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Facebook utilizes Instagram photos and hashtags to create a smarter A.I.

Facebook utilizes Instagram photos and hashtags to create a smarter A.I.

Why manually label images when you already have a source for millions of images labeled via hashtags? Facebook recently designed an A.I. program using Instagram images and hashtags to teach object recognition. But first, the researchers had to learn to sort through all the hashtags.
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All the new features coming to the Facebook app and Messenger

All the new features coming to the Facebook app and Messenger

At Facebook's F8 developer conference, the company introduced a variety of new features and updates users will see over the next few months. From a new dating app to more privacy controls, here's what you can expect to see on both the Facebook and Messenger apps in the near future.
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From video chat to AR filters, Instagram builds long list of new tools

From video chat to AR filters, Instagram builds long list of new tools

Tired of typing in that group message? Instagram will soon add video chat to messaging, alongside several upcoming changes announced during the Facebook F8 conference. New brand-designed AR filters, a redesigned Explore tab, easier Stories sharing, and a bully filter for comments are also on the list.
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How to unblock someone on Instagram

How to unblock someone on Instagram

In the age of social media, you occasionally have to block people on social media. The reasons vary, but sometimes, you may decide to unblock them later. If you want to share your cool posts with someone you've previously blocked, here's how to unblock someone on Instagram.
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Upload Stories faster — or preview the entire thing — with new Instagram tools

Upload Stories faster — or preview the entire thing — with new Instagram tools

Instagram is now allowing users to add multiple images or videos to Stories in one move. The bulk upload tool allows users to add up to 10 photos or videos, though edits like stickers are still applied individually. The update comes with new location suggestions for location-based stickers.
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In a privacy-motivated move, Instagram finally has a download tool

In a privacy-motivated move, Instagram finally has a download tool

Instagram finally has a tool to download all your data -- including the photos you posted to the site. The update allows users to download their data without relying on third-party apps. The new tool is likely privacy-motivated, and Facebook has already offered a similar tool for eight years.
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Looking to spice up your Facebook Stories? Try 3D drawing, a new AR effect

Looking to spice up your Facebook Stories? Try 3D drawing, a new AR effect

It's not just Instagram that's competing against Snapchat -- now parent company Facebook is getting into the action as well. You'll soon be able to take a photo of your surroundings, annotate them using AR technology, and turn them into Instagram Boomerang GIFs using your Facebook Camera.
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Instagram releases Focus portrait mode for photos

Instagram releases Focus portrait mode for photos

Instagram is rolling out a new portrait mode called "Focus," which does away with the need for two camera sensors to create a background blur, and instead uses machine learning and artificial intelligence. The feature is rolling out to the iPhone 6S and later, and select Android phones.
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Instagram is working on another Snapchat copycat: Nametags

Instagram is working on another Snapchat copycat: Nametags

Even though it seems as though the Facebook-owned platform takes many of its cues from Snapchat, Instagram continues to pull out in front. The latest example of a copycat move comes in the form of Nametags, which looks a whole lot like Snapchat's QR Codes, or Snapcodes.
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Instagram tries to ban drug hashtags, with mixed results

Instagram tries to ban drug hashtags, with mixed results

In the midst of parent company Facebook's privacy scandal, Instagram is doing everything it can to ensure that it doesn't run into any scandals of its own. For the last several years, a woman named Eileen Carey has "regularly reported" Instagram accounts peddling opioids.
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Instagram to unfollow Apple Watch as app support comes to an end

Instagram to unfollow Apple Watch as app support comes to an end

Instagram's failure to update its Apple Watch app means that after the latest update, it will no longer run on the smartwatch.
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How to use Instagram

How to use Instagram

Instagram might be everyone's favorite app for sharing photos, but it can do much more than simply showcase your morning latte. Here's how to make the most of it.
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Social Feed: Regrams join Stories, YouTube bans guns, Pinterest expands shopping

Social Feed: Regrams join Stories, YouTube bans guns, Pinterest expands shopping

In case you were too busy watching the Facebook privacy scandal, here's the social media news you might have missed, including a potential "regram" option inside Instagram Stories.
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Instagram is messing with the news feed again, and more changes are coming

Instagram is messing with the news feed again, and more changes are coming

Instagram feed look different? That's because Instagram is moving recent posts farther up the feed. The company says it will be making news feed changes in the next few months.
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Is Instagram developing a portrait camera mode? Code points to the possibility

Is Instagram developing a portrait camera mode? Code points to the possibility

Digging into Instagram's APK code suggests the social network is considering expanding the camera modes with a portrait option.
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Say what? Instagram could soon be launching voice and video calling

Say what? Instagram could soon be launching voice and video calling

There are files in both Instagram and Instagram Direct's APKs that suggest that there will soon be a "Call" and "Video Call" function available.
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What you should know about Vero, the sketchy social app that came out of nowhere

What you should know about Vero, the sketchy social app that came out of nowhere

Vero has taken the social media world by storm recently, but the app isn't good. Worse, its founder's reputation has many users jumping ship -- but deleting your account isn't the most straightforward process.
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50 Cent made thousands, not millions, from Bitcoin — and doesn’t have any of it

50 Cent made thousands, not millions, from Bitcoin — and doesn’t have any of it

Rapper 50 Cent has corrected the original story of him being a Bitcoin millionaire in court documents, which suggest he never handled it at all.
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How Instagram’s being used to make the outdoors more inclusive and diverse

How Instagram’s being used to make the outdoors more inclusive and diverse

Though there exists a problem with diversity as it relates to the outdoors -- referred to as the adventure gap -- many have turned to the social media platform Instagram to raise awareness and make the outdoors more inclusive.
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Are you #stoked or #overit? The complete guide to hashtags on social media

Are you #stoked or #overit? The complete guide to hashtags on social media

Still don't know what a hashtag is? Never fear! Be prepared to be #blessed with everything you need to know about hashtags.
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Thanks to Bitmoji Deluxe, my Bitmoji now gives me anxiety

Thanks to Bitmoji Deluxe, my Bitmoji now gives me anxiety

This week, Snap Inc. released Bitmoji Deluxem, which offers even more customization options for your Bitmoji avatar. I quickly realized it causes more anxiety than fun.
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Advertisers can soon slide three images inside Instagram Stories

Advertisers can soon slide three images inside Instagram Stories

Instagram Stories ads are expanding from one slot inside your Stories reel to up to three, Instagram announced on Thursday.
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Instagram Stories now has an option to add photo-free text with Type Mode

Instagram Stories now has an option to add photo-free text with Type Mode

Instagram Stories now has an option that doesn't require a photo with Type Mode. The tool allows users to type on a colored background.
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Baby got Beck: Grandmother’s Instagram inspires rock icon’s new music video

Baby got Beck: Grandmother’s Instagram inspires rock icon’s new music video

How a Japanese grandmother's cute Instagram shots led to a starring role for her family in Beck's latest music video.
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Instagram Stories gain GIF stickers — and soon, horizontal video

Instagram Stories gain GIF stickers — and soon, horizontal video

Instagram Stories fans can now add animated stickers to their posts using a built-in GIPHY GIF library of stickers.
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Instagram now shows when you’re on the app (and here’s how to stop it)

Instagram now shows when you’re on the app (and here’s how to stop it)

Instagram has quietly introduced a feature that shares your activity status with those you follow. It's on by default, though it can be turned off.
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For Olympians and pro baseball players, winter training wears many hats

For Olympians and pro baseball players, winter training wears many hats

MLB All-Star Francisco Lindor and Dutch short track speed skaters approach winter training differently to prep for world-class competition.
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Instagram users could soon cross-post Stories to WhatsApp

Instagram users could soon cross-post Stories to WhatsApp

Fancy getting that Instagram Story in front of more friends? Instagram is testing the option to cross-post as a WhatsApp status.
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Instagram is changing your feed again, this time with ‘recommended’ posts

Instagram is changing your feed again, this time with ‘recommended’ posts

Got your Instagram feed just how you like it? Well, look out, it's about to be shaken up again, this time with recommended posts.
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Instagram is still testing a share button, but there is a new live-sharing option

Instagram is still testing a share button, but there is a new live-sharing option

Regrams may only be in testing, but Instagram users can now share a live video by sending it to friends with Direct messages.
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Recommended posts could soon make Instagram more like Facebook

Recommended posts could soon make Instagram more like Facebook

Instagram is testing recommended posts, one of several changes the platform is currently considering for the home feed.
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Instagram’s hashtag follow tool delivers posts that you actually care about

Instagram’s hashtag follow tool delivers posts that you actually care about

Instagrammers can now follow the topics they are passionate about with a new Instagram hashtag follow tool.
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How superstar producer Swizz Beatz uses Instagram to push art, battle Timbaland

How superstar producer Swizz Beatz uses Instagram to push art, battle Timbaland

Swizz Beatz spoke with Digital Trends about his upcoming album, using Instagram to find artists for his No Commission art show, and more.
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Instagram test could ditch private messages, launch Messenger-like Direct app

Instagram test could ditch private messages, launch Messenger-like Direct app

Instagram Direct may leave Instagram in favor of its own stand-alone app. The company is currently testing the feature in six areas.