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  • Watch a kayaker get slapped in the face by an octopus-wielding seal

    They say practically every animal is designed to kill things -- including humans -- in Australasia. A recent viral Instagram post proves this theory. In a video captured off the coast of New Zealand, a kayaker was slapped in the face by a hungry seal attempting to kill a desperate octopus. Yeah, you can't make this stuff up. "Yes I got slapped in the face with an octopus by the seal! I know crazy right," wrote Kyle Mulinder on his Instagram post. "After a fun paddle around the peninsula catching waves we spotted a giant male seal fighting an octopus. Before we knew...

  • Instagram notifications are coming to web browsers, the Lite app

    Browsing Instagram on a web browser isn't the most refined tech experience one can enjoy, but at least it's getting better. Slowly. Spotted by Android Police, Instagram will notify users browsing the social network on a web browser when others like or follow them. You know, like the app. Of course, users will need to be logged in to the social network, and you'll probably have to allow notifications on your respective browser too. The feature has been confirmed to work on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple's Safari browsers. Notably, this addition comes after Instagram Lite -- which is effectively a single-page web...

  • Instagram’s co-founders officially resign and leave Facebook

    Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have announced their resignation from Facebook. In a statement released on Instagram's blog, Systrom said that both he and Krieger "remain excited for the future of Instagram and Facebook in the coming years as we transition from leaders to two users in a billion". Facebook bought Instagram back in 2012 and has since exercised its control over the popular app. Now with its original creators leaving the platform, many fear for what Instagram might become. After the announcement, Facebook's share priced dropped by 2%. A seemingly small number, but an indication to what investors might...

  • You can now DM friends GIFs on Instagram

    Instagram has introduced a feature everyone has wanted since the dawn of the company. No. It's not chronological feeds. Instead the company now lets users send your friends GIFs via Direct Messages. "From 'LOL' to 'I love you,' you can express yourself in countless visual ways when you’re messaging your friends," the company wrote in an update. Users stick of words and emoji can now insert moving images into their direct messages to friends. Tap the GIF button in the message composer bar to access the GIF library. It's not clear if it's the same library you find on Stories -- yes,...

  • Video: Hey Cape Town, it’s officially snowing on Table Mountain right now

    Well, here's something you don't see often, let alone in September. On Wednesday morning, the Table Mountain Cableway on Instagram reported that snow had begun falling at the Upper Station near the mountain's summit. A video was also included for non-believers, and those experiencing immense FOMO. "Christmas has come early at the #Cableway ... it's 2 degrees at the summit of #tablemountain and it's snowing," the company wrote in the post, published around 11am Wednesday. View this post on Instagram Christmas has come early at the #Cableway ... it's 2 degrees at the summit of #tablemountain and it's snowing 😎 A post shared by...

  • Instagram launches its shopping experience, but it’s not what we first thought

    Instagram has introduced a new online shopping experience to consumers, but it’s not the standalone app we expected. Instead, you can shop inside Instagram Stories and from a new Shopping channel in your explore feed. “We began testing Shopping in Stories in June, and today we’re rolling it out globally and expanding it to businesses in 46 countries,” the company said on its blog. So now, when viewing Stories posted by brands and stores, you can click on shop-linking stickers to see more about the products. “Topic channels, which launched in June, allow you to browse across your interests and go deeper on...

  • Hurricane Florence from space is beautifully frightening

    The next few days are going to be rough for those on the east coast of the United States. Hurricane Florence, a major cyclonic storm, is brewing in the central Atlantic at present and is set to impact North Carolina on Thursday into Friday. It'll be the region's first major hurricane since Hugo in 1989, but words can only describe half of Florence's expanse. Astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) recently snapped the storm from 300km above planet Earth. And it's a monster. Hurricane #Florence this morning as seen from @Space_Station. A few moments later, #Isaac & the outer bands of #Helene...

  • Cardi B hurls shoes at Nicki Minaj during New York Fashion Week party

    Nicki Minaj and Cardi B reportedly traded blows at a party during New York Fashion Week. The rappers, who have enjoyed an ongoing mutual dislike, were involved in a heated exchange on Friday night. "Cardi and Nicki both showed up at the Harper's Bazaar's bash. Nicki was with her crew at a table, when Cardi 'aggressively approached the table' ... this according to eyewitnesses," TMZ reported. "We're told Cardi said, 'Let me tell you something' ... as she lunged toward Nicki, but security stopped her inches from contact." If that wasn't enough, Cardi B also reportedly hurled her shoes at Nicki Minaj. Footage of...

  • Is an Instagram shopping app on its way?

    After launching IGTV earlier this year, Instagram may be close to launching another app. But it's not all about video. Instead, sources close to The Verge have revealed that Insta is developing an online shopping app. The standalone app could be a hub for businesses and shoppers to better interact with each other outside of the main Instagram app. Though the publication's report suggests that Instagram did not provide comment, its sources suggest that the app "will let users browse collections of goods from merchants that they follow and purchase them directly within the app". Business profiles on Instagram have grown in popularity...

  • Beyonce’s mom celebrates #BeyDay with the cutest Instagram post

    It's not okay for your parents to share baby photos of you on social media without permission, but when it comes to Beyonce, I think we can all admit that there is at least one exception. Queen B is 37 years old today, and her mom Tina Knowles Lawson took to Instagram to wish her a happy B-Day, and express her love for her daughter. "It’s already your birthday where you are. So Happy Birthday to the nicest, owner of the most beautiful, generous, loving hearts ever!!!! Brilliant too! Always thinking, planning, analyzing, strategizing, how you can make everything you touch...

  • The Western Cape’s spring flowers are a blooming hit on Instagram

    Happy unofficial spring, South Africa. The season only scientifically begins on 23 September, when the length of day and night are more or less equal. But that hasn't stopped Instagram from proving that you can already enjoy the colourful season's splendour right now. This past weekend, the social network was awash with bright colours and petals from the West Coast of the Western Cape. It's South Africa's flower region, and known for its popping flora between August and September annually. Of course, it's extremely difficult to say no to snapping a picture of the scene and uploading it to the internet....

  • Instagram’s getting new security improvements, verification requests

    Instagram is bringing new security features to the social network. In a statement released by CTO Mike Krieger, the company will debut three additional safety features to its platform. "Our mission is to bring you closer to the people and things you love. That closeness can only happen if Instagram is a safe place”, he said. The first new feature adds an "about this account" menu to user profiles. “You will be able to see more information about accounts on Instagram that reach large audiences so you can evaluate the authenticity of the account.”, Krieger explains. Said information includes country of origin, mutual followers,...

  • Instagram captures weekend snow across Cape Town’s surrounds

    Cape Town and surrounds did in fact have an "interesting" weekend of weather, at least according to SAWS. The national weather service issued widespread warnings of gale force winds, heavy rains and localised flooding in areas across the Western Cape. It also mentioned snow. And Instagram wasn't too far behind the forecast. On Sunday, hundreds of social media users and adventurers posted pictures and videos of themselves enjoying snow in the province. Ceres, and the surrounding Koue Bokkeveld mountains, was a hotbed (coldbed?) of activity. Sneeu buite Ceres! ❄❄❄ Foto's | @shelleychristians #wegtydskrif #joureisbeginhier #menseselense #southafrica #travelmagazine #ontdekjouplek #sneeu #diswinter #snow #westerncape #ceres A...

  • ‘Recommended posts’ are coming to your Instagram timeline

    Recommended posts are coming to Instagram, according to the company's latest announcement. The feature, which mirror's Twitter's recommendation tweets, will appear at the bottom of your timeline "once you’ve seen everything new from people you follow," the social network writes. This feature is supposed to help extend the range of posts users see, and the range of users who see your posts. “Our goal is to make Feed the best place to share and connect with people and interests that matter most to you”, Instagram adds. It's not clear if or how these recommendations will favour some users over others. The feature's currently being...

  • Instagram users hit by hacks, inaccessible accounts

    If you’ve been having issues accessing your Instagram account, you’re not alone. According to a post published to Instagram’s official blog late Tuesday, it's aware of an access problem to some users' accounts and is investigating further. "We are aware that some people are having difficulty accessing their Instagram accounts," the company briefly explained. We are aware that some people are having difficulty accessing their Instagram accounts. If you think you have been impacted, please follow our guidance to regain access: https://t.co/DfHpQuk9SJ — Instagram (@instagram) August 15, 2018 Users quickly took to Twitter to beg Instagram for help and guidance. "I'm concerned because my...