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Daily App: Friend Check lets you monitor your followers as they come and go

Let's face it, your social media presence is important for extending your network of friends and colleagues and in developing your online persona. If you care about such things, then you should download Friend Check from MobileLife Studio. The app helps you track your followers as you build your...

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Wallgram: Convert Instagram shots into iOS 7 parallax wallpaper

Are you at a loss for wallpapers to decorate your lock and home screens? Wallgram (US$1.99) is a new app that resolves that problem by letting you convert any Instagram photo -- your own included -- into attractive and functional iOS 7 parallax wallpaper. The app, from developer Capable Bits, is...

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Caturday: "Everyone in this house is always on the computer"

TUAW reader Mike Morrow got a tip from our very own TJ Luoma that he ought to ping us with this fun Instagram he sent out last month with the headline "OMG, EVERYONE in this house is always on the computer." Related: that's one big, fluffy cat. We'd love to see photos of your favorite feline...

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Instagram announces Instagram Direct, a new way to photo and video message your friends

Instagram held a small event today in New York City where it unveiled its latest and greatest feature -- Instagram Direct. Instagram Direct is a way of sending photos and video messages directly to other users. You can send the message to a single individual or to a group of users that can include...

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Instagram for iPhone update prevents disabling of automatic video playback

This past June, Instagram rolled out a huge update to the popular photo sharing app. One of the big new features was support for video, a move which was likely in response to the popularity of Vine. One notable difference, though, is that videos on Instagram can be as long as 15 seconds, easily...

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One iPhone photographer's workflow

One great way to learn how to take and process better photographs is to learn from professionals, and for many of us time and circumstance precludes dropping everything to do an internship with a professional photographer. Fortunately, there are pros like Jessie Webster -- who runs the "Sweet...

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Instagram gets the iOS 7 treatment

Next in the long line of popular iOS apps revamping their looks for Apple's newest mobile OS is Instagram, which just rolled out a new version of its photo-sharing app. Version 4.2.0 adds larger images and a more straightforward interface as well as flatter textures -- all of which help it fit in...

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iOS 7: Camera changes make it better, but it still loves to crash

A very strange thing happened during the three months I tested the revamped Camera app in iOS 7. I started out relying, as usual, on Camera+. It's been a mainstay on my iPhone for several years. But as the weeks went by, I found myself using that popular app less and less until it's now sitting a...

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OK, now I'm excited about the iPhone 5s slow-mo recording feature

When Apple showed off the slow-motion camera feature at the iPhone event last week, I thought it was a neat addition, but it didn't exactly blow me away. Maybe it was just the amount of information being thrown out in quick succession, or maybe it was the sample videos Apple used at the time,...

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Daily Update for September 9, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires...

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Instagram to run ads starting next year

You knew it was too good to be true. Instagram has been free to download and use since it first hit the App Store in October of 2010, but now the app will be turning into a conduit for ads in order to turn a profit and make Facebook's billion-dollar acquisition look like a smart deal. Instagram's...

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tadaa 3D creates the illusion of depth in your iPhone pix

tadaa 3D doesn't create real 3D images, but it can bring some depth to your photos and the result will likely delight friends and family. The US$3.99 app is disarmingly simple to use. (The app is listed as free as of August 30. That may change.) You can snap a photo from within the app, or create a...

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Daily Update for August 27, 2013

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires...

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How the Instagram app straightens photos

Sometimes it's really an eye-opener when a developer opens the curtains just a little and lets those of us on the outside see what is going on behind the scenes. The Verge noted this morning that the Instagram engineering team had done exactly that, revealing how they went about designing and...

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Developers beware: Instagram doesn't want you to use 'Insta' or 'Gram' in your app names

Instagram, which is owned by social network giant Facebook, has decided that any app that connects to the service may not use "Insta" or "Gram" in its name. The news of the changes first came when Instagram updated its Instagram Brand Guidelines yesterday. The "Naming Applications and Products"...

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