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Beastgrip Pro hands-on: your phone needs this

Beastgrip Pro hands-on: your phone needs this

“Phoneographers”. That’s who Beastgrip is for, according to their website. It’s clever, and oddly endearing for people like me who like taking photos with their phone, but sometimes want to take it a step further. After reviewing the original Beastgrip, I was pretty excited to get word of the Beastgrip Pro, the iterative progression from the original. Still in its beta stage, we caught up with the man behind Beastgrip while he hoofed through CES. What we found was another reason to get excited about smartphone photography.

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VSCO snaps up photo print house Artifact Uprising

VSCO snaps up photo print house Artifact Uprising

VSCO, the photography app that is turning into so much more, has acquired Artifact Uprising, which makes physical books and prints of your digital photos. It’s not yet clear just how the two would merge in a digital sense (or even if they really are), but the deal rounds out a nice niche for VSCO. Though we’ve ditched film by and large, many photographers still enjoy prints of their work. The two companies have worked together before, with VSCO calling the merger “obvious”.

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Polaroid, Blipfoto team up for one-a-day photo sharing platform

Polaroid, Blipfoto team up for one-a-day photo sharing platform

Perhaps drawing inspiration from their Cube, Polaroid is again going small. This time, they’re teaming up with Blipfoto to bring you a photo sharing community. the joint venture is a sort of re-introduction of both companies as they attempt to make themselves relevant in our mobile world. The Blipfoto community, like Polaroid, is nothing new, but in need of a refreshed image. The share-once-a-day forum will bring a re-hashed look for mobile, where Blipfoto is available on both Android and iOS (and the web).

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Kodak bringing new Android-powered devices to CES

Kodak bringing new Android-powered devices to CES

Kodak is coming to CES, but not as you might expect. The company will likely be talking up a new photographic endeavor, but it won’t be film. This year, Kodak is set to unveil a lineup of Android-powered mobile devices which offer “best in class image management software and features”. These smartphones and tablets are going to be photo-centric, offering a specific image capturing and management features. If your thing is mobile photography, Kodak is lining up their stars just for you.

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Facebook ‘Stickered’ app lets you overlay stickers onto your photos

Facebook ‘Stickered’ app lets you overlay stickers onto your photos

Int heir ongoing attempt to dominate your home screen, Facebook is announcing another app today. An accompaniment to Messenger, Stickered is a new app that lets you plaster stickers all over your photos before sending them along to friends via Messenger. Facebook Messenger is also getting some festive new tweaks in time for the holidays, with a “festive frame” for New Year’s Eve pics as well as snow-globe chat heads. Messenger will also get a holiday inspired sticker pack in addition to it’s new app.

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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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