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It’s not just hip to be square, Instagram now supports landscapes and portraits

Wish you didn't have to crop a photo for Instagram? The photo-sharing social network now lets you post photos in landscape or portrait orientations, in addition to the square. It also applies to videos.

Photography

New Flipagram camera feature lets you create real-time videos to favorite tunes

Flipagram's new Music Video Camera lets you create short clips to popular music, in real-time. The feature allows users to easily record themselves lip-syncing to favorite tunes – a popular trend on social media, Flipagram says.

Photography

Are selfies leading to a lice epidemic among teens?

The National Pediculosis Association told the Huffington Post that while lice can be found across the nation, there's no evidence to suggest that it's disproportionately affecting teenagers who really like their front-facing cameras.

Mobile

Police arrest wanted man that posted his location on Facebook

Probably someone that shouldn't be allowed to carry a smartphone anymore, a man wanted for harassment via text messages posted his location on Facebook and led the local authorities right to him.

Social Media

Facebook launches M, a virtual assistant with a human element

Google Now, Siri, and Cortana better watch their backs because there is a new sheriff in town. Facebook's M aims to be the best virtual assistant by combining artificial intelligence and actual human beings.

Mobile

The Walking Dead, Scandal can claim the most loyal fans on Twitter, says Nielsen study

When it comes to tweeting about their favorite show, fans of The Walking Dead and Scandal are the most loyal, according to a new Nielsen Social Study. Viewers of the two shows were more likely to tweet about three or more episodes during the 2014-15 TV season.

Movies & TV

Facebook Moments update makes it easy to create and share music video of your pictures

Today's update to the Facebook Moments app might entice you to finally try it out. Share pictures with your friends and the app will automatically create a mini music video from the collection.

Social Media

Demonstrating the power of journalism, John Oliver may prompt IRS crackdown

Following John Oliver's impassioned Last Week Tonight segment on the issue, the IRS is facing significant criticism and pressure to conduct a more thorough investigation of televangelists and their use of tax-exempt donations.

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Cops foil possible gun attack at Pokemon World Championship after Facebook ‘threat’

After cops in Boston were alerted to apparent threats made on social media against an international Pokemon contest -- which included talk of "killing the competition" alongside a photo of guns -- they decided to move in on the two men responsible.

Gaming

Even Tinder can be made more beautiful by Kelly Clarkson’s voice

Kelly Clarkson uses her musical talent on JImmy Kimmel Live! to turn Tinder profiles into snippets of surprisingly good songs — they just happen to be about foot fetishes, blunts, and Celine Dion concerts.

Movies & TV

Enjoy this video of a straw being removed from a sea turtle’s nostril

This excruciating 8-minute video of the removal of a plastic drinking straw from the nostril of an innocent sea turtle will make you want to pick up every piece of trash you see floating in the water.

Web

Google-Twitter integration arrives for desktop search results

You can now get the latest Twitter updates included right in your Google search results, as the partnership between the two companies extends from mobile devices to desktop Web browsers.

Web

The art of communication in the 21st century — it’s not your grandma’s scene

According to a recent Pew Research study regarding mobile messaging and social media in 2015, both Instagram and Pinterest have seen their user base numbers double in the last three years.

Social Media

WhatsApp for Web finally works for iPhone users

Seven months after WhatsApp launched a Web version of its messaging app for just about every known mobile platform except iOS, the Facebook-owned startup has finally sorted out the issue so iPhone owners can use it too.

Social Media

Take a stroll down memory lane with this new Google Photos feature

We capture so many photos, but how often do you look back at the older ones? Well Google Photos has a new opt-in feature that will remind you of some of the great photos you have taken over the years.

Photography

How to check if an account was exposed in the Ashley Madison hack

Hackers dumped account information surrounding 33 million Ashley Madison users earlier today. Curious if you, or someone you know, was revealed in the cyber-attack? Here's how to find out.

Computing

Don’t be so smug, cheater haters. You’re next

The names of 37 million users of Ashley Madison, a dating site explicitly for married men and women to cheat on their spouses, have been made public for anyone with a mastery of Google to discover. But before you high-five the righteous hackers who cracked…

Opinion

What’s your favorite emoji? SwiftKey’s ‘United States of Emoji’ map reveals our habits

SwiftKey analyzed user data to see which emoji are most popular in each state of the U.S. and got some entertaining results. Vermont uses the poop emoji more than any other state, and California is a fan of the taxi emoji.

Mobile

Josh Groban singing outrageous Trump Tweets is as hilarious as it sounds

Donald Trump's run for president continues to be a favorite topic for late night TV hosts. Josh Groban recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to sing some of Donald Trump's most absurd tweets.

Movies & TV

Twitter cage wars: Sprint and T-Mobile CEOs go head-to-head again

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure is fed up with T-Mobile CEO John Legere's constant insults about Sprint. The two already battled it out on Twitter last month, and round two just started.

Social Media

Facebook updates Notes in move to get you blogging again

Facebook is testing a redesigned version of its somewhat forgotten Notes feature to make it easier for users to create and read longer-form stories on the social networking service. In short, Facebook wants you to get blogging again.

Social Media

Stream the first two episodes of Patrick Stewart’s Blunt Talk for free

The first two episodes of Blunt Talk, starring Patrick Stewart, are available for free streaming on Facebook and Starz ahead of the show's premiere. The sitcom debuts on on August 22.

Movies & TV

Woman fined for posting Facebook photo of cop car in disabled space

Spotting a cop car parked in a space reserved for disabled drivers, a woman in south-west Spain saw red and posted an image of the perceived transgression on her Facebook page. Taking offense to the post, the cops decided to take action....

Social Media

Stories you missed this week: Tinder dumps its CEO, Samsung’s dueling Galaxies

It can be challenging to keep track of everything that happens in the tech world. That's why, we have compiled a list of the top 10 tech stories from this week — just for you.

Mobile

Bitmoji leaps out of Facebook and smartphones, now a Chrome extension

Bitmoji, the app for creating those humorous avatar emojis, is now available as a Chrome extension. Now, in addition to iOS, Android, and Facebook, users can use Bitmojis on the Web.

Mobile

Hilarious troll poses as Target on Facebook to address gender-neutral complaints

After Target became the brunt of a number of rather ignorant attacks for its decision to move towards gender-neutral labeling of its toy products, Facebook user Facebook user Mike Melgaard decided he had enough.

Social Media

Periscope hits 10m sign-ups, though apparently it’s all about ‘time watched’

Periscope seems to be picking up users at quite a clip, with 10 million sign-ups since it launched at the end of March. The startup also revealed users are watching 40 years' worth of streams a day.

Mobile

Was the Tinder meltdown over Vanity Fair’s article a planned publicity stunt?

A Vanity Fair article entitled "Tinder and the Dawn of the 'Dating Apocalypse'" has drawn the extremely public wrath of the dating app, but the Twitter storm may have been a manufactured PR stunt.

Social Media

Twitter officially eliminates its 140-character limit on direct messages

Twitter has officially lifted the word limit for Direct Messages, meaning users can go way beyond 140 characters in their private interactions on the service.

Social Media