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“InstaAgent” app axed from app stores for stealing credentials

“InstaAgent” app axed from app stores for stealing credentials

Some people are way too obsessed with finding out who viewed their social networking pages. Instead of relying on sanctioned analytics (which are mostly only available to brand or product owners), some resort to third party services and apps to do the snooping for them. More often than not, however, these become vehicles of viruses and malware that plague social networking sites. One such example is "Who Viewed Your Profile - InstaAgent", a mobile app that claims to do what its name says it does for Instagram, while pilfering your account name and password to do very bad stuff.

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Instagram: No, we’re not testing 3D Touch adverts

Instagram: No, we’re not testing 3D Touch adverts

Despite reports to the contrary, Instagram has denied testing 3D Touch adverts for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus. The photo-sharing social network was rumored last week to be using Apple's newest pressure-sensitive technology for a trial of a new monetization system, but according to the Facebook-owned firm it's not actually underway.

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Instagram developing ads that support 3D Touch, Apple Pay [Updated]

Instagram developing ads that support 3D Touch, Apple Pay [Updated]

As more social networking/media apps begin integrating options for users to shop and buy right from their service, Instagram is said to be doing the same by developing ads that can take advantage of iPhone features like 3D Touch and Apple Pay. A report from Digiday says the Facebook-owned photo-sharing app is already testing the new ads, which can be used to promote anything from clothing to restaurant menus.

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Instagram debuts curated video feed in time for Halloween

Instagram debuts curated video feed in time for Halloween

These days, social media isn't just about flooding the world with your status updates. Networks have gotten a bit smarter, a bit more thematic. They are trying not to just blabber on about what people had for lunch or funny cat pictures. Social networks are becoming somewhat more informative and more relevant by trying to showcase what's happening in the world around people. In light of that, Instagram soft launched off its own video channel of curated content, starting with all the Halloween videos you can stomach.

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Instagram launches Boomerang for 1-second back-and-forth gifs

Instagram launches Boomerang for 1-second back-and-forth gifs

The trend continues of social networks releasing secondary apps that turn into social media hubs of their own, kinda like band members with side projects that take off. Twitter has Vine, and now Instagram has Boomerang. The similarities to Vine don't end there either: Boomerang is about creating one-second videos that loop back-and-forth repeatedly, while Vine focuses on six-second clips with sound. Boomerang is available today on both iOS and Android.

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Native Facebook, Instagram, Messenger apps coming to Windows 10

Native Facebook, Instagram, Messenger apps coming to Windows 10

Microsoft's long-awaited Windows 10 event has finally begun this morning, and the company isn't wasting any time in revealing how well the new operating system is doing after launching this past summer. To start off, Microsoft is boasting of the developers that have committed to make universal Windows 10 apps, which will run natively and provide users the same experience on PCs, tablets, and phones. One of those big names is Facebook.

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Instagram monthly active users hits 400-million

Instagram monthly active users hits 400-million

The team at Instagram have announced that they're now working with more than 400-million monthly active users. Up from 300-million monthly active users nine months ago, Instagram appears to be growing at an increasingly quick rate. Instagram representatives also made clear that more than 80 million photos are being shared per day and that a whopping 75% of the entire community is international - that's outside the United States, in this case.

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Instagram Direct upgrades to corner messaging market

Instagram Direct upgrades to corner messaging market

Instagram has revamped its Direct feature, aiming to turn the photo messaging system into a real alternative to Twitter DMs and even dedicated IM apps. The new Instagram Direct - available in v7.5 of the app for both iOS and Android - supports threaded messages, a much-requested feature for common conversations, in addition to renaming support for group chat.

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Instagram stops being a square, supports landscape & vertical photos

Instagram stops being a square, supports landscape & vertical photos

Instagram has finally gotten with the times and dropped its requirement that photos be in a square format. The social network has updated both its iOS and Android apps and now allows users to post photos in landscape and vertical orientations, in addition to the classic square. The same size change is applied to videos too. This will likely be a welcome change to Instagram users, who for years already have been taking photos and video on devices with rectangular screens.

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Instagram for Android has a new edit screen

Instagram for Android has a new edit screen

If you use Instagram on Android, you may be seeing a new edit screen that speeds up the sharing process (and if you're not, try updating the app - some users have had luck doing this). Some users are seeing a new so-called quick edit screen that reduces the editing and sharing process to a single screen. The screen allows those who want the more expansive process to use it, but for everyone else, filtering is reduced to swiping right and left.

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Forever 21 shows Instagram on giant screen made of thread

Forever 21 shows Instagram on giant screen made of thread

What would be the best way to display Instagram posts to a large crowd? Your immediate and of course logically expected answer would be a large LCD screen or something like it. Fashion retailer Forever 21 naturally won't settle for something so plain, so conventional, so boring. Hiring the expertise of rapid product company BREAKFAST, Forever 21 setup what could be the world's first, and probably last, giant screeen that uses not LCDs or even LEDs to show content. It uses nothing than colorful threads for that same purpose.

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Instagram adds web search

Instagram adds web search

Instagram has rolled out its boosted search support to the browser, having improved the Discovery tab of its mobile apps last month. The updated search now hunts through hashtags, users' accounts, and general terms for those times you'd rather go browsing on the desktop rather than fiddling with your phone. However, it's not quite so full-featured as what the mobile app offers.

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