All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Updates’

Instagram, No Longer Square, Lets You Post Landscape and Portrait Photos

Instagram, No Longer Square, Lets You Post Landscape and Portrait Photos

Instagram photos are square. That’s just how Instagram has always been. Has it been annoying for many users? Absolutely. If you want to share a wider or taller photo on Instagram, often the only option is to create a letterbox image in a third-party app. It isn’t ideal, but it’s what people have to do to make sure the entirety …

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Snapchat’s New Update Could Help You Save Data

Snapchat’s New Update Could Help You Save Data

Snapchat has been known to gobble up data now and then – especially since the introduction its discovery feature earlier this year. But a new update could help with that. The company has added a new feature to the app called ‘Travel Mode’. When enabled, Travel Mode disables auto-loading of content when you’re using cellular data. When you have Travel …

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Instagram Lets You Use Emoji in Hashtags, Adds Filters

Instagram says it plans to start putting out new filters more often. Today, it’s starting with three. Download the latest update to access the new Lark, Reyes, and Juno filters. Here’s what those new filters do, according to Instagram: Inspired by weekend adventures outdoors, Lark, Reyes and Juno are a family of modern, subtle filters that brighten and enhance your …

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Twitter Kills Discover Tab, Adds Context to Trends

Your Twitter app just got a shakeup, as the company has decided to retire the #discover and Activity tabs on both its iOS and Android apps. According to Twitter, the reasoning is that it’s been working to put more content in the main timeline, which is most certainly true. That means trends have to go somewhere, since they previously resided …

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Apple Watch App Part of iOS 8.2 Update, Is Not Deletable, Will Get Stuck in That Folder (You Know the One)

iOS 8.2, now available to download, “introduces support for Apple Watch, and also includes improvements to the Health app, increased stability, and bug fixes. It also introduces one more pain-in-the-ass undeletable app. If you update your iOS right now, you’re going to be stuck with a new Apple Watch app that you cannot delete – just like newsstand, passbook, and …

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Instagram Videos Now Loop Continuously

There’s a new version of Instagram out, and with it comes a small but important change to videos. Videos on instagram will now auto-replay in your feeds. According to Instagram, this will not affect how much data the app uses. Vine has been doing this since the beginning, and the constant looping is part of the app’s appeal. Case in …

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Instagram Adds a Handful of New Filters

Instagram has launched an app update today, and it brings with it five new filters which the company describes as its “best yet”. Joining the filter lineup today are Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden and Perpetua, which “soften and subtly shift colors”. The last time Instagram added new filters was way back in December of 2012, alongside a major update to …

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Twitter Changes Its Font, Makes Other Updates

Twitter has just announced a few changes to twitter.com, most notably a revert back to its old font after a brief stint trying out a new one. At the end of May, Twitter quietly changed the font on Twitter.com from the ubiquitous Helvetica Neue to Gotham. The change resulted in some backlash, as evidenced by many of the replies to …

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Spotify Adds an Equalizer in Latest iOS Update

Spotify has just updated its iOS app, and whadda ya know – there’s an equalizer now. Sprung out of strong support for the idea in Spotify’s community ideas pages, the new equalizer appears in the playback settings inside your app. Calling all audiophiles using iOS! Now you can use an equalizer for your tuning pleasure. #SpotifyEqualizer – pic.twitter.com/9BrRw63u5E — Spotify …

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Check-in Out: Foursquare Officially Kills Check-ins

Just a few hours after touting Swarm’s success in becoming users’ go-to place for check-ins, Foursquare has announced that starting tomorrow, all check-ins will be moving to that app. For the first time since its launch in 2009, you won’t be able to check in using Foursquare. Back in May, Foursquare decided that to survive and flourish, they were going …

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Instagram Update Brings Ten New Editing Tools, Like the Ability to Adjust Filter Strength

Instagram has always been about the filters. The ability to alter a photo with one simple click and make it look a million times better is one of the main reason people use the app. Sure, it’s now a busting community of users that care about it as a pure social network–but in order for it all to work, amateur …

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Instagram Likes Will No Longer Be (Embarrassingly) Shared to Facebook

Here’s an example of how a single social networking action can produce drastically different results on two different social networks. Imagine you’re scrolling through your Instagram feed and you come across a photo of your friend on the beach. Aw, she deserves a beach vacation, she’s been working so hard lately! So, you double tap and like her photo on …

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Snapchat Has to Be Thrilled with This Little Anecdote

What’s so terrifying that it’ll make high-school students panic like they’re seven and someone just took away their recess? Apparently, it’s not a giant zit on prom night or the revelation of a secret burn book. It appears that the worst thing on planet Earth is one goshdarn moment without Snapchat. Kansas high-school teacher and possible Snapchat plant Tracie Schroeder …

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PS Vita To Receive Update 3.10 Today

The PS Vita is turning into quite the handy portable games console. Even if you don’t use all the features on the device (like the email app), it’s still a daily companion for some of us. Now Sony is making it even better with a new firmware update. Sony announced today that the PS Vita firmware will be updated to …

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Instagram Says It’s Now Much Faster on Android

Instagram for Android users are being treated with an app update today, one that the photo-sharing service claims will boost overall speed and simplify visuals that will benefit both smaller and larger devices. “Today, we’re excited to announce improvements to the way Instagram for Android looks and feels,” says the company in a blog post. “These changes mean a faster, …

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Microsoft to Beta Test Xbox One Party System Update

Last week Microsoft rolled out its first major Xbox One update since the console’s launch. The update included near-essential features for the console’s OS that simply didn’t make it into the system by launch day, such as hard drive storage management and an on-screen battery indicator for controllers. Microsoft is promising an even more significant update will be coming on …

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Microsoft Details Upcoming Xbox One Party System Update

Today Microsoft’s Xbox One console is getting a large update, one of two coming within the next month. Today’s update includes support for storage management, allowing Xbox One owners to see and adjust exactly what is on their 500GB hard drive. The second update, coming on March 4, is set to fix the Xbox One party system. The feature set …

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Xbox One System Update Coming February 11

Microsoft today announced that the first major system update for the Xbox One since launch will be coming on February 11. Another large update will follow on March 4. The most important feature coming with the February 11 update is storage management. With launch Xbox One consoles having only a 500GB hard drive and game downloads larger than 40GB, it …

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Twitter Improves Search with New Filters

It would be in Twitter’s best interest to become a true search destination – to have people check Twitter when they want to find photos, videos, and news on breaking topics. Search is just one arm of Twitter’s possible reach when it comes to being a true news distribution service. Simply scrolling up and down the timeline is the preferred …

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Foursquare Now Pushes Recommendations to All Users with 7.0 Update

With the new 7.0 update, Foursquare is pushing recommendations to all iOS and Android users – even when they don’t have the app open. Now, when you arrive at a location (be that a specific city or state, or a specific venue), Foursquare will let you know what to eat, buy, see, and more. These real-time recommendations aren’t new – …

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Ouya Updated With New UI, Storage Options

The holidays are quickly approaching and people are trying to decide which game console to buy. Should you go with the Wii U, PS4 or Xbox One? That’s a question that I can’t answer, but Ouya can. In an attempt to make you drop $100 on the micro-Android console this holiday season, the Ouya team has updated the system software …

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PS4 Gets Its First Post-Launch Update Tonight

When you got your shiny new PS4 last Friday, you were prompted to download system software version 1.50. This day one update enabled many of the features that Sony promised would be available at launch, such as game streaming on Twitch and Blu-ray playback. Now a second software patch is already on the way, but it’s decidedly less impressive. Sony …

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YouTube’s Big Comments Revamp Has Begun

Weeks ago, YouTube announced that they were finally going to do something about comments. I guess they felt that it was about time for a paradigm shift. I mean, it’s well understood that if you want to go find the worst of humanity, YouTube comments are a great place to start. Until now, it was probably wise to simply avoid …

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Spotify for iOS Now Keeps Track of Concert Dates

Spotify just released an update to its iOS app that makes a few fixes and additions – most notably the inclusion of concert dates on artist pages. Take a look: Spotify has also introduced a better search function which sports instant results as well as the new ability to search playlists and user profiles – the latter being a much-needed …

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Twitter Forces Image, Vine Previews In-Stream

Twitter has just announced an update for iOS, Android, and the web that’s all about putting more content in your actual tweet stream. “We want to make it easier for everyone to experience those moments on Twitter. That’s why starting today, timelines on Twitter will be more visual and more engaging: previews of Twitter photos and videos from Vine will …

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Tumblr Search Gets Smarter, NSFW Content Easier to Manage

Tumblr has just announced a big improvement to their search function, one that they say will help users better explore the 65 billion posts now currently housed on the site (65 billion posts, yeah). Now, when you search a term, the results page shows posts that mention said term, not just the ones tagged with those terms. For instance, a …

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You Can Finally Edit Your Vine Videos

Today, Vine released an update on both iOS and Android that probably includes the the most useful new feature since the app’s launch back in January. Starting today, you can now edit your Vine videos before you post them. Vine is calling it “Time Travel,” and it allows you to delete, reorganize, and even replace each individual shot of your …

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Facebook for iOS Gets Post Editing, Photo Comments, and More

Facebook has just launched an update to their iOS app that brings post editing, photo comments, and more to the experience. First up, and most importantly (in the eyes of most, I’m sure), you can now edit both your posts and your comments on Facebook for iOS. A few weeks ago, Facebook unveiled post editing on the web and on …

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Pinterest for iOS Gets Some New Swipe Gestures

Pinterest has just released a minor app update that not only brings it more in line with other iOS 7 apps (in terms of flatter, simpler design), but also adds new swipe gestures. Starting today, you can now swipe to the left or right to cycle through all of the pins on your feed. “To try it out, tap any …

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Google Maps for iOS Updated with Faster Navigation, More Languages

Google has just launched an update to their Google Maps for iOS, one that brings faster navigation with the help of a new route mini-map and a “tricks and tips” guide that helps users make the best of the app. First up, you now have a mini-map when selecting your routes: Google has also added a “tips and tricks” guide …

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