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    Smartphone users today have more opportunities to try out in-development software than ever before. From Apple's public iOS betas, to Android's developer preview for Nexus hardware, to the Microsoft Insider program, users who aren't afraid of dealing with a few rough edges can check out the latest software well in advance of any wide release. Sometimes the inevitable beta bugs are minor, and while the user experience may be a little wonky, everything's ultimately still functional. Then again, sometimes things are so thoroughly broken that using the software at all becomes an exercise in ...

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    Instagram is definitely thinking about moving away from the color of social media sites — blue — and going light and bright. The platform has confirmed via spokesperson that a small number of its iOS users are seeing a new monochrome look to the UI. It's only a design change with no new or removed features — 60-second videos and an algorithmized feed still remain the same. But it's a stark edit that takes away the graphical blues and grays and replaces them with blacks and whites, more in line with iOS stock apps. The Activity icon, formerly a heart in a speech bubble, becomes just ...

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    How should we measure engagement? What makes a story popular? Social networks as businesses have a problem. To maximize revenue, you need to keep users engaged with that platform to serve those users advertising. As each social network collects data and trends on individual users, those platforms have a remarkable amount of data on what each participant enjoys. From a financial position, there’s little incentive to serve that individual content which might challenge their preferences. The common wisdom is to feed the user what they enjoy, and that user should stay on the site or in the ...

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    Remember when artificial constraints on content were seen as empowering, helping to foster creativity? Twitter may have birthed its 140-character limit as a technical limitation designed to be SMS-friendly, but the idea of saying more with less has since become a keystone of the service – even when it would be trivial to increase the limit. Likewise, Vine originally made waves with its short-form video messaging, a move that sparked no shortage of competitors – including Instagram, with slightly longer 15-second videos. After a few years of doing things that way, Instagram's been ...

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    Hey, did you know that if you don't post a disclaimer to the opposite effect, Facebook is going to own the copyright on all your posts going forward? Wait, that's not how this actually works? But you saw so many other users posting about it!!! Bad information has a nasty habit of gaining momentum on social media, especially when users think they have to take rapid action in order to protect themselves. A couple weeks back, Instagram shared word that it was about to change the way post organization worked, prioritizing content its algorithms judge to be the most popular, and users have been ...

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    The iPhone SE is officially official! We're answering your questions about Apple's new mini powerhouse, taking a look at a smaller iPad Pro, and we finally have the full scoop on LG's Friends for the G5! We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and photography term definitions, and of course we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's podcast time on episode 193 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video ...

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    Who do you want deciding what shows up in your social media feeds? Should it be determined by a combination of you, choosing who you follow, and your followers, by nature of what they post? Or do you also want the company behind the social network also sticking its nose into all that, selectively choosing which posts it thinks you would like the best, and hiding the rest away down below? That decision to “optimize” users' feeds is one we've seen networks take time and time again, and earlier this week we got word of the latest to announce its support for the idea, as Instagram shared ...

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    How do you like to get your mobile content? Are you of the “give it all, moar, moar, moar” variety, or do you prefer a more curated “show me the highlights” approach? A growing number of popular social platforms have been turning to the latter approach, and earlier this year we saw Twitter move past its existing chronologically sorted feed to begin giving users the option to see the “best” tweets from accounts they follow first. Now Instagram is getting in on the same action, announcing its own “optimized” feed experience. Instagram's logic is much the same as Twitter's: ...

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    After years of neglect, Facebook is finally porting over a new Instagram Beta app for Windows 10 Mobile phones. This is one of the first major iOS apps to be converted for fans of live tiles and Cortana, but Facebook did not use Microsoft's Project Islandwood tools to make the migration. Instead, Instagram developers used their own in-house Osmeta software. We know Beta apps comes with some level of instability, but is this port ready to handle your photo social networking? No... No it is not... It's not ready at all... Here's our first look at the new Instagram Beta for Windows 10 Mobile. ...

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    While Microsoft’s Project Astoria experiment seems to have failed miserably, reaching its inevitable downfall before it could get off the ground and deliver satisfactory Windows 10 ports of Android apps, the iOS-based Islandwood equivalent looks to be thriving. Not just on paper, as soon enough, Lumia users may have an Instagram version to call their own thanks to this easy-porting tool. If you’re on Windows Phone 8.1, you can always access a native Instagram client, but that’s technically stuck in beta status for several years now, and it’s literally got one lousy update since its ...

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    Social media accounts are like potato chips: they leave you feeling greasy, bloated, and ashamed of yourself. Wait, no, that's not quite right – let's try this again: it's hard to have just one. While networks like Twitter have made it a snap to juggle multiple accounts from within their apps, others have been late to the party. Last year, we got word that Instagram was looking to correct its own tragic oversight in not giving users this kind of flexibility, and we learned of a beta test that was giving adventurous users an early shot at trying out the feature. It looks like everything ...

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    How many social media accounts do you juggle? Besides your own stuff, do you also manage a separate account for work? Maybe you post for your improv troupe or local sports team. But whatever the reason, there are plenty of us out there who wear more than one identity when accessing social sites. When we're doing so on our phones, just how easy they're going to make working with multiple accounts is going to vary widely between services. Skimp on such features, and you risk driving users to third-party apps. Luckily, Instagram has received the message that users want the option to log in as ...

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    That OnePlus X we've been waiting for is here. Coinciding with it, we have a new X-themed app from OnePlus. No, not X-rated, X-themed. It has a pretty rockin' video with soundtrack by Urban Core and just from those 45 seconds alone, you wouldn't be able to tell that it's a OnePlus app. Okay, well, there's that OnePlus X in there. This is Reflexion. It's for iOS and Android and it is a simple shooter that threads a selfie on the wings of the screen with a rear-camera shot at top and bottom. You can adjust the reflection outputs of each pair; the shots are heavily-cropped to Instagram size ...

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    Long-form video messaging? That's for film school kids, man. Six-second-long Vine clips? I don't have all day to watch your videos, you know. In the world of video-based communication, it really seems like less is more these days, and much in the same way that Twitter's character limit has helped inspire users to find new, concise, and sometimes even exciting ways to express themselves, video messaging is also learning to embrace the restrictions that shorter clips can impose. Today Instagram launches a new super-condensed video system, as it introduces its Boomerang apps for iOS and ...

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    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Instagram should consider itself overwhelmed with adulation, as the photo-sharing service has spawned a seemingly endless parade of competitors. And while many of them have attempted to offer their own twist on Instagram's formula, the company’s offerings have remained remarkable consistent; sure we see the launch of new filters, and video support arrived a while back, but Instagram's bread-and-butter has remained its square 640 x 640 photos. Last month we shared news with you of a long overdue resolution bump, raising the cap to 1080 x ...

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    The evolution of Instagram over the years has seen the photo-sharing service come to new platforms, pick up video support, and all the while apply filter after filter to millions upon millions of photos. And so far, all those photos that have passed through Instagram have shared some things in common: they're all cropped to a square aspect ratio, and all sized to 640 x 640 pixels. While that resolution may have been sufficient for Instagram's purposes, it was hardly taking full advantage of the high-res screens in our lives that are just aching to display some higher quality imagery, not ...

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    What's the only thing better than having your phone or tablet loaded to the brim with all the latest apps? Why, having access to those hot-off-the-presses updates before the rest of your friends, that's what. If you count yourself among the hundred-million-plus Instagram users out there, and Android's your mobile platform of choice, we've got some news that could help put you ahead of the curve, getting access to the newest Instagram features before everyone else out there. Instagram just announced a new beta test program for its Android app. Interested users are invited to join the beta ...

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    About a month back, Instagram delivered one of its coolest updates since it started supporting video in the first place, giving users the ability to create very smooth time lapse videos with a technology it called Hyperlapse. The results were quite impressive, but there was at least one little hitch limiting Hyperlapse's use: it only worked with your phone's rear camera. Today Instagram's got a new update incoming that does something about that, finally letting you shoot Hyperlapse vids with your front-facer. Operation is as straightforward as it was when creating regular Hyperlapse clips, ...

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    Whether it's just a fad or a legitimately useful tool, there's no two ways about it: apps that offer users the ability to send messages that have a built-in expiration date are the hot thing to deliver right now. Following the success of Snapchat we've seen no shortage of copycats, including Facebook's recent launch of Slingshot. Last week, rumors about a new one emerged, with word that Instagram was preparing an ephemeral messaging service of its own, dubbed Bolt. While Bolt is still not widely available, Instagram has quietly gone ahead and publicly launched the service in select ...

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    When you notice that the word "Bolt" has nothing to do with photo chatting, nor even voice chatting, you wonder what goes through the minds of the people that use this name for apps that do just that. Such is the case of Instagram and the possible Snapchat competitor that was discovered a couple of days ago, and the same goes to an already existing app for voice communications as well. Yes, you guessed right, Instagram might be facing some legal trouble. Instagram's Bolt app is rumored to be ready for a launch this week as the company silently invited beta testers through its existing ...

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    Instagram has proven that some of us just want a social network for sharing photos, and especially if it's a place where we won't get bothered by Candy Crush invites. Facebook saw this success early on, and did a smart move in acquiring the company and letting it be. Together with Facebook, we've seen how Instagram has managed to control the popularity of competing services like Vine (owned by Twitter) with its video offerings, and reports have it that the company is out for more. Rumors claim that a few Instagram users received an invitation to download a free application called "Bolt" ...

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    Definitely one of the most popular Apps on both iOS and Android today is Instagram. Some people assume that it's all because of the vintage photo filters, but really, it's more about the social network than anything, and Facebook clearly understood that when it purchased the service. Still, editing photos wasn't really as practical as we'd all want, at least until today. Instagram has just pushed a new update to iOS and Android that brings a lot of extended functionality for photo editing. In the past you could barely select between filters, or modify lux, but now the new version allows ...

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    Image credit, left to right: John Gamble; Clay Butch Benskin; Helen Breznik • Since its invention, photography has gone from being a complex craft mastered only by experienced professionals to being easily accessible to all. Pretty much everyone these days carries a smartphone in their pocket, with an always ready-for-action camera. The rise of mobile photography and the ability to shoot and share instantaneously has revolutionized the field and created what has been called a 'democratization of photography'. While many are still wondering about the possible implications of the ...

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    "Avalanches above, business continues below." That's a lyric from a very weird song, but it also encapsulates the goings-on in the Pocketnow offices this week - with technology news bubbling up from the outside world even as review devices tumble down from above. We'll talk about those devices as well as the rest of the happenings in the mobile technology world, and we'll take questions from your listener mail in the ninety minutes of this week's podcast. (We'll also take every opportunity to distract you from Michael Fisher's awful audio quality with promises of G Flex coverage, coming ...

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    Instagram has been one of the most requested applications to be brought to the Windows Phone platform. Co-founder of Instagram, Kevin Systrom, revealed his desire to bring the photo sharing platform to all mobile operating systems, but when that would actually happen was previously unknown. A few weeks ago, it was hinted the release of the official Windows Phone Instagram app was looming, and earlier today, the application hit the Windows Phone Store as a public BETA. We go hands-on with the official application in the video below, detailing the highlights and missing features. Just ...

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