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Instagram 4.1 adds video imports, photo straightening, more

Instagram 4.1 adds video imports, photo straightening, more

Instagram has pushed out a new version, adding video imports for iPhone and Android, as well as automatic photo straightening functionality for those using the iOS version. Instagram 4.1 builds on the video functionality introduced back in June by allowing users to open, edit, and share footage taken with their phone's native camera (or, indeed, another third-party app), including trimming them down to meet the fifteen second limit.

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Instagram deletes photos from 3rd party apps in Windows Phone

Instagram deletes photos from 3rd party apps in Windows Phone

Windows Phone users working with Instagram through any of a number of 3rd party apps may want to have a peek at their photo collections this week, as reports are filtering in of mass deletes. Instagram has issued a statement on the matter, suggesting that they've recently "made an update to the systems that we use to fight spam to help prevent future attacks and increase security", but appear to offer no specific details on 3rd party apps specifically.

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Socialmatic retro smart camera promises pre-orders, remains mum on release

Socialmatic retro smart camera promises pre-orders, remains mum on release

While concept behind the Instagram-themed smart camera Socialmatic is one so outlandish you'd expect it to stay conceptual forever, it's become apparent this week that the creators of this machine are aiming for a real release relatively soon. Confirmed this week are two factoids not known before - one of them a confirmation of the operating system under the hood of this rather squared-off shooter: Android. Whether or not Google will approve is not yet known.

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Instagram embeds arrive for third-party sites

Instagram embeds arrive for third-party sites

It may be hard to believe, but before today, there was no way to embed Instagram content on other websites. However, the social photo-sharing company has finally announced the feature and launched embeds for both photos and videos. This will allow users to show Instagram content on their own website without just having to link to it.

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Instagram for iOS app updated with landscape mode and more

Instagram for iOS app updated with landscape mode and more

Instagram is wildly popular, but has notably lacked a few features that users have been asking for. Today, the company updated its app for iOS, adding a couple of those much-requested features, perhaps the best being the addition of landscape mode, allowing users to flip their smartphone in a horizontal orientation when desired.

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Instagram Video outlined: 15 second clips, no loops

Instagram Video outlined: 15 second clips, no loops

This afternoon, the team at Facebook have introduced their brand Instagram's new ability to record video clips. "Video for Instagram" will be added to both iOS and Android with a collection of 15 filters made specifically for the video universe. This new feature will be clipped into 15-second segments and able to be posted to Twitter while it's hosted on Instagram's own servers - or straight to Facebook it goes.

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Video on Instagram headlines Facebook event

Video on Instagram headlines Facebook event

At Facebook's product event today, the social network introduced more features for Instagram. Specifically, the social photo sharing service launched a video function that takes on Vine. Facebook is calling it Video on Instagram, and its Instagram's own twist on recording quick videos and sharing them with friends over the service.

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Facebook’s Instagram Vine rival rumor gains traction

Facebook’s Instagram Vine rival rumor gains traction

Facebook's rumored Vine rival, allowing users to share brief video clips, looks even more likely to make its debut at the social network's event in just a few hours time, with new leaks weighing in. The new service has been the handiwork of "months" of development, sources tell the WSJ, echoing suggestions of the same made on Monday.

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Instagram Video tipped to challenge Vine at Facebook June 20 event

Instagram Video tipped to challenge Vine at Facebook June 20 event

Instagram will add video support to take on Twitter's Vine, sources claim, with the new feature tipped to be revealed at Facebook's mysterious June 20 event. The Thursday launch, which until now has been believed to be a Google Reader alternative RSS system, will actually see Facebook take the wraps off Instagram video, TechCrunch's insider says.

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Instagram’s logo redesign process detailed by Mackey Saturday

Instagram’s logo redesign process detailed by Mackey Saturday

It's always fun getting a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the apps and services we use daily, showing us how the professionals behind it work and what they have in mind while working. Back in March, for example, we got a rather detailed look into how the Facebook News Feed redesign was developed. Instagram recently tweaked its design, and now designer Mackey Saturday has given a statement - and a few pictures - of the work process.

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Instagram “Photos of You” update adds Facebook-like image tagging

Instagram “Photos of You” update adds Facebook-like image tagging

In an effort to bring the people in photos out to the forefront, Instagram has added a new feature called "Photos of You," which adds image tagging so that you can tag your friends in photos that you take through the service. It's a lot Facebook's own tagging system, which isn't too surprising, since Facebook own the photo-sharing service.

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UK law allows anyone to use your digital images

UK law allows anyone to use your digital images

Whether you're an amateur photographer who makes liberal use of Instagram and similar apps or you're a professional who uploads a lot of off-hours snapshots online, a bill just passed in the UK should give you pause. The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 has a clause in it that allows for anyone to use a photograph whose owner can't be located, something that is a two-edged sword.

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