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  • Instagram’s @design account will give you extreme desk envy

    You're probably already sick of being at work, am I right? But what if I told you that your desk is pretty damn boring too? Thankfully, I don't have to, but Instagram most certainly will. The company this week (pushing aside Facebook's woes for a moment) announced its new official account @design. Yes, that handle is probably the envy of designer influencers across the world, but so are the scenes it captures. This was a temporary workspace for the designer and artist @camillewalala, who set up her sketchbook next to a pancake breakfast while on holiday on the southern coast of...

  • Instagram will soon let you download your data like Facebook

    Just like its owner Facebook, Instagram will soon allow users to download all the data they've ever uploaded to the service. "We are building a new data portability tool. You’ll soon be able to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages," an Instagram spokesperson told TechCrunch. It's a stark departure to the social network's closed ecosystem that doesn't make it easy to download images on desktop or mobile. Even if it's your own. How to download your Facebook data (and why you should) Memeburn breaks down the steps to download all your data from Facebook....

  • You could soon follow Instagrammers by scanning their Nametag

    If you're too lazy to ask a fellow human for their Instagram handle, the social network's upcoming feature is just what you need. In a similar vein to Snapchat's Snapcodes, Instagram is reportedly readying its Nametag feature that will allow users to follow friends by scanning tags with their smartphone camera. And yes, this seemingly was inspired by its yellow rival, but Nametags make sense if you're an influencer or business. They can be printed, stuck to the door of a restaurant, pasted on your enemies' back when they're not looking, or plucked onto YouTube videos or Twitter profile images. And Instagram's...

  • Instagram breaks third-party apps, services by throttling its API call limit

    In what seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to its parent company's recent leaky-data woes, Instagram has restricted third-party developers from accessing its data pool. For users, this may sound like a welcome change, but it's a mixed bag. A report by TechCrunch suggests that the image-sharing social network reduced its API call limit -- essentially the total number of instances a third-party app or service can request information from Instagram in an hour -- from 5000 calls to just 200 calls. This means that services fundamentally requiring high update rates -- or simply services built with the original update rate in...

  • Instagram kills its auto refreshing timeline, tweaks algorithm

    So it seems that you can indeed teach old advertising-laden dogs new tricks. Instagram, after years of users complaining about its algorithmic feed, is finally tweaking it. But it's not doing away with it entirely, because old dogs are still the same old dogs at their core. "Today we’re introducing changes to give you more control over your feed and ensure the posts you see are timely," it writes in an update. In another "how have they not done this yet moment", Instagram has now slapped a "New Posts" button on its app interface, doing away with automatically updating timelines, and...

  • You can ‘live link’ profiles and hashtags in your Instagram bio

    Meanwhile on the less acerbic side of the Facebook spectrum, Instagram this week introduces a new feature to users' bios. "Today, we’re introducing hashtag and profile links in bio, a new way to express yourself and the things you care about," the company writes in an update. Said new way to express yourself comes courtesy of "live links" in your biography, whenever you use an @ or # ahead of a word that leads to a another profile or a hashtag. And if you can't quite think of a popular hashtag, the company will recommend a few to you once you've...

  • Cyril Ramaphosa jogging in Sea Point was a selfie moment not to be missed

    Cape Town's quite used to running into celebrities along its more popular attractions, but a South African president? Yesterday, President Cyril Ramaphosa was spotted with former finance minister Trevor Manuel and a crew of bodyguards taking a leisurely jog along the city's Sea Point promenade. Naturally, other joggers stopped mid-4km, got out their phones, and asked the new leader of the nation for a selfie. He obliged. The early bird catches the President🐦🏃🏻‍♀️🇿🇦 . #cyrilramaphosa #presidentramaphosa #morningrun #seapoint #sona2018 #southafrica #nike A post shared by Carla Bester (@carla_bester) on Feb 15, 2018 at 10:49pm PST Friday morning celeb spotting on the prom - what...

  • Elon Musk bids Starman farewell in a final Instagram snap

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has shared the "last pic" of his cherry-red Tesla roadster hurting towards the Asteroid Belt, after it was launched into space on Tuesday. The launch itself was historic, giving SpaceX claim to the most powerful operational rocket, the Falcon Heavy. "Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt," he wrote on Instagram. Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Feb 7, 2018 at 2:00pm PST And with the caption, he included an image taken looking down...

  • You can now schedule Instagram posts (but not from the app)

    You can now schedule posts to automatically publish on Instagram, even when you're asleep or far, far away from your device. But there's a tiny catch. Instead of switching on the feature for its more than 700-million users, the Facebook-owned social network will only make the feature available through its "Partner" services, like Hootsuite. These services are paid-for platforms used by social media managers and serious social engineers, that support Instagram's Graph API. Basically, businesses. Along with scheduled posts, businesses using Insta can now also "view posts they've been tagged in and view other business profiles," the company explained in a blog post. So, no....

  • Here’s how to upload photos to Instagram from your PC

    From multiple account support to Stories, Instagram's team has been hard at work over the years. In saying so, there is one big feature they haven't implemented yet -- and I'm not talking about the return of a chronological timeline. The platform still makes it nigh-on impossible to upload photos from your computer. The Windows 10 app supports uploads, but only if your machine has a touchscreen and a rear-facing camera. How bizarre. In any event, there is a way to upload photos to Instagram from a traditional PC and it simply requires some user-agent trickery in your web browser. You...

  • Instagram, celebrities flaunt Cape Town’s curves during summer holidays

    Cape Town may feel a little devoid of Johannesburgers this holiday season, but we can assure you there's no shortage of celebrities running around its streets. This is at least according to Instagram. Recently, the city has been featured on a number of celebrities timelines as they enjoy the sun, surf and vistas, and, you know, the drought. But more importantly, these snaps have accrued a slew of likes and views, putting Cape Town on the timelines of millions of people. Prior to the numerous New Year's Eve parties taking place across the city, EDM artists EDX and Sophie Francis posted...

  • Meet Instagram’s most-followed pets

    Beyoncé may have stolen the show this year with her pregnancy announcement on Instagram, but did she dress up as Eleven and take an awkward prom photo with the Stranger Things cast? Of course she didn't -- but Doug the Pug did, and that's why he's one of Instagram's most-followed pets. And you best believe he's in good (boy) company. So without further ado, here are the most-followed pets on Instagram. Brace yourselves. 10. Loki (1.6 million+ followers) Momma nature rolled out the green carpet for me. A post shared by Loki (@loki_the_wolfdog) on Dec 10, 2017 at 11:56am PST Loki's is "husky/arctic wolf/malamute mix", and he loves the outdoors. Hailing from Denver, Colorado,...

  • Instagram now lets you set a semi-permanent ‘Story Highlight’ on your profile

    If you updated Instagram on iOS and Android today, you may have noticed a few tweaks to Instagram Stories and your profile page. The company, although not completely abandoning the ephemeral content idea, is now adopting a Stories Archive -- a section of the Instagram app that files away previous stories for your reminiscing. "Moving forward, your stories will automatically save to your archive when they expire. This makes it easy for you to revisit your favorite moments later on or bring them back to life in a highlight," the company explained on its blog. The archive itself will resemble something akin...

  • Instagram to warn against hashtags promoting animal cruelty

    Starting today, Instagram will notify users when they search for hashtags that could promote animal cruelty or environmental harm. Instagram already removes posts that depict animal abuse or the sale of endangered animals, but there are some tags -- like #ElephantRides -- that have the potential to normalise cruel behaviour without expressly violating its terms of service. Now, when a user searches a tag like that, the app will pop open a content advisory screen that alerts them of the potential harm imposed by the content. The screen reads: Animal abuse and the sale of endangered animals or their parts is not allowed on Instagram....

  • Here are the most-liked Instagram posts of 2017

    Instagram has released its 2017 year in review, and so without further ado, here are the ten most-liked images, as well as the ten most-liked videos of 2017. Top 10 most-liked images 10. Selena Gomez Thank you for all of my bday love. I couldn't be more blessed. A lot of you don't realize how much you mean to me. I. Love. You. --think 25 is going to be epic. xo A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Jul 22, 2017 at 10:46pm PDT 9. Selena Gomez A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Mar 17, 2017 at 10:21am PDT 8. Cristiano Ronaldo Family mood...