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Instagram launches Mute button, tests 'all caught up' feature

Instagram has finally launched a "Mute" button, and is testing an "All Caught Up" feature that will let you know when you've seen all new post from the people you follow from the past 48 hours.

Instagram CEO confirms: New 'time spent' feature is coming

A piece of leaked code revealed a new feature—since confirmed by Instagram's CEO—that is coming to Instagram. It's called 'time spent,' and it will allow users to track how much time they spend on the photo sharing app so they can be more 'intentional' about it.

Instagram rolling out ability to link a credit card and buy things inside the app

Parent company Facebook continues Instagram's transformation from a mobile image sharing platform into a do-it-all application by adding a way to pay for things right within the photo sharing app. This could be very interesting for photographers.

Snapchat launches water-resistant Spectacles V2 with photo capture

Snapchat has just introduced version 2 of its Spectacles camera glasses, and they come with a bunch of new features, including: photo capture, water resistance that can handle shallow water snaps, a sleeker design, better battery, and more.

New Instagram tool lets you download a copy of all your data

You can now download a zip-file, including all images and videos you ever posted on Instagram, plus comments, messages, settings and other data in json-format.

Google reportedly to acquire Lytro for $40 million

According to unnamed sources, Google will acquire Lytro's technology and patents, with Lytro employees already having left the company.

KitSplit gear rental company raises $2.1m in seed funding

KitSplit—the gear rental company that lets companies and individuals post their gear for rent when they're not using it—just raised $2.1 million in funding to help the company grow its presence in Hollywood.

Trump administration reinstates mandatory drone registration

President Trump has signed a bill that reinstates mandatory drone registration in the US, reversing a court ruling from earlier this year that eliminated the requirement.

Smartphones dominated Flickr's 2017 uploads, but DSLRs are on the rise

Smartphones once again dominated Flickr's most popular cameras of 2017, making up half of all uploads, but it's not all bad news for 'real' cameras. In fact, DSLR use is on the rise again.

Flickr shuts down wall art service, moves photo book printing to Blurb

Earlier today, Flickr moved its photo book printing service over to a third party services, and stopped offering any wall art options entirely.

Google Photos introduces new pet-friendly features

Google Photos is adding a few pet-friendly features that will make it easier to find photos of your favorite pooch. Now, you can organize your pet photos by facial recognition, and you can even search your library by breed.

Snapchat 'sky filters' use augmented reality to replace the sky with stars, sunsets and more

Snapchat is using its augmented reality tech to replace the sky in your photos. The so-called 'sky filters' can swap out a boring sky for a colorful sunset, rainbows, a starry night, and more.

iPhone 8 Review: Pushing the limits of photography

TechCrunch has already posted their review of the upcoming iPhone 8 (not yet the iPhone X), and they're calling it "a look into the augmented future of photography."

The Quickshot app adjusts your photography in real time

The app, created by the makers of Facetune, features a 'quickshot' mode that adjusts your image preview in real-life, rather than optimizing it post-capture.

New startup 'Binded' aims to simplify copyright for photographers

Copyright disputes are no fun at all. 'Binded' is a new startup that aims to simplify the process of registering - and enforcing - copyright for photographers.

Instagram implements image upload through mobile site

Instagram's mobile website has been updated to allow for image upload without installing the Instagram app on a mobile device.

Facebook takes aim at Snapchat and Prisma with new camera features

Facebook is testing filter and effects options that are remarkably similar to the kind offered by Snapchat and the popular Prisma app on its in-app camera. Read more

Facebook posts Surround 360 camera assembly instructions on GitHub

Facebook's $30,000 Surround 360 camera records up to 8K 360-video using 17 camera modules. Now the company has posted instruction manuals on GitHub detailing how to build the camera and install its software. Read more

Facebook adds 360 photo viewing to iOS and Android apps

Facebook has added support for uploading and viewing 360-degree photos to its iOS and Android apps. Read more

REVL seeks funding for Arc 4K action camera with integrated gimbal

REVL, a San Francisco-based startup, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to produce REVL Arc, a 4K action camera with an integrated motorized gimbal. Read more

Chinese maker Xiaomi challenges GoPro with new Yi Action Camera

Update: The Yi Action Camera is now being sold in the US. Chinese company Xiaomi, perhaps best known for its smartphones, has introduced a new GoPro competitor called the Yi Action Camera. This new action camera will only be sold inside of China for the equivalent of approximately $64 USD (399 CNY); the company doesn't, as of now, have plans to sell it elsewhere. This still poses a problem for GoPro, however, which has recently been looking to expand into the Chinese market. Read more

Lomography seeks crowd funding for new production of Petzval lenses

The people at Lomography have built a business around promoting and selling lo-fi cameras and accessories. What's (really) old is new again in their latest Kickstarter campaign, an effort to bring the centuries-old Petzval lens back into production. The 'New Petzval' lenses look and function much like the originals with a brass exterior, and would be produced in both Canon EF- and Nikon F- mounts. Click through and read more about the project.