Early on Thursday Instagram announced a new feature called Instagram Direct. The new feature allows users to privately share photos or videos with up to 15 people. Obviously this is a new direction for Instagram, as previously sharing a photo was an all-or-nothing act.
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You can access your Instagram Direct inbox by tapping on the mailbox icon in the top-right corner. This is where … Read more
A little unsolicited advice to tech companies wanting to hold an event: Bring something at least moderately interesting or new to the table.
Otherwise, you end up like Instagram, which on Thursday unveiled Instagram Direct, its take on the direct and instant messaging feature that's available on virtually every other major service. The moment was, to say the least, disappointing.
Instagram, a unit of Facebook, is just the latest company to focus on upping its one-to-one messaging capabilities after building its business and customer base on its social turf. Founder Kevin Systrom spoke of Instagram as more than a … Read more
Instagram is a daily habit for more than half of the photo-sharing social network's users, co-founder Kevin Systrom said at a press event Thursday in New York.
He also noted that, in general, photos taken have more than quadrupled from 86 billion in 2000 to 360 billion in 2011.
The main event of the press conference was the unveiling of Instagram Direct messaging.
Check out CNET's live coverage of Instagram's event Thursday
Ahead of the event, it was unclear just what the photo-sharing social network would announce, and speculation ranged from a photo-printing service -- based on the odd form of the invitations … Read more
Instagram is now offering Instagram Direct, the ability to send images to users, instead of broadcasting your photos publicly.
The photo-sharing network's CEO, Kevin Systrom, reiterated that Instagram is not about photography, but about communication.
"If we were about photography, we'd be built into cameras," he said at a press conference in New York on Thursday. "But, we're not built into cameras. We're built into phones."
Users will be able to send photos or videos directly to up to 15 people at a time. To share the image privately, you can use … Read more
Right now, it's unclear just what the photo-sharing social network will announce. Speculation has ranged from a photo-printing service -- based on the odd form of the invites -- to a private messaging service that could rival Snapchat and WhatsApp.
We may not know all the details now, but our live blog will bring you the news right as it happens.
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When Apple first announced the iPhone 5S and its new slow-motion camera feature, the thought of being able to upload sol-mo videos across social networks was exciting.
Then the phone launched, users started messing with the new camera features, and quickly realized that uploading a slo-mo video directly from the iPhone to Instagram (along with other social networks) wasn't possible. Or rather, it was possible, but you would have to use some workarounds to make it happen.
But a few weeks ago, a young developer who is still in high school, contacted me about the pending release of an … Read more
With the arrival of iOS 7, iPhone and iPad users received a smattering of Instagram-style visual-effect filters for snapping photos. But they can't be used when shooting video.
Enter Spotliter Video, a free app that provides a choice of distinctive filters for video recording. It is, quite simply, like Instagram for video, though without the integrated sharing options.
It works like this: fire up the app, then tap to choose an effect from the scrolling selector along the bottom. Spotliter offers a dozen of them, but not just the usual assortment of sepia, black-and-white, and so on.
Rather, you … Read more