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Get a look at the lost Super NES ‘Rayman’ game

When he isn’t busy cryptically teasing Beyond Good & Evil 2, game developer Michel Ancel laments (above) past projects lost to the sands of time. Like the Super NES version of Rayman that was scrapped in favor of the disc-based iterations for the Atari Jaguar and original PlayStation. As noticed by Motherboard, Ancel managed to find an old prototype cartridge and fired it up.

“It’s working !!! 4 people in the world have seen this . We thought it was lost , but somewhere in the cold electronic circuit, something was still alive . and running at full 60fps !!! should do a Switch version of this 😭”

Considering that Ancel and his team are already working on the upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive Wild and the aforementioned Beyond Good & Evil sequel, maybe don’t expect to play this on Nintendo’s new console anytime soon. For starters, it isn’t clear if Ancel still has the original code to work from or would have to start over again from scratch. But since we’re still a ways off from Nintendo releasing the Switch, anything’s possible at this point if you dream hard enough.

A photo posted by Michel Ancel (@michelancel) on Oct 23, 2016 at 1:17am PDT

Via: Motherboard

Source: Michel Ancel (Instagram) (1), (2), (3), (4)


Instagram is testing Live videos

A Russian publication has spotted an experimental Instagram feature it obviously got its from parent corporation’s repertoire: live videos. One of T Journal’s readers sent in screenshots and a video of a curious icon lined up with Instagram Stories on top that’s clearly marked “Live.” It led to a “popular live broadcasts” page, but it refused to load — not surprising since the company hasn’t even officially announced the feature yet. T Journal also posted a screenshot of the app’s camera screen that says “Go Insta!” at the bottom, which we’re assuming starts a live broadcast.

Facebook, Instagram’s overlord, launched Live videos to the masses back in January following Periscope’s and Meerkat’s success. While Meerkat had to shut down after being eclipsed by Periscope, Facebook’s Live videos continue to thrive. It makes sense for the mega-social network to bring the capability to its popular photo app, but at this point, it’s still unclear if and when it’ll get a wider release. Those hoping and wishing to get an early glimpse of Instagram Live, though, take note: T Journal’s reader was using a Nexus 6P.

Via: The Verge

Source: TJournal


Instagram Expands ‘Stories’ Feature to Explore Tab

Back in August, Instagram introduced a new “Instagram Stories” feature, allowing Instagram users to post temporary images and videos to their profile. Content expires after 24 hours, giving users a chance to share more casual posts that won’t be permanently available on Instagram.

Prior to today, Instagram users have only been able to see Stories from people they follow, but Instagram has added Stories to the “Explore” tab in the app, which will let users find interesting and popular story content from around the world.

A selection of Stories are now available at the top of the Explore page, denoted by small circles and a user name, which can be tapped to display the image and video content.

According to Instagram, the new Stories feature is personalized to each user’s interests, much like the rest of the Explore tab.

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Instagram’s suggested Stories are now available to everyone

If you’ve been scrounging for Instagram Stories to watch outside of the ones your friends make, you’re in luck. After slipping Stories into the Explore tab for a limited number of users, it’s now making the feature available to everyone. Visit the Explore tab and you’ll see a section full of suggested stories that are personalized to your interests.

As before, this promises to help Instagram as much as it helps you. If you have a steady stream of new Stories to watch, you’re more likely to stick around instead of heading over to arch-rival Snapchat. Moreover, it should help grow Instagram’s already sizable user base — newcomers will have more people to follow even if they’re not all that interested in the usual stream of photos and videos.

Source: Instagram Blog


Instagram introduces new suicide prevention tools

If a friend is having a hard time or even in danger of hurting themselves, sometimes the first warning signs appear in social media. Instagram can now help you intervene anonymously with some new support options. If you report a post that worries you, your friend will get a message saying, “someone saw one of your posts and thinks you might be going through a difficult time. If you need support, we’d like to help.” They’ll then get the option to talk to a friend, contact a helpline or receive tips and support.

“We understand friends and family often want to offer support but don’t know how best to reach out,” Instagram COO Marne Levine told Seventeen. “These tools are designed to let you know that you are surrounded by a community that cares about you, at a moment when you might most need that reminder.” Instagram parent Facebook unveiled its own suicide-prevention tools earlier this year, and has a team that reviews reports to flag serious cases and weed out false reports.

These tools are designed to let you know that you are surrounded by a community that cares about you, at a moment when you might most need that reminder.

To craft the feature’s language, Instagram collaborated with folks who’ve experienced eating disorders or self harm issues, and worked with the National Eating Disorders Association and The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. “We listen to mental health experts when they tell us that outreach from a loved one can make a real difference for those who may be in distress,” Levine said.

However, mental health experts feel that Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social networks cause social pressure that can make users, especially teens, sleepless, anxious and depressed. And while it’s admirable that Facebook, Instagram and others have tools to help troubled users, they still haven’t properly dealt with the bullying and harassment at the root of many problems.

For those in crisis and in need of immediate help, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255. UK users can visit the Samaritans website or call 116 123. You’re not alone.

Via: Refinery 29

Source: Seventeen


Even Windows 10 tablets get an Instagram app before the iPad

Instagram brought its filter-driven social network to Windows 10 mobile back in the spring and now it’s doing the same for PCs and tablets running Microsoft’s OS. The photo and video app is now available for desktops and slates, meaning its now an option across all Windows 10 devices and a true universal app. Just like the versions for other operating systems, Direct, Explore and Stories are all tools here for viewing photos and videos alongside capture and editing features.

There is one caveat with the Windows 10 version of Instagram. You’ll need a PC or tablet with a touchscreen in order to upload your images or videos. Yes, it sounds strange, but at least Microsoft’s Surface line will give you full functionality. “Keep in mind that other devices running Windows 10 may not support certain features, like the ability to capture and upload photos and videos,” the app’s page in the Window’s Store explains.

While Windows 10 users are able to use the app across all of their devices, iPad owners are still dealing with the iPhone version for Instagram on Apple’s slates. Further proof we can’t always get what we want, I suppose.

Via: The Verge

Source: Windows Store, Instagram


ACLU: Police use Twitter, Facebook data to track protesters

According to an ACLU blog post published on Tuesday, law enforcement officials implemented a far-reaching surveillance program to track protesters in both Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD during their recent uprisings and relied on special feeds of user data provided by three top social media companies: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Specifically, all three companies granted access to a developer tool called Geofeedia which allows users to see the geographic origin of social media posts and has been employed by more than 500 law enforcement organizations to track protesters in real time.

Law enforcement’s ability to monitor the online activities of protesters could have a chilling effect on First Amendment rights, the post asserts. “These platforms need to be doing more to protect the free speech rights of activists of color and stop facilitating their surveillance by police,” Nicole Ozer, technology and civil liberties policy director for the ACLU of California, told the Washington Post. “The ACLU shouldn’t have to tell Facebook or Twitter what their own developers are doing. The companies need to enact strong public policies and robust auditing procedures to ensure their platforms aren’t being used for discriminatory surveillance.”

Based on information in the @ACLU’s report, we are immediately suspending @Geofeedia’s commercial access to Twitter data.

— Policy (@policy) October 11, 2016

Twitter released the above statement, Facebook (which owns Instagram) provided Engadget with the following comment, “This developer only had access to data that people chose to make public. Its access was subject to the limitations in our Platform Policy, which outlines what we expect from developers that receive data using the Facebook Platform. If a developer uses our APIs in a way that has not been authorized, we will take swift action to stop them and we will end our relationship altogether if necessary.”

All three companies have sought to restrict Geofeedia’s access to their data in recent weeks. Instagram and Facebook reportedly terminated access to their respective APIs on September 19th. Twitter renegotiated their contract with the subsidiary that granted Geofeedia access with additional terms to safeguard against surveillance and sent the analytics company a cease and desist letter on Monday before shutting down access altogether earlier today.

Via: Washington Post

Source: ACLU


CBS News will feature Instagram Stories in debate coverage

Monday’s US Presidential debates are shaping up to be the most easily streamable live TV in history, with options ranging from Twitter and YouTube to Facebook Live and Snapchat. Not wanting to be left out of the party, Instagram and CBS News have announced a new partnership that will make CBSN the first network to feature Instagram Stories in live coverage.

Unlike ABC’s deal to stream the debates on Facebook Live, CBS News will be taking a slightly more editorial slant. According to a statement from the nework, CBS News anchors and reporters will contribute original Instagram stories that will be rolled into the traditional debate coverage alongside additional curated Stories from political experts and voters across the US. The Instagram tie-in is also a slightly different approach than their competition at Snapchat, which will cover the debates from a variety of different angles via a Live Story with contributions from a variety of students, volunteers and media personalities on the ground at the debate.

CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 Streaming service is currently available on, via the CBS News mobile app for Android and iOS or connected TVs and streaming devices.

Source: CBS News


Instagram Rolling Out New ‘Save Draft’ Feature to All Users

Instagram is introducing a “Save Draft” feature to its mobile app, allowing users to start working on a post and then save a copy of the edits for finishing later (via TechCrunch).

The option appears if users tap the “back” button after they have added effects, filters, a caption or a location to a photo. Previously this only threw up a warning that any changes would be discarded, but now users can opt to save a draft to their phone.

To return to the draft post, users need to tap the Camera icon at the bottom of the screen, then select “Library”. Posts appear at the bottom of the screen under the title “Drafts”.

The relatively minor addition has been welcomed by Instagram users, some of whom were aware that the company had been trialling the feature among a select number of account holders since July.

Trying to create a post that’s just right? With the latest update, you can save as a draft & come back to it later.

— Instagram (@instagram) September 20, 2016

The draft option is also expected to be a hit among businesses and brands who use the photo-oriented social network, allowing them to prepare multiple posts in advance of publishing.

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Instagram’s ‘Save Draft’ feature is now available for everyone

Unlike Snapchat’s unpolished zaniness, Instagram’s tools and tone skewed users to share more curated photos. But since it didn’t save your photos midway through adding the right filters or effects, folks must either entirely edit and share a photo or lose all their changes. No longer. Six years after it launched and a month after testing it with select users, Instagram just gave everyone the “save draft” feature. It’s now live on Android and iOS without requiring a new update.

Trying to create a post that’s just right? With the latest update, you can save as a draft & come back to it later.

— Instagram (@instagram) September 20, 2016

As its new help section explains, all you have to do is add an effect, filter, caption or location to a photo, then go back to the edit step and hit the back arrow to prompt the “Save Draft” function. Any indecisive Instagrammer will find it useful, but the biggest benefit might go to social media managers that can now queue up plenty of posts in drafts. If it isn’t live on your device just yet, give it time: Like the feature’s test phase in August, Instagram is likely rolling out to groups of users at a time.

Source: Instagram

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