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25
Sep

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 CBSNews.com, via the CBS News mobile app for Android and iOS or connected TVs and streaming devices.

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21
Sep

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. https://t.co/7lZ0eyNtBC

— 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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21
Sep

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. https://t.co/7lZ0eyNtBC

— 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

12
Sep

Instagram lets anyone filter words out of comments


Instagram is making good on its promise to bring word filters to everyone. The photo-centric service has announced that anyone can now filter their comments to keep out abusive (or just plain annoying) feedback. If you’re tired of dealing with harassment or “get more followers” spam, you won’t have to spend ages blocking users or reporting individual comments. It’s just a matter of choosing the right keywords to keep discussions civil.

Co-founder Kevin Systrom is quick to admit that filters and similar user tools “aren’t the only solution.” Ultimately, Instagram itself has to be smarter about banning users and preventing hurtful comments from showing up in the first place. However, this latest move puts a lot of power in your hands — you can set a baseline level of quality that keeps out some offenders without silencing comments altogether.

Source: Instagram

12
Sep

Instagram Update Brings Anti-Harassment ‘Keyword Moderation Tool’ to All Users


Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom today announced that the company is “taking the next step” to protect its users from online abuse with the wide launch of a new comment moderation feature in the photography-focused social network app. Referred to as a “keyword moderation tool,” the feature will let each user type in words they find to be offensive, effectively hiding any mention of them in the comment section of their posts.

The comments containing the harsh language will still be available for other Instagram users, but the company believes that allowing each user to determine which words to hide from their personal collection of photos will cultivate a “positive and safe” environment. To deal with abusive accounts, Instagram already lets users swipe to delete comments, report inappropriate comments and block accounts.

Systrom refers to the keyword blocking update as the “first feature” for dealing with online abusers, suggesting Instagram is continuing to keep an eye on the issue and add more protective updates to its mobile app in the future. Once the app is updated, gain access to the comment moderation setting by following the steps below:
Go to your Profile tab.

Tap the Settings gear icon in the top right corner.

Find and tap “Comments.”

Toggle “Hide Inappropriate Comments” to automatically hide keywords that are “often reported as inappropriate.”

Or, add your own custom keywords in the text box, separating each with a comma.

Tap “Done” to save your changes.
After previously allowing high-profile users, like businesses and various brands, to have access to the new feature, Instagram said that today marks its wide rollout to every user. Those who have yet to download the app can find Instagram for free on the iOS App Store. [Direct Link]

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8
Sep

Instagram Working on Several New Photo Features for iPhone 7 Series


Photo sharing app Instagram is set to become one of the first platforms specifically designed to take advantage of the iPhone 7’s powerful new camera features.

Details of the upcoming update were shared by Instagram’s head of design Ian Spalter during yesterday’s Apple event in San Francisco, where he demonstrated how the app would make use of several of the new phones’ capabilities.

First of all, the iPhone 7 Plus telephoto lens will be controllable simply by dragging a finger up and down in the Instagram camera window, allowing users to adjust the level of optical/digital zoom. Meanwhile, Apple’s new Taptic Engine feedback will let users know how much zoom they’ve enabled when composing stills as well as during video recording.

Instagram is also revising all of its photo filters to take advantage of the iPhone 7 display’s wider color gamut, allowing users to see a broader range of hues in their pictures.

Other additions revealed on stage included a 3D Touch action for the Instagram app icon that will let users quickly add a photo to an Instagram Story – the platform’s new sharing feature aped from Snapchat.

Lastly, the app will make use of iOS 10’s new Live Photos API to convert the video clips into Instagram Boomerang GIFs, which play back and forth on repeat.

The updated version of the app launches later this year, presumably after iOS 10 is released on September 13 and the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have made it into consumers’ hands. Preorders for the devices begin Friday, September 9, with shipments scheduled to start on September 16.

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8
Sep

Instagram will take advantage of your iPhone 7’s camera


You won’t have to wait long to find apps that take advantage of the iPhone 7’s upgraded camera system. Instagram has revealed that an updated version of its iOS app will take and share photos using the wider color range captured by the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus’ image sensors. You should see more vivid colors than you’d get from a phone taking photos in the usual sRGB color gamut. Instagram’s update will arrive sometime later this year.

Click here to catch all the latest news from Apple’s “See You” event.

7
Sep

Instagram Begins Phasing Out ‘Photo Maps’ From User Profiles


Photo-sharing service Instagram has begun removing its GPS-aggregating “Photo Maps” feature from user profiles. Some of Instagram’s users may have already noticed that Photo Maps is gone when visiting another profile, with Instagram confirming to Mashable that it began phasing out the feature last week.

Photo Maps will remain on your own profile tab “for now,” but the company is expected to begin removing it from there as well in the near future. The simple reason behind its removal is how little the feature was used by the social network’s 500 million monthly active users, especially in comparison to popular features in the app, like the Explore tab.

“Photo Map was not widely used, so we’ve decided to remove the feature and focus on other priorities,” the company said in a statement.

The company confirmed that geotagged locations in individual Instagram posts will remain, so “you’ll still be able to click on a location tag in an individual post and see other photos from that location as well as a small map.” The move is believed to be a part of the social network’s move towards capturing ground from rival Snapchat, while leaving behind parts of its service that don’t generate much in the way of user activity.

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6
Sep

Instagram is dropping photo maps


Instagram isn’t just piling on new features — it’s taking them away, too. The social image service says that it’s removing the Photo Map feature, which lets you see where a person’s snapshots come from. The removals started last week, Instagram adds. It’s currently focused on removing maps on profiles of other people, but you’ll eventually lose access to your own photo map as well. Location info will stick around (such as pages showing all the photos taken at a given place), however, so you won’t lose track of where you took that stunning flower shot.

The company doesn’t beat around the bush when explaining the move: it tells us that Photo Map “was not widely used.” It’s shifting its attention to other areas, according to the statement (which you can read below). Frankly, the decision isn’t shocking. When’s the last time you browsed your friends’ photo locations? And when Instagram is currently obsessed with video and beating Snapchat, cartography isn’t exactly high on the priority list.

“Photo Map was not widely used, so we’ve decided to remove the feature and focus on other priorities. You will still be able to see location tags on individual posts.”

Source: Mashable

2
Sep

The Engadget Podcast Ep 4: All Eyez On Me


Editors Cherlynn Low and Devindra Hardawar join host Terrence O’Brien to talk about Intel’s latest CPUs, Dead or Alive’s controversial VR feature and Lenovo’s “innovative” take on the keyboard. Then the panel takes a look at Chris Brown’s standoff and how Instagram videos and Facebook Live fit into our modern media landscape.

Here are your Flame Wars leaderboards:

Wins

Loses

Winning %

Chris Velazco
3
1
.750
Devindra Hardawar
6
4
.600
Nathan Ingraham
3
4
.429
Cherlynn Low
3
4
.429

Relevant links:

  • Lenovo’s Yoga Book is part tablet, part sketch pad
  • Intel’s 7th generation Core CPUs will devour 4K video
  • ‘Dead or Alive’ VR is basically sexual assault, the game
  • Chris Brown turns to Instagram amid police standoff
  • Kim Dotcom hopes to livestream his extradition appeal
  • Kim Dotcom will be allowed to stream his extradition appeal

You can check out every episode on The Engadget Podcast page in audio, video and text form for the hearing impaired.

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