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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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Narrato for iPhone is a full-featured journal app

Narrato (US$3.99) is a handy and feature-rich journal app for the iPhone. Not only can you use Narrato to record your thoughts, feelings and photos, but it also connects to many social media tools so you can populate the resulting "lifestream" with your comings-and-goings easily. In more of a...

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Instagram adds Video Imports, Automatic Straightening

Instagram for iOS has been updated with a pair of significant new features. First, the app supports importing videos from iOS's camera roll. Previously users would need to record a video to share with the service, but now they'll be able to choose any existing video in the camera roll -- even if...

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Facebook Messenger for iPhone adds Instagram sharing

Facebook has updated its Facebook Messenger app for iPhone. The biggest new feature is deeper Instagram integration. Now users can attach photos to messages from Instagram right within the Messenger app. Facebook bought Instagram last year for US$1 billion, and it's nice to see the company put the...

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Instagram introduces web embeds

Fresh off setting its cross hairs on Vine by adding the ability to shoot short videos, Instagram has announced plans to make its content embeddable. Starting today, users will be able to embed videos and pictures from Instagram accounts into web posts, adding an extra layer of sharing ability to...

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Instagram adds landscape support, Cinema stabilization for front camera

Uber-popular social photo-sharing app Instagram has released a small update over the July 4 holiday that adds a few major features. The most noticeable new feature in the update allows users to take photos or record videos in landscape orientation. Another nice feature is support for Cinema...

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Fuse is the app that creates one feed to rule all your social networks

Most of us probably spend too much time on our phones checking in on various social networks. Even if you only subscribe to one or two, you've probably spent time out in public hopping between apps while waiting in line. Fuse is a new app that aims to at least keep all that searching in one...

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Instagram update an insta-success

Instagram late last week rolled out an app update that enables users to upload video in 15-second snippets. As you might expect, users can choose from up to thirteen distinct filters to apply to their video. So how did Instagram's photo-loving user base take to the app's new functionality? While...

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Instagram 4.0 for iPhone out with video support

Instagram has announced the biggest update to their service since its launch in 2010; the addition of video. The move is directly targeting Twitter's Vine app by introducing longer videos than Vine allows directly in a feed that millions of users are checking every day. Instagram's videos can be...

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Close to half of Instagram's 100 million+ users are on Android

Originally launched in October 2010 as an iPhone exclusive, Instagram quickly became a runaway success. The photo sharing app was a personal favorite of Apple's Phil Schiller and was chosen as Apple's 2011 iPhone app of the year. Rather quickly, the app amassed millions of users and was held up by...

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