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Instagram debuts Reels – a new (and familiar) way to create content

Instagram has just rolled out Instagram Reels, a creative, fun, and new way to create content for your friends, family and followers. You can now create and edit 15-second long multi-clip videos and add in your personal touch of audio, new creative tools, and flashy effects.Creating an Instagram Reel works like magic. Swipe to your Instagram Camera and swipe to the new Reels option at the bottom. You’ll see a load of new features and tricks to try out to make your 15-second videos look even better.With a rich library of songs to choose from the Instagram music library, you can add music to your video, along with your own custom music or audio. There is also a good selection of AR Effects to give your content an extra touch.Using the Timer and Countdown feature lets you record while your phone is on a stand or a trip-pod. The Align tool lets you line-up objects from previous clips to make sure the continuity from the previous clip is maintained, for when you want to go the extra mile for your content.Lastly, you can choose to speed up or slow parts of the audio or video, whether you’re looking to keep a pace or making a slow-motion video.Reels can be recorded in a variety of ways. You can compile a series of clips, record in one go, or use a video from your gallery.When you have created your ideal Instagram Reel, you can move on to the share screen and make further customizations on the final appearance before sharing it with your audience. It will appear on a dedicated Reels tab on your profile for others to view and can also be shared on your feed.The option of Reel on your profile can also be removed from the settings.If you share an Instagram Reel to your story, it will only last 24 hours, so keep that in mind.

Instagram Launches TikTok Competitor ‘Reels’

Instagram has today officially launched "Reels," a new short-form video service set to rival TikTok, in over 50 countries, including

Instagram Aims to Lure TikTok Creators with Cash

Instagram is offering financial incentives to prominent TikTok users in an attempt to persuade them to use Instagram's upcoming "Reels"

iOS 14 camera indicator turns on when browsing Instagram; bug fix on the way

A spokesperson said that no content is being recorded

Bug Blamed for Instagram Unexpectedly Accessing Camera in iOS 14

Some users have noticed that Instagram is unexpectedly accessing the camera, reports The Verge.Users have reported that the green "camera

Instagram Tests Personal Fundraising Tool in US, UK and Ireland

Facebook says it is bringing a new personal fundraising tool to Instagram that allows users to raise money for causes

Instagram’s TikTok-Style ‘Reels’ Feature to Launch in US Next Month

Instagram's new "Reels" feature is coming to the U.S. in early August, Facebook has confirmed (via Business Insider). The TikTok-style

New Facebook and Instagram Options Let US Users Turn Off Political Ads

Facebook is adding the option for users to turn off all political advertising in the Facebook and Instagram apps from

Download Instagram photos and videos in a click with 4K Stogram

While there are many useful desktop apps for Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and TikTok, apps for Instagram are still limited to mobile devices.Instagram was initially designed for mobile use only: you take photos and share them with friends on your mobile device. Today the functionality is extended, and you can also post videos or publish stories. But the basic principle is still the same: Instagram is intended for smartphones and tablets. Thus there are only a few tools that allow access to Instagram from the desktop.And one of such applications is 4K Stogram. With this software, you can easily download Instagram photos and videos on your computer, back up your Instagram account, and see your friends’ feed comfortably on your PC.What is 4K Stogram4K Stogram is a desktop application compatible with any desktop OS: Windows, macOS and Ubuntu. This is an Instagram viewer and downloader designed to help you save any desirable content from Instagram – photos, videos, stories and Highlights.Let’s dive deep into the outstanding functionality of 4K Stogram.Instagram photos and videos download4K Stogram allows you to download to your PC or Mac any photo or video that is publicly visible on Instagram. After you save them on your device, you can enjoy them watching on a large screen, edit as you wish, or use for other purposes.The app supplies multiple ways of content search and download. You can search for images and videos throughout Instagram by hashtags, locations, and usernames. Simply enter the hashtag or location into the searching field and press ‘Subscribe’.Be careful when subscribing to hashtags: popular hashtags quickly add up to millions of photos. That’s why 4K Stogram also offers the option of restricting the time period that should be taken into account. The program then only loads the recordings from this period.The app will load posts that match your criteria, which will be automatically saved on your device. You can stop the downloading process whenever you want and even use the advanced download option to save only that content type you need.When you subscribe to users, hashtags, or locations, their content will be updated automatically and saved on your PC if you allow it.Download Instagram stories and highlightsApart from plain feed photos and videos, 4K Stogram can also download stories and highlights. The course of actions is the same: just enter the hashtag, location or username in the field and press the Subscribe button. If you want to download only stories and highlights without feed posts, set up the required parameter in the Advanced Download Options.This also allows you to view others’ Instagram stories anonymously.Back up your Instagram accountIf you like, you can also use the program to make backups of your own profile. Once installed, the program will save any photos or videos that you have or will publish on your Instagram page.This is a useful feature if you’re afraid that your Instagram account will be banned or hacked.To back up your Instagram account with 4K Stogram, launch the app on your computer. Open Tools at the Menu bar, select the Login option and press it.Log in with your Instagram credentials. After you’ve logged in, find the Menu bar again and subscribe to your own account.Doing the same, you can also download your saved Instagram photos and videos.Explore your friends’ feedIf you’re tired of the Explore Tab on Instagram and want to see someone else’s feed, you can easily do so with 4K Stogram.To start exploring, type in a username of an Instagrammer whose feed you want to see and subscribe to the user. Then right-click on the field of the account within the app. Select the ‘Subscribe to Followings’ option. Now you’re able to discover this user’s feed as your own and see their followings adding content real-time.4K Stogram pricingThe 4K Stogram app is available for free. The free option is perfect for trying out the functionality. Individual posts, photos and videos can be easily downloaded with it – even backups of your own account can be done.However, if you want to follow more than two accounts, you need to upgrade to the Personal or Professional License. For the Personal License, you pay $9.95 one-time, and the license is available for three computers. This tier allows you to subscribe up to 10 accounts and download content without a limit.The Professional License costs $40 and is valid on three computers and has all the Personal License features. In addition to them, it has auto-update of your subscriptions, unlimited amount of subscriptions, ability to export captions and posts, and is ready for commercial use.Anyone who can’t live without Instagram will undoubtedly like 4K Stogram. Try it now for free and download any Instagram content in an instant.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

How to Group Video Chat With Up to 50 Instagram Users

Instagram has been updated to allow users to create group video chats with up to 50 people on the social

Top Tips to Promote Your Movie Songs through Instagram

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Facebook Acquires GIF-Sharing and Creation Platform GIPHY for $400M

Facebook today announced that it has acquired the popular GIF sharing platform GIPHY, and it will be joining the Instagram

Instagram Adds New Options for Bulk Deleting Comments and Controlling Who Can Tag and Mention You

Instagram has rolled out some new features that aim to prevent online bullying and other unwanted interactions on the social

New Instagram stickers encourage foodies to support their top dining spots

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Instagram is finally letting you see your DMs on desktop

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How to view Instagram Stories on your computer

Here's how to feed your Instagram Stories addiction on your computer, and a few things to remember as you do.

Facebook Testing Cross-Posting Stories to Instagram

Facebook is testing a new feature that would allow Facebook Stories to be cross-posted to Instagram Stories, reports TechCrunch.Right now,

No iPad Instagram app coming soon, but it needs to make time for foldables

Instagram doesn’t have enough people on its team to develop a standalone Apple iPad app, according to the CEO.

Instagram CEO Says iPad App Hasn’t Been Made Yet Because ‘We Only Have So Many People, and Lots to Do’

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri took to the platform over the weekend to answer a few user questions on his story,

Instagram now lets you see why the same accounts keep appearing in your feed

Instagram's newest featured lets users see the accounts they interact with the most and least in the app.

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Vissles-M Monitor review

If you’ve ever used multiple screens for your work PC, you know just how beneficial it can be to your productivity. Being able to monitor emails or social media without switching between tabs is really convenient. The same goes for working on a document with source material on a second screen.While it’s not entirely uncommon to have two screens for the home or office computer, you certainly don’t see that very often with laptops. Nobody has perfected an affordable portable experience with two screens.It’s possible, of course, to plug your laptop or Chromebook into a hub/dock or to simply connect to a monitor as needed. That’s nice and all, but the screen takes up space and it’s not something you can take with you on the road.The Vissles-M ($199), is a portable 15.6-inch display that connects to your computer, laptop, and other devices. It also allows for touch, and that’s pretty damn cool, if not something you get in a traditional monitor.With two USB Type-C ports and one mini-HDMI port, it plugs into your gaming consoles (Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch) and Android phones. Indeed, it allows for you to put a screen where you normally wouldn’t, bringing about new levels of productivity or entertainment.There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack which comes in handy should you find yourself working in a coffee shop; built-in speakers are located at the bottom.The Vissles-M is an IPS panel with a non-glare surface and a contrast ratio of 800:1. Its resolution is 1920 x 1080, which should be on par with your standard laptop screen.Included in the box are a number of cables, which we certainly appreciate. It’s nice not having to hunt down a USB-C-to-USB-C cable or a mini-HDMI cable just to get going.The display has a magnetic protective cover that keeps the screen from getting scratches. It’s also this cover that becomes the stand to prop it up. We found it does well with varying angles for different viewing perspectives.The whole thing weighs in about 1.5-pounds so it travels very well. And because it’s ultra-thin, you can put it in the same bag as your laptop without notice.We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the overall picture, it is a monitor after all. Brightness is contrast is good, but you’ll want to plug into a power source if you can.We didn’t get above 65 percent before our unit wanted to power off. Plugging in a second USB-C cable into the wall let us get all the way up to 100. With that said, we do appreciate when we’re able to adjust the image based on environmental or situational needs.The picture is clear and has a nice contrast, and we found it has good viewing angles. There’s something in the non-glare coating that gives it a bit of a dull or flat effect. It’s not terrible, and really only makes itself obvious when contrasting to your laptop or other screens. If you’re using it for watching videos or gaming, you’ll probably be happy with the image.We paired ours up with an entry-level Chromebook for a few weeks and came away feeling like the image was nearly identical. Stick it with a Pixelbook or something premium, though, and you’ll see the difference.This isn’t a gaming monitor, to be sure. Don’t buy this for that aspect or you’ll come away less than pleased. The real demographic here is someone who might need to boost productivity from time to time. Whether that means duplicating/sharing their screen, engaging in Slack or Zoom chats while working on a document, or blowing through emails, it works well.We had mixed results when using our phones as the Vissles-M mirrors your handset but doesn’t allow for touch. It doesn’t fill the screen and the image sits vertically in the middle. The only real use case we can see here might be for sharing your screen with someone else, and even then that’s not great.We’d love to be able to open up email in a tablet-like experience. At a minimum we’d like to be able to rotate the image to better fill the screen.We’ve enjoyed having this on the standing desk as it makes working from a laptop more practical and efficient. It largely stays put around the office, but we’ve found it fun to take with us for a little bit of downtime. Getting in some Paper Mario on the Nintendo Switch is a a unique experience when you can do it tabletop at the park or on the back deck.Learn more about the Vissles-M at the Vissles website where it’s also available for purchase. Pick yours up for about $200 right now.

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Boost Mobile calls up three new entry-level rate plans

Boost Mobile on Monday introduced three new entry-level plans for consumers who may need to stick to a tight budget. The trio include unlimited talk and text with varying degrees of high speed data.Boost Mobile already has two rate plans which cost less than $50, a 10GB ($35) and $45 (15GB). With the addition of the new options Boost subscribers now have five choices under $50.$10 – Unlimited talk, text, and 1GB data$15 – Unlimited talk, text, and 2GB data$25 – Unlimited talk, text, and 5GB dataIn addition to the new rate plan, Boost Mobile is also introducing high-speed data add-on packages which can be recurring or one-time usage. Pricing is $5 per gigabyte and is available in one and two gigabyte options.SEE: Boost Mobile Buyer’s GuideBoost Mobile does have a pair of unlimited data plans which cost $50 and $60 per month. The difference between the two being the former includes 12GB mobile hotspot while the latter has 30GB hotspot and unlimited HD video streaming.Boost recently launched a new $hrink-It! plan which starts out at $45 per month and includes 15GB data. Customers who pay their bill on time three months receive a $5 discount on their plan. Do it again, and Boost will shave another $5 off each month, putting it at just $35 per month after six total on-time payments.

WaterField Bootcamp Gym Bag review

We might be largely stuck at home as the summer 2020 season kicks into high gear but that doesn’t mean we’re completely hopeless. Businesses are open, albeit with limited hours, and likely a few safety measure in place.One segment of business that a lot of us missed during the shutdown was the workout and personal fitness one. Sure, we can get in a few exercises and routines at home, but there’s nothing like having a dedicated place to go with proper equipment.If you’re among those willing and/or able to get to and from a gym, you’ll want to pack the right gear. For some that means just a quick change of shoes. For others it might mean a dedicated outfit, headphones, water bottle, and more.Up for review today is the WaterField Bootcamp Gym Bag, a perfect companion for toting your items back and forth to the gym. 1 of 4 We’ve been a fan of the WaterField brand since we first had to chance to check out its products. And after spending some time with this one, we’ve fallen head over heels with it. In fact, we’ve come to use it on an almost daily basis, gym or no gym.Almost square in stature (13.5-inches x 12.5-inches), the Bootcamp Gym Bag is available in tan waxed canvas or ballistic nylon. Our review unit was the former, which we’ve found gets a nice patina and unique look after a few weeks.The size is just right for putting into most gym lockers, and adequate enough for the stuff we carry with us on a day-today basis. Some days that means a portable charger, pair of shoes, notebook, and a magazine. Other days it’s car keys, water bottles, and a change of clothes.We appreciate that there are two pockets for (up to 3-inch) bottles, one at each end. This is great for days when you might leave the house with any combination of protein shake, sports drink, energy drink, or water.The main interior can be accessed by way of both side. On one you’ll find it is zippered nearly all the way around. On the other there is a zipper across the top which lets you quickly reach an internal pocket. We like that the bag allows for easy access — even when the bag is in a locker.The “rip-stop” lining is not just functional, preventing tears and snags, but also provides an eye-catching complimentary color.On the exterior is a pocket that snaps closed with a magnet, and is often where we toss our keys, earbud case, and wallet. Flip it around and you’ll find a pocket that fits magazines, books, and other items to be hastily stashed.If you’re the type who gets up at the crack of dawn, ready to take on the world with CrossFit, you’ll dig this bag. It’s the right size for your wrist straps, gloves, and other gear. The same goes for indoor wall climbers and weight-lifters. The WaterField Bootcamp Gym Bag is the right size for your daily tools.Depending on how and where you use the bag, you might find yourself using the shoulder strap. It’s included with the bag and sort of re-purposes it into a daily commuter bag. While it doesn’t have a laptop or tablet sleeve, it does have enough nooks and crannies to stow away pens, notepads, phones, keys, and more.This will likely become our go-to bag for traveling by air, if and when that ever happens again. It’s convenient, flexible, and comprises of quality materials.If you like the distressed look, get out there and own it. But, if you want to touch it up or refresh the coating, you can purchase wax and apply it in a matter of minutes. Doing so also gives your bag a water repellent finish and makes it so spills and stains can be wiped away.One of the biggest reasons we’ve become fans of WaterField and its products is that they stand behind them. Indeed, the Bootcamp Gym Bag is backed by a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.Learn more about the Bootcamp Gym Bag ($199), and other bags at the WaterField website.