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We all know by now that nothing good lasts forever, and it seems Instagram is no exception! There’s been quite a hassle lately over Instagram’s updated Terms of Service, causing lots of users to simply quite the hipster photo App.
Claiming to clarify and tone down the outrage, Instagram has posted a response today stating that they “are listening”.
Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s co-founder, also stated: “it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear.”
Non Instagram lovers might be asking themselves: “What’s all the hassle about anyway?” Well, the major issue was about selling users’ images and having those used by advertisers for free and as they pleased. However, the Terms of Service do not in fact give Instagram the power to do so.
The perplexing language that is used was the cause of all this trouble and Kevin acknowledges this saying:
“The language we proposed also raised question about whether your photos can be part of an advertisement,” he says. “We do not have plans for anything like this and because of that we’re going to remove the language that raised the question.”
Take a look at this Taco Bell ad that clearly shows how some snap shots can be used in ads without users’ knowledge:
Yet, Kevin insists that the new TOS updates come as a way of experimenting with ads without spamming. This is ideal for businesses that look for further exposure and gaining more followers and likes. So, to achieve more significant and relevant promotions, it would be beneficial to view which of the people you follow also follow this business. This way the actions you do (such as following the account) as well as your profile picture could appear, if you are following this business.
This is not a new method; Google already connects you with ads and Facebook also pushes the promoted posts. Kevin, yet, still insists that the ownership rights of every image shall remain with its users. Instagram does not and will not claim any ownership, and private users don’t have to worry since only their followers can actually view their snapshots.
Don’t be naïve though and remember we’re living in a materialistic world where you have to pay for everything; free services might are not free for no reason since they always tend to look for ways to make money through the users’ data.
One must always remain attentive as to what is happening around but not too melodramatic. Yet, always be true to yourself and know that you are inevitably paying for everything somehow, even if it is not with money.
October is here, and the second most exciting thing about it besides October Fest is of course our Top 10 Apps of the week. This new month we kick start it with a huge bang; from politics, cooking, sports, Instagram friendly apps and all the way to Apps that allow you to avoid those scary radars (not that we condone speeding!). We hope you’ll enjoy today’s edition, and let us know what your thoughts were.
1. PolitiFact (Get it for your android) Free
With elections just around the corner and presidential debates everywhere, you’ve surly searched the web for a comprehensive app to help you keep up to date with it all. Well, PolitiFact provides you with a fact-checker, a handy Truth-O-Meter, Flip-O-Meter, the Obameter and the GOP Pledge-O-Meter.
2. Bad Piggies (Get it for your android) Free
Rovio released a new Angry Birds spinoff last Friday, with an incredible launch that shot to No.1 on the App Store in just over 3 hours after its launch. Then new spinoff lets the fans play as pigs; the game takes place on “piggy island”, where players set out to create crazy vehicles aiming to steal the delicious eggs and earn 3 stars in each level.
3. BBC Good Food – Recipes (Get it for your android) Free
Foodies out there behold; here’s an app full of great recipes, nutritional info, cooking tips, timer, a glossary and organizational features. Be sure to benefit the offer they’re holding; you can get all the recipes for free now for a limited time whereas earlier you got only 20 recipes and had to purchase each one for £1.49. The cookbooks include: Healthy, Quick, One-pot, Cake, Seasonal, Festive and Food for Friends.
4. Swably (Get it for your android) Free
This one goes out for the developers out there trying to get their precious app more exposure, or for those of you who like to be in on the scoop for the latest undisclosed Apps. Swably is best described as a community where you can share, comment, and discover apps with friends and people. As a developer, you can publish/ promote your apps and better yet communicate with you users directly. It’s definitely worth the download if you want to get a hands on developers/users experience.
5. Cobra iRadar (Get it for your android) Free
If you’re a speed fanatic with a constant need for a fast pace on the road, yet hate getting a huge fine then this is the app you need. Cobra iRadar helps you avoid radar, camera detectors and laser radar. The ability to avoid road hazards is a great bonus. This handy app ties in to Cobra’s Aura Camera and Driving Hazard Database, as well as Google Maps to offer you incredible data at your fingertips.
6. Xero (Get it for your android) Free
We all know how dull and mundane accounting software can be, yet Xero manages to make it look sleek and friendly. You can track your finances, bank balances, invoice customers, and upload receipts or expense claims- all on the go. Super handy for SME or self-employed people.
7. G Cloud Backup (Get it for your android) Free
With over 70 million smartphones getting lost every single year and only 7% being actually recovered, we ought to immediately think of a way to protect ourselves and our digital life. For everyone who has coveted the simplicity of the iCloud, the backup software for iOS, here is an app for Android that is not only an equivalent, but as stated by one of the users: it puts the “Smart” in Smartphones.
8. Strava Run (Get it for your android) Free
We’ve already put a lot of fitness apps on our lists, but this one probably takes the cake. Strava run, just as its cycling counterpart, costs nothing and yet does a lot. This app builds the competitive side in you, not only tracking your run, but builds details of those that used the same app on the same run yet performed better.
9. TagItBest (Get it for your android) Free
With Instagram approaching 100 million users, officially having more active users than Twitter, it’s great to discover apps that service its pitfalls. TagItBest is a hash-tag engine that allows users to take a pic, enter a keyword, and then automatically generate a number of hashtags. It’s so convenient that it allows you to upload directly to Instagram.
10. SportOn Video Ringtones (Get it for your android) Free
This one is again for the athlete frenzy of you. SportOn Video Ringtones lets you customize your Android in a very simple way. Just download the app, search for your favorite sport, team or specific athlete and bam. Once you’ve got the video ringtones, you will be able to assign them to contacts (or simply as your general ringtone) the same as you would with any other ringtone on your Android.
If you are one of the million filter loving enthusiasts, then today’s news will definitely be of your interest. It seems that Nikon wants to get back in the waters with a new Android-powered camera that will reportedly be out later this month. The camera will be part of Nikon’s CoolPix line of point-and-shoots, and what’s very cool about this cam is its ability to connect directly to the Google Play market to download apps that will run on the camera.
The camera-devotee blog posted this rumor on Wednesday, citing a filing with the Indonesian Communication Agency, and the report suspect the model number will be CoolPix S800 or S800c. Even though there are not addition citations for other sources, the website says the camera’s “foreseeable” specs shall be: a 3.5 inch OLED screen, 25-250 mm lens, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.
In case you’re wondering what version of Android the camera will be running on, we’re glad to assure you it is supposed to be Android 2.3 Gingerbread and App downloads and runs shall be available. Even though it’s quite exciting to witness an Android supported Cam come to life, it is not the premier; Polaroid announced a similar model in January. Nikon, however, could be the first to actually go on sale.
So, let us come to the bottom line; why would any of us be actually interested in purchasing an Android camera you ask? Well, even though the vast majority of the Android Apps available for download would be a waste of time, the OS would enable the camera to run photography apps such as Instagram and Pixlr-o-Matic . Combining the user-friendliness and social networking of those brilliant apps with a real camera is quite the killer combo.
This may all seems like rainbows and butterflies for the camera-filter lovers, but the ugly truth is that the cam only becomes useful when connected. Wi-Fi connectivity is helpful in this respect, however without the 3G or 4G all this could go down the drains.
The report stated that Nikon shall unveil this flagship camera at the Photokina show in Germany on August 22nd, however reps for Nikon did not confirm any such speculations.
How would you use such an Android-powered camera? Let us know you thought by leaving us a comment below.
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Instagram has received a lot of press coverage in the past few weeks. Whether it’s well deserved or not is quite an individual issue. The latest Instagram related post was earlier this April when Facebook acquired the app for $ 1 billion
This time ARD, an Italian based design and communication studio have quite cleverly jumped into the hype and presented a brilliant concept called Instagram Socialmatic Camera.
Antonio De Rosa, the 34 ADR Studio founder and owner, who has previously manipulated rumors and speculations of what Apple could be bringing in a future product, to gauge people’s responses, has just recently released this concept for the real-life Instagram camera. One which, might we say, presents a combination of some of the latest cutting-edge technology and design with an entirely retro feel and the results are quite distinguishable.
While merely a week ago, a hilarious “advertisement” was leaked, intended to make fun of a fictional camera called the Instagram Snap; basically a Polaroid camera with “sharing” features (passing a photo to another person by hand) and “filters” (coffee filter = spill coffee on your picture).
It almost seems ironic that a concept for such a camera actually emerges, and grabs so much attention, that leaves many (including us) drooling in agony!
While we applaud innovative design, the hardware specs must also be up to a high standard, and the Socialmatic Cam certainly does not disappoint. It comes with 16 GB of mass storage, which is more than enough for a year’s worth of snaps of landscape, pets and food, and also boasts Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for easy sharing.
Here is the full spec list of the proposed camera:
§ 16 GB mass storage
§ Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
§ 4:3 touchscreen
§ 2 main lenses, first for main capture, second for 3D filters, webcam applications and QR Code capturing
§ Optical zoom
§ Led Flash
§ Internal printer to make your Instagram photos real
§ Paper cartridge with Instagram Paper Sheets
§ Dedicated 4 colors ink tanks
§ InstaOS 1.0, which put together Facebook and Instagram App feature
You might wonder how this Cam would differ from what Android and iOS users can already enjoy. Well, it packs a quirky internal printer with the ability to bring those shots to life instantly, and the four dedicated ink tanks can print onto Instagram Paper Sheets, (yes it sounds a bit Polaroid-ish). The specialized sheets would have an adhesive strip along the back – similarly to a post-it – allowing them to be stuck wherever your heart desires, as well as a small blank space to leave your memoirs. You will be able to stick your preferred pictures on walls or in elevators or on the subway and other people who later like your photos can scan your QR code and follow your future work.
Such an independent camera which would definitely produce higher quality images than a mobile phone one, with an ability to share both online and in the real world (if priced right) would skyrocket. We’re sold, are you?
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