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The big Instagram losers lost millions

The big Instagram losers lost millions

Instagram's cull of spam accounts and users not toeing the line over community guidelines has taken a huge bite out of the follow counts for many high-profile users, a pre/post "Instapurge" survey has revealed. Announced last week as part of the photo-sharing social network's ongoing war against fake profiles, the spam sweep took effect yesterday and wiped anything from a handful of followers from some user's accounts, to several million from others - including Instagram's own account, in fact. Among the biggest losers have been musicians, with Justin Bieber, Beyonce, and Taylor Swift all seeing their fan numbers tumble, but it's the non-celebrity users who have been most vocal in their outrage.

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Flickr issues Wall Art apology, removes Creative Commons images

Flickr issues Wall Art apology, removes Creative Commons images

Not too long ago, Flickr introduced a new service for printing photos called Wall Art. At first it was a welcomed feature, allowing users to print their own photos using an integrated tool with a couple different printing options. The mood towards the feature turned sour a short while later, however, when Flickr revealed that Wall Art would no longer be limited to only one's own images, allowing anyone to order prints from a massive library of others' photos...with no compensation going to the photographer.

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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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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Note Edge camera

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs Note Edge camera

When we first saw the Galaxy Note 4 at a Samsung conference earlier this year, Samsung also showed us the Galaxy Note Edge. At that time, it wasn't entirely apparent - they're said to come with the same cameras. Since then, we've put them to the test. Some devices perform VERY different from one another even though they're supposed to have the same hardware - can Samsung stay true to its word here?

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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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Polaroid Socialmatic camera is now up for pre-order

Polaroid Socialmatic camera is now up for pre-order

Consumers haven't entirely abandoned printed photographs, even if Instagram and similar services are now the preferred way to share and view images. Things like ZenCam have caught attention for offering physical prints of digital media, and so it isn't surprising that Polaroid has been looking at resurrecting its own instant film offerings. We've seen the Polaroid Socialmatic camera before, and now there is finally a launch date to which we can look forward: January.

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Lumu review: the light meter has gone mobile

Lumu review: the light meter has gone mobile

Avid photographers know lighting is important. Often times, those dedicated to getting the perfect picture have expensive meters meant to allow them insight on which is the best exposure and filter (among other camera controls) to use. Lumu, a new plug-in for your iPhone, wants to help lighten your camera bag by getting you to leave the meter at home. Along with a few apps for iOS, the aim is to get you plugging into your audio jack rather than carrying a bulky meter.

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iPhone 6 Plus used by White House Christmas photographer

iPhone 6 Plus used by White House Christmas photographer

This year, a professional photographer opted to forgo using a big DSLR camera and fancy lens to capture the White House's Christmas decorations, and instead used an iPhone 6 Plus. As Apple loves to mention at each year's unveiling of a new iPhone, the company's smartphone has become the most popular camera in use today, even finding use in situations where professionals previously would never consider using a mobile device.

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