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The cool new tools Instagram won’t let you use

The cool new tools Instagram won’t let you use

Instagram has ramped up its efforts to monetize the photos users upload to their photo-based social network. Instagram is currently testing a system where brands are able to insert tags in photos. These tags link direct to a product page, which in turn allow the user to buy. Consumer-ready and aimed at making certain you're able to buy things as easy as possible.

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Instagram testing live video streaming feature

Instagram testing live video streaming feature

Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter's Periscope — these social networks all have features that allow users to stream or watch live video from their mobile devices, and now it appears that Instagram is joining their ranks. Russian news outlet T Journal has discovered the functionality within the Instagram Stories feature, albeit in an incomplete, non-working state.

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Instagram, at long last, is officially on the PC

Instagram, at long last, is officially on the PC

It might sound hilarious, but there was a time when the measure of an operating system and app market’s success was whether it had Candy Crush and Instagram. In both those cases, Windows 8, especially RT, was an abysmal failure. Windows 10 did get a bit better, with Candy Crush as a launch title even. Today, another chapter closes and Windows 10 is truly on the road to perfection. Finally, there is an official Instagram app for Windows 10 PCs and tablets. And yes, you can actually upload photos from it.

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Instagram posts can now be saved as drafts

Instagram posts can now be saved as drafts

If you've ever found yourself trying to come up with the perfect post for Instagram but just knew the creative juices weren't quite there at that moment, then chances are you'll be overjoyed to hear of the platform's newest feature. Instagram is currently rolling out a "save as draft" option across its apps, allowing users to come back to posts later.

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Instagram Stories can now be muted

Instagram Stories can now be muted

Instagram has released version 9.3 of its mobile app, and with it comes some new features related to Stories, including the ability to mute a story you don’t want to see and choose a color when adding text to a video or photo. The update, which is available for both the iOS and the Android app, also brings the comment filtering option we detailed yesterday, enabling users to better control what comments are allowed to appear on their content.

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Instagram comment keyword filtering aims to hide harassment

Instagram comment keyword filtering aims to hide harassment

Instagram is launching comment keyword filtering for all users, hoping to cut down on harassment on the photo-centric social network. The new feature offers Instagram users the option to enable a preset list of potentially offensive words which, if they're spotted in another person's comment, will automatically see that remark removed.

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Instagram’s photo maps will soon be a thing of the past

Instagram’s photo maps will soon be a thing of the past

Instagram has been adding features at a relatively quick pace, but now it's becoming clear that it also intends to remove ones that just aren't working anymore. Get ready to say goodbye to photo maps, as Instagram has confirmed that they'll soon be going the way of the Dodo. In fact, for some users, the photo maps purge has already begun.

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Instagram brings pinch-to-zoom functionality to iOS

Instagram brings pinch-to-zoom functionality to iOS

Lately, Instagram has been rolling out a significant number of changes and new features. From changing up its app icon to keep things on the fresh side to rolling out a new stories feature that seemed to borrow heavily from another popular social media app, Instagram has been making a large number of tweaks and firing them out the door quickly. Today, the features list is growing once again with the addition of a small yet frequently requested feature: pinch-to-zoom.

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Instagram Explore feed gets event video channels

Instagram Explore feed gets event video channels

Instagram is pushing the video aspect of its service via the launch of new video event channels in its Explore section. These channels highlight videos from events, whatever they may be, so that you can get up to date on the things you missed. As expected, the channels are tailored to each user, so the highlights are of things you’ll probably actually want to see, like clips from your favorite band’s concert or a sporting event.

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Instagram Stories come to the web with this Chrome extension

Instagram Stories come to the web with this Chrome extension

Photo-sharing social network Instagram took a big swipe at rival Snapchat earlier this month with the launch of Instagram Stories. But whether or not you feel like it's a cheap copy or it one-ups Snapchat's version, the feature is turning out to be very popular among users. The only draw-back at this point is that Instagram Stories can only be viewed in the mobile apps, and not on the desktop via browser.

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Facebook takes another swing at Snapchat with MSQRD selfie filter test

Facebook takes another swing at Snapchat with MSQRD selfie filter test

Don't look now, but Facebook is making another move to attempt to woo some users away from Snapchat. After Instagram introduced a Snapchat-inspired Stories feature, Facebook has rolled out a new Olympics-themed test in Brazil and Canada that features selfie filters from MSQRD, a company the social media giant acquired earlier this year.

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Instagram Stories basically copies Snapchat Stories

Instagram Stories basically copies Snapchat Stories

The folks at Instagram have launched a new feature for their mobile app called Instagram Stories - a name you may have (sort of) heard before. Snapchat has a similar feature, one called Snapchat Stories - or Snapchat's My Story. Users are able to share photos and videos with their followers with 24-hour timers on them. That should sound familiar. Both services offer basically the same thing.

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