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Instagram Giveaway: Enter To Win A Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Watch This Weekend! #Contest

October 2nd, 2015 by Christen

You know we at LOVE a good gadget giveaway!  This time, we teamed up with a few other chic geeks for an AMAZING Apple iPhone 6s AND Apple Watch Giveaway!  Want to learn more? Well keep reading for details…




Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re hosting a super duper giveaway!  Fight Like a Girl and celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness with our Rose Gold Apple Giveaway. You read right, you can enter to win the new smart and stylish Rose Gold Apple Watch sport and iPhone 6s this weekend!


PRIZE DETAILS: (1) 38mm Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport w/ stone band + (1) Rose Gold Apple iPhone 6s (Value: $1,048.00 +tax)
You know there’s a catch, right?  You have to be apart of our Instagram community to be eligible to win!



FIRST, you must follow @DivasandDorks on Instagram

SECOND, tag two friends in the comments who would love to win the iPhone 6s + Apple watch sport in Rose Gold.

LASTLY, click the photo to find the next person in the loop for even more chances to win!!


Check out Instagram to enter today – the contest ends Sunday, October 4th at 7pm (EST).

Rose Gold iPhone 6s instagram loop giveaway



Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport

Good Luck!!!


[UPDATED] Contest closed 10/4/15

[UPDATED] 10/5/15: Congratulations @JustBeHappy86 you’ve won our Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Rose Gold Apple Watch sport giveaway.  


InstaHacks: No More Accidental Liking, Netflix And Chill Button + Get Paid To Travel

September 30th, 2015 by Tech Staff



Ever found yourself snooping on an old flame’s Instagram page, only to make the mistake and double-tap a picture from 129 weeks ago?  Oh rookie, there’s an app to make sure you never make that lurking and liking mistake again.  What about stepping up your cuffing season strategy with little help from tech?  Just in time for Fall, there’s a new prototype that’ll create the perfect Netflix and chill setting for anyone. Not quite ready for hibernation, Netflix is looking for you!  Grammasters is back. If you want to get paid to travel and take pictures of amazing film and TV locations, discover how to work with Netflix and more InstaHacks below!



Bye Bye Lurking Mistakes

Instasnoop  is an app that allows you to check out anyone’s profile (as long as it’s public) and snoop to your heart’s content by disabling likes, tagging and commenting. You don’t need to be afraid of accidentally double-tapping on a photo and liking it — whew. No more embarrassing encounters with your frenemy from college.


Also, Instasnoop has the added capability of being able to ZOOM IN to a photo, so you can check out exactly who that girl is in the back who looks like your old neighbor from childhood. All you need is an Instagram account that you’ve authorized Instasnoop to access. Plus! If you have people you check on the reg — maybe your work crush or your brother’s new gf — you can add them to a SnoopList that you can easily access with the tap of an icon. (free on iOS)



“Netflix and chill” button

Remember the first time you heard the phrase “Netflix and Chill”? There’s now an official “Netflix and chill” button that you can hack together to bring your binge watching/couch potato activities to the next level. Not currently available for purchase, this maker-made button is an all-in-one: it can turn on your smart TV, open up the Netflix app, dim your Phillips Hue lights, silence your phone, order you food, etc all with the push of one button. Yes. It is very DIYable (head to The Switch website for instructions).

netflix switch





Netflix Grammasters

Want to get paid to travel and take pictures of amazing film and TV locations?! Duh, you do! Netflix also has a super cool program for Instagrammers called Grammasters. Netflix is on the hunt for three accomplished Instagrammers – or what it calls “Grammasters” – to explore the US (and other locations throughout the American continent, possibly) while taking “beautiful pictures for Netflix Instagram channels.” All travel arrangements will be taken care of by Netflix, with the job involving shooting content at “iconic film and television locations.” You might even find yourself on the sets of Netflix originals or other “awesome shows and films.”  So, how to apply. First, you’ll have to join the thousands of others and become a follower of Netflix’s Instagram account.follow-netflix After that, then you’ll have to add the hashtag #Grammasters to your best three Instagram shots so the judges can see if your work is likely to be worth the $4,000 paycheck.


 Good Luck!





These are just a few of the latest trending InstaHacks going on, what are some of your favs?  Let us know in the comment section below and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram too @DivasandDorks




Is Instagram And SnapChat Merging To Create A Super PhotoSharing App?

September 1st, 2015 by Tech Staff

Is it us or is Instagram and snapchat starting to look a lot alike these days?  Starting today on Instagram you do a whole lot of sharing like SnapChat and more!



Instagram and Snapchat super app


Starting today on Instagram you can reply with photos in a thread and start a convo with just text. Plus, rather than tag friends in the comments of public feed posts you want them to see, Instagram now has a new Direct share button that lets you send other peoples photos or videos in a private chat.



The changes could prime Instagram Direct for the rapid-fire back-and-forth photo messaging popular amongst teens that fueled Snapchat’s ascent. It could also give people a way to talks with friend about interesting public posts without their conversation getting lost in the endless reels of comments spurred by celebs and popular users.

“I definitely think it’s an evolution” an Instagram spokesperson says regarding how Direct threads work. Previously, one person would send a photo or video, and recipients could send hearts or leave comments. But if they wanted to send a reaction photo or another image to further the discussion, they had to start a whole new thread. “Now they’re conversations whereas before they were just a moment” she said.

To power quick-draw convos, Direct now features an in-line camera. A quick tap adds a photo to the chat, while a tap-and-hold shoots a video. The design of the button, complete with a red line creeping around the button as you use up seconds of video, is almost identical to Snapchat’s trigger.

Direct messages can also include special hearts and big emoji. You could imagine teens sending a funny photo and then all their friends replying with selfies of them laughing or related emoji.


instagram and snapcht


And if you don’t have an image to share you can now start threads with a text message. You can message anyone. If they follow you, the thread goes right into their inbox, and if they don’t, it stays hidden in a pending cue unless the recipient approves.


Now, the Direct button beside ones for likes and comments will pull up a friend selector showing the people and groups you’ve recently Direct messaged. Tap a few and you can quickly send them the post privately. Similar to Twitter’s recently added feature that lets you DM tweets, allows you to backchannel in secret. That way you can snark about your frenemies or elaborate without your convo being fragmented amongst other comments.

People can also share hashtag pages, location pages, and user profiles via Direct. With about 25% of its 300 million-plus user base on its messaging feature, it needs more ways for people to pull content from outside their network into chat threads. Now when you discover something awesome on Instagram, it could entertain your friends too.


via TechCrunch


#ILookLikeAnEngineer Is Changing The Face Of Women In Tech #STEM

August 6th, 2015 by Christen

While the STEM community continues to grow and slowly become inclusive, there’s still a stigma in the appearance of women in tech. Of course there are coding courses for girls and great programs for women active in the industry of STEM, but there’s still a long way to go! Discover how one woman ignited a movement behind a hashtag that is changing the face of women in tech below.



Isis Anchalee, an engineer in Northern California wrote an essay recently about how she sometimes felt like her work environment was toxic. “Most people are well intentioned but genuinely blind to a lot of the crap that those who do not identify as male have to deal with,” she says in her essay on Medium. Isis says she’s faced weird sexist interactions at work including a male coworker throwing dollar bills at her and sexist backlash from a recruitment campaign with her face on it. The consensus seems to be that most of the men she works with are “nice” and “well intended” but that “this industry’s culture fosters an unconscious lack of sensitivity towards those who do not fit a certain mold.”


women in tech

Isis wanted to challenge this mold so she put out a simple call to action to women in her field to post pictures of themselves on Twitter (and Instagram). The pics came in under the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer and show just a small sampling of the huge amount of diverse, beautiful and talented engineers that’s taking the world of STEM by storm! Way to go ladies!!!


You Can Now Schedule Your Instagram Posts (Using This Hootsuite Hack) #Latergram

August 5th, 2015 by Tech Staff


instagram hootsuite


Hootsuite is rolling out an Instagram integration that gives users of the popular social management tool several handy time-saving features. Social teams using Hootsuite will be able to share access to Instagram accounts across teams, monitor Instagram activity and create approval workflows, and respond to comments and engage with users. Because the Instagram monitoring exists side-by-side with other social streams, marketers will have an easier time, cross-promoting their Instagram activity on Facebook and Twitter, Hootsuite said in a release.

More from Hootsuite’s release: “This integration will also make you a more efficient social media manager. You will no longer have to switch between your phone and your computer to track all aspects of a social media campaign. If you launch a new product, you can respond to comments and engage users on Instagram from the same window you’re using to engage followers on Twitter and Facebook. Everything is in one place.”


Because Instagram’s terms and conditions still prohibit third-party posting, Hootsuite has created a scheduling workaround, similar to the one used by services such as Latergram. Essentially, Hootsuite has created a system to remind social marketers that they have an Instagram post ready to go.

Here’s how it works: A user can schedule posts to be published immediately or at a later time, uploading a photo and caption. When the scheduled time arrives, the Hootsuite Instagram app will send a push notification to the user’s mobile device. Clicking on the notification pulls up the Instagram app with the photo and caption loaded, and the user can publish at will.

Not exactly a seamless solution, but for marketers looking for more efficiency with their Instagram efforts, it’s a start.  The Instagram app will be available from Hootsuite’s app directory beginning today.

Are you looking forward to using the new automated Instagram feature via Hootsuite?  Share your thoughts below!

Instagram’s Latest Update Is Pretty Mind Blowing! (This Is What A Photo Social App Should Look Like!)

June 25th, 2015 by Christen

Unless you’ve been under a rock – (which I kinda, sorta have for the last few days…) you may have noticed that Instagram released a new update that looks and feels pretty amazing! On Tuesday, Instagram debuted its latest version (7.0, for those keeping track) with a fully redesigned search + explore experience.

Instagram introduced its redesigned “Explore” tab, which features plenty of trending content + sort of looks like the iTunes Store, and the improved “Search” toolbar today. Before clicking on the new instagram update on US iOS + Android devices immediately, check out all the deets on the new features below.


1. See What’s Trending: Instead of just having an “Explore” tab to discover popular images related to things you are already liking, the photo sharing outlet went all FB/Twitter and added tabs for real-time trending tags + trending places. Now it’s easier than ever before to get in on the visual conversation to achieve more likes on that #TBT vacation shot. Or, you know, just look at pretty pictures on your commute 😉


instagram update


2. Discover Hand-Picked Collections: This is Instagram’s take on a playlist. Once you update your app, the top of your “Explore” tab will feature rotating curated categories — from Glimmering Islands, Ancient Ruins — that feature people and places to discover, aka a tool created solely for increasing your following number. It’s totally useful as it will without a doubt be the place where you wind up finding your new fave accounts and your next vacation destination.


instagram update



3. Use the Ultimate Search: Searching solely by people or tags (emoji tags, that is) is over as now you can search places as well as quickly tap on your top searched users/hashtags for quick + efficient creepin’ 😉 The time has finally come to see what your double tapping competition looks like by location by viewing the top posts + most recent uploads to a certain geotag before you get your filtering on.


instagram update



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Instagram for iOS version 7.0 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 7.0 is available today in Google Play.



Discover Instagram’s Newest App For Collage-Loving Grammers – Layout

March 23rd, 2015 by Tech Staff

Instagram is rolling out Layout, a free, standalone app that merges multiple images into one. It’s available on iOS now (on the App Store), and an Android version is expected in the next few months.

instagram layout


Users pick up to nine photos from their phone’s Camera Roll — whether they were snapped via Instagram doesn’t matter. The app organizes them in three sections: recent photos snapped, photos with people’s faces in them, and an area with all your shots. There’s also a “Photo Booth” feature, which employs the smartphone’s front-facing camera to snap four shots in quick succession.

Layout suggests up to 10 collage templates to choose from, depending on the number of selected photos, and lets folks tweak their work any number of ways, like dragging and dropping photos in the collage, pinch-to-zoom, and a sci-fi-like “mirror” effect that duplicates part of a shot. Afterwards, they can share their creations from inside the app to platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Flipboard, Slack and others. (Twitter integration is noticeably absent.)


instagram layout


Why collages? Look at the numbers. According to Instagram, one in five active users — at least 60 million people — already use third-party mobile apps like Diptic, Moldiv and Stitch to make collages.

Layout is the second companion app from Instagram. Last fall, the company rolled out an app called Hyperlapse that lets users create image-stabilized, time lapse videos.  Are you a Hyperlapse user?  Looking forward to using Layout for your next photo-sharing collage? Tell us below!



Say Goodbye To #NoFilter – New Instagram Update Adds 5 New Filters You’ll Love

December 16th, 2014 by Tech Staff


Say goodbye to #NoFilter – Instagrammers: You’re getting new filters for the first time in two years.

The company rolled out a massive update to its iOS and Android app Tuesday that adds five new filters and the ability to rearrange how filters appear within the app. Check out what the new Instagram update will bring to a smartphone near you below…

Instagram’s new filters, Crema, Slumber, Ludwig, Aden and Perpetua, will now appear first in the filter tray of the updated app. It also made the filter tray itself smarter as the filter choices now display mini previews of what that filter would like if applied to your photo.


Instagram Update


Users also now have the ability to reorder the app’s filters or hide the ones they don’t use. Scroll to the end of the filter tray to find the new “Manage” setting, which allows you to quickly personalize how and where your favorite filters appear in the Instagram app.

This is the first time the company has updated its filter set since adding the Mayfair and Willow filter in December 2012 (the app now has 24 total filter options.) Instagram says the new filters were inspired by camera improvements on smartphones and the creativity of its users.


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“Photography trends have evolved, and the capabilities of the camera on your phone have vastly improved” the company wrote in a blog post. “We’ve seen tremendous creativity within the community, not only in the moments they share, but in the time spent carefully composing and editing photos and videos to bring out emotions and make them beautiful.”

What do you think about the new Instagram update? Share your thoughts below.




The Latest Instagram Updates Will Make You Feel Great

November 11th, 2014 by Tech Staff

Did you know: 40% of daily users visit the Explore page on an average day! If you’re one of the four people who live by navigating the Explore page, then this latest Instagram update is especially for you! To help us find even more accounts to follow Instagram has made the search bar more prominent and smarter with typeahead search, like predictive text but better.


 Instagram Updates


Another new feature is the People tab on the Explore page. With this in mind, you’ll see that the Explore icon at the bottom of your screen has changed to a magnifying glass. When you open Explore, you’ll now see two tabs: Photos and People. The Photos tab has not changed. It contains the same scrolling grid of photos and videos you already know. The new People tab highlights interesting accounts for you to discover.

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 Instagram Updates



Finding new accounts to obsess over is fun and all, but two thing that aren’t are typos and dull captions. With the intro of caption-editing, this update fixes that headache as now you can edit those captions until you (and the grammar police on your page) are satisfied. You’ll find a new “Edit” option in the menu beneath your image. Tap it to edit your caption.


Instagram for iOS version 6.2 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 6.10 is available today on Google Play.



Are you excited about the latest Instagram updates that enable you to discover new photos, accounts and edit dull captions? Are there any other Instagram updates you’d like to see soon?  Sound off with your suggestions below!




Meet Snapwire (And Make Money Off Your Instagram Photos Today!)

October 22nd, 2014 by Tech Staff

So you’re addicted to mobile photography and you’ve found the perfect mix of natural light, composition and editing for flawless flicks everytime!  Why not make money on those photos that you put all that effort into?  Meet Snapwire – the platform that allows companies to bid and pay you for your Instagram photos online.


Meet Snapwire

Snapwire is a platform (on desktop and iOS) for photographers of all experience levels to make money from their photos via specific requests from companies, profile galleries and Snapwire’s company challenges. Requests are the major component of Snapwire. A person or company posts a request for a photo. It can be specific or general, like “Apples” or “Friends hanging out in NYC.”

 Snapwire began earlier this year with a limited number of users that they handpicked from their network of photographers. But now, anyone with quality photos can take on a challenge. To get started, create a profile and add some of your most killer photos — ones that best show your personal style. From there, scroll through the requests and see if you have a great photo to submit to any of them, or you can go out and capture a new one.


How It Works

From there, Snapwire photographers submit photos, and the company nominates then purchases one or several of them for their project. The company making the request sets the price. Most are $15-$100, but it’s pretty common to see some priced at upwards of $300. Snapwire is free to use, but they get a 30% cut of photographs sold. (Wondering about making some serious cash?  There are some rare buyout exceptions that could be worth you while. In the case of Pat Grant: He sold the rights to a photo of his friends having a piggyback race. For five years of exclusivity, the company paid him $6k cash money!)

When you join the platform, you start off under the title of Explorer, and you can get bumped up through the ranks all the way to Pro. When a photo of yours gets nominated or sold, you are accelerated to a higher level, which gives you the opportunity to have your profile featured or even get a spotlight in Snapwire’s buyer emails (even after your photograph is purchased, you still keep the copyright). You’re just licensing that image for the buyer to use.


Snapwire has already collected 50,000 photographers in 86 countries, and they’ve worked with big companies like Marriott and Denny’s.

Working with novice and professional photography fans is only the beginning for Snapwire –  (don’t worry Android folks, there will be an app launching for your mobile devices very soon), until then, get to snapping Instagram fiends – it could mean big bucks in your pockets for doing something you already love pretty soon!


What do you think?  Would you pimp out your favorite photos for a little extra cash?  Yay or Nay?





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