Articles tagged "social-media"

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 now lets you share other people's photos in your Stories

You can now insert another user's Instagram post into your own Stories as a customized sticker, the first official "regram" feature we've seen from the Facebook-owned photo sharing app.

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.

Instagram currently testing slow-motion video and mute features

A curious computer science student discovered these as-yet unreleased features by digging into the code of the Instagram Android app.

This AI-powered chatbot scores your Instagram photos on color, emotion, and more

The team at BBC's Tomorrow's World built a Facebook Messenger chatbot that uses artificial intelligence to analyze and score your photos based on color, composition, emotion, landmarks, and more.

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.

You will soon be able to download your entire photo archive from Instagram

Instagram will soon allow users to download their content from within the app. Gone are the days of using third-party apps and services to get the job done.

Instagram 'Focus' mode brings fake bokeh to single-camera smartphones

Version 39 of the Instagram app on both Android and iOS brings a background-blurring portrait or depth mode, similar to what we've seen on many recent smartphones, except that it works for single-camera phones.

Snapchat launches more realistic AR face masks for iPhone X users

The latest update to the Snapchat app uses the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera to create more realistic augmented reality face masks—improving one of the app's most popular features.

Facebook Messenger adds 360-degree photo and HD video support

Facebook has added support for 360° panoramic photos and 720p HD video to Facebook Messenger. This follows last November's update, which doubled the resolution of photos shared through the messaging app.

Snapchat's first TV commercial calls the app 'a new kind of camera'

Photo messaging app Snapchat has produced its first TV commercial, which hopes to educate older folk about what Snapchat is. And what it is, apparently, is "a new kind of camera."

Instagram updates news feed, makes it a bit more chronological

Instagram has revealed some interesting updates this week, including a return to a slightly more chronological newsfeed where "newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed."

The Broccoli Tree and the dangers of sharing photos of the places you love online

As photographers, we often share photos of our favorite locations, landscapes, and landmarks online. But what if your photos ultimately led to the destruction of those locations, landscapes, and landmarks? For one photographer in Sweden, that's exactly what happened.

UPDATED: Instagram is NOT bringing back the chronological feed

A report that Instagram was considering bringing back the chronological feed has been squashed by Instagram itself. Despite years of complaining, it seems IG has no interest in dumping the algorithmic feed.

500px acquired by Chinese licensing giant Visual China Group

Visual China Group (VCG)—the world's third largest image licensing company and the so-called 'Getty Images of China'—has acquired photo sharing community and licensing marketplace 500px.

Tourists are destroying New Zealand's iconic Lake Wanaka tree for Instagram photos

The tree lost a limb during the holidays last year, prompting the local government to put up signs. But if Instagrammers won't keep their distance, the tree might have to be protected with fencing.

Twitter is using AI to intelligently crop image previews

Twitter is harnessing the power of computer vision to more intelligently crop image previews, automatically focusing the crop around the most eye-catching or interesting part of the photo.

Canon accidentally shared a composite photo shot with a Fuji all over social media

Oops. In their rush to post a pretty picture last night, multiple Canon social media accounts accidentally shared a composite, huge portions of which were stolen and shot with a Fujifilm X-T1.

Instagram rolls out 'Recommended Posts' feature, and users aren't happy

Instagram is rolling out its "recommended posts" to everybody now, and users who have already seen the new feature are taking to Twitter to voice their displeasure.

Instagram now lets you follow hashtags, is testing 'recommended' posts

A month after testing the feature with small groups, Instagram has launched the ability to follow hashtags at the same time as they're testing another new feature: a Recommended for You section.

Lytro might open source its light-field photo sharing platform

Customer feedback has convinced the makers of the light-field camera to consider open-sourcing the pictures.lytro.com platform it discontinued last week.

Instagram starts warning users about wildlife abuse when they search certain hashtags

In response to a NY Times article about how some traffickers were using Instagram as part of the illicit animal trade, Instagram has added a content advisory screen that pops up to warn users any time they search for hashtags "associated with harmful behavior to animals."

Lytro has officially killed off its online sharing platform for light-field images

As Lytro completes its pivot into the professional video market, the Lytro desktop app is now the only tool for interacting with Lytro's light field images off-camera. Bye bye social media support.

Instagram testing feature that lets you follow hashtags

Instagram is testing a new feature that lets you follow hashtags in addition to people, making it possible to keep track of your favorite #landscapes or #portraits without leaving your home feed.

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.

This free app finally lets you post to Instagram from your computer

Windowed is a free app that lets you upload photos to Instagram straight from your Mac or PC—no tablet, smartphone, or complicated workaround required.

Instagram celebrates 800M users with update that takes on comment trolls

To celebrate hitting 800 million users (500 million active daily) Instagram just launched its most powerful commenting controls yet, allowing you to block individual users or specific groups from commenting on your photos.

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.

Barack Obama photo and quote becomes most popular tweet of all time

A photograph and quote tweeted out by former president Barack Obama has officially become the most popular tweet of all time, receiving over 1.3 million retweets and 3.4 million likes.

Cinnac is a Tinder-style photo rating app that helps you discover your best photos

Cinnac is a new social network for photographers that will help you separate your good photos from your great ones through a Tinder-like community-based rating system.

Social Media Vs. Reality video calls out the most common Instagram lies

Anti-bullying organization Ditch the Label covers some of the most common, funniest, and also saddest 'Insta Lies' people share through the popular photo sharing service. Any of these look familiar to you?

Facebook testing 'profile picture guard' feature that prevents sleazy photo theft

Facebook is testing a feature that prevents people from saving, sharing, or even taking a screenshot of your profile picture.

Photo business: the rise and impending fall of social media 'influencers'

An interview with a social media executive paints a pretty bleak picture of the fading 'influencer' phenomenon in which individuals are paid handsomly to promote products to their large social media followings. Read more

The Long Night: Tim Matsui on creating social change through stories

Award-winning and Emmy-nominated visual journalist and filmmaker Tim Matsui used to view stories as a means of having experiences. Now, he sees them as a means of creating change, engaging audiences and helping them see that they can make a difference. In this PIX 2015 video, Matsui speaks on The Long Night, his documentary on human trafficking, and how he leveraged grassroots distribution to effect social change. Read more

DPReview Recommends: Best Cameras for Social Photography

Social photography didn't always mean snapshot selfies taken on a smartphone. For this list we've selected five of our top recommendations for cameras that you should consider taking out socially, to informal or special occasions.

MIT algorithm predicts photo popularity

Ask the average social media user what makes a photo popular online and they'll probably answer 'cats' or 'pretty women'. That gut feeling has now been confirmed by MIT PhD candidate Aditya Khosla who has analyzed more than 2.3 million images hosted on Flickr to answer the question 'what makes an image popular'? Learn more