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Instagram Saved Posts collections aim to axe local file saving

Instagram Saved Posts collections aim to axe local file saving

Developers at Instagram have further updated their system to allow greater organizational abilities for Saved Posts. In doing so, Instagram seems to be saying, once again, that they do not want users to save images to their devices. The app does not allow saving, after all - outside of screenshots. And downloading Instagram photos on a desktop computer is still slightly less than user-friendly.

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Instagram Stories hits 200m users, celebrates with new camera features

Instagram Stories hits 200m users, celebrates with new camera features

Despite whatever controversy it may have caused when it first launched, Instagram Stories has certainly taken off in the time since then. Today Instagram revealed that Stories has attracted 200 million users, joining the recently announced milestone of 375 million users for Instagram Direct. As a result of these big numbers, both Stories and Direct are getting some new features today.

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Instagram Direct gets disappearing photos and videos

Instagram Direct gets disappearing photos and videos

Instagram announced today that its Direct feature has pulled in an additional 75 million users since November 2016, bringing the total number of users up to an impressive 375 million. To celebrate that milestone, it's making some changes to Direct that are centered around making the feature more streamlined and seamless.

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Instagram will start blurring ‘sensitive’ photos in feeds

Instagram will start blurring ‘sensitive’ photos in feeds

Instagram has announced that it will start blurring photos determined to be ‘sensitive’ in nature so that they don’t appear as-in in users’ feeds. This move is designed to make Instagram a ‘safe environment’ for users who may not want to see the sensitive content, though that content itself isn’t in violation of the company’s rules. The same blurring effect will be applied to videos that Instagram decides are sensitive in nature.

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Instagram will soon let users book appointments with companies

Instagram will soon let users book appointments with companies

Instagram is preparing to launch an odd feature that, perhaps, will expand the app's number of users and the way they use the service. Though traditionally used for photography and then later expanded to include video and Snapchat-like features, Instagram is now planning to give users the ability to book appointments with businesses that support the platform. The feature is a couple months away.

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Instagram enables live video saving to phone (for broadcasters)

Instagram enables live video saving to phone (for broadcasters)

Instagram has announced the addition of a new feature that enables users to save their live videos directly to their phone once the broadcast is complete. The feature is a welcomed (and frequently requested) one that will allow users to hang on to their own formerly-live videos for future sharing or watching, even though the video itself will disappear from the app once the broadcast ends.

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Instagram Stories adds geostickers for NYC and Jakarta

Instagram Stories adds geostickers for NYC and Jakarta

Instagram has launched new geostickers for its Instagram Stories product, the company announced today, describing the products as an ‘early version’ of its geostickers. The first geostickers are for Jakarta and New York City, with each city getting more than 12 stickers each. The stickers, of course, can be used on content captured in the cities to add extra style.

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Instagram’s 10x photos or videos per post is just a blog

Instagram’s 10x photos or videos per post is just a blog

The newest update to Instagram will allow users to insert up to 10x photos or 10x videos in a single post. As Instagram makes this change, they also pave the way to the future - a future in which users are able to post more than 10 photos, and more than 10 videos, and put as much text as they want, and maybe even someday have comments and more share buttons, too. Maybe Instagram's next move will be to allow users to post quotes, audio without video, and insert links too. Is Instagram just becoming Tumblr?

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Instagram multi-photo albums being tested on Android app

Instagram multi-photo albums being tested on Android app

Instagram is testing a new feature that will enable users to share multiple photographs in an album, doing away with the need to create collages to group photos together. The feature isn’t officially available in any capacity to the average user, but it has begun cropping up for some Android users in Instagram version 10.7.0. The albums created with this feature cannot be published live at this time.

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Instagram Live Stories rolling out globally next week

Instagram Live Stories rolling out globally next week

Instagram is taking on Twitch, YouTube, and its parent Facebook. Well, somewhat. The social network more popular for images, both still and short moving ones, switched on its “Live Stories” feature for some users in the US late last year. After a rather successful run, according to its own stats, Instagram Live Stories will be rolling out to users all over the world starting some time next week, promising a new kind of ephemeral live streaming experience not found in most live streaming platforms.

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As Instagram Stories hits 150 million daily users, full screen video ads enter testing

As Instagram Stories hits 150 million daily users, full screen video ads enter testing

Instagram's Stories feature is still relatively new, but parent company Facebook is wasting no time in monetizing it. Today Instagram announced that full screen video ads will soon play within Stories, and it starts with partnerships with around 30 different businesses. From there, it seems safe to assume that Instagram will expand Stories ads quickly, letting more and more companies run ads.

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This is how to share iPhone Live Photos on Instagram

This is how to share iPhone Live Photos on Instagram

If you're an iPhone user and you've been itching for a way to upload your Live Photos to Instagram, then good news: you can now do exactly that by turning them into Boomerangs. Instagram is rolling out this new functionality right now, giving users a somewhat easy way to upload Live Photos to Instagram Stories. Best of all is the fact that you won't need to update the app to begin doing this - assuming your app is on the current version, you should see these features pop up automatically.

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