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Instagram Gets New Design Update and Performance Enhancements for iOS 7

Posted by Andrew Stevens on September 26th, 2013
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It's time to take some more photographs! Well, it's always time to take a good photo. Anyway, Instagram updated its app with a new design and performance enhancements for iOS 7. So head on over to the app store and give it an updatin'!

Instagram Hits 4.1, Adds Even More Features

Posted by Rob Rich on August 12th, 2013
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Instagram has turned pretty much every iOS user into a budding photographer. Now with the new 4.1 update, it's about to do the same for video.

Okay so maybe video functionality was actually added already in a previous update, but it's been tweaked significantly. Users can now import video from their device's library, cut it up so that only the coolest (or goofiest) bits are on display, and set the square-crop to keep the desired subjects framed. The photo side has gotten a little love, too. Now iOS users can automatically straighten horizon lines in their pictures when they use the in-app camera. Or they can mess around with the rotation tool to dial it in personally.

Now get out there are start taking pictures/video taping stuff!

Instagram: The Pictorial Revolution

Posted by Kyle Flanigan on November 4th, 2010
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Less than a month ago, on October 5 2010, not a single person had used Instagram publicly. It wasn't even released on the App Store. Today, the iPhone application has had over 750 000 photos uploaded, experiencing growth at a phenomenal rate, even by web standards. Business Insider went as far as to say "it could become this decade's equivalent of Flickr." So what is it, and why is everybody hopping on board?

Instagram provides a quick of way of sharing photos, with effects, across an entire spectrum of social networking sites, right from your iPhone. The inspiration, as the team note, came from a cross between old Polaroid cameras and new social sharing ideas. The "instant" feature of a Polaroid camera gave birth to what over 500 000 people now know as Instagram, the photo sharing app of choice.

“I think that communicating via images is one of these mediums that you’re going to see take off over the next few years because of a fundamental shift in the enabling technology.“ - Kevin Systrom, CEO Burbn (Instagram)

The free application supports all generations of the iPhone, and can upload photos (or "posts" as they are known) to Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and Facebook. In addition, users can check in to Foursquare whenever a photo is uploaded with a location attached. Photos can be commented on, and everyone has the ability to make use of a Twitter-style "follow" feature, allowing users to follow one another's photos on-the-go. With over a dozen filters to choose from, even poorer quality photos can turn out semi-decent once uploaded. The application makes it fun, rather than a chore, to upload photos to a plethora of social network sites, for all your friends to see.

The development team are "just getting started" - be sure to keep an eye out for Burbn on the news, both here and on the App Store. I have a feeling that it's a name we aren't going to forget any time soon.

[Quote courtesy of TechCrunch, image with thanks to Instagram]