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Instagram is testing a stand-alone messenger app called Direct

The Direct app would replace the current Inbox on the Instagram app, doing for Instagram what the Facebook Messenger app did for Facebook on mobile.

Samsung's new W2018 flip phone features a variable aperture F1.5-F2.4 lens

A rarity in the world of phones, the new high-end Samsung flip phone can switch between an F1.5 and F2.4 aperture to capture more of the background when it senses there's enough light.

Google rolls out 'Saturated' mode to address Pixel 2 XL display issues

Google has released a Saturated mode to 'fix' the dull colors issue on the Pixel 2 XL smartphone. Find out why we think this was a step in the wrong direction, but likely only an intermediate solution before a more proper fix.

Report: Snapchat has hundreds of thousands of unsold Spectacles sitting in storage

After a successful first round of sales, Snapchat ordered hundreds of thousands more of its Spectacles camera glasses... then demand tanked.

Surprise! Google hid a custom-built image processor inside the Pixel 2

Google's Visual Core is an Image Signal Processor designed to power and accelerate HDR+ processing and other imaging tasks in the new Pixel 2 devices (and beyond).

The Insta360 Pro 8K is certified to capture Google Street View photos while you drive

The Insta360 Pro 8K is the first camera to get Google's Street View certification, and one of only 4 that Google will certify as "Auto" ready, meaning you can use it to capture 360° photos while driving and add them to Google Street View.

This Kodak Moments chatbot digs through your old photos and tries to sell you prints

Kodak's new Facebook Messenger chatbot is trying to bring back the 'Kodak Moment' by digging up your old social media photos and trying to sell you prints and custom coffee mugs.

Google teases Pixel smartphone launch, takes on iPhone X on October 4th

The announcement date is set! Google will reveal their next generation Pixel phones—their response to Apple's shiny new iPhone X—on October 4th. Let the smartphone camera wars begin.

Instagram Stories arrive on desktop, will soon support mobile web uploads

Instagram's latest update lets you view its popular Snapchat clone "Stories" on desktop or mobile browsers. And soon you'll be able to upload to Stories from mobile web, too.

DIYer creates 'Polaroid' camera that 'prints' instant animated GIFs

The Instagif Camera is a custom creation that looks just like an old Polaroid One Step, except instead of instant photos it instantly 'prints' animated GIFs.

Don't fry your sensor if you're shooting the eclipse

If you're shooting the solar eclipse here's a hint: don't fry your camera's sensor. Use a proper solar filter that offers at least 16 stops of light filtration, along with UV and IR filtering. More important? Don't look at it unless you've got solar filters. Sensors can be replaced, your retinas can't.

Google's Camera app has been unofficially ported to other Android phones

The Google Camera app exclusive to the company's own Pixel phone has been unofficially ported to other Android devices. If you're willing to take the risk of installing, you can now use features like HDR+ on the Galaxy S8, LG G6, OnePlus 5, and more.

Japan's space agency has an adorable ball-shaped camera drone on the ISS

Japan's space agency has released an adorable floating drone ball on the International Space Station, and for the first time ever we get to see what's it's been recording.

Red patent shows plans for insanely modular Hydrogen One smartphone system

Red has big plans for the modular Hydrogen One smartphone. In a patent filed late last year, the company shows plans for the ultimate modular camera system, with a phone at its core.

'This is not Porn' website collects photos that won't get you fired

The Verge interviews the man whose 'This is Not Porn' website showcases rare celebrity photos, notably from Bond and Star Wars films. Don't worry, they're work safe.

US Customs and Border Control looks to light field imaging to help identify drivers

Windshield glare has made facial recognition of border crossers in cars tricky, but Lytro-like cameras might solve the problem.

Walmart will use VR headsets to prep employees for Black Friday madness
Film artist explains what's wrong with new 'Spiderman: Homecoming' poster

There's a new Spiderman movie coming out and the poster been generating a lot of online chatter. Mostly about how it looks like the creation of a fevered teenager that just discovered Photoshop.

The Verge previews crowd-sourced Boundary Prima modular backpack

Boundary's Prima 'fully modular' backpack is expandable to 30L and has a removable camera case and tablet sleeve. Early Kickstarter backers can get one for $189.

Apple ad hints that its Portrait mode is so good it will save your family business

As annoying as the premise is, it's actually kind of hard to hate this upbeat ad.

Ticketmaster shows you all the views at 110 venues

Ticketmaster's used 3D wireframe models and photos to show you exactly what you're getting, with the exception that you still don't know how tall or obnoxiously drunk your neighbors will be.

Apple is offering three years of free repairs for its Smart Keyboard

Apple will go above and beyond the typical one-year warranty for its iPad accessory keyboard due to hardware issues.

Kendall Jenner reportedly made $250k from one Fyre Fest Instagram post

How much can you charge for a single image? If you're Kendall Jenner, a whole lot.

Microsoft's HoloLens may give surgeons virtual help during spinal surgeries

The 'Holographic Navigation Platform' is a mixed-reality platform for surgeons that uses Microsoft's HoloLens to project useful information during surgery.

Battle for the best smartphone camera

According to The Verge, one top manufacturer is falling short.

Google Photos will make your mom a Mother's Day slideshow from your camera roll

You should probably still get her a card too.

VR at the Tribeca Film Festival

Artists and filmmakers at the Tribeca Film Festival offer differing views on whether virtual reality creates more or less 'empathy' in viewers than traditional film.

Crash drones over and over again with Microsoft's open source simulator

Microsoft has released a free, open source simulator to help engineers test – and yes, repeatedly crash – drones in a photo-realistic environment. Read more

Apple cuts adapter and card reader prices to appease new MacBook Pro buyers

When Apple released its new MacBook Pro last week, many buyers were up in arms about the removal of ports and an SD card slot. To help appease them, Apple has reduced the price of several dongles and a USB-C card reader. Read more

Kano Camera Kit lets anyone build and program their own camera

Kano is looking for funding on Kickstarter for a DIY camera kit designed to help anyone learn about photography hardware and software. Read more

Here it comes: Japanese network begins airing 8K broadcasts

And you thought 4K television was a long way off – Japan's NHK has started broadcasting 8K content on a new 'Super Hi-Vision' satellite channel. Read more

High-profile camera expert leaves Microsoft, returns to Nokia

Juha Alakarhu is the latest Microsoft engineer to leave that company's mobile devision, returning to Nokia as it looks more and more likely that Microsoft will abandon its mobile hardware business. Read more

Facebook's open source Surround 360 captures 3D-360 video at up to 8K

Facebook has introduced the Surround 360, which captures 3D, 360 degree video using a total of seventeen cameras, all with global shutters. Equally notable is the fact that Facebook will be making both the camera design and processing software open source to encourage developers to improve the product. Read more

Lytro's new Develop Kit opens platform to NASA and more

Lytro has opened its doors to outside companies with a Lytro Development Kit (LDK), giving the likes of NASA and the Department of Defense - two of its first customers - access to its light field technology hardware and software. This is part of its Lytro Platform, and it starts at $20,000 USD. Read more

Microsoft offers Office 365 subscribers unlimited OneDrive storage

Microsoft has announced that all users subscribed to Office 365 will begin to see their OneDrive cloud storage upgraded to unlimited space for no additional cost. The new change will begin rolling out over the next few months to subscribers of the Home, Personal, and University editions. Read more

Hollywood studios strike deal to keep Kodak movie film in production

A group of big name Hollywood directors has nudged studio executives into talks with Kodak, negotiating a deal that would keep the company's movie film in production. With support from the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and J.J. Abrams, the deal would see studios commit to buying a certain amount of film from Kodak for the next few years. Read more

Man breaks own World Record, now owns 4,425 antique cameras

Mumbai-based photo journalist and camera collector Dilish Parekh has been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for the second time. The previous record holder? Parekh himself. His collection has now grown to 4,425 antique cameras, ranging from Leica to Voigtlander. Learn more about his stockpile of cameras after the link.

National Geographic drones help capture Serengeti wildlife close up

What's the safest way to get close up photos of lions on the Serengeti? Send in a robot. And an aerial drone. That's what photographer Michael Nichols and his team did, producing incredible images for a National Geographic feature. From a nearby car, Nichols and crew directed a small remote-controlled robot outfitted with a Canon camera toward lion prides as they hunted, slept and well, do everything lions do. And we do mean everything.