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All posts tagged "Instagram"

  • Instagram awards $10k to 10-year-old for not deleting Justin Bieber’s comments

    Parents of Nineties' children didn't enjoy them constantly starting at computer screens, but that's probably because not many of them were able to find security-threatening bugs in the code of one of the most popular apps in the world. A ten-year-old boy has done just that, and the app in question? Well, just that app Facebook bought for US$1-billion -- Instagram. Related: Instagram to ditch chronological feeds for algorithms After discovering the bug and reporting it to Facebook, the company rewarded the Finnish kid with US$10 000, which seems a bit slim considering what the bug could've meant for the likes of...

  • Met Gala 2016: 11 Instagram snaps of celebs in their snazziest dress

    The Met Gala is a pretty big event for high fashion, charity, and the stars. It's one night that celebrities really get to look the part for the sake of looking the part. They don't exactly walk home with a Grammy or an Oscar, but the night is no less important. Being a top trend on Twitter worldwide this weekend, image-heavy social portal Instagram also had its fair share of posts shared by celebrities and the general populace alike. So, if you fancy taking a look at what the stars decided to don, have a look at our selection of Instagram...

  • Weekly Round Up #57: Tesla Model 3, WhatsApp encryption, Huawei P9, Panama Papers, Cake ban

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas is back from his honeymoon and for this week's Weekly Round Up he hosts Gearburn editor Andy Walker and Reporter Graham van der Made. The team discusses Tesla's Model 3, the Panama Papers, WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption, and Huawei P9 and P9 Plus launch. In a new feature, Weird News of the week, the team discusses Instagram banning a cake after mistaking it for a breast. The team also talks about what they are currently watching,...

  • Instagram suspends British user’s account for uploading a cake

    Instagram is a strange social network. Built on a pile of images from across the world, there are instances when the company feels that some snaps are just too damn tasty for public viewing. And by tasty, I don't just mean worthy of censorship. Worthy is an interesting word here, and tasty even more so. Why? Well, because Instagram this week thought that a baked good was just too provocative to be hosted on its network. A British mom Sue Moseley, uploaded an image of an Easter simnel cake her daughter Fiona baked, but was greeted by an account suspended notice...

  • 12 awesome Instagram snaps from Of Monsters And Men’s Cape Town gig

    This week, Icelandic indie folk band Of Monsters And Men made its live debut in South Africa, choosing Cape Town's Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to kick things off. Naturally, this meant that the city's Instagram gang was out in full force to capture the spectacle. With the sun setting, the sky tinged with clouds and the crowd a reported 5000-strong, there were some rather brilliant snaps taken. After trawling through Instagram, we've picked our 12 favourite stills for those who missed the concert, and for those who just appreciate some stunning photography. Either way, have a gander through the gallery below. There could...

  • Instagram increases video length to 60 seconds on iOS, Android

    Instagram wants its users to post more videos, a trend that its parent company Facebook, has been focusing on lately. To enable this, the platform has increased the running time for videos, from 15 seconds to 60 seconds, both for Android and iOS. Video consumption on mobile has been seeing a growth spurt recently, with platforms like YouTube experiencing spikes in mobile and tablet consumption. In 2014, the platform revealed that about 50% of its views on YouTube now come from mobile phones and tablets, a 40% growth from the year before, 2013. iOS users will also be able to make...

  • ‘Turn On Notifications’ posts flood Instagram ahead of timeline revamp

    Instagram users weren't all too happy with the company this weekend, as countless users took to the image sharing platform to voice their concerns over the implementation of the algorithmic feed, and to beg users to switch on notifications for their posts. Earlier this month, Instagram announced that its dropping the logical chronological layout for a system that displays posts that the user will likely find important. This is effectively the method used by Facebook to display posts. As a result, a swathe of users have asked followers to "turn on notifications" fearing that their posts will be dropped from...

  • Instagram to ditch chronological feeds for algorithms

    In September 2015, Instagram reached 400 million users with more than 80-million photos shared on the photo and video sharing platform in a day. And it got there with users seeing posts in chronological order, the latest posts showing and the old ones being moved to the bottom of the feed. This, according to Instagram, does not work, as its users miss about 70% of what is on their feed. To solve this problem, Instagram is introducing an algorithm arranged feed. This is the similar to Facebook's News Feed and Twitter's recently introduced algorithms to its timeline, where users see...

  • 11 memorable Instagram snaps from the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour

    It's the world's largest timed mass participation event, and one of the prettiest cycle races on the planet. That's right. This weekend saw South Africa's Mother City play host to the 39th edition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, and Instagrammers took to their phones to celebrate. While its not easy to admire the beauty of a 109km race, that didn't stop cyclists or bystanders from trying their best. Although many finished well after the professional group, the majority of the 35 000 participants probably all have a story to tell. So why not let snaps from Instagram do the...

  • Weekly Round Up #47: Rickman, Bowie, Tesla factory, The Star’s awks moment, regulating OTTs

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Senior Reporter Stuart Thomas talks to Gearburn Editor Andy Walker and Reporter Jacques Coetzee about the deaths of actor Alan Rickman, star of Die Hard, Harry Potter and Love Actually, and David Bowie, singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, painter, actor and also part time soothsayer. The team also talks about The Star newspaper falling hard for Twitter fiction and forgetting basic Journalism rules, government and service providers' plan to regulate OTT's like Whatsapp and Tesla's gigafactory that...

  • Instagram introduces multiple accounts feature, then takes it down

    We here at Memeburn are always having this conversation, about how it is time for Instagram to support multiple accounts. This conversation is always categorised by angry rants every time we have to upload a photo or video on Instagram and have to go through the inconvenience of diving into the dustbin to retrieve passwords and usernames. It appears that we will never have to go through such trauma. According to Android Police, Instagram has introduced multiple account support. This is great for Instagram users who run more than one account -- say, the one professional and the other social. Instagram has...

  • 10 of our favourite snaps from the blood-red #SuperMoon eclipse

    Stargazers from the Americas, Europe and Africa were over moon this weekend, as they stared through their phones' screens to capture and share a very special astronomical event. Not only did the lunar eclipse make the moon appear red, the moon also passed closest to the Earth's surface -- appearing 14% larger than usual. The so-called supermoon or bloodmoon event is a rare celestial occurrence which was last observed in 1982 and won't happen again until 2033. Of course, the early 1980's lacked today's advanced telescopic and photographic equipment, meaning that this is the first time the Instagram and Twitter...

  • Instagram community grows to more than 400m, sharing 80m photos daily

    Instagram, the photo and video sharing app, has announced that its community has grown to more than 400 million users with more than 80 million photos per day shared on the platform. That means that it's grown by 100-million users in just nine months. For an app that is not new, the growth is significant as maturity is the enemy of all apps. Instagram was launched about five years ago and was acquired by Facebook in 2012 for approximately US$1-billion in cash and stock. The company did not give numbers based on operating system but said that about 75% of Instagram...

  • Instagram scandal: Grove on ‘unpaid leave’, Cape Town Partnership boss speaks out

    In the wake of the Skye Grove Instagram scandal, the CEO of Cape Town Partnership, Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana on Wednesday issued a statement in support of Grove in her capacity as head of communications of the organisation. In an email circular to the Cape Town Partnership community Makalima-Ngewana writes: “I believe that Skye’s actions in her private life have not detracted from the value she adds to our organisation. Nor do I have reason to believe that she’s been responsible for any misdemeanors in the course of her work at the Cape Town Partnership.” The Cape Town partnership is a public-private-NGO, formed...

  • Instagram plagiarism scandal: Skye Grove apologises, deletes herself off internet

    Amid a barrage of criticism and a bit of support on social media on Tuesday, top South African Instagrammer Skye Grove has literally deleted herself off the internet, after "owning up" to a plagiarism scandal as reported by Memeburn on Monday. Posting on her official Instagram account to her 40 000-something followers, she wrote: "I would like to unreservedly apologize to the Instagram community as much as to the artists whose photos I used. I am sorry that I disappointed you. I have learned and will continue to learn. I would like to thank the countless of people who sent...