Instagram Releases Version 6.0 with New Photo Editing Tools

Instagram 6

Instagram 6.0 is now available for both iOS and Android devices. The new version brings a dandy set of new photo editing tools to the image processing menu of the app.

The new editing tools, accessible by tapping the wrench icon in the image editing pane, allow you to use a slider to make positive and negative adjustments for the following: [Read more...]

Instagram for iOS 7 Update Available

Instagram for iOS 7

Instagram has released an update that corresponds with iOS 7 and includes size increases when displaying photos and videos. Now, photos and videos will take up the full width of your screen when viewing them in your feed. The photos are also larger in grid view. Additionally, profile pictures are now circular instead of square.

The update also cleans up the look and feel of the overall Instagram interface so that it melds better with iOS 7.

Instagram 4.2 is now available for free here in the iTunes App Store.

Camera+ App Update Pokes at Instagram Terms Debacle

Camera+ received an update a couple of days ago for bug fixes and included a little Christmas poem that takes a stab or two at Instagram’s rather poor attempt to update its terms of service and take advantage of its user base.

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the App Store,

Not a creature was stirring, not even a Spore.

Some crash bugs were fixed with the greatest of care,

So that you, our beloved Camera+ user, could take photos with flair!

We’ll never do shady things with your shared pics because it just isn’t right.

And on that note… Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Camera+ runs $0.99 and is available in the iTunes App Store.

Instagram Wants to Sell Your Photos . . . Without Paying You . . . and Hold You Liable for Model Releases and Infringing Others’ Rights

Instagram just went off the deep end with its latest terms of service update, which allows the company to sell your images without paying your at all for their use.

The relevant provision regarding the sale of your images is found under Item 2 of “Rights” in the Terms of Service as follows:

To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.

This provision on its own doesn’t bother me so much as a casual user. It grates me a bit, but I’m not really sweating Instagram’s use of my images reposted as advertisements or promoted content on the service. However, I recognize that a lot of photographers out there use Instagram as a more serious marketing endeavor or have licensing issues with their images that they can’t allow such use without otherwise jeopardizing their business.

The major hiccup for me comes under Item 4 of “Rights” as excerpted below: [Read more...]

Instacube: A Digital Photo Frame for Your Instagram Streams

Instacube

Instacube is an Android-powered digital photo frame for you Instagram feeds.  It was created by design firm D2M.  Instacube features a 6.5-inch square touchscreen LCD for displaying Instagram images and connects via built-in WiFi.

Instacube launched as a Kickstarter project on August 21, 2012.  As of August 26, the project has received over $280k in pledges, easily surpassing its $250k goal.

Check out the Kickstarter pitch below. [Read more...]