Amidst some recent excitement brewing over this year’s rumored upcoming new generation Apple Watch model, not many people may realize that a number of well known mobile apps have been disappearing from watchOS (Apple’s operating system for wearable devices) during the last few months.
And just this week, one of the most high profile social media apps out there, Instagram, has joined the club, albeit quietly. Indeed, when updating to version 39.0 on iPhone, Apple users may notice that the Instagram app for the Apple Watch is now nowhere to be found when paired with the iPhone.
Around three months ago, Instagram had decided to start letting its users follow hashtags as they do Instagram accounts. This time around, the social media platform is now allowing people to link to hashtags, as well as to profiles, in their bios. This means that when a person incorporates the characters # or @ in their bio, Instagram will automatically it as a signal that that user is including a live link for a hashtag or a user’s profile.
At the early part of last year, things were going well for Snapchat. But ever since its rival Instagram launched Stories, Snapchat seems to have suffered a significant decline in growth, at least according to statistics contained in its IPO filing. This appears to be consistent with what various industry watchers have observed -- that Snapchat usage has been impacted dramatically by the roll out of Instagram Stories.
Instagram now offers users a new means for making images and videos even more fun. The social media giant is launching Stickers that show basic names for locations, as well as information on time and date, weather updates, and even emoji. On top of that, the company also brings limited time seasonal graphic elements such as Christmas trees and Hanukkah menorahs, plus a paint brush for holiday candy canes.
Not long from now, Facebook, its chat messaging platform Messenger, and Instagram will be integrated into one single mobile app, the Pages Manager -- the social media giant has revealed as much in its official website. Facebook was thinking of businesses in arriving at this decision, especially in allowing those in the business sector to better manage their messages, chats, and comments easily from all three platforms in just one app.
Instagram has just made changes to the limits of its images. The photo sharing app (for both the Android and iOS mobile operating systems) is adding support for images with a resolution of 1,080 pixels by 1,080 pixels. According to a spokesman of the social media platform, the new feature is slowly being deployed as of the moment, but no specific timelines has been disclosed regarding the completion of the rollout.
According to new data compiled by apps analytics firm App Annie, it appears that mobile users based in the United States spend most of their time on smartphones on Instagram and Facebook. App Annie's most recent analysis, however, suggests that apart from the extensive use of Instagram and Facebook in the US, smartphone sessions of most mobile users around the world are spent on messaging apps.
Things were going really well for Ethan Czahor. He had landed a job as the chief technology officer of Jeb Bush. But then everything changed when journalists uncovered some old tweets that Czahor had posted a few years back, which led to him resigning from his top position.
But now, Czahor is back in the world of technology, and is introducing a new iOS app called Clear, which, interestingly, is designed to help Twitter users avoid the same fate he suffered not too long ago.
Instagram, the hugely popular online mobile photo sharing social media network (now owned by Facebook), recently introduced its newest application called Layout. This creation tool is decidedly standalone (which means it is separate from Instagram's flagship photo sharing app), and is designed to enable users to create collages out of the photos they took using their mobile devices. Of course, they can then share those photo collages through Instagram or Facebook.
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