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  • Instagram finally hits 1bn download mark on Android

    It's taken about four years, but Instagram has this week hit the one billion downloads mark on Google's Play Store. Instagram, an app which allows its users to share and interact with user-posted images, is now the fourth Facebook-owned app that has hit that figure (after Facebook, Messenger and WhatsApp). According to Android Police, it's the 19th app on the Play Store to reach this figure. To put those numbers into rough  perspective, around one-in-seven people on the planet have downloaded the app on an Android smartphone. Considering only about a billion-and-a-half devices run a version of Google's operating system, that's massively...

  • 5 incredible social stats to celebrate World Photo Day

    World Photo Day is a fun holiday celebrated on 19 August each year. First established in 2010, the day celebrates each and every one of us who've ever clicked a shutter button, and the results thereafter. And you know, most of what we produce are pretty important to those enormous, multi-billion dollar internet companies. Some rely almost squarely on uploaded images in their daily running and prosperity, and the numbers behind those snaps (rather than the snaps itself), are probably worth a thousand words themselves. For a peek at just how important a role images play on the internet, have a...

  • Instagram ‘Events Channel’ lets you explore concerts, the Olympics through video

    Instagram's had quite a month. From Justin Bieber leaving the platform thanks to fan abuse, to the company borrowing Snapchat's stories feature without even changing its name. But the newly announced addition to the social network returns some shine to the service. The company announced in a new blog post that users can now "experience events as they happen around the world with a new video channel on Explore". "This channel collects the best videos from concerts, sporting events and more so you can feel like you’re in the front row. Like the rest of Explore, this new channel is personalized...

  • Update: Justin Bieber deletes his Instagram profile after warning us all

    Update, 16 Aug 2016, 10.01am: Well, we didn't think that Bieber's marketing team would allow this, but clearly you've gone too far, internet. The 22-year-old, after threatening to make his Instagram profile private, has deleted his account entirely. That's right: deleted. That likely means all 77.8-million of his followers on the social platform are now sobbing into their sleeves. There's no word on whether Bieber will revive the account if fans do quell the hatred for Sophia Richie, but for now at least, one of Instagram's heavy hitting accounts is no more. Thankfully for fans, Justin Bieber still happens to be...

  • Premier League 2016: follow all 20 clubs on social media right here

    With the Premier League season kicking off today, there are a fair few things to note beforehand. With the League's new branding scheme focusing more on the football than ever before, we'll likely see an even bigger push from clubs, promoting themselves on social media. Premier League clubs are social media marketing powerhouses (as well as being fairly good at kicking plastic air-filled bladders around too) with a combined 40-million Twitter followers; and that's not even mentioning reach through hashtags and other platforms. But while watching football sure is fun, we live in the age of social media. Have a look at...

  • We take a quick look at Instagram Stories (video)

    It is no secret that Instagram Stories looks a lot like Snapchat's Stories but what could the new feature do for Instagram? Having reached the 500-million user mark, with 300-million people using the platform daily in June, Instagram already has a user base that can make Instagram Stories a success. "With Instagram Stories, you don't have to worry about overposting. Instead, you can share as much as you want throughout the day — with as much creativity as you want. You can bring your story to life in new ways with text and drawing tools. The photos and videos will disappear...

  • Weekly Round Up #72: Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Suicide Squad review, Instagram Stories & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host and talks to Matthew Alexander, Graham van der Made and Andy Walker. The team discusses the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launch, the reviews for Suicide Squad, the latest PlayStation Vita hack and Instagram's new Stories feature. What are we watching, reading, playing: Matthew is playing Furi, Graham has trouble remembering what he's watching, Andy recently picked up (and literally threw) Mirror's Edge Catalyst once again, and Hadlee has been entertaining himself watching old Formula 1...

  • Snow grips South Africa as users build snowmen on Instagram

    Thanks to the latest cold front system that's taking its sweet time passing over South Africa, much of the country's interior is blanketed in a thick layer of snow. It's not unprecedented, it's just unexpected, especially since the country is in the throws of one of its worst droughts in recent memory. So, being the upvote lovers that humans are, many adventure seekers have taken to the Eastern Cape highlands, the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and the Free State to craft snowmen, throw snowballs at one another and make snow angels. For all those shenanigans and more, have a look at the light...

  • 20+ epic Instagram snaps of people living life at Tomorrowland 2016

    Held in the aptly named town of Boom, Belgium each summer, Tomorrowland is arguably the biggest electronic music festival on the planet. With huge sets, over-the-top production, and over 120 000 visitorsit's a highlight for anyone who loves electronic music. This year, the festival saw a slew of international acts too, including the likes of likes of Fedde Le Grand, Alan Walker, Martin Garrix, and Alesso. But that, it seems, was just an appetizer. Have a look at some of the best Instagram snaps of the festival from the perspective of some of the artists below. Still buzzing from #tomorrowland Hope to...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 9 scenic snaps of Knysna

    As much as Instagram’s a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it’s also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram where each week we’ll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. While most won't consider Knysna a city, it sure is a beautiful town. Nestled on the southern coast of the Western Cape, more than 50 000 people find their home between the Outeniqua mountains to the north-west and the Indian Ocean to...

  • Selena Gomez now owns Instagram’s most-liked post ever, remains most-followed

    A few weeks ago, we reported that Selena Gomez toppled Taylor Swift's reign as Instagram's most followed. Well, now the 23-year-old recording artist has yet another social media accolade to her name: she now boasts Instagram's most favourited post, ever. The songstress's star selfie, featuring a bottle of Coca-Cola parading lyrics to her 2015 track Me and the Rhythm, garnered a ridiculous 4.2-million likes and just under 100 000 comments. The post has been live on Instagram for around two weeks at the time of writing, so this number will likely grow. "When your lyrics are on the bottle," reads Selena...

  • Buffer now lets users schedule Instagram posts (kind of)

    If you wanted to schedule images on Instagram ahead of time, you'd have to employ a night-watchman and feed him copious amounts of caffeine to look after your profile. Now, Buffer -- a social media scheduling service -- has announced that it now supports Instagram scheduling. This is great news for those who do use Buffer and Instagram, but thanks to the latter's inner workings, users can't automatically upload posts to the service. "With Buffer’s Instagram support, you can create an Instagram reminder in the web or mobile app, and when it’s time to post, Buffer will send a notification to...

  • Alton Sterling, Philando Castile & Dallas shootings: celebrities weigh-in on America’s violent week

    It has been a destructive, divisive week for America. In less than 72-hours, three incidents of gun violence -- two by police officers and one against -- have erupted across America's Midwest, Deep South and Lone Star state respectively. In the first incident on 5 July, Louisiana resident Alton Sterling succumbed to gunshot wounds after two police officers opened fire on him at point-blank range. Videos soon emerged of the incident on social media, and has since become one of the biggest news stories of the week. Less than 36-hours later, Philando Castile was shot by a police officer in Minnesota,...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 8 stunning shots of Mbombela

    As much as Instagram’s a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it’s also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram where each week we’ll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. This week, we take a trip back into South Africa's lowveld to Mbombela -- capital of Mpumalanga. Although still referred to by its previous name, Nelspruit, Mbombela is a city in flux. It's fast becoming the cultural hub of South Africa's north-eastern corner,...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 10 great snaps of Grahamstown

    As much as Instagram’s a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it’s also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram, where each week, we’ll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. Are we running out of South African cities yet? Not quite. In fact, there's a lot more to come from SA before the Pretty Cities of Instagram series expands into Africa and beyond. On that note, this week's city in focus is Grahamstown...