and I'm wondering how well it would work for the Mac when it comes to OS X 10.11.

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The future of Jony Ive and Apple

Steve Jobs once said no one had more operational power at Apple, aside from himself, than Jony Ive.

Jony Ive, the man who helped reignite Apple with the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad had more operational power than the finance group, the engineering group, the services group, even the operations group. Apple, the company that put design first, put design first.

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If you're thinking about switching to iPhone, what would help you decide?

Over the last few months, we've gone over many of the reasons why more people than ever are switching to iPhone.

That includes the amazing camera, the terrific apps, the focus on privacy and security, and the advantages of Apple Pay, Apple Stores, and AppleCare, or just to get the Apple Watch. We've also gone over the reasons many of our readers have switched from their Nexus, Galaxy S, and other Android Phones, and gone all in on iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. But that still leaves many of you who haven't yet made the switch, and today I want to ask you — why?

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