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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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    It's been a long time coming, has spawned dozens of copycats, and now it's finally almost here: Instagram for Windows Phone. Last month, when Nokia revealed its new hardware at the company's Nokia World event, it also shared with the Windows Phone community that official ports of both Vine and Instagram were nearly ready to launch. In the weeks since, we've seen Vine surface for the platform, but that was over a week ago by now; where's Instagram? Today we get our answer, with news that the app is hitting the Windows Phone Store later today. Instagram shares the news on its blog, and while ...

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    Not everyone sees the world in the same way. Of course that's plainly obvious if you've ever spent time in the dungeons comment sections of the internet, but it's easy to forget that it's also true in a literal sense. Not everyone sees or hears the same way you might … and that's as true for smartphone users as for anyone else. So what kind of considerations go into buying and using today's mobile technology products when you're visually impaired? What kind of brand wars exist in the world of the blind? Are we going in the right direction with audio cues and glass screens, or were the ...

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    I'm sure that most of us will admit we completely forgot about Facebook Home. Yes, it is a cool launcher that makes your experience with your device more personal, but still, having your world revolve around Facebook isn't necessarily good. Specially when all you get are invites to Candy Crush. Still, the social media giant keeps working on improving the service, even if their phone venture with HTC flopped very badly. A new update that's being pushed today allows users to not just have to revolve around Facebook. It allows you to set services like Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr, and Pinterest ...

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    This is going to sound silly. But one of the biggest eyebrow raising announcements to come out of Nokia World today was the announcement that Vine and Instagram were releasing official apps for the Windows Phone platform.  Now, don't get me wrong. I don't really use either, and not just because I'm on Windows Phone. I share photos and video via Facebook or Twitter depending on the subject matter. I've never had a use for either. Vine and Instagram on Windows Phone is pretty huge. These are probably two of the top ten apps that are often cited as missing from Windows Phone by detractors ...

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    Nokia has totally been wearing its emotions on its sleeve when it comes to hopes for a Windows Phone port of Instagram. Back in early March, its efforts really began in earnest, launching its own #2InstaWithLove app, apparently in an effort to demonstrate interest from the platform's users. Since then, we've heard rumors about when the app might land, only to see those fizzle, but that's only encouraged us to branch out and experiment with some unofficial solutions, discovering some solid efforts along the way (and one we just looked at). We still don't have a hard date, but some recent ...

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    The news broke last night, and relief crashed over me in an awesome wave. 6tag, the latest and greatest in 2013's "unofficial" lineup of Instagram clients for Windows Phone, isn't just another third-party title. The app (from noted developer Rudy Huyn) fills gaps that the earlier Instance doesn't yet, most notably video-recording functionality and support for original filters and borders. It supports a broader array of Live Tiles and cross-posting ability to more social networks. And, according to WPCentral, it's "the first 100% API compliant Instagram app for Windows Phone 8 devices." ...

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    For all its limitations, Instagram appears poised to remain an unstoppable force in social media. As of last month, the Facebook-owned service boasts over 16 billion photos shared, a brand new video-sharing feature that's spanking the competition, and over 130 million monthly active users. Well, make that 130 million and one. Because we've just joined the Instagram universe under the venerable (if predictable) title: "Pocketnow." Now, many Pocketnow team members also have personal Instagram accounts which many of you already follow - and we thank you for that. But following those, you've ...

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    Never let it be said that Multimedia Manager Jaime Rivera isn't a trouper. In the hot Honduras heat, with no power and no A/C (and, incidentally, no shirt), he still manages to show up on-time to the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. That right there is some broadcast heroism, folks. No matter what Taylor Martin's new-office excuses are. But that's not what we're here to talk about. No, we're about a week overdue for an audio-only examination of Nokia's newest flagship, the Lumia 1020: we'll cover it's high, low, and so-so points, and debate just how much action a phone has to bring to be worth ...

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    The other day I was listening to a local "tech" show on the radio. Normally this show talks about apps, security "issues", and occasionally new products. On this particular episode the topic was "the New Nokia with the big camera". Pocketnow readers are rolling their eyes right now, you all know that by its name: the Nokia Lumia 1020. The phone was being pummeled by these "radio heads". Eventually they got around to talking about the source of their frustration: Instagram doesn't run on Windows Phone. I wanted to pick up my radio and scream: "Instagram doesn't matter!" Instagram is great ...

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    While smartphones are now capable of doing more than many of us ever thought possible, such as graphic-intensive gaming, taking impressive photos, or data speeds faster than most home Internet connections, I explained in May that the majority of our use is still communication and social networking. For most, modern smartphones are pure overkill, which is why I assumed a switch back to BlackBerry might not be so bad, why it might be refreshing. Obviously, that wasn't the case. I digress. I spend the majority of my time on my phone staring at social feeds, posting status updates and ...

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    It's weird when holidays fall in the middle of the week, because either you're kicking off a long weekend with the special celebration, or you're returning to work the next day with a fuzzy brain, a sunburn, and sand in your hair. We're in the latter situation this week at Pocketnow, the American portion of the team coming down from a day of BBQ and a night of fireworks ... but in our case, it's a good thing. Because today's the day for our weekly mobile tech podcast, and we love us some mobile-tech podcasting. We hope you do, too, because today's Pocketnow Weekly is quite possibly the ...

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    In mid-December, I decided to do something drastic. Okay, maybe it wasn't that drastic. But I quit Instagram, a service I had been a huge proponent of prior. Before December 18, I had shared a total of 398 photos (not counting the ones I deleted), and spent more time than I care to admit editing photos to share to the service. It was fun, and it was the easiest way to share all the interesting (and sometimes not so interesting) things going on in my life with multiple services at once. Then I had an epiphany. For the better part of three years, I have been extremely critical of mobile ...

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    Back in early June, we were still talking about Vine's incredible success, and saw its new Android release rocketing up the Google Play charts, cruising right past Instagram. But it wouldn't be long before Facebook and Instagram had their revenge, and a week ago yesterday we learned that Instagram was going to try beating Vine at its own game, adding some video support of its own. We've since seen Vine attempt to stay relevant with a new update, but today we get a look at some usage stats that make Vine look like it's in serious trouble. Running checks for Twitter links to Vine and ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Instagram Video, and what this means to the few that actually use Twitter's Vine service. NVIDIA is next as the company is shaving-off some money from the price-tag of their NVIDIA Shield. Liquid Cooling is next as both Apple and Samsung are reportedly in advanced projects that will allow future iPhones and Samsung Galaxies to offer this technology. Microsoft and Nokia make the headlines next since rumors had them working on a Nokia buy-out weeks ago. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Premiere event and all the Galaxy and ATIV ...

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    You know, when Twitter launched Vine a couple of months ago, I think I was on the list of people that registered first. I mean hey, I do videos for a living right? It's only the common thing that I search for even more ways to be able to interact with everyone through a social video tool. The funny thing about it though is that regardless of how fast I registered for the service, I've yet to build my first Vine video. As I skimmed through the service, I began noticing a ton of the caveats that made me forget about its existence just a couple of days later, and no, the unsolicited porn ...

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    A little earlier this week we heard a rumor that Facebook might use the event it's hosting today in order to announce a new feature for Instagram, which would move beyond supporting only still pictures and start allowing users to post short video clips – just like Vine has enabled Twitter users to do. Sure enough, that theory has turned out to be right on the money, and today Facebook revealed the new version of Instagram, now video-enabled. So, how isn't this Vine? Well, while Vine's insistence on brevity limits clips to six seconds, Instagram is more-than-doubling that out to fifteen. ...

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    Twitter's Vine has found itself becoming one of the bigger hits of 2013, and after iOS users getting all the fun of posting their short clips online for months, there's now an Android Vine release to get even more users in on the action. Despite the good times so far, Vine may have a bit of a fight in store for it, as some rumors suggest that Facebook is nearly ready to announce a big new feature for Instagram, bringing the same sort of short video support to the app. What we do know for sure is that Facebook has an event coming up this Thursday, where it's expected to announce a new ...

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    Not sure if you remember, but we've talked about Instagram around these parts before. We've gave you a guided tour of the photo-sharing app when it first came to Android last Spring, and the relative merit of the app has been disputed more times on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast than is probably necessary. But regardless of your personal feelings about the social photography title (looking at you here Taylor Martin), you'd have a hard time arguing that it's not a significant force in mobile. Instagram currently boasts 100 million active users posting 40 million photos per day - photos that ...

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    What's the deal with Instagram on Windows Phone? We've been hoping to see this app arrive for what feels like ages, and while we've seen the arrival of some workable substitutes, we'd really love to avoid yet another off-brand WP app experience and have a full-on, official solution. Nokia's been busy campaigning with its #2InstaWithLove app, and today we get word that a proper Instagram client could actually soon be on its way to the platform, with rumors suggesting a launch this month. The details are a little unclear, but the release date is supposed to fall on a Wednesday in June, with ...

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    Ever recorded a 90-minute podcast full of Skype-related artifacts and drop-outs, only to find once you wrap it up that you used the wrong mic? If so, you know the pain we've experienced cutting together today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Sorry for the levels on this one, folks; it's unfortunate, and we've done all we can to normalize them, but you're probably going to be twisting your volume knob an awful lot over the course of this here episode. On the bright side, if you manage to endure, you'll be treated to some excellent discussion on everything from Galaxy S IV leaks to ...

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    Why is it so hard to love Windows Phone 8 for some of us? I mean seriously, there's really nothing wrong with the operating system as it is. If you watch any of our comparison videos, you’ll notice how obsessed we are with the speed at which a device opens a folder or loads an app, and Windows Phone is champ in that department. It's fast, it's fluid, it's well organized, and it looks very different to anything else that the market has to offer. I've been the type of guy that has always prided himself of not doing what everybody else does, so Windows Phone should fit right into my desire ...

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    I recently introduced my mother, a self-professed luddite, to the social photo-sharing app Instagram. It was a magical experience. In less than fifteen minutes, my mother was using faux HDR to bring out the midtones in her photos, slapping some frames on them, and sharing them across her just-created Instagram friends list (populated with many more Facebook-sourced names than either of us expected). None of the recent controversy surrounding Instagram's new terms of service mattered to my mom in this new world of photo-sharing, her first encounter with such a single-purpose social app. Its ...

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