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BlackBerry 10 features built-in picture editor

BlackBerry 10 features built-in picture editor

One of the features that RIM showed off at BlackBerry World this year was a swanky new camera for BlackBerry 10. Thanks to technology licensed from Scalado, the camera features remove and rewind features, helping to discard unwanted background objects and pick the best face in a photo thanks to a caching feature. Now it looks like RIM will also be including some basic editing abilities in the camera app, including Instagram inspired filters and more traditional tweaks.

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Socialmatic promises Instagram-for-real prototype by end of year

Socialmatic promises Instagram-for-real prototype by end of year

Earlier in the year, a design team called ADR Studio created a camera concept based off the Instagram icon used for iOS and Android. Now the designer of Socialmatic, Antonio De Rosa, says the concept could see a fully working prototype before the end of the year. De Rosa recently returned from Singapore where he met several manufacturers based in Hong Kong, saying that he had secured a partner that will bridge the gap between the concept and the manufacturing.

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Instagram update makes use of Nexus 7 front-facing camera

Instagram update makes use of Nexus 7 front-facing camera

This week the folks at Instagram have made it clear that they want to be on every Android device, even the Nexus 7 which does not have a standard camera on its back. This device is the reason Instagram has been updated to make use of front-facing cameras in its latest update, choosing the one camera this device has by default rather than saying it's not compatible with a device with no back-facing shooter. This application has also been updated to be able to share directly to Flickr in its newest bump.

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Netflix, Instagram, Pinterest suffer storm-related outages

Netflix, Instagram, Pinterest suffer storm-related outages

As evidence of the fact that high-end technological platforms are still vulnerable to the same trials and tribulations as everyone else, a series of severe storms rattled service at a few of the biggest online services this weekend. Netflix, Instagram, and Pinterest were among the most notable companies to suffer outages as a result of the weather.

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Instagram for Android gets updated

Instagram for Android gets updated

This week Instagram for Android was updated with some new features. The new update brings the photo-sharing app to version 1.1.4. Instagram is a very popular application that allows you to take photos and make them more artistic by adding various filters to the pic. Once you add your filters, you can share the photos on Facebook and other places.

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Cook talks Apple aquisitions at D10

Cook talks Apple aquisitions at D10

This week Tim Cook spoke at the most recent All Things D conference in their opening ceremony about a great many things, not least of them on how Apple plans on continuing their pattern of purchasing smaller companies. Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg inquired with Cook as to why companies like Facebook and Twitter have different amounts of integration with Apple's mobile products, this leading Cook to note that as far as Facebook goes: "We have great respect for them. I think we can do more with them. ... They have their way of doing things, but people could say the same thing about us." This lead directly into Swisher's next question on whether or not Cook saw Apple making more acquisitions of companies in the future.

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Facebook’s own-brand Instagram rival prompts head-scratching

Facebook’s own-brand Instagram rival prompts head-scratching

Facebook's decision to launch its own Facebook Camera app this week, despite having announced a $1bn grab for Instagram only weeks earlier, continues to confuse, with some suspecting Zuckerberg & Co. have finally lost the plot. It's been a shaky few weeks for Facebook, with Mark Zuckerberg forced to defend his decision to buy Instagram, a tumultuous IPO not helped by Nasdaq's technical issues and complaints of over-inflated valuations, and ongoing concerns around privacy. Now, replicating Instagram with a home-grown alternative, Facebook's mobile strategy is under the microscope again.

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iOS Facebook Camera app launches in face of Instagram

iOS Facebook Camera app launches in face of Instagram

It appears that Facebook has taken the time to create their own independent photo application not unlike what they've worked on for Android (and quickly rescinded) just weeks ago. This application will be rolling out to fans across the earth soon with quite a few features extremely similar to what users of Instagram are already used to using. What you wont be getting here is shares within the app only (as Instagram can do) and sharing with other social networks all at once - this is purely a Facebook thing.

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Facebook Instagram deal faces 6 month hold

Facebook Instagram deal faces 6 month hold

This week it seems that Facebook doesn't quite have full ownership of the photo taking and editing app Instagram - not yet, anyway. Before its $1 billion dollar deal can go through, the Financial Times reports an FTC regulatory probe must be completed - until then there will be a delay. The Federal Trade Commission has taken a "second request" after its first 30-day review of the deal, a review that at first happens with any deal in the United States that equals over $66 million dollars as a matter of course - and of course, there does seem to be some issues.

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Facebook Instagram deal faces FTC delay

Facebook Instagram deal faces FTC delay

Facebook's $1bn acquisition of camera app Instagram could be delayed, insiders have suggested, with the US government investigation into the deal potentially causing the social network to miss its Q2 2012 deadline. Although a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) probe into any deal of this size is standard, two people familiar with the investigation tell the Financial Times that the Instagram deal could be under the microscope for anything from six to twelve months.

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