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500px for iOS update brings Adobe, manual camera controls

500px for iOS update brings Adobe, manual camera controls

Photography sharing site/app 500px is already a destination for many photography enthusiasts, and now they’ve got reason to stay. After adding mobile uploads earlier this year, 500px has made another impressive move for mobile. A “professional” photo editor is cobbled into 500px’s iOS app, as is a dedicated camera interface. With the camera, you’ll be able to better take advantage of iOS 8’s granular camera controls. If what you shot doesn’t exactly set your world on fire, the Adobe-powered editor might do your photos justice.

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Microsoft Xim goes big, adds Chromecast, Xbox One support

Microsoft Xim goes big, adds Chromecast, Xbox One support

Given the amount of flack Microsoft has been receiving lately, it's is almost a surprise, pleasant or otherwise, that it would come up with small but priceless pieces of gold in unexpected corners. One of those was Xim, a super easy photo sharing app that Microsoft launched just over two months ago. Now at version 1.3, Xim is getting bigger, almost literally. Not only is it available on all major mobile platforms, it can now stream photos to Xbox Ones, Chromecasts, and Apple TVs as well.

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Facebook rolls out auto photo enhancements on iOS

Facebook rolls out auto photo enhancements on iOS

We upload a lot of images to social networks, and not all of them are of the best quality -- there's that snapshot from the other night that's too dim, the holiday pictures that could use a little sprucing up. Google users are likely familiar with Google Plus' Auto Awesome feature, which can automatically make some savvy tweaks to images, and soon something similar will also be available to Facebook users. This should speed things up for those times you're looking to upload an image, but don't want to bother pulling up a separate image editor.

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Instagram has 300 million active users, may be bigger than Twitter

Instagram has 300 million active users, may be bigger than Twitter

Instagram has announced via a blog post they are (probably) larger than Twitter. Their service has grown to well over 300 million users, but the real story is how many are using it. According to Instagram, they have a monthly active user number almost as high as their overall user metrics. At 284 million users monthly, they’ve likely outpaced Twitter. Put that way, it’s easy to see why Twitter recently copied the very thing people like about Instagram, rolling in the same filters and ease-of-use.

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Slingshot v2.0 ditches clumsy ‘send-to-receive’ feature

Slingshot v2.0 ditches clumsy ‘send-to-receive’ feature

Remember Slingshot, Facebook’s answer to — well, nothing and everything, really. The messaging platform tried hard to provide a secure environment, but the "send-to-receive" thing fell flat. To see a message, you had to send one, and it was just clumsy and strange. In version 2.0, which Facebook announced today, they’ve stripped that functionality away, instead opting for a more grounded approach. Now, sent messages will appear in a timeline, and your recipient has the option to react privately.

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Twitter’s new photo filters pinch Instagram’s cool

Twitter’s new photo filters pinch Instagram’s cool

Maybe it’s all the Instagram-linked posts on Twitter that brought this on, we don’t know. What we do know is that Twitter has updated their photo filters, replacing the ones they last instituted in 2012. Aside from just plain looking like they belong in 2014/2015, the filters bring in a new bit of functionality and features to the mix. If nothing else, it looks like Twitter is trying to pinch what makes Instagram cool, as the filters are almost a dead ringer for what you get via Instagram.

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Report: Apple iCloud dogged by ‘organizational issues’

Report: Apple iCloud dogged by ‘organizational issues’

As far as cloud storage solutions go, Apple’s iCloud is among the oddest. A company with massive resources and deep pockets should be able to provide a clean, cohesive experience for users. They can’t; iCould and iDrive are just not as good as other cloud storage offerings. From layout to syncing — even down to pricing — iCloud is a mis-hit from Apple. They’re sticking with it, though, so a silver lining exists. A new report details why the cloud in front of iCloud is so dark, though.

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MOS Kick review: the perfect time-lapse companion

MOS Kick review: the perfect time-lapse companion

You might take a lot of pics with your phone, but do you take really good ones? Sometimes, things like a sunset or fast-moving clouds require a bit more patience than we’d like, should we want a really good time-lapse. Even if we just want to capture a moment in time, a shaky wrist can ruin the shot. The MOS Kick wants to solve those issues for you, but is the crowdfunded stand the real deal, or another ho-hum Kickstarter project?

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Dropbox opens Carousel up to iPad, the web

Dropbox opens Carousel up to iPad, the web

As cloud storage solutions for your photos go, Dropbox is fairly popular. The enterprise-focussed solution is also consumer friendly, with photo storage being a fairly new angle for them. If you store your photos in Dropbox, you might be a bit bothered by the lack of viewing options outside of an iPhone or Android device via Carousel. For those who want more, Dropbox is delivering, and is introducing an iPad app as well as a web app for your photo viewing pleasure.

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VSCO update brings new features, iPad app, and a social layer

VSCO update brings new features, iPad app, and a social layer

Mobile photographers and editors, rejoice; a new VSCO Cam app update is here. In updating their existing app, VSCO is also bringing a new iPad app to the mix for iOS. The goal is to get you editing on the device you feel most comfortable with, and take advantage of iPads larger screen for detailed edits. You can also sync photos between devices, and a new Journal feature for iOS takes you all the way through the process without ever leaving the app. Snap, edit, and publish, all from within VSCO.

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