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Instagram launches Boomerang for 1-second back-and-forth gifs

Instagram launches Boomerang for 1-second back-and-forth gifs

The trend continues of social networks releasing secondary apps that turn into social media hubs of their own, kinda like band members with side projects that take off. Twitter has Vine, and now Instagram has Boomerang. The similarities to Vine don't end there either: Boomerang is about creating one-second videos that loop back-and-forth repeatedly, while Vine focuses on six-second clips with sound. Boomerang is available today on both iOS and Android.

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Native Facebook, Instagram, Messenger apps coming to Windows 10

Native Facebook, Instagram, Messenger apps coming to Windows 10

Microsoft's long-awaited Windows 10 event has finally begun this morning, and the company isn't wasting any time in revealing how well the new operating system is doing after launching this past summer. To start off, Microsoft is boasting of the developers that have committed to make universal Windows 10 apps, which will run natively and provide users the same experience on PCs, tablets, and phones. One of those big names is Facebook.

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Instagram monthly active users hits 400-million

Instagram monthly active users hits 400-million

The team at Instagram have announced that they're now working with more than 400-million monthly active users. Up from 300-million monthly active users nine months ago, Instagram appears to be growing at an increasingly quick rate. Instagram representatives also made clear that more than 80 million photos are being shared per day and that a whopping 75% of the entire community is international - that's outside the United States, in this case.

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Instagram Direct upgrades to corner messaging market

Instagram Direct upgrades to corner messaging market

Instagram has revamped its Direct feature, aiming to turn the photo messaging system into a real alternative to Twitter DMs and even dedicated IM apps. The new Instagram Direct - available in v7.5 of the app for both iOS and Android - supports threaded messages, a much-requested feature for common conversations, in addition to renaming support for group chat.

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Instagram stops being a square, supports landscape & vertical photos

Instagram stops being a square, supports landscape & vertical photos

Instagram has finally gotten with the times and dropped its requirement that photos be in a square format. The social network has updated both its iOS and Android apps and now allows users to post photos in landscape and vertical orientations, in addition to the classic square. The same size change is applied to videos too. This will likely be a welcome change to Instagram users, who for years already have been taking photos and video on devices with rectangular screens.

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Instagram for Android has a new edit screen

Instagram for Android has a new edit screen

If you use Instagram on Android, you may be seeing a new edit screen that speeds up the sharing process (and if you're not, try updating the app - some users have had luck doing this). Some users are seeing a new so-called quick edit screen that reduces the editing and sharing process to a single screen. The screen allows those who want the more expansive process to use it, but for everyone else, filtering is reduced to swiping right and left.

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Forever 21 shows Instagram on giant screen made of thread

Forever 21 shows Instagram on giant screen made of thread

What would be the best way to display Instagram posts to a large crowd? Your immediate and of course logically expected answer would be a large LCD screen or something like it. Fashion retailer Forever 21 naturally won't settle for something so plain, so conventional, so boring. Hiring the expertise of rapid product company BREAKFAST, Forever 21 setup what could be the world's first, and probably last, giant screeen that uses not LCDs or even LEDs to show content. It uses nothing than colorful threads for that same purpose.

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Instagram adds web search

Instagram adds web search

Instagram has rolled out its boosted search support to the browser, having improved the Discovery tab of its mobile apps last month. The updated search now hunts through hashtags, users' accounts, and general terms for those times you'd rather go browsing on the desktop rather than fiddling with your phone. However, it's not quite so full-featured as what the mobile app offers.

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Chris Pratt brings Jurassic World LEGO on world tour

Chris Pratt brings Jurassic World LEGO on world tour

Chris Pratt brings LEGO minifigure version of his Jurassic Park character Owen with on a world PR tour for the film. In true "I have to travel by myself so I'm bringing toys" fashion, actor Chris Pratt has brought his LEGO self with him as he hits a worldwide publicity tour for the film Jurassic World. Here you'll see Pratt hit several major cities around the world with his LEGO minifigure riding a velociraptor, just slightly unlike the actual film. Hilarity ensues, good times are had.

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Canon PIXMA MG3620 prints straight from Instagram

Canon PIXMA MG3620 prints straight from Instagram

Canon has a new PIXMA printer and it’s the first one that can print directly from Instagram accounts. This gives mobile photographers with a fondness for printed photographs a way to print out their favorite Instagram shots without having to use their laptop or third-party software. It’s the Canon PIXMA MG3620 Wireless Inkjet all-in-one printer, and it works in conjunction with Canon's mobile PRINT app. If Instagram isn't your cup of tea, the printer and app are also compatible with Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, and a bunch of other services.

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Instagram now storing higher resolution photos

Instagram now storing higher resolution photos

Good news for Instagram fans, or just users who are tired of the social network's small resolution for displaying photos: the service is now storing images at a size of 1080 x 1080 pixels, a big increase over the previous 640 x 640 resolution. Unfortunately, both the mobiles apps and Instagram's website are still displaying photos at the smaller size by default, but it was discovered that the larger sizes can still be found by playing around with the web view's source code.

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Instagram search supercharged with new Explore page

Instagram search supercharged with new Explore page

Instagram has introduced a revamped Explore page and improved search, enabling users to more easily find and explore content uploaded to the service. Instagram says these are “major updates”, and will make it easier for users to find trending content, such as videos of popular recent events. The trends show up in real time, but there are also curated collections based on topic, making it easier to explore what is on the service and narrow down content based on interest.

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