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Flickr gets a major overhaul with 1TB of free storage

Yahoo has revealed a major design overhaul of its photo storage and sharing service, Flickr, complete with the addition of 1TB of free storage per user.

The internet giant revealed the news at its special event in New York last night.

Part of Flickr’s problem, said Yahoo, was that it had become about words – little blue links rather than the images themselves. To that end the radical new design – which completely does away with the minimalistic white-space look – is particularly image heavy. Your home page is now formed of a mosaic of pictures.

Another major new feature is that you can now upload full resolution images. That explains the 1TB storage increase, as full resolution images take up a lot of space. With 70 times more storage space than rival services, you’ll now be able to store 537,731 full resolution images online, according to Yahoo’s Adam Cahan.

Flickr will also now accept up to 3 minute 1080p videos.

Yahoo has also added a slideshow feature, which has more than a whiff of Apple’s iPhoto about it. As is fitting for a modern, major online service, the sharing options have been expanded considerably, with the ability to push your images to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and of course the newly acquired Tumblr.

Of course, the other vital component of such a service is mobile, and Yahoo hasn’t forgotten this fact. Alongside the site redesign comes a newly revamped Android app with a similar image-heavy design language. It also matches the capabilities of the overhauled iOS app.

Indeed, another major element of the new-look Flickr is the ability to “Upload once, send to any device, any screen” as well as “any friend, follower.”

The Flickr Pro package has also received some attention. For $49.99 you’ll strip away the adds for a year, as well as access to Flickr’s analytics tools. $499.99, meanwhile, will double your storage to a staggering 2TB.

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